Snow White and the Huntsman (giveaway) isn’t just a prequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. It’s also a sequel. Odd, but true. Winter’s War starts off with a story about Ravenna and her sister, Freya. Then the story jumps forward seven years to a time after the Snow White movie. Some of the characters in Snow White are in Winter’s War. But this time around, there seems to be less sorcery. There is plenty of action in the story, but the movie is more of an adventure story about The Huntsman and the love of his life. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is available now on Digital HD and will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on August 23rd.
It’s a prequel and sequel
As I mention previously, Winter’s War is both a prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The story starts off with a tale about two sisters, Ravenna and Freya. Ravenna is the evil queen in the Snow White story. She is jealous of Freya because Freya is in love. Ravenna claims love is a weakness and plots to remove love from Freya. Ravenna succeeds and somehow this gave Freya the power to freeze things and people. She’s essentially an evil Snow Queen. The story eventually flashes forward seven years after Ravenna had died. In the sequel part of the story, the magic mirror has been stolen. The mirror can make Freya even more powerful, so the Huntsman wants to find it before Freya does.
Will love endure?
Freya’s heart is essentially frozen to love. In fact, she forbids her Huntsmen (and Huntswomen) from falling in love. Unfortunately, Eric (the Huntsman from the Snow White movie) and Sara do fall in love. Freya finds out about their romance and punishes both of them. Freya even turns Sara against Eric. But Eric is convince their love will endure and can overcome anything.
Goblins or gorillas?
There are goblins in the movie. In the story, goblins are mythical creatures that most people don’t believe in. They do exist in the story, but they act and move like gorillas. I get that the director wanted to present goblins in a way that we were not expecting, but they’re essentially gorillas in the film.
Charlize Theron steals the show again
Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman / Eric) and Jessica Chastain (Sara) had the most screen time in the movie. I thought they were decent. Charlize Theron (Ravenna) was missing in a big chunk of the film, but she was great in the scenes she was in — especially at the end. I was disappointed with Emily Blunt (Queen Freya). Not actually with Emily, but with her character. Freya had very little emotion and spoke in monotone. In my opinion, this character is a complete waste of Blunt’s talent. Other cast members include Nick Frost (Nion), Rob Brydon (Gryff), Sheridan Smith (Mrs. Bromwyn), Alexandra Roach (Doreena), Sope Dirisu (Tull), Sam Hazeldine (Leifr), Sam Claflin (William), Sophie Cookson (Pippa), Conrad Khan (Young Eric), Niamh Walter (Young Sara), and Nana Agyeman-Bediako (Young Tull). The Huntsman: Winter’s War was directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.
Combo Pack includes a bunch of bonus features
The combo pack includes the 114-minute film in Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD (UltraViolet) formats. The combo pack includes both the theaterical and extended versions of the movie. In addition, the combo pack includes a bunch of special features:
- Two Queens and Two Warriors (Blu-ray only)
The true heart of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is found in its three powerful women, Ravenna, Freya, and Eric’s lost wife, Sara. Learn how the strength and complexity of the film’s female roles drew potent new star power in Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as convincing Charlize Theron to reprise her role as Ravenna.
- Meet the Dwarfs (Blu-ray only)
Nick Frost’s Nion and Rob Brydon’s Gryff brought a sense of levity and fun to the adventure — especially once they met their female counterparts. Explore the importance of all four dwarf characters in the film and on set, where the actors who portrayed them earn a reputation for keeping the fun rolling, even when the cameras stopped.
- Magic All Around (Blu-ray only)
Rooted in history, but inhabited by magic, the world of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a true visual spectacle. Follow along and see how the magic made it to the screen. From Freya’s icy freeze to the gold-laden goblins of the forest, explore the visual effects at work with an exclusive peek behind the curtain.
- Deleted Scenes with Commentary
- Gag Reel
- Dressed To Kill
Academy Award-winning costumer Colleen Atwood returns to help reignite the splendor she brought to Snow White and The Huntsman. A visual feast, her costumes often border on the supernatural in their beauty while helping bring the characters to life.
- Love Conquers All
From the infectious enthusiasm of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to the sisterly bond shared by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, the set of The Huntsman: Winter’s War was filled with laughter and life. Actors and artists came together to help create a fairy tale about the pure power of love — and had a blast along the way.
- Feature Commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
The Huntsman: Winter’s War Synopsis
The movie stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian,The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.
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[Disclosure: I received a movie for review on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]