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Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998)

Kate Beckinsale , Charlotte Curley , John Henderson  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Charlotte Curley, Penelope Wilton, Geoffrey Palmer, Louise J. Taylor
  • Directors: John Henderson
  • Writers: Lewis Carroll, Nick Vivian
  • Producers: Guy Collins, Paul Frift, Simon Johnson, Trevor Eve
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006FO9C4
  • Learn more about "Alice Through the Looking Glass" on IMDb

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Kate Beckinsale, Ian Holm, Penelope Wilton, Geoffrey Palmer. Alice meets the Mock Turtle, Tiger Lily, Humpty Dumpty, the White Knight and more in this imaginative and inventive interpretation of Lewis Carroll's timeless fairy tale. 1998/color/86 min/NR.

A delicious combination of live-action, animation, and special effects tells the fantastical adventures of Alice as she returns to Wonderland, in this imaginative adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story of the same name. Kate Beckinsale plays Alice, a young girl who steps through a magical mirror and is transported from the real world into an enchanted one of talking insects, nonsensical questions, and reversals of logic. Her journey is marked by mostly incomprehensible encounters with quirky characters such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Red Queen and White Queen, and Humpty Dumpty. Beckinsale's Alice is a believable blend of curiosity, poise, and impertinence whose presence in nearly every scene carries the film. Other strong performances include Desmond Barritt, as Humpty, who recites a chilling rendition of "Beware the Jabberwocky," and Ian Holm (The Lord of the Rings), as White Knight, with a soliloquy as colorful as his hair. If, as Carroll states at the end of his tale, "all life is but a dream," this wacky version is one to remember. (Ages 10 and older) --Lynn Gibson

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most honest, true to text interpretation yet! April 10, 2005
For the person who didnt like that it didnt make sense to them, welcome to the concept of nonsense ("The dialogue is filled with non sequiturs" That is Lewis Carrolls text you are commenting on not this movie READ THE BOOK!)

I give this version top marks as it is the only version ive seen that is so faithful to Lewis Carrolls text. The nonsensical situations and conversations work perfectly without any actor having to go overboard with silliness. Many versions annoy me as the actors feel that have to act as daft and 'mad, totally mad' as they can. No need! the material is weird enough. This version feels weirder as a result cos the actors play it down a bit and act as if everything is as it should be when it clearly isnt.

The Alice stories were not all happy happy bouncy silly madness. Specifically, Through the Looking Glass has a dark edge to the insanity. And no songs is quite refreshing.

Oh and read the book, there is no plot, Alice is trying to reach the final square to become queen. If this is too challanging, forget Svankmejers version and go straight to the Disney infant friendly version.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Disney version... June 13, 2006
Finally a film version that follows the actual book. This movie inspired me to re-read the original. Beautiful filming and entertaining. The only part that threw me was the teenage actress in place of the 7 1/2 yr-old character, though the actress does a very good job. My 7 1/2 yr-old son also enjoyed the film; he was glued to the set for the entire 86 minutes (perhaps because we read Through the Looking-Glass to him last year). However, my 4 yr-old daughter was not interested in the least. This is not a "Disney" production, or even an American film, so don't expect the dumbed-down sparkling simplicity that we have been spoon-fed for so long. A very enjoyable film for an open mind.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Necessarily a Children's Film November 9, 2005
I actually thought that I would never find this on DVD. I saw a snippet of the film on television and was blown away! Finally somebody did a slightly twisted yet faithful version of the story. The casting was great too, especially Ian Holm as the White Knight who doesn't look like the Knight from the book but makes you believe he is the White Knight. Geoffrey Palmer is a great choice for the White King and I loved how the costumes at times looked vaguely Seussian.

There are a few moments in the film ("Walrus and the Carpenter", the Train Ride, "Jabberwocky" and the Finale) that are actually rather unsettling at times and might scare younger viewers, so I suggest that Parents watch this film first to gauge whether their child could watch it and not be frightened.

I wish this production team had done the previous Alice story as well. Top Notch.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
First I have to say that this movie is first and foremost, a movie for Lewis Carroll fans. If you loved the Disney version or that awful new ABC version, don't watch this one, you won't like it. This is for those who read the books and appreciate the concept of nonsense.

It's done more beautifully than one could expect from a TV production (of course, it's not just TV, it's BBC).

All the acting in this movie is perfect in my opinion. Everyone fits perfectly in their roles, with a special mention of Sir Ian Holm who, at least for me, became the White Knight. His portrayal is so touching it brings me to tears everytime. Interesting trivia is that he played Lewis Carroll himself in a lovely movie called "Dreamchild".

Kate is wonderful in her role, and to be honest, I'd much rather have a grown woman from Britain playing Alice than an american girl trying to fake an accent.

If you read the book and liked it, this is an absolute must-see!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to book, and much more. November 11, 2005
Some reviewers complain about confusing dialogue in this production, but most of it is word for word from the book. This film will transport you to a magical fairy land where you will be guided by a beautiful red haired enchantress, or ... it wont. And you don't have to have ever taken LSD to appreciate it, I suppose. Not every scene works for me - notably Tweedledee and Tweedledum's too fast recitation of "The Walrus and the Carpenter," barely audible over a blues guitar. Otherwise these two "boys," who look like aging runaways from Clockwork Orange, deliver well. Overall the performances are charming and suitable for both children and adults. And there are luminous garden landscapes, dreamlike enclosures and mysterious halls. Kate Beckinsale as Alice is vulnerable at times, assertive at others, and always strikingly attractive. You don't have to feel guilty being attracted, since in the movie she plays the role of a young mother who has gone through the mirror in her daughter's bedroom. True, she does age regress in the process, and even cries for childlike reasons in a couple scenes. But neither role nor wardrobe make you see her as a child for very long. She is a real dream girl whose presence would make a nightmare joyous. If you like the Alice books you will probably like this film and will watch it over and over.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An English great...extended with an English Beauty February 11, 2006
By L7
I have to say I have always been a fan of the original book, and this movie (though outlandish) is just like the book. It has that imaginary flare with the appeal of modern twists. Like the book it is surreal and playful, with yet had a philsophical side.

Ian Holm (aka Bilbo Baggins) gives an excellent flare to my favorite poem from the book, which I was pleased to hear, "A-Sitting on a gate." He adds a distinct take on the poem I had never heard before.

Kate Beckinsale (Kate Beckin-saul) makes a great appearence as a grown up Alice. Though it is vague why she is Alice and not a child, to explain, she is reading to her daughter and falls into the book herself. The ending poem was magnificant with Kate's voice mingling with the child's in that wonderful English tone, in which all Alice should sound like. She made me wish that she did a reading of the book for purchase!

My only question while watching the film was, where is it filmed? One might assume UK, but sometimes they film in New Zealand..and though I lived there and know everything New Zealand I am still unsure. The one large tree towards the end of the film looking quite familar. Does anyone know?

If you have any ideas, please contact me.

And have fun falling through the looking glass.

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5.0 out of 5 stars <3
This is by far my favorite adaption of the original story. The darkness and altougether weirdness really made it appealing to me persoanlly, and will forever be my favorite
Published 3 months ago by The Great Catsby
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie, It's founded on what makes a good story. Not a whole lot of action but it is definitely wordy. It's a refreshing take on the classic tale.
Published 3 months ago by James Cooper-Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the more true to the book tellings
this movie even though some libertys were taken stays more true to the book.
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Published 11 months ago by Thm Frost
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Published 11 months ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know
I purchased this as a gift for my daughter who loves all "Alice" things and collects as many movies etc as she can. I'm sure she is enjoying it.
Published 13 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars alice was a gift
Alice was a gift to a great Alice fan. It arrived quickly. It was new and clean. I would order again. Thank You
Published 14 months ago by Monica
2.0 out of 5 stars Alice through the looking glass.
Too much tweedledum and Tweedledee Too much of everything.
special effects not good, What else can I say--don't recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Brenda Stremmel
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cinematography.
This is one version that is very impressive. Beautiful costumes, splendid cinematography, production design at its best and most of all the fantastic appeal of Kate Beckinsale.
Published 19 months ago by sexy dancer
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Published on October 10, 2012 by Everyone's_a_critic
5.0 out of 5 stars As accurate as you can get!
I remember watching this movie when I was around 11 or 12. I liked it and it confused me, but a few years later I found it! Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Jacky P.
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