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Ella Enchanted (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Anne Hathaway , Hugh Dancy , Tommy O'Haver  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 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: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (451 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,560 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ella Enchanted (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • "Red Carpet Premiere Special"
  • "The Magical World of Ella Enchanted"
  • Prince Charmont's Fan Club set-top game
  • Music video
  • "Happily Ever After" DVD-ROM feature

Editorial Reviews


"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

Product Description

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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59 of 68 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting performance by Anne! August 7, 2004
By Naz
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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51 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Destroy Such a Wonderful Book? April 19, 2004
You'd think after the success of the "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter" movies, producers and writers would be getting a message loud and clear: that the more loyal a movie is to its original source material, the happier fans will be. As it is, I'm detecting a trend in the reviews written for the big screen version of "Ella Enchanted" - those that have never read the book find it sweet and charming, but those that are fans of Gail Carson Levine's wonderful novel are wondering what went wrong.
Levine's novel is a reworking of the Cinderella story, who comes up with a legitimate reason as to why Cinderella would allow herself to be bullied around so much by her stepfamily. Levine's ingenius idea is that Ella has been placed under a gift/curse by her fairy godmother Lucinda, which forces her to to whatever she's told.
Well, this is about the only plot device that the screen-writers chose to keep, and even then it's twisted into something that's virtually unrecognisable. In the book, Ella's curse has a rather dark side to it - should she fail to obey a command, she is overcome with nausea and pain until she does so. In the movie however, this potent imagery is replaced with little twinkling lights about her head and a little jolt from the actress that implies the curse triggers her like a button would control a robot.
The second component of Levine's story that the screenwriters keep but inexorably twist out of shape is the love story between Ella and Prince Charmont. Here, they instigate not one, but two of the oldest and most cliched "love devices" known to cinematic history - love at first sight, and hate at first sight. For Prince Char, it takes only a glance for him to know that Ella's the girl for him.
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26 of 32 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Really stupid movie
My 11 year old daughter and watched this - or rather tried to watch it but it was a really dumb movie - the characters were so strange and acted in a stilted way - including Anne... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Adreniline
1.0 out of 5 stars A movie that falls short of the book
This movie takes HUGE creative liberties with the storyline of the original book. If you want a story about inner strength, self worth, and amazing adventures I suggest reading the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Flutterby reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Great movie! My daughter and I loved this fairy tale...adorable! I wished I bought it instead of renting. If you liked Princess Diaries, you will love this.
Published 20 days ago by mf2828
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but poor streaming quality!
This is a super cute movie but the streaming quality was quite poor. Definitely not going to pay to stream any more movies!
Published 1 month ago by 4JTL
5.0 out of 5 stars great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better....
great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better. worth every penny. best of the best. perfect.
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Korn
5.0 out of 5 stars this is another cd gone
I lent this to one of my granddaughter, and she lent it to a friend, and she lent it to a friend, and so on on. So this one is a replacement. Read more
Published 1 month ago by brenda mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars cheerful
I love a good cheerful movie where the good guy wins all, plus the wonderful music of Queen was used to enhance this story. Plus the brat of the film gets her reward.
Published 1 month ago by sharyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie....
This is my 2nd copy because we all watched it a million times. Literally! This movie has everyone giggling. Adult humor isnt missing.
Published 1 month ago by cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny clever take
This is a very clever take and I think encourages kids to remember they can make their own choices and it's up to them to make the right ones.
Published 1 month ago by negreenbee
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?
I was so surprised at this movie. Thought it would be along the lines of Enchanted, but it wasn't. This movie was corny and I did not enjoy it.
Published 2 months ago by GCMom
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