The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 106 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Danny Woodburn, Michael Klebba, Sean Bean
Directed by: Tarsem Singh Dhandwar
Music by: Alan Menken
Written by: Marc Klein & Jason Keller
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 26, 2012
A scheming queen wants to marry a handsome prince, but he’s in love with Snow White, which triggers an epic battle of good vs. evil in re-imaging of one of the world’s most beloved fairytales.
MIRROR MIRROR re-tells the classic fairytale of Snow White. After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the Queen, seeking to have him for herself devises a dastardly plot which leaves Snow white stranded in the dark forest. Taken in by a band of renegade dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to reclaim her birthright, win her Prince and restore tranquility to the land.
Anyone familiar with Tarsem’s penchant for visual storytelling will appreciate its integration in the context of this re-imaging. As far as the story itself goes there truly isn’t anything here that we haven’t seen before. The script is written using a conjunctive comedic narrative that sort of works but can at times come off as distractingly campy. I never really found myself drawn in by queen’s evil, the love between Snow white and Prince Alcott or the bond between Snow White and her seven protectors. There isn’t any real suspense or sense of dread which leaves the characters, especially the queen, in the lurch. On the flip side the story is light, the dwarfs are interestingly different and likeable and there isn’t anything overtly bad about the film.
Julia Roberts’ take on the evil queen is fiendishly on target as is the always entertaining Nathan Lane in the role of her minion/lackey “Brighton”. Lily Collins is cute and charming but the jury is still out on her ability to handle the lead and Armie Hammer clearly doesn’t have the dashing charisma or comedic chops necessary to bring a character like this to life. Mirror Mirror will probably appeal more to younger viewers while leaving their parents nodding off. It fails to provide a conceptually fresh take on the classic fairytale which is a shame because in the hands of Tarsem it had lots more potential.
The rating is for some fantasy action and mild rude humor.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
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Mirror Mirror comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox HE featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.9 Mbps.
This high definition video presentation offers quality that is consistent with other newer release films that have been released on Blu-ray Disc. Blacks are strong, with deep gradations and dynamic highlights that look great when onscreen with mixed content. This is a dark film both thematically and aesthetically that contains a variety of sequences shot in low lit environs and uneven light. Shadow detail is excellent. Contrast and brightness aren’t overdriven which provides punch while preserving detail in dark and light elements onscreen. The color palette is limited and primarily makes use of reserved neutral tones and varying shades of gray and sepia that are rarely eye catching. When applied, primary colors stand out in stark contrast. Flesh tones follow suit with limited complexional variety that is consistent with the film’s visual aesthetic. Images are delineated and revealing of good textural nuance that enhances close ups. Long range shots aren’t resolved quite as well but appear dimensional. Resolution is excellent however the video isn’t always definitively resolved. Softer definition that appears innate to the photography is obvious but I wouldn’t define it as deleterious. A light veil of grain imparts a film like texture that is never intrusive. This is a solid high definition offering that mates well with the source material.
The high resolution DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers smooth, sibilant free treble, tonally rich, crystalline dialogue, and diffused, room filling ambience. The front channels are seamlessly integrated with the surrounds tightly infused to create an immersive soundstage. This mix generates an enriching sound field that comes alive during active sequences as the sounds of galloping horses, surrounding forest attackers, and a room traversing dark beast invigorate the listening area while being augmented by palpably rich low frequency extension. It made for a fun surround sound experience that mated perfectly with the tone of the film.
- (HD) Looking through the mirror – 13 minute featurette
- (HD) Prince and puppies – 2 minute featurette
- (HD) “I believe I can dance” Dance-Along – 11 minutes
- (HD) Mirror Mirror interactive storybook
- (HD) 5 deleted scenes
- (HD) Theatrical Tralier
- Bonus DVD
- Digital Copy
Mirror Mirror re-tells the classic fairytale of Snow White. In the hands of visionary director Tarsem it looks beautiful. Unfortunately its conventionally bland script and oddly infused comedy fails to capture the defining essence of the good vs. evil concept. It has merit but will probably appeal more to younger viewers than their older siblings and parents. In the end my reaction to it would best be described as lukewarm. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video quality and a fair supplemental offering that includes Blu-ray exclusives. This is a decent rental for the kids when they have friends over.
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I'm a little disappointed with your take on the movie. I was told to blind buy for the wife. She is a huge fan of Tarsem. However, I will sit through it and see if the visuals can overcome a bland script.
I am also a Tarsem fan but this one came up short for me. I will be curious to hear your thoughts after you've seen it.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Chewbacco. Glad you enjoyed Mirror Mirror..
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