Mom on Film: Enchanted on DVD -- Watch the Movie, Forget the Rest

The newest addition to Disney's princess lineup is now available on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def for your home viewing pleasure. The new princess is Giselle (Amy Adams) and her film is Enchanted.

Enchanted is the princess movie both for those who cannot get enough of Disney princess fare and for those who suffer from instant recoil at the thought of sitting through another one. It simultaneously pokes fun at and celebrates its predecessors (the Academy Award nominated "Happy Working Song" perfectly exemplifies this duality), and it is a lot of fun to watch. Amy Adams is perfectly wonderful as Giselle; her lovely voice, enormous blue eyes, ready, radiant smile and lustrous strawberry blond hair transfer perfectly from animated character to real live person. Susan Sarandon is equally well cast in the over-the-top role of the "spiteful, vindictive, very large, but never crazy" Queen Narissa. This is another Disney film destined to go down as a classic and would certainly be a worthy addition to any family's collection.

While our family enjoyed the movie, both in the theater and on DVD, I have to say that we found little of value on the DVD beyond the film itself. We watched the deleted scenes and, once again, wondered why they are so frequently included in the special features portion of DVDs -- to make viewers thankful? I haven't watched a deleted scene yet that did not rightly belong on the cutting room floor. The Enchanted "Bloopers" were marginally humorous, but not particularly memorable. "Pip's Predicament: A Pop-Up Adventure” is, simply, lame. The girls and I concluded that the time and energy spent making and watching it were wasted, as are the vocal talents of Julie Andrews, narrator of both the feature and this extra. Also included is a music video featuring Carrie Underwood who appears in animated and live form. The song and her rendition of it are fine, and the animated portion of the video is also. The live portion, however, is not so great. Perhaps if the video included Ms. Underwood's singing and clips from the movie it would be more satisfying and successful; as it is, watching it made us squirm, and not in a good way.

Although most of the bonus features are disappointing, the "Fantasy Comes to Life" section is interesting and fun to watch. This portion provides technical information that illuminates how three different scenes in the movie were made, which, if you are curious about the magic of movie-making, is pretty cool. If, however, you prefer to believe in intangible magic and wish to suspend disbelief, I recommend skipping this as well as the rest of the bonus features on the disc.