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Running Time: 89 Minutes
Starring: Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nicholas Braun, Molly Hagan, Jamie Chung, Samantha Droke, Robert Adamson, Kevin G. Schmidt, Dale Dickey, Johnny Ray Rodriguez, Sully Diaz and Tom Verica
Teleplay by: Annie DeYoung
Directed by: Allison Liddi-Brown
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Royal & Loyal BBFs, A Royal Reality, "One And The Same" Music Video
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital Stereo, French Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (16 Scenes)
Released: June 30th, 2009
"Princess Protection Program" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. It's a pretty good, if flawed transfer. Noise and edge halos are abound, as is some shimmering. The image quality is pretty sharp for the most part, but at times does have a softness. Fleshtones though are strong, and colors are well saturated — even if there is some slight smearing at times. Detail is also quite excellent. In the end, the positives outweigh the negatives here, making for a very pleasing image to watch overall.
"Princess Protection Program" is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1. It's a broad track that leans more toward the front, but there are some decent discrete surrounds thrown in. Dialogue is always clear and easy to hear, while the musical score bring a nice enveloping warmth to the proceedings. The pop songs are also well mixed through the channels. Sound effects are more toward the subtle side and as background noises, but as mentioned, a surround will stick out here and there. Fidelity is pretty good, while subwoofer use is pretty tame. A bit on the soft side, and perhaps not as amped up as it could be at moments, but this is a suitably fine track overall.
Dolby Surround tracks in Spanish and French are also included, as well as subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Running 7-and-a-half minutes is Royal & Loyal BFFs, featuring the movie's stars Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Not only are their co-stars and have their own separate Disney Channel shows, but are best friends in real life. The cast and crew mention what fun they are to work in, and in turn, the two praise some of their co-stars. Otherwise, this is just a random collection of on-the-set antics and anecdotes. Fluffy for sure, but perfect for the target audience.
A Royal Reality lasts 5 minutes — and focuses on a real life princess from Russia, Princess India Oxenberg. I guess this is an interesting contrast to the actual movie. The Princess talks about her bloodline and shares small stories about her life. She also dispels myths about being a princess. Crammed in are interviews with the cast and crew mentioning what they think a real princess does, plus a clip or two from the movie. Rounding out the disc is a Music Video for "One And The Same" — also featuring Gomez and Lovato.
"Princess Protection Program" should be a must see and own for the Disney Channel faithful, so it's a good thing this DVD is coming out mere days after its broadcast premiere. When it comes to a DVD, its comparable to other Disney releases: good presentation, and a spoonful of fluffy extras. If you have a young girl in your household, it seems like a sure bet that this will be added to your shelf.