Plot: What’s it about?
Princess Giselle lives in a world of fairy tales, with animals that can talk, song and dance numbers in every street, and of course, happy endings for almost everyone. The kingdom is especially joyful in recent days, as Giselle is about to wed the handsome Prince Edward, who seems to be her true love. But not everyone is so pleased, as Queen Narissa sees this as a chance to take Giselle down, tired of her youth and beautiful looks. Narissa sets a trap for Giselle and instead of walking down the aisle, the princess winds up falling down a hole. On the other end, she finds herself not in her storybook homeland, but instead in the harsh landscape of New York City. She is still a princess and has the outlook to match, but with no money and too much happiness for New York, she is unable to fit in. Is Giselle doomed to miss out on her fairy tale romance, or while she’s in this strange new world, will she discover that even in New York, some fairy tales can come true?
Just when you think Disney has lost some of its magic, the Mouse House unleashes Enchanted, one of the studio’s best efforts in years. I could tell from the previews that this movie had potential, but could Disney pull of a live action fantasy that was also self aware? As it turns out, not only could they, but they did and then some. I loved Enchanted and I am not the target demographic, which tells me Disney nailed this one in all aspects. The story works and has just enough of a wink to Disney’s fairy tale classics to put a nice twist on the concept. Add in some fantastic music, great performances, and a star making turn from Amy Adams, who simply radiates charisma in Enchanted. This movie proves that Disney still has ample magic left, as Enchanted is a delight and sure to be remembered as one of Disney’s best live action features. This Blu-ray disc looks awesome and has a fun in-movie trivia option, so without a doubt, Enchanted is highly recommended.
Video: How does it look?
Enchanted is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is one of the best visual efforts I’ve seen in recent months, a bright and boisterous presentation. The animated segments look superb, with bright colors and smooth contrast, but when things get real, the visuals kick things up a notch. The image is pristine, so softness is never a concern and detail is impressive, this is the kind of eye popping experience we expect from high definition. The visuals provide rich colors, deep blacks, and a crispness that just makes it impossible to take your eyes off the screen. In short, this is a near reference level visual treatment, close enough to earn a full score and fans will be beyond thrilled.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio isn’t on the same level as the visuals, but this Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option is more than effective. The film’s musical moments sound excellent, with great presence and atmosphere. The park scene in specific sounds tremendous and could make a good, fun reference sequence. Aside from the music, we don’t have a lot of depth, but the more tense scenes do show off some potent surround use. So when the extra kick is needed, this track provided it. No issues with vocals either, all of the dialogue is clear and crisp throughout. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option, French and Spanish language tracks, and subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
I expected a lot more in terms of supplements, but perhaps a loaded re-release is in the cards at some point. As you watch clips from the movie, you can enable a D-Files option that lets you try to figure out the various Disney references throughout the movie, even keeping track of your score. This can be started and stopped at will, so even over multiple sessions, you can track your score and see how you’ve done. A trio of featurettes has some mild insight, but fails to give us the in depth look this kind of movie deserves. This disc also includes some deleted scenes, outtakes, a pop-up storybook option, and a Carrie Underwood music video, so there’s at least some extras tacked on.