Friday, July 20, 2012

Enchanting Costumes + OUR Review of Mirror Mirror - With Magical Extras and Special Features, Enjoy the Classic Tale Retold on Blu-ray and DVD June 26

– Directed by visionary filmmaker Tarsem Singh (Immortals), MIRROR MIRROR is a visually-spectacular, fresh and funny retelling of the classic Snow White legend. This family comedy features a star-studded cast including Academy Award®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince, and Golden Globe® nominee Nathan Lane as the hapless bungling servant to the Queen. The film also stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as the King and Mare Winningham (Brothers) as Baker Margaret and showcases the stunning costumes from Academy Award®-winning designer Eiko Ishioka (Dracula).

The Blu-ray includes sparkling extras including a behind-the-scenes featurette, a toe-tapping dance-along to the reworked Nina Hart song "I Believe in Love" performed by the film's Collins that plays over the end credits, interactive digital storybook, deleted scenes and much more.

MIRROR MIRROR tells the story of Snow White (Collins), a princess in exile and the evil Queen (Roberts) who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. The film is produced by Bernie Goldmann (300), Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) and Brett Ratner (Rush Hour franchise). MIRROR MIRROR'S screen story was written by Melisa Wallack, and the screenplay was written by Marc Klein and Jason Keller.

Check out this Mirror Mirror Personality Quiz - are you the fairest one of all? You can take it online, or print & take to a friends house!!  ( *.pdf )

Enchanting Costumes By Eiko Ishioka

Debuted on Blu-ray and DVD June 26

One of the world’s most beloved fairy tales takes a hilarious turn in this fresh, exciting film starring Oscar® Winner Julia Roberts.  After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen (Roberts) schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince (The Social Network’s Armie Hammer). There’s just one problem – he’s in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White (Lily Collins, The Blind Side). So, the sinister queen banishes Snow White from her own kingdom! Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. snarky in this funny, magical movie that the whole family will love.                                          

                                                EIKO ISHIOKA

Some of the biggest characters in Mirror Mirror are the elaborate costumes created by the late costume designer Eiko Ishioka. Born in Toyko in the late 1930’s, the designer graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music before starting her career in the U.S and going on to become an Oscar award-winning costume designer. We wanted to honor the designer’s legacy by taking a closer look at her past creations in films such as The Cell, Dracula and of course, her breath-taking designs in Mirror Mirror.


Ishioka’s final designs can be seen in Mirror Mirror, a modern day depiction of the classic tale of Snow White. Once again collaborating with Tarsem Singh’s imaginary vision, the designer’s final costumes are full of color and exude the grace that she was.


Not surprisingly, Eiko Ishioka won an Oscar for her design work in 1992’s Bram Stroker’s Dracula. Ishioka’s most notable designs were Dracula’s (Gary Oldman) red body gown and Lucy’s (Sadie Frost) goth-vampire inspired wedding dress. The elaborate details in the costumes were as eerie as the characters themselves and Ishioka’s designs were deemed Oscar worthy when she took home the award for best design in a feature film that year.

Director Tarsem Singh made his film debut with the psychological thriller, The Cell.  The dangerous and fantasy like subconscious of a serial killer was brought to life with the help of the perfect collaboration between director Tarsem Singh’s vivid imagination and Eiko Ishioka’s incredible costume designs.


                                                MILES DAVIS – TUTU ALBUM

Eiko Ishioka showed her designing talents in other art forms, including graphic designing. She won a Grammy for her design work on the cover of Miles Davis’ album “Tutu” and she also directed Bjork’s music video for “Cocoon.” Ishioka never swayed too far from her first love, designing costumes, and she couldn’t resist doing the entire costume work for Cirque de Soleil’s production of Verakai.

                                              THE FALL

Singh and Ishioka worked on the film, The Fall, which takes place in the imagination of a 1920’s woman. The designer created fantasy inspired designs.


Some of Ishioka’s final creations can be seen in Singh’s action Greek Mythology film Immortals. Ishioka was inspired wanting to create her own vision of greek mythology.

If you like this Mirror Mirror compilation (above) read another here: The magic within: How to be Princess you were born to be.


All costumes aside.. the movie was breathtakingly written & directed. It is a brilliant masterpiece. I knew upon previews I didn't want to miss. This movie doesn't fall short of the previews either as some nowadays tend to. The movie is also appropriate for children, as my seven year old thoroughly enjoyed it.
I loved the fight scenes in it too, and I normally do not like any action-y fight scenes in movies at all. Usually they tend to be fake and over dramatic. I love that the bad guy ( Julia Roberts) is the narrator as that was truly unexpected. This movie is full of twists and surprises that I didn't see coming. I was truly enchanted by the costumes as well. They look so elegant, especially in the ballroom scenes. Julia Roberts is masterful as the wicked witch.
By the end of the movie, it's hard to not fall in love with Snow White yourself as her goodness is so aplenty, as she should be. 
 I was impressed by the movies storytelling and the Prince is oh-so charming and handsome.
I recommend adding this movie to your must-see and watch soon list, if you haven't already seen it.  I'd be curious to read the comments of those who have seen it's & read their opinions on this post. So tell me, have you seen it?  What did you think?  We loved it! 

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c allen said...

i love a good fairy tale and would enjoy seeing this

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