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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (UHD Blu-ray) review

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (UHD Blu-ray) review
« on: January 10, 2020, 02:34:55 PM »


Studio: Disney
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Rating: PG-13
Film: 3.5/5
 
Plot
The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora's impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration as the wedding serves to unite the Kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors. But, when an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be a family.
My Thoughts
I was pleasantly surprised by the first Maleficent back in 2014, but I greeted the sequel with some skepticism since I wasn’t sure where they could take the character or the story. The first act doesn’t start very well at all and the story doesn’t really begin to pick up until the second act. If you can make it that far, the story starts to pick up steam and has a pretty exciting conclusion.
 
Jolie’s characterization of Disney’s iconic evil woman is very convincing and while the story is somewhat pedestrian, the special effects and fabulous costume design ultimately won me over. Unfortunately, the audio track is recorded lower than it should be—typical of Disney releases—but a turn of the volume knob in the right direction fixes it.
 
Video 9.5/10
 
Audio 9/10 (Dolby Atmos)
 
Special Features:
  • Origins of the Fey
  • Aurora’s Wedding
  • If You Had Wings
  • Maleficent: Mistress of evil VFX Reel
  • Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Music Video
  • Blu-ray + Digital Copy
 

 
 
Conclusion
I ended up liking the first film five years ago and this one ultimately won me over after its lackluster start. While predictable as ever, the production design is through the roof and I found the climatic battle at the end quite engaging. The video encode is excellent and like the tagline on the box art states, “Evil never looked so good.” Recommended.
 
 
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Sound & Vision Magazine

Re: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2020, 12:58:10 PM »
Greetings,

I liked this one more than expected as well Dave. Nice review!

 

Re: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2020, 01:18:50 PM »
Greetings,

I liked this one more than expected as well Dave. Nice review!

 
Thanks Ralph. It surprised me as well. Did you think it started a little rough too?
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Re: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2020, 05:54:12 PM »
Have not seen this one yet, but do want to see it. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2020, 06:52:19 AM »
Thanks Ralph. It surprised me as well. Did you think it started a little rough too?
Greetings,

I was okay with the start but, thought that the rough part occurred during act 2 when the realm of the fairies element was introduced.

Re: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2020, 08:33:17 PM »
I watched this last weekend. Thought it was ok, looked really gorgeous at times. I didn't want to buy a copy so just rented in 4K via Apple TV. 

One thing that really stood out to me in a bad way was Jolie's character having virtually no lines, and what there was, was frequently monosyllabic pablum. Between the opening and ending few minutes I don't think she had more than 3-4 lines - mostly just gave arching/horrified type looks. It just came across bizarrely to me, given that other characters were much less vocally restrained. 

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