Into the Woods

Into the Woods

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A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Into 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 125 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
widescreen (2.39:1), 24 fps, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
Alternative Title: Into the woods (Motion picture)

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Your favorite fairy tales like you have never seen them before.

List - Oscars 2015
JCLCaitlinT Apr 04, 2018

Nominated:
Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design

List - Oscar Nominees 2015
JCLCaitlinT Sep 15, 2016

Nominated:
Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design

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JCLHeatherM Jun 10, 2016

Speaking as someone who has never seen 'Into the Woods' performed live, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and found it very fast paced and entertaining - a very good watch for someone interested in the Sondheim piece.


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blue_dog_31717
Jul 29, 2020

For such a controversial film, I was surprised to love it as much as I did! The best way to judge a musical is by its music, and Into the Woods nails it. The opening, It Takes Two, Agony, and Your Fault/Last Midnight all hit out of the park, with many other spectacular performances. It is clear that the cast are all-stars in the field: the acting is superb. The story, of course, fascinates. The special effects are lackluster, though the movie wasn't not meant to be an action film and was an adaptation of a Broadway musical, so I see this as unfair criticism. Funnily enough, contrary to many who say the film was too long, my only critique is the exact opposite: the movie's first half is incredibly rushed! The movie was only 2 hours long, short compared to films today, so the producers should have added about 20-30 minutes to slow the pace of the first half. The plot drastically slows down post-Last Midnight, to a fault in my mind, as it seems too slow. But other then the overall pacing, which is a relatively minor critique, this film is a home run. I give it a 10/10, and "Watch it!" Review.

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BAE322
Oct 07, 2019

Although it was fun to watch Meryl Streep at her witchy best, this movie was far too long to sustain my interest.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 21, 2019

Into The Woods is a Disney produced musical movie based off of the broadway show written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. The movie is a colourful yet dark film that focuses on the lesser aspects of living in a fairytale. While it takes inspiration from classic tales, Into The Woods is not a story about finding your prince or getting rich and living happily ever after, no, in fact it goes deeper into the lives of iconic characters after they've been given their happy endings. This story is a story about consequences and morality. It has a lot to teach those who watch it. The movie can still be watched by children, but it is recommended for those who are a bit older due to the subject matter. The actors all do a great job of presenting themselves as these iconic characters.They do a great job with the music as it is a musical, though unfortunately some important songs such as 'No More' are cut out, along with important plot points in the story. The movie does a fair enough adaptation and is still worth a watch despite me wishing for an uncut story. 3.5/5
@CorporalKronos of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Into the Woods, I give this movie a 4 out of five. I love this movie it's so original, they put a spin on the original fairy tales, and show them as if they are all one big story, and I love movies that put a spin on things. This movie gives off a creepy mood but it's not scary, it is dark, many people are not sure if this is a kid's movie because of some of the dark themes. But as always, I am still in love with this movie for so much more than the dark themes, the acting is great and makes me feel that the person acting is the actual person. The singing is marvelous, and I love listening to musicals and their soundtracks, knowing every single word from each song is what I love to learn. The songs help the movie to go along with the movie and this one is the best one that I've heard all year. I loved all the familiar faces and seeing them all work together to make such an amazing movie. I also love but many other people who enjoy spin-off's too old stories. I recommend this movie to people who just want a new movie to watch or maybe are just bored.
@Icecream of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This is an amazing movie. It is based around the results of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish. I loved this movie. Personally, the end of the movie was not my favourite, but the rest of the movie was good. My favourite thing about this movie is that it is based off the original Little Red Riding Hood, but it has a modern twist to it. I would recommend this movie to kids ages 10+ because it has some scary parts init. Overall, this is a fantastic movie! 5/5
@TheBookWorm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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booksmile
Apr 17, 2019

One of those musicals where everyone talks in a singing voice like all the time, instead of having any good/memorable musical numbers

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MrsNikki
Feb 28, 2019

Excellent! Highly recommend ..

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kmobuckeye
Feb 26, 2019

A good film adaptation of the musical

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4536o
Dec 12, 2018

Wow, does this film come right at you from the start! Hardly a moment to catch your breath. One thing is certain: critics could never dismiss Into the Woods as "formulaic." Excellent acting and very good-to-excellent vocals, even from the children. Typical Disney production, with no expense spared, nor detail overlooked.

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MB85CAL
Oct 17, 2018

Excellent! Highly recommend.

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readingfairy
Aug 03, 2018

The story was quite dark and morbid, but there were some absolutely hilarious moments in the movie that I think made up for it. The songs were great too; my favourites were Agony (LOL!) and Your Fault. The cast was excellent, the plot was interesting and I loved the mix-up of fairy tales (it was the original Grimm (and kind of grim) fairy tales and not the Disney versions, which was surprising but awesome!) It was definitely worth the watch!

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Gwen904
May 28, 2018

The singing and acting were excellent, but this film was confusing and dragged at parts. While watching I felt that it had a rather dark and melancholy feel.

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Chickenzilla
Apr 05, 2016

Both Princes: AGONYYYYYY!!!

M_ALCOTT May 05, 2015

Baker's Wife: [speaking to Cinderella] "I need that shoe to have a child."

Cinderella: "That makes no sense!"

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jimg2000
Mar 31, 2015

Baker's wife: That's what woods are for: For those moments in the woods...Oh, if life were made of moments, Even now and then a bad one--! But if life were only moments, then you'd never know you had one. First a witch, then a child, then a Prince, then a moment--Who can live in the woods? And to get what you wish, only just for a moment--These are dangerous woods..Let the moment go..Don't forget it for a moment, though. Just remembering you had an 'and,' when you're back to 'or,'
Makes the 'or' mean more than is did before. Now I understand--And it's time to leave the woods.

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jimg2000
Mar 31, 2015

Got a chuckle on this exchange:

Prince: My love, what is it?
Cinderella: Maybe I'm not your only love.
Prince: I love you! Truly, I do.
Cinderella: If you love me, why did you stray?
Prince: Uh...I thought that if you were mine, I would never wish for more.
Cinderella: If this is how you behave as a prince, what kind of king will you be?
Prince: I was raised to be charming, not sincere.
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Prince: I shall always love the maiden who ran away.
Cinderella: And I the faraway prince.

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famjam6
Mar 29, 2015

red riding hood said that

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famjam6
Mar 29, 2015

how uneasy i feel. Perhaps its from all the sweets.

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Chickenzilla
Apr 05, 2016

Sexual Content: The bakers wife kisses the prince and they are not married to each other

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