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Mulan

When the Huns attack China, each family is called to provide one soldier. Because there are no young men in Mulan's (voice of Ming-Na Wen) family, her aging father prepares to go. Certain the frail man will never return from the battle, the young girl disguises herself as a young man and enlists in her father's place. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Run Time: 88
Theater Release: 19 Jun 1998
Video Release: 12 Mar 2013
MPAA Rating: G
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This movie is followed by the direct-to-home-video sequel, Mulan II

Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: Mulan 1 and 2: 15th Anniversary Edition (3Disc)

Release Date: 12 March 2013

Celebrating its 15 Anniversary, Disney’s Mulan is releasing in a Blu-ray Combo Pack that also includes the movie Mulan 2. Other bonus extras are:

Blu-ray: Mulan Feature Film and Mulan II Feature Film

- 11 Deleted Scenes

- 15 Backstage Disney Featurettes

- 6 Music Videos featuring Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, 98, Jackie Chan and more.

- Audio Commentary

DVD: Mulan Feature Film

- 7 Deleted Scenes

- 2 Backstage Disney Featurettes

- 5 Music Videos

- Audio Commentary

DVD: Mulan II Feature Film

- 4 Deleted Scenes

- 1 Backstage Disney Featurette

- Music Video performed by Atomic Kitten

Mulan Special Edition 2 Disc

DVD Release: Oct 26, 2004

Did you know Jackie Chan could sing? Or that it took 700 people five years to complete the animated film Mulan? Those are just a few of the fun facts you’ll discover in the newly released Special Edition of this Disney classic.

Aimed at the merely curious as well as those who revel in small details, the featurettes included in the two disc set provide a “Back Stage Disney” tour of the decision making processes behind character development, art styles, and color pallets. Along the way the viewer will glimpse storyboards, various sketches, deleted scenes, and learn how the creators choose when a pencil or a computer would be the drawing tool of choice.

Any parent who has ever tried to encourage their children to go the second mile in their study habits will appreciate the example set by the production team, as they explain the focus they placed on research. Thanks to their meticulous efforts, the film does an admirable job of capturing the essence of Chinese culture.

The package also offers an English reading of the poem “Hua Mulan,” for audiences unfamiliar with the ancient ballad this movie is based upon. More information about the reality of this legendary character, who is believed to have fought as a warrior for over ten years-without her gender being discovered, are included in the game Mulan’s World, narrated by the lovable dragon Mushu.

Along with a brief understanding of the intricacies of translating the script and music into various languages for international distribution, the bonus materials reveal the complexities of developing a personality for the lead character. After several false starts, the producers returned to the old text. By developing the traits of honor, courage and selflessness mentioned within it, they created a hero worthy of emulation, and a movie worthy of repeated viewing.

DVD Notes: Mulan I and II: 3 Disc Collector’s Set

DVD Release Date: 12 August 2008

Walt Disney Home Entertainment is releasing a 3-Disc Collector’s Set, combining the Mulan: 2-Disc Special Edition and its sequel Mulan II.

Bonus extras for the first film include deleted scenes, music videos (with Jackie Chan and Christina Aguilera), a featurette (The World of Mulan) and games (Mulan’s World and Fun Facts). The second movie also shares deleted scenes, a music video, featurettes (The World of Mulan and Voices of Mulan II), and Mushu’s Guess Who Game.

Audio Tracks are in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (English, French and Spanish).

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