Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

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Director: Garry Marshall

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews

     
 

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Garry Marshall's The Princess Diaries comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned.

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Garry Marshall's The Princess Diaries comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director, a commentary track recorded by lead actresses Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, deleted scenes with optional directorial commentary, music videos, and a making-of featurette. This is a solid release from Disney/Buena Vista.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Garry Marshall conjures up more fairy-tale, Pretty Woman magic for this film take on Meg Cabot's popular novel for teens. Anne Hathaway stars as Mia in this Pygmalion-esque charmer about an awkward 15-year-old San Francisco misfit whose world turns upside down when she discovers that she's a real princess. Broadway's original My Fair Lady, Julie Andrews, makes a welcome return to the screen as Mia's regal grandmother, who is charged with grooming her reluctant granddaughter for the throne. But Mia's happy-ever-after ending is not assured, as her newfound royal status threatens her friendship with her best friend and fellow social outcast, Lily (Heather Matarazzo of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Further complicating Mia's life is a jerky high school hunk, whose attentions distract her from a true Prince Charming waiting in the wings. Lending able comic support are Larry Miller, as the flamboyant hairdresser assigned to transform Mia, and Marshall regular Hector Elizondo as Mia's plainspoken chauffeur and bodyguard. Marshall -- who built his reputation on such family fare as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy -- knows how to get laughs without stooping to inappropriate humor, which is to say that the picture's G rating doesn't mean it's bland. It's little surprise that The Princess Diaries ranks among the most successful G-rated live-action family films in some time, since it's also one of the best.
All Movie Guide
Few directors find as much success in their comfort zone as Garry Marshall. After fashioning a huge hit from the inferior Runaway Bride, Marshall has produced another box-office winner with the worthier The Princess Diaries -- kind of a "Pretty Woman Jr." No, luminous Anne Hathaway does not play a young prostitute trying to make good, but she does have Julia Roberts' toothy grin and gift for acting klutzy, which may be star-making qualities for young Hathaway as well. One of the few live-action movies to garner a G rating, The Princess Diaries has a giddy throwback feel even when it shows its star riding a scooter and features such concepts as virtual homework and the after-school feng shui club. Unable to rely on gross-out jokes -- although Hathaway's reluctant princess does vomit off-screen near the beginning -- Gina Wendkos' adaptation of Meg Cabot's novel rises to the challenge of finding kid-friendly humor that also tickles older funny bones. The supporting cast is a great complement to Hathaway's natural charisma, including the triumphant return of Julie Andrews as a pampered but sympathetic queen, often as charmingly clueless as her granddaughter. Hector Elizondo, who appears in nearly every Marshall film, again provides comic warmth as the queen's chief of security and driver. Certainly aimed at the dizzy fairy tale dreams of young girls -- tea parties were held prior to screenings at Los Angeles' El Capitan theater -- The Princess Diaries follows its formula so efficiently that it offers something for all ages.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2001
UPC:
0786936211078
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time:
1:55:00

Special Features

"A New Princess" behind-the-scenes featurette; Eight deleted scenes introduced by director Garry Marshall; "The Ultimate Tea Party" audio commentary with Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway; Audio commentary with director Garry Marshall; Myra music video "Miracles Happen"; Krystal music video "Super Girl"; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions; French-language track; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Titles/Time for School [3:49]
2. Invisible Girl [4:51]
3. "Catch a Falling Star" [1:26]
4. Tea With Grandmother [6:07]
5. Compromise [5:41]
6. "You Can Call Me Joe" [2:41]
7. Garage Band [3:30]
8. Princess Lessons [3:22]
9. Soccer Practice [:48]
10. Backseat Dressing Room [1:00]
11. Dance Lesson [2:45]
12. Mia's Transformation [4:10]
13. Friends Tell [5:16]
14. Waving Lesson [1:38]
15. Identity Revealed [6:18]
16. The State Dinner [5:40]
17. Tour of San Francisco [7:36]
18. A Change in Plans [4:13]
19. Baker Beach Bash [6:37]
20. A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words [:18]
21. Royally Flushed [5:52]
22. A Gift From Your Father [5:21]
23. Courage [3:44]
24. Independence Ball [2:33]
25. Princess of Genovia [:38]
26. Foot-Popping [4:26]
27. Welcome to Genovia/End Credits [4:59]

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The Princess Diaries 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Nice Disney movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Modern Fairy Tale. In this movie Anne Hathaway capture countless hearts.
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I loved the Princess Diaries and a classic star like Julie Andrews just makes it better. A classic story of a girl who finds out she is a princess. She deals with many different situations in the story including being a freak in school. This movie is for anyone who ever dreamed of something so hard they actually got it and hated it. Breakout stars like Anne Hathaway and Eric Von Detten do great too! I loved the Princess Diaries and you should too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie was funny, and I think all girls will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the movie was very funny and very romantic at the end, when Mia did the foot pop to turn on the lights in the background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Princess Diaries is a great movie for those who feel like they don't fit in all the time. Not only is the great Julie Andrews (Sound of Music, Mary Poppins) in it, but teenage pop star Mandy Moore plays her role so well. The movie also features great music with good messages from artists like the Backstreet Boys, Myra, Krystal, and more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great movie to see with anybody, a sweet classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so much fun to watch I watched it again the day after I watched it for the first time. And I'm 35yrs old. The young girl who played the lead did a wonderful job being the ugly ducking and being the beautiful princess. Julie Andrews... well what can I say. There is just something about her that makes you want to watch her. A glow of some sort. I was mezmorized by her. The rest of cast did well too! Everyone did a great job. The movie was sincere. A believable unfolding tale that was fun to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Julie Andrews was sensational in The Princess Diaries. This is my favorite movie. Julie does an excellent job at her work. Julie is also my favorite actress of all time. You go Julie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie, it is soo good I Can watch it again and again. I think that everybody should see it, it has comedy and romance and its even good for little kids!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie because Mia(Anne Hathaway) has encouraged me to become an actress. I hope I can become one after the encouragment she had in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie because it is extremely funny and at the same time it teaches you morals in life. i would suggest this movie to everyone of all ages. julie andrews is awesome and my favorite actress!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED it ! It's my second favorite movie in the whole world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An adorable and sometimes predictable tale, it keeps the viewer entertained. A surprising stand out performance is Robert Carmine(Formally Robert Schwartzman) as the down-to-earth Micheal, Mia's love interest. Great for even older girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely awesome. It's not only funny and great for children but it also teaches some very good morals. Plus Michael (Robert Schwartzman) is soo cute!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ANNE HATHAWAY IS QUITE BREATHTAKING IN THE LEAD ROLE.SHE HAS CHARM TO SPARE.SHE IS QUITE CUTE PRE-MAKEOVER,AND POITIVELY STUNNING POST-MAKEOVER.AND IN BOTH PHASES,SHE IS MODEST & APPROACHABLE.SHE'S THE NEW''GIRL NEXT DOOR''.MOVE OVER JULIA ROBERTS,MEG RYAN,SANDRA BULLOCK,REESE WITHERSPOON,AND KIRSTEN DUNST.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Does everyone know the video called The Princess Diaries?Well if you do the movie has stars Anne Hataway and Julie Andrews. The Princess Diaries is a movie about a girl named Mia who becomes a princess and has to learn everything about rotalty.Also there will be a sequel to this movie called a A New Princess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''The Princess Diaries'' is one of my favorite movies!It's a cute,lively,and suprisingly believeable story for all the girls in the family.I can't wait to see the adorable Anne Hathaway in other films.This up-to-date fairy-tale won't disappoint you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend that everyone watches this movie. This is my favorite movie of all time. Anne Hathaway is a great actress and Robert Schwartzman (also known as Robert Carmine) is so cute. Plus, he's in a band in real life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the cutest movie ever made! It's one of my favorites! I can't wait to see Anne Hathaway's new movie,''Ella Enchanted''!