Fall down the rabbit hole and discover or rediscover wondrous adventures with the Alice in Wonderland: Classic Film Collection, a special collector s set on DVD. Lewis Carroll s whimsical 1865 novel, Alice s Adventures in Wonderland, was a cinematic favorite long before Johnny Depp went Mad. The first film (just eight minutes) was produced in 1903. With dozens of versions since for stage, film and TV, its beloved characters have been played by some of Hollywood s most legendary actors. Special collector s set, with rare film, includes: Alice in Wonderland (1915) The first version near to the novel, this silent movie starred Viola Savoy. Alice s Adventures in Cartoonland (1925) Two shorts from an animated film series directed and produced by Walt Disney himself. Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966) This enchanting feature film with French animation includes the voice of Carl Reiner. Alice s Adventures in Wonderland (1972) This British musical theatrical film adaptation features a star-studded cast.
Fans of Lewis Carroll's classic novel for children will be fascinated by this startling 1966 interpretation by Jonathan Miller, a noted British theater director. Influenced by surrealism and Victorian architecture, Miller's black-and-white version of Wonderland is a dour and creepy place, not the frenetic and charming bustle usually depicted. A brunette Alice (Anne-Marie Mallik) wanders like a sleepwalker, rarely looking anyone in the eye, and has fractured conversations with the likes of the Mad Hatter (Peter Cook, Bedazzled), the Caterpillar (Sir Michael Redgrave, The Lady Vanishes), the Duchess (Leo McKern, Rumpole of the Bailey), and the Mock Turtle (Sir John Gielgud, Brideshead Revisited, Arthur). The result is probably an accurate picture of the adult world seen through a child's eyes--an unsettling and intriguing vision. Also featuring Peter Sellers as the King of Hearts and music by Ravi Shankar. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.