Thursday, June 7, 2012

Now Available on Blu-Ray and DVD -- The Princess Diaries 1 & 2:10th Anniversary Edition (Review)

To commemorate the 10th anniversary† of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

The Princess Diaries:
Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager – sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly’s older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn’t come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia’s life is thrown into complete overload. She’s being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia’s Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.   

Princess Diaries Bonus Features:
Outtakes and Bloopers
“A New Princess” Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
8 Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall
“The Ultimate Tea Party” – With Audio Commentary By Julie Andrews And Anne Hathaway
Music Videos
Livin’Like A Princess

The Princess Diaries  2: 
Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The Princess Diaries left off!  As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of. But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!

The Princess Diaries 2 Bonus Features:
Royal Bloopers
The PD2 Makeover
Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall
“Breakaway”Music Video – By Kelly Clarkson
Find Your Inner Princess – A Personality Quiz
A Julie and Garry Commentary

My Thoughts:

Wow, it has been ten years since I saw the first Princess Diaries.  This was also when Anne Hathaway was just stepping onto the scene.  Flash forward 10 years, and Julie Andrews is now writing best selling children's books, in addition to acting, and Anne Hathaway is Batgirl, and has over a dozen hit movies under her belt.  I have to admit that I first saw this movie because I am a huge fan of Julie Andrews.  As a kid, I loved her in the Sound of Music, and have made a point to see all the movies that she has appeared in.  She is a great actress and really adds to these two fairytale movies.  Tweens and teen girls are fans of the Princess Diaries, as cousins of mine go crazy every time it airs on television.  You would that as a parent of 2 children under the age of 2 and being over 30, that I would not list these movies in my Top 10 Favorite Movies, but what can I say, it is my guilty pleasure.  Out of the two movies, however, I have to say my favorite is the first Princess Diaries.  I am not one to like sequels, as they sometimes ruin the first movie.  With this film, though, it was nice to see Mia, finally live out her fantasy of her happily ever after.  I don't want to ruin the ending, if you haven't seen the second movie.  All I will say, is that both movies will draw you in and entertain you.  Even though I have seen these movies a handful of times, I still root for Mia and cheer when she becomes Princess of Genovia.  These movies would be great for mother-daughter film nights.  I can't wait until my girls are old enough for these fun nights of playing hairdresser, having late night snacks and watching movies together, just like I did with my mother. 


Click here to order this combo pack from Amazon for only $39.00. You can also find this at your favorite local retailer.
Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this combo pack from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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