DVD of the Week – The Princess and the Frog (2009)

by HELEN GEIB

My favorite animated film of 2009 comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today, and as expected with a Disney animated film, the release comes with choices. If what you want is the movie, there’s a single disc DVD edition with a few features. Paying the Blu-ray premium for the single disc Blu-ray edition gets you get a bunch more special features. For media technology progressives there’s a three disc edition with the same special features as the single disc Blu-ray, plus both Blu-ray and DVD copies of the film and a digital copy.

The DVD single disc edition comes with an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a music video by Ne-Yo (once again, a Disney DVD includes an original song with music video by someone I’ve never heard of), and something called the “princess portrait game” (maybe it’s interactive?).

The Blu-ray edition adds to these a number of other special features, including some short features that sound like they might be interesting from the titles: Backstage Disney; Bringing Life to Animation; The Return to Hand Drawn Animation; The Princess and the Animator; Conjuring the Villain; and a few more besides. It also presents the option to “Play Movie with ‘Work in Progress’;” I’m not sure what exactly that means, but it sounds like something that could be fascinating if you’re really into animation.

Original Commentary Track review of The Princess and the Frog by Helen Geib.

Other new releases this week: Armored, Astro Boy, Broken Embraces, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, The Fourth Kind, Ninja Assassin

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