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“Snow White and the Huntsman" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

King Magnus and Queen Eleanor rule over a vast kingdom in which they have it all, including a son and a beautiful (cough, if you are a fan of K Stew..) daughter named Snow White.  All is well until the Queen dies and a dark army lures the King into battle.  A powerful dark sorceress is rescued by King Magnus and he falls for her beauty, getting married to her the next day.  The sorceress Ravenna kills the King and places the princess Snow White in a dungeon.  In order to keep her beauty, Ravenna must prey on young women, sucking the life out of them. The day Snow White comes of age, Ravenna learns she must consume her heart, or else be destroyed by the princess. She commands her brother to fetch Snow White, but he fails and Snow White escapes.  Ravenna enlists Eric the Huntsman to find her by telling him she can bring his dead wife back to life in exchange.  Eric does not believe her and demands Ravenna to live up to her promise before he gives her Snow White.  Ravenna’s creepy brother Finn reveals she does not have the power to bring is wife back to life and the Huntsman decides to escape with Snow White.  The two are on their way to the home of Snow White’s brother, Duke Hammond’s castle, when they meet up with a gang of seven dwarves.  The Hunstman along with the dwarves fight to protect the land’s only hope, Snow White.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 11 Minutes (extended)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p 
  • Codec: AVC
  • English DTS-HD MA 7.1
  • Starring: Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, and Nick Frost. Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth are also in it.
  • Directed by Rupert Sanders
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild, Fantastical
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Snow White and the Huntsman attempts to re-envision a classic Grimm fairy tale, but falls well short of a success.  I am not a fan of Kristen Stewart. She has one look and one performance, Bella from Twilight, and she has yet to stray from it.  This was to be expected and was not the cause of my discomfort whilst watching the film.  More so, I was annoyed by Charlize Theron’s performance, not finding it the least bit convincing.  Her yelling at the top of her lungs was more laughable than intimidating.  Then you have the Hunstman, Chris Hemsworth, who is such a shallow character with zero depth that you could give a rat’s ass about him. He is sad because his wife is dead, but apparently Snow White is so beautiful he forgets she ever existed.. Romance at its finest.  For me the only entertaining moments in this movie involved the dwarves.  Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, and Nick Frost are excellent and I just wish they were in the entire movie.  At most I would say give this one a rent, but honestly, you could skip it altogether.

Technical

In general, the video transfer is very good. The movie can be a bit dark and dreary which doesn’t tend to produce stunning picture quality. The brighter more colorful scenes looked great.  I appreciated the 7.1 mix, but it was far from top tier audio presentations. Movement and use of the extra surround channels was used sparsely and could have been more effective. Bass definition was weak and boomy. 

Extras

Plenty of extras here for the fans. Theatrical and Extended (4 extra minutes) editions, Audio Commentary tracks, U-Control Pic-n-pic, Around the Kingdom set tour, A New Legend is Born - about the production, Reinventing the Fairy Tale, Citizens of the Kingdom, The Magic of Snow White and the Hunstman - visual effects.