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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Peter Sellers , John Gielgud , Jonathan Miller  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sellers, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Wilfrid Brambell, Peter Cook
  • Directors: Jonathan Miller
  • Writers: Jonathan Miller, Cecil M. Hepworth, Lewis Carroll, Sydney Newman
  • Producers: Cecil M. Hepworth, Elias Koopman
  • Format: Black & White, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VXEC26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alice in Wonderland" on IMDb

Special Features

Director's commentary
Cecil Hepworth's 1903 silent film version of Alice in Wonderland
Dennis Potter's 1965 biopic, Alice, about the real-life Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Carroll's creation
Ravi Shankar Plays for Alice
Behind-the-scenes photo gallery by renowned photographer Terence Spencer

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This surreal, gothic version of the Lewis Carroll fantasy was directed by Jonathan Miller. Miller’s masterpiece was filmed for the BBC in 1966 and stars acting legends Peter Sellers, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Peter Cook and Leo McKern, with dreamlike music written and performed by Ravi Shankar. In this Alice, an enigmatic young girl wanders through a Victorian landscape populated by the most bizarre and astonishing characters. Alice gently questions each one in turn, subtly mocking their middle-class English values. Packed with extras from the BBC vault, this Alice in Wonderland is a feast for the imagination!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Wonderland directed by Dr. Miller February 25, 2010
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WARNING for those who want to see Johnny Depp. Of course, Tim Burton might love this version. Might not be as twisted...
I only heard of this movie because Jonathan Miller was the director. An actor/comedian (Beyond the Fringe) among many other things, he captures a psychological look at the "children's story". This one gets the reputation of not being so child-like.
The actors listed are...Peter Cook, Peter Sellers, Alan Bennett, John Bird, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Leo McKern, Wilfrid Brambell, Wilfrid Lawson, Wilfrid Lawson, Malcolm Muggeridge, and the unknown actor Anne Marie Mallik plays Alice.
Music by Ravi Shankar...
According to the version from 2003, Dr. Miller said in the commentary that he revisited this story and tried to capture what he had felt when he first read the book. Images of obscured characters which give one a tainted feeling remains throughout this movie. Of course, that's my perspective. Jonathan Miller would transition scenes very often in order to gain that feeling as if you as a person was walking through a dream. You will experience this movie as if you just dreamt it up. It's not supposed to make sense. Don't bother to connect the dots . . .
There are no costumes to cover up famous actors' faces. They are seen in complete view as it is strictly the acting that creates the characters from the book. I feel this movie is the closest to the story than any other Wonderland movie. The only things in this version that are altered are the genius improv lines in which John Bird, Peter Cook, and Peter Sellers have said on the spot of filming. The rest is true to the Victorian book. This is a very artistic movie and many should watch to appreciate the mood that is set.

Did i mention that Eric Idle is in this also?!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice, the BBC play, is the real treat here June 2, 2010
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This version of AIW movie was beautifully hallucinogenic and beautifully photographed in B&W, the music by Ravi Shankar was wonderful and there were some standout performances, especially Peter Cook's as the Mad Hatter. Overall, however, a kind of dry and emotionless atmosphere prevailed, oddly bleak against all the silliness and merriment of Carroll's words. This was brought to the fore by the incredibly detatched, emotionless performance of Anne-Marie Mallik as Alice. So it gets only 3 stars.

The play Alice (written by Dennis Potter & directed by Gareth Davies), on the dvd as an extra, gets 5 stars however and is well worth the price of the dvd. (The 1985 film Dreamchild is really a remake, somewhat re-imagined, of Alice.) It's presented as it was broadcast on BBC and it is brilliant. The play is full of emotion. The character of Dodgson/Carroll is brilliantly portrayed and his intentions regarding Alice are left to the viewer to sort out. He appeared to have a kind of childlike innocence about him (as befitting the creator of the fantastic book) yet some, particularly Alice's mother, were deeply suspicious of his motives. Anyway, it's a great play/movie, a must-see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Cook Is The Best Hatter By Far! April 17, 2010
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This is the most intelligent of all the 'Alice' adaptations. Even though it was filmed for BBC TV, it was filmed in 35mm B&W,using deep focus, wide-angle cinematography. A technology usually associated with theatrical feature films. The result is the best cinematography of all the 'Alice' films.
The musical score by Ravi Shankar is hypnotic and mesmerizing. Jonathan Miller's direction is daft and subtle and calls to mind the offbeat films of Richard Lester at that period.
And the mad tea party. It's the best and most subtle of all the Hatter tea parties on film. It's truly mad and crazy, and it's done without special effect gimmicks or cute little songs.Peter Cook is the best of all the Hatters I've seen and I've seen over a dozen in just film alone. He is truly mad. Not a cute,sweet mad like Johnny Depp, but a disturbing and real sort of mad.
This film is a great adaptation and a beautiful work of cinema.
James(the 'Alice' fan)
Dean just has the account
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A '60's masterpiece October 25, 2010
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This challenging 1966 production of Alice in Wonderland by the talented director Jonathan Miller can be watched over and over again with each viewing revealing new details and the great depth of the interpretation, but always while again stimulating the laughter that is inherent in the story.

And it's a real pleasure to watch the apparently effortless and nuanced performances by the old pros such as Gielgud, Redgrave, McKern, Sellers and Muggeridge, along with the usual presence in British productions of a large and very talented supporting cast.

The luminous black and white photography has been beautifully restored and is a pleasure to look at in itself while the music of Ravi Shankar and oboist Leon Goossens is refreshing and endlessly catchy in its melodies and rhythms.

The supplements include a drama by the renowned Dennis Potter about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice which indirectly helps to clarify many of the choices made by Mr. Miller in shaping his production.

Don't look for the dumbed-down, overly saccharine approach that Disney and others take to this and other children's stories but enjoy the knowledgeable-adult level approach taken by Mr. Miller. His commentary is very entertaining, throwing light on his overall approach and providing very many interesting details about the making of the film.

For my money, after viewing it on many occasions during four months, this DVD is a hidden treasure which is an incredible bargain at the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Of the many Alice discs the best renditions.
Of the many Alice discs the best renditions.. compares to the Trevor Nunn version of Macbeth in ingenuity of concept . most of the other alice discs seem silly by contrast.
Published 10 hours ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Suddenly, my favorite
This is the most complex movie rendering of Carroll's classic, and one of the stranger ones. It's a 1966 BBC production in black and white, and done on a shoestring budget. Read more
Published 4 months ago by wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This was another gift for my daughter who collects Alice in Wonderland films. I am sure she will love it.
Published 11 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars had to think about it.
Like other reviewers I guess I was expecting a warm-fuzzy Disney type adaption of Lewis Carroll's work and this is definately not that. Read more
Published 15 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely BBC production
A product of its time, if that sounds like a good thing to you, you'll probably thoroughly enjoy this interpretation of the classic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda S
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
It's easy to overlook what a wonderful, inventive film director Jonathan Miller was.
This 'Alice' knocks spots off any subsequent version.
Published 17 months ago by John Shrapnel
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dreamy 1960's Take on a Victorian Classic
BORING ~ but a dreamy 1960's take on a Victorian classic. The most redeeming quality is the surreal mood it conveys, backed by the beautiful music of Ravi Shankar.
Published 20 months ago by Angel Xyra
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alice Reviews... :>
This is one in a series of reviews that will eventually be posted for every Alice in Wonderland title available on Amazon. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Everyone's_a_critic
4.0 out of 5 stars The Alice Reviews... :>
This is one in a series of reviews that will eventually be posted for every Alice in Wonderland title available on Amazon. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Everyone's_a_critic
1.0 out of 5 stars Wit without humor
It is appropriate that this film version of Alice In Wonderland is in black and white, because it has drained all the color out of the wonderful story. Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by C. Baker
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