The 'Diamond Edition' of Walt Disney's Snow White is coming out on October 6, 2009 and while it has all those better quality things about Blu-ray we've heard about, it has something else too.
Instead of stretching the picture to fit, Disney has EXTENDED the artwork at the sides to fill the widescreen. I'm not kidding.
Now certainly it’s possible to “stretch” the film to make it widescreen and in fact there’s controls on TVs and DVD players to do just that. But even if done correctly, and often the resulting look is far from that, it does change the appearance of the film from what the creators as well as the director intended. So Disney decided to go the more intelligent and thoughtful route to not update the aspect ratio and instead do something much more time consuming and original. So the film continues to have its original sizing but the visuals “extend” out from both sides to create the widescreen aspect ratio. This “space” beyond the original borders now has original/custom artwork created by Disney artist Toby Bluth filling in the otherwise dark edges of the screen (for those interested there's information about Bluth on the disc). And so provide the home audience with a new view of the classic without mutilating it in the name of it becoming "modern". And since this imagery can be turned on/off at will, it’s the best kind of technology there is because it lets you choose to see it or not, rather than being forced on you.You can read the rest of the informative article HERE.
And you can read about all the new never-before-seen goodies on this Diamond Edition HERE.
I admit it, I'm just greedy for more of what I love. Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" has been one of my favorite films since I was small. In all reality I'd probably prefer watching the original version more but it is sooo tempting... (no wonder that apple keeps appearing on the cover!)
For those of you who already have Blu-ray and don't need to buy it, maybe you can pick-up a Limited Edition Collector's Set:I have yet to find any sneak-peek (leaks) of before-and-after artwork comparisons but if I find any I'll be sure to post them. In the meantime, I am going to price Blu-ray players while you watch the official trailer. Enjoy!
NOTE: The image at the top of the post is by John Alvin, deceased Disney poster artist. The artwork, sadly, does not come with the DVD.