Thursday, 13 March 2014

Blu-ray Review - Disney's Frozen: Collector's Edition

Disney's Frozen: Collector's Edition
Directors: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
Voice Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Retail: $44.99
Running Time: 102 minutes
Rated: PG


Arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack on March 18th is Disney's smash-box-office hit and an Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Picture, Frozen, featuring cool bonus extras, such as "The Making of Frozen," D'frosted: Disney's Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen, deleted scenes, music videos and "Get a Horse" Mickey Mouse Short.

Inspired by the classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Anderson, comes Disney's newest princess animated film, Frozen, but unlike Disney's other princess' films, Frozen uses computer-animation.

Frozen tells the story Elsa the princess of Arendelle, who has the unique magical gift of creating snow and ice, but after accidentally injuring her younger sister, Anna, her parents, King and Queen of Arendelle, forbid her from using her magic again. A troll removes all Anna's memories of Elsa's magical gift. Since Elsa cannot control her magical powers, she shuts herself away in her bedroom. She hides from the outside world and from Anna.

After the King and Queen's sudden deaths, Elsa must take the crown, but her magical powers cannot be controlled, leaving her to be banished, but she leaves a winter blast over the kingdom.

Anna is determined to help save her sister from becoming evil, but she must get help from a mountain man, a reindeer and a snowman, who dreams of summer.

Disney's Frozen was a huge hit last holiday season, taking over a billion dollars during its run in theaters, which is surprisingly a lot of money for a non-Pixar film. Similar to other Disney princess films, Frozen is loosely based on a fairy tale. I'm not the biggest fan of Disney princess tales, but after hearing good things about the film, I eagerly signed up to review the Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Frozen is a cute animated film, though I think it is slightly overrated, as Disney's Tangled is a better and funnier film. Some critics, reviewers and movie goers compared the movie to the Disney Renaissance period, but Frozen is heavily flawed. My problem with the film is that is missing an actual plot. The villagers call Elsa a witch and she runs out of the kingdom, creates a snowstorm and builds an ice castle. Of course, her sister, Anna, goes after her, in the hope of helping her to "Let It Go." There is no real villain here, unless you count the prince, Hans, whom is just a badly written character. It wasn't for the music, Frozen would have been a complete flop at the box-office. Despite the films problems, it is still in a higher league than the unneeded Planes (and its upcoming sequel) Disney put out last year. Frozen has great computer-animation, a few funny lines and great music. Overall, Frozen is a cute movie, but it could have been better.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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