Shrek (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo)
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The midget ruler of the land called Duloc, banishes all the fairy talecharacters from his land in a jealous fit. A grotesque ogre, a donkeythat won't shut up and a beautiful princess (who also happens to be theobject of the ruler's affections) are the only ones that can save Dulocfrom the oppressive rule of the "midget king.]Three unlikely heroes save their land from tyranny.]0]]Andrew Adamson]Vicky Jenson]]Mike Myers (voice)]Cameron Diaz (voice)]Eddie Murphy (voice)]John Lithgow (voice)]Tommy Karlsen (voice)]]]]]
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Shrek (Mike Myers) is a giant, green ogre, who is definitely not a candidate for Mr. America. He lives a solitairy, sterile, and lonely life in a swamp. One day, his whole world is turned up side down. When the diminutive and evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) decides to evict all fairytale characters from their homes, the homeless begin squatting in Shrek's swamp, and Shrek is outraged. After making the acquaintance of a loudmouthed, infectiously funny, talking donkey (Eddie Murphy) who has muscled in on Shrek's swamp, an outraged Shrek pays Lord Farquaad a visit, demanding answers about the influx of the homeless in his swamp. What happens at their meeting results in Shrek agreeing to rescue a Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from a dragon's den and bring her to the ambitious Lord Farquaad, so that he may make her his bride. In return for a successful rescue, Shrek will once again be allowed to reign supreme in his swamp.
The adventures that the donkey and Shrek have in their determination to fulfill their quest are fun filled and funny. Shrek, who speaks with a soft Scottish burr, is an ogre whose size and fearsome demeanor is belied by his tender heart. Mike Myers infuses this gentle, green giant with a tenderness that makes the viewer fall in love with Shrek. The donkey is brash as only Eddie Murphy can be, totally irreverent and outrageously funny. John Lithgow is wickedly droll, as the size conscious, power hungry, scheming Lord Farquaad. Cameron Diaz, who probably had the toughest role of all, is fine as the fiercely independent Princess Fiona. As Ms. Diaz does not, however, have a distinctive voice, her characterization pales alongside that of the other characters and is the weakest link in this otherwise sensational movie. The film has a surprise ending that is utterly charming and novel. It is an appropriate one for this unique and fiendishly clever film. Shrek is simply a great movie, animated or otherwise. Bravo!
PS: I feel highly qualified to review this purchase. It's a replacement for the first one we wore out with our repeated viewings.
Unfortunately its makers do; the special features are filled with expressions such as "the first", "the most", "revolutionary not evolutionary", "the only one with believable human characters" and such. In fact Shrek is evolutionary only, if you want to have a revolutionary visual experience, see "Final Fantasy", a contemporary photo realistic computer generated movie. "Shrek" for all its merits, does not quite achieve what "Final Fantasy" and "A Bug's Life" did: to create a new world. On the other hand Shrek is a polished, clever, entertaining piece of work and will probably become a classic.
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Great price, fast delivery and arrived in perfect condition. Made a really good gift.
After owning the DVD I wanted to "upgrade" to the 3D Blu-ray, but the 3D was an incredible disappointment! After about ten minutes of double vision, we turned it off and popped in the regular 2D Blu-ray instead, which looked pristine and FABULOUS! So if you're thinking of an upgrade or just buying the HD version, I recommend you just get the 2D Blu-ray instead.
Product came as advertised.