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Disney has long used the "Platinum Edition" title to identify its upper-crust home video releases. The movies released as such were their most-treasured titles and fans new to expect lots of extras on the DVD, and most recently, Blu-ray sets.
Apparently, platinum just isn't precious enough for Disney when it comes to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as they just announced that the upcoming home video release in October (Blu-ray) and November (DVD) will be the debut of their "Diamond Collection" product line:
Poised to transform home entertainment, just as the movie itself transformed the entire motion-picture industry upon its debut in 1937, the revolutionary new Diamond Collection brings audiences the most immersive and highest-level viewing experience, that includes unparalleled features, exclusive high definition content and updatable experiences, superior picture and sound, and much, much more.
This upcoming release will feature a "spectacular newly restored picture and 7.1 Digital Theater System Hi-Def Surround Sound." The Blu-ray release includes "Disney Smart Navigation," which will allow the Disney Characters to "come to life as never before." There will be a variety of games, activities, and personalization and customization features. The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray discs + DVD).
Exclusive Snow White Diamond Edition Bonus Features
- Hyperion Studios - Audiences are digitally transported to 1937 to discover first-hand, Hyperion Studios, the original studio Walt Disney himself built and where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was conceived and developed. Viewers will virtually walk the halls of this historic landmark experiencing life at Hyperion Studios back in the 1930's. This amazing "Backstage Disney" feature contains newly dimensionalized archival photos, never-before-heard animator recordings, archival transcripts and rare footage of Walt himself revealing how Disney's gifted filmmakers crafted the very first animated feature.
- Magic Mirror - Using the latest in Blu-ray technology, the iconic Magic Mirror guides the audience through the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition features with ease, serving as the "host" for an incredibly immersive experience. The Mirror will recognize viewing patterns, knows where the audience has left off and will even suggest where to navigate next. This marks the first use of this type of technology in a Disney Blu-ray release and provides viewers the control to personally create a customized Snow White experience.
- DisneyView - Disney's pioneering animated feature is brought to the modern era of widescreen high definition viewing by allowing the user to expand their viewing experience beyond the original aspect ratio of the film. Utilizing Disney Blu-ray™ technology, acclaimed Disney artist Toby Bluth was able to 'draw' beyond the borders of classic full frame cinema and fill the otherwise dark edges of the screen with beautiful custom imagery, giving audiences a new view of their animated classic favorite.
- About Toby Bluth - Disney artist Toby Bluth tells how the movie inspired him to create the superb DisneyView art.
- Mirror, Mirror On The Wall - Through BD-Live, this mirror can find the secret princess inside each viewer with a series of questions, then create for them a personal message from their favorite princess who will call them on the telephone.
- What Do You See? - To win this exciting interactive game, players must untangle scrambled images.
- Jewel Jumble - Players put jewels from the Dwarfs' mine in the proper order to win this game.
- Scene Stealer - Allows viewers to upload a personal photo and experience life as one of the Seven Dwarfs--on-screen in the actual film.
The suggested retail price for the Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack is $39.99, but you can get it for much less at Amazon.com. The same goes for the 2-disc DVD Edition, which is available on pre-order for a price much lower than the $29.99 MSRP.
Here is a list of the various packages available from Amazon.com for this release. Keep in mind that Amazon.com provides a pre-purchase price guarantee that says that you will automatically receive the lowest price that they offer between the time of your purchase and its release. You can always cancel before the product ships if you find a better deal elsewhere!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [DVD]
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Collector's Book Set) [Blu-ray]
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Limited Edition Collector's Set) [Blu-ray]
Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Press Release
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