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Cinderella: Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

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The Disney animated classic gets a new home video release.

I’m sure you all know the story of “Cinderella.” It’s the rags to riches story of a young woman (the titular character) who is forced into servitude by her wicked stepmother after her father passes away. The lonely Cinderella spends her days doing chores and serving her stepmother and her 2 rotten daughters while she talks to animals and dreams of a better life. When the Grand Duke throws a ball for his son The Prince in order to find him a lover, a Fairy Godmother and her trusted animal pals try to help Cinderella get a better life.

Like so many of Disney’s animated films, “Cinderella” is a timeless classic. So much of the story is forever a part of pop culture history be it the pumpkin coach, the glass slippers, the characters, the iconic songs that will never leave your memory (namely “The Work Song” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”), the simple but heartfelt and magical story, and the sheer artistry of the animation that still amazes to this very day.

Throughout the 74 minute runtime, however, I couldn’t help but wish there was a bit more human characterization. It would have been nice to see The Prince have, well, any sort of characterization as he is barely on screen. Far too much time is devoted to the animal characters such as Lucifer the cat and the mice Gus and Jaq. While there antics can be entertaining and undoubtedly appealing to younger audiences, it often feels like a distraction from the main storyline.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray edition of the classic Technicolor animated film will wow you. The colors are so rich that it’s like watching the film anew.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The film’s audio more depth than ever with this 7.1 track.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Disney trailers and trailers for “Cinderella.”
* “Try This Trivia On For Size”- “Sydney To The Max” stars reveal trivia about “Cinderella.”
* An intro by Diana Disney Miller
* “From Rags To Riches: The Making Of Cinderella”- Making of featurette
* “The Magic Of The Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story”- An extra about shoemaker Christian Louboutin.
* “The Real Fairy Godmother”- Inspirations and stories about the classic character.
* An alternate opening sequence.
* Storyboard to Film Comparison: Opening Sequence.
* “Cinderella Title Song”- A demo of the song
* “The Cinderella That Almost Was”- Concepts originally considered for the film.
* “From Walt’s Table: A Tribute To The Nine Old Men”- An extra about the great animators.
* “The Art Of Mary Blair”- The title says it all.
* “Behind The Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland”- A look at Walt Disneyworld’s Fantasyland expansion.
* “1922 Laugh-O-Grams: Cinderella”- An old cartoon.
* An excerpt from a 1956 episode of “The Mickey Mouse Club.”
* 3 “Cinderella” radio show excerpts

June 21, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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