When this came out in the theatres back in the 50's, I was sort of taken aback by the "strange" animation depicted on screen, having really grown up on PINOCCHIO and the like. Of course, seeing the entire screen filled with the incredible colors and hearing the sound from every corner of the theatre did set a new high mark for Disney and their world of animation.
Years later a copy, non wide screen, was released on video, then came a "partial" expansion, and finally, the original aspect ratio was allowed to fill the screen on DVD, with the advent of large screen t.v.'s.
And now, the presentation of SLEEPING BEAUTY on Blu-ray brings the history (for me, anyway) full circle, though not QUITE as large as the original.
Mary Costa (of old "live" t.v. commercials for refrigerators and Chrysler Corporation's cars, and the first Cunegonde in the national tour of Bernstein's CANDIDE right after it closed on Broadway and concert versioned across the US) brings her crystalline voice to full force as Aurora on the 7.1 soundtrack (although her Metropolitan Opera tour as Musetta in La Boheme was quite a tour de force without amplification). And of course, the film itself is reproduced for the blu ray disc in high definition...quite a visual treat. AND, you can practice your French or Spanish with alternate soundtracks.
So, I'm happy. I also found a re-seller through Amazon who sent me a spotless, good as new package of the film. For anyone wanting to experience a beautiful hommage to medieval hour books, take a look at this film....and enjoy an addition to the incredible Disney villains with a dragon who just won't quit. Maleficent indeed.