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

Starring:
Sam Riley, Angelina Jolie
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Sam Riley, Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Miranda Richardson
Director Robert Stromberg
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, Polish
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Italian, Polish, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Sam Riley, Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Miranda Richardson
Director Robert Stromberg
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Italian, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes
Starring Sam Riley, Angelina Jolie, Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Miranda Richardson
Director Robert Stromberg
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 20 October 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian
Subtitles Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Italian, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
What an amazing film and a nice twist on the classic Sleeping Beauty story - well the events before Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie is magnificent as Maleficent and I loved her "little beasty" saying and the interaction between Maleficent and Aurora. The parts were Aurora is little and Maleficent is meant to hate the little girl are pure film genius and I didn't know until the other day that the baby Aurora is actually played by Angelina's own daughter as all the other babies were scared of her in her Maleficent make-up and costume. An absolutely fantastic film and if you are wavering about watching it then I would highly recommend it. Disney have made yet another superb film that had me laughing out loud at some parts and totally engrossed in the whole film.

The 3D version is fantastic and I can thoroughly recommend it and so would definitely say it is worth getting the 3D version as opposed to the normal 2D version if you are able to. Not only do you have the normal 3D effect whereby the characters on the screen stand out within the screen against the background but there are lots of points within the film whereby the 'true out of the screen and halfway across your living room 3D effects' come into play and the picture quality is superb.

A truly brilliant and cleverly thought out film that is one of the best films I have bought and watched this year.
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By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"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 her 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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I want to start by saying I love this film, as does my 5year old. It's a great explanation of how and why Maleficent is the wicked queen we all know from the original sleeping beauty films.
I was a bit dubious about this film to begin with as I had heard it was quite dark and some of the scenes had hidden meanings, and although it is dark in places, aren't most Disney films. I think Bambi, in particular, has stayed with me for life!!
Angelina Jolie is just superb and she does a very impressive English accent. Young Aurora is played by her real life daughter which is so cute, especially when she hugs her mummy.
I love how she calls Aurora little beastie, but you can see the little princess melting Maleficent's cold heart, it really does have touching moments.
I really liked seeing how Maleficent can't help but bond with the princess and Angelina really does an excellent job of showing these emotions of how she should detest this little beastie, but she can't stay away.
My 5 year old loves this film, we have watched it many times together and never tire of it.
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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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