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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‘Mulan/Mulan II:

Disney 2 Movie Collection'

One of my favorite Disney “princess” movies, “Mulan” makes a triumphant Blu-ray debut in honor of its 15th anniversary.

The House of Mouse's painterly rendering of the Chinese fable also happens to be one of its loveliest animated films, and the 1998 hand-drawn masterwork blossoms beautifully in high definition.

Unfortunately, the “Disney 2 Movie Collection” also includes the 2004 direct-to-DVD sequel “Mulan II,” and no amount of digital tinkering can turn that amateurish sow's ear into the proverbial silk purse.

Set in ancient China, the initial folk tale centers on Fa Mulan (voiced by Ming-Na Wen and sung by Lea Salonga), a tomboyish daddy's girl who longs to bring honor to her family.

When the Huns invade China, the Emperor (Pat Morita) decrees that every family must send one man off to war. Since Mulan has no brothers, her father Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh), an aging war hero crippled in a previous battle, prepares to return to the fray. Fearing for her father's life, Mulan steals his armor, horse and sword and rides off to war disguised as a man.

The tiny dragon Mushu (Eddie Murphy, ably giving the serious story some needed levity) accompanies Mulan on her quest.

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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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