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172 of 173 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
I've owned the original "10th Kingdom" DVD set for more than 10 years now and have watched it many times, so I mainly bought this newer 2013 edition as a back up (because at such a low cost, why not?). I've run through the discs to see if there are any differences in this new edition, and yes, there are some differences.
The main thing that I noticed right away is the presentation of the episodes: in the original DVD set, there where 3 discs, with the opening titles at the beginning of the first disc only, and the mini-series was presented as one, very long movie. In this new set, there are still three discs, but the story is presented in the way they were aired - as 5 separate parts. I personally would have liked the mini-series to be presented the same way as the older DVDs, but at least this new set allows the viewer to enjoy the opening titles with each episode (and those titles are amazing, I doubt anyone'd get sick of it).
The Special Features in the new set are fewer than the older set, but really, that won't matter much. The 20 minute making-of featurette is identical in both editions (it appears to have been a promo for the mini-series on NBC) and it's got some fun bloopers and such - It was the only special feature worth viewing on the old DVD set, so you really aren't missing out on anything here. The featurette is on the last disc instead of the first, but is not labeled at all.
The menu screens are fairly simple, containing the chapter selections (there are surprisingly few - about 6 chapters per 1.5 hour episode) and the 2 episodes.
The packaging is why I gave this item four stars. It is the most unusual DVD case I've seen. The case is the size of an average single DVD case, which is great, but the discs are held in separate paper sleeves, which are housed in a squarish plastic mold that holds the sleeve corners. You'll have to be pretty careful with the sleeve because if the corners get worn or flimsy, the plastic case will do no good. I really don't understand the logic here.

Overall, I definitely recommend this DVD set. It's a great deal for a 7-and-a-half hour adventure with comedy, drama, a few scares, and a romance fit for a fairy tale. You can't beat the price, and the whole thing is pretty family appropriate (see other reviews for more details on content). It's presented in Full-Screen (it was made for TV, so there probably won't ever be a Wide-Screen release), and the picture is clear.
The main plot is about a young woman and her dad after they magically travel to a land where the classic fairy tales actually happened. They try to find their way back home, but they've got a prince who was transformed into a dog as their companion, a half-wolf who's loyalties are complicated, and a mercenary hunter after them all. If you like modern storytelling with throwbacks to classic fairy and folk tales - complete with an evil stepmother! - you'll love this movie!

UPDATE: I reviewed the picture quality of a certain scene to answer a question in the comments, and the picture quality seems to be pretty good for a DVD (I played it in my BluRay player on a high-def screen), but in doing so, I realized two things, both negative.
First, the packaging is annoying! What I thought at first was just unusual has become frustrating and tedious. Switching discs is cumbersome, and without good lighting, good luck getting everything in/out of the sleeves and case.
Second, I was trying to jump to a scene on disc one, Part Two, by using the scene selection feature, but it turns out that selecting any scene from Part Two would take you to the same scene number, but in Part One! I was trying to get to the Snow White Cottage scene, but would be taken to the prison scenes from the other episode... Seemed a bit of a sloppy mistake, but one that would probably never really hinder your enjoyment of the show.

I have decided that I actually prefer the layout on the old set, where the whole miniseries is presented as one long movie, rather than this newer set's presentation of each episode separately. For newcomers to the series or the DVD, this won't matter at all, so if you're in doubt, the pros outnumber the cons - Buy it!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2013
I have been looking for the 10th Kingdom on DVD for about a year that was at a reasonable price. I wanted to get it for my mom for Christmas, because it has been her favorite ever since it premiered in 2000. I held out since I didn't want to pay $30 for a DVD, but I bought her the VHS for 4 bucks. Now I've pre-ordered this at a great price, absolutely perfect! The movie is 6 hours of epic fantasy, with an amazing cast, and a creative and enticing storyline that mixes a modern family into a fairytale world that wasn't exactly happily ever after. I would recommended this to everyone of all ages!
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
I just pre-ordered- absolutely loved it when it first aired on NBC in 2000, and I've adored it ever since. I'm actually repurchasing this because my current DVDs of the series have been so well loved they're a bit scratched. If you're into Once Upon a Time, you will really enjoy this. I cannot believe there has not been a sequel!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I'm not going to write a long review with lots of spoilers, I will just say that this made-for-TV mini-series is one of my favorites. It's family appropriate, but also has lots of one liners and innuendos that will keep the grownups laughing along too. This is a good old fashioned fairy tale...with lots of twists and modern touches. It keeps your interest, it's funny and it's just plain FUN to watch!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
I have had a VHS copy of Tenth Kingdom for years. I just bought this to replace it. It is a bit long, 6 hrs, but that's especially great for snowy winter weekends!!! Great movie, good quality and good extras. The only draw back is that this particular CD did not have encoding for captions for the hearing impaired. Other than that, great product.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Until the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, this movie may have been the most complex fantasy ever attempted. In some ways the story rambles, but the intricate elements are woven together so coherently that they smoothly fit into the quest undertaken by the principal characters.

Virginia and her father Tony Lewis (Kimberly Williams and John Larroquette) live in a New York apartment. One day a dog enters Virginia's life. However, the dog is not just any ordinary dog, but Prince Wendell (Daniel Lapaine) changed into a dog by an evil Queen (Dianne Wiest). Soon trolls enter the picture along with magic, and the story is launched.

Virginia and Tony travel through a magic mirror into the land of the nine kingdoms (with New York being the 10th kingdom). It takes Virginia and Tony little time to realize that the world they have entered has very different rules from their own. Their goal is to find a mirror that will allow them to travel back to their own world; the quest for the mirror forms the heart of the story.

As Virginia and Tony seek for a way back, they are both are on a voyage of discovery about themselves, though Virginia has much more to learn about her life than Tony does about his. Through a series of vignettes they learn the history of the nine kingdoms, and learn there are mysteries related to that history. One of the most startling revelations is that Virginia and Tony are somehow involved in the nine kingdoms, but it's not until we get well into the movie that we understand the nature of their involvement.

The plot is generally coherent and I had little trouble keeping track of the parallel stories. I admit that there were a few things that confused me when I watched the story in its original television debut, but my confusion was cleared up by watching the DVD version without the commercials and all in one 7+ hour sitting.

The acting talent in this movie is phenomenal. Rutger Hauer plays the Queen's woodsman, with his own poignant story. Warwick Davis is Acorn, a criminal with a tongue-in-cheek character. Ed O'Neil is perfect as Relish the Troll King. Scott Cohen as Wolf took a little getting used to, but once I realized how he fit into the story I enjoyed his antics and characterization. Camryn Manheim makes an interesting Snow White. Ann-Margret brings class to Queen Cinderella. This list is but a fraction of the cast possible by the epic nature of this movie.

The story is an adult fairy tale. This movie includes violence, intense scenes, and some sexual content that is likely inappropriate for children below the age of 7 or 8 and perhaps for some older children. However, for everyone else this movie is fun and complicated. If you enjoy fantasy, and you can be open-minded about how fantasy is approached, this movie could be perfect for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2014
I love the comedy in the movie. I especially like wolf and Virginia's interactions. The scenery is great, too. Tony was funny, I enjoyed the way he interpreted his part as Virginia's dad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
Those two stars are for the product itself, not the content (which I would definitely rate at a solid 5+ because I love this series so much). I have all three dvd releases- that I know of -and when I compared them side by side, this one came out on the bottom. The first and second have the best cover, disc design, and menus and the second has the best packaging overall. This new release has got a terrible new look and instead of plastic casing to hold each disc, there are three paper envelopes which leave tiny scratches when one is pulled out. The only thing about this version that makes it better than the others is the fact that it's new and cheap. To remedy the envelope situation, I switched the discs out into an empty case that had space for three dvds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2014
I was so excited to see this on Amazon Instant Video! Years ago I spent many dollars to purchase it on DVD but here it is digitally for a steal! If you haven't seen this wonderful mini-series before, be forewarned it was made in the late 90s (premiered early 2000) so don't go into it expecting much of the special effects. Beyond that, this is my favorite fractured fairytale, family oriented programing to date! Yes, even better than Once Upon A Time. (If you like OUAT, you'll probably enjoy this show). The basic premise is: a 20 something girl and her dad get involved with a whole world of fairytale characters (Snow White, beanstalks, fairies, trolls, etc). I don't want to say much but just sit back and have fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2014
I saw this series many years ago and LOVED IT, so I was thrilled to see the entire set on sale for such a low price! The story is well written as well as having a perfectly chosen cast, and I'm certain I'll be watching it over & over again, as well as sharing it with friends who say they've never seen it before! I'm so pleased to have added it to my digital library of films! Definitely a "keeper" & classic movie to own! Highly recommend buying it!
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