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MPAA Rating: PG (For Some Scary Images and Mild Innuendo)
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Starring: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel and Susan Sarandon
Written by: Bill Kelly
Directed by: Kevin Lima
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: The D-Files Fantasy Comes To Life, Carrie Underwood Music Video, Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, Pip's Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure
Specs: 2.35:1 Widescreen (1080p), English Dolby TrueHD, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (20 Scenes)
Released: March 18th, 2008
What a difference high-def makes! "Enchanted" is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen (though the animated opening is 1.85:1, before stretching and filling the frame when Giselle enters the real world), in wondrous 1080 progressive-scan. I had some issues with the transfer on the regular DVD, but everything here is practically top-notch and consistent. In the live-action realm, the amount of detail was astonishing - be it the New York streets, or just all the colors flowing in the "That's How You Know" musical number. The transfer wasn't soft at all, but razor-sharp. Black levels are strong, as are the accounted fleshtones and color saturation (really, just gorgeous). Meanwhile, the animated sequences are quite the eyesore - I don't know if I can justify just how much these scenes pop right out at you and how glorious they look. This is near-reference quality for Blu-ray, and it's a great movie to show off your player as you get the best of both worlds: not only how excellent live-action looks in high-definition, but animation too. (With that noted, we really need more animated films in high-def.) If you have a Blu-ray player, this is a must see.
Standard Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks are included in English, French and Spanish, and there are subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Fantasy Comes To Life, which is a series of three featurettes: "Happy Working Song," "That's How You Know" and "A Blast At The Ball." These are nice, little pieces that last a few minutes each where we see all the elements that went into making these sequences - such as storyboards, the perspectives of songwriters Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, thoughts from the actors, director Kevin Lima, producer Barry Josepheson, executive producer Chris Chase and some of the visual effects crew. These are all solid and entertaining, showcasing the film's most memorable sequences. In all, this series runs 17 minutes or so. And if you click the note on the sign, you'll be treated to the Carrie Underwood music video.
Also on the disc are six Deleted Scenes, each with introductions by director Kevin Lima. Some of the scenes are actually alternate versions to what's shown in the film (or in the last "scene," it's more like a couple of deleted shots). In any case, there isn't much to be missed here - and Lima justifys his cuts well. The scenes are in anamorphic widescreen, and do look a bit grainy. In total, this material barely lasts eight minutes. There are also two minutes worth of Bloopers, some of which are cute.
Pip's Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure features the animated sidekick in his own magical adventure that the kids should enjoy, as it fills in some story details in the world of Andalasia while Giselle is in New York. Somewhat ironically, the animation is pretty stiff. (Then again, I guess it's supposed to be a pop-up book.)
I feel "Enchanted" is a bit on the flawed side, that doesn't always
live up to its imaginative premise. Still, it's definitely one of the
better family-oriented films to come along in quite along time that
doesn't have the Pixar name on it, and Disney fanatics are sure to love
the various homages.