For years, Disney has fed us tales of heroes and heroines, where good triumphs over evil, and that’s all kids need to know. Then came this summer’s Angelina Jolie powered hit, Maleficent. And everything turned topsy turvy. Which makes the release date of Sleeping Beauty on Diamond Edition Blu-Ray, set for October 7, somewhat curious.
Sleeping Beauty is, of course, the film that first introduced us to the evil fairy who cursed Aurora to die when her finger was pricked by a spinning wheel. In the ’50s tale, the story was simple. Maleficent = bad. Aurora/Briar Rose = good. And good, naturally, triumphed in the end.
I won’t spoil the ending of the other, more recent film, but making the villain the title character of a film naturally indicates that their story will have at least a little more depth. And now Disney is opening its vault to return us to the classic, although bonus features treat us to some back story on the art of creating villains (not just Maleficent but Cruella too) plus never-before-seen scenes that give us more insight on the woman who was Maleficent.
At the risk of going all after-school special, it’s like Disney is setting us up to sit the kids down for a good old good vs. evil and shades of grey therein chat.
The good news? You can get a copy of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack right here … Disney has given us two copies to give away!
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