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ALICE IN WONDERLAND: A Dance Fantasy

Prague Chamber Ballet , Czech Philharmonic Orchestra , Adam Rezek  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Prague Chamber Ballet, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Viktor Kalabis
  • Directors: Adam Rezek
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: V.I.E.W. Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRNWSS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Great Concept…a worthy one --Janice Kennedy, The Ottawa Citizen

…combines colorful costumes, energetic choreography, and very effective video special effects… it's more like video art, and deserves an audience, young and old. --Video Librarian

Ballet, acrobatics, mime and various film techniques flow seamlessly into the whole. Lush costuming, classical music, kaleidoscopic color, and the mesmerizing cat combine to make this a rich viewing experience for adults as well as children. Particularly recommended for dance enthusiasts. --A Parent's Guide to the Best Children's Videos

Product Description

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll s bewitching, playful, and eccentric fairytale, has captured the world's imagination and fascinated children for over 125 years.

Now Alice, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts come to life as never before in this unique Balletic Modern Dance adaptation, performed by the Prague Chamber Ballet Company, that is every bit as original as the story itself. Magnificent costumes, vivid colors and imaginative sets create a Wonderland of kaleidoscopic beauty. By interweaving ballet, mime, acrobatics, and theatre with the mesmerizing music of Viktor Kalabis, flawlessly played by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiri Belohlavek, this film production of Alice in Wonderland creates an unparalleled DVD presentation that will undoubtedly delight the whole family.

Winner of the Dove Foundation Family Approved Seal, a Parent's Choice Gold Award, the Coalition For Quality Children's Videos: Kids First! Endorsement, and recipient of rave reviews from newspapers such as the New York Times that noted the film is Full of blazing color, witty tableaux and intriguing special effects, Alice in Wonderland: A Dance Fantasy is not only a feast for the eyes, ears and imagination, but a perfect way to introduce children to the magical world of dance!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strange and beautiful dance fantasy April 19, 2008
This dance fantasy inspired by Alice in Wonderland is quite unique. The music, costumes, and sets are all wonderful. A most lovely Alice and a stern Queen are the two main characters. Yes, this story begins with dark and sinister overtones, but that is to reflect the personality of the Queen and her subjects. As the story continues you will see how and why the tone changes, and that is the beauty of this story. Note the exchange scene and how Alice handles it (being vague to avoid spoiler). I love the symbolic gesture in that scene and how things change thereafter. I highly recommend this to fans of Alice in Wonderland and dance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Alice Reviews... :> September 25, 2012
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This is one in a series of reviews that will eventually be posted for every Alice in Wonderland title available on Amazon. When the Tim Burton rendition of AIW with Johnny Depp was due out in 2010 I thought it might be a good time to go back and watch the benchmark Walt Disney production from 1951, which I saw -or assumed I saw- as a child. It was a chance to get reacquainted with the many varied characters from the story as sort of a warm up for the Burton film. Upon viewing the Disney classic I was astonished to realize that I had likely never seen more than a few clips (at most) of that beautifully rendered Alice in Wonderland. So much seemed brand new. Nor did I have a memory of ever seeing any other "Alice" production. Then I realized that I had never read the book! Wait a minute. Where then did my memory of the Alice story come from? The curiosity sparked by that question ultimately led me over the next two years to accumulate every version of Alice in Wonderland still in existence. Well over 40 by the way!

This general commentary continues over in the review sections for both the 1951 AIW production from Walt Disney (Alice in Wonderland (Masterpiece Edition)) and the 2010 production starring Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A strange delight! March 28, 2008
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I ordered this after reading another review stating that it may give children nightmares. I had to see for myself. I loved it! It's weird and beautiful. I recommend it to all Alice lovers and collectors, and as far as giving children nightmares, I don't think so. My kid loved it. In the style of the classic arts channel, this piece was a strange delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not worth it January 26, 2014
I bought this because I collect Alice in Wonderland movies and things.

I have to give this a bad review. Its less than half an hour long, and a lot of it is abstract to the point of not really being able to tell whats going on. The choreography is unimpressive, there is a lot of just hopping with intermittent wiggling and walking around in circles.

At the end of the day, its an obscure strange thing that I'm glad is in my collection, but if you are looking for just something to watch and enjoy there are far better versions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars modern dance fantasy August 17, 2010
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Wasn't sure what to expect, definately not your average ballet rendition of alice in wonderland. A modern, clever low- tech piece with creative costumes and abstract sets.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Wonderland December 27, 2010
By Deanna
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We were thoroughly disappointed as we were under the impression that it was the ballet performed by the English National Ballet (which was shown by the side of this dvd in the purchase order). This does not help us at all. Very disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice is a Classic October 26, 2013
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If you enjoy any great story that everyone feels that needs repeating year after year you want to see how each actor does in the role. That is what I wanted to see .There are many stories that you don't mind seeing many times.
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