A new era for Disney on ice
Disney is back in the game with “Frozen,” the Oscar winner for best animated feature and best song “Let It Go.”
The movie might not have potential pop hits — the songs sound much more like musical theater show tunes — but the animated comedy-adventure has a sweet and modern message, plus strong characters. More important, the movie blends the music-minded mentality of yore with the more recent ambition of truly appealing to all ages.
Its surprising and poignant ending, which subverts so many fairy-tale stereotypes, feels as though it cancels out the movie’s small flaws and dragging moments.
The DVD and Blu-ray (Disney, $30-$45) include deleted scenes, the Oscar-nominated animated short “Get A Horse” and a music video for “Let It Go.”
Colin Covert says: Compelling interpretations of classic stories is what built Disney’s brand. It’s good to see that they’re still on the job.
Also out Tuesday
Movies: “American Hustle,” “Frozen,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Saving Mr. Banks.”
TV: “Atlantis” (Season 1), “Devious Maids” (Season 1).
Blu-ray: “A Brief History of Time,” “The Hidden Fortress.”
Small TV device packs big features
Roku has announced the $50 Streaming Stick, a small device that users can plug into the back of their HD TVs through the HDMI port to stream video content from the Internet. The Streaming Stick must also connect to an electrical outlet or the USB port of a TV for power.