Walt Disney Studios is set to re-issue its animated adaptation of the timeless fairy tale Cinderella again later this month. This latest re-issue comes roughly five years after the company last re-issued the movie, and for audiences who are attentive to movies’ bonus content, is certain to generate plenty of discussion. They are collectively, both a pro and a con in one. While the movie’s bonus content is certain to generate its own share of discussions, the movie’s central story will create just as much discussion among viewers today as it did when it debuted so many decades ago. It will be addressed a little later. The movie’s average price point proves just as important to discuss in examining its upcoming re-issue as the other noted elements. Each item is important in its own way to the whole of this latest re-issue. All things considered, Disney’s forthcoming re-issue of Cinderella proves to be an interesting offering from Walt Disney Studios and its home entertainment arm.
Walt Disney Studio’s upcoming re-issue of Cinderella will come just a year short of the 70th anniversary of the movie’s original debut when it is re-issued later this month on DVD and Blu-ray. The movie originally debuted – according to information from IMDB.com – on March 4, 1950. In terms of the movie’s story, nothing has changed since it made its theatrical debut some 60 years ago this year. Now in terms of the extras featured in the movie’s home release, they have changed over the years. The movie’s upcoming re-issue, scheduled for June 25, is no exception to that rule. This latest issuance features some of the bonus content featured in the movie’s 2012 BD re-issue, but also features a variety of new extras. Brought over from the 2012 re-issue are “The Real Godmother,” Behind The Magic: A New Disney Princes Fantasyland,” the movie’s alternate openings and the vintage radio broadcasts. Not carried over into this re-issue are the Tangled short Tangled Ever After and the personalized digital storybook. In place of those extras are “From Rags To Riches: The Making of Cinderella,” “The Cinderella That Almost Was,” “Try This Trivia On For Size” and the new featurette “In Walt’s Words: The Envisioning of Cinderella. “From Rags To Riches: The Making Of Cinderella” is an intriguing look at the history of Cinderella, how it went from vision to storyboard to big screen. It even features discussions with the famed Sherman Brothers about the movie’s songs. “The Cinderella That Almost Was” envisions the original Cinderella concept and discusses Walt Disney’s role in the changes that led to the final product. The trivia featurette is just two current Disney stars who talk about some trivia connected to Cinderella. It is really the least of the new re-issue’s bonuses. The making of featurette and the history on the Cinderella that almost was are more engaging, on the other hand.
Now, the lack of the Tangled short and the personalized digital storybook might upset some viewers. In Disney’s defense, Tangled Ever After is featured on Disney’s Walt Disney Short Films Collection (2015). Also featured in that collection are shorts, such as Frozen Fever, Prep & Landing – Operation Secret Santa and John Henry. Keeping this in mind, the fact that Tangled Ever After is not featured in Cinderella’s latest re-issue is not that much of a negative since it is still available on another, separate Disney release that features a variety of other Disney shorts. The movie’s new and old bonus content forms a strong foundation for its upcoming re-issue, and is not its only important element. The story at the center of the movie is just as notable as its collective bonus content.
The story at the center of Cinderella is, at its core a fairy tale about true love. Of course, it is also a story that has been quite contentious throughout history. Some argue that it’s just a fairy tale while others argue it creates unreal expectations for women – that prince charming will come in on his white horse and sweep them up off their feet instead of teaching the invaluable lesson of self confidence. On the other hand, one could just as easily argue that this possible message aside, it also teaches a lesson about the last being first. Cinderella was that classic underdog figure, and she was the “last.” Because of her kind heart, she became the first in the end. Now considering the source material for Disney’s take on Cinderella – the Brothers Grimm tale, which is actually quite gruesome – that argument actually holds some water. The original tale tells a story about what happens to people who goodness versus wickedness. Again, it is rather rough in terms of its content, but makes no bones about its lesson. To that end, the story at the heart of Disney’s Cinderella may be different from its source material in terms of its overall content, but the original lesson is still there. It just has been covered up by the more saccharine sweet take crafted by Walt Disney and his staff. Keeping in mind the importance of the movie’s story and the discussions that said story is certain to generate, and the overall bonus content featured in the movie’s upcoming re-issue, the re-issue proves just as interesting in its latest re-issue as ever before. Those elements are not the movie’s only notables. Its average price point is notable in its own right.
The average price point of Cinderella (Signature Edition) is $26.42. That price is achieved using prices at Disney’s official store, Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million. Books-A-Million’s price listing was the most expensive at the time of this review’s posting, at $39.99 while the majority of the movie’s listings sit at $24.99, including the listing at Disney’s official shop. Amazon’s price for the movie via streaming is the least expensive at $14.99. Considering that the average price is almost $30, but that most of the individual price listings are actually below that price and are on par with almost every other Disney release across the board, that is not an extraordinary price to pay, especially for the most devoted Cinderella fans. Add in the importance of the movie’s combined new and old bonus content and the discussions that they will bring along with the movie’s story (and its source material), the whole proves to be a relatively affordable price that – again – the most devoted Cinderella fans will certainly appreciate.
Cinderella (Signature Edition) is a presentation that the most devoted fans of the classic Disney flick will certainly appreciate. Even classic movie buffs who maybe are not as devoted to the movie, will appreciate it partly because of the movie’s bonus content. Its story adds to its interest when compared to its source material. When all of that is considered along with the movie’s average price point and listed prices, the whole proves to be a work that Disney’s most devoted audiences will enjoy. It is scheduled for release June 25 alongside a re-issue of the movie’s live action reboot. More information on the movie is available online now at:
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