Disney brings “Maleficent” home just in time for the holidays. It might seem like the evil fairy-turned-sorceress wouldn’t be the best houseguest. However, this movie lets us all in on what REALLY happened behind the scenes of “Sleeping Beauty.” All I can say is get prepared to be shocked and have a grand time with the loaded Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Edition.
Once a beautiful fairy living in the magical outskirts of a great kingdom, Maleficent's (Angelina Jolie) life is forever changed when she's betrayed by the human she loves in his quest to become the ruler of the great land. In a fit of rage and jealousy, she curses the King's (Sharlto Copley) newborn baby, Aurora (Elle Fanning), to fall into a deep sleep on her sixteenth birthday with only the touch of true love's kiss to break the spell. She grows to regret the curse as she witnesses the girl growing up. Is there a way she can take back the spell or will the girl find true love in time to save her?
“Maleficent” is presented in 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1) with 7.1 DTS-HDMA surround. As is usual with most of Disney’s Blu-ray releases, the picture and audio are both exceptional. The magnificent special effects are vibrant and textured well. Coupled with the strong environmental sounds and noises, you literally feel as if you’re in the movie.
The Blu-ray version of “Maleficent” includes a few special features Disney fanatics will enjoy. Five featurettes delve into different aspects of the making of the film. They include cast and crew interviews and segments on special effects and costumes.
"Maleficent" is rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images. It might be too dark for younger girls who love Disney's animated "Sleeping Beauty." Dark magic, tree monsters, and hedges of giant thorn bushes smashing soldiers might scar them for life.
The combination of a spectacular movie filled full of awesome visuals and a bombastic musical score with enlightening bonus material make “Maleficent: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Edition” an essential piece of every Disney collector’s home entertainment library. It’ll be a wonderful film to cozy up with and watch after a big holiday feast with your family. After all, the truth needs to be exposed about what really happened once upon a time to Sleeping Beauty and her family and friends.
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