Mamma Mia!: 2 Movie Collection – Blu-ray Edition

Mamma Mia! directed by Phyllida Lloyd:

Music. Laughter. Fun. That is what Mamma Mia! is all about. On most fronts it is a success at accomplishing all this. There is little depth to be found here…or about as much as you would find in an ABBA song anyways. Dancing and singing under the Greek sun with a wedding on the near horizon. What could be more fun? Oh yeah, there is the little thing about the bride not knowing who her father is. Other than that…

Donna (played by Meryl Streep) is living the life. She is her own boss and living in the sunny paradise that is Greece. Owning her own hotel on a Greek island seems like it would equal a life many would be jealous of. It is. That is until her daughter’s wedding. The wedding itself is not the problem but the fact that Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried) wants to invite her father. The man whom, up until this point, Donna has not revealed. Enter Bill (played by Stellan Skarsgard), Sam (played by Pierce Brosnan) and Harry (played by Colin Firth).

The music of ABBA is used as the foundation for the entire film. It was first a stage play and now a movie. The type of movie which is easy meaning it does not ask much of the viewer. Just there to be enjoyed. And sung along to. Ignore the fact that it is all rather cheesy and at times looks like something put on by a high school drama club. Just go with it and enjoy “Dancing Queen”.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again directed by Ol Parker:

A majority of sequels fail to satisfy a viewer’s need for consistency and character development. This movie is too much of a good time to even care about such things. “Mama Mia Here We Go Again” picks up 5 years after the original. Overshadowed by Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) grieving the death of her mother, the movie flashes back to how Donna (Meryl Streep) arrived in the Greek island of Kalokairi.

The cast of the younger Donna, her friends & lovers (who is Sophie’s father?!??) is bang on, specifically Jessica Keenan Wynn as a young Tanya (Christine Baranski). Dedicated ABBA fans will revel in the b-sides used in the movie. The actors in the film did justice to the ABBA style singing with passion reflective of the era.

I’m not saying “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again” provides a wealth of character depth but it sure was entertaining. It consistently maintains its theme of love. None of the actors took themselves very seriously. Shooting this movie must have been a blast in such a breathtaking location. See this film expecting a good time and you will not be disappointed. If anything, go see this movie to marvel in the wonder that is Cher. With the current chaos in the world at least we still have the amazing Cher. This movie is a welcome respite and all-around fun time.

Special Features:

-Digital Copies

-A Talented Trio: The Creators of Mama Mia!

-Breaking Down “Voulez-Vous”

-More of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”

-Meryl’s Big Number

-Sing-Along

-Deleted Scenes

-Outtakes

-“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” Music Video

-Bjorn Ulvaeus Cameo

-Anatomy of a Music Number: “Lay All Your Love on Me”

  • Deleted/Extended Songs and Scenes with Commentary by Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker
    • Extended Song Performance – The Name Of The Game
    • Extended Song Performance – Knowing Me, Knowing You
  • Enhanced Sing-Alongs
    • One Of Us
    • S.O.S.
    • Why Did It Have To Be Me?
    • I Have A Dream
    • Kisses Of Fire
    • Knowing Me, Knowing You
    • Angel Eyes
    • My Love, My Life
  • Cast Meets Cast
    • Tanya Meets Tanya
    • Rosie Meets Rosie
  • Cast Chats
    • Dynamo Chit-Chat
    • Dad Chat
  • High Jinks
  • Sophie’s Story
  • Choreographing MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
  • Dancing Queen: Anatomy of a Scene
  • Performing for Legends
  • Class of ’79
  • Deleted Songs and Scenes with Commentary by Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker
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    • Deleted Song Performance – I Wonder
    • Deleted Scene – Tahini
  • Enhanced Sing-Alongs
    • Thank You For The Music
    • When I Kissed The Teacher
    • Waterloo
    • Andante, Andante
    • The Name Of The Game
    • Mamma Mia
    • Dancing Queen
    • I’ve Been Waiting For You
    • Fernando
    • Super Trouper
  • The Story
  • MAMMA MIA! Reunited
  • Playing Donna
  • Meeting Cher
  • Costumes and The Dynamos
  • Curtain Call
  • NBC’s TODAY Show Interview with Cher & Judy Craymer
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker
  • Feature Commentary with Producer Judy Craymer

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