Review: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (Blu-Ray)

This film does not technically fall into the horror genre so a Drive-In Review wasn’t needed. Check out the full review below.

 

Snow White and The Hunstman (2012)

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron.

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Distributed by: Universal Home Entertainment

MPAA Rating: PG-13

We all have seen the Disney classic Snow White but many people do not know that the original story was far darker and more bleak than a mouse could ever want.

Universal’s Snow White and The Huntsman plays on this. Snow White is born and her mother dies. Grief stricken, the king finds a new bride played admirably by Charlize Theron and is then killed by her mid coitus,  so that she becomes the ruler of the land. Fast forward and we find Snow White locked up in a dungeon waiting to be executed . She escapes and the queen sends minions after her. Yet this whole damn time you find out that the queen can basically transform into anyone and find Snow White herself but chooses to be lazy until the half way point of the film. Chris Hensworth who plays the Hunstman is as bland as they come and is only there for star power in my opinion.Theron is the real star as mentioned before but her performance is a wasted one. Stewart just looks like she’s ready for a nap most of the film and never really brings any depth to her character.

The Dwarves are there but we meet them so quickly and never really become acquainted with any of them on a personal level. Oh did I mention Snow White has a magical blood line that can cause life to spring up from the ground and animals to bow in her presence? Ya totally forgot about that part.

And director Rupert Sanders, who was inexplicably handed the reins to a $170 million dollar feature for his debut,even with that budget he can’t do a damn thing to make this movie better. His battle scenes are boring, the staging is lazy (there’s almost no way to tell character’s proximity to one another in the final battle) and everything unfolds in lethargy.

Universal brings Snow White and the Huntsman to Blu-ray in a perfect high-definition transfer. Details are sharp, colors are blindingly vibrant and the hue/saturation looks pitch-perfect. Black levels are deep, but offer fantastic details within.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track boasts staggering clarity and an aggressive sound mix.  Ambient sounds are pretty much always ringing in the ear. And the battles are alive with clashing steel and constant shouts. Dialogue is always clear and well-separated from music and sound FX. A real pleasure to listen to if nothing else.

Now for all those supplemental features you care oh so much about.

Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features

  • A New Legend Is Born
  • Feature Commentary with director Rupert Sanders, visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, and co-editor Neil Smith

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray

  • Reinventing the Fairy Tale
  • Citizens of the Kingdom
  • The Magic of Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour
  • Universal’s Second Screen: An innovative viewing experience that allows viewers to control, interact with and explore Snow White and the Huntsman with groundbreaking features on a networked tablet or computer, in synch with the movie on the television screen! As the movie plays, experience features such as:
  • Flick View: Move content from the tablet to the TV screen, and compare storyboards, animatics, and other exciting bonus material with a “flick” of the fingers.
  • Behind the Scenes (Picture in Picture)
  • Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour
  • Virtual Flip books
  • Cast of Characters
  • UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to TV’s, computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Snow White and The Huntsman is just a good popcorn movie. The script is pretty terrible and at no time do you feel too much sympathy for Snow White(Kristen Stewart). Sure the film builds on the Snow White mythos but leaves way too many angles that are impossible to follow at times. If you want a visual film, a film with stunning sound, and a story that makes you roll your eyes, then Snow White and The Huntsman is right up your alley.

 

 

 

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