Walt Disney Studios’ ‘Maleficent’ Sequel Saved By Its Visual Effects

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Walt Disney Studios’ latest entry in its Maleficent movie franchise Tuesday.  The property’s second (and hopefully last) entry in the property, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, is a visually impressive work.  This is the most notable reason for audiences to view the movie.  While the movie’s visual effects are impressive, the movie’s story does quite a bit to detract from its overall presentation, sadly.  The bonus content adds a little (and only a little) appeal to the presentation of the movie’s home release and is worth at least one watch, too.  Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the movie in its home release.  All things considered, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil falls just as short of expectations as its predecessor.

Walt Disney Studios’ Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a work that is worth at least one watch, but sadly little more than that.  It is not a total loss.  That is due in large part to its visual effects.  The special effects and visuals in general make the movie the proverbial “feast for the eyes.”  The rich, lush landscapes that are presented throughout the movie, and their bright colors give this otherwise brooding story a mood that will, in itself, ensure viewers’ engagement if not entertainment.    Even the scenes involving the dungeon laboratory have their own brightness so as to not make those scenes too foreboding for audiences.  Add to that the fact that many of the special effects used throughout were handled expertly.  It is known that the effects in question were computer generated.  However, even with that in mind, there was a certain balance in the live action and computer generated elements. That attention to detail made a moment such as the movie’s epic final battle fully engaging. It makes suspension of disbelief easier.  Even in a moment, such as when Maleficent is in the cave with the other Fae, there are clearly some CG elements set along with the live action elements.  Again, attention to detail here blurred the line between the computer and live action.  Even in the moment when Maleficent is making her way across the river, the creation of the bridge is clearly computer generated, but it never looks so computer generated that it looks cheesy.  Those behind the movie’s visual effects are to be commended for that attention to detail.  This is just one more of many examples of what makes the movie’s visual effects noteworthy.  All things considered, the visual effects overall go a long way toward making Maleficent: Mistress of Evil worth at least one watch.

While the visual effects featured in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil do their own share to make the movie worth at least one watch, the movie’s story detracts just as much from the movie’s presentation.  The story this time out finds Maleficent going toe –to-toe with an evil queen instead of an evil king.  This time the evil ruler happens to be the mother of Princess Aurora’s love interest, King Philip.  Right off the bat, the story is contrived.  Audiences are presented with two women who hate each other and are completely against their children marrying.  Of course with that in mind, the two mothers maintain a certain hatred towards one another.  Who hasn’t seen this plot line done dozens of times already in other movies from other studios?  It doesn’t take long for things to take a new course from there, with the evil queen (Ingrith) – Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns, Dangerous Minds, What Lies Beneath) – tries to frame Maleficent for the attempted murder of her (Ingrith’s) own husband.  As it is later revealed by Ingrith in her monologue (yes, there is even a standard bad guy monologue here even though it’s not a superhero movie), she just has a deep seated hatred of the fae and all of the creatures of the moors.  It doesn’t take long for the story to take on a decidedly overly activist statement at this point.  Maleficent and the creatures of the moor essentially take on the underdog role – the victims – while Ingrith represents the evil imperialist ruler.  The underdog creatures take on the evil imperialists and end up winning.  Yes, the wedding between Aurora and Philip takes place in the end, and Maleficent even comes to terms with the fact that Aurora has grown up and become her own person.  While the story does have its happy ending, the original story of Sleeping Beauty certainly did not imagine any of what was in this story or even its predecessor.  What’s more, there were so many moments when unnecessary dialoguing could have been ended with immediate action by Aurora and/or Maleficent.  Sadly, that didn’t happen.  At least in the final battle scene, there wasn’t a bunch of unnecessary monologuing.  Rather, those behind the lens allowed the action to do the talking.  To that end, at least there was that for the story.  Other than that element, the seeming social statement about the indigenous people taking on the imperialist invaders (which has been done how many times throughout Hollywood’s history?) and the element of the two queens fighting over their children marrying proves anything but original.  Rather, it makes the movie’s story quite boring and unoriginal.  Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear how this movie’s story detracts from its presentation and just how much it does just that.

The damage that Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’s story does to its presentation is fully evident from start to end.  It is undeniable.  Even with that in mind, it is not the last of the elements that is worth addressing.  The bonus content featured with the movie’s home release plays into its presentation, too.  It makes up – though only slightly at best – for the problems caused by the movie’s extremely porous story.  Audiences will enjoy the very brief behind-the-scenes look at how star Angelina Jolie’s flight scenes were created sing CG technology.  The extended scenes, of which there are only two, do create at least a slight appreciation for the content that was not featured in the movie’s final cut.  It is clear in watching those scenes that they were justifiably removed.  The scene in which Philip and Aurora dance prior to the dinner adds nothing to the overall story.  All it does is show another way in which the queen is trying to control everything.  The moment when the queen “comforts” Aurora and decides to approve of the wedding does just as little as the dance sequence to add to the story.  All audiences get is another view of the queen’s controlling nature and her distaste for Aurora.  To that end, it is clear why these two scenes were cut from the final product.

The bonus “Origins of the Fey” doesn’t actually explain the Fey’s origins, ironically.  Jolie talks about the Fey that inhabit the different parts of the world, but does not actually explain their origins.  All she does is explain that they exist everywhere in that magical world.  On a side note, the story never explains away why all the Fey stayed hidden and allowed Maleficent to get shot early on, nor does it explain the full link between her and the Phoenix.  Getting back on track, that brief extra actually does more bad than good as a bonus, keeping all of this in mind.

The movie’s bonus VFX Reel takes audiences behind the scenes of hwo the movie’s visual effect were created.  On the surface, this seems like something positive.  The reality though, is that the bonus is in fact extremely brief.  All it does is use a wipe effect to show how the scenes were shot against blue screens and the final product of that shooting.  Yes, there are some commentaries included with that presentation, but the bonus overall lasts only perhaps two minutes at the very best.  To that end, yes it is insightful, but only slightly at best.  Between that brief bonus and the other brief extras, the bonus content overall presents a little (emphasis on little) to appreciate.  There is some positive to the bonus content, but little at best.  When it is set alongside the movie’s visual effects, the combination of the two is just enough to make this movie worth at least one watch, but little more.

Walt Disney Studios’ latest entry in its Maleficent franchise is just as much of a disappointment as its predecessor.  That is due in large part to its story, which presents plot elements that have been used countless times prior in other movies from other studios.  The multitudinous plot holes that pock mark the story make it even more problematic.  Thankfully for all of the damage that the story does to Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, its visual effects and its bonus content combine to make it worth at least one watch.  All things considered, one can only hope that Walt Disney Studios will let this franchise die mercifully, and make it the last of the property’s entries.  More information on Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is available online at:

 

 

 

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Disney Announces ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ Release Date, Specs

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Walt Disney Studios’ MaleficentMistress of Evil next month.

The follow-up to the studio’s 2014 movie Maleficent, it is scheduled for release on Jan. 14.  It will be available online Dec. 31.

This time, Maleficent and her Goddaughter Aurora find themselves navigating difficult family waters as Aurora is set to marry Prince Phillip.  After years of growing together, the pair’s relationship starts to strain.  Making things even more difficult is the ongoing strain between humans and fairies.

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The upcoming home release of MaleficentMistress of Evil features a variety of bonuses, such as behind the scenes interviews with the cast and crew, visual effects profile and extended scenes.  The full list of bonus features is noted below.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE:
  • Lickspittle – Fantasy-film veteran Warwick Davis considers how every aspect of the film’s design inspired his tragic character.
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
  • Extended Scenes
    • The Queen Comforts Aurora – Queen Ingrith takes advantage of Aurora’s fragile state to gain her confidence and accelerate the wedding plans.
    • Philip and Aurora Dance – Aurora struggles to gain Queen Ingrith’s approval when she realizes how she is viewed among aristocracy.
  • Featurettes
    • Origins of the Fey – Angelina Jolie discusses Maleficent’s lore, her newly discovered origins, and the diversity of the cast who portray the Fey.
    • Aurora’s Wedding – Elle Fanning gushes over Aurora’s fairytale wedding; plus, hear from some special guests as they give their best to the bride and groom.
    • If You Had Wings – Get a glimpse of the elaborate visual effects that allow the Fey to take to the skies.
    • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” VFX Reel – Discover how a perfect blend of practical and visual effects were used to create the stunning landscapes in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.”
  • Outtakes – Uncooperative cats, a serious case of the giggles and even the “floss dance” found their way into Ulstead.
  • “You Can’t Stop The Girl” – Music video performed by Bebe Rexha

More information on MaleficentMistress of Evil is available online now at:

 

Website: http://movies.disney.com/maleficent-mistress-of-evil

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‘Aladdin’ Reboot Home Release Is A Wish Fulfilled For Disney’s, Movie’s Most Devoted Fans

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Fans of Disney’s Aladdin will get their wishes granted very soon with the home release of the movie in two formats.  Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the live action reboot of the classic 1992 movie on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on Sept. 10 alongside a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack re-issue of the noted modern animated classic.  The live action/CG reboot was originally planned for an Aug. 27 release, but that date was later pushed back to Sept. 10 to coincide with the re-issue of the animated feature instead of separating the pair into two separate release dates.  The upcoming home release of the reboot is a presentation that will appeal to the most devoted fans of the original offering.  That is due in part to its story, which will be addressed shortly.  The bonus content featured with the movie’s home release also plays into that appeal and will be addressed a little later.  The movie’s average price point, considering the story and bonus content plays its own part in the whole of the movie’s home release and will be addressed later, too.  When it is considered along with the noted content, the whole of said content and pricing makes the new live action/CG reboot of Aladdin a presentation  that while maybe not totally magical, still a wish fulfillment for the most devoted fans of the movie.

Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming home release of its live action/CG Aladdin reboot is a presentation that is not as magical as its source material.  It is however, a wish fulfillment for the most devoted fans of that property.  That is due in part to the story at the center of the movie.  The story does keep some of the elements of the 1992 animated feature from Disney, but it also features a number of changes from that source material.  Whereas the ’92 version offers plenty of back story and development early on in its 90-minute run, this story ignores all of that background, opting instead to open in the market scene in which Aladdin and Jasmine first meet.  On one hand, it detracts from the story significantly in that it gives the story a decidedly abrupt feeling.  At the same time, Director Guy Ritchie and co-writer John August – the pair wrote the movie’s screenplay — somehow manage to make the situation work despite the abrupt feeling.  Another notable change to the story finds Aladdin going to the cave of wonders with Jafar out of costume.  Unlike the case in the 1992 movie, Jafar does not try to hide his identity in this story.  He instead opts to try to seduce Aladdin with promises of power if he helps him.  Why Ritchie and August chose this route is anyone’s guess.  There is no discussion on this choice in the movie’s bonus content, which does not even feature any bonus commentary.  Oddly enough, despite being so clearly different, the change does still manage somehow to work in its own right.  These are just a couple of the changes that are evident throughout the course of this reboot.  There are lots of others that viewers will find themselves.  For all of the changes that fill the story, there are some moments that remain mostly the same.  The moment when Aladdin reveals to the sultan that Jafar has been controlling his mind is still there, albeit in a slightly different way the famed cave of wonders sequence finds some slight variances, but is still largely the same, as is the market scene.  To that end, the story does present a variety of changes, but for all the changes, they are balanced out with elements from the ’92 Aladdin’s story, making the movie worth at least the occasional watch.  The balance of the original story elements and the altered elements is just one element that will appeal to the most devoted fans of Aladdin.  The bonus content that is featured with the movie’s forthcoming home release plays into the movie’s presentation just as much as the story.

The bonus content featured with the movie’s upcoming home release are the standard behind-the-scenes making of featurette, a discussion with Ritchie about the movie’s genesis and creation, a discussion with Will Smith about taking on the iconic role of the genie, a collection of bloopers and deleted scenes, and a song that was cut from the movie.  The making-of featurette gives the relatively commonplace element — that is included in almost every movie ever released – a new twist by presenting it through the use of a smart phone.  That approach doesn’t really do much to add to the feature’s appeal, but the revelations of how each of the movie’s key sequences were made will interest viewers.  Case in point is the carpet ride sequence.  Viewers learn how it was made using a hydraulic rig, blue screen and video screens so that stars Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott would be able to coordinate the song’s verses and choruses with the different scenes within the sequences.  Audiences also learn about Massoud’s Jordanian heritage as the post-Cave of Wonders scene is shot in the Wadi Rum valley in Jordan.  Massoud openly talks about the emotional impact that shooting in the valley had on him.  It is an interesting aspect that is certain to engage viewers.  There is also a light hearted discussion in this featurette about the making of the Prince Ali introduction sequence that features comments from Scott and Massoud’s co-star Will Smith.

Ritchie’s discussion about the movie’s genesis and creation is even more certain to engage and entertain viewers than the “making of” featurette because it offers comment from Ritchie himself about his role in the movie.  He states in his interview that he decided to join on the movie because he is a family man, saying, “I live within a world of children. I want to make films my family can see.  So I was driven to remake this movie.  Creatively most engaging is that it is a musical within this fantastical world.”  Smith adds his own comments, noting, “Once I heard how he [Ritchie] was going to shoot some of these sequences, I said ‘Yes, ok, I’m in.”  The movie’s musical creative heads add their own comments to the segment, as do Scott and Massoud.  All things considered here, the whole of this segment proves to be one of the movie’s most notable bonuses.

Another of the most notable bonuses is the discussion on Smith’s role as the genie.  One of the movie’s most important roles, Smith talks here about his trepidation about taking on a role that – as he said himself – Robin Williams made so iconic.  It shows that Smith knew it would be difficult to live up to Williams’ legacy as the beloved character, but still tried to do just that while also honoring the work that Williams did in the role.  Given, Smith does not live up to that legacy, but knowing that he wanted to pay tribute to Williams and his work while also doing his own thing does create a new respect for Smith in this aspect.

The collective bonus gag reel and deleted scenes are interesting additions to the whole of the movie’s presentation.  The gag reel is brief, but will put a smile on viewers’ faces.  The deleted scenes are important because audiences see for themselves that some scenes were wisely cut while others, such as Aladdin and genie’s talk immediately after Prince Ali’s introduction should have been included in the movie.  It is a great, light hearted moment that while brief, would have added more enjoyment to the movie. Keeping this in mind along with everything else noted, it becomes clear that the bonus content featured in Aladdin’s home release plays its own key part in the movie’s overall presentation.  When it is considered along with the balance of the movie’s new and old story elements, the two together make the movie worth the cost for the movie’s most devoted fans and the most devoted Disney fans.

The average price point of Aladdin is $27.05.  That price is obtained by averaging prices at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  Amazon had the movie listed at the time of this review’s posting, but the listing did not feature prices for any of the movie’s platforms.  Disney’s shop links back to Walmart, Target and Best Buy.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price of $30.32 is well above the average, while Best Buy is, in this case, the best buy with a price listing of $24.99 along with Target, which lists the same price.  Books-A-Million’s price listing of $22.99 is just below that of Barnes & Noble, but is still well above the average.  Walmart lists the movie at $24.96, so is it below the average, just like Target and Best Buy.  Keeping in mind so many of Disney’s movies tend to list in store in the area of $24.95 – and very close to that number – the noted prices are right on par with those other noted Disney flicks.  To that end, consumers won’t feel that they are getting ripped off when they purchase this movie, especially considering the balance of the story’s old and new content and the bonus content.  All things considered, those elements and the pricing make this presentation of Aladdin one that the most devoted Disney and Aladdin fans will appreciate.

The upcoming home of Disney’s new Aladdin reboot is an interesting work.  It is certainly a work that will appeal to a very target audience.  It is not for everybody.  That is due in part to a story, which presents a variety of changes to the story presented in the movie’s 1992 presentation.  That alone has made it a very divisive presentation.  That being the case, it will appeal largely to those most devoted fans of the movie and of Disney.  Those same viewers will appreciate the bonus content featured in the movie.  The movie’s average price point and separate price listings are in range with those of other previous releases from Disney.  Keeping all of this in mind, the movie’s upcoming home release gives the most devoted Disney and Aladdin fans something in this presentation to enjoy at least occasionally.  More information on Aladdin is available online now at:

 

 

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Disney Announces Release, Re-Issue Dates, Specs For ‘Aladdin’ 2019 and 1992 Presentations

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Fans of Disney’s Aladdin are getting their wishes granted next month with new releases of the movie.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is scheduled to release the recent live action/CG reboot of its classic animated movie on Aug. 27 on DVD/Blu-ray combo pack.  The movie stars megastar Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as the movie’s titular character and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

Disney’s updated take on the modern classic makes some changes to that movie, including new story elements and musical numbers, along with lots of computer generated elements.

Among the extras featured in the forthcoming home release of Aladdin, are featurettes examining Aladdin’s first meeting with the genie, Jasmine’s new pro-feminist song and  director Guy Ritchie.  There are also deleted scenes and the inclusion of the deleted song, “Desert Moon.”

The full list of bonus content is noted below.

DIGITAL PRESELL BONUS:

  • MAKE WAY FOR PRINCE ALI – Take a look at the gigantic design extravaganza that came together for this scene of Genie-sized proportions.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS:

  • “SPEECHLESS”: CREATING A NEW SONG FOR JASMINE – Follow the story of Jasmine’s inspirational song “Speechless,” written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul especially for this version of “Aladdin.”

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:

  • ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
  • DELETED SONG: “DESERT MOON” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken.
  • GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
  • A FRIEND LIKE GENIE – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
  • DELETED SCENES
    • Falling Petals Into OJ
    • Jafar’s Magic Orrery
    • Anders’ Gift
    • Wrong Wishes
    • Silly Old Fool
    • Post Yam Jam Debrief
  • BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
  • MUSIC VIDEOS
    • “Speechless” – Music video performed by Naomi Scott
    • “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward
    • “ A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

More information on the upcoming home release of Aladdin is available online now at:

 

Website: http://Movies.Disney.com/Aladdin-2019

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyAladdin

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DisneyAladdin

 

 

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The same day, the 1992 animated take of the movie will be released on 4K Ultra HD/BD combo pack. Two weeks later — Sept. 10 — the movie will be re-issued on BD/DVD combo pack for the most devoted fans of the movie.  The upcoming re-issue of the movie’s 1992 edition is the newest addition to Disney’s Signature Collection — the 10th movie to join the studio’s Signature Collection.

The upcoming 4k combo pack re-issue of Aladdin will feature a handful of new bonus content, such as a new sing-along version that includes on-screen lyrics, an interview with Aladdin’s original voice actor Scott Weinger (Full House) and a series of alternate endings.

The full list of the movie’s extras is noted below.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DIGITAL: *

NEW BONUS

  • Sing Along With The Movie – Sing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on-screen lyrics.
  • Aladdin on Aladdin – Join the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin.
  • Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” – Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
  • Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended.

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

  • Drawing Genie – Join prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.

CLASSIC BONUS – Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including:

  • The Genie Outtakes
  • “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic
  • Unboxing “Aladdin”

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

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More information on the upcoming re-issue of Aladdin (1992) is available online at:

 

Website: http://Movies.Disney.com/Aladdin

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Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ Reboot Will Appeal To The Movie’s Most Devoted Audiences

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Walt Disney Studios is bringing its reboot of its animated classic Dumbo to DVD and Blu-ray later this month.  The movie is scheduled for release June 25, just under three months after the movie made its theatrical debut.  The movie was met with lackluster reactions from viewers and critics alike during its theatrical run, according to figures from Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Mojo.  The lackluster reaction is justified, considering the reboot’s story.  This will be addressed a little bit later.  The bonus content that is featured with the movie’s home release does make up at least a little bit for the problems posed through the movie’s story.  It will be discussed shortly.  The movie’s average price point in its home release is another notable element to consider in examining its whole.  Each item noted here is key in its own way to the whole of the upcoming home release of Dumbo.  All things considered, the movie’s home release is a presentation that the most devoted Dumbo fans will appreciate.

Walt Disney Studios’ forthcoming home release of its reboot of Dumbo is a presentation that will appeal mostly to the most devoted fans of the classic movie.  That is due in part to the bonus content that is featured with the movie.  Among the most notable of the featured extras that make up the movie’s bonus content are featurettes that examine the movie’s costumes, set design and story.  Audiences learn through the bonus content, the train used in the update was in fact a real, scale model of the train featured in the animated 1941 movie.  There is even footage showing the train in front of a green screen to prove the train is real, and not just another CG item.  Viewers also learn through the noted features, the amount of work that went into making the movie look as close to the period as possible in which it was set.  That includes the costumes and the look of the train and sets.  That adds a certain level of appreciation to the movie, if only a little.  Another interesting addition to the movie’s bonus content list is a group of interviews with the movie’s cast and director Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns).  Burton reveals in his interview segments that he had not in fact worked with Michael Keaton (Batman, Batman Returns, Spiderman: Homecoming) and Danniy DeVito (Matilda, Batman, Batman Returns) since the trio last worked on Batman Returns (1992).  That is a long span of time apart.  DeVito and Keaton do share their own entertaining anecdotes about the comparison of that movie to Dumbo, joking about how the roles have changed and how Keaton loves elephants in reality, and its role in his acting.  Fellow Dumbo co-star Eva Green (Casino Royale, Penny Dreadful, Kingdom of Heaven) reveals an equally intriguing note of her own fears and how they were connected to her inexperience in acrobatics in her own interview.  That is just one more item that makes the bonus content so interesting here.  All of the items noted here will certainly engage and entertain audiences when Dumbo makes its home debut later this month.  They are just some of the interesting commentaries featured in the movie’s bonus content.  The note of Burton’s attention to detail with the sets and costumes adds its own interst, as the discussions lead to thoughts of another of Burton’s works – Big Fish.  The movie is not mentioned directly, but the latent effect is the noted thoughts and comparisons of Big Fish.  Stylistically, one cannot help but make a comparison between the movies.  To that end, audiences – even those who might not like this latest take on Dumbo – will appreciate the look of Dumbo.  Keeping that and everything else noted here in mind, the bonus content featured in the upcoming home release of Dumbo proves to be the movie’s saving grace, and more proof of the importance of a movie’s bonus content.  Staying on this train of thought, Disney’s updated take of Dumbo leaves a lot to be liked in terms of its story, the movie’s most prominent negative aspect.

The story at the center of Disney’s new Dumbo reboot is a near complete re-imagining of the 1941 movie.  In place of the original story in which Dumbo has to learn to believe in himself rather than luck, is a story that finds Dumbo basically being used by two businessmen for their own selfish purposes.  Given, DeVito’s Max Medici does ultimately prove to have a good heart, but he has to go through his own personal lesson to get there.  To that end, Max and V.A. Vandevere are both really just money-grubbers.  Max is just the lesser of two evils.  Add in the unnecessary romance subplot between Holt (Farrell) and Colette (Green) and things get even worse.  Things get worse not just because of the unnecessary romance subplot, but the very fact that said plot was so predictable.  It did not take a genius to know from early on that Colette’s character turn would happen.  As if this is not enough, the very fact that Dumbo knew just which knobs to turn and levers to pull (and could even do the noted tasks) to shut down Dreamland is just not believable.  The overly preachy animal rights message at the story’s end, and the overly preachy female empowerment messages also tied into the story do little to help the story.  That is not to say that female empowerment is a bad thing.  In fact it is a very good thing.  However, the way in which that message was delivered here was a bit more preachy than powerful, if that makes any sense.  When all of this is taken into consideration, the reality sets in that the story at the center of Disney’s new Dumbo reboot does a lot to detract from its presentation.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the movie’s average price point quite important to consider.

The average price point for the upcoming home release of Dumbo is $26.88.  That price is obtained using prices at Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Books-A-Million.  At the time of this review’s posting, the movie was not listed at Disney’s official store.  The movie’s listing at movies.disney.com links to Best Buy, Target and Walmart.  While the average price point is almost $30, the movie’s pricing is right on par with every other movie that Disney has released in recent memory.  Its most inexpensive listing is through Amazon and Walmart at $24.96 while Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s price of $31.32 is the most expensive.  The continuity (of sorts) of the movie’s price in comparison to Disney’s other movies is something that viewers will applaud, especially considering the problems posed by the movie’s primary content versus the positives of its bonus content.  Keeping that in mind, while the primary content featured in Disney’s reboot of Dumbo is problematic, the movie’s most devoted fans will find it worth at least one watch.  Its bonus content does at least a little bit to make up for the story’s problems.  The pricing, for those noted devotees, is right in the same price range as Disney’s other home releases.  To that end, the movie in whole proves to be a release that will certainly appeal to a certain targeted audience

The forthcoming home release of Disney’s Dumbo reboot is an intriguing new offering from Disney.  Its bonus content is certain to keep audiences in general engaged and entertained.  Its story, on the other hand, will appeal to a much more specific viewer base.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price range for the movie’s home release – which is in keeping with the range of Disney’s other home releases – proves to be its own positive for the movie.  Keeping all of this in mind, Dumbo’s upcoming home release will certainly appeal to a very distinct group of the movie’s audiences.  It is scheduled for release June 25.  More information on Dumbo is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://movies.disney.com/dumbo-2019

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/Dumbo

 

 

 

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True Disney Devotees Will Appreciate Studio’s Latest ‘Cinderella’ Re-Issue

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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 & LandingOperation 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:

 

 

Website: http://movies.disney.com/Cinderella-1950

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Walt Disney Studios To Re-Issue ‘Cinderella’ Again This Month

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Cinderella is getting the re-issue treatment again.

Walt Disney Studios recently announced it will re-issue its timeless animated classic Cinderella on June 25.  The release is part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the movie’s debut.  Its re-issue is part of Walt Disney Studios’  Walt Disney Signature Collection.

The story of Cinderella is an unforgettable tale of the last being first and the best coming to those who wait.  Cinderella is the unloved stepdaughter of a selfish stepmother and her biological daughters.  She is mistreated by the trio, but then a fair godmother comes along and helps her meet Prince Charming.  He then loses her, albeit briefly, after she runs away at the stroke of midnight, and then finds her again in classic boy meets girl-loses her-gets her back in the end fashion.

Two new featurettes are featured in the movie’s upcoming BD re-issue.  One is a trivia game featuring a pair of current Disney stars.  The other is an in-movie feature that presents storyboards, sketches, transcripts and other items to deepen the experience.  Also featured in the movie’s upcoming re-issue is all of the bonus content featured in its most recent re-issue.  The full list of the movie’s bonus content is noted below.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DIGITAL:

*NEW BONUS

  • Try This Trivia on for Size – Join Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel’s Sydney to the Max and put your knowledge of Cinderella to the test.
  • In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition – Watch the movie and gain some insight into its production with storyboards, archival photos, sketches and transcripts.

CLASSIC BONUS

  • Diane Disney Miller “Cinderella” Film Intro – In this introduction to the animated classic, Diane Disney Miller describes how Cinderella helped launch a studio renaissance.
  • The Real Fairy Godmother – Learn about the real-life inspiration for the Fairy Godmother: Mary Alice O’Connor, wife of Disney layout artist Ken O’Connor.
  • Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fairyland – Discover how Imagineers created a Fantasyland at Walt Disney World featuring each of the Disney Princesses.
  • The Magic of the Glass Slipper – World-famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin creates a very exclusive “Glass Slipper” in honor of a beloved Disney classic.

THE ART OF CINDERELLA

  • Concept Art – View a gallery of concept art from the feature’s production.
  • Character Model Sheets – View a gallery of character model sheets from the feature’s production.
  • Story Sketches – View a gallery of story sketches from the feature’s production.
  • Live-Action Reference – View a gallery of photos taken from live-action footage shot as a reference for the animated feature.
  • Pencil Animation – View a gallery of pencil animation from the feature’s production.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Stills – View a gallery of behind-the-scenes stills from the feature’s production.
  • Feature Stills – View a gallery of stills from the feature.

MUSIC AND MORE

  • “Cinderella” Title Song
  • “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
  • “Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale”
  • “The Work Song”
  • “So This Is Love”

*Bonus features may vary by retailer

More information on the upcoming re-issue of Cinderella is available online now at:

 

Website: http://movies.disney.com/Cinderella-1950

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Cinderella

 

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