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Wildly popular "Frozen" suffers from too much hype (Blu-ray review)

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Frozen (2013)

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad (voice talents)

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When the kingdom of Arendelle is overcome by a massive winter storm, Princess Ana (Bell) embarks on a courageous journey to prevent the eternal winter from overtaking her homeland. Ana's sister, Princess Elsa (Menzel), was born with magical powers to create ice. For her entire childhood, Elsa was taught to control and conceal her dangerous powers, but, one fateful day, as Elsa has come of age and is on the verge of being crowned queen, her powers rage out of control, covering the world in ice and labeling her as a monster. Elsa flees, isolating herself from the community - and alienating herself from her sister. Ana, along with a mountain man and a goofy snowman, set off to rescue Elsa and restore peace (and sunshine) to the kingdom.

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The Breakdown:

So much for Disney's whole no-more-princess-movies announcement that they made in 2010, right? Yeah. This is a princess movie, complete with not one, but TWO Disney princesses! One is a love-crazy do-gooder that would rather be stuffing her face with chocolate and the other is a cold, defiant people-hater. Pun intended. Added into the mix are two potential love interests, a reindeer, and a hyper, Summer-loving snowman. It's quite the combination. Along the way, of course, is a wide variety of musical numbers and some witty dialogue that keep the snowball rolling. When you put all this stuff together, what you get, evidently, is the most popular animated movie ever, as "Frozen" recently surpassed "Toy Story 3" as the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

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The Verdict:

"Frozen" also recently became the most annoying movie of all time, as every single parent in the world has uploaded a YouTube video of their children singing the hit song "Let It Go" and stories continue to pop up online every single day about how much women love this show. Is the movie good? Yeah. Sure. The animation is great, the story is fun, the show is enjoyable. But is it truly the greatest movie ever made? The Salt Lake City DVD Examiner, for one, is still unsure as to how "Frozen" has become so outrageously beloved. In fact, the movie's popularity is, by far, the worst thing about it. Assuredly, even those who have yet to see "Frozen" are familiar with "Let It Go." The existence of so many glowing reviews about the movie will very possibly set first-time viewers' expectations at an impossibly high level, so, the Salt Lake DVD Examiner's recommendation is, actually, to NOT see "Frozen" until people shut up about it. Let the hype die down and check it out in a couple weeks - or maybe even months. There is nothing about this movie that will change your life forever in a positive way, so there really shouldn't be much of a rush to run out and buy it. Not yet, anyway. A couple things, as well: The movie tries too hard to be a musical, and some of the more impromptu songs ("Love is an Open Door," particularly) seem forced and awkward. The lack of a clear "bad guy" (and spending so much time trying to make Elsa seem like an evil sorceress) makes the film seem a little empty toward the end. Also, "Tangled" was better. Don't get the Salt Lake City DVD Examiner wrong - "Frozen" is a cute movie and, yes, it's worth seeing, but it's just not THAT good.

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Similar movies: "Tangled" (2010), "How to Train Your Dragon" (2010), "Epic" (2013)

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Blu-ray bonus features:

- Audio in: English, French, Spanish, English Descriptive Audio

- Subtitles in: English, French, Spanish

- Original theatrical short: "Get a Horse!"

- "The Making of 'Frozen'"

- "D-Frosted: Disney's Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to 'Frozen'"

- Four deleted scenes with optional audio introduction by directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

- Four "Let It Go" music videos in four different languages. Yes. Four of them.

- Original "Frozen" teaser trailer

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Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Running time: 102 minutes

MPAA rating: PG for "some action and mild rude humor." Nothing inherently offensive.

Costars Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk (voice talents)

Blu-ray release date: March 18, 2014

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