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Cinderella (Blu-Ray): Review

The Film

It would be nearly impossible to find anyone who does not know the story of Cinderella, and who has not seen at least one or two of the films, based on this age old fairy tale, and now, the much talked about Disney film is available for purchase and viewing at home.

A story that needs no introduction, the tale of a young girl who loses both parents, and is so badly mistreated by her step-mother and two horrid step-sisters, only to meet The Prince, go to the ball with the help of her Fairy Godmother, and win the heart of the kingdom.

Carrying the honour of title role as Cinderella is Lily James (learning the way of elegance in Downton Abby, no doubt). She absolutely excels in the role, supported by Richard Madden as The Prince. Cate Blanchett takes up the role of Cinderella’s step-mother, bringing a much sought background and history to the character. The quirky Fairy Godmother brings with her a dash of humour, and played by non-other than Helena Bonham Carter.

Cinderella is a delightful tale that is bound to bring a smile to any adult, and joy to any child. We all know the story, but this is a wonderful presentation of an age old tale.

Disc And Bonus Features

As with all Disney discs, and as it should be, the disc is encoded at a high bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. The image is saturated with colour, and clear.

The soundtrack is presented in a 7.1 mix, engulfing the viewer, and drawing them even deeper into the magical on-screen world.

There are several bonus features on the disc, including the short film Frozen Fever, with the much loved characters from the award winning Disney hit Frozen.

Other features include…

A Fairy Tale Comes To Life: a short look at how this version of the film came into being.

Costume Text Run: A montage of video of the cast during their costume tests. There is no insight to the costumes here, merely a series of clips, set to music.

Staging The Ball: looks behind the scenes at the iconic royal ball, and the dance between Cinderella and The Prince, and some insight into the creation of the huge ballroom.

Alternate Ending Ella’s Childhood: introduced by director Kenneth Brannagh, we are presented with some deleted footage, dropped from the final film release.

Ella’s Furry Friends: gives us a brief look at the creatures, both big and small, that helped make the movie what it is, and how they were trained and handled on-set.

With the many additional features that Disney always has on its discs, the ones presented with Cinderealla feel a tad lacking. We have grown so accustomed to many, long features on these discs, that one comes to expect a much longer list. These features, however, are a great addition and top quality.

Cinderella is available now, in South Africa, to purchase on disc.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Inspired Products Revealed

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After yesterday’s epic global unboxing that was live streamed across the globe, Disney today revealed select products inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in an unveiling at Sandton City and Canal Walk.

Highlights of the wide assortment of product inspired by the highly anticipated 18 December cinematic release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens include:

Hasbro - Millennium Falcon

Millennium Falcon (Hasbro): Launch into action and adventure in the world of Star Wars! Imagine recreating epic battles from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this Battle Action Millennium Falcon vehicle, featuring a pop-up Nerf launcher, lights, motion-activated sound effects, and a fold-out playset. This vehicle playset also includes 3 figures: Chewbacca, Finn (Jakku), and BB-8. Discover the exciting stories of good versus evil in a universe of heroes, villains, and aliens with this Battle Action Millennium Falcon vehicle. Collect and battle with these and other figures and vehicles from Star Wars. Each sold separately.

Hasbro - Electronic Mask

Electronic Mask (Hasbro): Strike fear into the heart of scum and villainy across the galaxy with the first-ever Chewbacca Electronic Mask. This cool electronic mask transforms you into everyone’s favourite wookiee. Move your mouth while wearing it to activate a variety of authentic wookiee growls and howls to scare off every Stormtrooper in sight! Open your mouth slightly for a light roar, then open it wider to make your wookiee roar even louder. Requires two AAA batteries, included.

Hasbro - Signature Lightsaber

Signature Lightsaber (Hasbro): The definitive lightsaber of the Bladebuilders system provides kids and fans with the unique components needed to create 100+ combinations from their imagination. The Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with a main Lightsaber featuring lights and sounds, two independently-lit lightdaggers, expansion hilt, two elbow connectors, dual connector, and cross connector. Combine with other Lightsabers in the BladeBuilders system (each sold separately) and imagine the thrill of battle with a custom Lightsaber! Requires three AAA batteries, included.

Hasbro - Class II Vehicle

First Order Snowspeeder (Hasbro): Launch into action and adventure in the world of Star Wars! Discover exciting stories of good versus evil in a galaxy of starships and vehicles. The First Order deploys these fast, maneuverable gunboats for combat in subzero climates. This First Order Snowspeeder vehicle comes with a First Order Snowtrooper figure and 2 accessories. Collect and battle with these and other figures and vehicles from Star Wars. Each sold separately.

These and many more products will start to hit retailers nationwide in the coming weeks – stay tuned to the press as the shelves start filling up!

Stay tuned for more news and updates as we inch closer to 18 December when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits cinema’s on 18 December.