Don’t Let It Go: Frozen on Blu-ray

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Published on March 15, 2014 at 2:00 am with 13 Comments

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.

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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.

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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.

"FROZEN" (Pictured) OLAF. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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.

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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.

"FROZEN" (Pictured) ELSA. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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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  1. I wish they didn’t cancel its release in 3D. I anticipate a shakedown from Disney as a 3D Bluray release just before Christmas ( like they try to double dip with the Hobbit extended editions).

    • Exactly. Where’s the sing a long version?

  2. As a box office tracking addict, I’m displeased it is being released on home media this week. Frozen is only about $4-5M shy of cracking $400M domestically, but it needs another weekend or so after this next coming weekend in order to crack that amount. Releasing the film on BluRay pretty much saps that demand. I want the thing to hit $400M!

  3. The more I heard people go on and on and on about this movie the less I want to see it. Eventually I will, but I’m definitely in no rush. I’ll just rent it for $1 from Redbox sometime.

  4. I had little expectation seeing it the first weekend.

    It was a great movie, that has one of the most annoying characters since jar jar…… Olaf.

  5. I loved the movie, but I’m not sure I would have seen it in a theater if I hadn’t won tix for a preview from a radio station. I love radio!

    …prizes.

  6. I was really excited about this release, until I learned it wasn’t coming out in 3D. I love the movie but it was designed to be seen in 3D, so what gives Disney? Disney and Sony pioneered 3D TV and Disney has released all of its 3D movies on video in 3D. 3D equipment wasn’t cheap and Disney persuaded us to buy it because they committed to making product for it, so why aren’t they supporting the format? Why did they not release this one? From what I understand the 3D Blu-rays are always the first to sell out. My local stores can’t keep them on the shelf long before they’re gone.
    I suspect a money grab is in the works. Like they did with Oz, releasing the version as a stand alone 3D for maximum price. That was frustrating to just about everyone that owned a 3D TV and made them no friends. I wonder what their master plan is for this release. They should strike while the iron is hot and get these on the shelves. When you wait too long, interest falls off and once they do come out, people have moved on. Not the best way to maximize your profits if you ask me.
    3D TV faces challenges because of tactics like this. Disney is supposed to be supporting the pipeline, not holding it hostage.

    End of rant.

  7. Pretty sure you’ll see Frozen released on Blu-Ray in 3D next Fall/Winter. One website is reporting they’ve already seen the marketing materials. So I’m waiting, I’m in no hurry. It helps that I wasn’t knocked out by it. Thought it was good…not great, not bad. It’s enjoyable, but didn’t have an emotional kick for me. As far as modern Disney goes, I think Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph are all fantastic, Frozen was a bit of a let down. Just didn’t hit me on a gut level.

  8. The problem with “blockbuster” movies is they get over-hyped on the internet. People (especially girls) overflow with praise such as “OMG it was THE BEST movie I’ve ever seen in MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!” and then when other people go see it, they are let down because it’s not the best movie in the history of the universe. It’s a really good movie but there are lots of Disney movies I liked better.

    I really don’t understand all the hate for Olaf that you see around the internet. I thought he was a lot of fun and added to the movie. I thought they did a great imaginative job with him

    • I saw Frozen opening weekend, critics were gushing, and I didn’t understand where the hyperbole was coming from. Best since The Lion King? I think Frozen is among the weakest of Lasseter’s films at Disney. Doesn’t mean that’s bad, just not great. I’d rather watch Bolt and Tarzan again, to say nothing of Tangled, Princess and the Frog, and Wreck-It.

  9. The weakest? BILLION DOLLARS worldwide?! Some of the best animation that’s been ever done. Two freaking hours to see their characters at theme parks on slow days? Best songs to come out of an animated film! Disney Animation Studios killed it this year

    • Frozen had no real competition for family dollars — rewind the clock, go put Frozen up against Despicable Me 2 in July, see how it does.

    • Oh — some of the best animation that has ever been done? Have you seen Fantasia by any chance?