Some films don’t seem to be enhanced any on high definition Blu-ray. A classic black-and-white film from the 50s may not look altogether different when watched on Blu-ray instead of DVD, but animated films are an exception. Although Cinderella is over 60 years old, there is still a great deal of detail that I had never noticed in the high definition presentation of this beloved classic. The new Blu-ray release comes with an all-new enhanced presentation, as well as many new special features that include a never-before-seen Tangled short film.
Despite being a classic today and considered one of the three great princess films from the golden years of Disney, Cinderella didn’t start out with such certainty. Made in 1950, Cinderella was the first post-war animated feature from Disney, and was a huge risk that threatened the entire animation department. At the time Disney hadn’t seen the same amount of success since the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs many years prior. Cinderella was a risky film, but one that put the studio back on top.
Cinderella is filled with wonderful animation and memorable music, telling the story of a young beauty with an evil step-mother and the desire to go to a ball. With the help of a fairy Godmother, Cinderella is able to finish her chores and make it to the dance, only to meet the Prince and fall madly in love. The story is well known, from pumpkin carriage to glass slipper, but has never looked as good as it does here.
The Blu-ray 2-Disc combo pack includes both a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the film, with a number of new special features to add to the vintage one. Most mentionable on the Blu-ray is the second-screen abilities and a new short film with the characters from Tangled, though there is also a never-before-seen alternate opening for the film. There are few films as memorable as this one, and it belongs in any Disney fan’s collection while the vault is still open.