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Maleficent (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) [Region Free]

Angelina Jolie , Elle Fanning , Robert Stromberg    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites
  • Directors: Robert Stromberg
  • Producers: Don Hahn, Joe Roth
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2014
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KL779CY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning star in this live action fantasy prequel to the 1959 Disney animation based on the classic fairytale. The beautiful Maleficent (Jolie) is a kind-natured woman but when she is betrayed while protecting her peaceful kingdom from an army invasion her heart begins to turn to stone. Maleficent takes her vengeance by putting a curse on Princess Aurora (Vivienne Jolie-Pitt), the young child of her enemy's successor. Over time, however, Aurora (Fanning) grows into a young woman and Maleficent comes to understand that the princess may be the only one who can bring peace back to the kingdom. The film also stars Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites, Imelda Staunton and Sam Riley.


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86 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil wins 30 May 2014
By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
"Let us tell an old story anew and see how well you know it." This is the opening line of "Maleficent", a re-imagining of the story of "Sleeping Beauty", as presented from the standpoint of the wicked fairy who casts the sleeping spell. The hex is one made by a woman scorned and, according to this revisionist fairy tale, soon regretted. So many times fairy tales do not transfer to the big screen without becoming Disney-esque. "Maleficent" aspires to be about how, no matter how evil someone might seem, there is something deeply hurt and human inside. Our sympathies lie with the benevolent-turned-malevolent heroine, and as the story progresses, more surprises and twists are to be found.

Maleficent constantly has to fight against her own bitterness and disappointment, being physically and emotionally crippled. Betrayed by her loved one, and the assault of having her wings cut-off, transform Maleficent from a villain into a heroine, and turn the film into a revenge story with a feminist undertone. Every subsequent action Maleficent takes is driven by the trauma of this betrayal. As an evil creature and a woman with magical powers, she could easily wreak havoc on humankind. However, misunderstood by humans, she seeks isolation and has contact with only one person, who knows her as the brave and kind soul she really is.

Admittedly, director Robert Stromberg had quite a challenge on his hands, transforming a character into someone contemporary audiences could identify with. Reinventing a fairytale, in an attempt to bring fresh life to a well-worn fable is a demanding task. There is so much to look at in the movie, and for the most part Stromberg maintains a balance between the spectacle and the intimacy of the story.
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58 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE'S ONLY SLEEPING, 7 Jun 2014
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I think we all know the story. Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) slips Sleeping Beauty (Elle Fanning) a roofie and allows a Prince (Brenton Thwaites) to kiss on her while she is asleep and still keep it a family film. Add a spinning wheel, a castle, and a fire breathing dragon and you got the basic story.

What Disney did was to retell the classic in such a magnificent way as to make you never want to watch the old one again. Maleficent is our horned fairy who is basically good. Both her and plot develop levels of complexity that is not the norm for children's film. There is a role reversal as good and evil blur lines until the point we root for those we had desired to fail in the original tale.

Jolie was great in a role seemingly made for her. Elle Fanning would not have been my first choice, but she was sufficient, perhaps over shadowed by Jolie. My favorite line was when Jolie said, "I don't want children." Sure you don't, Angelina.

There is an underlying theme that perhaps our enemies aren't so evil once we see the world through their eyes. This is a kids film that adults will love. Indeed, I felt like I was eight years old munching on my popcorn, chasing it with Metamucil.

The language is G rated. The PG comes from battle scenes and some dark scenes. Comparable to "Narnia" or "Alice in Wonderland."
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and Beautiful 30 July 2014
Format:DVD
My mum came to the cinema with me when maleficent came out and when we saw the film its was breathtaking
the special effects the meaning of the story thorough the characters eyes i could see the film over and over again Angelina Jolie
who played (Maleficent) Elle Fanning who played (Sleeping Beauty) captured the Disney Classic Sleeping beauty to a modern twist film and a round of applause Love It xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 18 Jun 2014
Format:DVD
We have now been to the cinema and watched this film twice, first time in my life I've ever done that and I'm in my mid-fifties. It's beautiful, funny, thought-provoking and thorougly entertaining from start to finish. I'm pre-ordering the DVD so that I can watch it again and again.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Both me and my 13 years old daughter we liked this film A LOT, even if there are some weaker spots (and I still like the original Disney film more). Below, more of my impressions, with some very limited SPOILERS.

As the title indicates, this film focuses on Maleficent rather than on Sleeping Beauty and tells her story from the very beginning, when she was still a kid and later a teen-ager (in those scenes she is played successively by 13 years old Isobelle Molloy and 17 years old Ella Purnell). Therefore, in the first minute of the film we learn that once upon a time there were two kingdoms, one human and one fairy, neither of them very big and also that they were neighbours, but hardly ever friends.

From the very beginning it is clear that there is some history and quite a lot of bad blood between those two realms, as humans are extremely unwelcome in the fairy kingdom - and also that there is an old territorial dispute, because there are ruins of a powerful human fortress, without question brought down with great violence, on what is presently fairy territory...

The human kingdom is ruled by old King Henry. On another hand the fairy country doesn't have a real ruler, but even as a child Maleficent seems to be considered as a dominant figure of authority, mostly (I believe) because she is an exceptionally powerful spell-caster. This is not said in the film, but the fact that she was born with those splendid horns (she is the only one with such a proud display) may have predestined her to a role of fairies leader - if ever there is need for such a person... She is also without question the fastest flyer amongst the fairies, thanks to her powerful magic wings.
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