Shrek/Shrek Double Bill
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This two-pack contains the single-disc, full-screen version of "Shrek" plus a new 15-minute short, "Shrek 3-D," plus 3-D glasses. Shrek 3-D: When we last left everyone's favorite newlyweds Shrek and Fiona, they were singing and dancing late into the night with Donkey and all the fairytale creatures. Happily ever after...right? Not so fast: The honeymoon has barely begun when Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) is ambushed by Lord Farquaad's (John Lithgow) henchman, Thelonius. A dizzying and hilarious chase ensues with Shrek (Mike Myers) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) hot on the trail! More action, more adventure, more fun that picks up right where Shrek left off...and drops you off laughing and out-of-breath before "Shrek 2" begins!
Made for a ride at Universal Studios, this 16-minute short reunites the cast in a quick adventure set in-between the two films. The dimmed-witted henchman Thelonius kidnaps Princess Fiona on her honeymoon and runs through spooky a grave yard, forest, and river with Shrek and Donkey in pursuit. The film's 3-D effects are fun (glasses are included and the film can also be viewed traditionally), but the movie is never more than a smile-inducing short; it's not as fun as the features. The ride, called "Shrek 4-D," features in-theater effects that audiences can see, hear, and feel. You will have to do your own effects at home to simulate the ride.
William Steig's delightfully fractured fairy tale is the right stuff for this computer-animated adaptation full of verve and wit. Our title character (voiced by Mike Myers) is an agreeable enough ogre who wants to live his days in peace. When the diminutive Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) evicts local fairy tale creatures (including the now-famous Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and the Gingerbread Man), they settle in the Orge's swamp and Shrek wants answers from Farquaad. A quest of sorts starts for Shrek and his new pal, a talking donkey (Eddie Murphy), where battles have to be won and a princess (Cameron Diaz) must be rescued from a dragon lair in a thrilling action sequence. The story is stronger than most animated fare but it's the humor that makes Shrek a winner. The PG rating is stretched when Murphy and Myers hit their strides. The mild potty humor is fun enough for the 10-year-old but will never embarrass their parents. Shrek is never as warm and inspired as the Toy Story films, but the realistic computer animation and a rollicking soundtrack keeps the entertainment in fine form. Produced by DreamWorks, the film also takes several delicious stabs at its crosstown rival, Disney. --Doug Thomas
- Contains two DVDs:
- Shrek (Full Screen Single Disc Edition)
- Shrek 3-D (a new 15 minute short in 2.35:1 widescreen)
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Mike Myers is Shrek, a big green, smelly ogre trying to live a peaceful life in his swamp. He spends his day brushing his teeth with bug goo and bathing in swamp mud. All is well until the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow in a brilliant performance) banishes all the kingdoms fairytale inhabitants to Shrek's swamp. In an effort to regain his peace and sanity, Shrek, aided by his unwanted sidekick Donkey (Eddie Murphy), make a deal with Farquaad to rescue the Princess Fiona from The Dragon and bring her back so Farquaad can marry her.
It's well known that DreamWorks and Disney have had an ongoing feud for years, and Shrek is the latest and most destructive shot yet. The makers (led by ex-Disney, DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg) hits Disney where it hurts most - animated features. No Disney chestnut is sacred. Various characters pop in and out of the film, and the sight gags playing on Disney's theme parks alone are enough to keep anybody entertained. Without giving anything away, one of the most hysterical gags in the film involve the Princess and a little bird in a very Disney, very Snow White singing sort of way.
The non-stop punches at Disney are one of the levels Shrek succeeds. The other is that it's a pure, heart warming story that anybody of any age can enjoy. Unlike most recent movies (animated or live action), Shrek is story driven. Watching the film you come to care about the characters and get involved in their feelings. I even found myself caring about characters that in any other movie would be pushed into the background soon after their "big scene". I would also like to say that I commend the DreamWorkers for the ending. It was unexpected and appreciated because it shows that beauty has many levels.
In general, Shrek can do no wrong. I usually see at least one thing I would've done differently, but not with this movie. I have racked my brain, and can't come up with a single thing I'd do differently. Shrek is visually stunning, hugely engaging and has a strong heartfelt moral.
While the film is easily appreciated by the upper elementary and up set, teens and adults will find great wit in the film. Between the gags and allusions is a questioning of the fairy tale formula, which is ironic given the Campbell-esque hero's arc of the story. And then there are questions of power, friendship, male and female roles, love, and loyalty. The film deftly balances gross-out humor and poignant moments. This animated film has aged surprisingly well. Although the animated style might seem passe in 2016, the story's heart still works well.
In the end, she chooses to stay in Ogre form, because she loves Shrek... the Ogre.
So this is where our journey begins, shrek on a quest with his trusty ass sidekick, Donkey. The journey to find the princess (Cameron diaz) poses many obstacles and growing tensions between type b donkey and type a shrek.
I will not spoil the rest of this film for you but I will leave you with some more insight. This film is for everyone; the outcasts, the royals, the intellectuals, the comics. This movie is NOT for people that have. A bad attitude, can't take a joke or like to be haters!!!! This is a movie full of passion, romance, dragons and friendship. Highly recommend for a movie night with friends.
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