Walt Disney’s Cinderella Special Edition DVD Gift Set

I’d like to start by saying that the promises of Blu-ray have been overstated and under-realized. The claim of better picture quality and sound along with increased storage capacity were supposed to bring a whole new world to home entertainment.

The reality has been a marginal increase in presentation quality and, in most cases, less extras than we previously enjoyed on DVD. Much less if you compare today’s Blu-ray releases with yesterday’s Platinum 2-disc DVD Editions! And as you will see in this post, there simply is no comparison when you look at the Collector’s DVD Gift Sets:

Cinderella Collector’s DVD Gift Set

  • 2-disc Special Edition DVD (Platinum Edition)
  • 8 Exclusive Character Portraits
  • Collector Book
  • Film Frame from the movie

I have three of these Disney collectible DVD sets and I continue to be amazed at the value they yield. Let’s start with the Platinum Edition DVD:

Remember when the DVD case came in a cardboard sleeve with an opening cover? Remember that once you opened the DVD, you found a booklet inside describing what was on the discs, with navigational flow charts? Remember when ‘hours of extras’ meant hours of extras, not just 2 hours, if you were lucky? Then you remember the Platinum series of DVD’s!

The gift sets gave you this version of the DVD along with exclusive extras, like:

    

A Dream Come True ‘making of’ Storybook

As you can see from the picture above right, the illustrations in this publication are amazing! You’ll also find behind-the-scenes pictures and stories of production.

Next, this set has something truly special:

Film Frame: Cinderella on the staircase

But wait, that’s not all! You also get:

 

 

 

 

8 Exclusive Character Portraits by:

Ollie Johnston and Andre Deja

This set sold for upwards of $50.00 CAN when it first came out, and they are hard to find today, even on eBay. And when you do, the price is usually quite high. I’m glad I picked this up when I did!

So the next time you hear a commercial extolling the virtues of Blu-ray, remember this post, and the great Platinum DVD and Collector’s Gift Sets of yesterday.

ABBA the Movie featuring… Mickey Mouse?

As many of my readers know, I have varied tastes. But I’m always on the lookout for that elusive Disney tie-in in whatever I’m watching! And just recently I was watching ABBA – The Movie and found a familiar Disney star waving to the camera.

But before we get to that, here is the aforementioned movie:

I’ve always enjoyed ABBA’s music, so I knew I would enjoy this movie! But the Disney fan in me just couldn’t help but geek out when I saw this:

The Moomba Festival Parade, Melbourne, Australia (1977)

In the movie, ABBA comes out onto the balcony of the Mayor’s office to overlook the parade and the crowds. In an interview segment on the disc, I learned that the vast majority of the people were there, not to see ABBA on the balcony, but because of the parade! OH fame, how fickle thou art!

But Mickey wasn’t the only Disney character to ride past the four Swedes:

Cinderella riding a Fairy Godmother float

Moomba’s musical performers have included international acts such as ABBA, Neil Diamond and AC/DC as well as a number of smaller local acts.

You owe it to yourself to follow the link above to the Wikipedia site about the Moomba Festival. The word ‘Moomba’ is supposed to mean “let’s get together and have fun!” But… it is based on an Aboriginal word that actually (may) mean “Up Your Butt Hole!” Again, follow the link above if you want a good laugh!

Hmmm… it’s hard to believe Mickey Mouse would attend such a festival…

This Girl’s Take on Cinderella – with Disney Trivia too!

Cinderella 2015

Hi Guys! It’s me, Sophie, and here is the trivia question for today! The question is: You can “Come in a Stranger, Leave a Little Stranger” in ____?  The Answer is: The Adventure’s Club. If you ask my Dad, or me, we will tell you that this remix of Cinderella is the best ever made by Disney. It’s not animated, but the effects are just as amazing. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when the carriage, dress, attendants, and horse-mice all transform around Cinderella. The pumpkin turns back and shrinks, with Cinderella still inside! You could see the seeds! The horse had extremely big ears too. My mom says that two of the characters, Ella and Druzella, played roles in Downton Abby. In my opinion, the remix is even better than the original animated movie.

Well, thats all I’ve got. But don’t worry, my Dad has a lot more to say about this movie, which you can read about here, or, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, check out this post that has two of the trailers in it! So, Bye, but thanks for stopping by to read what we’ve got for you at the Kid’s Corner and all over the site! :)

Disney Royalty Aren’t Very Nice to their Subjects!

So you’re living in a Disney fairy tale. Good for you! Actually, not good for you. For living in a Disney fairy tale is only good for a few main characters while for everyone else it’s just plain horrible.

How is that possible, you ask? Let’s look at a few examples:

Cinderella

So you’re living your humdrum peasant existence, minding your own business, when the King of your land decides his son needs a woman. So if you’re female and breathing you have no choice but to show up at the castle and strut your stuff… or else! What if you have already found your one true love? Irrelevant. Show up and suck it up, buttercup.

At least they’re happy!

Now you may think that living in a palace is better than living in poverty and filth, even if it means being married to an idiot, but shouldn’t it still be your choice? Granted, the Prince in this story was good-looking and a great guy, but again: choice!

Let’s move on to our next example:

She sleeps – You sleep!

This example is even worse, on so many levels. So an evil Fairy shows up just after the birth of the Royal baby and puts a curse on it: She will prick her finger on the needle of a spinning wheel on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and fall into a death-like sleep. Solution? Destroy all the spinning wheels in the Kingdom!

This qualifies as a knee-jerk reaction of epic proportions. First, why destroy all the spinning wheels right away? Why not wait until she’s 15 1/2 years old, and then destroy them? Second, many of the peasants use these spinning wheels to make their clothes, but no sweat really, because peasants don’t need dignity and can walk around in rags or naked. Third, how about the merchants? I guess if you had a business making garments you could always have a big closing sale before switching your occupation to street beggar!

But this Royal Family wasn’t through with the rank and file yet! After their darling daughter pricked her finger and took a snooze anyway, three good Fairies decided that the pain two parents were feeling over just one child was way too much grief for the entire Kingdom to bear. So they put every living thing into a deep sleep until the Royal daughter could be saved from the sleeping curse. Um, don’t I, as a lowly peasant, get a vote in this? I think I could live with that pain! Goodnight, Royals! I’m staying up for a while.

Now the Royals didn’t order the Fairies to do this, but it was done on behalf of them, so I still call it their bad! One guard even got put to sleep while leaning on a spear. Imagine how messed up this palace grunt will be after years of standing outside in all kinds of weather! And what about those poor merchants again? If their businesses relied on out-of-Kingdom trade, bankruptcy is inevitable when every business contact they had moves on after not hearing from them… for years!

Beauty and the Beast

We all know that the sins of the Father can be visited on the Son. Also, if the captain of a ship decides to steer the ship into an iceberg, everyone is going down! But no one can mess with the future of others quite like a Disney Royal.

So the Prince in the Beauty and the Beast story is a raging idiot. Insensitive. Boorish. Just not a nice guy all around. So when an Enchantress stops by his castle one night to ask for a small act of kindness, he callously blows her off. And does this Enchantress just punish him? Of course not! Why not cast a curse on every living thing in the castle while she’s at it?

Yay! I’m a Candlestick! No, wait…

So the Prince’s dedicated staff, a group of top-notch professionals who only live to serve, are also cursed. So to sum up: Master is a Jerk. I get to be a feather duster… perhaps for eternity. Thanks!

Conclusion

So do you think you’d like to live in a Disney fairy tale? If so, and by that I mean you’re insane, be sure to be one of these two characters: A Royal Parent, or the Royal Child that the whole world revolves around. You’ll be a bit upset, briefly, but not as screwed as the rabble you rule over!

Sure, you’re dancing now, but just wait!

If you’re just determined to be in a Disney fairy tale, but don’t want the responsibility of ruining millions of lives, you will have to accept being this supporting character: Hapless Victim. As such, be prepared to be treated like you don’t matter. Be ready to enjoy long naps. And as a worse-case scenario, enjoy finding out what it’s like to be a mop.

Yes, Disney Royals are harsh!

Cinderella 2015 — Do Not Miss This Movie!

Cinderella 2015

Earlier today, we published a post about the new Cinderella 2015 version of the classic story, and in that post, I wondered what we would think of this version of the film.  Well, my wife, daughter and I have seen the movie now, and we enjoyed it so much that both Sophie and I are writing a review of it!

One thing I liked happened right at the beginning of the movie — we were introduced to Ella’s mother and father.  We saw the love that they have for one another, and we quickly learned that Ella gets much of her grace and charm from her mother.

Those of us that know the story — either the classic or the new version — know that Ella ends up growing up without her parents; in this version, we learn that it was Ella’s mother that left us with words that we all should live by:

“Have courage and be kind.” ~ Ella’s Mother

Five simple words; those five simple words transformed Ella’s life.  It was by believing those words given to her by her mother that Ella is able to see past her circumstances, past the fact that both her mother and father are gone, past the fact that she has a step-mother and step-sisters that don’t care for her; past all of that, Ella is still able to see the good in the world, and to help others see the good in their circumstances.

The cast for this movie is phenomenal; starting with the directing of Kenneth Branagh, continuing with Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother, Lily James from Downton Abbey fame as Cinderella, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother.

If you were on the fence about this movie, wondering if you (or your own Princess) would enjoy it, don’t hesitate any more.  This movie was incredible, and everyone at the theater seemed to be enjoying it very much.  We even saw some children in their Cinderella costumes that were watching the movie.  There wasn’t anything at all in my opinion that was not suitable for any child.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have you seen the movie yet?  If so, what did you think?  I’d love to hear your comments!  Thanks, and have a great day!