Don’t Get Lost in Snow White Blu-Ray
Snow storms can be blinding. I can’t say I’ve been in one where I haven’t been able to see, but there was a movie released a few weeks ago that relies on this premise, so it must really happen. After all, Hollywood never lies. But in other news, I popped the all-new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-Ray into my player this afternoon to check out all the nifty special features packed within – and got lost.
And by lost, I mean that I literally couldn’t find some of the features listed on the box. I’m sure they’re somewhere, perhaps on one of the other discs (the Diamond Edition includes a DVD and two Blu-Ray discs, but after a while, I just got fed up. I’m one of those people who like things delivered in an easy-to-access, simple format. I get annoyed when I have to go digging through screen after screen, creative menu after creative menu, to get at the meat – and that mess is exactly what Disney has devised here.
My adventure began when I decided to journey into Backstage Disney, which seemed safe enough. But even though four items are listed on the box as being a part of “Backstage Disney,” only two were listed. I went into Hyperion Studios, a 3D-esque journey through the original studios where Walt Disney worked to create Snow White, the first full-length animated film. There are some interesting tidbits to be found here, but navigating is difficult. You have to click on random parts of the screen, but several times I couldn’t click anywhere – none of my remote control buttons worked except for the one that took me back to the main menu page. I finally found an index that allowed me to explore in a simpler way, but by that point I was fed up. The half-minute documentaries scattered through the “studio” were hardly worth the hassle.
I watched The One That Started It All, a documentary about how Snow White changed the world of movies, without a hitch. I don’t remember much about it though, which isn’t a good sign.
I then went on to “Disney Through the Decades,” which apparently isn’t a new feature but includes a few added sections. This documentary, which explores Disney’s history, is pretty interesting. The “Wild Mine Ride Game” and karaoke sing-along were, understandably, made for children. Adults shouldn’t bother.
There are also a few added games in the Disney Family Play section, wherever that was, as wall as an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming animated film The Princess and the Frog. Where this was, I have no clue. I also couldn’t find Snow White Returns, about an alleged sequel Walt Disney had been planning.
I don’t know if it was my Blu-Ray player or what, but I had an extremely difficult time navigating through the special features. I only found half of them. Still, for families who still have a VHS version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, now may be the time to pick up a copy. The set comes with both a DVD and Blu-Ray version of the film, both remastered, so you’re covered in terms of format and quality.