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Ella Enchanted (Full Screen Edition) (2004)

Anne Hathaway , Hugh Dancy , Tommy O'Haver  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (632 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Joanna Lumley, Aidan McArdle
  • Directors: Tommy O'Haver
  • Writers: Gail Carson Levine, Jennifer Heath, Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith, Laurie Craig
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (632 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00029RT2G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ella Enchanted (Full Screen Edition)" on IMDb

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"It's a high-spirited charmer, a fantasy that sparkles with delights." -- Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"Its knockabout humor grows on you, as does Anne Hathaway." -- Gene Seymour, NEWSDAY

"One of the most funshining and clever family films made in the past few years." -- Phil Villarreal, ARIZONA DAILY STAR

"The film's lush scenery and sharp modern twists cast a powerful spell." -- Angel Cohn, TV GUIDE'S MOVIE GUIDE

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Anne Hathaway, the delightful star of THE PRINCESS DIARIES, is Ella in the charming fairy tale adventure ELLA ENCHANTED. On the day of her birth, Ella is given a gift by her Fairy Godmother -- the gift of obedience, which is also a curse. Under no circumstances can Ella refuse anything she is asked to do, no matter how wicked it may be. Tired of being taken advantage of, Ella, with a talking book as her companion, leaves home to find her Fairy Godmother and return her unwanted gift. This simple errand soon turns into an amazing journey filled with ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, elves, and the plotting of Prince Charmont's evil uncle who wants to take over the Crown and rule the kingdom. Bursting with colorful characters, music, wit, and whimsy, ELLA ENCHANTED is a truly enchanting and heartwarming tale that will captivate the entire family.

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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A high energy family-friendly delight of a film!! April 13, 2004
Not your typical Cinderella story...
What do you get when you mix a bit of fairy tale-Cinderella world with some Shrek, throw in some Princess Bride, a little bit of Disney's Robin Hood (see Hester the snake), along with a little singing, and some random modern-day references thrown in for good measure? You get Ella Enchanted, Miramax's newest gem of a film, narrated by Eric Idle and starring the lovely Anne Hathaway and the dreamy Hugh Dancy.
Ella of Frell (Anne Hathaway) has a gift. Er, I mean, a curse. A gift, a curse, it all depends on how you look at it: no matter what you tell Ella to do, she must obey. A rather capricious fairy named Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox) gave baby Ella the "gift of obedience": anything spoken to Ella as a command, she must automatically do. Fast forward a few years: Ella is now a young lady, and no one except her aunt Mandy (Minnie Driver) knows about this gift/curse. Not even her best friend and fellow civil rights activist Arieda (played by "Bend It Like Beckham's" Parminder K. Nagra) is aware of her "problem." When her father brings home a wicked new stepmother (Joanna Lumley) and two evil stepsisters, Hattie (Lucy Punch) and Olive (Jennifer Higham), Ella must deal with their demanding ways, hopefully without giving away her secret!
Her stepsister Hattie is the very obsessive and very active president of the Prince Charmont fan club! She and her friends go absolutely ga-ga, every time they even think of the hunky prince (much less when they see him). Prince "Char" (Hugh Dancy) as they lovingly call him, is the heir apparent to the throne currently held for him by his evil uncle Edgar (Cary Elwes).
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting performance by Anne! August 7, 2004
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In spite of the harsh criticism received for this movie for it's contradiction with the book I personally think it was a neat production judging in terms of cinematic creation. I never heard it being referred to as an adaptation, so why worry about if it ain't broke?

The most eye catching thing right throughout the movie was obviously Anne. Her acting has astonishingly improved since Princess Diaries, Nicholas Nickleby and the rest. Also you get to hear her amazing voice where she performance a beautiful solo and dancing of course ;).. talking about dancing, in the finale just try focusing on Jimi Mistry. you won't stop laughing!

I never pictured Hugh Dancy as prince charming, but you really get a laugh here. The entire film has a very fine blend of colors, you would notice it's very easy to watch and the picture quality is looks great. Even though not in depth, you will be taken into the worlds of both Giants and Elves, a pretty good contrast, and as always the good and the bad.

I do understand that many youngsters would be disappointed to see something quite different from the book, and even though the constantly obedient concept doesn't quite work for elders, credit should be given to a well directed fairy tale. It's a movie after all and it should be watched just like you would watch something new. If you do, it'll definitely put you in the good mood.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie of 2004 so far April 20, 2004
This movie is seriously, a great movie. From the very beginning we are sucked into this world of magic and fantasy and we stay there until the end when the narrator tells us we have to go back to the real world.
We join Ella on a magical journey to find her godmother to remove a spell that was cast on her as a baby. As she travels across the country she meets elves, ogres, giants, and the handsome prince (in leather pants).
Hathaway makes Ella real and gives her emotion, crucial to make this more than just a fairy tale. She makes Ella someone we can all relate to by giving her depth. Her best acting comes when the Evil Uncle discovers her curse and when she has to stab Char (in the leather pants). It was beautifully shot.
Of course this movie is more humor than seriousness. And the humor is excellent. For most of the movie the entire theater was laughing at the jokes, which is a good thing for a comedy.
Of course I can't end a review for this movie without mentioning the singing. Hathaway sings a song at the giant wedding, she is excellent. When I first found out Anne was going to sing in this movie I was nervous for her. But she does an excellent job. As does everyone else (including Char in the leather pants) when the whole cast sings at the end.
Go, go see this movie. And Anne Hathaway. And the prince. In leather pants.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My "pilot test" of this movie included myself (the mom), my 10-year-old son, and my 5-year-old daughter. My daughter and I truly enjoyed the blend of old-style fairy-tale romance and grrlpower: Ella, a spunky orphan under the thrall of a spell that forces her to obey every command she is given, falls for and wins her handsome prince but does so by realizing her own abilities.
Even the costumes and sets seem to blend fairy tale romance and a kind of 'pop' culture in a campy, don't-care-if-it's-authentic-so-long-as-it's-fun kind of way. The costumes look vaguely medieval until, say, Ella's full-length gown transforms into a mod kicky skirt and the whole crowd starts singing and dancing something that vaguely resembles the Electric Slide.
The whole thing was met with stern disapproval by my son, however, who found the whole thing far too focused on the romance between Ella and Prince Charmont for his tastes. "Too Much Kissing," he complained.
For the record, "too much" kissing means two kisses!
If you are a huge fan of the book, be prepared to suffer differences between the plot in the book vs. the movie. And if you're a boy, beg off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie.
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Published 5 hours ago by eddie anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great family friendly movie! Would highly recommend it!
Published 7 hours ago by Peggy Bechtle
5.0 out of 5 stars found it very entertaining with great humor. family friendly fun
found it very entertaining with great humor. family friendly fun.
Published 10 hours ago by katie ewing
5.0 out of 5 stars ... have watched this movie a dozen times and still enjoy each viewing
We have watched this movie a dozen times and still enjoy each viewing!
Published 12 hours ago by sarrah88j
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie for the grandkids.
Published 12 hours ago by Deborah McCollumn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Our family loved it!
Published 12 hours ago by Znarf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The kids and I watched it together and loved it
Published 17 hours ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars A parody of the old classic fairy tales
I love it when producers take an old classic, like Snow White, and turn everything around.

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Published 18 hours ago by BytemanProofreader at Gmail
1.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - and I mean that in the worst possible way
I loved the idea of a Cinderella redo, the cast looked good, and my seven-year-old gradaughter was totally up for it but seriously, WHAT were the Weinsteins et al THINKING? Read more
Published 1 day ago by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
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