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Into The Woods (2014)

Released:  Thursday, December 25, 2014  
Length:  124 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Musical
Rating: Into The Woods is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may not be suitable for children.

Into The Woods Synopsis

Into the Woods is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters? wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.

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Stephen Sondheim Discusses Disney's Into the Woods Adaptation  6/19/2014 2:52 PM EST
Disney will be releasing their version of "Into the Woods" this year, but don't expect it to be quite as racy as the original musical.According to Stephen Sondheim, quite a bit will be altered to bring the movie up to Disney's more family friendly standards. "You will find in the movie that Rapunzel [Mackenzie Mauzy] does not get killed, and the prince [Chris Pine] does not sleep with the [Baker's...  More>>

Into The Woods Blu-ray Review

Who knew the woods could be so magical? Apparently director Rob Marshall (Chicago) did when he made the renowned Broadway musical, Into the Woods, come to life. With the world famous cast, he takes you on a journey, which blows you away. There is definitely magic in these woods.

The collaborative effort of the cast makes watching the extras worthwhile, as they work together. Since not everyone in the cast comes from a musical background, this movie pushed a lot of limits from the actor's point of view as well the point of view of the viewer. 

The movie, as a whole, raised many people's expectations of what could be possible in a musical that was originally written for the stage. Though many attempts were made, none were successful until this production; and this can be attributed to Marshall and his vision. He was able to adapt them from stage to screen flawlessly.

Part of what makes the movie successful is that the director did an incredible job assembling an all-star cast. He knew how he wanted the characters to be portrayed, and he found actors who could deliver. From veteran Meryl Streep (The Devil wears Prada), as the witch, to relative newcomer, Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), as Cinderella, the cast delivers excellence.  Emily Blunt ( The Devil Wears Prada) is a surprise as the Baker's wife and Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) is perfectly cast as Jack's Mother.

In the Blu-ray, you get to experience the magic in the making. You are given insight as to what actually happens on such a great movie set. You see the spectacular cast work together, and work outside of their comfort zones, to create one of the best movies of the year.

The Blu-ray extras show how large of a production this endeavor was, and how hard the cast and crew worked, to bring stunning visuals to the screen.  The 1080p high definition video is crisp, and detailed, as the cast wanders through the elaborate woods.  The 60 piece orchestra can be heard in spectacular quality with the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. 

I enjoyed almost everything about the film and hope it makes a return to Broadway so I can compare the movie to the musical that started it all.  For musical theater lovers this disc is certainly one you'll want to have in your collection.  B+


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