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Child of Glass (1978)

Barbara Barrie , Biff McGuire , John Erman  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barbara Barrie, Biff McGuire, Anthony Zerbe, Nina Foch, Katy Kurtzman
  • Directors: John Erman
  • Writers: Jim Lawrence
  • Producers: Ron Miller, Jan Williams, Tom Leetch
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0069WB688
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Strange forces are at work here...Listen to the call of the spirits...They'll
come to you soon..." It's a warning 13-year-old Alexander Armsworth hears (and ignores) from
a mystical old hag when he and his family move into a grand, antebellum
Southern mansion. Soon the prophecy comes true, and Alexander is knee-deep
in a mystery involving witchcraft, frightening visions from the past, a lost fortune
in diamonds, a crazed caretaker with murder on his mind, and visitations by the
ghost of a young girl who has been haunting the mansion since her murder
during the days of the Civil War!

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need more movies like this! September 25, 2002
By Jenell
Format:VHS Tape
I think we need more movies like this. The story is just wonderful, and although I saw it only twice in the 80s as a little kid, I've remembered it ever since, and have spent many years looking for it. It was such a nice story, and I wanted to watch it over and over, but alas, I could not. Not many movies today could illicit that sort of constant viewing.

Seeing as they just released 'The Journey of Natty Gann' on DVD, I'm hoping Disney will continue to go through its movie vaults and start rereleasing some of their older movies, like Child of Glass.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Dose of Nostalgia April 6, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw Child of Glass when I myself was just a child, back when The Wonderful World of Disney aired on Australia's Network 7, and movies were shown in two parts, over two Saturday nights. I didn't recall many details, except that it was about the ghost of a little girl who had been murdered. For some reason, it lingered in my mind, and I never forgot it.

With the advent of the Internet, I was finally able to work out which film it was, but I have had to wait until now before I was able to live the nostalgia of that film.

Firstly, the film:

Child of Glass is a beautiful film that is suitable for children and adults alike. Whilst I'd be mindful of a few scenes that might scare some young children, there is plenty to keep interest with all ages. The movie focuses on two young protagonists, Alexander and Blossom, and their encounter with the ghost of young Inez Dumain, who has been condemned to remain trapped on Earth in a kind of limbo by the curse of the wicked uncle who took her life. Initially skeptical, Alexander eventually accepts the responsibility of helping Inez to find her way to eternal rest, by solving the riddle:
"Sleeping lies the murdered lass,
Vainly cries the child of glass,
When the two shall be as one,
The spirit's journey will be done."

Along the way, Alexander encounters danger and excitement, and also finds real friendship where he wasn't previously looking for it, and Blossom finds that she is a valuable person in her own right.

It is a truly charming film, mixing the values of friendship with a haunting supernatural tale.

Secondly, the DVD itself:

This is not a remastered Disney film, and therefore the quality will not be up to the standard of The Lion King.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIgh Production Value and Quality: Great March 26, 2012
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A kind of weird coincidence about this release. I went looking to see if it was available yet and, seeing that it wasn't, contemplated ordering one of the old VHS releases. The one I taped off of Disney Channel back around 1985 has worn thin. About a week later I went back to place an order and discovered that Child of Glass was listed for pre-order. Weird. I actually saw this in the theater. It was made for TV, If I am not mistaken, but with the high production values it is easy to see why it would get a theatrical release. Great cast. Anthony Zerbe is a surly drunken bad guy. The kids are all cute and like-able and really grow on you. Most notable is Denise Nickerson whom most kids who grew up at the time will remember from Dark Shadows, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Electric Company and Zero to Sixty. I'm told that this film bears only a slight resemblance to the book it is based on, but I have also heard that some think the movie is better. Nina Foch plays one of her weirdo types. Barbara Barrie is charming as the mother. Biff McGuire is a stern but caring father. Very charming is Katy Kurtzman as the nerdy bespectacled Blossom Culp who is glued to the lead character Alexander (Steve Shaw) by a crush. She's a standout. Olivia Barash, best known for Repo Man and a lot of TV roles, (You've seen her on Little House a dozen times) is ghost of murdered French girl Inez Dumaine, who cannot find her final resting place until Alexander and Blossom have unraveled a poem Inez recites. There is a bit of a love triangle here and its the sort that seems sincere and realistic. As is common with Disney productions of the era (Witch Mountain, Black Hole) the animation dep[icting Inez glowing blue manifestation is top notch. Far beyond anything the usual TV movie would strive to. Read more ›
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Child Of Glass Is Grand January 22, 2004
By Chris
Format:VHS Tape
I had always loved this movie as a child. I remember watching so intently when ever it was on. I loved Alexander and Blossom. I really loved the Plantation House.
I had been looking for this movie for years. I had heard that it had been released in 1986 on VHS and BETA but I couldn't find one. This year a very dear friend gave me a copy of this that he had converted to dVD. And it included a cover art that was a minature version of the origional. Even though it is a fake. I treasure this DVD. So much.
This movie begins showing The Ainsworth family traveling to their new plantaion house. WHen they arive the Kids are pretty shocked at how run down the house is. Well they work on it. And you meet the Drunk Caretaker who has Murder On His Mind. One night Alexander sees a Blue Light from the hay loft of the barn. He goes out there and sees the ghost of Inez. She tells him what help she needs from him. Well Alexanders decides to help him. I don't remember the exact riddle. But it was about the 2 should touch. Well it goes on. And Alexander falls into the well. And he is found. His parents send his little friend Blossom down. And she finds the China Doll. They rescue Alexander and they go into the Cemetery into the Chapel of Inezs Family and place the doll on top of her tomb. Well the gost of Inez apperas and grabs the doll than dies and evaporates into the Tomb. THan the doll appears and falls onto the floor. The head shatters and in side the head is the long lost treasure. WHich consists of millions of dollars worth of diamonds.
Great Movie. Fun for the whole family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by inez bustos
5.0 out of 5 stars Have been waiting for this to come out on DVD ...
Have been waiting for this to come out on DVD for a long time. Always takes me back to when I saw it first in the late '70s. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Nick Toney
4.0 out of 5 stars For anybody looking for "that movie about the ghost of ...
For anybody looking for "that movie about the ghost of the little french girl fown the well" this it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elisha J. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
Omg, I LOOOOOOOVE this movie! So glad to find it, quality is great!
Published 2 months ago by Amy Christianson
4.0 out of 5 stars a different kind of Disney movie
I saw the first 1/2 of this movie on Disney's weekly movie night, but missed the 2nd half and never saw it air again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by katina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie!
Great movie, very well acted. I've been trying to find this movie since I last saw it on the Disney channel in 1995. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Paul Blough
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, it is available on DVD
I used to drive my kids crazy watching this movie on tape, taped from TV with commercials and everything. Finally they made it available on DVD. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lyle jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Child of Glass movie
Everything went smooth , shipping was fast and the movie was in perfect conditon. I was so happy to see that movie again that I haven't seen since child hood. Thanks!
Published 4 months ago by Salmon Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the Past
It was great to be able to share this movie with my children again & introduce my grandchildren to it.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara J Macedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Graet Mistery
Very well done. Not gory or cause anyone to be afraid. The actors do a great job. This is a movie when thay made good movies
Published 4 months ago by Jim Spradlin
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