I remember first hearing about Frozen over a year or so ago and not being to excited about, fearing it was just going to be a quick cash-grab follow up to their surprise hit, Tangled. And while my stubbornness led me to miss catching the movie in theaters, I was so glad to be proven wrong after experience the magical musical that is the Frozen: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, which captures everything that people love about the Disney universe and then some.
Hey, we’re all wrong now and then, but that’s why we have these excellent Blu-ray collections for; to help correct our bone-headed mistakes of the past.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, the story follows two princess sisters named Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell). Elsa is born with magical ice powers which allow her to make things that range from gentle snow to dangerous icicles. After an accident with her powers when they were kids, Elsa is made to stay away from her younger sister and the town entirely until she learns to control her abilities. As the two sisters grow up, some tragedy forces Elsa to become queen, but she is unable to do so as the stress (along with Anna wanting to marry a prince she just met) causes her to lose control of her powers and freeze the entire town. Feeling terrible, Elsa runs away and creates her own ice castle on top of a mountain, and Anna sets off on a quest to find her and bring back to save the town and to be sisters again.
Of course along the way she meets up with some fun characters such as the kind but slightly surly Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his fun-loving reindeer Sven. Then there’s the lovable snowman Olaf (Josh Gad) that nearly steals the movie as his positive outlook helps the gang turn the tide against the unseen evil that lurks in the background of the film.
After watching the Blu-ray, I can easily see why the film won the Best Animated Oscar. The cast and their characters really come together well here, and the charming songs sprinkled throughout the movie are some of the best I’ve heard from Disney in awhile, especially the blockbuster “Let it Go”. But what got me the most was the surprise twist that comes near the very end on who the true villain was, which I’m sure will shock many who watch. Seeing this all unfold in high-definition was also a treat, as the Blu-ray makes sure every frame of animation, visual detail, and sound comes in clear as flawless ice.
While the disc is a little light on special features, there’s enough to thaw out viewers after the winter magic ends. The awesome short “Get a Horse” that accompanied the film in theaters is included, and features Mickey Mouse and his friends going up against his long-time rival, Peg-leg Pete. “The Making of Frozen” is a nice short that has the cast and crew dancing and singing about how the movie was made, but in the end doesn’t tell anything, as it’s a joke piece. “D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen” is a short feature on how Walt Disney wanted to make The Snow Queen over 70 years ago and what kept him from doing it. There’s also some deleted scenes that show off Elsa as a villain and more, and some music videos round out the extras that feature the hit song “Let it Go” in Spanish, Italian and even Malaysian.
The Frozen: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is simply a must have disc for anyone’s library of films, animation or otherwise. Featuring a fantastic cast of characters, magical and memorable songs, along with some nice extras, this is a modern classic that will definitely melt away those icy worries you have about having a good time, and teach you to let them go. Trust me on this one.