Blu-ray Review – Disney Into the Woods

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Into The Woods

Into the Woods

  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2015
  • SMRP: $39.99
  • Studio: Disney
  • Genre: Live action musical fantasy
  • Rating: PG
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2

Disney Release:

Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates intertwined with a humble baker and his wife, whose longing to have a child sends them on a quest to reverse a witch’s (Streep) curse. With an all-star cast, this spellbinding adventure is everything you could ever wish for!

Brief Summary:

Into the Woods is combines several Grimm fairy tales into one story. The baker narrates a twisted story telling that he and his childless wife were cursed by the witch who lives next door. To undo her evil, they had to go into the woods to get her a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. Only then would she remove the curse so their wish might happen. In their upside-down fractured fairy tale, happy endings come but briefly followed by consequences and by not so happy betrayal, infidelity, and death plot twists.

Bonus Features:

Digital HD/SD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

  • Never-Before-Seen Sondheim Original Song: “She’ll Be Back”
  • There’s Something About The Woods
  • The Cast As Good As Gold
  • Deeper Into The Woods
  • From Stage To Screen
  • Magic of the Woods
  • Designing the Woods
  • The Costumes of the Woods
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Music & Lyrics
  • 5 Golden Eggs (Easter Eggs)

DVD

  • Deeper Into The Woods
  • Magic of the Woods

My Opinion Only:

PG Into the Woods is not a typical Disney family movie. Casting, costumes and production design are superior. Streep’s performance as a wicked witch is Oscar worthy. Accolades to Johnny Depp in Colleen Atwood’s lupine zoo suit and two holes for furry ears fedora. Who else but him could successfully play creepy, perverted Big Bad Wolf? Audiences beware. In the Woods is a dark, sly postmodern spin on morality, retribution, and revenge. It is also an edgy sad show about life.

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