Enchanted (2007)

Genre(s): Animation / Family / Fantasy / Romance
Disney || PG - 107 minutes - $29.99 || March 18, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-03-21


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kevin Lima
Writer(s): Bill Kelly (written by)
Cast: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon


Theatrical Release Date: November 21, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Fantasy Comes to Life Featurettes
  • Music Video
  • Pip's Predictament: A Pop-Up Adventure
  • BD Promo


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Enchanted is the latest Disney fantasy/fairytale, but unlike some of their Pixar cartoons or ‘G’ rated live-action flicks, this one is fun and... well, enchanting from beginning to end. The ingenious thing the filmmakers do here, though, is they take the iconic elements from Disney’s old cartoons like Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, etc., and insert it into a live setting within the story.

The movie opens in animated form, and 1.75 aspect ratio (the rest is in 2.35), in the kingdom of Andalasia and with Giselle (Adams), a young woman waiting to find her one true love. She dances around her cottage with a bunch of animals humming. Meanwhile, Prince Edward (Marsden), the son-in-law of Queen Narissa (Sarandon), has been kept busy because once he finds his one true love, she will no longer be queen. Course, fate steps in the two find each other. But the Queen has other plans and lures the naïve Giselle by a fountain and pushes her, sending Giselle into a world that have “no happily ever afters”, in other words, New York City...

In the real world, Giselle confronts a harsh world but also is befriended by divorce attorney Robert Philip (Dempsey) and his daughter, Morgan (Covey). Robert is a man who doesn’t believe in true love but finds something special about Giselle, though at first he thinks she’s nuts. But even in the real world, Giselle is able to congregate nature just as she could in the cartoon and soon NYC is involved, including a musical number in Central Park.

Enchanted is a rare throwback to the musical era of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. It’s both whimsical and charming and Amy Adams is fantastic in the lead role. After her critically acclaimed part in Junebug, Adams has proven that she is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. You can’t help not to smile in every scene she’s in as she lights the room up with energy. Equally up the task is the resurgent heartthrob Patrick Dempsey. If Prince Charming actually exists in this world, added a bit of jadedness in his outlook, you’ve basically have the character. Together, Adams and Dempsey look like the perfect couple, this is an instant chemistry you can rarely find and certainly harder with the limitations of a PG-rated movie. The musical numbers were created by Alan Menken (music) and Stephen Schwartz (lyrics). These two have been behind some great songs/scores over the years. Menken has worked on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid while Schwartz also was involved on The Prince of Egypt and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (in spite that it is a mediocre Disney cartoon). The numbers in Enchanted aren’t original, but that isn’t the point. They’re supposed to be a callback, or tribute, to classic Disney pictures and to that effect, along with being catchy, they work (but you will not find them in my music collection).

Overall, Enchanted is a great movie that kids and parents can enjoy together. The musical numbers are top notch and the two leads in Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey are perfect together. Add to that if you’re a Disney aficionado, you’ll find plenty to pay attention to as there are numerous references spread throughout.

The film co-stars James Marsden, Timothy Spall and Susan Sarandon in a cameo as the wicked queen.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Since this is a Disney movie and thus made for kids, I didn’t expect much. First up are a selection of deleted scenes (7:50) all with an introduction from director Kevin Lima. None of these scenes are of great consequence and most were cut due to pacing. There is also a set of bloopers (2:10), a music video* by Carrie Underwood, a promo* for the Blu-Ray version of Enchanted and Pip’s Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure (5:39) are a few other features included. * - Could be considered Easter Eggs, though they’re easy to spot.

The last feature is under the heading of Fantasy Comes to Life where we get to see the breakdown of three sequences: “Happy Working Song” (6:25), “That’s How You Know” (5:54) and “A Blast at the Ball” (5:27) give a glimpse at how some of the special and visual effects were accomplished or working with real animals.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The film is presented in its OAR, 2.35 (the opening cartoon is in 1.75 AR, however) and looks good. Colors are vibrant and I noticed no blemishes. The audio is also good and strangely includes a DTS 5.1 track along with the standard Dolby 5.1 track. The DTS track is fine but if you don’t have a receiver that decodes it, Dolby Digital will be perfectly fine.



.::OVERALL::.

Even though the features aren’t that great and the audio and video weren’t anything to write home about, this disc is worth picking up, especially if you have a family. This is a movie everyone can watch and enjoy.