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Initiation of Alice in Wonderland: The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll (2009)

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  • Actors: Artist Not Provided
  • Directors: Not Provided
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, 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: Reality Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Initiation of Alice in Wonderland: The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll

Strange lands, peculiar animated beings and altered perceptions created to entertain and confuse. White Rabbits, a Mad Queen, a baby transforming into a pig and conundrums by the score what on earth does it all mean?

Lewis Carroll was the enigmatic man who created a magical and surreal reality populated by characters mined from the depths of his imagination. Were they simple tales of fantasy to entertain children or something considerably more profound?

Everyone knows that Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter in the Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland, but few know of the amazing man who first imagined the world of Alice in Wonderland.

In this film we explore the wonderful world of Lewis Carroll and for the first time delve deep into the mind of the man to discover the hidden mysteries and meanings behind his incredible creations.

Prepare for a journey through the looking glass and to enter a realm of fantastic adventure and mystery.

Written and directed by best selling author and award winning filmmaker, Philip Gardiner, and co- written by author Brian Allan.

The Initiation of Alice in Wonderland: The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll, 75 Minutes plus Special Features, RYE 1069

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than a ripoff ! March 21, 2010
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Worse than just a boring, repetitive ripoff off old biographies, this film "stars" the director's daughter mugging for the camera over and over. The director's own bias towards the mystical warps Lewis Carroll into some chemical character. The most awful part here is the terribly Photoshopped picture of Lewis Carroll embracing and kissing Alice Liddell !? This is shown maybe 10 times throughout the film. If there is a Liddell or Dodgson estate extant, they should sue.

Please, I threw away 20 bucks for this trash. I hope I can prevent someone else from doing the same. Use the cash to buy one of the fine Lewis Carroll biographies available.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously? April 20, 2010
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I have seen several good documentaries about the life of Lewis Carroll; this is not one of them, because it is filled with misinformation. For one example, every time the narrator discusses the family of Alice Liddell, a picture is shown of Carroll with the wife and children of George MacDonald, another Victorian author. Clearly very little research on Carroll himself went into this project, because it spends a lot of time focusing on assumptions that were made about the author long after he died. Also, a lot of time is spent trying to prove that Carroll had a tenuous grasp on reality, and this is treated as though it is a good thing. If you want a documentary with poor computer graphics and a lot of time spent off topic, this would be a great DVD. But if you actually want to learn something about Lewis Carroll, I recommend that you keep looking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you're not a Lewis Carroll/Alice fan, this documentary may be too much, but for real lovers of Carroll's incredible imagination, or if you're new to Alice in Wonderland, this is great stuff. There's a ten-minute silent version of Alice circa 1920 to contrast with the current Johnny Depp/Tim Burton offering, and enough historical context and conspiracy innuendo to spark imagination, discussion and investigation. I have no idea if Lewis Carroll had an inappropriate interest in young girls, or a drug habit, or laced his books with mystical, religious propaganda (I think probably none of the above) but it's still interesting to speculate. John Tenniel's original illustrations from the book are a highlight too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There are few of us who haven't read or at least seen Alice in Wonderland, whether the Disney animated version or the more recent Tim Burton film. This DVD is a documentary that covers Lewis Carroll's life and times. The filmmaker speculates on Mr. Carroll's drug habits, his fascination with young girls and his hobby of photographing nude children. It also seems that he had a close relationship--maybe too close--with his muse, Alice Little, who was only 11 years old.

The narrator also discusses Lewis Carrol's epilepsy and how the strange things the author incorporated into his book may have come from hallucinations during seizures. I also wonder if some may have been drug induced! Some of the graphics aren't that great, but there are many wonderful historical photos, and original illustrations by John Tenniel.

Whenever I watch a movie or documentary I hope to walk away having gained something. After viewing this DVD my mind is still whirling with all I learned about Lewis Carroll, his life, and times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Through a different view of the looking glass March 29, 2010
Like many geniuses of his time, Lewis Caroll is for us today just as fascinating as he is mysterious. This documentary provides a great introduction to the man and the myths, as well as painting a wide canvas as to the influence behind his most famous work and possible explanations, from religion to spiritualism and psychology. Since very little "videos" of the era can be found (obviously), the filmmakers make creative and ingenious use of graphics, photographs and created footage to turn this presentation into an interesting watch.

For all its glitter though, the film lacks in research as no source is presented, like historical societies, academic expert studies or such; the expose feels like it was written out of information found on Wikipedia. Still, it provides a great introduction to a very interesting man while offering a view very few uninitiated would suspect; an interesting portrait of what could've happened to cultivate such an enduring and cherished work of fiction as Alice in Wonderland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorough examination of Alice and Lewis March 25, 2010
With the reemergence of Alice in Wonderland with Tim Burton's new film, this is the exact right time for this kind of documentary. It really is a well thought out and well written film. If you have ever read either Alice in Wonderland or Through The Looking Glass, this will definitely intrigue you. You will learn about the many theories of inspiration for everything from Alice, to the intriguing characters placed throughout the book. Though a lot of what is placed in this book is theoretical, it is excellently researched and hypothesized. The only thing I don't like is the use of the actress whom is playing the part of Alice in this film. Everything else seems purposeful but she seems slightly out of place. Other than that, this is a great piece that will make you seriously think about, Alice, Lewis and even the state of your own mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curiouser and Curiouser March 19, 2010
A little patience with slow pacing and repetitive music soundtrack will reward the viewer with a wealth of little-known biographical background about Lewis Carroll and the genesis of his inspiration for Alice In Wonderland. The filmmaker takes on some of the recent "scandalous" revelations about Carroll's relationship with eleven-year-old muse Alice Little, and places them in the context of the Victorian era, thereby defusing much of the sensationalism. A portrait is painted of a shy, serious and brilliant loner who struggled for expression of his unusual ideas and was perhaps after all trying to exorcize his demons.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A one man show...
I can understand that most of these "biographies" are the opinions of the director. You could tell this fella is very passionate about his work but listening to the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Moknbyrd
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about Lewis Carroll is told here and one other movie .
Alice is loved by millions but knowing the reason Lewis wrote the stories disturbs me . It is always nice to see others play out the story so one can compare the actors in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dan Heath de Butts
1.0 out of 5 stars Alice? Alas
I have real trouble when every other phrase in a "documentary" sounds like "uncertain," "not known,", or "lost to history. Read more
Published 5 months ago by wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It
This is a gift that I ordered for my daughter who loves everything "Alice". I'm sure she'll enjoy it too.
Published 12 months ago by Sherrill M. Meeks
5.0 out of 5 stars a gift
Movie was a gift to a great Alice in Wonderland fan. It was shipped very quickly. It was clean and new. I would order
again. Thank You
Published 14 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Shane
I've read Alice in Wonderland and seen several movie adaptations so I naturally was curious to know more about how these strange and wonderful characters were dreamt up. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching!
Wow. Lewis Carroll was a strange ranger. I had no idea until watching this video. There is a great deal of background information and in depth info here. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kdeva7
4.0 out of 5 stars ...of Cabbages and Kings
Lewis Carroll is an icon and this does his life and story justice. It was great to learn more about this genius of an author.
Published 21 months ago by Benjamin Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars The real wonderland
This DVD was a very in-depth look at the very real "wonderland" that was Carroll's mind. The Alice work is obviously so laden with deeper meanings, and this DVD does much to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Meredith Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Watch
"The Initiation of Alice in Wonderland: The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll" offers a brief--but detailed--examination of an author who has been both celebrated and reviled (scandal... Read more
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