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Oscar® winner* Cloris Leachman (Herbie Goes Bananas) stars as the evil, wart-plagued witch Griselda in this enchanting live-action version of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale about two siblings who wander into the forest against their parents' orders. Featuring singing, dancing and a larger-than-life house built entirely of cookies and candy, this delightful film is a sweet treat for the entire family! When Hansel (Hugh Pollard) and Gretel (Nicola Stapleton) get lost in the forbidden forest after their trail of bread crumbs disappears, they come upon an enticing gingerbread cottage. The problem is, it's inhabited by a witch! As Griselda plots to keep them there forever through hocus-pocus magic, the quick-witted siblings must figure out how to avoid becoming her next dessert!

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In this live-action, Cannon group rendition of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale Hansel and Gretel, music, drama, and suspense interweave in a captivating tale of two young children lost in the woods. Sent to pick berries by their exasperated mother (Emily Richard), Hansel (Hugh Pollard) and Gretel (Nicola Stapleton) stray from the well-worn path into the dangerous Northern Woods with nary a care; singing, dancing, and leaving a trail of cookie crumbs so they can find their way back home. Happiness soon becomes despair when the two children discover that the birds have eaten their crumbs and they're hopelessly lost in the woods. Scared and hungry, Hansel and Gretel stumble upon a gingerbread house inhabited by a seemingly kind old woman Griselda (Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman) and gorge themselves on an abundance of sweets and pastries. Pure fright replaces the children's initial glee when they discover that Griselda is really an evil witch who wants to imprison them and eat them for supper. Somehow, the children must escape from the wicked witch and reunite with their father (David Warner) and mother. Cloris Leachman is absolutely convincing as the wicked Griselda in this production and Hugh Pollard and Nicola Stapleton adeptly portray the innocence, fears, and resourcefulness of young children. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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  • Actors: David Warner, Hugh Pollard, Nicola Stapleton, Emily Richard, Cloris Leachman
  • Directors: Len Talan
  • Writers: Len Talan, Jacob Grimm, Nancy Weems, Wilhelm Grimm
  • Producers: Itzik Kol, Menahem Golan, Patricia Ruben
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009U7LO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,421 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hansel & Gretel" on IMDb

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher on August 23, 2002
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The odds of anyone running across this review for such a small, forgotten film are very slim, but I am compelled to write it anyway just to prove to myself that this charming and faithful re-telling of the old fairytale does in fact exist.
Hansel and Gretel (the two very attractive child stars Hugh Pollard and Nicola Stapleton) are the children of the poor wood-dwelling couple Stefan (David Warner) and Maria (Emily Richard) who make ends meet by scouring the woods for food due to the merciless employment of the baker that Stefan works under. While on a trip to the village with their father Gretel is given a pouch of - you guessed it - breadcrumbs from the baker, and the two children are enchanted by the Punch and Judy show, quickly learning the words and steps to the dance that makes them neglectful in their duties later that day. Whilst they dance madly in the next room, the donkey enters the house and eats the pie that Maria has just made. When she returns she sends the children out in a temper to pick berries, but is instantly regretful (no evil stepmothers here!) when she realises her children must have ventured into the forbidden North Woods, where demons and witches are said to dwell.
The children are indeed lost in the woods thanks to the watching crows destroying their trail of breadcrumbs, and after much wandering, the two come to a gingerbread house, where the seemingly kindly old lady Grizelda (played with great zest by Cloris Leachman) lives. Of course, this is not the case, and the two are captured - Hansel to be fattened up till the witch deems him big enough to eat, and Gretel to perform menial chores around the house.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2003
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For years I have ADORED this film, I saw it first when I was eight years old and was mezmerized! It was such a scary tale and the witch was just fantastic. I'm now 20 years old and her ugly face still burns in my memory! I also loved the actors who played Hansel and Gretel, they both featured in the T.V series of 'Simon and the Witch' which was great. I wish more fairy tales would be turned into real films, it makes brilliant viewing. I think it should be aired on T.V because it is just such a shame that its a forgotten film, everyone would love it as much as we did! and then I'm sure they would release it on DVD and VHS; I live in hope! If anyone knows where I can buy a copy of the film please reveal it on this sight, I've literally been trawling video shops for years looking for it. Its the best film ever!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Fees on December 29, 2003
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I saw this movie last year for the first time and I was really excited to see this particular production. I knew it was in the Cannon Movie tales series so I knew that it was going to be great. Most of the music in the film is adapted from the Humperdinck opera of the story which accents the story nicely. This isn't the happy, jumpy version of the story that everyone is used to seeing. There are moments of suspense, afterall it is about a cannibalistic witch. Especially frightening are the moments when hansel and gretel are lost in the woods at night and you hear all different kinds of strange, eerie demonic voices. The sets are amazing. When I saw the gingerbread house I was stunned and when Hansel and Gretel start to eat from the house out pops Cloris Leachman as a somewhat whimsical old woman. Leachman gives hints throughout these earlier sequences that she enjoys, well, human flesh. I liked the touch when she is reading the story of the Sleeping Beauty to the two siblings saying that everything came to life after the princess awoke, the fire rose and cooked the children, instead of saying cooked the chicken, giving the viewer an insight of things to come. Eventually, we find out that the old lady is really a witch. This sequence is really frightening when the witch, in true witch form, is casting a spell over a cauldron. Overall, this movie is one of the best in the collection and defintely deserves a place on the video shelf and is a film that every fan of the brother's grimm tale should see. AAAA+++++
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on May 19, 2006
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Screen faves David Warner and Cloris Leachman turn out for this amazing rendition of the classic Grimm fairy tale, "Hansel and Gretel," greatly influenced by the renowned operatic version. The tale is that of two poor, near starving German peasant children, Hansel and Gretel, who live in the woods with their bitter mother and woodcutter father (Warner). Cast out one day by their mother for wasting what little food they had, Hansel and Gretel wander far into the forest in search of berries to redeem themselves at home. The small children leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way back, but these are quickly eaten by the birds, and the children soon become lost. The next morning, as their parents search for them unsuccessfully, Hansel and Gretel come to a little cottage in the forest made entirely of gingerbread and candy. The two are thrilled and quickly begin eating when they are interrupted by the lady of the house, an ugly old woman named Griselda who seems quite sweet and eager to feed the waifish pair. However, later that night in the gingerbread house, Gretel discovers the truth about Grandmother Griselda. She is actually a witch with wicked plans to devour the children! The next day, Gretel finds herself the slave of the old witch, as they work hour after hour in Griselda's kitchen cooking up cakes, pies, and other goodies with which to fatten up poor little Hansel!

"Hansel and Gretel" sits among the best of the nine wonderful Cannon Movie Tales, which are among the best live-action fairy tale films available to date. Sticking more closely to the original stories than the usual fare, "Hansel and Gretel" and the other Cannon tales mix in simple but fun-filled songs with fantastic casts and writing that blends realism and fantasy seamlessly.
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