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Mio in the Land of Faraway (1988)

Nick Pickard , Christian Bale , Vladimir Grammatikov  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Pickard, Christian Bale, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York, Christopher Lee
  • Directors: Vladimir Grammatikov
  • Writers: Andrei Ivanov, Astrid Lindgren, William Aldridge
  • Producers: Göran Lindström, Ingemar Ejve, Klas Olofsson, Terje Kristiansen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y6BP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mio in the Land of Faraway" on IMDb

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Fantasy about a lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, together with his new friend, to destroy the evil Knight Kato.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Bizarre, It's An Undeniable Classic May 1, 2006
This movie (on VHS) was given to me many years ago as a gift. Although I had never even heard of this film at the time, it only took one viewing for it to become a favorite of mine. These days, it seems you can score a DVD of "The Land of Faraway" for a cool hundred bones. And I assure you, it is worth every penny.

First off, there's the drab opening scenes where poor orphan Bosse gets picked on by everyone. You'll feel sorry for him, but that's because you don't realize he has a wondrous destiny in store. All of a sudden, a giant floating head materializes out of nowhere and, ordering Bosse to hang onto his beard, spirits him away to the Land of Faraway! Needless to say, this is a bizarre montage that will astound you.

The floating head delivers him to the palace, where he meets his father (the King, natch) and his best friend Jum-Jum. (How you can have a best friend you've never met is a bit bewildering to me, but hey, it's Christian Bale, and he could sell a blind man a "pap", let alone a friendless loser on the prospect of a new homie.) Bosse gets a new name, "Mio", and a flying horse, "Miramis", and the audience begins to wonder what the heck is going on here.

Enter the evil villain, KATO! Every time his name is spoken, a fierce and scary wind blows from somewhere offscreen. The effect is so comical, I guarantee you will find yourself repeatedly faux-intoning "KA-TO!!" after watching the film. (By the way, it rhymes with "gato", not NATO.) Christopher Lee is awesome in this role, particularly when he gets to deliver lines like "This is the most dangerous sword I've had in my cannot kill the young and innocent!" Obviously, the new Prince of Faraway needs to take this mug down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An adventure for the family... June 29, 2005
...with sometimes sadly poor effects, but besides that it still manages to be convinsing as an epic adventure, and the heartfelt and inspiring story of the great Astrid Lindgren never fails. It's the kind of movie that makes children dream, and an adventure they will never quite forget when they grow up. I was a child the first time I saw it, and I saw it the first time since I was about ten years old today (now I'm 27). It was a lot of fun to see the scenes that I only vaguely remembered from the theatre those many years ago, and though (as mentioned) the effects are now a bit "outdated" it could have been a lot worse -just keep in mind that this was made long before "Harry Potter". And it's a classic tale of a battle beteen good and evil, nothing complex, and not surprisingly it reminds a lot of "Lionheart" of the same author. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Bale goes Astrid lindgren August 6, 2005
By Marsian
This is a magical and very loved english talking-movie played out in sweden but with many english actors and some swedish.

Astrid Lindgren - author of the book

Christopher Lee - actor who plays Saruman in (lord of the rings)

Christian Bale - Actor who played Jim in (Empire of the sun)

people who doesn't speak swedish dont know how many great child movies we have (written by Astrid Lindgren) that are extremly wonderful and magical.

other favorits are:

Ronja (Ronia, the Robber's Daughter)

Broderna lejonhjarta (The Brothers Lionheart)

And many others... for people who enjoys foreign cool movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've waited for years for this to get the DVD treatment! September 15, 2010
I didn't get this from Amazon, but from another source, oh well. I didn't read the story, but I love the movie, ever since I was a kid. But I had a rather used up copy of it on VHS for a while. When Anchor Bay brought it to DVD, I knew I had to have it, at any price. Let me just say, AB, you did a very nice job recolorizing it, the sound and music is still beautiful, but much clearer in this format, I would like very much to see it released again with more special features, but for now, the trailer is plenty. The other two reviewers on here have the right idea comparing this to Neverending Story-it certainly has that mood and feel. After several years of waiting for it to be affordable, my wish has finally been granted, it will be a frequent watch once again. Special mention of the cast must be made: Christian Bale does a very nice job, 20 some years before DK) Timothy Bottoms is very compassionate as the King, and Christopher Lee, as always, does one heck of a job as the arch villian-remember HammerFilms Dracula? Note: this review is primarily for those who've already seen it, so if you haven't or read the story, I do apolygize. Feedback welcome.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mio In the Land of Far away October 15, 2002
By A Customer
I loved this movie as a child. We taped it off the tv, and I cant find that old tape anymore. Im going to order the dvd. I work with school age children and Im sure they will love this as much as I did as a child. Obviously it isnt as technically advanced as Harry potter, or the new childrens movies..but that doesnt mean its a bad movie. Its exciting! Kids of all ages will like this movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wasn't the right movie July 26, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
was searching for this title for years but got a completely different movie instead. Chose a different retailer or enjoy your random selection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One very obscured and great Sci-Fi/Fantasy movie. September 8, 2009
I remember back in 2000 or 2001, I saw this air on Sci-Fi Channel, and loved it. I'm very surprised that this is a hard and obscured movie on DVD, knowing it's got a great cast including young Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Timothy Bottoms, and Susannah York. I think that Mio and the Land of Faraway should be re-released onto DVD for those who have seen this and loved it, since at the time it was released onto DVD, it was when VHS was still the most used and affordable type of video for all video technology.

To all parents: Need another great sci-fi/fantasy movie to show to children of all ages? This one is a recommendation.
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Why is it so darn expensive?
I have looked for this dvd everywhere throughout the years. I don't understand why they can't just put it out on dvd again. It's ridiculous to think that anyone would pay that kind of money for a used dvd. this is part of what causes people to download things illegally. make it available, make it... Read More
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