Cinderella Blu-ray Release, Does The Shoe Still Fit?

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Disney, Disney Movies, Features, The Disney Review

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Published on October 05, 2012 at 11:59 pm with 3 Comments

Jeff and George share their review of the new Cinderella Blu-Ray. Does it hold up? How are the special features of this classic princess film?

GEORGE: Cinderella was Walt Disney’s return to animated features and classic fairy tales. It’s an easy call  that it would be given the Blu-ray treatment, but most fans are wondering if the specials are worth it and if it has a good hi-def transfer. I’ve owned this film on video, laserdisc and DVD; it amazes me to think of how many  times I’ve purchased it. First things first, this is a very important film and it looks and sounds great on Blu-ray.

JEFF: I have to say that Disney has been knocking their last few Blu-Ray releases out of the park when it comes to the high definition transfer, and Cinderella is no different. It looks incredible on Blu-Ray, with everything being crisp and clear. It’s amazing to me how some of these older films look so good now. To be honest, I hadn’t seen the film in years, but I was surprised by how much I still enjoyed this time around.

GEORGE: So much of the film has come to epitomize what a Disney Fairy Tale is. The music is played constantly in Disney Parks and on commercials. Of course, the Bippity Boppity Boutique owes quite a bit to the film.

JEFF: By now, though, I’m sure most of you know the film and the impact it has had on the Disney culture. I mean, heck, they named a castle after it! So, instead of rehashing the film itself, we’ll talk a little bit about the special features…or, in this case, the fluff. Most of the extras have been ported over from the last DVD release, while there are a handful of new ones. The most worthwhile one is the alternate opening that, while short, is nice to see how things “could have been.”

GEORGE: I was really excited when the review copy showed up. Even though the most recent Blu-ray releases have been spotty with special features, I had high hopes for one of Disney’s flagship titles.

  • “Tangled Ever After Animated Short
  • Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fantasyland
  • Diane Disney Miller Intro
  • Personalized Digital Storybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You (Disney Second Screen Experience)
  • The Magic of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story
  • DisneyView
  • Classic DVD Bonus

By far, the best feature was the Tangled short. It was charming, clever and funny. The most disappointing was a tie. I was excited about the behind the scenes look at New Fantasyland, but the actual construction is so much further along. You can check out MiceChat’s Dateline Disney World for more up-to-date images and information. The Magic of the Glass Slipper was incredibly odd. It follows a famous shoe designer and how he gains inspiration from several Cinderella-like moments. It plodded and seemed overly-commercial.

JEFF: Some of the best special features on the disc are the ones we already got with the DVD…deleted songs, making of docs, amongst other things. I agree that the Tangled Ever After short (shown before the re-release of Beauty and the Beast in 3D) was the best addition, and that had nothing at all to do with Cinderella! So, is it worth buying?

GEORGE: I have to answer with a resounding yes! The reason you’re buying this is to get one of Disney’s most cherished and beloved films. The sound transfer is superb and will fill the room if you have a decent home theater. The animation is crisp and stands sharp with the Blu-ray presentation. This is a great family film and owning it on Blu-ray is a special treat.

JEFF: If you don’t already own a copy, then yes, like George said, go grab it! Having it on Blu-Ray will definitely enlighten the room. But, if you do already own the last DVD, and are on the fence about buying it on Blu-Ray, I would sit this one out. While the transfer is nice, I don’t think the smattering of extra features is enough to really push you over to dropping the money on it.

By Jeff Heimbuch and George Taylor

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  • eicarr

    The Tangled short was so good it was almost worth the full price of the DVD. The girl in the Glass Slipper short was not so hot, I didn’t even notice if there was something wrong with the plot, but I’ll have to watch it again. They should have put that infomercial for the new young girl section of that park way out in Florida at the bottom of the offerings. I almost stopped watching for fear of more commercials.

    The additional special features from an old dvd release were almost too much, but appreciated. I just felt bad after thinking everyone still looked pretty good, then seeing the “filmed in 1995″ notice.

    I’m not the biggest Cinderella fan, but the special features and Tangled short make this a great buy for me.

  • Dusty Sage

    Thank you for the balanced review guys. We have this one on DVD and I think we’ll sit out this Blu-Ray transfer until they come out with the inevitable super-duper-deluxe-you’ve-got-to-have-it-now-ruby-encrusted-platinum-edition.

  • TifaOnACloud

    While the transfer is very crisp with good original audio, it suffers greatly from being the same flawed one used in the Platinum DVD release. Unfortunately, that one obliterated a lot of the fine lines in the animation through the DNR process used along with contrast tweaks and it’s made all the more obvious in HD. It’s a real shame when a VHS has some details impossible to see on a BD. It’s why I skipped the DVD, so I’m sad to see it here.

    I think it’s also pretty telling about the new extras when both reviewers name a short that has nothing to do with the movie as the best new feature. The Fantasyland piece is cute but outdated and plays too much like a thinly veiled ad. The glass slipper piece was interesting as was the Fairy Godmother tribute. All the great behind the scenes stuff was from the old DVD, which I’m glad to see included here instead of through BD Live.