SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS: The Signature Collection – Available on Blu-Ray on February 2, 2016

Disney’s home video department is releasing yet another collection of re-releases, beginning with SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (“SNOW WHITE”) on February 2, 2016.  If the SNOW WHITE release is a harbinger of things to come, we can look forward to more in-depth, behind-the scenes features, relating not just to the movies themselves, but also to Walt Disney and the way he ran the company and, hopefully, the same for his successors.  The menu pages for this release are beautiful – white paper background with paintbrushes sweeping across the screen revealing scenes from SNOW WHITE.

Update February 10, 2016

Trying to get your own little dwarfs to do their chores? Walt Disney Home Entertainment shared this fun Chore Chart to help help them Whistle While They Work!

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Update February 7, 2016

Seven Disney artists from different generations share a modern look at the Seven Dwarfs.  If you’re in the Southern California area, this artwork will be on display at Hollywood’s El Capitan theatre for a special showing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on February 16th.

Update February 2, 2016:  The digital edition of the Signature Collection of SNOW WHITE (the code is included in the Blu-ray case – I watched it in Disney Movies Anywhere) includes a “new” Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon:  “The Hungry Hobo.”  This is a cartoon that originally came out under the Universal umbrella, so it’s a real treat for Disney fans to be able to watch it now.  You’ll find it in the Archive section of the Bonus Features.  Enjoy!

Original post from February 1 follows below.

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SNOW WHITE will be 80 years old next year, so I haven’t reviewed the actual movie, assuming most, if not all, of you have seen it already.  If you’d like a review, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to watch it again for you.  This edition of SNOW WHITE can be heard or read in English, French or Spanish and also includes the “Restored Original Soundtrack.”  The next time I watch this blu-ray (whether or not I review it) will be with the original soundtrack.

As an alternative to the standard format (which won’t fit your HD screens and is bordered on either side with black bars), viewers can opt for DisneyView, which incorporates “beautiful custom paintings by Toby Bluth.”  There is also “A Message from Toby Bluth” in which he discusses the impact of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on his art.  I watched about a half hour this way and found it a little distracting, because of the difference in the quality of the backgrounds.

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES – The Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray is a lot more fun (it includes several games), but the bonus features of the Signature Edition make it worth the purchase.  The starred features appear on the Diamond Edition, as well.  After you’ve watched the bonus features, watch the film again so you can put all of the behind-the-scenes information into context.  I was fascinated!

Audio Commentary: Viewers can opt to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with commentary by Roy E. Disney and Historian John Canemaker and Recordings by Walt Disney.

In Walt’s Words (4:22):  Archival footage of interviews with Walt Disney about the making of Snow White.  As a big fan of Snow White and Walt Disney, hearing him talk about my favorite Disney movie was a real treat.  “With every laugh, there must be a tear.”  Wise words from Mr. Disney.

@DisneyAnimation Designing Disney’s First Princess (5:16):  Current Disney animators discuss the evolution of animation from the “rubber hose” style of Mickey Mouse to the “anatomy believability” of Snow White.

Iconography (7:16):  Interviews with artists who have been inspired by Snow White over the years, including Lego artist Nathan Sawaya (click here to read my review of his book, The Art of the Brick), Leslie Kay, the author of, and paper artist/illustrator Brittney Lee (

The Fairest Facts of Them All:  7 Things You May Not Know about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (4:37):  Sofia Carson (Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, in Disney Channel’s Descendants) presents seven fun facts about the movie – there were even a couple of facts that I didn’t know.

Alternate Sequence:  The Prince Meets Snow White (3:39): a voice recreation of story conferences about the introduction of the Prince to the story, with story boards detailing how the animation would look for that version.

*Disney’s First Feature:  The Making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (33:15):  Various historians, authors, and animators discuss both the movie and its impact on the rest of the Disney universe. (This appeared on the Diamond Edition as “The One That Started It All.”)

Bringing Snow White to Life (11:35):  Before the Nine Old Men, there were the animators of Snow White, who raised the world of animation to new heights, and this piece introduces us to each of them.  My favorite line:  “It scared the popcorn out of you!”

*Hyperion Studios Tour (30:56):  Rather than a mere tour of the physical studio, this is a tour of the work place and what is was like to work with Walt Disney- the atmosphere, the work environment, the management style, etc. (This feature is much more interactive on the Diamond edition.)

Decoding the Exposure Sheet (6:48):  White-gloved Don Hahn takes us through an exposure sheet, which is the “technical road map” to a scene.  This exposure sheet is the actual sheet from a Snow White sequence.

*Snow White Returns (8:44):  Don Hahn takes us into the Animation Research Library (click here for my 2014 story about the Animation Research Library) where documentation shows that a sequel may have been planned for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Story Meetings:  The Dwarfs (5:51): An audio reenactment of story meetings on the dwarfs, taken from the original minutes from the meetings.  The level of thought that went into each detail is impressive and just what viewers should expect from a Disney story meeting.

Story Meetings:  The Huntsman (3:55):  An audio reenactment of story meetings on the Huntsman, taken from the original minutes from the meetings.  Walt Disney was part of these meetings and we get to hear his thoughts from those meetings.

*Deleted Scene:  Soup Eating Sequence (4:07):  This scene has been discussed in previous bonus episodes and was an integral part of Snow White Returns.

*Deleted Scene:  Bed Building Sequence (6:28):  This scene has been discussed in previous bonus episodes and was an integral part of Snow White Returns.

*Animation Voice Talent (6:20):  Disney historians and animators discuss the voice talents behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White in Seventy Seconds (1:12):  Baby Kaely raps the story of Snow White – adorable!

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The Signature Collection edition of SNOW WHITE is a must for all film history buffs and Walt Disney enthusiasts.  Where the Diamond edition included games and other features geared towards children, this edition seems directed at adult viewers, so, even if you own SNOW WHITE as part of a previous collection, the extras alone make this a worthwhile addition to your collection.

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About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.