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Ella Enchanted (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Anne Hathaway , Hugh Dancy , Tommy O'Haver  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,230 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

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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

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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66 of 75 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting performance by Anne! August 7, 2004
By Naz
Format:DVD
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie from a book I've ever seen October 11, 2004
Format:DVD
"Ella Enchanted" is a lovely book, and my daughter and I enjoyed reading it. My husband brought home the video, and UGH! Everything that made the book a joy - the beautiful language, the sly humor, and noble Ella herself are warped and mutated beyond recognition. All subtlety and charm are lost. Don't buy this; check out the book from your library. The book on tape was also excellent.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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There are two things that colored my perception of "Ella Enchanted." The first is that I just saw "A Cinderella Story" a couple of weeks ago, and since that was the worst movie made on the Cinderella theme in the history of the world anything else was going to look a lot better in comparison. But then director Tommy O'Haver has the advantage of being able to mine the gold from Gail Carson Levine's beloved children's novel, which provides enough creative sparks to make this movie something different. If you are going to tell the Cinderella story over again then you need to have a twist that justifies the effort, and "Ella Enchanted" has a couple of those.

Second, this really is a movie aimed at kids. I say this because the key twist in this story is that when Ella is born a rather second rate fairy named Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox) gives her the gift of obedience. This means that every time somebody tells Ella to do something, she has to do it. Now, for kids, younger kids, this is a truly nightmare scenario. Parents and other adults are always telling you to do something: what if they could MAKE you do whatever they wanted? Endless chores, homework, and probably music lessons would be your fate, which is essentially what happens to Ella when she grows up to be Anne Hathaway.

Hathaway is the star of this film and what promise she showed in "The Princess Dairies" is fulfilled her as she plays Ella as more of a civil rights advocate than a would be fairy princess.
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No, you're not. I was so disgusted by the film, I wanted to cry. They left out all of the things in the book that make it so special. This has been my favorite book since the first time I read it in the fourth grade, and I was SO excited when I heard they were making a movie. What a... Read More
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