Today could be a record-breaker. After all, it’s been less than four months since Walt Disney Animation Studios’ FROZEN hit theater screens here in the U.S. (November 27, 2013), snowballing into a cinematic and cultural phenomenon that’s racked up numerous awards along the way, the pinnacle of which was a win for “Best Animated Feature” at the 86th Academy Awards, not to mention snagging the “Best Original Song” Oscar for Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let It Go” on the same night, just two weeks ago. With records claimed, I see no reason why that streak won’t continue, and with FROZEN arriving at retail on Blu-ray and DVD today, something tells me that the records set in December by DESPICABLE ME 2 will be shattered.
So much has been said about FROZEN (including thousands of words thrown down by yours truly on this very site) that it’s almost impossible to decide what exactly to say about it’s home release. With well over a billion dollars in at the box office so far, there’s a good chance that if you wanted to see the film, you’ve seen it already, so rehashing it’s entire plot seems a bit redundant. It’s a story about sisters, and their special bond and love for one another… and it makes me think of my daughters.
FROZEN is nearly perfect. But not entirely. And the same goes for it’s initial home video release… and I say “initial” because some Super-Deluxe Edition is almost certainly being planned, even as I type this. But chances are, you won’t need it, because the film itself is what’s most important, and as viewed on the “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack here at Rock Father HQ (it’s been played at least four times in the past week), it looks and sounds phenomenal.
For the hardest of hardcore enthusiasts (and I know a few), the bonus features may not fully satisfy, with the biggest omission being the popular Sing-along version of the film (understandable due to the timeframe of how that came about). While a lot of fun (perhaps more so for me since I recently visited the Studio), “The Making of FROZEN” doesn’t really go into the making of FROZEN (all part of the gag), and that could be disappointing for some… especially since the previously-announced featurette “Breaking the Ice: The Real Making of FROZEN” either didn’t end up on the disc, or it ended up as an Easter Egg I have yet to find. “D’Frosted: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to FROZEN” is a nice piece that touches on the timeline and evolution of the film from early attempts at making a SNOW QUEEN movie, to the modern classic that FROZEN has become. A few “Let It Go” music videos and the Academy Award-nominated GET A HORSE Mickey Mouse short film, complete a package that should suffice for most viewers.
The Rock Father Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
FROZEN is an essential piece for any Disney lovers video library, and for me… it’s particularly special because it was my oldest daughter’s first big-screen Disney experience, and has been the subject of many recent adventures, paid for on my old pal Mickey’s company card. Speaking of which, since the Blu-ray is out now, let’s take a look back at highlights from my FROZEN coverage…
The Rock Father’s FROZEN Special Features:
- That time that Josh Gad stepped out for a bit and Olaf from FROZEN borrowed my voice
- Can Olaf Really ROCK? Inside the Rigging of Disney’s FROZEN
- A Conversation with Academy Award Winners Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho
- The First Daddy/Daughter Dance: Elsa and Anna’s Fabulously FROZEN Ball
- Goin’ Back to Cali: Blogging from Walt Disney Animation Studios
- The Best Rock Cover of “Let It Go”???
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