In conjunction with National Princess Week and the 10th anniversary of The Princess Diaries movie, Disney has released a special edition blu-ray combo pack of both Princess Diaries movies. As of now, this two-movie collection is only available at Target for $14.99. While the website says this item is backordered, Long Island Target stores still have a ready supply.
This is the first time both The Princess Diaries and Princess Diaries: Royal Engaement have been put on Disney blu-ray, but surprisingly the bonus features are mostly on the two DVDs that come with the combo pack. The blu-ray disk contains both feature films and bloopers for each. For more bonus features, you need to turn to the DVD. For today’s review, we will focus on the first movie.
The Princess Diaries bonus features are definitely something to pay attention to. The featurette called A New Princess gives a behind the scenes look at the making of the film including many instances of the cast impersonating director Garry Marshall. It also goes into how the various roles were filmed. For instance, did you know Anne Hathaway only had to audition once for the role of Princess Mia?
More deleted scenes and bloopers are included along with an audio commentary by Garry Marshall himself, but perhaps the most remarkable bonus feature on The Princess Diaries DVD is the audio commentary with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews while they have a tea party together. It’s wonderful to hear what the Mary Poppins star has to say about the film. You feel like you’re right there having tea with her. She and Hathaway point out their favorite scenes as well as the most difficult to shoot. Keep listening while the credits roll by at the end of the film. Andrews talks about how the sound stage used for Princess Diaries was the same one used to film Mary Poppins. She then continues by briefly discussing what it was like to work with Walt Disney and imagine what he would think of Anne Hathaway and the film.
It doesn’t seem like any bonus features or footage was added since the original DVD release, which would have been nice considering it’s the film’s 10th anniversary, but if you’ve only owned the VHS version, you haven’t seen any of these features before anyway. Still, there’s something special about seeing Julie Andrews in movies again, especially a Disney movie, and witnessing Anne Hathaway’s breakout role in her first feature film. It makes you believe that anyone can be a princess.
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