"Cinderella" finds its way on a Diamond Edition release featuring a Blu-ray disc and a DVD. Polishing this 1950 motion picture with a royal treatment from the modern magic of film restoration and re-mastering technologies, this two-disc set offers a pleasing revisit to the glass-slipper tale about a fair maiden who loses her aristocratic status from her evil stepfamily, finds friends and a fairy godmother to help her with her ordeals, and eventually marries her prince charming to finally live happily ever after. This animated piece directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske utilizes the voices of Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, James MacDonald, Verna Felton, Rhoda Williams, and Luis Van Rooten.
As part of the Golden Age of Disney-animated classics of the 1950s, this Blu-ray offering is a great way to rediscover the timeless story that has already permeated worldwide cultures for centuries. Showcasing one of the oldest Disney princesses, it marked Walt Disney Studios' return to animated features after a forced hiatus during World War II. It received Oscar nominations for Best Musical Score, Best Sound Recording, and Best Original Song for "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo."
Restored to a sparkling polish, this disc edition delivers an immaculate restoration job that is free of encoding imperfections and restoration flaws. The high-gloss digital picture is undoubtedly a pleasure to look at. Remarkable clarity and razor-sharp resolution are seen from start to end. Character and background designs lend themselves well to the slapstick material. Soft pastel hues, clean lines, and stable contrast all come together in this film that is undoubtedly full of life and color.
This movie adaptation doesn't have the same level of high stylization as other classics of the genre. Yet, it maintains a touchingly dynamic and intimate demeanor to draw audiences into the magical world of this venerable animated royal. Although made of very simply drawn human figures, the characters carry adequate facial expressions that appropriately bring enchanting moments on screen.
"Cinderella" sports a new seven-channel master audio track, as well as five-channel dubbed options in Spanish and French. The clear and appropriately robust mix pays respect to its source material by initiating just enough expansion to retain the aural personality of its old sound design. Its light embellishments mainly extend out to the surround channels with ample lossless support. Music and ambient effects effectively spread around the sound field for a livelier and fuller presentation. Effects and music have ample room to breathe and nothing seems crowded or cramped in the mix.
This combo release is packed with a wealth of supplements including a Diane Disney Miller Introduction, documentaries, making-of featurettes, reels of deleted and alternate scenes, dolled-up infomercials, archive audio recordings, a personalized digital storybook meant for laptops and tablets, and the short films "Tangled Ever After" and "The Magic of a Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story." Subtitle options are available in English, English SDH, Spanish, and French.
This package is a stellar update to one of Disney's classic titles. Interestingly, this crown jewel of cinema's animation collection still resonates as much as it did in 1950. Defying age amidst the fact that the conventions of its originating era counter the more modern perspectives, this basic of rags-to-riches story continues to capture the imagination of its target audience. It can cater to those already familiar with its fairy tale wonders and even those tiny tots who get introduced to this simple story for the first time. Ultimately, this film remains as an essential piece of Disney lore worth owning in HD format.
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