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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Shelley Duvall, Gena Rowlands, Roddy McDowall, Phil Fondacaro
  • Directors: Emile Ardolino, Francis Ford Coppola, Gilbert Cates, Graeme Clifford, Ivan Passer
  • Format: Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 26
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starmaker II
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00063UEFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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One of the first gems of the cable TV age, Faerie Tale Theatre brings 26 classic tales to life. Produced over a five-year span (1982-87) for Showtime, FTT brought together creative dramatics and whimsical writing with some of the top talents of the day. Executive producer/host Shelley Duvall (who was coming off her breakout role in The Shining) shepherds this mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for these oft-told tales ("Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "Sleeping Beauty," and the like) for kids and their parents. Since they are not elaborately produced, FTT may be a hard sell for some smaller members of the family at first, but most should be hooked, even older kids who may pooh-pooh fairy tales. There's always a slight twist that makes these productions fresh.

The cast is amazing, especially when you think how lightly cable television was thought of in the '80s: Jeff Bridges, Bud Cort, Liza Minnelli, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Reeve, Klaus Kinski, Billy Crystal, Matthew Broderick, Gregory Hines, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, and Mick Jagger are some of the talented--and varied--actors appearing. Crystal's take on the smart "Little Pig" (with Jeff Goldblum as the wolf) and Williams's "Frog Prince" are two comic gems. Malcolm McDowell, right in the middle of his career high-point of playing baddies, brings flair to the Big Bad Wolf, while his then-real-life wife Mary Steenburgen beautifully counterpoints as Red Riding Hood. The casting of Vincent Price and Vanessa Redgrave in "Snow White" is inspired. Also impressive are the directors Duvall pooled: Tim Burton ("Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"), Francis Ford Coppola ("Rip Van Winkle") Peter Medak (three episodes), Nicholas Meyer ("Pied Piper"), and Roger Vadim ("Beauty and the Beast"). You can go on for days about these wonderful tales, most totaling around the 45-minute mark, but it's better just to get the set and start wherever you'd like; you will get to the end sooner than you think. --Doug Thomas

Customer Reviews

Much better picture and sound than on the previous release.
J. Sekor
I recommend this set to all parents of young childen, teachers and anyone who has a love or fond memories of fairy tales.
J. Matthews
Watched these with my kids many years ago, love watching them with my grand-babies now.

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536 of 541 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on September 27, 2004
Format: DVD
After years of waiting, Faerie Tale Theatre fans can finally own the series on DVD. Shelley Duvall's series originally appeared on Showtime 20 years ago and featured well-known and rising stars of the time. The series' enthusiastic interpretations of beloved fairy tales has made it a cult classic. Better yet, the DVD prices are affordable, especially after the high prices the used VHS copies have been earning in recent years.

The collection package featured here contains all of the 26 fairy tales created for the series. The original series had an extra special, called Grimm Party, that was a retrospective of the series with various casts and Shelley Duvall. Unfortunately, this episode has never been made available on VHS, laser disc, or DVD, not being included in licensing packages. While this might be a disappointing omission, it shouldn't lessen the thrill of finally having DVD editions of the 26 tales themselves at a great price.

Here's a list of all 26 episodes contained in this collection:

The Tale of the Frog Prince



The Nightingale

Sleeping Beauty

Jack and the Beanstalk

Little Red Riding Hood

Hansel and Gretel

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Princess and the Pea



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Beauty and the Beast

The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers

The Three Little Pigs

The Snow Queen

The Pied Piper of Hamelin


Puss 'n Boots

The Emperor's New Clothes

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp

The Princess Who Had Never Laughed

Rip Van Winkle

The Little Mermaid

The Dancing Princesses
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134 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 2, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
FAERIE TALE THEATRE is a magical series featuring some of the greatest stars performing in adaptations of the classic fairytales. Created and hosted by Shelley Duvall and originally released on video between 1984 and 1987, the episodes themselves have proven to be quite hard to come by in recent years.

Now thanks to Starmaker II, the series has finally been released on DVD at a bargain price. Your whole family will love this series, though the show itself will be extra-special to those who grew up with it in the 80's (like myself).

Sit back and enjoy!
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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 4, 2008
Format: DVD
Koch Vision presents "SHELLEY DUVALL'S FAERIE TALE THEATRE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION" (1982-1987) (1387 mins/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) -- Brought to you on seven discs the fairy tale event of the year arrives with Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection, the ultimate DVD collection for both kids and parents alike --one of the most acclaimed and universally beloved series ever produced -- is family entertainment like none other --- From the Brothers Grimm to Hans Christian Andersen, twenty-six of the most beloved stories of all time are brought to life by A-list actors (in some of their most unique and memorable roles) as well as master directors including Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola among them --- You'll in seeing Robin Williams as the Frog Prince,Eric Idle as the Pied Piper, Billy Crystal as one of the Three Little Pigs,Jennifer Beals and Matthew Broderick as Cinderella and her prince, Bernadette Peters and Christopher Reeve as Sleeping Beauty and Prince Charming, Susan Sarandon and Klaus Kinski as Beauty and the Beast, Paul Reubens as Pinocchio, James Earl Jones as the Genie inside Aladdin's lamp, and Carrie Fisher as Thumbelina.

Each one of these stories is literally hand crafted by the directors (some of them famous directors like Francis Ford Coppella) and Shelley Duvall to reflect a certain style --- An example being the Sleeping Beauty tale was set in Russia with the sets and costumes designed to look like scenes from classic Russian motifs, the music from the Russian ballet --- Another being the direct rip off of the classic Jean Cocteau film "Beauty and the Beast".
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Does anyone know the difference between the two editions? can answer this for you, they have a discussion link on it. It seems that the 4 disc is discontinued and they replaced it with a cheaper packaged 6 disc version, but they both have the same episodes and no special features.
Jul 2, 2006 by Akemi |  See all 4 posts
Looking for similar series - can you help?
Try searching on amazon. There's 1 DVD called Timeless Tales from Hallmark, with Olivia Newton John.
May 7, 2008 by Amelia Bierly |  See all 2 posts
How do I access side 2 of these discs?
In my set, only disc 6 is dual sided - but nonetheless, flip the dic over.
Jun 16, 2007 by GT |  See all 2 posts
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