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Into The Woods (2014)

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Into The Woods (2014)

Into The Woods (2014)
Studio and Year: Disney – 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 125 minutes
Genre: Musical
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski, Johnny Depp, Daniel Huttlestone, Lilla Crawford
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Music by: Stephen Sondheim
Written by: James Lapine
Region Code: A,B,C
Theatrical release Date: December 25, 2014
Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 24, 2015

Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

Generally I believe that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. I will keep this brief as to not go on too much about what is wrong with how Into the Woods ruins the fairytales we have grown to love, and for those who are a glutton for punishment and want to see this film, I don’t want to divulge any spoilers.

Into the Woods takes a spin on several classic fairy tales with a modern twist and brings them together into one musical journey.  I found this movie starting out on a journey that just kept falling apart as every scene past or note was sung which brings the story into some very suggestive, adult themed tones that is definitely not for the entire family.  I sat down with my wife and 6 year old and were looking forward to another Disney classic but found ourselves extremely disappointed.  From the beginning the characters and story aren’t interesting and are quite jumbled leaving an uneasy feeling with how they tarnish beloved stories that have been part of the Disney legacy.  The narrative along with the mix of music and story runs itself into boredom time after time and with an All-Star cast I was certainly expecting more.  If you saw the trailers you were aware that they feature Johnny Depp as the Wolf.  However, his screen time is extremely limited and gets quite silly and feels awkward.  Chris Pine does an excellent job portraying a deplorable Prince Charming and with Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, who doesn’t have the look or demeanor of what we’ve come to think of as Cinderella, does do an impressive job singing her way through the film but found it hard to picture her as Cinderella.  Christine Baranski is always fantastic and fills the shoes of the evil stepmother perfectly.  Her performance, as great as it may be, doesn’t save the storyline.  There are too many plots going on at once with some characters never finding resolution or just abruptly coming to their demise.

I will try to shed a bit of positivity, the Blu-ray picture is beautiful.  The resolution and detail in the dark scenes are flawless and the colors while muted at times, set the mood for the scene and when the colors do get a bit of saturation they really pop adjusting the feelings of where the story is taking you.  The DTS-HD 7.1 audio is exceptional and really has a dimensionality with ambient noise that has the audience believing the characters are singing in the forest and not in a recording studio.

BONUS:
Digital HD/SD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back”
Meryl Streep performs a compelling new song that sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel. This never-before- seen composition was penned especially for this movie by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and is seen here exclusively on Blu-ray and EHV.  With introduction by Director Rob Marshall.

There’s Something About The Woods
Journey into this mysterious forest to discover how this compelling, new musical was made. Meet Director Rob Marshall and his award-winning team of artists and craftspeople, see how the woods were brought to life…and what they represent to the story…and to all of us.

The Cast As Good As Gold
Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick. Chris Pine. James Corden. Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep. Meet the remarkable cast of this musical movie, and hear of their affinity for this Broadway classic.

Deeper Into The Woods
Journey even further into the development of the film in these 4 segments

  • From Stage To Screen
  • Magic of the Woods
  • Designing the Woods
  • The Costumes of the Woods

Filmmaker Commentary

Film commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca.

  • Music & Lyrics

Get direct access to the musical song segments from the film, with optional sing-along lyrics.

  • 5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

Kisch cheeseMy 6 year old was left crying for an hour after the movie was over saying how he never wants to watch another Disney movie again so please take that into consideration when choosing a family movie.  I really found Into the Woods a waste of time and it was quite upsetting to the entire family.  While it tries to bring the stories together neatly at the end and tidy it up with a bow it does nothing for the happily-ever-after we have come to expect from a Disney classic.  I would suggest you find an animated Disney classic instead and if you want something a bit more modern turn to Maleficent.  I had high hopes after seeing the trailers for Into the Woods but, I can’t recommend enough to stay out of these woods.

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