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Blu-ray Review: Diamond Edition of Disney's Beloved ‘Cinderella’

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CHICAGO – It’s the season for an increasing number of titles on the Blu-ray New Releases shelf that are vying for a spot on your holiday wish list and Disney movies make an appearance every season. Every year, Disney reaches into the vault and pulls out another classic, giving it an HD upgrade and new special features. This year’s lucky bunch are the fans of “Cinderella,” an undeniable gem from the Disney canon given a glorious video restoration and accompanied with hours of special features, including a new short film called “Tangled Ever After” to appeal to fans of the surprising hit “Tangled.”

HollywoodChicago.com Blu-ray rating: 4.5/5.0
Rating: 4.5/5.0

First and foremost, “Cinderella” looks stunning. Years from now, the Disney classic Blu-ray releases will be looked at as game-changers when it comes to animation in HD. The movie is more visually accomplished than most Blu-rays of films that were theatrically released last year. The special features here are a little scattershot (especially the new ones) and so the best thing about “Cinderella” is how gorgeous it looks.

As for special features, it seems like most of the interesting bonus material made previous editions. So, while all of that has been imported to this edition, the new stuff is a bit lackluster, including what is essentially a commercial for a new section of Disney Land and another ad for a show based on “Cinderella.” As for “Tangled Ever After,” it’s a cute, physical comedy-based bit that fans of the movie will love.

Cinderella was released on Blu-ray on October 2, 2012
Cinderella was released on Blu-ray on October 2, 2012
Photo credit: Universal

Synopsis:
Rediscover the timeless story, the memorable music and unforgettable characters - now more enchanting than ever with pristine digital picture and dazzling high definition sound! Cinderella has faith her dreams will come true. With help from her loyal mice friends and a wave of her Fairy Godmother’s wand, Cinderella’s rags are magically transformed into a glorious gown and off she goes to the Royal Ball. But when the clock strikes midnight, the spell is broken, leaving only a single glass slipper… the only key to the ultimate fairy-tale ending!

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New Special Features:
o Tangled Ever After Animated Short
o Never Before Seen Alternate Opening Sequence
o Personalized Digital Storybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You
o Behind The Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland
o The Real Fairy Godmother

“Cinderella” was released on Blu-ray on October 2, 2012.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

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Great review and I

Great review and I couldn’t agree more. The only thing I want to add is that I’m so sick of Disney re-releasing stuff so I have about 3 copies of Cinderella, 3 copies of Beauty and the Beast, and maybe 4 copies of The Little Mermaid.

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