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Cinderella

Animation, Kids & Family, and Musicals & Performing Arts movie directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wilfred Jackson

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Cinderella sparkles like never before

  • Nov 15, 2005
Rating:
+5
Stunning new 2-disc `Platinum Edition' of Disney's 1950 fairytale confection CINDERELLA. The story is as old as the hills: Cinderella is mistreated horribly by her cruel Stepmother and stepsisters Anastasia and Drisella. Her only friends are some pet mice, the birds and her faithful dog and horse. When the Prince invites all the eligible maidens in the land to his grand ball, Cinderella is heartbroken when her Stepmother forbids her to go. Enter the magical Fairy Godmother, who, with a little "Bibiddi Bobiddi Boo" magic, enables Cinderella to live out her happily-ever-after dream.

From a historical perspective, the Disney studio was pinning it's future on the success of CINDERELLA. World War II had virtually wiped out the studio's international market and films like PINOCCHIO, BAMBI and FANTASIA had lost a lot of money on their initial releases.

Disney has performed a complete restoration on the film, including an extensive frame-by-frame cleanup of the original camera negative and the result is eye-popping (almost alarmingly-so as every hint of speckle, dirt and debris has been removed). The film looks showroom-new and it's hard to believe the thing was actually made over 50 years ago. Likewise the soundtrack has been sweetened with Disney furnishing the film with an all-new "Enhanced Home Theatre" 5.1 mix. But purists need not worry, as the original mono soundtrack is also included.

There are some fantastic extras on Disc Two including an all-new `Making-Of' documentary which features recent interviews with Ilene Woods (voice of Cinderella), Mike Douglas (the Prince) and Lucille Bliss (Anastasia). "The Art of Mary Blair" is an invaluable look into the life of the revered Disney concept artist and designer; "The Cinderella That Almost Was" hosted by Don Hahn explores the scenes, songs and characters that were considered but eventually cut from the final film. "Disney's Nine Old Men" is a charming segment hosted by Joel Siegel which has the leading Disney animators of today remembering the trailblazers who created the classic Disney animated masterpieces.

There is also a charming clip from Perry Como's television show which publicised the film with a performance from Ilene Woods. A clip from "The Mickey Mouse Club" features Helene Stanley (the live-action reference model for the Cinderella character) enacting a scene with the help of the Mouseketeers. There are also extensive galleries, interactive games and DVD-ROM components.

There are however some needless (and downright questionable) extras like the ESPN Classic "Cinderella Stories" programme, which profiles sport celebrities and their rise to fame. Just what exactly does all this have to do with Disney's Cinderella? Plain boring old filler. That said, the rest of the package is outstanding. For Disney collectors and families everywhere, this is a must-own.

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review by . March 16, 2011
You probably think I'm some sort of heartless bitch for giving a movie like this such a low rating. But, I have my reasoning and I will explain it in the review. I realize that Cinderella is a classic, and with the nostalgia goggles of that time, its a piece of filmmaking genius, but I personally don't think it's that spectacular as a film, although it definitely has some good qualities about it, like the stunning animation, the cat and mouse slapstick, and the relatively memorable …
review by . November 30, 2005
I was excited also when this story came out on DVD. This edition is great and I love the color enhancement. It's great to see my daughter enjoy the same movie that I once watch.   Certainly one of the most important themes of the story is that dreams can come true if you stay optimistic and keep wishing; however, one of the messages that I really like my kids to see is that no matter what life throws at you, you chose how to react to it. Cinderella certainly has a hard life being treated …
review by . September 27, 2005
(First off, thank you Amazon, that was very awesome of you!)    Cinderella is unique in its scope, and its all too obvious that Sir Walt was in love with it.    After watching the behind the scenes footage on Bambi, and listening to the archived audio footage of Disney himself having a round table discussion about the story, I hear ol' WD's voice when I watch any of his classic animations. "Now Cinderella will be awakened by two chippery birds, but not before …
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Worry not, Disney fans--this special edition DVD of the belovedCinderellawon't turn into a pumpkin at the strike of midnight. One of the most enduring animated films of all time, the Disney-fied adaptation of the gory Brothers Grimm fairy tale became a classic in its own right, thanks to some memorable tunes (including "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," and the title song) and some endearingly cute comic relief.
The famous slipper (click for larger image) We all know the story--the wicked stepmother and stepsisters simply won't have it, this uppity Cinderella thinking she's going to a ball designed to find the handsome prince an appropriate sweetheart, but perseverance, animal buddies, and a well-timed entrance by a fairy godmother make sure things turn out all right. There are a few striking sequences of pure animation--for example, Cinderella is reflected in bubbles drifting through the air--and the design is rich and evocative throughout. It's a simple story padded here agreeably with comic business, particularly Cinderella's rodent pals (dressed up conspicuously like the dwarf sidekicks of another famous Disney heroine) and their misadventures with a wretched cat named Lucifer. There's also much harrumphing and exposition spouting by the King and the Grand Duke. It's a much simpler and more graceful work than the more frenetically paced animated films of today, which makes it simultaneously quaint and highly gratifying.--David Kronke

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Genre: Animation, Music, Family, Musical
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
Runtime: 74 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
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