Disney’s Maleficent on Blu-ray + DVD
*I was not financially compensated for this post, but did receive a copy of the movie. Opinions expressed are my own.*
Release Date: November 4, 2014
About the Film
Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere
- From Fairy Tale to Feature Film – Reimagining Maleficent for a new generation
- Building An Epic Battle –Creating the clash between Maleficent and King Henry’s Forces
- Classic Couture – Examine Maleficent’s spellbinding head wraps and jewelry.
- Maleficent Revealed – Explore the layers of extraordinary special effects.
- Aurora: Becoming A Beauty – Elle Fanning reveals her lifelong love of Disney’s original animated classic.
- “Stefan In King’s Chamber”
- “Pixie Idiots”
- “Diaval asks about the Curse”
- “Pixies Seek Asylum”
- Aurora: Becoming A Beauty
I had heard good things about Maleficent and after watching the Blu-ray, I can see what all the hype was about. Disney’s Maleficent is excellent in so many ways – a captivating storyline, superb acting and my favourite, the scenery! As I was watching, I thought to myself what it would be like to live in a place as magical as the Moors. This is a movie I will watch again and again.
The movie begins with the introduction to Maleficent as a child. She is known as one of the strongest fairies in the land. She is very kind and helpful and I instantly liked her character. She meets a human boy named Stefan and they grow very close. Fast forward a few years and Stefan is busy with the king in his land and Maleficent wonders what happened to her friend.
The king wants to invade Maleficent’s land and she faces down an army to try and prevent this from happening. She made an enemy out of the king who was set on her having her put to death.
It broke my heart and I actually shed tears at Stefan’s ultimate betrayal. That moment was Maleficent’s turning point. He had stolen her joy and broken her trust. She was intent on revenge at all costs.
The story is similar to the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, in some ways. Princess Aurora is cursed by Maleficent as a baby and hidden away in a quaint cabin in the woods by three fairies. What is different is that Maleficent is always there checking on her in the movie and interacts with Aurora through the years. She even saved Aurora from falling off a cliff when she was a young toddler.
I also didn’t expect for the movie to touch me like it did and I certainly didn’t expect to like Maleficent’s character. Yet, I did. I understood Maleficent and why she did the things she did. She has a good heart and it’s shown towards the end of the movie. There were some twists that I did not expect to see!
My 10 year old daughter, Bridget, watched the movie with me and she also really enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her sit so quietly and watch a movie this intently before. I guess you could say she is a fan too!