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Sleeping Beauty: Special Edition

Sleeping Beauty: Special Edition

Fall 2004 DVD
Ages: All Ages
Rating: G
DVD Price: $19.99
Review:
The classic story of a handsome prince awakening a sleeping princess looks more beautiful than it probably did when it first came out in 1959. The remastered digital sound with a gorgeous waltz-filled score adapting Tchaikovsky and added color make the film a real beauty itself. In case you've forgotten, the tale is of Princess Aurora, cursed by evil witch Maleficent to prick her finger by her 16th birthday and die. Three fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, try to protect her but can only do so much. They switch the curse to cause Aurora to sleep, not die. Only true love can wake her up, and his name is Prince Phillip. The DVD gives the options of watching in wide screen or full screen, which is a nice feature. Long after you turn off the movie you'll continue singing the lyrical "Once Upon a Dream," so if you want to sing-along, there's a chance to do that on the second disc, which is filled with fun extras. "History & Behind the Scenes" is probably of more interest to adults, as it documents the painstaking restoration process. Kids will like the "Games, Music & Fun" section including the "Save Princess Aurora Game," where Prince Phillip must answer riddles to save Princess Aurora. Moms and daughters will fight over playing "The Princess Personality Profile Game" which requires you to take a quiz to discover which Disney princess you are most like (I'm a Cinderella!). Other bonus features: an art project showing how to make a wonderful dragon out of a milk carton and a music video with pop group No Secrets singing its rendition of "Once Upon a (Another) Dream."
Ann Oldenburg   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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