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Snow White and the Huntsman Blu-ray Review

Title: Snow White and the Huntsman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

Release Date: September 11, 2012

My Review:

On September 11th, 2012, the action and adventure of Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Studios) is yours to take home in a Blu-ray Combo Pack which includes UltraViolet, DVD, and Digital.

Snow White and the Huntsman is unlike any version of the fairy tale of Snow White that you have ever seen or read before. In this epic retelling, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) doesn’t exactly need a prince to come and save the day. Locked up for nearly her entire life by the wicked Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), Snow White escapes her tower dungeon and heads into a world that is entirely foreign to her.

Ravenna sends her men out after Snow White; she has learned that in order to gain immortality, she needs Snow White’s heart because she encompasses all things innocent and beautiful. Ravenna has incredible power, but in order to retain her youthful beauty, she must suck the life out of young maidens. But for Ravenna, it is never enough.

Snow White escapes into the Dark Forest, but Ravenna is powerless there and sends the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth)–one of the only men she is aware of who has made it through the Dark Forest alive–to bring Snow White back to her. Though the huntsman has no loyalty to the queen, she promises him the one thing he wants above all else. Once the huntsman and Snow White meet in the Dark Forest, he switches his loyalty to Snow White and agrees to help her find a way to defeat Ravenna and reclaim the kingdom that is rightfully hers.

Snow White and the Huntsman is a visual feast; I loved the various sets (especially the place called Sanctuary, which is home to the dwarves and fairies) and all of the special effects that gave Ravenna her creepiness. There were many different places where I was tempted to cover my eyes because the film was slightly more gory than I had anticipated it would be. I truly admired the medieval feel of the movie and the detail in all of the costumes, from the armor to the characters’ every day dress.

Unfortunately, the great attention to the special effects, costumes, and filming location were not enough to carry this movie. I was a bit disappointed in the screenplay and the lack of character development. Even though I suspected that this film would be focused more on action than romance, I wanted to feel more of a connection between Snow White and the man with whom she is in love. Once their feelings for one another are shown to the audience, it felt a little as if it were coming out of nowhere.

Snow White and the Huntsman was also written in such a way that there could have been a love triangle, but the two men who are most important to Snow White seem to be oblivious of each other’s existence (even though they fight and work together side by side), and there is no tension of any kind.

Despite my mixed feelings on some of the aspects of this film, I enjoyed the overall premise and most definitely all of the visuals. I am crossing my fingers that the sequel will indeed happen because the ending did not leave me satisfied enough. I had so many questions about Ravenna’s magic, and several things that were left unexplained probably due to the length of the film. I want to what is next for Snow White, her kingdom, and her romance.

Bonus Features:

Reinventing the Fairy Tale includes interviews on set from director Rupert Sanders, Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth. Also provides info on the filming process.

Citizens of the Kingdom contains further interview footage with Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth. Provides in depth commentary on the characters Snow White, Ravenna, the huntsman, and the dwarves.

The Magic of Snow White and the Huntsman shows commentary from the visual effects team about the magic mirror and their inspiration for developing the mirror man, the troll, the creatures who live in Sanctuary, and more.

Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour is an interactive feature that allows you to take a tour of the set. Director Rupert Sanders provides a brief introduction to each of the sets that you can visit. You can then use the arrows on your remote control to view the parts of the set you wish to see. I love the sword sound effects as I go between the options.

Feature Commentary with Director Ruper Sanders, Visual Effects Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and Co-Editor Neil Smith Watch the movie and get behind-the-scenes information about cast and crew and the making of the film.

Second Screen In order to use this feature, you will have to download the Pocket Blu App for your iPad or other device to connect to the movie and let you see these special features.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Jennifer

Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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