Monday, August 7, 2023

Disney's The Little Mermaid Live Action Movie Available Now on Digital -- Arrives to 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 19th (Review) #TheLittleMermaid

 Disclosure: I was provided with a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Ross Bonaime, Collider


Includes All New Sing-Along Version for Families to Enjoy at Home!


The wait is finally over -- Disney's The Little Mermaid live action movie is now available to own on Digital as of July 25th. It arrives to 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 19th.  We missed this movie when it was in theaters as my youngest was recovering from surgery.  So, we have been counting down the days until this new live action adaptation of one of Disney's most magical movies released to digital, so that we could finally watch it.  Boy, was it worth the wait!  This was a spectacular movie, and done so well.  I am not usually a fan of live action movies as they seem to take away the charm of the animated movies we have grown up loving and watching time and again with our family. But, this was one done in such a way, it added more magic to the story and brought a freshness with the songs sung by Halle Baily, Melissa McCarthy and the rest of the star-studded cast. In addition to the beloved The Little Mermaid songs we all love to sing, this new live-action version adds more songs you will find yourself wanting to sing along to.  Note: If you can't get enough of the songs from this live-action movie, be sure you pick up the movie soundtrack, so you can enjoy the songs and sing along with your family at home and in the car.  I will definitely be picking up the soundtrack for us to enjoy on upcoming car rides as we wind down our final days of summer.

Since being sent the screener to watch, my family has already watched this movie a handful of times. Each time we watch it, we find something new and magical about this live-action movie that makes us fall in love with it all over again.  Be sure to check out the bonus content which includes featurettes, bloopers and more, as well as play the movie in sing-along version, so you can add to the fun for an upcoming family movie night.  We are already counting down the days until this upcoming weekend as we plan to watch it again, and do some themed arts and crafts prior to make a day of it.

If you are looking for a fun family-friendly movie to enjoy with your family as you say goodbye to summer, I highly recommend you check out this live-action version of Disney's beloved The Little Mermaid. It will delight all ages and become an instant hit with everyone in your house.  I know, as we all love it in our house, and can't get enough of it!


More about this release:

"Relive the magic of one of Disney’s most beloved films when the “radiant and romantic live-action retelling” (Jenna Anderson, of The Little Mermaid becomes available to audiences to enjoy at home. Rob Marshall’s sparkling new take “captures the magic of the original” (Ross Bonaime, Collider) while “Halle Bailey simply soars” (Pete Hammond, Deadline) as she brings viewers into the world of Ariel and on a magical journey. Walt Disney Studios’ The Little Mermaid arrives at digital retailers (Apple TV, Prime Video and Vudu/Fandango) on July 25 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on September 19. Fans can add the film to their collection and access exclusive bonus features including a sing-along version of the film, song breakdowns, bloopers, and exclusive featurettes.


Film Synopsis

The Little Mermaid is visionary filmmaker Rob Marshall’s live-action reimagining of Disney’s beloved animated musical classic, the story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. “The Little Mermaid” is directed by Rob Marshall with a screenplay by David Magee, and is produced by Marc Platt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John DeLuca and Rob Marshall."

Bonus Features*

·         Sing Along Version Sing along with your favorite songs while watching the movie with on-screen lyrics.

·         Hotter Under The Water Discover how director Rob Marshall and his team brought the story of The Little Mermaid to life with this documentary in five chapters:

o   A Tale Of The Bottomless Blue Join Rob Marshall on the set of one of the most ambitious and challenging films he's ever directed.

o   I Know Something’s Starting Right Now Join cast members Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Jonah Hauer-King and more and learn how they were cast in the film and what it was like to bring director Rob Marshall's vision to life.

o   Down Where It’s Wetter Dip your toes into the virtual ocean and learn about how the breathtaking underwater world was created with visual effects, imagination and a lot of talented artists.

o   Explore That Shore Up Above From Prince Eric’s castle to the beach, explore the above-the-sea locations and the elaborate production design behind them.

o   Do What The Music Say Discover how legendary composer Alan Menken teamed up with Lin- Manuel Miranda to write new songs to accompany the original classics

·         Song Breakdowns

o   Wild Unchartered Waters Prince Eric, played by Jonah Hauer-King, gets his own song, written by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Go behind the song, from the writing to the recording, to the filming on a practical ship.

o   Under the Sea Get a first-hand look at how professional dancers helped bring director Rob Marshall's vision to life as they stood in for the various animated sea creatures that sing and dance in this showstopping number.

o   Kiss The Girl Float along and get a frog's-eye view of the beautiful set built to film the live-action version of this classic song.

o   Poor Unfortunate Souls Join Melissa McCarthy (Ursula) as she takes us on the journey of making her character's signature song.

·         Featurettes

o   The Scuttlebutt On Sidekicks – Dive in and meet Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle, who not only have their own song, "The Scuttlebutt," but also fresh looks as they work hard to make sure Ariel and Eric kiss before Ursula's deadline.

o   Passing The Dinglehopper – Ariel met Ariel when Halle Bailey worked with Jodi Benson — the voice of Ariel in the original animated movie — who appears in a clever cameo in the live-action film.

o   Bloopers – Laugh along with the cast as they have the time of their lives making The Little Mermaid."

*Bonus features vary by product and retailer

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Voice Cast

Halle Bailey as Ariel

Jonah Hauer-King as Eric

Melissa McCarthy as Ursula

Javier Bardem as King Triton

Noma Dumezweni as The Queen

Art Malik as Sir Grimsby

Daveed Diggs as Sebastian (voice)

Jacob Tremblay as Flounder (voice)

Awkwafina as Scuttle (voice)


Rob Marshall

Produced by

Marc Platt

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Rob Marshall

John DeLuca

Executive Producer

Jeffrey Silver

Screenplay by

David Magree

Rob Marshall

John DeLuca

Product Specifications

Street Date

Digital: July 25, 2023

Physical: September 19, 2023

Product SKUs

Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD

Physical: 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (Retail Exclusives: 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital Code), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Code) & DVD

Feature Run Time

Approx. 135 Minutes


U.S.: Rated PG

*For action/peril and some scary images.

Canada: Rated PG

*For frightening scenes/violence.

** Bonus Material Not Rated

Aspect Ratio

Digital: 2.39:1

Physical: 2.39:1

Disc Size

Blu-ray: 50GB

U.S. Audio

4K Ultra HD: English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English AD 2.0 Dolby Digital

DVD: English 5.1 Dolby, Spanish 5.1 Dolby, French 5.1, English AD 2.0 Dolby

Digital: English 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

U.S. Subtitles

4K Ultra HD: English SDH, Spanish, French

Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French

DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French

Digital: English SDH, Spanish, French (some platforms) 

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 Disclosure: I was provided with a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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