Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 12/26/2008 Run time: 107 minutes Rating: Pg
Life is idyllic in the fairytale world where conflict is minimal and breaking into song solves every problem, but what happens when a princess from the fairy world gets magically transported into the real world? Enchanted begins in the animated fairytale world of Andalasia where Princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is destined to marry Prince Edward (James Marsden) and live happily ever after. Problem is, Edward's step-mother Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) doesn't want to give up the throne and will do anything to get Giselle out of Edward's life. Queen Narissa's solution is to push Giselle into a well that magically lands Giselle smack in the middle of the real world--the center of Time Square in New York City, to be exact. This launches the live-action portion of the film where Giselle immediately realizes that things are frighteningly different in this new world and that she is ill-prepared for the callous ways of the people who inhabit it. Giselle finds herself alone on a stormy night in the wrong end of town, but a chance encounter with Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his princess-loving daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey) leads to a warm, safe place to spend the night and the beginnings of a complicated, yet compelling relationship. As Giselle begins to question the fairy-tale truths she's always inherently believed, Robert's outlook on life and love also begins to change significantly. Parallels to the classic Disney fairytales, Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty abound in the form of a King's and Queen's ball, small animals and rodents who clean house when called, the threat of poisoned apples, characters impulsively breaking into song, and the power of the kiss of true love and the absurd juxtaposition of fairytale idealism and stark reality is hilariously funny. Features music by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz of Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame fame, Wicked's Broadway Elpheba Idina Menzel as Nancy, and even a brief appearance by former Princess voice talent Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas). Enchanted is one of the best, most entertaining Disney films of the year. (Ages 6 and older with parental guidance due to some scary images and mild innuendo) --Tami Horiuchi
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good movie, bad CS... This really is a pretty good movie, I recommend it. However, I suggest that you buy it from another seller, as I ordered this DVD in April 8 and it is now November 30 and still no delivery. I've sent multiple e-mails, but to no avail. I got 1 reply telling me that I was pretty much SOL. No package, and no refund. I ended up borrowing it from someone who DIDN'T try to order it from these people...
Downhill Disney Disney films have pretty much gone downhill since the "Hunchback of Notre Dame" animated movie. In that film, the heroine kicks men in the groin to make her escape and the comedy relief is provided by a stone gargoyle that relieves itself by passing gas.
In this film, we have a live dog urinating on the leg of a prince and a chipmunk that defecates when frightened.
Is this what passes for family entertainment these days?...more info
Another Disney Classic I was told that this movie made fun of every other Disney movie ever made, so when I saw it, I expected to just see it once, for laughs. But it turned out to be a sheer delight to watch and is quickly becoming one of my favorite Disney movies.
The movie has great Disney-classic musical sequences mixed with Broadway dancing. Beautiful Amy Adams, the actress who plays Giselle, displays amazing acting and singing talent. Her expressive face was perfect for the part. Patrick Dempsey did a really good job portraying the cynical, but protective single father.
The only thing I would have excluded from this movie was the scene with Narissa at the end. It was unnecessary, since the rest of the story was wrapped up, but I think perhaps that scene is where people get the idea that it "makes fun" of all the other Disney movies. I still didn't find it sarcastic or satirical toward Disney--just unnecessary.
If you watch the movie and love the musical sequences as much as I did, I recommend you watch the Bonus Feature "Fantasy Comes to Life," where they show the some behind-the-scenes footage of three of the major songs. It's incredible to watch all of New York City's talent come together in one great Disney movie. ...more info
I actually was "enchanted" by this movie! I watched this movie just last night on Netflix, and though I thought it would be cute, I wasn't sure just how good it would be. This movie really shocked me. It was practically an old-school-Disney "Princess" movie - Brownie Point #1 - and it actually had REAL people in it, including a child (and to me, most kids in movies recently are just obnoxious), yet it wasn't overly mature (as in elements I don't think are appropriate for children) or annoying - Brownie Point #2! The cast was great, in my opinion, and I loved how the animated characters actually looked like them! It has music in it - classic "somehow everyone knows the lyrics and sings along" music - but that is part of the charm and it even sort of makes fun of itself about the singing.
Over all, a very good family movie! If you are a person that is looking for a quality kids movie that doesn't have a lot of the garbage that's in a lot of children's films nowadays - then this one is for you! It does have elements of fantasy magic - but no more so than "Sleeping Beauty" or the other classic animated ones.
Sweet romantic fairy tale Enchanted is a sweet romantic yet somewhat realistic fairy tale. Great songs, good acting, interesting and funny story line. Little girls can enjoy it for the fairy tale part, and big girls can enjoy it for the tongue-in-cheek humor about Prince Charming and dreams coming true. A great all-around gift....more info
Very Amusing Think of Disney's "Enchanted" (2007) as part "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and part "Prince Charming" (2001), with a bit of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) thrown in for good measure. But its real predecessor is Walt Disney's very first production "Alice's Wonderland" (1923). Contrary to popular belief Walt's first sustained character was neither Oswald the Rabbit nor Mickey Mouse. It was a six-year old real life girl named Alice. While working for an advertising agency in Kansas City Walt altered a concept from Max and Dave Fleischer's "Out of the Inkwell" series and mixed a live actress (Virginia Davis) with animation.
"Enchanted" is all about the juxtaposition of the real world with the animated world. Animated characters become their real life counterparts, and then turn back into pop-up book scenes. As in "Prince Charming", a storybook prince finds himself dealing with modern day Manhattan. But this time he is has come to this strange world voluntarily.
It seems that his stepmother (Susan Sarandon playing a high mileage version of Snow White's Evil Queen) has transported his future bride Giselle (Amy Adams) to the real world. Adams is quite simply amazing in this role. She has no trouble selling her character's wide-eyed innocence (this is literally true-just watch her eyes). Giselle works her magic on cynical divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his six- year-old daughter. Although the film has no weak scenes I found myself trying to hurry along the portions that did not feature Adams.
There are some relatively subtle sight gags; watch for the difficulties Giselle has maneuvering her huge Princess gown around the real world. Also watch for Adams' two musical numbers, "Happy Working Song" and "That's How You Know". These are absolutely priceless and compare favorably with the cinema's best musical moments.
"Enchanted" might have this decade's widest target audience as it has almost universal appeal. My only criticism is that the effects loaded climatic scene is not nearly as entertaining as the sequences that precede it.
Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child....more info
Surprisingly Great I did not go see this in theaters because, to be honest, I thought it looked ridiculous. Now that I have seen it, it was so entertaining! Hilarious with a good hearted plot, I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The singing voices are superb as well. I highly recommend for anyone who also has a light heart and enjoys romantic comedies. Love lives on!...more info
So Cute! Even if Susan Sarandon is a little creepy This movie is pretty much exactly what you'd expect: a cute story with a happy ending and just a hint of a twist in the middle. Still, it is executed very well. The music works perfectly, and the acting is done very well. Everyone seems to do a good job of hamming it up without going over the top. As noted in the title, Susan Sarandon seems a bit of an odd choice for her role, and it's a little creepy, but overall she pulls it off....more info
A MUST HAVE One of the finest movies we have ever seen.
Your whole family will love this one.
Watch Amy Adams carefully, Her acting/expressions-remarkable.
Thanks for creating it in full screen and we will be buying in a blu-ray version, since it also is in a 1.8 ration to fill your wide screen tv. 5 stars here....more info
Outstanding Walt Disney did a terrific job making a movie that the whole family can watch and re-watch. This movie has a great plot, some great special effects, and a cast that works well together. This movie will keep the attention of a wide audience. Being on Blu-Ray only makes a good thing better. ...more info
Fun Flick This item was shipped quickly. The movie itself is a fun movie and family friendly. There are a lot of "hidden" surprises in the movie and Disney has no problem poking fun at themselves....more info
Enchanted Ordered a used copy, arrived a day earlier. DVD was in great condition. Very satisfied!...more info
AMAZING! This is an instant Disney Classic. Walked in not wanting to see it and walked out ENCHANTED! I Recommend it to everyone...more info
A fun Movie We all have those afternoons these movies are made for the time when we just want to leave the real world behind and enter that enchanted world of our Prince or Princess will come into our lives and make it all good... I have the real world everyday this movie was so fun to laugh and feel all warm and cozy all over... Try it.....more info
The original is better This is a parody of "The Sleeping Beauty", a classic that is now coming to Blu-ray. But unlike that wonderful, carefully planed classic which took the Disney studio almost a decade to develop, Enchanted lacks sincerity.
It pretends to put the fairy tale world upside down and teach a couple of things about "true love", but instead ends up reaffirming the fairy tale concepts, but without the class and elegance of the original. In fact, bad taste is all over the place: Almost-nudity, a joke involving faeces, talk about boys wanting "only one thing", easy jokes copied from Shrek and "Splash", a nauseating musical number in Central Park...
If you're still itching to know what Enchanted is all about, rent it before buying. And buy The Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray....more info
No address I waited and waited and watched the postal trace. Finally it could not be delivered because the seller did not put my address on the package. The Post office told me that it was going to be returned to the sender....more info
Fun movie!! It's a Disney film with a good sense of self-deprecation and healthy dose of cynicism. The squirrel is funny and the CGI is well done. Yes, it is somewhat sappy, but I classify it as a good family film that everyone can enjoy more than once....more info
Serviceable and ho-hum. . . Amy Adams stars as Giselle, a fairy tale princess banished by wicked, power-hungry Narissa, her mother-in-law to be (Susan Sarandon), from Andalasia, her idyllic cartoon-land to the live action, hardened streets of New York City. Patrick Dempsey plays Robert, a single-parent and divorce lawyer who becomes Giselle's unlikely rescuer and real life Prince Charming. Needless to say, Giselle eventually wins everyone over--including of course Dempsey's cynical character. With her own Prince Edward (James Mardsen) and an evil minion of Narissa's in hot pursuit, Giselle gradually adapts to her new world, while maintaining a storybook innocence and cheerful affect that's straight out of Neverland.
As a whole, this comedy probably looked better on paper than it comes across on film. While the idea of "Enchanted" is a charming twist on the musical and fairytale genres that combines elements of "Sleeping Beauty," "Snow White," or "Peter Pan," the film itself is only mildly amusing. True, there are inspired bits such as the running gag of Giselle's fairytale princess-speak and Prince Edward's confrontation with a gruff city bus driver, as well as his later attempt to break into song just before being trampled in the streets of Central Park. Most adults, however, may find "Enchanted" somewhat underwhelming, although it is entirely appropriate for a seven- or eight-year old. The actors gamely play their parts, the direction is seamless and the production values high, but "Enchanted" isn't the slightest bit hip or knowing. For all its provocative NYC environs, this movie fails to come alive in the way of a recent comedy such as "Juno." In the end, "Enchanted" occasionally glimmers when it should have sparkled. ...more info
Enchanted Blu-Ray Enchanted [Blu-ray] THIS IS A FUN FANTASY FILM. QUITE HARMLESS AND ENJOYABLE. IT IS A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TWO HOURS WITH THE FAMILY AND IT TOO LOOKS AWESOME ON BLU-RAY....more info
For those who appreciate old-fashioned fairy tales I found this movie to be pure enjoyment with plenty of opportunity for laughs. It combined what I loved about Disney movies of old with a shrewd cynical humor that a New Yorker would appreciate. Young and old will enjoy watching this film. Amy Adams personifies (literally) the Disney princess!...more info
3 stars out of 4 The Bottom Line:
A fun little film that works as a fairy tale and as a satire of one, Enchanted is one of those "family" entertainments that actually has a legitimate shot of pleasing the whole family; it's not perfect--the climax of the film leaves a lot to be desired--but it's a successful film....more info
Fun family movie! There are a ton of reviews for this so I will be brief. We think this movie is really fun. As parents who likes to enjoy watching movies with our kids, this one works. The end is a bit scary for our 3 year old so we typically cut it off before that so no problem. The rest of the movie is very cute, especially for a person with two young daughters who have seen all of the Disney Princess movies that Enchanted pokes a little bit of fun at. Singing, storyline, and casting were great. The only thing I felt needed more work was the ending, it seems a bit rushed....more info
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When the first previews for Disney's Enchanted hit the big and small screens it had the potential to be a cinematography disaster. But the story of an animated princess to-be being forced into the not so fairy tale world of New York City by an evil queen in attempts to stop a marriage and save her own position on the throne doesn't disappoint. The lovely and talented Amy Adams plays Gissele and James Marsden plays her one true love. Or so they think. What follows is an epic adventure as the prince enters the present day in search of his love not knowing that his wicked mother and her enamoured henchman are close behind. Aside from Adams and Marsden, the all star cast rounds out with Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon. Disney goes all out in not only creating characters that will enchant you but also in capturing former scenes with a new twist. For instance, aside from all the cameo's by past Disney voices (see if you can figure out who plays Sam, Dempsey's secretary at his firm) an observant viewer will note other quaint references to past classics including: the Italian restaurant from Lady And The Tramp, a thrilling rooftop battle in the style of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, poison apples as only Snow White's witch can conncoct, a glass slipper in Cinderella's size, and a dragon of Sleeping Beauty proportions, to name a few. Even the musical score and lyrics composed by Disney favorite Howard Menken is charming. Enchanted is a beautiful modern take on fairy tales and is a must have for every DVD collection....more info
waving the magic wand of realism! Enchanted can be compared to someone with mild autism who is able to recover and discover the ability to think, feel and experience life on a much deeper and more meaningful level. Princess Giselle forced into the rough & tumble world of New York recovers her composure and opens her heart to discover that happily ever after is not a concept that all people adhere to and she finds ways to help Robert discover his own capability to believe in love and the power of good. A gentle self revelatory tale where two worlds colide and heaven is born all over again!...more info
Funny and Romantic This was a date night movie that my husband took me on. It's definitely not what you would call a Guy movie, but he knew I would love. Love it, I most certainly did! I just got the DVD as a Christmas gift and watched it for the first time since seeing it in the theatre, and it was just as good. This is a classic Disney movie with a modern twist....more info
Enchanted is Enchanting We saw this at the theater and it's just fun and charming. We weren't sure about watching a "cartoon", but it wasn't long and the scenerio turned into downtown Manhattan, NYC. We'll watch it again and again. Very clever! ...more info
Made by Committee
Fairy-tale characters enter the real world. Great idea. An excellent actress plays princess Giselle and sings well. Entertaining. Yet, a missed opportunity. Whoever at Disney thought cockroaches helping the princess clean the house was a good idea, should be committed to a mental-institution. The writers having the characters make poses from past Disney fairy-tales, shows the writers unfocused from writing a better story.
The actress playing Giselle the princess does an excellent job portraying fairy-tale innocence. The writers should have had the innocent fairy-tale characters have heroic character and heroic acts that wow us. Instead, they portray the prince as a dummy. I did not like the idea of one guy stealing the other guy's girl.
Worth watching for some good ideas and some good scenes, but frustrating for lack of purity. This movie was made by committee with some smart people starting great ideas and some other weird people spoiling them.
movie for any age this movie is for anyone of all ages i bought it for my niece but we all loved it ...more info
Just a cute movie all around. Modern day parable If you enjoy modern day fairy tales, and also enjoy movies filmed in New York City, then you will most likely love this movie. The star is a little dopey, but dopey in a cute way. She charms the proverbial single parent, father of a small child, and the rest is mystery. Good special effects. The counter person, at the store where I bought this said, "this is my daughters FAVORITE movie...she can watch it over and over again.." It was a good, unsolicited testimonial, and it turns out the kids is pretty much right. This movie has something that most people will find appealing. The only downside about the movie is Susan Sarandon's part of the "Evil witch". It seems forced, and almost like she's pandering to the kids. Other than that it's all "happily ever after". Some of the specific NYC scenes that people will enjoy are the "time portal" directly in Times Square, which any NY'er or tourist can connect with. Others include a funny scene where a homeless person steals her tiara, and bolts down the street. Funny stuff....more info
Boring.... I didn't enjoy this movie, it was boring, and I had one laugh, at Susan as an old lady, but boring....more info
Enchanting! Should an adult admit to watching this film? Well, I confess (but I was roped into seeing it the first time). What I found is not a child's film, but a very clever movie for adults (and a film that is at the same time uplifting and a tiny bit cynical). In any case, Amy Adams is absolutely adorable.
And you really have to see this film in high definition -- it looks glorious! Disney always does a nice job with their blu-ray releases....more info
Movie Buff I loved this movie, its great for the young and the old!! I could watch it again and again. Very enjoyable!!...more info
Classic Movie Ok, this movie was AWESOME! The beginning makes us "not-so-girly-girls" want to turn it off since it starts out in a classic seemingly Disney princess movie, but keep watching and you will fall in love with it for sure. This movie is sure to sweep you off your feet, make you laugh till your sides hurt, and entertain all ages!...more info
Delightful Love Story! This is a truly delightful love story that parodies Disney's Cinderella storyline. You have the capability to play through the entire movie or to select from 20 individual scene selections. There are also bonus features such as deleted scenes, bloopers, behind-the-scenes shots, and a Pip adventure sub-story.
The presentation begins, as a storybook opens, with cartoon characters. It changes quickly to humans. Evil Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) does not want her stepson to marry because she is afraid his marriage would mean the loss of her throne. Prince Edward is riding his beautiful white horse "Destiny" through the woods. His servant Nathaniel is with him. He is thinking about true love's kiss while he is out in the woods chasing trolls. Simultaneously, Giselle is in a cottage in the woods, daydreaming of true love's kiss and her prince. Edward hears Giselle singing from afar and becomes instantly enamoured. *sigh* He rescues Giselle as she falls from a tree after being chased up the tree by a mean troll (big troll too). They fall in love immediately and plan to marry the next day (without a pre-nup), but the Queen will have none of that!
On Giselle's wedding day, the Queen, disguised as an old hag, pushes Giselle into a magic well and Giselle comes out on the other side in Times Square, Manhattan, NYC. This sure ain't nuthin like Andalasia and she is totally out of her comfort zone. She is alone, afraid, and looking everywhere for Prince Edward, not realizing what has just happened to her. Giselle (Amy Adams) seems likie a real fruitcake when Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his daughter Morgan spot her. To Morgan, Giselle is right out of a fairytale. To Robert, Giselle is a little wierd, but is so helpless. (Anyway, it is New York, so colorful is not that wierd :-)\
At Morgan's urging, Robert takes Giselle out of the rain and into his apartment just to dry off. Well wouldn't you know it--Giselle zonks out on the couch and the fun begins. Across the storyline side of town, Prince Edward jumps into the magic well looking for his Giselle. Not-so-nice Queen Narissa enlists the assistance of Nathaniel by hinting she will make him king and be his woman if he just gives Giselle an itty bitty poison apple. By the way, Robert the rescuer has a fiancee named Nancy, who just does not relish sharing him with Giselle. And the whole time, there is an adorable chipmunk from the Royal Court running around Manhattan trying to help Edward and Giselle get back together, while speaking Chipmunkese.
This is a great good vs. evil, feel-good story, a modern-day Cinderella. It is great viewing for the whole family. The music is great and so is the CGI (computer-graphic imaging). Giselle has a lovely voice, the kind that Disney typically uses for its movies. When you're all done watching the movie, watching the backstage scenes really gives you an appreciation of the work that went into this delightful movie. I have watched the DVD several times already....more info
Fantastic Movie Idea, Subpar Execution I liked the idea of this movie, but I feel it just missed the mark. I love "fish out of water" movies and was hoping this would be a musical version of "Elf." At times it tried to be cute rather then funny, but came off as cheesy. That happens when you get the guy who directed "102 Dalmatians." Amy Adams was great and James Marsden was cast well, but Susan Sarandon was wasted and Patrick Dempsey forgetable. I will say, it is much better then "Cool World."