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May 31, 2012

THE PRINCESS DIARIES: 10th Anniversary Edition + THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: Royal Engagement Blu-ray & DVD Combo Review

A Modern Day Princess Fairytale Comes to Life on Blu-ray!
Don’t Miss the Chance to Own This Very Special 2-Movie Collection
For the First Time on Blu-ray
To commemorate the 10th anniversary† of a cherished family classic, Disney proudly presents a special movie collection featuring two modern-day fairy tales, The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, for the first time ever on Blu-ray!
Starring Academy Award®-Winning Actress Julie Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964) and Academy Award-Nominated Actress Anne Hathaway (Best Actress, Rachel Getting Married, 2008), these two heartwarming and hilarious movies will touch your heart. As the future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia has everything a girl could want – except the enchanting romance she’s always dreamed of. Comic complications rule the day in these delightfully engaging stories about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!
Relive all the magic and excitement of these two belovedfavorites on this 3-Disc Combo Pack, which includes a DVD of each film. Share the laughter and the love for the first time on Disney Blu-ray.
The Princess Diaries  Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager - sweet, a little geeky and pretty much
Film Synopsis:            invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly's older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn't come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia's life is thrown into complete overload. She's being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia's Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir to the throne and father and grandmother want her to be.
The Princess Diaries  Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway and Academy Award winner Julie
2 Film Synopsis:         Andrews (Best Actress, Mary Poppins), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where The PrincessDiaries left off!  As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want – except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of.  But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!
Talent/Cast:                 Julie Andrews (Sound of Music, Mary Poppins)
Anne Hathaway (Alice in Wonderland, Get Smart)
Hector Elizondo (Pretty Woman, Valentine’s Day)
Heather Matarazzo (Scream 3, The Devil’s Advocate)
Mandy Moore (Tangled, AWalk to Remember) – The Princess Diaries
Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) – The Princess Diaries 2
Director:                      Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Beaches, Valentine’s Day)
Producers:                  Debra Martin Chase (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)
Whitney Houston (TV’s “Cinderella,” The Preacher’s Wife)
Mario Iscovich (Sister Act, Freaky Friday)
Writer:                         Gina Wendkos (Coyote Ugly)
Princess Diaries         Outtakes and Bloopers
Bonus Features:         “A New Princess” Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
                                    8 Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall
“The Ultimate Tea Party” – With Audio Commentary By Julie Andrews And Anne Hathaway
Music Videos
                                                      Livin’ Like A Princess
The Princess Diaries Royal Bloopers
2 Bonus Features:      The PD2 Makeover     
                                    Deleted Scenes – Introduced By Director Garry Marshall
 “Breakaway” Music Video – By Kelly Clarkson
Find Your Inner Princess – A Personality Quiz
                                    A Julie and Garry Commentary
Release Date:             exclusively at Target Stores in April
Suggested Retail        3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $29.99
Rating:                         G (bonus material not rated)   
Feature Run Time:       The Princess Diaries: 115 minutes / The Princess Diaries 2: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio:              Blu-ray - 1080p High Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
DVD –Widescreen (1.85:1 – Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio:                          Blu-ray - English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD - The Princess Diaries: English, French And Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound • English SDH, French And Spanish Subtitles; The Princess Diaries 2: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Languages/Subtitles: For feature film only. English SDH, French and Spanish 

Our Review:
I can't believe that it's been 10 years since I last saw The Princess Diaries. I remember going to see these movies in the theater with my friend Junko during my college years. She was a huge fan of The Princess Diaries and so as soon as The Princess Diaries 2 came out, she asked me to go see it with her. Since it has been so many years since I last seen these films, I sat down with DD to watch them. It was actually fun to enjoy these again with my 6 year old daughter. The first movie was about how a socially awkward Mia learns the fact that she is actually a princess. She has to go through various of training to become a proper princess. When she is given the choice of either relinquish her throne or become a heir to the kingdom, she does decided to become a princess. In the second film, Mia is living the life of a princess. She learns that she needs to get married or her family will lose the crown. On her 21st birthday party, she meets a number of man in search of an husband. The remaining part of the movie is the love triangle between Nicholas, Mia and Andrew. In the end, Andrew and Mia realized  that they do not love one another and Mia is actually in love with Nicholas. She then marries Nicholas. In addition to the 2 films, each DVD and blu-ray has bonus features. DD especially enjoyed the outtakes and bloopers for both The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2. She also found the music video by Kelly Clarkson very entertaining.

To purchase this combo, please visit your local stores where Disney DVDs and Blu-ray's are sold. You could also order it here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Princess-Diaries-Anniversary-Collection/dp/B007XJB0AK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338486505&sr=8-1

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.


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