Dad of Divas' Reviews: Blu-Ray Review - The Princess Diaries

Friday, June 1, 2012

Blu-Ray Review - The Princess Diaries

About the Blu-ray 
To commemorate the 10th anniversary† of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray!

Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Relive all the magic and excitement of these two belovedfavorites on this 3-Disc Combo Pack, which includes a DVD of each film. Share the laughter and the love for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.

Film Synopsis:
The Princess Diaries Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much  invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both thenewspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.

The Princess Diaries Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie 2 Film Synopsis: Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The Princess Diaries left off! As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of. But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

Julie Andrews (Sound of Music, Mary Poppins)
Anne Hathaway (Alice in Wonderland, Get Smart)
Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman, Valentine’s Day)
Heather Matarazzo (Scream 3, The Devil’s Advocate)
Mandy Moore (Tangled, AWalk to Remember)
Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable)
Director: Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches, Valentine’s Day)
Producers: Debra Martin Chase (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)
Whitney Houston (TV’s “Cinderella,” The Preacher’s Wife)
Mario Iscovich (Sister Act, Freaky Friday) Writer: Gina Wendkos (Coyote Ugly)

Princess Diaries Outtakes and Bloopers Bonus Features: “A New Princess” Behind-The-Scenes Featurette 8 Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall “The Ultimate Tea Party” – With Audio Commentary By Julie Andrews And Anne Hathaway Music Videos Livin’ Like A Princess

The Princess Diaries Royal Bloopers
2 Bonus Features:
The PD2 Makeover
Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall
“Breakaway” Music Video – By Kelly Clarkson
Find Your Inner Princess – A Personality Quiz

Commentary Release Date: exclusively at Target Stores in April Suggested Retail 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $29.99 Prices: Rating: G (bonus material not rated) Feature Run Time: The Princess Diaries: 115 minutes / The Princess Diaries 2: 113 minutes

My Take on this Blu-ray

To start off I have to say that I enjoyed watching these movies when they first came out in watching these again brings back great memories. These Blu-rays are wonderful and provide a great quality experience for the viewer and on top of this they also have put together a great list of bonus features that my kids really enjoy. Both of these movies are definitely family-friendly and ones that I would highly recommend anyone to watch. The movies are light, fun and offer a great time for all.

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