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Anastasia (1997)

Meg Ryan , John Cusack , Don Bluth , Gary Goldman  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Hank Azaria, Kelsey Grammer
  • Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
  • Writers: Bob Tzudiker, Bruce Graham, Eric Tuchman, Jay Lacopo, Noni White
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CNE092
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,417 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anastasia" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Anastasia (widescreen)
  • Director/Producer Commentary by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
  • Interactive Feature: Learn to Draw Anastasia "Anya"
  • Interactive Feature: Learn to Draw Dimitri
  • Interactive Feature: Learn to Draw Rasputin
  • Interactive Feature: Learn to Draw Bartok
  • Anastasia Music Box Favorites
  • Disc 2:
  • Bartok the Magnificent (Full Screen)
  • The Making of Anastasia: Creating the Story, Defining Characters, Creating of Animation, Music in the Air
  • Sing Along: Once Upon a December
  • Sing Along: Learn to Do It
  • Interactive Feature Learn to Sing it in a Different Language: Once Upon a December
  • Set Top Games
  • Explore the Palace (3D Walk Through)
  • Becoming a Princess (Interactive Paper Doll)
  • Putting Rasputin Back Together Again (timed puzzle game)
  • Ink and Paint to Help Anya Remember her Past (Interactive coloring book)
  • Aaliyah: Journery to the Past music video/Making of

Editorial Reviews

A spellbinding mix of adventure, comedy, romance and music, this acclaimed animated spectacular tells the thrilling story of the lost Russian princess Anastasia and her quest to find her true identity. When the shadow of revolution falls across Russia, the royal family's youngest daughter barely escape with her life. Years later, Anastasia and a band of heroic companions must battle the evil Rasputin, his sidekick Bartok the bat and a host of ghostly minions in a headlong race to reach Paris, reclaim her rightful destiny and solve the greatest mystery of the 20th century.

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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted DVD! April 1, 2006
Format:DVD
PLEASE BE AWARE: The lovely cover image you see on Amazon is actually from the first DVD release of this movie. If you order this product, you will receive something that looks like <a href="[...]">this</a>. (Unfortunately.)

Despite the horrible artwork on the cover, this DVD set is by far one of the best 2-disk special editions I have ever seen. The movie is presented in its original widescreen cinemascope glory with sparkling menus, tons of extras, a tour of the castle, and a bonus movie. If it only had a concept art gallery, I would put it all the way up there with the Disney Platinum Editions.

The first disk makes use of a map of Anya's journal to Paris as the main menu integrated with clips from the movie. It also has something the Disney DVDs have been lagging on lately--a commentary. A commentary, no doubt, with Don Bloth and Gary Goldman, the two masterminds behind this film and many other animated masterpieces.

Aside from that, the first disk also contains bonus features on how to draw four of the main characters in the movie. Now, most "how" to draw features start out with a perfect drawing of a character and then show three steps, each with perfectly matching lines and expect you to do exactly the same thing, which is simply ridiculous. This one was different, though. Don Bluth hosted four beautiful art sessions talking very realistically about how real artists do it, from 6B pencils to kneaded erasers to the fact that it's okay to make mistakes. He went through the process step by step and amazingly, his drawings looked very sketchy and none looked exactly like the character he was drawing.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a December June 15, 2006
Format:DVD
This warm and romantic film from Don Bluth and Gary Goldman has long been my favorite animated feature. This mostly fictional story of Russia's famous Anastasia and her search for her family is sprinkled with humor and great songs. The animation, from snowy Russia to glamorous Paris, is top-notch and the story is both heartwarming and fun.

A great cast of voices, including Meg Ryan (Anastasia), John Cusack (Dimitri), Kelsey Grammer (Vladimir), Christopher Lloyd (Rasputin), and Angela Lansbury as Anastasia's beloved grandmother add depth to an enchanting film. Anastasia wants to leave Russia for Paris because the necklace she wears has the inscription, "Together in Paris," which she is sure holds the key to her journey to discover who she is and where she belongs.

Dimitri and Vladimir plan to pass her off as the real Anastasia for the reward in exchange for her visa out of Russia. The banter between Anastasia and Dimitri masks a growing attraction, of course, and when Dimitri discovers before she does that she really is Anastasia he knows he must step aside.

Complicating matters is the evil Rasputin, who has placed a curse on her family and sold his soul to destroy them. His little fruit bat, Bratok (Hank Azaria), is a very funny creation and turns out to be not so evil at all.

The story is peppered throughout with great songs, including "Journey to the Past" and the haunting "Once Upon a December." Anastasia is warm and involving, separating it from other animated films. When Anya discovers she really is Anastasia, it is bittersweet, as she now must choose between her past and her future. Love may conquer all, but not if the evil Rasputin has his way.

This is a heartfelt and funny animated feature you'll want to own and watch over and over. This particular edition comes with lots of extras for hours of family fun. Don't miss this one.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this movie because I've been interested in the mystery of the Grand Duchess Anastasia since I was a kid, not because I have rugrats. This movie was entertaining. Anya is a spunky heroine; Dimitri is a scrappy hero; they have a sweet and surprisingly adult romance and the plot is more realistic (except for the ridiculous villain Rasputin) than expected. There is a lovely, melancholy song called "Once Upon a December" that the amnesiac Anya sings in the empty palace as ghosts come out of paintings to dance with her. This movie isn't historically accurate, but it's a satisfying fairy tale -- the way we wish it had been.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Best Don Bluth Movie I've Seen December 29, 2001
Format:DVD
Don Bluth is an incredibly gifted artist. His character designs and animation can be breathtaking. Unfortunately, he and frequent collaborator Gary Goldman can't tell a cohesive story to save their lives. Of all of his films I've seen, "Anastasia" is by far their best. Whether this is because of solid source material (although that didn't stop "The Secret of NIMH" from falling to pieces story-wise) or the incredible score by Lynn Aherns and Stephen Flaherty, "Anastasia" remains in my estimation Bluth and Goldman's most watchable movie.
Based loosely on a play by Marcelle Maurette and Guy Bolton. As well as the 1956 film adaptation of the play by Arthur Laurents, the story turns the mystery of the disappearance of Anastasia, daughter of Czar Nicholas, following the murder of the Russian royal family, into a fairy tale. You have to ignore everything you know about history in order to accept the execution of the film--it plays loose with the Communist revolution and with Rasputin.
Dimitri (voiced with great charm by John Cusack, sung by John Dokuchitz) is a con artist living in St. Petersburg. Along with his friend Vladimir (the entertaining Kelsey Grammer), he is searching for a young girl who can play the role of the missing Romanoff heir in order to claim a reward from the dowager empress who has escaped to Paris. He meets Anya (voiced with much character by Meg Ryan, sung by the incredible Liz Callaway) and immediately sees in her the girl to carry out his plans. As he and Vladimir work with Anya to perfect her ruse, he comes to realize that she is the true Anastasia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great children's movie and for adults
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites!!!
Published 3 days ago by DeeTy2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 5 days ago by foghorn
2.0 out of 5 stars .......
Not my favorite movie. I couldn't get into to it at all.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this movie! It's cute andf funny with absolutely great songs. It's not historically accurate at all, but it's fun to watch, for kids and adults.
Published 6 days ago by Renee M Forque
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal
What a great movie with great cast. We were so impressed. Great price too!
Published 12 days ago by Conaway
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
a great dvd. A fine addition to anyones collection.
Published 17 days ago by Alex mechanic
2.0 out of 5 stars pass on it.
not one of disney's best and it does not portray the tsardom nor the communists in an accurate light - as ruthless monsters who used, abused, and slaughtered their people. Read more
Published 18 days ago by TD
4.0 out of 5 stars It was one of the better animated movies I've seen
I don't know why I didn't see this movie before now. It was one of the better animated movies I've seen.
Published 19 days ago by Gesualdo
4.0 out of 5 stars "Anastasia Lives!"
Don Bluth and Twentieth Century Fox gives the other animation studios a run for their money with this film. Read more
Published 20 days ago by DW
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I cant get "Bartok the Magnificient" to play
get a replacement! you should go back to the store you bought it from and ask for a refund. if they refuse, go to your local blockbuster or best buy and see if they can help you. if the GEEK squad can't fix it, then i don't know who can.
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