The Princess Diaries: Two-Movie Collection (Three-Disc Combo Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging)
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The film was produced by singer Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall ("Pretty Woman", "Beaches", "Runaway Bride") and the success of the first film would ensure a sequel in 2004 titled "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement", the sequel would feature a screenplay by Shonda Rhimes (best known for creating and producing "Grey's Anatomy", "Private Practice" and "Scandal").
The two films would star Julie Andrews ("The Sound of Music", "Mary Poppins", "10″), Anne Hathaway ("The Devil Wears Prada", "Alice in Wonderland", "Get Smart") and Hector Elizondo ("Pretty Woman", "Runaway Bride", "Chicago Hope"). "The Princess Diaries" would be the first feature film debut of Anne Hathaway.
And now, both films will be released in a 10th Anniversary Blu-ray+DVD combo pack, courtesy of Disney.
"The Princess Diaries" and "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" are presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1). The video quality on both films is much better than the original DVD release and while the first film does show its age during the title credits and stock footage of San Francisco, the actual film is looks very good on Blu-ray with the additional clarity and more emphasis on colors. Especially detail on closeups of the characters faces. Skin tones natural on both films, black levels are good and there are no video issues that I spotted during my viewing of the film.Read more ›
According the the generous audio commentaries on both discs (recorded several years ago on previous DVD issues), The Princess Diaries book was purchased by Houston's company and brought to Disney. The wisdom of casting Julie Andrews as the Queen (her first Disney film since Mary Poppins) and Garry Marshall (he of the modern-day Pretty Woman fairytale rom-com) cannot be underestimated.
Marshall has a talent for talent -- casting Anne Hathaway while she was still in her late teens and a movie unknown. His movies have a stock company that stretches back as far as his days with The Dick Van Dyke Show, not to mention Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. His commentary on the first film, likely supplemented by copious notes, is a wall-to-wall comic monologue of moviemaking technique.
Julie Andrews, ironically, takes the Henry Higgins role in transforming awkward Mia into a princess. To me, she's really training Hathaway to be Julie Andrews, since Dame Julie has made a fine art of presenting herself as the gracious magical movie icon that she is. The first film was also shot at what is now the Julie Andrews stage -- Stage 2 on the Disney lot, the same one where Mary Poppins soared.
Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway share a high tea in their previously-released commentary on the first film.Read more ›
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Great movies and it's been fun to watch with others! The price for these is awesome, I would recommend them!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Adore this movie! Can't go wrong with a movie starring Julie Andrew's & Anne Hathaway! Perfect princess movie!Published 23 days ago by Megan Abercrombie Howard
I love this movie. I love that it came with both movies in DVD and Blu-Ray. It was received quickly and no damage at all!Published 1 month ago by J. Sims
:pie the movies but Disc II has a mar and stow part way thru the movie.Published 1 month ago by 1brn2read
It arrived on time and the product was as expected. Cute movies!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My granddaughter just loves The Princess Diaries, so it was very appropriate to get these as a gift for her.Published 1 month ago by Kathy
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