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The Slipper And The Rose: The Story Of Cinderella (1976/Musical/B2MP Blu-ray)

Picture: C+ Sound: B Extras: A Film: B+

PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray of The Slipper & The Rose is now available directly from the B2MP company/label through their website link below.

In the kingdom of Euphrania, there were two unhappy souls, Cinderella (Gemma Craven) whose father just died and her wicked step-mother (Margaret Lockwood) turns her into a servant for her and her two spoiled daughters, and the Prince (Richard Chamberlain) who doesn't want to marry for politics but for love. As the two young lovers dream of better fates, the Fairy Godmother (Annette Crosbie) intervenes and turns Cinderella into the princess which the Prince falls in love with at first sight in Bryan Forbes' The Slipper & The Rose (1976).

This is the often-discussed re-telling of Cinderella with dancing and singing still perfomed on stage worldwide today. It is a story of the reluctant prince and the girl who suddenly find her self with a magical fairy godmother. The fairy godmother uses her magic to help Cinderella do all her chores and protect her from step-mother and get her to the ball to be with prince charming. But when the secret gets out Cinderella is a peasant, both Cinderella and the Prince must fight against class prejudice. This British-produced movie is a musical with sing and dancing to the fairy tale Cinderella and a family friendly movie for all.

As for the HD transfer, I rould say that the 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image was fair, considering how old the movie was and that you could tell it was a transfer from a somewhat color-challenged source despite showing some good depth and detail. Shot in real 35mm anamorphic Panavision by Director of Photography Tony Imi (Enemy Mine, Fflokes) is shogt tyo be big and has a good look, but one wonders if a real three-strip, dye-transfer Technicolor print is out there somewhere for a future Ultra HD version. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 4.0 lossless sound mix comes from the 4-track magnetic stereo maatewr used on the better 35mm presentations of the film and is very impressive for its age in dynamic range and warmth, including some travelling dialogue and sound effects.

Extras include additional optional subtitles, audio commentary with Bryan Forbes from 1999, trailer, making of the film, and I Can't Forget This Melody with Sherman Brothers on the Making of the Slipper and the Rose.

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- Ricky Chiang


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