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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time(2007)
Lady Tremaine gets her hands on the Fairy Godmother's wand, then turns back time to the day Cinderella tried on the glass slipper. She enlarges the slipper to fit one of the stepsisters, Anastasia, then erases Prince Charming's memories of meeting Cinderella. Now, Cinderella must foil Lady Tremaine's scheme and win back her prince.
For more about Cinderella III: A Twist in Time and the Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Blu-ray release, see Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on May 5, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.
Starring: Jennifer Hale, Susanne Blakeslee, Tress MacNeille, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Russi Taylor, Andre Stojka (I)
Director: Frank Nissen
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Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Blu-ray Review
A princess of a premise, a peasant of a sequel...
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, May 5, 2013
There was a time not so long ago (a time best forgotten honestly) that the Mouse House latched onto the idea that direct-to-video sequels to its most beloved animated treasures was somehow a good idea. And it worked, as far as profitability and the eager tykes who gobbled up each sequel attest. Shameless cash-ins or no, copies sold by the tens of thousands, quality be damned, and now we're left standing in the rubble, forced to clean up the mess our children are all too eager to embrace. Did Cinderella need a sequel? Much less two sequels? No, and the fact that they exist suggest Disney is far more shrewd and calculating than the fairy tale castles, mouse-ear hats and family-friendly theme parks let on. Is there harm in letting your kids sit through two-plus hours of the further adventures of Cinderella and company? Of course not. But don't expect Dreams Come True or A Twist in Time to weather the decades like the original 1950 classic.
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time arrived five years later, in 2007, and managed to at least deliver a setup more worthy of a full movie. The story? When the ever vindictive, always vile Lady Tremaine gets her hands on the Fairy Godmother's magic wand, she travels back in time and casts a spell on Cinderella's glass slipper, increasing its size and tricking Prince Charming into believing it belongs to Anastasia. With history rewritten, Cinderella becomes more determined than ever to see the prince again. Luckily, Charming isn't buying into Lady Tremaine's ruse. It's just a shame A Twist in Time isn't more clever. Had it pushed and played with its premise, it might have been a funnier, more whimsical second-take on a familiar happy ending. Instead, it settles for the mundane, hangs its hat on the inevitable and simply rehashes the original film's climax and extends it over days. The outcome is the same, naturally, so where's the magic in that? Turned to stone with the Fairy Godmother apparently. A Twist in Time is a bit more entertaining than Dreams Come True, but only by a small margin. Together, the sequels still fail to do anything more than appeal to the youngest common denominator.
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Blu-ray, Video Quality
Dreams Come True and A Twist in Time share a single BD-50 disc, but neither 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation suffers or appears in need of breathing room. Colors are vibrant and lovely, primaries pop, black levels are inky, contrast is bright and consistent, and detail is exacting. Line art is crisp and clean, the hand painted backgrounds are beautifully resolved, and every last perfection and imperfection in the films' direct-to-video animation is present and open to scrutiny. (Dreams Come True is hindered by stilted, all too dated animation. A Twist in Time is more expressive and fluid, but still doesn't measure up to feature film animation.) On the technical front, neither encode exhibits any serious issues. Artifacting, noise, significant ringing and other eyesores are held at bay, and only a few instances of minor banding gave me the slightest pause. All in all, neither movie could look much better than it does here.
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Dreams Come True and A Twist in Time are backed by comparable DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround tracks. Neither one is very remarkable, but then neither are the sequels' sound design. Voices are clean, intelligible and competently prioritized (if not a tad floaty), effects are clear and lively, and channel pans are smooth. The rear speakers don't get much of a work out, even though more eventful sequences and musical numbers do take advantage of the full soundfield, and LFE output is merely decent. None of that should come as any surprise or render either track disappointing. Subjectively, the mixes are a touch underwhelming. Objectively, they do their jobs to the best of their abilities. I don't have any real complaints, at least none that should be leveled at this Blu-ray release.
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
A Twist in Time shares the same selection of trailers for other Disney releases as Dreams Come True. There aren't any III-centric extras included, though.
Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True is too trivial, inconsequential and unnecessary a sequel to explain its success, and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time squanders its potential to the utmost, delivering very little in the way of invention or fun. Be that as it may, little girls will love both, and parents might too, depending on how much their enjoyment of family fare is attached to their children's reaction. Thankfully, the 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray release of the direct-to-video duo is quite good (minus the lack of substantial supplements). With excellent video presentations and solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround tracks, this Cinderella twofer is a worthwhile investment for anyone who finds either sequel delightful.
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