Boundless Realm Haunted Mansion Book Review

Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Foxx Nolte

Are you a Haunted Mansion fan?

Then simply visit your favorite retailer and purchase Boundless Realm, Foxx’s deep dive into the history, culture, myths, and designs of everyone’s favorite spooky house.

You will love it and you will glean so much from her nuanced analysis of the vaunted theme park attraction.

I would end the review here, but you might want to read more about it before you take your own deep dive.

Here’s the point to Foxx’s book:

In truth, however, the haunted mansion does not offer us many hints. The great power of the ride is that it suggests leagues more than it shows. Practically every scene offers visual input of imagistic power and internal logic but which has no larger context outside itself. Our brains labor overtime to trace links where they may not truthfully exist. It’s the theme park equivalent of a Rorschach test. —p. 52

Foxx has been pontificating on the Mansion and Disney/themed design for more than fourteen years at Passport 2 Dreams. And I’m not shy to say that she is one of the reasons that I started ImagiNERDing in 2007. Foxx’s words inspired me to look at Disney from a different viewpoint and allowed me to take a discerning look at design choices that I always took for granted. Seriously, the post on fake skylights changed my life.

Why Should You Read This Haunted Mansion Book?

Anyone who has experienced either of the continental Disney Mansions understands that there isn’t much of a narrative. Well, there is, and not the fan-based stories or the retcon that Imagineers have imposed over the ensuing years. But there is a rooted story that is based on the culture and history of the Imagineers that worked on Walt’s haunted house in the 1950s and 1960s. Foxx takes us on the dark and shadowy path that created the 1969 and 1971 Mansions (yes, I know they’re very similar, but there were/are differences).

Foxx did a majority of the 30 illustrations throughout the book!

That’s why this book is spectacular. Foxx takes us by the hand and acts as guide to all that made the Haunted Mansion the Haunted Mansion. She delves into the pop culture of the past few centuries, with a long side track into spiritualism, and brings us into the history of dark rides that led to this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Anyone familiar with Laff in the Dark and fun house walk-throughs will enjoy these dynamic connections.

Foxx takes these conjunctions, so to speak, and shares how the Imagineers (Davis, Coats, Crump, Gracey, and others) used these influences to design the enigmatic attraction. I searched Google and YouTube for books, songs, and movies mentioned by Foxx that are antecedents to the spooky house.

Boundless Realm and Disney Fans

In Boundless Realm, Foxx’s positions might not sit well with the average theme park visitor or Disney fan (someone who never vacations outside of Walt Disney World). She disregards and destroys fan-based theories (like Constance’s wedding ring), which is a wonderful thing. Some might call Foxx elitist, but there is a reason she is one of the most respected authorities on the Haunted Mansion. Her arguments and theories posit that the Haunted Mansion is a ride that must be experienced firsthand and can only be understood by regular visits.

The book really is for Mansionites that want to experience the attraction from a design perspective in relation to the history and culture of the Imagineers. Casual fans that follow popular vloggers might find consternation in Boundless Realm, but that’s a good thing. I’ve been reading and conversing with Foxx about the Haunted Mansion and themed design for nigh on ten years, and I still felt like I learned some new nugget on each and every page.

Boundless Realm shines when Foxx brings together all of the parts that made the spooky house what it is. We start the journey by discussing how themed entertainment (amusement parks, fairs, carnivals, etc.) and horror films of the early 20th century helped lay the foundation for the iconic attraction. But there are so many more layers to the attraction that Foxx uncovers.

Foxx spends time (and words) imploring readers to discover the world outside of the Disney berms. She discusses the importance of the Haunted Mansion at Knoebels and the Whacky Shack rides, and how their influence is felt in the Mansion.

Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World (And Tokyo, Paris, and Shanghai)

Foxx focuses most of her attention on the Florida mansion. She doesn’t disregard the California attraction; she discusses both attractions when they diverge and offer similar experiences. Her favorite is the Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion, wherein lies her obsession. And her obsession pays off in spades for us.

In thinking about the book, there were so many parts that stood out in relation to the Magic Kingdom version. Foxx tours us around Liberty Square, and she helps us to understand why the spooky house is situated on a hill and its relation to the rest of the land. (Did you know that you’re not supposed to see the riverboat from the entrance to Liberty Square? It’s the sole reason they built the dock the way it is.) I also loved anytime Foxx stepped out of her role as tour guide and shared anecdotes about time spent working at the Haunted Mansion. There are some fantastic cast member tales in this book. Tales that could not take place today!

We do get sidelines related to the Tokyo Mansion, Phantom Manor, and Mystery Mansion. Foxx doesn’t burrow far into them, but offers cursory glances as to their roles in the evolving art form that is the dark ride. She also tackles a few of the other more prominent haunted houses at Alton Towers, Europa Park, and others.

A Ghost Will Follow You Home

This is only the third title written about the Haunted Mansion. For her, it was a journey that took most of her life to make. It is a work of love, but it’s also a look—no, a gaze into the Mansion and everything that makes the Mansion tick. And why we respond to the Mansion as we do. In one part of the book, Foxx mentions watching people exit the ride, and there is palpable exhilaration on their faces and in their mannerisms. As if they’ve ridden a roller coaster. There is something deeply relatable within the Haunted Mansion that touches so many of us. And many times we simply don’t have the wherewithal to understand why.

That’s what makes Boundless Realm so important.

Are You Going to Pick Up Boundless Realm?


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Disney Who’s Who: An A to Z of Animated Films

Disney Who’s Who: An A to Z of Animated Films Book Preview

Disney sent a review copy of the revised and updated Disney Who’s Who: An A to Z of Animated Films. This 432-page book is a glossary of characters broken down by animated film. It looked like a perfect Disney book to do a preview and share with everyone.

Is this a book for kids or will all Disney fans want it on their shelves?

From 101 Dalmatians to Zootopia! Disney Who’s Who Video:

What do you think about this latest book featuring the characters from Disney’s classic and modern animated films?


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HersheyPark by Charles J Jacques Book Review

HersheyPark: The Sweetness of Success by Charles J. Jacques Book Review

HersheyPark: The Sweetness of Success was published in 1997 by noted amusement park historian Charles J. Jacques. The 221 page book covers the history of the famed park built by M.S. Hershey from its inception to the mid-1990s. Fans of HersheyPark will love this book as Jacques created a work that offers a unique perspective on how this park grew from a company picnic ground to one of the premier parks in the world.

Jacques begins the tale with Milton Snavely Hershey (referred to as M.S. Hershey in the book), a figure that dominated the confection industry and helped define standards for amusement parks (rather unintentionally). Most Disney fans will easily spot the resemblance between M.S. Hershey and Walt Disney. Both ascribed to create a legacy beyond themselves. Hershey focused on the community that he had built for his employees and the ensuing community park that evolved into HersheyPark. Disney, always forward thinking, worked on his designs for planned community centered around the Florida property, as well as innovations in entertainment.

The Importance of HersheyPark

Fans of amusement parks and amusement park history understand that parks didn’t spring up overnight. The evolution of amusement parks can be traced back hundreds of years; we wouldn’t see the modern park until the early twentieth century. Disneyland set the standard for theme parks, but there had been thousands of amusement parks in the United States since the 1900s. During the golden age of amusement parks (the 1920s), there were more than 2000 parks and roller coasters across the country.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Pennsylvania a few times to experience the parks that helped define the modern amusement park. Visiting the Keystone State offers a unique glimpse at the history of amusement parks. Knoebels is more of a classic trolley park that offers a view of a park from the early twentieth century.Kennywood (besides offering classic rides found nowhere else) is the next generation and has the feel of a 1950s pre-Disneyland amusement park. Finally, HersheyPark, with its rich history, is a thoroughly modern amusement park that offers thrills and family fun.

Why You Should Read This Book

Jacques really knows his stuff. He grew up in Pennsylvania visiting the local parks as a child and then returned with his children. Obviously, from this book and his book on Kennywood, Jacques spent a lot of time documenting the park with photos and by collecting ephemera. Any fans of HersheyPark are going to love the in-depth history while amusement park fans will want add this book to their collection as it is a wonderful example of a pertinent and engaging book.

Yes, the book ends at 1996, so we are missing 25 years of current history, but anyone familiar with HersheyPark from the 1980s or earlier will devour this book.

Within the 17 chapters, Jacques weaves a story of HersheyPark that shares the history of the park, the people, and the community. The park was always community-focused, and this is obvious based on the narrative of the first 50 years.

Inside HersheyPark: The Sweetness of Success

The book is replete with photos. Many are from the Hershey Community Archives and straddle the life of the park. The first few chapters focus on M.S. Hershey and his rise to fame. Jacques introduces the key players of the park and how it came to be.

Jacques traces the history of the park’s development through maps, newspaper articles, and interviews. He shares highs and the lows of the park, which were mirrored by M.S. Hershey’s success, as well. When the company was doing well and M.S. Hershey was flush with resources, he spent more on the park, usually in the forms of new attractions or landscaping. During the lean years, or when the Hershey Company was facing financial woes, the park suffered, as well.

When M.S. Hershey was alive, he usually funded park expansions with his own money.

He also covers the litany of performers and special events throughout the years. It’s rare to find a resource that delves so deeply into the culture and history of an amusement park. I commend Jacques for his attention to detail and ultra-nerdiness concerning the park’s history. The story he tells is more than just of an amusement park, but he includes the community, of which it’s hard to discern where one starts and ends.

Documenting the history of any place requires a firm grasp of the subject and the ability to properly frame the story. Jacques never buries us in an avalanche of facts and figures that don’t propel the reader and the story. Jacques is able to structure the story in regards to the timeline of the park so that you can follow and keep up with all of the changes.

Why This Book is Important

Jacques’ book is a rare look at the development of a community park as it evolved. HersheyPark grew into a trolley park then into an amusement park and, finally, into a world-class theme park. You get a solid overview of what the history of American amusement parks was.

If I had one wish for the book, it would be to have more space to breath. In other words: more pages in the book would have allowed Jacques to spend more time discussing the rides. He covers so much history that it can be overwhelming, but that’s good for a history book.

HersheyPark fans need to own this title. Amusement park fans will enjoy it, as well.

Have you visited HersheyPark? What’s your favorite ride?


Check out my video on the history of amusement parks



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Ravensburger Disney Collector Puzzle

Ravensburger Disney Collector Puzzle

Ravensburger reached out to us and asked if we would like to do an editorial review in exchange for a sample puzzle. We received the Ravensburger Disney Collector Puzzle featuring Dumbo.

Putting together a large Disney puzzle is a great way to spend quality time with family and friends while everyone is trying to stay indoors. You can do a puzzle solo, as well, and challenge yourself to put it together in a record amount of time. Ravensburger offers a large collection of puzzles for children, adults and families, including many themes to your favorite Disney animated films.

When is the last time you did a Disney puzzle?

Follow along as we put it together, piece-by-piece!

A 1000pc Ravensburger puzzle actually has 1008 pieces – that’s the number needed to keep the puzzle in its rectangular shape.

1500pc and smaller puzzles are designed so that every piece is unique.

You can eat Ravensburger puzzles! They’re all made of 100% non-toxic materials, including water-based glues and inks. A Ravensburger
export manager once ate a puzzle piece in front of a customer to prove it! (Just because you can does not mean you should.)

The first puzzle made by Ravensburger, named the “Geographical Puzzle,” was created in 1891.

The smallest Ravensburger puzzle has 2 pieces.

Ravensburger puzzles are partially made of recycled paper.

Ravensburger created the longest jigsaw puzzle in the world. It consists of about two million pieces and is about 2.5 miles long.

We even found a hidden Mickey in the bubbles of Dumbo’s bath!

What Have You Been Doing to Keep the Disney Magic Alive During the Theme Park Closures?


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The Story of Walt Disney World Book Review

The Story of Walt Disney World Book Review

Are you looking for an amazing book about Walt Disney World?

One of my favorite books is the Story of Walt Disney World: Commemorative Edition. This is a large-format, paperback book that was published during the first decade of the Vacation Kingdom of the World. The book was updated regularly from 1971 through 1980 (or so). After perusing multiple editions and copies, there are minor differences in the images, but there is a major difference in the two-page resort maps.

The Story of Walt Disney World Video Review

It’s amazing to think of how many photos that Disney published concerning the construction of the Magic Kingdom and the hotels. You don’t see Disney doing much of that today.

What do you think about this title?

Have you read it? Do you own both editions?

Check out my list of Walt Disney World books.


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Aladdin 2019

Aladdin 2019

I’m a huge fan of Disney’s animated Aladdin film. With the recent spate of live-action remakes that were pretty off-the-mark, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about remaking such a beloved film. How would Will Smith be as the Genie? Would the songs work? What about all of the magic? I saw Aladdin 2019 in the theater and my initial reactions were mixed. The film is gorgeous and the special effects are top-notch. Once I got into the film, the characters possessed a similar feel as the ones in the animated film, but without being clones. And the music was good. Disney sent a review copy of the film and I sat down for a second viewing. I enjoyed the film so much more during the second viewing at home. Once I had my expectations set, I was able to look at the film as an homage to the animated film while treading new ground. Will Smith did a fantastic job and the Prince Ali song was a highlight. I wasn’t sure how they were going to pull it off, but the song and effects worked very well. My biggest issue with the film were the songs and singing  by Naomi Scott. She is a very credible actor and a phenomenal singer, but her style, and the style of her song, didn’t fit the feel of the film. Her singing was very modern and didn’t jibe with the Menken songs from the film. IT was also very politically heavy-handed and felt odd. Beyond that, I really enjoyed the movie, more so than any of the other live-action remakes that have been done. Let’s take a look at the bonus features.

Aladdin 2019 Bonus Features

Bonus features include: DIGITAL PRE-SELL BONUS:
  • MAKE WAY FOR PRINCE ALI – Take a look at the gigantic design extravaganza that came together for this scene of Genie-sized proportions.
DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS:
  • “SPEECHLESS”: CREATING A NEW SONG FOR JASMINE – Follow the story of Jasmine’s inspirational song “Speechless,” written by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul especially for this version of “Aladdin.”
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL BONUS:
  • ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
  • DELETED SONG – “DESERT MOON” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken.
  • GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
  • A FRIEND LIKE GENIE – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
  • DELETED SCENES: Falling Petals Into OJ; Jafar’s Magic Orrery; Anders’ Gift; Wrong Wishes; Silly Old Fool; Post Yam Jam Debrief
  • BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
  • MUSIC VIDEOS • “Speechless” – Music video performed by Naomi Scott • “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward • “ A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G.
There isn’t anything special in the bonus features that add or detract to the film. You’re going to buy Aladdin 2019 because you enjoy the movie. And I really did!

Are You Going to Buy Aladdin 2019?


Special thanks to Wes B., Aaron R. and Nicole S. for supporting me on Patreon.
FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the company for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Aladdin, the Signature Edition

Aladdin, the Signature Edition

The 1992 Aladdin animated feature continued the success of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. The Disney musical found its way to the forefront and changed pop culture and animated history. The true heart of the film was showcased in the music of Alan Menken and the should of the film shown through in the masterful performance of Robin Williams. Disney sent me a review copy of the animated feature and the 2019 live-action film for this review.

There’s no doubt that you love Aladdin and have watched it endlessly, but is there a need to buy the new Signature Edition? Let’s take a look at the special features and bonus material.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DIGITAL: NEW BONUS MATERIAL

  • Sing Along With the Movie – Sing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on- screen lyrics.
  • Aladdin on Aladdin – Join the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin.
  • “Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” – Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
  • Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended.

The new bonus features are fun, especially Aladdin on Aladdin, as we join the voice of Aladdin on a trip through 30 years of Aladdin. He runs into his fellow voice-actors and shares memories of the production. He even gets a singing lesson from Alan Menken! There was also a feature in which the directors discuss the legacy of Robin Williams and how he changed the film so much and was perfect for the genie. There’s also a segment with Ron Clements and John Musker as they discuss their history and how they came to meet and work together. DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE

  • Drawing Genie –Join prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.
  • CLASSIC BONUS – Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including: The Genie Outtakes; “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic; Unboxing “Aladdin” and more!

The digital exclusives are the special features from previous releases and offer a lot historical features about the animated film.

Should I Buy Aladdin on Blu-ray or Digital Download?

The film looks and sounds amazing . The special features add to the enjoyment of the film and offers insight. If you don’t own a digital copy, then it’s worth it to have a version that you can stream anywhere. As far as an animated films, it’s one of the best from the second golden age of Disney animation and belongs in your collection. And it has some amazing songs!

Are You Going to Buy the Signature Edition of Aladdin?



Special thanks to Wes B.,  Aaron R. and Nicole S. for supporting me on Patreon.


FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the company for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Marvel Avengers Endgame

Marvel Avengers Endgame

There’s no need for me to tell you to run out and buy a copy of Marvel Avengers Endgame, right? I saw Endgame twice in the theater and it still rocked me emotionally when I streamed the review copy Disney sent me on Movies Anywhere. There’s not much to say about the film, but I can discuss the bonus features featured on the blu-ray and digital download. You’ll need something to watch once the film is over…

Avengers Endgame BONUS MATERIAL

Digital Exclusive:
  • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos. It’s hard to think about Stan Lee passing, but this is a warm and very humorous tribute to the man. I forgot some of these cameos!
  • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU. Sometimes I gorget that the entire 22 movie franchise started with this one film and finding the perfect actor for Iron Man. This is a well done look at how Robert Downey, Jr. was iron man.
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero. I enjoyed this extra because Cap is the hero inside of all of us, or the hero that we all want to be. He’s out shadowed by Iron Man, but there is something heartfelt in everything he does.
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way. I wish they had been able to explore Natasha’s story in a full-length film, but this is a good look back at her story.
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back! Watching how the Russo Brothers brought these films to life is almost as overwhelming as the final battle in Endgame.
  • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble. Strong women have always been central to the Marvel films.
  • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created. Bro Thor…say no more!
  • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
  • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
  • Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The bonus features were solid, but they’re not the reason you’re going to buy Endgame. I enjoyed the extras, especially the ones about Stan Lee, Captain America and Black Widow; there was a lot of thought given to the characters and the actors chosen. The Gag Reel and Six Deleted Scenes were surprisingly disappointing. Overall, you’re going to want a copy on blu-ray or digital download so you can watch it over and over. Because you love the Avengers 3000!

Are You Going to Pick Up Avengers Endgame?



Special thanks to Wes B.,  Aaron R. and Nicole S. for supporting me on Patreon.
FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the company for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Captain Marvel Special Features

Captain Marvel Special Features

Captain Marvel was a much-welcomed and heralded addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was gorgeous and the action was top-notch, but I still talked to a lot of people that didn’t really like the film and called it their least favorite Marvel movie. Many comments were tangled with Brie Larson’s political and social views and some people felt that she never deserved her powers, like Captain America or Tony Stark.

When the review copy arrived, I watched the movie in one seating and the bonus features the following evening. Some of the spectacle was lost on the home screen, but it’s still a rich film with lots of visual appeal and that classic Nick Fury humor. I left the theater impressed with the film and the storytelling. The special effects in regards to Phil Coulson and Nick Fury were incredibly impressive. I also enjoyed learning more about the backstory of the rise of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. Let’s check out the special features!

Captain Marvel BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray & Digital: Alternate Movie Versions

  • Movie with Intro – An introduction by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
  • Movie with Commentary – Commentary by directors/screenwriters Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck.
  • Featurettes:
  • Becoming a Super Hero – Follow Brie Larson’s journey as she joins the MCU, and see what it takes to be a Marvel Super Hero in every sense of the word.
  • Big Hero Moment – Explore how impactful Captain Marvel’s entrance into the MCU is, and how she inspires audiences around the world.
  • The Origin of Nick Fury – Witness some of the MCU’s most significant events through Nick Fury’s eyes, and see how his influence helped shape the MCU.
  • The Dream Team – Discover why Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck are the perfect pair to direct Marvel Studios’ most powerful hero.
  • The Skrulls and the Kree – Take a deeper look into the Skrulls and the Kree, their ongoing conflict, and the importance of shifting perspectives in the film.
  • Hiss-sterical Cat-titude – The cast and crew dish on working with Goose and the raw talent it takes to portray such a complex character on-screen.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Who Do You Admire Above All Others?” – Kree Commander Yon-Rogg must answer to the Supreme Intelligence, who questions his leadership ability.
  • Starforce Recruits – Yon-Rogg lectures a roomful of students on the Kree’s mission to defend all nations from the scourge of the Skrulls.
  • Heading to Torfa – Vers (Danvers) and her fellow Starforce members banter as they prepare for their rescue mission to Torfa.
  • “What, No Smile?” – In this alternate version of a scene from the movie, Vers is consulting a map when she receives a dubious offer of assistance.
  • Black Box – Keller attempts to track Vers and Fury after their escape in a quadjet from the Joint USAFA Facility.
  • Rookie Mistake – Novice S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson helps Director Keller out of an embarrassing situation.
  • Gag Reel – The fate of the universe hangs in the balance as the cast battles props, flubs and Flerkens in these outtakes from the set.

Digital Exclusives:

  • Journey into Visual Effects with Victoria Alonso – Experience how filmmakers’ visions of the MCU come to life on-screen through the skill of the Visual Effects team.
  • What Makes a Memory: Inside the “Mind Frack” – What does it take to craft an action-packed sequence for a Marvel Studios film? Nothing short of an epic team effort!
  • Concept Art – Explore artwork from “Captain Marvel” and trace the visual development of characters.
  • On-Set Images – Uncover a trove of behind-the-scenes and production photography.

A couple of the special features stand out, especially the Nick Fury and Skree ones.

Are you going to purchase a copy of Captain Marvel? What do you think about the film?



Special thanks to Wes B.,  Aaron R. and Nicole S. for supporting me on Patreon.

FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the company for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Cinderella on Blu-ray and Digital Download

Cinderella on Blu-ray and Digital Download

Walt Disney’s classic animated film, Cinderella, has just been reissued on blu-ray and digital download as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Now, you have another chance to own the film that inspired a fairytale castle and millions of happily-ever-afters.

What is the Walt Disney Signature Collection?

“Cinderella” is the ninth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King,” “Lady and the Tramp,” “Peter Pan” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Unless you don’t own one of the prior releases of the film, the main reason to purchase this edition is one of the bonus features. In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition – Watch the movie and gain some insight into its production with storyboards, archival photos, sketches and transcripts. Most fans of the film are going to enjoy this feature. It is a dramatization of  storyboards, concept art and story meetings. All of the artists and story men involve, including Walt, are dramatized by actors. This was a very enjoyable part of the release and is only available on the blu-ray and not the digital download.

Um, Disney…that’s Bill Peet, not Bill Peed.

Sadly, it is the only new extra, besides a trivia short hosted by two Disney Channel stars that I was completely unfamiliar with from previous releases.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY & DIGITAL:

NEW BONUS

  • Try This Trivia on for Size – Join Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel’s Sydney to the Max and put your knowledge of Cinderella to the test.
  • In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition – Watch the movie and gain some insight into its production with storyboards, archival photos, sketches and transcripts.

CLASSIC BONUS

  • Diane Disney Miller “Cinderella” Film Intro – In this introduction to the animated classic, Diane Disney Miller describes how Cinderella helped launch a studio renaissance.
  • The Real Fairy Godmother – Learn about the real-life inspiration for the Fairy Godmother: Mary Alice O’Connor, wife of Disney layout artist Ken O’Connor.
  • Behind the Magic: A New Disney Princess Fairyland – Discover how Imagineers created a Fantasyland at Walt Disney World featuring each of the Disney Princesses.
  • The Magic of the Glass Slipper – World-famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin creates a very exclusive “Glass Slipper” in honor of a beloved Disney classic.

THE ART OF CINDERELLA

  • Concept Art – View a gallery of concept art from the feature’s production.
  • Character Model Sheets – View a gallery of character model sheets from the feature’s production.
  • Story Sketches – View a gallery of story sketches from the feature’s production.
  • Live-Action Reference – View a gallery of photos taken from live-action footage shot as a reference for the animated feature.
  • Pencil Animation – View a gallery of pencil animation from the feature’s production.
  • Behind-the-Scenes Stills – View a gallery of behind-the-scenes stills from the feature’s production.
  • Feature Stills – View a gallery of stills from the feature.

MUSIC AND MORE

  • “Cinderella” Title Song
  • “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
  • “Oh, Sing Sweet Nightingale”
  • “The Work Song”
  • “So This Is Love”

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