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A fine little Disney Movie!
on February 16, 2013
Mulan has been one of my favourite Disney movies for quite a long time now. Being right up there with Tarzan and Atlantis among their more conventional animations. So it's nice to see it finally come out in this Bluray Combo edition.
It's not perfect of course. It's been designed with kids in mind so most violence is off-screen and you don't see anybody directly die. But it more than compensates for this with excellent story telling of a young woman who will put her life on the line to protect her ailing father. Then add in good animation and finally as a rarity for me, Disney songs that I actually enjoy watching, that advance the storyline rather than stop it and don't put me to sleep. It's definitely a winner!
However, the best part for me is the positive role model this movie gives to young girls everywhere! This is a girl who can and will stand up for herself. Who can and will fight as good as any man and who can save her prince as well as be saved by him! For that alone, this movie deserves kudos! Then throw in a villain who's smart and a storyline that has a good ending! What's not to like?
As for the second movie, consider it a bonus or an extra. Nothing more! Back in the late 90's, early 2000's Disney was making sequels to all their animated flicks, Beauty & The Beast, Tarzan, Aladdin, etc., etc. Trying to milk the cow, so to speak. These were NOT theatrical grade movies, but straight to home releases of varying quality, none of them great and some downright awful. The Mulan sequel is probably the best of a bad lot but still......... It's not nearly as good as the original and if you watch it soon after Mulan will probably disappoint!
Three discs are included with this two movie edition but there are only two spindles. So the Bluray is on the right hand spindle and contains both movies plus all the extras. The left spindle contains two dvd's, one for each movie and it's extra's with the Mulan dvd on top of the Mulan II dvd. No mention is made of whether there will be a digital download or not.
Mulan has a standard aspect ratio of 1.66:1 with English DTS-HD 5.1, French & Spanish DD 5.1 audio tracks. Mulan II is a 1.78:1 with audio tracks same as above.
So overall for a Disney movie, I'd give it a good 4 to 4-1/2 stars for Mulan. And about 3 for it's sequel.