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FROZEN
Blu-ray Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:  102 minutes, featurette, music videos, animated short, teaser trailer, digital copy, previews, DVD
VIDEO:  2.24:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English 7.1 DTS-HD MA (Blu-ray), English 5.1 Dolby Digital (DVD), English 2.0 DVS, French 5.1 DD, Spanish 5.1 DD
Subtitles:  English SDH, English, French, Spanish

STUDIO: Disney
RELEASE DATE: 3-18-2014

FROZEN is one of the most enjoyable Disney animated films since TANGLED and one of the best animated musicals (an instant classic).   It has a good story and memorable characters.   It starts with two sisters Anna and Elsa.  Elsa can make snow and ice, but an accident hurts Anna and the incident (and her memories of Elsa having powers) is blacked out.  Elsa stays isolated from Anna for years (even when their parents die) until the day where Elsa is to be crowned Queen of Arendelle and Elsa’s powers are revealed.  Elsa runs and the land is plunged into eternal winter.  Anna goes to find Elsa with the help of a socially awkward iceman Kristoff and his reindeer pal Sven.    Anna risks it all to save her sister while visitors to Arendelle plot to rule the land.

 

FROZEN is one of those perfect Disney films- it manages to blend great characters with a good story and throw in musical sequences with ease.   It is the best Disney film in years that manages to blend musical with animation ten times better than any other Disney animated musical.   I just hope they can create a sequel that lives up to the first one and they take their time in crafting a proper sequel which we will probably see soon given the big box office haul.   My only complaint is I felt the movie was too short and it left me wanting more of the adventures between Elsa, Anna, Sven, Olof the snowman, and Kristoff.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The extras are somewhat lacking compared to previous releases of other Disney animated films (I hear there is a special edition planned for later this year).

 

THE MAKING OF FROZEN is just a musical number that really doesn’t reveal anything about how FROZEN was made and made me wish they included a promotional featurette on the film instead of this lame musical number.

D’FROSTED: DISNEY’S JOURNEY FROM HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON TO FROZEN- the filmmakers discuss the history of Disney using the stories of Hans Christian Anderson and mention Walt wanting to something on the story of The Snow Queen which serves as the inspiration for FROZEN decades later.

 

The deleted scenes with intros from the directors show how Elsa could have been a villain and alternate Kristoff and Sven introductions

 

Also on this disc are four music videos for LET IT GO: Demi Lovato (English), Martina Stossel (Spanish and Italian), and a version of Let It Go in Malaysian.

 

Rounding out the disc is the original theatrical teaser for FROZEN and previews for other Disney releases.   Included in the combo is FROZEN on DVD in standard definition and a digital HD copy of the movie to instantly stream and download on multiple devices (TV, Tablet, Smart Phone, and computer).

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: FROZEN is very delightful and magical classic, but I wish Disney didn’t drop the ball on the extras so much.

 

This review is 3-24-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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