Cinderella – Blu-ray Review

“Have courage and be kind.”

It’s a saying that perfectly describes Disney’s approach to their beloved animated film, Cinderella. Disney’s courage to create a live-action adaptation while being respectful to the original is the reason why Cinderella works so beautifully.

Cinderella follows Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her beloved mother. To support her father, Ella welcomes the addition of her new stepmother and her stepsisters, Anastasia and Drisella. However, Ella finds herself at the mercy of her new family as her father also has passed away.

With a story that relies heavily on the lead actress, Lily James knocks it out of the park. Her innocent and empathetic performance perfectly embodies the essence of Cinderella. It’s not just James that gives a great performance; the entire cast provided outstanding performances as well. Cate Blanchett as the crass wicked stepmother is fun to watch. The film also includes exceptional performances from Richard Madden, Sir Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgard and Helena Bonham Carter.

Although Cinderella may not end up a classic like its animated counterpart; it never loses the awe and fascination of the original. With its stellar cast and beautiful visuals, it makes for an enchanting version of the fairytale that everyone can enjoy.

Movie rating: 4/5 atoms
NR 4 Atoms - B


Cinderella is presented in 1080P MPEG-4 AVC encoded video with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The colors are the stars of the video transfer. Kenneth Branagh’s lavish palette is striking as the colors give life to the world of Cinderella. Yet despite the rich palette, the colors don’t bleed or become too overwhelming. In addition, the skin tones, contrast, and black levels are impressive as well. Detail is excellent as well, with banding and aliasing nowhere to be found. Overall, Cinderella is impressive to watch at any time of day.

Video rating: 5/5 atoms
NR 5 Atoms - A


Cinderella is presented in a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 audio mix. The center channel is perfectly prioritized here as the dialogue is clear. The surround speakers become engaging as the film’s atmospheric sound design is on display. The cross-channel pans are fluid while music is combined beautifully into the mix as it never drowns out the other audio. The LFE output is lively and strong too. Overall, Cinderella‘s audio mix is pitch perfect.

Audio rating: 5/5 atoms
NR 5 Atoms - A

Special Features

Cinderella special features contain three featurettes, one deleted scene, and the animated short Frozen Fever. As interesting as it was seeing the behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, there isn’t much left to watch. For a film that was released in March, with many March films already out on Blu-ray, the lack of special features is quite sad. As for Frozen Fever, the short seems quite unnecessary and a downgrade from other Disney animation shorts.

Special Features rating: 2.5/5 atoms
NR 2_5 Atoms - C-

Overall, the Cinderella Blu-ray release perfectly showcases the grace and beauty of this charming film. With all the live-action adaptations that Disney has been releasing, it’s refreshing to watch Cinderella remaining largely faithful to the animated film. Although the special features leave a lot to be desired, the film’s audio and video presentation makes up for it.

Overall rating: 4/5 atoms
NR 4 Atoms - B

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