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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