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Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.from£6.45 | RRP:
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Award-winning CGI-animated adventure from Disney inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen' and featuring the voice talents of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. Princess Elsa (Menzel), heir to the throne of Arendelle, has special powers that enable her to make snow and ice, which proves to be both a wonderful and dangerous gift. Following an accident that put her younger sister Anna (Bell)'s life at risk, Elsa has been trying to keep her powers under control. When an incident at her coronation ceremony exposes her magic ability to the citizens of Arendelle Elsa flees and cuts herself off from the rest of the world, but in her emotional state she sets off a spell that casts a perpetual winter over the kingdom. It falls to Anna, with the help of mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer Sven and a snowman called Olaf (Josh Gad), to journey through treacherous conditions in order to reunite with her sister and find a way to break the spell. The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Animated Feature Film.
Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region Free Blu-ray player in order to play Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter Anna a fearless optimist teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa the Snow Queen and put an end to her icy spell Encountering mystical trolls a funny snowman named Olaf everest-like extremes and magic at every turn Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction
Average Rating for Frozen [Blu-ray] [Region Free] - 5 out of 5
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Frozen [Blu-ray] [Region Free]Jane Wallace
Disney's Frozen is a genuine return-to-form for the animation studio, and a release that ranks alongside some of their best ever movies. And having now taken over a billion dollars at the global box office, it's also one of their biggest financial successes of recent years. So what makes it such a great family movie?
Well, after seeing it at the cinema with my children last year - and then buying it on blu-ray as soon as it came out (and enjoying it all over again) - I think I might have some ideas.
IT'S A CLASSIC FAIRYTALE STORY, WITH LIKEABLE CHARACTERS: Frozen is based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairly tale "The Snow Queen", although it's been cleverly reworked to suit all the needs of a modern family adventure. While it still retains the same sense of magic and wonder as the original, it reshapes the story to turn it into a tale of familial love and understanding between two sisters. Crucially, the older sister - Elsa, who has the ability to create snow and ice at will, but can't always control her power - isn't portrayed as a traditional Disney 'villain'. Instead, she's presented as an emotionally-distant and introverted character, who inspires real sympathy from the audience as she struggles to cope with her gift after the death of her parents. This gives us a real investment in seeing how her relationship with her younger sister, Anna, plays out, and as the initially-estranged pair eventually grow closer to each other, the delicate and empathetic treatment of both characters ensures that we're rooting for them to get a happy ending by the time the final credits roll around.
IT HAS SMART PLOTTING: Unusually for Disney, this is a story where you don't see all the twists and turns coming from the outset, and it's very refreshing to find yourself genuinely surprised and wrong-footed by a children's movie. The clever way in which the film's narrative is constructed - starting with the childhood separation of the sisters, before growing to encompass the larger context of their fairytale kingdom, and then introducing the supporting characters that will end up being crucial to the climax of the story - carries you along so smoothly that it isn't until later that you realise how craftily the groundwork was being laid for the twists and turns that come towards the end. Without saying too much, this is a film that relies on the audience having certain expectations of a Disney movie, so that it can set up our assumptions about how the story will play out - only to confound them at the end of the film with some genuinely original and unexpected developments. Sure, you've seen a princess saved by "an act of true love" in plenty of Disney movies before, but you've never seen it done like this.
IT HAS BEAUTIFUL VISUALS: You could be forgiven for thinking that a film that largely revolves around snow and ice would be visually bland - but the designers and animators behind Frozen instead use the icy setting as inspiration for all manner of beautiful, intricate scenery and wonderful designs. The sisters' home city is an incredibly detailed and authentic feeling Scandinavian township; the woods and mountains seen in the later parts of the film feel fully-realised and true-to-life; and the effects of Elsa's ice-powers are shown in a dynamic, dazzling way, especially once she really cuts loose with them in the second half of the story. Blu-ray really is the best way to see Frozen, because in high-definition these visual aspects look better than ever - even, arguably, better than they did in the cinema.
IT HAS INSANELY CATCHY SONGS: It's a little difficult to convey in text the appeal of a well-crafted song, but suffice it to say Frozen has them in spades. The witty wordplay and majestic melodies that we used to hear in the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman-composed classic Disney songs is all present and correct here ("A kingdom of ice-solation - and it looks like I'm the queen" might be my favourite lyric in a Disney film ever), and the tunes feel perfectly integrated with the story, rather than simply thrown on top of the narrative. If you're not whistling or humming "Let It Go" and "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" after watching this movie, then I'll eat my snowshoes.
IT'S FUNNY: Despite the fairly serious storyline and a couple of slightly scary scenes (one involving being chased by wolves, and another with a giant snow-monster), there's plenty of humour to be found in Frozen. Whether it's the comic relief that's provided by Olaf (a snowman magically brought to life, who dreams of a summer holiday despite having no experience of what the sun does to snow) the slapstick moments of physical comedy, or the slightly subtler character humour (like Kristoff's narration of his pet reindeer's thoughts), you'll find that every scene gives you at least something to smile about. Personally, I can't get enough of the weird shopkeeper that Kristoff and Anna encounter when they first meet - but maybe that's just me.
IT HAS A GREAT MESSAGE: Ultimately, even once you strip away all the beautiful visuals, catchy songs and winning humour, there's an incredibly strong message at the heart of Frozen that makes it one of the most satisfying kids' movies I've seen in a long time. It goes beyond a simplistic meditation on the value of love to cover issues of acceptance, mutual understanding, and the importance of relying on friends and family to help shoulder your burdens - which isn't bad going for such a seemingly straightforward children's film. Finally, it also redresses the historical gender imbalance that we've seen in animated kids' films: here, the princesses are very much the driving force behind the story, true protagonists who push things forward just as much as the men, rather than acting as mere set-dressing for a male-oriented adventure. For that reason, it's a film that I'm very happy to encourage my daughter to watch, and I can only hope that future Disney movies follow suit.
In short, then, Frozen is that rare thing: an animated childrens' film that transcends the genre to stand as a genuinely great movie in its own right, and certainly head-and-shoulders above a sea of other mediocre pretenders to the Disney throne. As sharp as an icicle, as refreshing as snowball in the face, and as original as a newly-minted snowflake - if you have kids, get Frozen. It's as simple as that.
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