Blu-ray review: 'Mulan/Mulan II: Disney 2 Movie Collection'

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: March 28, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: March 29, 2013
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Although it strictly follows the usual hero's quest formula, “Mulan” boasts a gorgeous look that mimics Chinese watercolor paintings, a likable heroine and a deliciously vicious villain in Hun leader Shan Yu (Miguel Ferrer).

In contrast, cartoonish animation, boring storytelling and shoddy dialogue doom the cut-rate follow-up. Even worse, Murphy's “Shrek 2” obligations prevented him from returning for the sequel, but the filmmakers actually gave his character (and replacement voice actor Mark Moseley) a bigger part.

The Blu-ray includes 11 deleted scenes, 15 making-of featurettes, six music videos and an audio commentary, but none of them are new, which is a shame since Mulan blazed the trail for future self-reliant princesses like Merida from last year's Oscar-winning feature “Brave.” Even more puzzling, the spacious Blu-ray doesn't feature all the bonus material from the 2004 “Mulan” DVD release.

— Brandy McDonnell

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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