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Willow Blu-ray Review

WillowTitle: Willow (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)

About the Movie: 

Journey to the far corners of your imagination with Willow, for the first time ever on stunning Blu-ray! Written and produced by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, the film tells a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes come in all sizes…and adventure is the greatest magic of all. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the unforgettable classic has been fully digitally restored and debuts on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack March 12, 2013 from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis; Harry Potter franchise) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh; “Upstairs, Downstairs”). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer; Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!

The Willow Blu-ray and DVD include a dazzling array of extras with never-before-seen exclusive content such as deleted scenes with remarks from Ron Howard, a personal video diary of Warwick Davis, matte paintings and much more. In addition, look out for Ron Howard’s new introduction for the original 1988 featurette “The Making of an Adventure,” as well as special effect legend Dennis Muren’s new intro to his piece, “From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking.”

Special Features

  • NEW Willow: Deleted Scenes with Ron Howard
  • NEW Willow: An Unlikely Hero Personal Video Diary of Warwick Davis
  •  The Making of an Adventure with an all new introduction from Ron Howard
  • From Morf to Morphing with an all new introduction from Dennis Muren
  • Matte Paintings
  • Easter Egg

My Review: 

John was in shock when I told him that I had never seen the movie, Willow, despite it being around for 25 years. I’m not sure why I never watched it before because it would have been a movie I would have enjoyed as a child. Speaking from an adult’s point of view, I really enjoyed the movie.

The movie centres around a baby named Elora whose destiny is to overtake the evil Queen Bavmorda. The  Queen’s mission is to capture the baby and perform a ritual that will ban her spirit to the Neverworld so that she can continue her reign of terror. The baby ends up in the care of Willow who ends up becoming her guardian and protector. It’s a fantasy adventure movie with mythical creatures, magic and lots of action. 

Val Kilmer plays the role of Madmartigan, a prisoner that Willow frees and who also becomes one of Elora’s protectors and helps Willow on his mission to defeat her. I thought his character was so funny. I loved the part when he is under the influence of fairy dust and professes his love to the evil queen’s daughter when he really should have been saving the baby. 

The baby, Elora, was adorable and so expressive. Her face captured so many emotions! I knew right away that she was wearing a wig though. John thought it was her real hair! I checked online and discovered I was right and that she was wearing a hair piece. 

I loved everything about this movie from the exotic scenery, interesting characters and fast-moving story. It’s a movie that will capture your attention at the very beginning and immerse you in a fantasy world for a couple hours.

Willow is a movie that the whole family can enjoy. It’s one of the best fantasy films I’ve ever seen.

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

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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