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Alice in Wonderland

2.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Description

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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Crawford, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Fiona Fullerton
  • Directors: William Sterling
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hollywood Select Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036ZKLUA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Amazon's editorial review as well as the 25 reviews attached to this product are about Jonathan Miller's 1966 version of Alice.
Regrettably Jonathan Miller's Alice is not even included in this DVD set.
The Amazon ad also indicated that there are 2 pieces. There are not - there is only one disc (the DVD packaging says "2-Disc Collection (1 Dual-Layer DVD)" Not cool.

About the product you actually get:
The 52 minute silent film is a good addition to your collection if you must have all things Alice. It is well done, for a 1915 silent film, and manages to covey enough of the book to not disappoint.

The 2 10 minute cartoons have nothing to do with Alice In Wonderland. They just happen to have a character named Alice.

Same with the 50 minute cartoon. (Spoilers ahead) A girl named Alice happens to mention Alice in Wonderland, a mouse shrinks her and they go to Paris. There are mouse stories and 2 Madeleine stories. But no Alice in Wonderland.

The final item really is the 1972 Fiona Fulleton version of Alice. Unfortunately the quality is terrible. As though it was recorded from an analog TV signal to a VHS tape and then dubbed to a DVD. If you liked that version, buy the solo DVD that Amazon sells. I bought it at Amazon and it is a much better quality (and a good film).

So buy this DVD if $10 for a 52 minute silent film is a worthwhile purchase. Otherwise give this a pass.
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this was definitely worth it just to own the 1915 silent classic. the rest of the Dvd is pretty dissapointing for serious Alice fans. it features a awful, washed out transfer of the 1972 version with Fiona Fullerton that isn't worth a red cent, and it has a couple of the Disney silent film Alices which can be obtained elsewhere (i don't even know how this distributer got em), and i guess the 1966 cartoon, 'Alice in Paris' was kinda cute, but it was really more about the 'Madeline' books than about 'Alice in Wonderland', in short this Dvd was basically nothing special and had little to offer except the 1915 silent film.
but if you want the silent film classic from 1915, this is well worth the five bucks. it's a great print of the film and the film itself is good fun for Alice fans or silent movie buffs. any film buff should find this first major film version of 'Alice' a real study and amusingly entertaining.
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This is a Christmas gift for my daughter who collects every Alice type movie/film she can find. She will absolutely just love it.
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This product is not as advertised, the item received is as shown in picture, however, the main feature - the 1966 Jonathan Miller version is NOT on the disc, fortunately I do have that version, as well as the 1972 one with Fiona Fullerton, but I was hoping that the quality would be upgraded, it's not, very poor quality, so, that leaves the 1915 silent and the two animated versions, which I haven't watched as of yet. The back of the case says, 2 disc special edition - there is only one disc, there isn't even a space for a second disc, so, I don't know what goes, called Amazon, and they are resending, and checking the product out, but.... I did note that the product information says "one disc", but in the description and the back of dvd case it says 2 disc, time listed is the same, so, now I'm going to go check if the 1966 Miller version is on the opposite side - who knows? Don't mess with Alice!
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Caveat emptor: as others have note this does NOT include the Jonathan Miller masterpiece, despite Amazon's misleading product review.

It does include a couple of rare and frankly forgettable early adaptations and the fairly sweet big budget John Barry musical, but all of these have been appallingly transferred and feature the company's logo obtrusively on screen throughout.

It's cheap, so I can't be bothered sending it back. I guess that's a positive...
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