Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

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Director: Tommy O'Haver

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes


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The romantic fantasy Ella Enchanted debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as star Anne Hathaway


The romantic fantasy Ella Enchanted debuts on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director as well as star Anne Hathaway and co-star Hugh Dancy. Deleted scenes, extended scenes, an interactive game, a music video, and a featurette about the film's premiere round out this disc. While fine for what it is, the same extras are available on a DVD that boasts a widescreen transfer of the film. That version is preferable to this one.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Viewers will be forgiven if they get a sense of déjà Shrek with this otherwise enchanting comedy based on Gail Carson Levine's popular young-adult novel. Aggressively hip, this fairy-tale romance is set to contemporary music with anachronistic dialogue and featuring Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries) as Ella from Frell. At birth, Ella is given the gift/curse of obedience by a self-absorbed Fairy Godmother (Vivica A. Fox) -- which compels her to literally obey every command like Hymie the robot from Get Smart (she obliges when a mean classmate says, "Bite me"). Ella possesses a good heart and a strong mind, which she will need when she finds herself at the mercy of her wicked stepsisters and embroiled in royal intrigue against medieval teen dream and true love, Prince Charmont (Hugh Dancy). Ella could have benefited with a little help from her costars, including underused Minnie Driver as a bumbling household fairy and Carey Elwes (The Princess Bride) as the good prince's evil uncle. But former Python Eric Idle is always welcome as the film's narrator and muse, and the assorted ogres, giants, elves, talking books, and scheming hench-snakes help the film to cast a whimsical spell. Be sure to check out the deleted scenes included on the DVD, where a satisfying extended ending gives some of the nastier characters their just deserts.
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Ella Enchanted is a surprisingly effective realization of its simple fairy-tale concept. A medieval teenager (Anne Hathaway) must do whatever anyone tells her, a curse that ranges from mildly annoying to incredibly problematic. Humorously, it also highlights our conversational use of command words, especially their literal interpretation. One such example comes when a castle guard tells a fleeing Ella to freeze, and she's forced to pause mid-leap, legs akimbo. The filmmakers are so true to their premise, even when the prince uses a common argument technique to focus her attention -- "Look, Ella" -- the girl gives a glance back over her shoulder, in deference to the gimmick. The same high level of care applies to the film's terrific-looking storybook world, which employs modern sensibilities (such as a medieval mall opening) in a charming way. Production designer Norman Garwood brings his Princess Bride pedigree to the project, joining the CG artists to conjure majestic "helicopter shots" of the kingdom's countryside, as well as inventive creatures and other details that go beyond what's usually required of a teen romantic fantasy. But despite its attempts to be more than that, Ella Enchanted's inescapable teen focus may prevent it from fully appealing to other demographics. Prince Char (Hugh Dancy) is a little too much of an olden-times Backstreet Boy, and Hathaway may be too identified with the Princess Diaries movies for older audiences. Plot-wise, there's also a potentially frustrating, unexploited loophole to Ella's curse -- namely, that Ella's goofy aunt (Minnie Driver) should be able to save Ella by ordering her to do the opposite of what her various adversaries tell her. But then, as they say, there would be no movie. Ultimately, only a real ogre could stay grumpy at Ella Enchanted for very long.

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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Music video "It's Not Just Make-Believe" performed by Kari Kimmel; Deleted and extended scenes; Feature commentary with director Tommy O'Haver, Anne Hathaway, and Hugh Dancy; "Prince Charmont's Fan Club" set-top game; "Ella Enchanted Red Carpet Premiere Special"; "The Magical World of Ella Enchanted"; "Happily Ever After" DVD-ROM feature

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Hathaway Ella of Frell
Hugh Dancy Prince Charmont
Cary Elwes Prince Regent Edgar
Patrick Bergin Sir Peter
Vivica A. Fox Lucinda Perriweather
Steve Coogan Heston
Jennifer Higham Olive
Eric Idle Narrator
Minnie Driver Mandy
Joanna Lumley Dame Olga
Aidan McArdle Slannen the Elf
Jimi Mistry Benny
Parminder Nagra Areida
Lucy Punch Hattie

Technical Credits
Tommy O'Haver Director
Su Armstrong Executive Producer
Angus Bickerton Special Effects Supervisor
Laurie Craig Screenwriter
David Daniels [countertenor] Asst. Director
Shaun Davey Score Composer
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Susie Figgis Casting
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Nick Glennie-Smith Score Composer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Jennifer Heath Screenwriter
Masahiro Hirakubo Editor
Kieran Horgan Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Miller Lazar Co-producer
Karen McCullah Lutz Screenwriter
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Anna Rackard Art Director
Kirsten Smith Screenwriter
Jane Startz Producer
Bruno Tonioli Choreography
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Michele J. Wolff Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "The Perfect Child" [5:10]
2. Mother's Gift [2:21]
3. Ella's New Family [3:22]
4. "Hold Your Tongue" [1:55]
5. "Image Is Everything" [3:02]
6. "Call Me Char" [4:11]
7. Under Arrest [4:34]
8. Off to Find Lucinda [3:17]
9. An Origami Master [2:18]
10. Dancing for the Man [4:41]
11. "How Do You Like to Be Eaten?" [5:08]
12. Making a Good Argument [3:24]
13. A Giant Wedding Party [4:22]
14. Somebody to Love [7:16]
15. At the Castle [4:28]
16. Edgar's Evil Plans [6:15]
17. The Hardest Thing... [2:18]
18. The Coronation Ball [4:56]
19. Deadly Obedience [4:49]
20. "We Got a Coronation to Crash" [2:06]
21. "It's Payback Time" [:32]
22. Don't Go Breakin' My Heart [6:18]
23. End Credits [3:21]


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3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
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goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
it was actually cute i like Anne Hathaway this was a nice movie i never read the book though
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Anne Hathaway is excellent and Hugh Dancey isn't bad either. Cary Elwes is hilarious, while Minnie Driver and Vivica A. Fox are just plain fun to watch. Although it didn't follow the book step by step, in fact, put in a plot that was entirely different than the book, it was still charming to watch and I can't wait till it's out on video
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book and for years wanted it to be a movie when it finally did become a movie i was excited. The first time i saw it i was very pleased that even though it didn't follow the book at all barely but the plot was so good and different that it didn't matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Anne Hathaway is a great actress and Hugh Dancy is a great actor. Anne Hathaway can also SING! (really good) You should totally see the movie, it is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok i havent seen the movie yet but i just loved the book i had wanted for a long time for a film to be made on it and now thats it finally happened im gonna watch it and be happy. the book is wonderful if your into fantasy stuff. But i have extreme confidence in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate this movie! The plot was weak compared to the book, and the storyline has completely changed. If they relese this film, it should NOT be under the name Ella Enchanted. I don't reccomend this, especially if you have not read the book-you will think that the book is pathetic too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i already saw the movie and it rock!!!!! i also read the book, and i loved it!F Anne is a great actress
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the book. It has always been one of my favorites. So it's not surprising i love the movie, even though it doesn't follow the book. the movie is kinda like reading a different version of the book. They had a great cast and all in all i don't think the movie could have been better. If they had tried to fit the script to the book the movie wouldn't have been that great because some of the book couldn't be portrayed in a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
c this movie now whoever said that this is yuck is CRAZY
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very good. I saw it in theatres. I liked it alot. I think the story is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'You will be a princess,' that's what we always hear when she's on a movie. Or perhaps a king would ask her to marry him simply to be a queen because of love. Speaking of love, I love the plot. The story's like a real fairytale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ella Enchanted was the best Cinderella Story I've ever read and the movie was the worst portrayal of that story I could have ever imagined. My advice: Don't watch this movie! And even if you do, read the book as well. It's a brilliant story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought 'Ella Enchanted' was a wonderful book just the way it was. I do NOT know why the movie production decided that the plot almost totally had to be altered. And all this singing and dancing and hope-you-laugh-comedy? I don't think so. I felt as I was watching this that the movie whished it could be like Shrek. The good aspects of the movie was that all most all the charcters were well cast, especially Char, Dame Olga, Hattie, and Olive. I also thought the chemsitry between Anne Hathaway (Ella) and Hugh Dancy (Char) was there. It was a cute movie for little kids, but a dissapiontment for fans of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, like the title says, this is so horrible it doesn't even deserve 1 star. The book is so much better. I actually at first started ccounting the things wrong with it, but there were so many things wrong that I just decided to count all the stuff that was right (compared to the book). Here they are: a) Everyone has the same name. b) Ella is still under a curse. And c) Prince Char is still a prince. That's about all that's the same as the book! So, if you want to waste your time on a movie I think is horrible, go right ahead. But I STRONGLY advise reading the book before. It's much better, and more worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Anne Hathaway. She's a great actress! Only 1 problem: this movie rivals Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, and Hamlet. Also, I HATED the stepfamily, especially Hattie. How could she make Ella give up her late mom's necklace, steal glass slippers, and dump her best friend?! It's so mean! ARGH! Even so, the movie was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great family movie for me and my family to watch. It's not like those other violent movies, and inapropriate. But even my 4 year old sister loved it! I would definetly recomend this movie to any famiy that has kids! ;-) If I had to give an age group for the movie it would probably be 4 and up. Even for children younger than 4 would still love it. ~
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely hated this movie! I was so excited when i heard it was coming to theatres because I had read the book and absolutely adored it (note to everyone reading this: READ THE BOOK! You won't regret it). I was so mad when i saw the movie because it was a cheesy script. It was NOTHING like the book. So what do they decide to add to the movie thinking it will be BETTER than what they already did? They made Anne Hathaway SING and DANCE!! WTF? She's a good singer and all, but did you really have to add singing into the mix of your already cheesy "new and improved" script? Why couldn't they just make the movie according to the book? I garuntee that that movie would have been #1 in the box office if they had just went along with the book. And plus, why would anyone in the right mind want to change the romance between Ella and Char?! Especially at the end, where...well just read the book. You're probably wondering why I gave this atrocious movie four stars...it's only because Hugh Dancy is incredibly hot and fit the picture and personality of Prince Char. I agree with alot of the reviewers, the only thing that the movie and the book have in common is that Char is a still a prince, Ella is cursed, and there are still the same characters. So this movie w/out Hugh, you can't even rate it. I advise anyone who read at least this far, to READ THE BOOK!!! PLEASE!! You will fall in love with it. All of my friends loved the book and were so disapointed when we saw the movie. so please, if you want to see the movie, see it. but read the book!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When a movie is made about a book, the script writers generally try to keep to the original story. This was not the case for this movie. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carsen Levine is an incredible story that everyone, well girls at least, would love. This movie version, however, does not do it justice. For example, Mandy is supposed to be fat, old, and good at magic. She isn't in the movie. The movie portrays Ella's father to be a kind hearted man when in the book, he could really care less about his daughter. In the movie, Ella has known Arieda for many years when in the book she meets her while at boarding school which is never even addressed in the book. There is no evil uncle plotting to take over the throne, there is no Prince Charmont fan club, Char isn't a meanie like he is in the movie, Ella's magic book doesn't talk to her, and NEVER NEVER NEVER is Ella asked to try to kill Char. The movie plot is twisted and turned so many times that the only thing that the script writers had correct was the fact that Ella is forced to obey commands because of the spell that Lucinda put on her, and the fact that Hattie and Olive are evil, and the fact that Olive isn't very bright. Other than that, the movie and the book are not at all similar. This movie doesn't deserve the title Ella Enchanted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I heard that my favorite book was being made into a movie, I was overjoyed. When I heard one of my favorite actresses was starring in it, my anticipation grew. Then when I finally got to see the movie, it was like a big letdown. It didn't even feel like an adaption of the beloved fantasy. It felt more like a live-action version of "Shrek". The writers added unnecessary characters and subplots and ignored the book's spirit. They even turned Ella into a feminist/activist, instead of sticking to the scholar/adventurer she really was. The movie does have some good parts but it was still disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hollywood can do sooooo much better then this! It was incrediably stupid! The only way it coincided with the book was due to the characters names! there was nothing from the book in it except their names! the shoes, the whole entire thing was wack!