FSM Media

by Dianna Ranere

Review | The Nutcracker and The Four Realms Now on Blu-Ray

Walt Disney Pictures provided FSM Media with a screener for personal review.


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms arrives home instantly with never-before-seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019.


When The Nutcracker and the Four Realms was announced last year I was excited to get to see this version. I have watched every adaptation as well as the actual ballet. I didn’t make to the actual theater due to a very tumultuous time in my life personally, so I was very excited to receive the Blu-ray and watch it at home.

I knew my boys and husband wouldn’t be along for the ride, and that is fine. I was more than happy to check it out along with some popcorn.

Mackenzie Foy is Clara and Keira Knightley is the Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney’s THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS.


In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.

Mackenzie Foy is Clara and Jayden Fowara Knight is Phillip in Disney’s THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS.


 I do realize that this film didn’t win over the critics but if you are a fan of the story, please give this movie a chance. Of course, there are going to be some hard-core fans that will pick the movie apart, but I think for the most part they will enjoy the movie as a whole. Mackenzie Foy was fabulous as Clara, and American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland did not disappoint as the Ballerina Princess. There are Bonus features that include a discussion with Misty and her history with the beloved ballet.

I loved the film, I thought it was visually stunning and stayed very true to the story. I loved the characters, old and new. The bonus features also delve into the set design, characters, new and reimagined, deleted scenes that are always neat to look at and imagine the film how it could have been. I also LOVED the music, especially Fall on Me performed by Andrea Bocelli and featuring his son Matteo Bocelli. (Scroll down for the video, it’s beautiful).

Bonus features include*:


  • On Pointe: A Conversation with Misty Copeland – Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way.
  • Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” – Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie.
  • Deleted Scenes –
    • The Stahlbaums Arrive– As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests.
    • Follow Your Ribbon- Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift.
    • Deleted Scene: Clara Asks About Her Mother– Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom.
    • Left, Left, Left, Left, Left– Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go.
    • Out with the Old– Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor.
  • Music Videos –


  • Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli– Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song.
  • “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang– Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
  • Unwrapped: The Visual Effects of “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”– View a reel that explores the layers of effects in sequences of the film.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms arrives home instantly with never-before-seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019. It is also National Puzzle Day, go here for printable Nutcracker puzzles.




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