Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms On Blu-ray

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is a coming-of-age tale inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale and the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker”.

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

  • Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: January 29, 2019
  • Rated: PG Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: WALT DISNEY PICTURES
  • ASIN: 6317550441
  • Purchase on Amazon

My Mom always had a thing for nutcrackers and would get them out every Christmas. I went into watching The Nutcracker and the Four Realms expecting to see a movie highlighting nutcrackers, ballet and Christmas. This was not that. Disney reimagined the story and gave it fantastic scenery, visuals and costumes. The story itself is  big dark, in my opinion more for older teens and adults. There is a good message tucked into the movie, a message that encourages one to believe in themselves and carry on.

SYNOPSIS

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is a coming-of-age tale inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale and the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker”.

Keira Knightley stars as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mackenzie Foy portrays Clara. Helen Mirren brings much-feared Mother Ginger to life, and Morgan Freeman stars as Clara’s eccentric godfather, Drosselmeyer. Eugenio Derbez and Richard E. Grant play Hawthorne and Shiver, the regents of the Land of Flowers and Land of Snowflakes. Jayden Fowora-Knight was cast as Phillip Hoffman, the Nutcracker soldier come-to-life. Matthew Macfadyen, Ellie Bamber and Thomas Sweet were called on to play Clara’s father Mr. Stahlbaum, sister Louise, and brother Fritz, respectively. Omid Djalili and Jack Whitehall portray palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin, and the film features a special performance by ballet greats Misty Copeland and Sergei Polunin.

In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.

Filmed in England at Pinewood Studios and various locations in and around London, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston. Suggested by the short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and “The “Nutcracker” ballet written by Marius Petipa, the screen story and screenplay are by Ashleigh Powell. The film is produced by Mark Gordon and Larry Franco, and executive produced by Sara Smith and Lindy Goldstein. Linus Sandgren, F.S.F., is the director of photography, Guy Hendrix Dyas serves as production designer and Stuart Levy, ACE, is the film editor. Jenny Beavan and Jenny Shircore are the costume designer and makeup and hair designer, respectively. Max Wood and Marc Weigert are the visual effects supervisor and visual effects producer, respectively. Music is by James Howard with a score conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring piano soloist Lang Lang.

EXTRAS

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY:

  • On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland – Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
  • Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” – Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • The Stahlbaums ArriveAs the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
    • Follow Your Ribbon- Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
    • Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her MotherSugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
    • Left, Left, Left, Left, LeftWandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
    • Out with the OldSugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.
  • Music Videos
    • Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli– Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
    • “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang– Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.

ON DIGITAL:

  • Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.

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