Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Into the Woods

Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: March 24, 2015
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray + Digital HD $39.99
Studio: Disney

Into The Woods has been a huge success for Disney since it opened on Christmas Day, earning positive reviews from the critics and ringing up some $128 million at the domestic box office.

Directed by Rob Marshall (Nine) and adapted to the screen by James Lapine from his and his and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. That said, it follows the classic tales of Cinderella, (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) – all tied together by an original story involving a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady) who has put a curse on them.

Meryl Streep in Into the Woods.

Meryl Streep in Into the Woods.

The Blu-ray and select digital releases will include “She’ll Be Back,” a song penned by Sondheim for Streep to perform in the film. The song, which was shot and later cut from the film prior to release, “sheds a little more light on the Witch’s relationship with Rapunzel,” according to Disney.

Other features including the following:

There’s Something About The Woods
“Journey into this mysterious forest to discover how this compelling, new musical was made. Meet Director Rob Marshall and his award-winning team of artists and craftspeople, see how the woods were brought to life…and what they represent to the story…and to all of us.”
The Cast As Good As Gold
“Emily Blunt. Anna Kendrick. Chris Pine. James Corden. Johnny Depp. Meryl Streep. Meet the remarkable cast of this musical movie, and hear of their affinity for this Broadway classic.”
Deeper Into The Woods
Journey even further into the development of the film in these 4 segments: “From Stage To Screen,” “Magic of the Woods,” “Designing the Woods” and “The Costumes of the Woods.”

Additional features include filmmaker commentary from director Marshall and producer John DeLuca, as well as direct access to songs in the film (including optional sing-along lyrics) and five easter eggs (referred to here as Golden Eggs.)

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.