Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms - Blu-ray Review and Giveaway


Disney's dazzling adventure "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"- inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann's classic tale and the beloved ballet "The Nutcracker"- carried audiences along with 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking performances by Misty Copeland plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice... and no shortage of surprises. Destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages, the film arrives home instantly with never-before seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019.
Bonus features include a discussion with American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland about her role as the enchanting Ballerina Princess, her personal history with “The “Nutcracker” ballet, and her inspirational and historic rise within the world of dance. Extras take viewers on the set of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” to meet both new and reimagined characters, and discover how the Land of Sweets, Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and mysterious Fourth Realm were created to such dazzling effect. Deleted scenes provide a look at magical moments that didn’t make the final version of the movie.

In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.


Bonus features include:

BLU-RAY:

On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland - Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.

Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” - Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.

Deleted Scenes –
The Stahlbaums Arrive- As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.

Follow Your Ribbon- Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.

Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother- Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.

Left, Left, Left, Left, Left- Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.

Out with the Old- Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.

Music Videos -
“Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli- Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.

“The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang- Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

ON DIGITAL:
Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”- View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.


My Review:

Based loosely on the classic novella and ballet, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is saturated with beautiful costumes and scenery.  This film tells of a girl named Clara who received a box with no key.  She finds the key after attending a Christmas party and following a golden ribbon to the Realm of Snowflakes.  While there, a mouse steals the key.  There are Four Realms in this alternate world and Clara must go through them all to get her key back.  The Realms are The Land of Sweets, the Land of Snowflakes, the Land of Flowers, and the Fourth Realm.  Clara comes across some rather odd characters in the realms.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms isn't at the very top of my favorite Disney movies, but it was still good.  There are some scenes that might be scary for young viewers but they're not over-the-top.  Clara ends up finding out that she's strong mentally and she can achieve her dreams.  She's witty and smart in the beginning and stays the same in the end.  The only difference is that she finds out she's a princess.  If you don't compare this movie to the classic Nutcracker, I don't think you'll be disappointed.  The CGI effects and fantasy concept make this a pretty entertaining movie.


In celebration of the movie release, Geeks Who Eat has created a delicious cookie recipe inspired by Mother Ginger!

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56 comments:

Joseph Wallace said...

I like the Disney movie Toy Story and 101 Dalmatians. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

aperry said...

I like Alice in Wonderland.

Sharon Schoepe said...

My favorite Disney movie is Beauty & The Beast

Peggy said...

I liked Cinderella best.

Dan K said...

My favorite Disney movie is Dumbo

Stephanie Grant said...

My all time favorite Disney movie is Alice in Wonderland the cartoon version!

Kelsey Vinson said...

Tangled is my favorite

Lisa Williams said...

I love so many Disney movies but I think my favorite is still Cinderella.

Kelly Nicholson said...

i like the old disney movies from the 70's with people like kurk russle and jodie foster

tarter95 said...

We like the Incredibles.

Shelly Peterson said...

I love the movie Cinderella.

Darlene Carbajal said...

I love Cinderella!

DAJ said...

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites :)

Jan Lee said...

I grew up with old school Disney movies so my favorite is the original Mary Poppins :)

Laura said...

The Lion King is one of my favorites!

bnchile said...

One of my faves is Condorman.

lildevilgirl22 said...

i like sleeping beauty

Anonymous said...

I really like Old Yeller.

Lauren said...

I like Beauty and the Beast.

bison61 said...

I like Bambi

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Charlene S. said...

Cinderella is one of my favorites.

MichelleCat said...

The one Disney movie I was most excited about was / is Brave; my daughter and I truly loved and bonded over this movie. Plus, my daughter loves the fact she has wild and unruly curly hair just like hers. Entering under bonita7878

LesleyfromWI said...

I have always loved sleeping beauty

Jeremy said...

Favorite is Beauty and the Beast.

Autumn Killey said...

I really love Meet the Robinsons

Leela said...

The Incredibles.

Shelly Leatham said...

The Little Mermaid is my favorite!

James Coyne said...

My favorite is Wreck it Ralph

sherylssg said...

My favorite Disney movie is the Original Pete's Dragon.

dismise said...

national treasure

tregan28 said...

Toy Story is my absolute favorite Disney movie. The characters are just so loveable.

msmissy02 said...

One of my favorites is Cinderella. It is a classic! DamianMom at yahoo dot com

Kat s said...

I love beauty and the beast

Antoinette M said...

My favorite is Toy Story.

Kristen said...

I like Ratatouille.

AEKZ2 said...

Mulan is one of my favorites

AMY said...

Mary Poppins is one of my favorites.

beachgirl0323 said...

That's a really hard pick to make maybe Lion King or Little Mermaid maybe Cinderella.

melissa smith said...

My favorite Disney movie will always be The Little Mermaid!

Brandi Swanson said...

Our family favorites are toy story and cars!

Burning Moon said...

My favorite Disney movie is Beauty and the Beast

Edye Nicole said...

I love Frozen!

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Nancy said...

One of our favorite Disney movies is the original version of Mary Poppins.

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Ken Ohl said...

love the movie Pollyanna

Casey Garvey said...

I love the Lion king!

Helen Bishop said...

I think I love them all, but my favorites are Marvel now that Disney owns them. I love Thor Ragnarok and Infinity War and can't wait to see End Game.

Kimberly M. said...

My all time favorite Disney movie is Bambi. I just love that little foe. He lost his mom but kept pushing along.

o Zuniga said...

I love Mulan!

bluecat said...

I love Monsters Inc.

Charmz Accio said...

Moana is the best Disney movie to show case Polynesian culture, my favorite. Thank you Darlene Cruz

LeAnn Harbert said...

My favorite Disney movie is The Aristocats.

wen budro said...

My favorite Disney movies are Mary Poppins and 101 Dalmatians.

Cassandra D. said...

The Little Mermaid.

Clair Freebie said...

The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie!

sam m said...

All my favs have been named. It would be hard to name one that hasnt. I did love Lion King, Pocahontas, Toy Story 1-3 because they came out around my mid childhood years.

Renee said...

I like most of them but Oliver and Company has been a favorite for many years. I can basically recite the whole movie word for word. Never watch it with me because I'm super annoying that way. :)