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Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy
Writing Credits:
Dan Fogelman

The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.

Box Office:
$260 million.
Opening Weekend
$48,767,052 on 3603 screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English Dolby Atmos
English Descriptive Audio 2.0
French Dolby+ 7.1
Spanish Dolby+ 7.1
Japanese Dolby+ 7.1
Supplements Subtitles:
Mandarin Chinese
Cantonese Chinese

Runtime: 100 min.
Price: $39.99
Release Date: 11/5/2019

• “ The Making of a Fairy Tale” Featurette
• Deleted Scenes and Extended Songs
• Original Storybook Endings
• “50th Animated Feature Countdown”
• Teasers
• Sneak Peeks
• Blu-ray Copy


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Tangled [4K UHD] (2010)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (April 30, 2023)

With 2010’s Tangled, we got Disney’s official 50th animated feature film. Of course, the studio made a whole lot more movies than that over the years, but via their accounting of “animated classics”, Tangled takes us to 50!

And goes “old school” along the way, as its fairy tale/princess focus takes it back to the studio’s roots. Elderly Mother Gothel (voiced by Donna Murphy) witnesses the healing powers of pure sunlight. She finds a way to channel this into a flower, so when she sings a particular song, this acts as a fountain of youth for her.

Fast-forward a few centuries and a queen takes ill during pregnancy. Her guards locate the magical flower and make it into a broth that restores the queen’s health and allows her to deliver healthy baby Rapunzel.

Healthy and magical baby Rapunzel, that is. The girl’s golden hair still maintains the flower’s healing abilities – if uncut, at least, as any shearing will turn Rapunzel’s golden locks brown and deprive them of their powers. Gothel learns about this and kidnaps Rapunzel so she can monopolize the girl’s healing skills for herself.

That’s where we find Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) 18 years later. As she matures, Rapunzel wants to see the world, but Gothel warns her of dire dangers that force the girl to remain trapped in their tower.

In the meantime, bandit Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) steals a tiara and hides from the law – as well as his accomplices, who get screwed over in the bargain. After a rocky start, Flynn and Rapunzel get to know each other and a relationship slowly blooms. The two work to escape the clutches of Gothel and Flynn’s partners to live happily ever after.

While Disney never produced a high percentage of fairy tales, they account for many of the studio’s classics. After all, Snow White established the animated feature as a viable genre, and both Cinderella and The Little Mermaid helped bring Disney back to prominence after fallow eras.

I’d love to say that Tangled matches up with those classics, but I can’t. Unfortunately, Tangled provides a fairly average Disney fantasy.

Which isn’t to say that it’s a poor or unenjoyable Disney fantasy. Admittedly, I give Disney animation a pretty long leash, as even their more forgettable efforts tend to provide something I like.

Tangled is far from the bottom end of that pile. It’s miles above mediocrities like The Wild or Home on the Range.

Perhaps the problem is that Tangled begs for comparisons to Disney’s classic princess movies and comes up short – as well as derivative. Granted, most Disney animated films follow a certain template – moral message, silly sidekicks, etc. – but Tangled can’t quite seem to make a name for itself.

Rapunzel feels like an amalgam of other characters – with a particular nod toward Ariel – while Flynn is a lot like a somewhat naughtier Aladdin. Neither role ever transcends those influences, and the movie’s ending comes straight out of Beauty and the Beast, so it’s more “rip-off” than “homage”.

The music comes with a “been there, done that” feel as well. Some of Alan Menken’s work self-plagiarizes - I can’t be the only one who thinks “I’ve Got a Dream” seems a lot like “Gaston”, can I?

Other tracks like “When Will My Life Begin?” just come across as generic 21st century Disney pop. They lack much to make them memorable.

Despite these flaws, I do want to reinforce that Tangled provides entertainment. The actors are all more than competent, and the secondary characters prove to be unusually delightful.

I realize that Pascal exists to sell plush toys, but I don’t care, as he’s an abnormally adorable lizard, and he adds charm to the film. I also love Maximus the super-determined steed, as he’s the most admirable and impressive role in the whole flick.

In the end, Tangled is a perfectly likable, enjoyable film. As mentioned earlier, it’s thoroughly professional and far from the bottom of the Disney pile. It simply lacks something that would take it from good to great, so don’t expect a revisit of Disney’s glory days.

The Disc Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B+/ Bonus C+

Tangled appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Expect a top-notch presentation here.

Sharpness worked fine. Concise, accurate delineation became the rule here, with a tight image at all times.

No issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, the image lacked any print flaws; it remained clean at all times.

Colors became a strong element, as the movie went with a somewhat pastel palette, and it displayed consistently vivid hues. HDR brought added range and impact to the tones.

Blacks were dense and tight, and shadows were usually fine, though a few low-light shots seemed a bit dark. This seemed like a stylistic choice, however.

HDR gave whites and contrast extra punch. This turned into a highly appealing image.

Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack opened up the film in a satisfying manner. Though the mix didn’t give us wall-to-wall theatrics, it managed to use the spectrum well.

As expected, the film’s occasional action sequences boasted nice breadth and activity, and the collapse of a dam created a fine sense of involvement, as the water engulfed us in a convincing manner. While the soundscape didn’t stun us on a constant basis, it provided more than enough to succeed.

Audio quality seemed consistently solid. Speech appeared natural and distinctive; no edginess or other issues marred the dialogue.

Music sounded warm and full, while effects showed good clarity and accuracy. When necessary, bass response came across as deep and tight. All of this lifted the track to “B+” status.

How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos audio expanded the soundscape a bit, but the movie’s sonic ambition meant the two seemed pretty similar.

Picture quality became a different situation, though, as the 4K improved the slightly soft image of the Blu-ray. HDR also added a nice boost to colors and blacks. This became a pretty clear visual upgrade over the Blu-ray.

To complicate matters, a 3D Blu-ray of Tangled also exists. For those who can run both 4K and 3D, which fares best?

I’d opt for the 4K, as the 3D delivers decent but unexceptional stereo imaging. Given the improvements in picture and the semi-mediocre 3D presentation, the 4K becomes the strongest rendition of the film.

No extras appear on the 4K itself, but the included Blu-ray copy involves some. Hosted by actors Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale runs 12 minutes, 27 seconds and offers notes from directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, supervising animator Glen Keane, hair simulation developer Kelly Ward, and actor Donna Murphy.

The show looks at the film’s development, character design, some animation topics, and trivia. “Making” doesn’t live up to its title, as it only includes a few tidbits related to the film’s creation.

Nonetheless, it’s a brisk, reasonably fun piece that throws out general Disney nuggets with a few facts about the flick. Despite its lack of depth, it becomes enjoyable.

Unused material shows up next, as we get three deleted scenes (12:36), two original storybook openings (7:59), and two extended songs (7:52).

Under “Deleted Scenes”, “The Jaunty Moose” (6:51) provides an alternate version of the pub sequence. It’s more action-oriented but lacks the peppy musical number.

“Chemistry Develops” (1:44) shows a little more bonding between Flynn and Rapunzel post-pub, while “Vigor the Visionary” (3:43) includes a discarded fortune teller character.

The finished Snuggly Duckling scene works better than “Jaunty Moose”, and “Develops” is also superfluous. “Vigor” has some comedic potential, though.

For the “Openings”, both use the standard fairy tale “once upon a time” format instead of Flynn’s intro. “Version 1” (3:57) shows a basic take on this, while “Version 2” (4:02) is closer to the final tale. I don’t think a storybook version would’ve been a bad thing, but I’m glad the movie veered onto something more dynamic.

Finally, the “extended songs” area gives us longer renditions of “When Will My Life Begin” (3:35) and “Mother Knows Best” (4:17). Both come in stages of near-completion, so they’re better developed than the usual cut footage.

I’m pretty happy both were abbreviated, though. In these versions, they tend to run too long.

Note that all of the unused material includes intros from the directors. They let us know a little about the footage and tell us why the shots were cut.

Under 50th Animated Feature Countdown, we get a two-minute, three-second reel. It shows all short clips from all of Disney’s 50 animated feature films.

It’s an interesting package, though it uses an accounting method that omits all the Pixar flicks and others like Nightmare Before Christmas. (Note that a similar progression appears during “Making”.)

Nine Teasers fill a total of nine minutes, 12 seconds. These offer online ads that promote the movie in a variety of clever ways.

Most use scenes from the film recast in a different light, so for example, one promotes the fragrance “Smolder”. The last few are Flynn Rider adventures with South Park-style animation. All are great fun.

The disc opens with promos for The Lion King, Cars 2 and Tron: Legacy.

These also appear under Sneak Peeks along with ads for Winnie the Pooh, Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, Shake It Up, Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods, SpookyBuddies and The Incredibles. No theatrical trailer for Tangled appears.

As a “princess fairy tale”, Tangled provides reasonable entertainment. However, it seems rather derivative and lacks a certain quality that would make it special. The 4K UHD comes with strong picture and audio as well as a handful of fairly interesting supplements. You can do worse than Tangled, but you can also do better.

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