“Snow White and the Huntsman” Blu-Ray Review
"Snow White and the Huntsman", the movie that would ultimately break-up one of Hollywood's most adorable couples. That is, if you find greasy hair, pale skin and no apparent personality, adorable. Yes, this is the movie that would end the power couple known as K-Pats or Robsten, or whatever stupid name the media came up with for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. If you've been living in a cave somewhere for the last few months, here's the scoop. Kristen Stewart was apparently caught on camera getting awfully comfortable with the director of this flick, Rupert Sanders, who himself, is married. It obviously caused the sparkly vampire boy to get upset and move all of his stuff out of their house and call off the relationship. However, if things are to believed as of late, they may be getting back together... Either way, I don't give a shit. I didn't like Kristen Stewart before all this drama and I still don't like her after, which is why I put off this review for so long. But here we are, a week after it's blu-ray release date, it's time to sit down and review "Snow White and the Huntsman".
Charlize Theron plays Queen Ravenna, the ice queen, who only becomes the Queen after stabbing the King in the heart. She wasn't always the wife of the King though, the King actually found her locked in a carriage and assumed she was a prisoner of war, so upon rescuing her, naturally he married her and then of course she stabbed him in the heart the very next day... boom, instant Queen. So now we have this Queen, who apparently has the power to suck the life energy out of younger people in order to keep herself looking as if she hasn't aged. While it's apparently that she's incredible selfish and vain, she requires the approval of a magical mirror to shower her with compliments on her looks. When the mirror informs her one morning that she is no longer the fairest in the land, and that Snow White has overtaken her throne atop superficial mountain, the Ice Queen throws a fit and begins eating children in an attempt to regain her youthful looks.... Ok, that's a lie, she doesn't start eating children, but once the mirror informs her that if she takes the heart of Snow White she will remain beautiful forever, she takes advantage of a drunk "The Huntsman" (Chris Hemsworth aka Thor) and hires him to track down Snow White and bring her still beating heart to her... Ok, again, a lie, she doesn't have to eat the heart of Snow White, she just has to suck the life energy out of her, but it would have been much better if it ended like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
The plot takes a familiar turn when The Huntsman finally catches up to Snow White and refuses to capture her, and instead trains her in the ways of "The Huntsman" so that she may defeat the evil queen. The dwarves do make an appearance in the flick for those of you wondering, but they can't save this movie. Charlize Theron is the only good thing about this flick. Kristen Stewart seems to have dumbed herself down after the Twilight movies and just can't seem to get out of the depressing funk that they put her in. I mean, she seemed to be having a good time on set while not filming the movie, so why couldn't she take that energy and use it in the movie. Chris Hemsworth isn't terrible, but he's really just there to look good and swing weapons, which he does well... [see Thor]. The visuals in the flick were actually the 2nd best part. The different environments were brought to life in very interesting and unique ways and technically speaking the movie wasn't terrible. My biggest issue with it, aside from K-Stew, is that it was just boring. There were parts in the middle that seemed to drag on and on, I just couldn't get back into it.
Diving into the technical aspects of the blu-ray itself, there's not much to complain about here. Universal usually does a good job with their transfers and this is no exception. Presented in 2.35:1 1080P and 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, the only thing better than Charlize Theron is the video and audio quality. The detail can be seen throughout every scene, the blacks are dark and crisp, no artifacts flying around. Combine that with a booming soundtrack that brings the world to life and you've got yourself, from a technical standpoint, a very solid blu-ray here.
Two versions of the movie are included in this set, Theatrical and Extended, as well as the digital copy of the flick and the DVD version. I usually never point this out as a feature, but I should, it's definitely awesome that studios are including versions that can be played on any device for the price.
In terms of actual features, there is a commentary track with director Rupert Sanders, the visual effects supervisor and the editor. Then there are a handful of featurettes ranging from a behind-the-scenes look at the flick which runs about 20 minutes and to me was more interesting than the movie itself. There's also a short piece that looks at the original Grimm fairytale and how it was translated for this flick. There is also the obligatory look at each of the characters and visual effects fo the flick. And then the lesser enjoyable still picture galleries, U-Control PIP and Second Screen Experience tracks that seem to be popping up on most blu-ray sets these days. It's not really my thing, but if you enjoy them they are all here for you to browse through.
The set definitely has a good amount of special features on it, so if you really enjoyed the movie and want to check out what went on behind-the-scenes, then by all means pick up this set. If you haven't seen the movie and you're expecting an action packed thrill ride from beginning to end, you might want to just go watch something else, I recommend "The Raid: Redemption".