Featured In Issue 131, May 2008

WSR Score4
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Walt Disney Home Entertainment
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For some scary imates and mild innuedno
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Kevin Lima
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Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
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In the animated and Enchanted land of Andalasia, a beautiful and perky maiden, Giselle (Adams), captures the heart of her dashing prince charming, Edward (Marsden). In a desperate bid to keep the young couple apart, preserving her power, Prince Edward's step-mother, Queen Narissa (Sarandon), casts a spell that transports the lovely Giselle from her whimsical homeland to the worst place Narissa can imagine, New York City. Giselle, now a flesh-and-blood mortal, is rescued by a divorce attorney named Robert (Dempsey), who suspects she may be mentally deranged. The eternally optimistic princess is challenged in ways she could never have imagined and begins to wonder if she wants her "happily ever after" existence in Andalasia, after all. (Stacey Pendry)

Additional supplements to those on the DVD include "The D-Files'" in which you get the chance to relive "Enchantment" with the ability to test your knowledge and uncover classic Disney moments hidden throughout the film and the "Ever, Ever After" Music Video. The rest of the special features can be found on the DVD and include six deleted scenes, two minutes of bloopers, the 18-minute three-part featurette Fantasy Comes To Life, a six-minute pop-up storybook-style short Pip's Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure, and previews.

Even though the anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD begins as a window-boxed frame of an animated feature, don't adjust your sets, as it expands to fill the entire width of the screen after switching to live-action about 10 minutes into the movie. Black levels are deep and solid, and contrast is nicely balanced. Shadow delineation can be lacking in the darkest portions of the image, looking flat and somewhat crushed. Color balance is somewhat off, with fleshtones having a slightly too pink hue. Details are resolved well, although there are times when the picture can look overly soft. Edge enhancement is also recognizable. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc starts with the same window-boxed frame, but the picture quality of the animated sequence is much better in high-definition than standard-definition. In the live action scenes, black levels are inky, and contrast is still nicely balanced. Shadow delineation can look somewhat crushed at the bottom end, but the image looks fairly dimensional. Resolution is pristine. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital and DTS® Digital Surround™ 5.1-channel soundtracks can feature an enjoyable mix, with good surround envelopment and deep, tight bass. Music is mixed fairly well across the front stage. When the surround channels are incorporated at levels that match those of the front channels, the resulting soundfield is enjoyable. There are times, however, when the surround channels are not used at acceptable levels and the stage can collapse to the screen channels, sounding somewhat dimensionless. Dialogue can sound natural, but there are many times when it sounds thin and bright. The DTS encoding provides a slight improvement in overall fidelity, although it also expounds the limitations of the dialogue. The Blu-ray Disc's Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack features impressive dynamic range and rock-solid bass, but the mix can still be limited at times. Dialogue also sounds thin and bright, and high-pitched ringing can be distracting at times. (Danny Richelieu)