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

Snow White and the Huntsman (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)
Studio: Universal
List Price: $34.98
Street Price: $11.99
Amazon.com: $19.95
Release Date: Sep 11, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Running Time: 127 minutes

4.6 Stars (out of 5) - Rated PG-13

Synopsis

An updated take on the Snow White tale finds the fair-skinned maiden battling the Evil Queen with skills learned from the huntsman sent to kill her. Meanwhile, a love-struck prince bides his time from afar.

Starring:

Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Toby Jones

Director:

Rupert Sanders

Blu-ray Release Date:

September 11, 2012

Subtitles:

English SDH, French, Spanish

Rating

Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 4.8 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 4.5 Stars

● Dialog – 5.0 Stars

● Surround Effects – 4.5 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 5.0 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French: DTS 5.1, Spanish: DTS 5.1

This audio mix does a good job of helping the fairy tale sound like an action film. Surround speakers are busy with chirping birds, shattering glass, the enveloping voice of the mirror, cackling crows, falling rain, snapping twigs, wind, whistling arrows, and clanging swords. The dialog is crisp and clean, and doesn’t lose anything to the action. Subwoofer stays active with sounds of thumping horse hooves, the rumbling of the mirror, crashing ocean waves, rumbles the musical score, roars and rampaging of a troll, roaring flames of fires, and booming fireballs.

Video 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 4.0 Stars

● Clarity - 4.0 Stars

● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars

● Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Colors are mostly cold and dark, but can change to being vibrant and bright depending on location. When the mood isn’t cold, the forest literally comes alive with lush green hues, beautiful flowers, and butterflies. The movie’s tone is dark and so are most of the scenes, unfortunately details are easily lost in the darkness. Even though the clarity level isn’t constant it’s still good enough to make out the details of leaves, whiskers, stitches on clothing, grime on faces, and a delicious looking poisoned apple.

Bonus Features 4.5 Stars (out of 5)

● Theatrical Version and Extended Edition: Two versions of the film are included, a 127-minute theatrical cut and a 131-minute extended edition.

● Audio Commentary: Director Rupert Sanders, visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and co-editor Neil Smith

● U-Control, Picture in Picture (HD): Behind-the-scenes footage, pre and post-production materials, and cast and crew interviews fill this Picture-in-Picture track.

● Second Screen Experience: An interactive experience that’s available via your tablet or PC after downloading the pocket BLU app and syncing it with your playback of the film.

● Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour (HD): Take a look at the sets, reconstructed from panoramic photographs. Locations include "King Magnus' Courtyard," "Village Near Castle Tabor," "Duke Hammond's Castle Encampment," "Queen Raveena's Throne Room" and "Queen Raveena's Mirror Room."

● A New Legend is Born (HD, 21 minutes): Sanders, producer Joe Roth and notable members of the cast and crew give their thoughts on the production, the story and characters, the director, costumes, and other versions of Snow White.

● Reinventing the Fairy Tale (HD, 6 minutes): A discussion about the film's use of fairy tales, imagery and themes, as well as the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White, to create a new adaptation of a classic story.

● Citizens of the Kingdom (HD, 23 minutes): Up next, four EPK-style character featurettes - "Fairest of Them All: Snow White," "Deliciously Evil: Queen Ravenna," "The Huntsman" and, the best of the bunch, "Motley Crew: The Dwarves."

● The Magic of Snow White and the Huntsman (HD, 13 minutes): A deeper look at the visual effects and concept art that give this film a unique look.

Movie – 2.5 Stars (out of 5)

Review

This version of Snow White is one of the darker and grittiest versions I’ve seen, but still remains to be a fairy tale. The overall plot of this movie is simple but somehow they complicate it with unexplained magic, and an unfounded love connection. Its hard to imagine a movie with such great imagery and decent action sequences to end up being an emotionless uncharismatic retelling of a honored fairy tale. I connected with none of the characters, and it seams like the characters didn’t connect with each other either. Which is really bad considering we are supposed to believe they in some sort of awkward love story. Since the movie is called Snow White and the Huntsman, you would think that Snow White or the Huntsman would be the star of the movie, but the evil queen stole the snow. Charlize Theron’s performance is the main reason to watch this movie. She’s over the top evil, and it looks like she had fun, I wish I had as much fun watching the movie.

Posted by The HT Guys, October 4, 2012 7:56 AM

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