Cinderella appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a satisfying image.
For the most part, sharpness worked well. A few interiors showed a smidgen of softness, but those instances remained infrequent. Instead, the majority of the flick offered fine clarity and delineation. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean presentation.
As for the palette, it showed a teal tendency, but the different settings allowed for a variety of other hues as well. These came across as peppy and vivid. Blacks looked dark and deep, and low-light shots seemed smooth and clear. I felt pleased with the transfer.
In terms of the film’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it opened up matters on occasion. Probably the showiest elements popped up during the magical Fairy Godmother sequence, as her actions used the different channels in an engaging, dynamic manner.
A few other scenes added some pizzazz as well, but most of the movie stayed with general atmosphere. Music showed nice delineation, and effects continued to display appropriate placement and movement. Much of the film lacked a lot of ambition, but the soundscape suited the story and became more immersive when appropriate.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech remained distinctive and concise, and music sounded robust and full. Effects demonstrated nice clarity and showed solid oomph when necessary. I felt reasonably pleased with the soundtrack.
A mix of extras flesh out the set. A Fairy Tale Comes to Life runs nine minutes, 23 seconds and offers notes from director Kenneth Branagh, producers David Barron, Allison Shearmur and Simon Kinburg, screenwriter Chris Weitz, Philips Corporate Allliances VP Marty Gordon, and actors Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Stellan Skarsgard, Richard Madden, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger, and Helena Bonham Carter. The featurette looks at the source material and the new film’s attempts to update the story as well as costumes, cast, characters and performances. “Tale” offers a reasonably interesting little discussion.
During the two-minute, 39-second Costume Test Fun, we get a look at that footage. We see some of the actors in test footage meant to give impressions of their various outfits. It could use narration but it has some charm to it.
Staging the Ball goes for 11 minutes, 27 seconds and features Branagh, James, Skarsgard, Madden, Grainger, Blanchett, Barron, McShera, costume designer Sandy Powell, production designer Dante Ferretti, makeup designer Naomi Donne, hair designer Carol Hemming, production franchise supervisor Anna Hall, choreographer Rob Ashford, orchestra conductor Hywel Davies, and actors Nonso Anozie, I-San Tiaw, Michael Henry and Alexandra Ross. This piece looks at all the elements that went into the creation of the film’s signature ballroom sequence. We find a quick but informative featurette.
Called “Ella’s Childhood”, an Alternative Opening lasts three minutes, two seconds. After an intro from Branagh, we see an extended view of Ella as a youngster. It doesn’t really add much.
Ella’s Furry Friends takes up three minutes, 43 seconds with notes from Branagh, James, animal trainer Guillaume Grange and head animal trainer Julie Tottman. As expected, it tells us about the animals used during the shoot. The show gives us some decent thoughts.
Finally, we get a new animated short called Frozen Fever. In this seven-minute, 56-second cartoon, we see Elsa’s attempt to give her sister Anna an awesome birthday party. It’s fairly entertaining and earns points due to the return of the movie’s original voice actors.
The disc opens with ads for DisneyNature’s Born in China, Inside Out and Tomorrowland. Sneak Peeks adds promos for Disney Parks, Once Upon a Time and DisneyNature’s Monkey Kingdom. No trailer for Cinderella appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD Copy of Cinderella. It includes “Ella’s Furry Friends” and Frozen Fever but lacks the other extras.
A light, lively version of a classic fairy tale, 2015’s Cinderella gives us a pretty timeless take on the material. It updates the material in a charming manner and becomes enjoyable in its own right. The Blu-ray presents good picture and audio along with some minor supplements. Fans of the 1950 animated film should also enjoy this likeable reworking.