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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
  • 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
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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By richard bygrave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Oct 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Adapted from the story written by 'The Brothers Grimm' the story of 'Sleeping Beauty' told in a slightly
different way to the classic 1959 feature-length animation version, perhaps a little darker also.
The story tells of how the once good fairy 'Maleficent' becomes the wicked one....
In the Moors life was good for the young 'Maleficent' living with the beauty the nature and the creatures
of the Moors around her.
The Kings subjects feared the strange creatures of the moors in the adjoining kingdom, there comes a
day when the 'King' decides to lead his army into the moors to kill the feared creatures, 'Maleficent' and
her friends of the moors defeat the attackers.
The King lay both shamed and injured from the encounter so much so he offers his crown upon his death
to the man who killed 'Maleficent'
Once friend of 'Maleficent' 'Stefan' breaks the trust they once had, after drugging her, he is unable to kill
her, he cuts away her precious wings and takes them to the King.
'Maleficent' realizing that her trusted friend had betrayed her to claim the throne, this turns the once good
fairy into a dark and vengeful apponent.
When 'King Stefan' and his wife have a child the Kingdom celebrates the event, gifts are brought to the palace
by many guests, the three good fairies bestow their gifts 'Maleficent' who had not been invited gate-crashes
the proceedings and bestows her wicked prophecy upon the young child 'Aurora'
From afar 'Maleficent' watches 'Aurora' grow from a child to a young woman approaching her 16th birthday,
even though the King had asked the three good fairies to bring 'Aurora' up from childhood in a supposedly
secret location until the day following the day of 'Maleficent's' wicked prophecy.
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89 of 102 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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61 of 76 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2014
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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12 of 15 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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