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Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection (2008)

Shelley Duvall , Robin Williams , Tim Burton , Francis Ford Coppola  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Shelley Duvall, Robin Williams, Christopher Reeve, Mick Jagger, Howie Mandell
  • Directors: Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola, Eric Idle, Roger Vadim
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Original recording remastered, Restored, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH Vision
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 1387 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZIRV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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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

Product Description

Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre brings to life twenty-six of the most magical fairy tales of all time. Directed by such masters of cinema as Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola, and star-powered by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Mick Jagger, James Earl Jones, Howie Mandel, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and more, this collection is an unparalleled treasury of best-loved tales of enchantment, adventure and wonder.

Contains 26 Spellbinding Stories Digitally Restored and Re-mastered!
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Beauty and the Beast
The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
The Dancing Princesses
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Little Mermaid
Little Red Riding Hood
The Nightingale
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The Princess and the Pea
The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
Puss in Boots
Rip Van Winkle
Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Tale of the Frog Prince
The Three Little Pigs

Lost Episode: "Faerie Tale Theatre’s Greatest Moments" ("Grimm Party")
Vintage Faerie Tale Theatre Presentation Reel with Shelley Duvall
B-Roll Promo Footage

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515 of 520 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set of Faerie Tale Theatre Episodes on DVD September 27, 2004
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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128 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the magic of FAERIE TALE THEATRE forever! November 2, 2004
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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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love!!
I loved these as a kid and now my kids love them too (even the 11 yr old boy!) One of the best purchases I've ever made! I also love the Special Features!
Published 11 days ago by Marcyinak
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I have been searching for YEARS for this collection. My mom had this recorded for me back in the 80s and my favorites were Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Krislee B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun DVD
Love this and can't wait to watch with a bowl of popcorn and a weekend off to fully enjoy it. Thank you
Published 29 days ago by NICHOLE TROUTT
5.0 out of 5 stars Have the collection - love it to the moon and back
We (my sister and I) bought the series and we still watch it and we are in our 60's. Our children, grandchildren and we love the stories and we enjoyed all that Shelly Duvall did... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Wonderful, highly entertaining, we'll acted. Bought an additional copy for my nephew after viewing. Will watch again soon. Great. Great.
Published 1 month ago by Jack Roter
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remembered
I love Shelly Duvall and this DVD brought back all of my childhood memories. A good by and maybe a good alternative to todays television.
Published 1 month ago by roni
5.0 out of 5 stars DUH
It's just the most amazing piece of 80's family programming that includes fairy tales full of magic and wonder and comedy.
Published 1 month ago by Celeste A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy to have the complete set.
Our family watched these programs when they originally aired and loved them and now we will be able to enjoy them again and pass on to our grandchildren.
Published 1 month ago by Jean Dennerll
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull set of videos
I bought these for my grandson who is 6. When his mother was 6 she watched these on vhs tape and still loves them.
Published 2 months ago by O. Thibodeaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Faerie Tale Theatre
Love it. A novel way to present the 'classics'. Great to see the stars interpretation. Would recommend it to anyone that wants to be entertained with a visual rather than a dry... Read more
Published 2 months ago by teddi4014
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By the time I started thinking about purchasing this wonderful collection it was no longer being sold new. I am so glad to have a second chance of adding Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre to my DVD collection.
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Hi, does anyone know if this set has subtitles or is dubed into any other languages?
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