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Cinderella (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Review
Posted by Tony Farinella on 10.05.2012

Cinderella is a timeless story from Disney, one that still resonates with young women today. I imagine a number of young women at some point in their lives have felt like Cinderella: misunderstood and wanting more out of life. Even though it is an animated film, they can relate to the character and see some of themselves in Cinderella. They are also looking for their prince to come into their lives and sweep them off their feet and take their breath away. With that said, both young men and women want to believe in fairy tales and want to believe that something magical can happen to them at any time.

I imagine a good number of readers are familiar with the story of Cinderella, the young girl forced to live with her evil stepmother and shallow stepsisters who put her to work every second of the day. From the minute she wakes up until the minute she goes to bed, there is a chore to be done or an errand to run. She also has to take care of a comically evil cat appropriately named Lucifer, which provides some genuine laughs out of their interactions. There is also a group of mice, but they like Cinderella and want to see her do something more with her life.

As we all know, everything changes for her when the prince and the fairy Godmother come into her life, allowing her a chance to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. Since we all know whatís going to happen in the film, the characters need to be memorable and make a lasting impression. The journey also needs to be worth traveling and done in a fun way. Cinderella accomplishes that with its lively animation, quirky characters, and catchy songs. The film only runs at 74 minutes, which is the perfect length for a film like this.

On Blu-Ray, it turns a classic film into a beautiful experience that is worth revisiting over and over again. Everyone feels for Cinderella and wants to see her happy and itís hard not to root for her because she has everything you would want in an underdog character: sheís beautiful, but doesnít see it. Sheís hard-working. She has doubts. Sheís likable.

Video Info: Cinderella is released on a special Diamond Edition on 1080p high definition in 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The Diamond Edition includes both the DVD and the Blu-Ray. What they have done with this release is truly spectacular. One would expect a film this old to look faded or dark, but the picture comes to life with vibrant and gorgeous colors. Everything is crystal clear and shines on screen. The animation looks just about flawless on Blu-Ray. This is a great looking Blu-Ray, no doubt.

Sound Info: The audio is presented in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio Original Theatrical Mix. There are also subtitles in English, Spanish, and French. The audio is great with just the right amount of volume. I was able to keep it on the same level for almost the entire film. The musical numbers really have zest to them as well.

Special Features:

Tangled Ever After: (6:29) I remember seeing this special feature before Beauty and the Beast in 3D. Itís one of the better shorts Iíve seen before a Disney movie. I loved Tangled, and it was great to see the characters back, especially Pascal, one of my personal favorites.

Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition: There are four special features included in this one. The first one is the Real Fairy Godmother (11:50) which focuses on the real life inspiration behind the fairy godmother. Next up is Behind the Magic: A new Disney Princess Fantasyland, which is hosted by Ginnfer Goodwin and goes into detail on the expansions that were done in Orlando, Florida. There is also The Magic of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story (10:03), a weird feature about designer Christian Louboutin. Lastly, there is an alternate opening sequence (01:13).

Disneyview and Disney second screen: These allow you to view the film while also accessing other bonus material surrounding the film. A lot of Blu-Rays are having these lately, and I canít say Iím a big fan of them. It becomes too distracting with boat loads of information being thrown at me.

Classic Backstage Disney: Two hours of special features are included here including deleted scenes, promos, a making of special feature, The Art of Mary Blair, a storyboard feature, songs, interview with Disney animators, and radio interviews. These special features have been used on previous DVD releases of Cinderella.

The 411Cinderella: The Diamond Edition is a must-own for your Disney collection. The film looks magnificent on Blu-Ray and is loaded with hours of special features that detail just about every aspect of the film. As a film, a classic is always a classic. Itís hard to deny the craftsmanship and passion involved in the making of this film.
Final Score:  8.0   [ Very Good ]  legend


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