‘Maleficent’ Blu-ray Review

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The stunning new Disney release, that retells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the villainous character Maleficent, is available to the public today for home viewing. The movie, starring Angelina Jolie, turns the old fairy tale on its head, creating compassion for the ‘evil’ fairy, and exposes the true villain of the story.

A well written script, committed actors, and beautiful set design made for a fantastic movie experience, big screen or small. Though, I do wish the creators had made a solid decision on whether they wanted to go with an adult classic fantasy aesthetic like that of movies like Legend or Labyrinth, or use CGI to create characters with a more simplistic, cartoonish feel (I would vote the latter.) But, mashing up the two styles didn’t feel completely cohesive. A minor complaint, that doesn’t deter me from wanting to watch it again and again.

The Blu-ray features numerous deleted scenes, making of clips, and  interviews with Elle Fanning (Aurora), about how the classic animation inspired her performance, and Angelina Jolie, on what it was like to play a role that frightened children.

I was sad that the segment on medieval couture and prop making was the shortest, but it too was an interesting watch. (Get on the ball Disney, hard core fans and cosplayers adore that sort of thing!) Maleficent is sure to be a family favorite and much requested stocking stuffer this holiday season.

The stunning new Disney release, that retells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the villainous character Maleficent, is available to the public today for home viewing. The movie, starring Angelina Jolie, turns the old fairy tale on its head, creating compassion for the 'evil' fairy, and exposes the true villain of the story. A well written script, committed actors, and beautiful set design made for a fantastic movie experience, big screen or small. Though, I do wish the creators had made a solid decision on whether they wanted to go with an adult classic fantasy aesthetic like that of movies like Legend or Labyrinth, or use CGI to create characters with a more simplistic, cartoonish feel (I would vote the latter.) But, mashing up the two styles didn't feel completely cohesive. A minor complaint, that doesn't deter me from wanting to watch it again and again. The Blu-ray features numerous deleted scenes, making of clips, and  interviews with Elle Fanning (Aurora), about how the classic animation inspired her performance, and Angelina Jolie, on what it was like to play a role that frightened children. I was sad that the segment on medieval couture and prop making was the shortest, but it too was an interesting watch. (Get on the ball Disney, hard core fans and cosplayers adore that sort of thing!) Maleficent is sure to be a family favorite and much requested stocking stuffer this holiday season.
DVD Score - 8.9

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Ruby LeRouge
is a long time slave to the Silver Screen, and all around media junkie, with a strong interest in the study and archival of classic cinema reels, scripts, press releases and props. A professional artist, dabbling in prop fabrication, costuming, and practical effects makeup in her spare time. She credits much of her artistic inspiration to her life long love of movies, and holds a special adoration for stop motion animation, film noir, and classic B movies. She writes a movie editorial blog called Sleepless Cinema, sharing her candid view on all media, new and old. Insomniac and cinephile, coffee swiller and media collector, has silver screen scream queen dreams, and she lives her life in technicolor. "While the world sleeps, I watch". - Ruby LeRouge
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