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Cinderella II – Dreams Come True (Disney Special Edition DVD)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: C

 

 

Need some moo-la…made number two-a…Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! Disney, since the release of The Return of Jafar in the mid-90’s, has been known to release its fair share of BAD straight to home video/DVD releases.  Well, throw another one on the list with Cinderella II: Dreams Come True – Special Edition.  This particular sequel follows our princess, Cinderella, on several tales after the ‘Happily Ever After’ of the first film. The stories (3 in all) are narrated by the mice of the castle and chronicle one tale about Cinderella throwing a banquet and her troubles when she tries to invite the entire kingdom (peasants and all), a second tale of Jaq the mouse and his escapades as a human (with a little Fairy Godmother help), and a third tale about one of Cinderella’s Step Sisters falling in love with a commoner (bread maker) and her tribulations dealing with her mother’s disapprovals.  The film is choppy and lackluster and only holds a slight glimmer of the past classic.

 

This film was released once before (Non-Special Edition) in February of 2002 and sold very well.  Fans must have been hoping to relive the original and instead they received a royal slap in the face.

 

The film is actually very bad and the third film in the series, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (reviewed elsewhere on this site) is better than this monstrosity.  As other critics have claimed Cinderella II is very choppy and feels more like a bad television spin-off than anything else.  To this reviewer, after Disney had produced such other hit television series based on Disney classic characters like Aladdin, Tale Spin, and Rescue Rangers it would not at all be surprising if they attempted to adapt Cinderella into a series of its own and it never quite worked out.  Rather than just putting this mishap of a production into the Disney Archives and calling it a day, the more profitable choice was to string three random ‘episodes’ together with bad music and call it a movie.

 

The DVD presentation is good with few major problems, but does not measure up to other quality Disney releases.  The picture is presented in 1.66 X 1 Widescreen enhanced for 16 X 9 televisions.  The picture quality is clear, but has many issues with the colors being off by either being too bright, too blurry, or just careless.  The production as said before seems to have been ‘made for TV’ and little care was taken in the production.  The sound quality is clean with a balanced voices and music quality in its DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound, sounding better than a lot of DVDs recently released but not perfect.  The original production didn’t seem to have the greatest voice talent or music scores, so that definitely does not help.  This reviewer has always complimented Disney on having great bonus features, but like its sequel this release was lacking to a degree only containing a Music Video, two less than impressive games, a story book feature, and a few more features that don’t hold too much interest.

 

 

-   Michael P Dougherty II


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