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Ella Enchanted [DVD]

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  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Aidan McArdle, Joanna Lumley
  • Directors: Tommy O'Haver
  • Producers: Jane Startz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QS202
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,840 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This modern-day Cinderella fantasy stars Anne Hathaway as Ella, who lives in a magical world where every child is given a gift by a fairy godmother after they are born. Ella is given the 'gift' of obedience - which soon turns out to be more of a curse, as her thoughtless and selfish father gets re-married after the death of Ella's mother's to a vain and cruel woman with two equally unpleasant daughters - and Ella is spellbound to do everything they tell her to. Determined to track down the godmother who burdened her with this terrible millstone, Ella embarks on a journey that takes in all kinds of magical adventures and fantastical creatures including fairies, elves and ogres, and even a fairy-tale prince (Hugh Dancy).

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okay so when i first picked this up i thought it was just for children but when i watched it it was so good that i had to eat my own words. Anne hathaway is absolutely suited for the role and Hugh Dancy is the next hearthrob and a brilliant actor. The leads spark off eachother beautifully and has many other famous faces and comics such as Minnie Driver. Incredibly romantic and funny. Love the songs i didn't know anne hathaway had such a good voice! If you are thinking of getting this and you are aged 7 and upwards and not cynical you will love this stylish and funny romantic comedy. i only wish i could give it more than five stars!
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This film is based on the book of the same title by Gail Levine. The book is equally enjoyable but don't watch this film expecting it to be similar!
Anne Hathaway stars as Ella of Frell, a spunky young woman who was given the gift of obedience at birth. Anything she is told to do she must do, regardless of what it is. When her mother dies, her father remarries the typical "evil stepmother" (wonderfully portrayed by Joanna Lumley), giving Ella two new stepsisters. Unfortunately for Ella, they soon realise she must obey and make her do a variety of things!
Ella realises she must get rid of the "curse" and sets out to find the fairy who cast it to ask her to remove it. The journey is long and hazardous and in the end, Ella learns that what's inside her is stronger than any spell.
A typical fairytale story brought up to date. Younger girls will love it and the introductions of two songs throughout the movie (Somebody to Love and Don't Go Breaking my Heart) also helps keep it fresh and new for older audiences.
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There's a reason that every year seems to bring at least one new adaptation of the Cinderella story - it is, indeed, an enchanting story that speaks to the heart. Who doesn't love Cinderella? I oftentimes find myself pulling for the bad guys in films, but who in the world could ever like that evil step-mother or her awful daughters? Of course, Ella Enchanted isn't your traditional fairy tale, even though all of the important elements are there - the fairy godmother, the prince, etc. Ella is not reduced to slavery by her step-mother, and she doesn't have any contact with cinders, but she does find herself effectively controlled by one of her awful new step-sisters. Anyone who has read Terry Pratchett or watched Shrek 2 knows that fairy godmothers do more harm than good, and the one in this movie (played by Vivica A. Fox) proves the point. Lucinda's gift to the baby Ella is obedience. You may think you've gotten some rotten gifts before, but the gift of obedience is the worst of the worst. Ella grows up with a strong mind and a beautiful heart, but she is helpless to refuse any request made of her. You can just imagine the kind of havoc one could wreak if one found out Ella's secret. Forbidden to tell anyone about her curse of a blessing, Ella eventually decides that she must seek out her godmother and beg her to take the gift back.
Ella sets out on her long journey in the days preceding the coronation of Prince Char (Hugh Dancy). Char is pretty much the Elvis of the realm, with young ladies in waiting breaking out into hysterics whenever he appears and, more often than not, chasing him down like hounds after a fox.
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This film like any other cinderella story told is of romance and the down trodden young girl who finds her true prince. This version of it is funny,silly and all that,that implies! The song at the end is hilarious a good watch and worth buying!
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There are two things that colored my perception of "Ella Enchanted." The first is that I just saw "A Cinderella Story" a couple of weeks ago, and since that was the worst movie made on the Cinderella theme in the history of the world anything else was going to look a lot better in comparison. But then director Tommy O'Haver has the advantage of being able to mine the gold from Gail Carson Levine's beloved children's novel, which provides enough creative sparks to make this movie something different. If you are going to tell the Cinderella story over again then you need to have a twist that justifies the effort, and "Ella Enchanted" has a couple of those.
Second, this really is a movie aimed at kids. I say this because the key twist in this story is that when Ella is born a rather second rate fairy named Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox) gives her the gift of obedience. This means that every time somebody tells Ella to do something, she has to do it. Now, for kids, younger kids, this is a truly nightmare scenario. Parents and other adults are always telling you to do something: what if they could MAKE you do whatever they wanted? Endless chores, homework, and probably music lessons would be your fate, which is essentially what happens to Ella when she grows up to be Anne Hathaway.
Hathaway is the star of this film and what promise she showed in "The Princess Dairies" is fulfilled her as she plays Ella as more of a civil rights advocate than a would be fairy princess. This is because in the other fun twist the regent, Prince Edgar (Carl Elwes, playing for the other side this time having done the hero bit in "The Princess Bride"), has ordered all the elves, ogres, giants and other non-humans to live in the forest, at least when they are not serving as slave labor in behalf of the kingdom.
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