Into The Woods has been a massive success for Disney since it opened on Christmas Day, bringing in nearly $121 million to date and earning rave reviews for its stars, including Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick. Now the film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim classic has a DVD and Blu-ray release date, and fans are eagerly anticipating the day they can watch it in the comfort of their own homes.
According to Theater Mania, Into The Woods will be available to own on March 24, so the wait won’t be too agonizing for those ready to have a family movie night. Rated PG, the film follows a group of fairy tale characters who have a common bond–a baker and his wife–and includes original music by Sondheim. The musical, which first premiered on Broadway in 1987, garnered 10 Tony nominations, winning three of them.
As the official synopsis reads, “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. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, (Anna Kendrick), 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 and his wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.”
Of course as with any musical, the songs are a big part of the movie’s success, and in addition to the soundtrack, a brand new instrumental soundtrack is now available on iTunes and Amazon.
Despite the box-office drawing power of Into The Woods, many fans were put off by an error on the Golden Globes website last week, when it was accidentally announced that the film had taken the title of Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. A spokesperson later said a glitch had caused the post, which included Selma as the winner for Best Motion Picture, Drama.
“While testing the official website of the Golden Globe Awards for Sunday’s ceremony, Bluefin inadvertently took the test live. We randomly selected two film titles with no knowledge of the category winners. We are solely responsible for the error,” the spokesperson told Deadline.
The glitch hasn’t kept scores of fans from flocking to the theaters, however, as they are eager to view a fresh take on the classic that so many grew up on and still hold dear. Sondheim wrote in his lyric collection Look, I Made A Hat that his collaboration with James Lapine taught him how to infuse compassion into his work, whereas his earlier music had a “cold” feeling about them.
“When I think of songs like ‘Sunday’ or ‘Move On’ or ‘No One Is Alone’ (from Into the Woods), I realize that by having to express the straightforward, unembarrassed goodness of James’s characters I discovered the Hammerstein in myself—and I was the better for it,” he wrote.