Mulan

Mulan

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Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Cast: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook, Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga

     
 

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As they have with several of their major animated features, Disney have given Mulan an exhaustive expanded release on this double-disc DVD edition. Mulan has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrackSee more details below

Overview

As they have with several of their major animated features, Disney have given Mulan an exhaustive expanded release on this double-disc DVD edition. Mulan has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.66:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English-language soundtrack is accompanied by alternate dubbed versions in French, Spanish, and Mandarin, as well as optional English subtitles; the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The transfer is THX-approved, and audio and video tests for adjusting your home theater are on board. A heaping portion of bonus materials has been included for this release, including a collection of deleted scenes (among them an alternate opening sequence), four music videos, an audio commentary track, a handful of games for children, a chapter of historical trivia facts, and extensive material on the production of the movie, including background on the story that inspired the film, early presentation footage, storyboard to film comparisons, design sketches and production artwork, and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
With its re-creations of deleted scenes, insightful commentaries, music videos, interactive games, and enlightening production history, this two-disc Special Edition brings honor to Mulan, Disney's historical adventure from 1998. Mulan, the subject of an enduring Chinese folktale, fits perfectly among the current generation of Disney heroines -- like Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, and Pocahontas, she’s not content to wait for her prince to come. Mulan is a headstrong, independent woman who rebels against the role society has dictated for her. Despite her best efforts, Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wien) is hardly "perfect bride" material. Not at all demure, graceful, or poised, she fulfills her destiny when, to save her frail father, she risks disgracing her family's honor by impersonating a man and fighting the marauding Huns. A pre-Donkey Eddie Murphy breathes fire into his scenes as Mushu, her diminutive dragon guardian. The first animated feature produced at Disney's Orlando animation facility, Mulan is a ravishing blend of traditional and computer animation, with several thrilling battle sequences. The music videos included in this set represent the most familiar songs from the Oscar-nominated score: "Reflection" is performed by Christina Aguilera; the rousing "I'll Make a Man Out of You" is sung (in Cantonese) by Jackie Chan; and the irresistible "True to Your Heart" is represented both in its original music-video form -- featuring 98 Degrees and Stevie Wonder - and as a remake by Raven. Just as Mulan finds her place in the world, so does Mulan take its rightful place in the Disney pantheon.
All Movie Guide
Beginning with The Lion King and Pocahontas, Disney's feature animation efforts took on a more ethnically diverse tone in the late 1990s. As a result, the studio that had once specialized in white-bread Americana took on a more global viewpoint. Mulan was another example of this trend, using mostly Asian voices and a diverse group of production talents in the service of a lavish adaptation of a traditional Chinese folk tale. Centering on a young girl who disguises herself as a man and joins the Army in order to save her family's honor, the film is a feminist statement -- which is in keeping with the 1990s Disney trend of stronger female protagonists. The score by Jerry Goldsmith and songs by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel add some lightness to an unusually mirthless Disney drama. Comedian Eddie Murphy is one of the few big-name talents in the production; Ming-Na Wen's strong but compassionate voice carries the bulk of the film.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
UPC:
0786936157154
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary with the producer Pam Coates and directors Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook; deleted scenes, including alternate openings; never-before-heard deleted song; new and original music videos featuring Jackie Chan, Raven, and Christina Aguilera; new games and activities; new behind-the-scenes footage; storyboard-to-film comparison; early presentation reels; sneak peek at Mulan II.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ming-Na Wen Mulan
Lea Salonga Mulan (singing)
Eddie Murphy Mushu
B.D. Wong Shang
Donny Osmond Shang (singing)
Harvey Fierstein Yao
Jerry Tondo Chien-Po
Gedde Watanabe Ling
Matthew Wilder Ling (singing)
James Hong Chi Fu
Miguel Ferrer Shan-Yu
Soon-Teck Oh Fa Zhou
Freda Foh Shen Fa Li
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita The Emperor
June Foray Grandmother Fa
Miriam Margolyes Grandmother Fa (singing)
James Shigeta General Li
Frank Welker Khan

Technical Credits
Tony Bancroft Director
Barry Cook Director
Hans Bacher Production Designer
Lon E. Bender Sound/Sound Designer
Eugenia Bostwick-Singer Screenwriter
Pam Coats Producer
Robert S. Garber Associate Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Kendra Haaland Associate Producer
Rita Hsiao Screenwriter
Michael Kelly Editor
Ruth Lambert Casting
Philip Lazebnik Screenwriter
Pres Romanillos Animator
Chris Sanders Screenwriter
Raymond Singer Screenwriter
Ric Sluiter Art Director
Matthew Wilder Songwriter
David Zippel Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Mulan [Special Edition], Disc 1
1. Main Title [1:00]
2. The Huns Attack [2:07]
3. Last-Minute Review [3:00]
4. "Honor to Us All" [2:59]
5. The Matchmaker [2:48]
6. "Reflection" [2:18]
7. A Proclamation From the Emperor [3:08]
8. Mulan's Choice [3:01]
9. The Ancestors [2:49]
10. A Guardian for Mulan [2:11]
11. A Message for the Emperor [1:30]
12. The Powerful Mushu [2:13]
13. A Man's World [3:43]
14. The Greatest Troops of All Time [1:54]
15. Rise and Shine [2:42]
16. "I'll Make a Man Out of You" [4:35]
17. Close Call [3:42]
18. Mushu's Plan [:55]
19. Urgent News From the General [:48]
20. "A Girl Worth Fighting for" [2:14]
21. A Village Destroyed [4:49]
22. Th eHun Onslaught [5:10]
23. The Masquerade is Over [4:26]
25. Indestructable Huns [1:41]
26. Victory Celebration [2:44]
27. Huns in the Imperial City [2:54]
28. Saving the Emperor [4:02]
29. Honor for Mulan [3:08]
30. Homecoming [2:04]
31. "True to Your Heart"/End Credits [6:53]
1. Keep 'Em Guessing - Deleted Song [:07]
2. The Prologue Chronicle [:05]
3. Shadow Puppets Prologue [1:55]
4. The Betrothal [:05]
5. Shan-Yu Destroys the Village [:47]
6. Mulan's Daydream [:05]
7. The Emperor's Dream [1:48]

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