"Babes in Toyland" & "Joy Luck Club" Blu-ray Review


Two great movie classics are making their introduction to Blu-ray this week. I love how these timeless movies are getting restored into the updated technology of today’s digital standards.

Based on the novel by Amy Tan, “The Joy Luck Club” makes its debut to Blu-ray, full new digital restoration along with enhanced picture and sound.  This is the story of four women who are Chinese immigrants residing in San Francisco. They have frequent get-together and share each other’s stories. Each of these women has an adult Chinese-American daughter and as the film progresses it reveals the concealed pasts of the cultural conflict and relationships between mothers and daughters. I really enjoyed the vignette story telling of each perspective of the various women. The acting is truly emotional and you can see all their heartbreaks and joy they experience.  There weren’t any bonus features for this film.

“Babes in Toyland” is a Disney classic musical produced by Walt Disney himself. The film was based upon Victor Herbert’s 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland. Tom the Piper’s son (Tommy Sands) is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary (Annette Funicello) and right before their wedding day the wicked Barnaby (Ray Bolger) hires two henchmen to harm the couple’s sheep. These precious animals are tended to by Little Bo Peep and this evil plan takes away Mary’s source of income which forces her to marry Barnaby. Then the adventure begins within the magical world of Toyland.

I really enjoyed the wonderful musical numbers in this film. It just sets the tone for the whimsical mood that Disney movies give off. The Blu-ray restoration was very sharp and looked great for being an older film. The only element this movie lacked was bonus features. I was really shocked that there wasn’t a single one. I was really hoping for some extra featurette about the making of “Babes in Toyland”.


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