1. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
Voices: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Moroni Olsen Writers: Ted Sears, etc., based on a Grimm fairy tale Director: David Hand, etc. Distributor: Disney Retail Price: $29.99
The Film: Walt Disney created the master mold for all animated feature films that would follow with this 1937 picture, the first of its kind. It's a genre that continues indeed, thrives to this day. The title character, culled from the annals of fairy tale, is the prototypical Disney heroine, so life-like and sympathetic, while her comedic sidekicks are humorously depicted in a much more cartoonish manner. The songs, the dark edge of the evil Queen, the full and real environment... it's all still damned effective and undeniably pioneering.
The Disc: The first of Disney's "Platinum Edition" two-disc DVD sets, SNOW WHITE does not disappoint. When the studio first ventured into DVD, its discs were generally disappointing. But all that has changed in the past couple of years, and this is one of their most extensive editions yet. The transfer is dazzling and the extras are voluminous, featuring everything from documentaries and games to galleries, timelines and sequences that didn't make it in the film. Actually, you need seven dwarfs to help you plow through all the information packed into this set.
VHS Can't Touch This: Disney speaks from beyond the grave! An audio commentary features archival recordings of old Walt himself, cleverly tied together by new remarks from animation expert John Canemaker.
Reason to Buy This Disc: Aside from the pure beauty of the film itself, this disc is the perfect stepping stone for DVD newbies. Two "Guided Tours" steer the viewer through the extra features, helping the novice understand the entire process.