Jeff and George take a look at the blockbuster Disney film Frozen, now on Blue-Ray.
George: Reviewing one of the most popular films of 2013 sounds like an easy task, right? Especially one that is the most successful Disney animated film since the Lion King. I listen to a literary-based podcast and one of the hosts even mentioned that Frozen was a good movie, even for a Disney film. So, obviously, there’s still a need for Jeff and I to talk about Frozen on Blu-ray. Heh. Maybe Disney should have released a Brrr-ray version!
Jeff: If there was an emoticon that I could use there that properly conveyed the face palm I just did, I’d use it here. But I can’t, so I won’t. Regardless, where as George was lucky enough to see the film in theaters, I had to wait until it arrived on blu-ray. And after listening to the months and months of hype, seeing the memes, and hearing the songs, I can say it STILL exceeded all expectations I had for it.
George: The songs are really spectacular and the characters have tremendous appeal. Olaf and Sven might be the two greatest characters since Meeko and Percy. The movie did receive a lot of hype, which was warranted. Still, if you haven’t seen it yet, now is the time to pick up your very own copy. I do have to say that the extras were good, but not inspiring. Unless you’re like Jeff and watched one over and over until a restraining order was issued.
Jeff: Restraining order? More like a love letter! It’s no secret I have an unrequited love for one Miss Kristen Bell. I’ve found her witty and charming ever since Veronica Mars. But in the film, she really shines. The character of Anna was perfectly suited for her, and man, can she sing a song. I know everyone’s stand out winner (and Academy Award winner, for that matter) song is “Let It Go,” but I really feel like “Love Is An Open Door,” Kristen’s duet with Santino Fontana is the real stand out of the film.
George: I admit that “Love Is an Open Door” was my favorite song but “Let It Go” has become an anthem for so many people. There are multiple version of the song included on the disc, including the uninspiring version from Demi Lovato. I still wonder why Disney doesn’t let the characters perform the songs for release. There’s really only one bonus feature that merits any attention. D’frosted is a longer look at how Disney went from the Hans Christian Andersen tale to Frozen. The directors interview Alice Davis about all of the work her husband Marc Davis did on the Snow Queen throughout the years. The concept artwork shared is wonderful and makes you wish that a Snow Queen attraction had been built. So, Jeff, what did you think about The Making of Frozen segment?
Jeff: I honestly thought it was great. Granted, there isn’t much else on the disc, but as a film nerd, this was a cool behind the scenes look at the making of the film AND at the unbuilt attraction. We always talk about stuff like the Museum of the Weird and the Western River Expedition and how we wish it would have been built, but for some reason, the Snow Queen attraction is never at the top of anyone’s list. I think, after viewing this feature, it has quickly shot up near the top of mine! Also, did I mention Kristen Bell is in this feature? Because she is. And I adore her.
George: Dude! I was talking specifically about the song with Kristen Bell and some other guys.
Jeff: There were other people in that video?! I just saw Kristen Bell. And for the record, that song was wonderful, too.
George: Someone’s got issues. We also took this review way off track. So, the film is gorgeous and sounds spectacular. If you enjoyed it in the least, then you need to pick up your very own copy. I admit that I wish there were more behind-the-scenes features but with a film this popular, Disney really doesn’t need to add anything else to sell it. Trust me: you’re going to love it.
Jeff: Are we done with this review yet? I want to go watch it again.
Are you going to add Frozen to your collection? What do you think about the changes from The Snow Queen to Frozen?
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By Jeff Heimbuch and George Taylor
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