Posted: 03/27/2011


Tangled on DVD

by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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Tangled is an updated Disney story of Rapunzel, who has been forbidden to leave her sky-high castle by her mother, who feels that she doesn’t need to see the world. Rapunzel has miles and miles of long blond hair that she uses to help lower her mother down the castle, when she goes for chores.

But one day when her mother is away, a handsome thief ends up in the castle, with his stolen loot, a diamond tiara. Rapunzel is at first afraid, but then agrees to give Flynn Rider his bounty back, if he takes her out of the castle and on her dream adventure. Rapunzel may have long tresses, but as beautiful as she is, she’s still not satisfied and desires to see what’s on the other end of the tower in which she’s been living. Her adventure with Flynn Rider takes her on an action-packed escapade, complete with super-cop horse, an overprotective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

Mandy Moore is the voice of Rapunzel, and Disney presents this blockbuster animated feature on the ultimate 2-Disc Disney Blu-ray combo pack. Viewers of all ages can enjoy this film on a variety of superior, hi-def media platforms, while diving further into the history and quirky details behind the making of this film via amusing and informative bonus features.

Featuring unexpected heroes, magic, laughter and adventure, this animated feature is supported by an amazing cast of voice talents, including Zachary Levi as Flynn Rider, Brad Garrett as Hook Hand Thug and Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel. This story is also one of discovery, as Rapunzel discovers situations that she’s never imagined until she is on the outside. Her mother isn’t too pleased with the situation, as Flynn Rider is the kingdom’s most wanted and most handsome criminal who seems to have cast a spell over Rapunzel.

Tangled is visually stunning and very entertaining for folks of all ages. And while it is a musical, it’s an ageless fairy tale, where the viewer can’t help but cheer for the heroine. Tangled pulls you in from the beginning and you sense the friction between mother and daughter. Even though she is being defiant, you can’t help but be glad when Rapunzel finds Flynn Rider invading her and she has the sense enough to ask him to help her leave the tower. The gang of goons is menacing, including Ron Perlman in his portrayal of the Stabbington Brothers. The Blu-ray format makes the movie all the more exciting!

The first Disney animated title to debut day-and-date on Disney Blu-ray 3D and DVD is available beginning March 29, and the 3D version is filled with vibrant scene after scene of this classic tale of rebellion and at the same time curiosity and adventure and miles and miles of hair.
Bonus Blu-ray features includes Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale – Exactly how long is Rapunzel’s hair? How many lanterns were used? Where did Pascal’s name come from? Which Disney animated feature first utilized CG animation? These and more will be answered when Moore and Levi take viewers on a kooky behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the filmmakers styled this film’s “Golden Tresses.”

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Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago.

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