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5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Mermaid, 4 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Little Mermaid [Blu-ray] [1989] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I want to start with myself; I am not a 12 year old girl who has watched this film 5 times, I am a 17 year old boy who has watched this film near 100 times. The Little Mermaid will always be my favourite Disney film because of its characters, animation, story and score. This film combines each of these crucial aspects and formulates a well-rounded Disney film which will be loved by all. Do not be discouraged by the title or protagonist; this is NOT a girly film. Yes, Ariel is female but the story is not gender specific; we can all dream and take chances and there is no way that everything is targeted at little girls. In fact, there seems to be many areas which break the "Disney princess" convention e.g. the final fight.
Two things anger me about this film: the fact that some people deem it feminine and are drawn away from appreciating this real work of art and not enough praise is given to Alan Menken for his Academy Award winning musical score which resonates throughout. Now with this HD upgrade, hopefully it will gain more praise in both areas.
Besides the background details which should have more appreciation, the film throws you into the underwater world where you will meet Ariel and her friends as well as her father who stands in between the mermaid and becoming part of the human world. To "help" her is the brilliant and iconic Ursula but little does Ariel know how much her hopes will cost her and those closest to her. One major criticism of the film is Ariel herself whom some say throws women's rights back a few decades but I see Ariel as (certainly the first princess) a figure who shows conviction and determination to involve herself in action and does not rely on her prince to save her. When the final fight commences, Ariel directly orders Eric to get away in fear of his safety whereas others Disney have created prior to this film will cower away. Ariel is a positive role model and should not be criticised for having a wish and taking chances to see them come true.
The Blu-Ray copy brings a modernisation of this film with darker, more realistic colours and crisper sound to fully appreciate the world-famous "Under The Sea" number which truly the message of this film: to be part of their world (sorry) and since being taken off the big screen, Blu-Ray is the best way for fans and kids of the Renaissance to return and even to introduce new fans with maximum immersion and enjoyment.
Everything about the box is beautiful, especially the slip cover which I had hoped would be included with embossed lettering and for a few of the characters as well. It is a real collector's item.
Overall, I couldn't be more positive about this film. I'm so glad that a Diamond Edition has been released to keep for many years to come and I can rediscover all that it had taught me from my earliest memories from believing in myself and the real strengths of women which were so irritatingly overlooked in the earlier princess movies. The Little Mermaid is an iconic film and will be remembered as a work of art. Buy it and you will enjoy it; I still do.
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Initial post: 13 Sep 2013 12:28:12 BDT
Johan RF says:
interesting review... bravo...
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