Princess Diaries

Princess Diaries

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Director: Garry Marshall

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews

     
 

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The hit comedy The Princess Diaries gets the royal treatment in this special two-disc DVD release. The Princess Diaries appears in two transfers, a widescreen version letterboxed in the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors), and a full-screen transfer pan-and-scanned to the 1.33:1 ratio. The audio has beenSee more details below

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The hit comedy The Princess Diaries gets the royal treatment in this special two-disc DVD release. The Princess Diaries appears in two transfers, a widescreen version letterboxed in the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (and enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors), and a full-screen transfer pan-and-scanned to the 1.33:1 ratio. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and viewers may choose between the original English-language audio and a dubbed track in French. Optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish are also included. The disc which features the letterboxed transfer of the film also includes two alternate commentary tracks, one featuring leading ladies Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, and the other with director Garry Marshall. Other bonus materials on the widescreen disc include a collection of trailers for other Walt Disney Home Entertainment releases, a look at the making of the movie, a preview of the sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement , outtakes and bloopers, and more. The full-screen disc includes a different set of extras, including eight deleted scenes (with introduction from director Marshall), and music videos for the songs "Supergirl" by Krystal Harris and "Miracles Happen" by Myra.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
UPC:
0786936240016
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
6,028

Special Features

Closed Caption; Choice of full-screen and widescreen viewing presentations; 8 deleted scenes introduced by Garry Marshall; Never-before-seen outtakes & bloopers; Exclusive sneak peek at The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement; "A New Princess" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Livin' Like a Princess" featurette; Enhanced computer features for DVD-ROM - printable room accessories and much more

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Scene Index

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

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