When Mirror Mirror opened in theaters less than three months ago, it split critics down the middle, earning 50% on rottentomatoes.com. The film also fizzled at the Box-Office, earning only $64 million domestically as it was one of a number of spring releases that were not able to emerge out from under the shadow of the cultural behemoth that was The Hunger Games. The reimagining of the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale is a visual delight, with enchanting Art Direction and Costume Design. Despite the engrossing look of the film, the story’s lack of originality and the worst performance from Julia Roberts in recent memory results in something that will engage and entertain small children but bore everyone else. Mirror Mirror releases on Blu-ray, DVD, and various digital platforms today, and will hopefully find its audience among the younger set whose parents may not have had the wherewithal to try and sit through the film during its theatrical run. One of the benchmarks for great children’s entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD is the quality and quantity of Bonus Features that will keep kids entertained long after the credits roll on the film itself. I recently had a look inside the film’s Blu-ray release, and here’s a peak at what highlights and lowlights await you if you take Mirror Mirror home tonight.

THE PLAYERS:

Director: Tarsem Singh (The Fall)
Writers: Screenplay by Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher) and Marc Klein (A Good Year) from a Screen Story by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill)
Actors: Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich), Lily Collins (The Blind Side), Armie Hammer  (J. Edgar), Nathan Lane (The Birdcage), Mare Winningham (Georgia), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), and Sean Bean (the Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Storyline: A slightly inverted version of the Snow White tale.

WHAT YOU’LL LOVE:

The thirteen-minute “Looking Through the Mirror” featurette, with all the main cast and crew members talking about the making of the film.
Seven minutes of “Deleted Scenes,” that are on par with most of what’s included in the film.
For die-hard fans of the film (i.e. small children) who are so inclined, there’s a tutorial on how to replicate the dance moves of the Bollywood-inspired dance number at the end of the film.
The “Prince and Puppies” featurette, in which real-life puppies critique Hammer’s performance in the film in which he falls under The Queen’s “Puppy Love” spell.

WHAT YOU’LL HATE:

Although one of the only things going for the movie is that Roberts and the rest of the cast seem to be enjoying themselves, there’s no “Gag Reel” of any kind.
The main challenge with a film of this nature is reimagining the story and including classic elements while adding a fresh perspective. It would have been interesting to have any of the three screenwriters speak to this either on a commentary track or a bonus feature. Sadly, all are completely absent from the bonus features.
No commentary track of any kind.

One Response to “Jackson reviews the “Mirror Mirror” Blu-ray”

  1. Wow 3 months from theater to DVD.
    They really are not hiding the fact that there is no production time needed for the home theater market.

    Why don’t they just release these thing simultaneously, oh wait they want to rip people off at the box office because it is “only in theaters”

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