Maleficent 2014

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The "Sleeping Beauty" tale is told from the perspective of the princess' evil nemesis, Maleficent.

Starring:
Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Maleficent

Product Details

Discs
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Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Juno Temple, Miranda Richardson, Elle Fanning
Director Robert Stromberg
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Juno Temple, Miranda Richardson, Elle Fanning
Director Robert Stromberg
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Brenton Thwaites, Juno Temple, Miranda Richardson, Elle Fanning
Director Robert Stromberg
Genres Fantasy
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 May 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sonja on 25 Oct 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this at the pictures with a 16 year old who I used to be a nanny for when she was younger. It was incredible, and definitely made for the big screen, as cinematic surroundings help to capture the true beauty of the film and all the elements with the colour visuals and panoramic scenic views.

I loved the film so much that even though the DVD is a bit pricey for me, I justified the price by accepting that it is a brand new release and it is a film I will enjoy watching again and again.

The DVD didn't fail to deliver, I treasure owning it. Perfect film that imbibes fantasy with a wonderful story that also encompasses emotion on a deeper scale with the dark undertone that it emits. Maleficent, the character, is portrayed well by Angelina Jolie and anyone that has been abused or has been let down by a partner and lost the chance of being a mother can relate to her character in that sense.

The three fairies provide comedic status and their presence allows the audience to laugh at their silliness.

I have never seen the original story of Maleficent; apparently this is a heavily edited version. But, as an audience member to this film, I rate it very highly. I think it will most definitely appeal to audience members of all ages because it has a bit of everything as well as just being visually beautiful to watch.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Music girl 1992 on 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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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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