Cinderella II: Dreams Come True – Special Edition

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

When Cinderella was scrubbing floors and serving her evil stepsisters, life was tough. But even as a princess, her life isn’t easy, as she learns once she takes up residence in the castle. On her first day as a princess, she has to go through princess boot camp, as instructed by Prudence. As she learns the ins & outs of life as a royal, Cinderella is also tasked to host a royal banquet, which proves to be no small feat. Then the focus switches to Cinderella’s rodent friend Jaq, who wants to lend a hand around the castle, but he is just too small. So he approaches the Fairy Godmother and wishes to be turned into a human, but will his new size be the blessing he expected, or more of a curse? Finally Cinderella has to help romance bloom, but not her own, instead one that involved her stepsister Anastasia. While the stepsister has found, her mother doesn’t approve, so its up to Cinderella to help the couple find peace, but even a princess can only do so much.

Cinderella is a true Disney classic, a timeless and magical movie that never fails to entertain. Disney’s trend of direct to video sequels has been to follow up their classics with lame duck installments. In this case, Cinderella II not only fails to live up to the original, it fails to offer even moderate entertainment. The animation is worse than the morning cartoons, to the point where its hard to believe even Disney would allow their name to be involved. The story tries to deliver a positive message for younger viewers, but hammers the points so hard, it detracts from what little fun is present. Simply put, Cinderella II is a disaster and doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the original. Its almost sad that Disney would push this upon its loyal fans. This is the second release of Cinderella II, but aside from a lackluster interactive game, this is the same as the previous release. So if you already own the original edition, there isn’t much reason to double down.

Video: How does it look?

Cinderella II is presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a great visual treatment, with no real room for complaints. I voiced my disappointment over the animation already, so no need to refocus on that here. The image looks as good as we could want, with a clean print and a sharp overall presence. The detail level is excellent, but due to the simplistic animation used, depth is never allowed to be that impressive. I found colors to be bright and pleasant, while contrast is smooth and consistent as well. Not much else we could demand here, so a great looking visual effort from Disney on this one.

Audio: How does it sound?

The sound design on this film is rather limited, outside of the musical numbers, but Disney has spared no expense in this presentation. We have 5.1 soundtracks in both Dolby Digital and DTS, a decision sure to delight audio minded fans. As I said before, the movie lacks the kind of sound design to take full advantage of the lavish audio treatment, but for what we do have here, it couldn’t sound much better. The musical numbers have a rich, full presence and from the vocals to the instruments, all the elements sound terrific. The audio is calmer in most other scenes, aside from some sparks of life in the more musically driven sequences. This disc also includes French and Spanish language options, as well as English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The lone new supplement is Race to the Royal Banquet, a lame interactive game. The extras also include another game called Cinderella’s Enchanted Castle, a brief look the film’s music, a storybook read-a-long, and a music video for Put It Together by Brooke Allison.

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