CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"Maleficent" released on DVD today !

When Pan’s Labyrinth was released seven years ago, fairy tales were allowed to explore the dark side of metaphor if the film was successful. Some of Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales presented gruesome descriptions of a wicked step-sister who sliced off her toes to fit into Cinderella’s slipper.

Maleficent is Walt Disney’s attempt to interpret the dark side of Sleeping Beauty. Maleficent tells the story of a flying fairy. When she confronts the heart of darkness, she is betrayed by “true love’s first kiss.” Proving that hell hath no fury like a fairy scorned, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) plots revenge upon her lost love, King Stephan (Sharlto Copley), who marries a Queen and has a daughter. When Princess Aurora is born, Maleficent places a curse upon the child.

From this point forward, the film creates a dead pan comedy showcase for Angelina Jolie. With excellent cinematography and artistic design, Jolie takes the underwritten material and creates a memorable character. Maleficent is not a great movie, but it’s a fun summer movie at a matinee price.

Three months after being released on the big screen, Maleficent has been released on DVD/Blu-Ray. The DVD retains the stunning visual quality that will likely be Oscar nominated next February.

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