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Walt Disney’s classic Cinderella has finally made its long-awaited debut on Blu-ray.

“Cinderella” now makes the sixth title in Disney’s Blu-ray Diamond Collection, adding to existing films in the collection “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Bambi,” “Lady and the Tramp” and “The Lion King.”

The picture quality on this release is excellent, but the movie did undergo a complete remastering process for the 2006 “Platinum Edition” DVD release. Still, being on Blu-ray now gives us clearer picture quality and DTS sound!

One thing to love about this release of Cinderella is that it’s presented in its original aspect ratio. While I am a fan of widescreen movies (and own the widescreen DVD release) Cinderella was not originally a widescreen movie. Now while most folks own a widescreen TV these days, the question remains “How do I watch it when it doesn’t fill my screen?”. Fear not, “Disneyview” fixes this. Some lovely side-art by Disney background painter and artist Cristy Maltese fills the black spaces on the left and right of the movie.

Disney has also included “Tangled Ever After” as a bonus feature on the disc. “Tangled Ever After” originally debuted before last year’s theatrical 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast and this marks its first appearance on home video.

Film Synopsis:
Everyone orders Cinderella around: her cruel stepmother, her awful stepsisters — even the big clock in the church tower tells her when to start another day of drudgery. But they can’t stop her from dreaming, and Cinderella has faith that someday her wishes will come true. When an invitation to the royal ball arrives, Cinderella is sure her time has come — until her stepsisters, with the encouragement of Lady Tremaine, tear her gown to shreds. Just when Cinderella believes all is lost, her Fairy Godmother appears, and with a wave of her wand and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, then sends her off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal mice friends and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.

Ilene Woods – Cinderella (voice)
Eleanor Audley – Lady Tremaine (voice)
Verna Felton – Fairy Godmother (voice)
Rhoda Williams – Drizella (voice)
James MacDonald – Bruno / Gus / Jaques (voice) (as James Macdonald)
Luis Van Rooten – King / Grand Duke (voice)
Don Barclay – Doorman (voice)

Rated: G
Run Time: 75 minutes

Bonus Features:
Personalized Sorybook: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-You
I actually checked this one out on my PC. Uses Disney’s Second Screen technology to give your child the Cinderella story in audio book form. Keeps them interested with mini games on your small screen while the story plays out on your TV and gives them a personalized page at the end of the story with their photo (which you choose before the story begins).

Backstage Disney: Diamond Edition

The Real Fairy Godmother:
Nice bio about Mary Alice O’Connor, the woman who was the inspiration for the design of the Fairy Godmother character in Cinderella. She was also very active in activities, events and fundraisers and later became known as The Fairy Godmother of Burbank.

Behind the magic: A new fairy princess Fantasyland
Ginnifer Goodwin (from ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”) shows us a behind the scenes look at the New Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World

The Magic of the Glass Slipper: A Cinderella Story
A look at Christian Louboutin’s Cibderella-inspired glass slipper with the short film “The Magic of the Glass Slipper”

Alternate Opening Sequence:
A look at a possible aternate opening sequence for Cinderella presented from production sketches found in the Disney Animation Research Library

Tangled Ever After

Tangled Ever After picks up where Tangled left off. The Kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway. As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade, and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time? And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?

Classic DVD Bonus Features:
Includes deleted scenes, songs, radio programs and Classic Backstage Disney features
There really is a wealth of bonus features here, which is good because they’re making use of all the content that a Blu-ray disc can truly hold!