Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Cinderella Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review
Watching the film, its easy to see why of all the myriad versions of the ancient folk tale, it's Walt Disney's that has become the standard and most easily recognizable one, more than 60 years on.
The restored 1080p transfer brings out the quality of the picture as DVD never could. The palace exterior and interior scenes rank as some of my favourites. The Mary Blair-esque colours and dimensions are something to behold.
On the audio side, there's a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix, but as I usually do on such titles, I gave my left/right/surround speakers a break and went for the Restored Original Theatrical Soundtrack—mono, DTS 1.0—which sounded bold and crisp. (For a movie that begins with a title card for RKO Pictures, a 7.1 mix is not a little incongruous.)
There are a few new extras, including a promo for the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, and a look at the woman whose charitable work was a model for the Fairy Godmother character.
The Cinderella Diamond Edition Blu-ray goes on sale next Tuesday, October 2, in two- and three- disc combo packs. Both include a DVD copy of the film, as well as short Tangled Ever After; the 3-disc includes a digital copy. A 1-disc DVD will be released November 20.