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Blu-ray Review: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

January 14, 2020

By John Corrado

A sequel to the 2014 film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil finds Aurora (Elle Fanning) preparing to marry Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson), leading to increasing tensions between her stepmother Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the human world, with Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer) waging an all-out war against the magical realm. The film is arriving on Blu-ray this week.

While Maleficent: Mistress of Evil feels somewhat needless, and it’s not as good as the first film, this is still a fine enough sequel to check out on Blu-ray. It’s worth mentioning that the film just received an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, which is understandable considering the work on Jolie alone. For more on the film itself, you can read my full review of it right here.

The Blu-ray comes with a small selection of bonus features, starting with the three short but worthwhile featurettes Origins of the Fey, which talks about Maleficent’s species of fairy known as the Dark Fey and the many different cultures that exist within the race; Aurora’s Wedding, which features Fanning talking mainly about her character’s bridal gown; and If You Had Wings, which offers a fun look at how they did the flying scenes in the film.

This is followed by Maleficent: Mistress of Evil VFX Reel, which shows the progression of the film’s visual effects, most of which were done using a mix of blue and green screens on practical sets. Finally, we get two extended scenes (The Queen Comforts Aurora and Philip and Aurora Dance), two minutes of outtakes, and a music video for “You Can’t Stop the Girl” by Bebe Rexha.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release. It’s 118 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: January 14th, 2020

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