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Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday Jan 14, 2020
Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

Once upon a time...

...in Hollywood, only the good guys made headlines and got their names up in the lighted marquees. Then came in the era of the anti-hero, where edgy was considered the real deal and made bank at the box office. That is until the villains started demanding just as much attention as the goodie-goodies they battled. And then there was the most wicked one of them all! In Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," starring Angelina Jolie, evil has never looked so good.

The sequel to the surprise 2014 fantasy blockbuster revealed the backstory of one of the storybook kingdom's most dastardly villains: Maleficent (Jolie) placed a curse on the beautiful Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning), turning her into a sleeping beauty who would only be awakened by love's true kiss. What the fairy tales failed to elaborate on was that Maleficent herself could never have wished Aurora any harm, and protected the princess from real danger until her handsome prince came along and they could live happily ever after. Now Aurora is all grown up and is the queen of her kingdom, which is populated by all the forest's magical creatures.

Her fairy godmother, Maleficent, has kept her safe, and Aurora has opened her heart to marriage with Phillip. Once they wed, their two kingdoms will be one, but not if Phillip's mother (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) has her way! "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" expands on the story within the story, building on the origins of the fairy folk and the magic of nature when the Mistress of Evil discovers she's not so alone in the world, and the real threat that humans can pose in their distrust and disdain for what is different. With Aurora's marriage to Phillip an inevitability, will Maleficent convince of the true evil in their midsts before it's too late?

The Blu-ray includes several bonus features to enhance the moviegoing enchantment and expand the world of "Maleficent" with behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the movie, extended scenes, and hilarious outtakes. Among the spotlight features is a look at the never revealed origins of the Fey, Maleficent's people, and the special effects that brought all the film's magical creatures to life and gave Angelina the wings to soar. As an added bonus, fans get a special invitation to Elle Fanning's character sleeping beauty, Aurora's fairy tale wedding.

The film is wonderfully enchanting in 4K Ultra HD for a crisper, richer picture in a high dynamic range and immersive audio bringing the picture to life! The theatrical experience comes home and the magic of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" makes for an enchanting addition to any home movie library making this one fairy tale for the ages worth revisiting again and again.

"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"
4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and Digital

The Blu-ray includes special features that go beyond the film's story revealing the secret history of the Fey, and includes behind-the-scenes looks at the making of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" with Extended Scenes and Outtakes.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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