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Children of the Stones (2008)

Gareth Thomas , Ian Cuthbertson  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gareth Thomas, Ian Cuthbertson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZ4K7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,984 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A fun and freaky treat -- Blogcritics Magazine

Expertly blends science and magic in a thrilling adventure tale -- Pittsburgh Form

Fantastic, in more ways than one. It's as suspenseful and as intelligent as ever -- DVD Talk

Sci-fi fans won't be able to stop watching it, or laughing -- The News Journal (DE)

The show is still fun, with a junior-grade "X-Files" vibe -- Hartford Courant

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Spooky turns to sinister as science and the supernatural collide

All is not as it should be in Milbury, a sleepy English village surrounded by a megalithic stone circle. Astrophysicist Adam Brake (Gareth Thomas, Blake’s 7) and his teenage son, Matthew, arrive to research the standing stones, but end up delving into the past in ways they never expected. What are the secrets of the ancient stones? What power does the druid-inspired Rafael Hendrick (Iain Cuthbertson, Gorillas in the Mist) have over the village’s trancelike "happy ones"? And is it true that "nobody ever leaves the circle"?

An air of menace pervades this sci-fi thriller, enhanced by a haunting, chanted vocal score. Filmed on location at the Avebury stone circle--older than nearby Stonehenge--each episode builds relentlessly to a harrowing climax in what becomes, literally, a race against time. Seen on Nickelodeon’s paranormal anthology program The Third Eye, this eerie British series will also scare adults.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interviews with star Gareth Thomas and producer/director Peter Graham Scott, production notes, series trivia, and photo gallery.


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The British Sci-Fi Classic...Now in North America! January 17, 2009
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I received this a few days ago and started watching this today, and I'm happy to say that I am glad this classic mini-series has finally made it to North America!
Of course, I first saw this on Nickelodeon's paranormal anthology series The Third Eye (over 25 years ago). It was such an involving, powerful, and terrifying seven episodes of science meeting mysticism -- and even today it still intrigues and haunts me to this day. Given that this British production is actually just over 30 years old, the video transfer looks quite acceptable (if you can stand good ol' film grain in the film segments, and the videotaped segments look quite good). Good mono audio, too -- in fact, on this DVD, I'm hearing elements that I never heard on the Nick broadcasts (this is a good dual-layer disc). The extra materials are quite good and informative, too.
Definitely recommend this to others who know and love this classic. If this sells well enough, we'll also get "Into The Labyrinth" from Acorn Media.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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7 episodes, originally filmed for children, star Gareth Thomas as Adam Brake, Astrophysicist, and his son, Matthew, (Peter Demin). They search for modern (1977 standard) clues to standing stones 4000 years old. They find Milbury, a scenic country English village, filled with "happy day" families who are not quite normal. The mystery needs solving.

Matthew is the boy for the job, as he has the gift of seeing into time, through mental images. If it begins to seem a bit far-fetched, the film was intended to be supernatural, sinister, spooky, and paranormal, at least for kids. That is similar to another British author, J. M. Barrie, who came up with children stories of the paranormal and time travel in the form of Peter Pan and Wendy and those evil pirates. Matthew has his own Wendy friend in "Children of the Stones". Sandra (Katharine Levy), daughter of the new standing stone museum curator, Margaret (Veronica Strong), sparks Matt's attention, as Margaret does with Adam. Nothing turns into true romance--after all, it was filmed for kids.

Time travel was the basis for another British step through megalithic stones. Diana Gabaldon, author of the popular and lengthy "Outlander" series, used gems in place of this story's serpent-designed amulet for protection. Her books, never turned to film, YET, are a bit more believable, if paranormal behavior connected to ancient 2-ton rocks can be normalized. Her books are recommended.

One must keep in mind that this science fiction story was created in 1977 and has the gadgetry and special effects capability of the 70's. So, it looks a bit like the earliest action and suspense of Batman TV series of the late 60s.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended January 16, 2009
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Children of the Stones is the DVD collection of all seven episodes of a British science fiction thriller, filmed on location at the Avebury stone circle (which is older than the nearby Stonehenge). When astrophysicist Adam Blake (whose other credits include "Blake's 7") and his teenage son Matthew come to research the standing stones, they discover fascinating and harrowing mysteries hidden in the stones' past. The seemingly druidic Rafael Hendrick holds an inexplicable sway over the entranced "happy ones" of the local village - and why is it said that "nobody ever leaves the circle"? The menace gradually builds up to the suspenseful climax, in this exciting and dramatic saga enhanced with interviews, production notes, series trivia, and a photo gallery. Highly recommended. Approximately 174 min., full screen, color.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It really was creepy!! May 20, 2009
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My husband and I watched this over a few nights and we both had bizarre dreams each night!! I know this show seems cheesy (and it really is at first), but it really pulls you in and creeps you out!! Love the basic story, characters and the setting. Strange, but the clothing is almost back in style!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic sci fi with real mood making music May 28, 2010
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This mid seventies classic really hold up well. It's intriguing and well acted. This film utilizes both film stock and taped interior set work. The story once you get started is hard to stop watching. What's going on in the ancient village?
Why are people acting like robotic happy people. why do the stones seem to be magnetic and standing inward? are they really people turned to stone? This also features incredible choral music that lends itself to incredible moody filmwork.
The stones seem to take on personalities when this music is playing. The guy who didn't like it probably listens to todays fake music like hip hop. That music has no soul and is without originality. The film looks great and the print is great shape , which is a lucky thing because if you have seen other tv shows from that era many seem rather scratched up. A good example of this is 'flickers" from bbc in 1980, a great movie but it has many lines through it on dvd. I am glad I got this one because it remains a original effort in style and music that really appeals to me. A true classic tv sci fi show that influenced many shows to come. It's also pretty cool to see those seventies clothes and hair styles. Those shaggy hair days are better left behind , even older people went rather unstyled and long in the hair department, but the great music and tv shows live on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Leslie Shields
3.0 out of 5 stars Overly Long But Nothing Fast Forwarding Won't Cure
The key for me to enjoying "Children Of The Stones" was to fast-forward through much of the first three episodes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Clayton
4.0 out of 5 stars Old but Refreshing Sci-Fi
I am in my 30's now and one day in a conversation about scary movies and sci-fi I remembered the old shows that scared the heck out of me as a kid. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David G
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing
This is no more than a cheaply-made, dated, meandering pseudo-soap opera type production in which the story is utterly predictable and the acting, with one exception, is no better... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alayne Gelfand
3.0 out of 5 stars Seventies Scifi Series worth a gander.
If you can get past the horrific wailing passed off as title music and the thick 1970's ambiance you might find this British series an amusing diversion. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bruce D. Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars An idea that needs updating
Very British and very slow circa 1977. The premise is interesting--pagans, sacred stones, cyclical time and the music is oddly alluring. Read more
Published 14 months ago by E. Cintron
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky, Scientific, and Fun
The Children of the Stones is a British children's miniseries (seven half-hour episodes) not produced by the BBC, but by one of the forerunners of ITV. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Joseph M. Reninger
5.0 out of 5 stars New age story...
Milbury, a tiny little English town, which would seem to be the best place to retire. A wonderful town full of history, with a nice little museum, a nice little pub, lots of nice... Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by Michael Valdivielso
3.0 out of 5 stars "Leave the stones alone!"
I watched this in one sitting (it helped to use the "skip" button on the DVD remote to jump over the running of the credits after each episode. Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Story
Very enjoyable, if somewhat dated, sci-fi mini-series from the 70s. This show is classified as a children's program but I think adults will enjoy it as much as any child. Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by The Saint
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