Amy Adams is delightful as Giselle, though she's far too old for to be completely believable as a fairy tale princess - a character who usually seems to be about 16 years of age. But she manages to light up the screen anyway, in a performance that's just over the top enough to make you remember that she's really a fairy tale character and not a real, live girl. Giselle, not Amy....
The supporting cast is also very good, with Sarandon bringing just the right cartoonish menace to her performance. And hats must also be taken off to Rick Baker for his terrific old hag makeup.
The score is by Disney stalwart the great Alan Menken, with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It isn't close to Menken's best outings such as Little Mermaid and Little Shop of Horrors, but who better today to score a film such as this?
The Blu-ray is excellent. The animated part at the beginning is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, until Giselle appears in the "new" world, at which time the screen grows to its full 2.35:1 glory. It reminded me of Douglas Trumbull's Brainstorm, where the "live" sequences were narrower than the "Brainstorm" parts.
Strangely, though, subsequent scenes in Enchanted's animated world remain at 2.35:1, and to be honest we wish they'd left the beginning that way, too.
But the 1080p picture quality is gorgeous. The animation, which is also gorgeous, looks spectacular, crisp and clean and colorful - and it even exhibits good depth. The live action parts are also rich and detailed and clean, with pure blacks and very good depth. It's an excellent presentation.
Disney has presented Enchanted's audio in Dolby TrueHD (48Hz/24 bit), rather than the uncompressed PCM 5.1 of other titles, but it's as good as the picture, warm and enveloping, with good dynamics and excellent fidelity. There's very good low bass and, though the surround channels are restrained, when they're used it's appropriate to the movie's action.
Extras include "The D-Files," which uses film clips to challenge you on the many references to past Disney films in this one. You watch clips, then answer multiple choice questions, and you can save your progress, quit, and come back later.
Other bonus features include deleted scenes and some rather lame bloopers. You also get "Fantasy Comes to Life," a three part featurette in HD that's kind of a "making of some of the movie", the music video (sung by Carrie Underwood) of the Ever Ever After song (in standard definition, alas), a Pop-up Adventure suitable for the ankle biters, and some trailers - including one for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Sleeping Beauty that made me salivate in anticipation.