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Dan's DVD/Blu-ray review: Disney's Cinderella Diamond Edition

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Cinderella Diamond Edition (Disney)

Rated G.

Starring (voices of) Ilene Woods, Eleanor Audley, William Phipps, Verna Felton, Rhoda Williams, Lucille Bliss, James MacDonald, Luis Van Rooten, Don Barclay, Mike Douglas.

Written by Bill Peet, Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Homer Brightman,
Harry Reeves, Ken Anderson, Joe Rinaldi.

Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske.

GRADE: A

DVD/Blu-ray REVIEW:


Disney is releasing one of its most beloved and successful fairy tales on Blu-ray with the "Diamond Edition" of the 1950 animated classic Cinderella.

The story of rag-to-riches has never been so clear and vivid with another remastering of the original (Disney has offered other "remastered" versions over years as the studios occasionally open the "vault").

The familiar tale begins with the downfall of Cinderella at the hands of her evil stepmother Lady Tremaine and ends with her marriage to Prince Charming after her famous glass slipper fitting.

As for "extras" included on the Blu-ray, there plenty that incorporate all kinds of new technology.

One is the "Storybook" feature that allows viewers to watch the film as told by the Fairy Godmother as children follow along using interactive features via a "Second Screen" device.

The Fairy Godmother can refer to children by name as they play games and solve puzzles that pop up during the film. The games and activities are also available as stand-alone options.

One of the interactive features creates a Cinderella Magic Photo Frame that uses an uploaded picture of a child or their family, tailored after their favorite character in the movie.

Other features include documentries on the history and making of Cinderella, along with some deleted scenes (storyboards) radio broadcasts from 1950, and several songs that were deleted from the original film. One documentary focuses on the "real" Fairy Godmother, or the wife of one of the animators who was thought to be the inspiration for the character.

Most of this documentary content was included in the 2005 DVD release, and is much more interesting for adults than kids. It's also apparent why several songs were trashed, as most of them aren't quite up to par with the finished product.


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