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Into the Woods [DVD] [2014]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1151 out of 1320)

    Special Features


    • The magic of the woods-explore the cinematic wizardry that brings the story to life on-screen.

    Synopsis


    Into the Woods
    Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods is adapted in this musical from director Rob Marshall and Walt Disney Studios. Inspired by a choice selection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this plot centers on a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) who incur the wrath of a witch (Meryl Streep) while attempting to start a family. Subsequently cursed by the vengeful hag, the hapless couple find their fates linked with those of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick),Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) of Jack and the Beanstalk. Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and Lucy Punch co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Meryl Streep
      Meryl Streep - The Witch
    • Emily Blunt
      Emily Blunt - Baker's Wife
    • James Corden
      James Corden - The Baker
    • Anna Kendrick
      Anna Kendrick - Cinderella
    • Chris Pine
      Chris Pine - Cinderella's Prince



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1320 reviews

    87%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Simply Amazing!

      Posted
      Dnnbsc
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      This film followed the musical so well, and I loved every second of it! I have always loved the show and its soundtrack and was ecstatic to find out that Disney was making a version of it. I took my mom, who hasn't seen the musical, to see it, and she loved it as well, raving to her friends about it. I understand how people who have not seen the musical were thrown off by the last quarter of the movie, but it wouldn't have been Into the Woods if they deleted parts in order to keep everything "happily ever after" and PC. That's not the point of this show. It's theme is about growing up, from being innocent to learning the truth about the world. You learn that things aren't always as they seem and to be careful what you wish for because you just may get it, and it may not be quite what you expected. The characters' choices are all ridden with impending consequence. It's not bleak, it's reality, while reminding you of the good life holds as well. No this is not your typical children's Disney movie like the classic animated originals, and I was actually pretty surprised at the PG rating. I suppose they kept it because none of the deaths were shown at all, only implied or discussed, but never set on film. There were several children in the theater with me, which I was also surprised to see, but they laughed and enjoyed the film. I think the deeper and darker themes flew right over their heads, and they simply enjoyed the stories, as children do. If you have seen the musical or are a musical enthusiast, you will enjoy this! If you are an unsure parent, check it out beforehand. If you are looking for your usual, run-of-the-mill Disney movie, look elsewhere. Avoid unfairly rating a great movie because it wasn't the typical thing you expected. This movie is amazing!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Movie

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      Eddiestar
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      This film followed the musical so well, and I loved every second of it! I have always loved the show and its soundtrack and was ecstatic to find out that Disney was making a version of it. I took my mom, who hasn't seen the musical, to see it, and she loved it as well, raving to her friends about it. I understand how people who have not seen the musical were thrown off by the last quarter of the movie, but it wouldn't have been Into the Woods if they deleted parts in order to keep everything "happily ever after" and PC. That's not the point of this show. It's theme is about growing up, from being innocent to learning the truth about the world. You learn that things aren't always as they seem and to be careful what you wish for because you just may get it, and it may not be quite what you expected. The characters' choices are all ridden with impending consequence. It's not bleak, it's reality, while reminding you of the good life holds as well. No this is not your typical children's Disney movie like the classic animated originals, and I was actually pretty surprised at the PG rating. I suppose they kept it because none of the deaths were shown at all, only implied or discussed, but never set on film. There were several children in the theater with me, which I was also surprised to see, but they laughed and enjoyed the film. I think the deeper and darker themes flew right over their heads, and they simply enjoyed the stories, as children do. If you have seen the musical or are a musical enthusiast, you will enjoy this! If you are an unsure parent, check it out beforehand. If you are looking for your usual, run-of-the-mill Disney movie, look elsewhere. Avoid unfairly rating a great movie because it wasn't the typical thing you expected. This movie is amazing!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      into the woods

      Posted
      Greco
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      Into the Woods debuted on Broadway in October 1987, where it was greeted with great enthusiasm by critics and audiences alike. The narrative is based on four fairy tales, using versions by the Brothers Grimm (Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel). The plot blends the familiar tales with an original story about a baker and his wife and their attempts to undo a witch’s spell. The musical boasts music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the most respected theatre composer of the last 60 years, and a book by his frequent collaborator, James Lapine. Historically, fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers have been viewed as being darker and more realistic than versions of the same stories written by other authors. Consequently, and because Mr. Sondheim is seen as one of the most (if not the most) challenging composers of modern theatre, it must be noted that Into the Woods is not a piece that was conceived with an audience of young children in mind. Rather, it is a sophisticated adult experience, a fairy tale for grownups if you will. While some of the darker and more provocative aspects of the story have been muted for the film version, the fact that the film has been produced by Disney has led many parents to assume that this is a film for small children. It is not. It is a moral fable for grownups; most children under the age of fifteen or so (unless they are very mature) will not be able to appreciate the story, and many parents of small children will find the material unsuitable.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Splendid Sondheim

      Posted
      sirchharles
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      This is the long-awaited film version of Stephen Sondheim's brilliant Broadway musical that blends the characters and plot-lines of four traditional fairy tales (CINDERELLA, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, GOLDILOCKS and RAPUNZEL) with a new story about a childless baker and his wife who must collect props from each of those stories to lift a curse placed on their household by the hyperactive witch next door. I saw the original production in NYC, in the first month of its run, bought the original cast album, (an lp that I had signed by the composer and both of the stars at Sam Goody in '83,) bought both the laser disc and later the dvd of that B'way version, and saw several later community theatre and college productions. To say that i was eager for a great movie translation is putting it mildly. This does not disappoint. I saw it, the day after its Christmas release, and was eager to get my hands on the blu ray that could allow me to wallow in it forever, This is a really extraordinary disc. The image and sound are truly elegant, but most of the extras are merely unending hype, rather than any sort of meaningful discussion. And the commentary put me to sleep. But that's 'small potatoes' when the real riches are the film itself, Meryl Streep, and the wondrous Sondheim score.n

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Version of the Broadway Hit Musical

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      tristanrobin
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      I've seen the play numerous times and (obviously) really like it. I was pretty excited when it first was released because the casting seemed perfect and I was a fan of the director's work. I wasn't disappointed. It's one of the best Broadway musicals turned into a film version that has been done. Everybody in it is stellar, and they have kept almost the entire Broadway score intact. I was anxious to see if it would be a good transfer to BluRay - and again, I wasn't disappointed. The colors are saturated and rich and the images are crisp and clean. The sound is spot on and crystal clear - I actually think it sounds better than when we saw it twice in a cinema. We've watched the BluRay twice - and enjoy it more with each viewing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Just My Opinion, Take it for What it's Worth!

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      calebiam
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      I personally didn't enjoy this movie. However, that doesn't mean you won't. You'll just have to form your own opinion! I thought it had a little too much adult content to be a kids/Disney movie. Having said that, it's important to note I haven't seen the original, so I'm not sure how similar this is to it. Prince Charming cheats on Cinderella with the the baker's wife, and needless to say, the baker's wife cheats on her husband. The word "r@pe" is used and Johnny Depp is just plain creepy as the wolf. I mean the kind of creepy that just may give you a nightmare or three. I'm not going to give anymore spoilers, but I wanted to share my opinion. If you're considering buying this movie (musical), I would recommend renting it first to make sure you think it's worth owning. I didn't, and I regret it. You and I may have completely different tastes, so you could end up loving it-- but I didn't.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not for children

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      Jcmonta
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      Better transfer from stage to screen than expected. Stage still the better of the two though. Acting and singing excellent. We're talking Meryl here! However don't let the fact that it's Disney fool you. I think the marketing was misleading and the majority that were not familiar with the stage production thought they were going to see a light Fairy tale musical. Hence the mixed reviews. Most said the first half was great and fun but got too dark for children and muddled in the second half. This was never intended for children and the reviewers were obviously not familiar with the original. The musical on stage was exactly the same and the movie was faithful to it! It was intended as a fable for adults. The message " careful what you say children WILL listen" !

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Quite A Surprise

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      Bobby
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      As a big fan of the stage show, I was skeptical of this adaptation, as director Rob Marshall's other films all blew chunks (seriously, I have despise every other movie on his filmography). But the impressive cast made me quite intrigued. Lo and behold, this movie is darn near perfect. All the actors sing very well, emote properly, and act believably- Chris Pine steals the show as Prince Charming! If there is any issues, it is that the elapsed time from the first to second acts doesn't translate too well onscreen, and there had to have been a better way to make that transition apparent. Still, if you don't mind your fairy tales dark and not all that happy, I recommend this quite a bit.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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