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"Frozen" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Inspired by "The Snow Queen" story by Hans Christian Andersen, the film has plenty of quirky, lovable characters along with a nice blend of corny humor, serious sentiment, suspense, and peril. Frozen definitely succeeds in captivating audiences young, old, and every age in between.

Specifications

  • Disney Home Entertainment
  • 2014, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hrs 41 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana
  • Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Finally! A Disney movie where the heroine is not rescued by a man. With superior animation, musical numbers and characters we can really care about, Frozen is a visual and sonic knockout. My only fault with the story is that Elsa’s frosty powers are never explained. Are they a curse? Are they a passed down family trait? Who knows….and who really cares, besides me. The songs are memorable and the characters are very well developed and fleshed out. The storyline moves right along and the animation is gorgeous. This is a great movie to show off your home theater and your kids will clamor for repeat viewings for years to come. Love conquers all…Recommended!

Technical

As mentioned, the P and S quality are just top notch. The sounds are clear and expansive, using all of the speakers and your sub woofer. I turned the sound up a bit higher than normal and was rewarded with a sonic spectacle that enhanced the action on the screen. In this respect, Disney never fails to impress. Note: If you want the 3D version, you'll have to purchase the one from the U.K.- (Disney! That's just COLD!)

Extras

Included with a digital copy & DVD are deleted scenes, a making of, music video, D’frosted: From Hans C. Andersen to Frozen and a short flick called “Get A Horse”…starring Mickey Mouse.