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Finally, The Adventures of Tintin on DVD! More than 200 million books have been sold and two feature length movies have been made - and now the award-winning Adventures of Tintin are available on DVD for the very first time! Join Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, Prof. Tournesol and the Thompson Twins, on a series of gripping adventures, and watch as they confront their enemies, unravel mysteries and search for truth and justice, all around the world. Each disc features two favourite Tintin episodes!

The Adventures of Tintin adapts one of the world's best-loved characters into a extremely faithful and entertaining animated television series. A Canadian production broadcast in the U.S. on HBO, the series vividly captures the intrepid reporter and his colorful friends (including his dog, Snowy, the blustery Captain Haddock, the brilliant but absent-minded Professor Calculus, and the detective twins Thompson and Thomson) as they travel the world on adventures that mix action, mystery, and humor. The books were originally written in French by the Belgian author Hergé (though Tintin himself is a British character), but the DVD set includes both French and English language tracks as well as French and English subtitles.

The five discs feature two stories each: the two-part space-travel epic, Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon; two of the later adventures, Land of Black Gold and Flight 714; the Scotland-based mystery The Black Island and the political intrigue of King Ottokar's Sceptre; the eerie two-parter The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, in which an ancient curse leads to a trip to Peru; and two early adventures, The Shooting Star and The Broken Ear. The animated series perfectly captures the look of the books (although The Broken Ear, the book of which had the roughest art, has been smoothed out to look like the rest of the series), and each 42-minute episode has enough time to re-create the books' character and wit, if not the exact layout and pacing. (The exception is The Shooting Star, which underwent heavy editing to fit into a mere 22 minutes.) Tintin fans will love reliving these adventures, and newcomers have a wonderful discovery awaiting them. (Ages 8 and older: moments of peril, threatening themes, alchohol consumption) --David Horiuchi

Special Features

  • Includes: Destination Moon, Explorers on the Moon, Land of Black Gold, The Black Island, King Ottokar's Sceptre, The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun, The Shooting Star, The Broken Ear

Product Details

  • Actors: Colin O'Meara, Thierry Wermuth, Christian Pellissier, Henri Labussière, Yves Barsacq
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, Full Screen, Import, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007PBWGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Adventures of Tintin, Vols. 1-5" on IMDb

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138 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on December 16, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I ordered The Adventures of Tintin from Amazon, but I got Les Adventures De Tintin. Not to worry. These DVDs include an English language audio track. I suspect there is no set labelled in English, since this beautiful creation comes courtesy of Nelvana studios in Ontario, Canada. But this box set is an embarrassment of riches; American DVDs should be packaged so well! Within the box are five DVDs, each with their own slipcases, with two episodes per DVD.

As Tintin fans know who may have caught these shows in their brief run on TV, Nelvana has done everything right. Somehow the characters seem right out of Herge's popular comics, which have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Nelvana wisely refrained from updating the stories, so the first episode, "Destination Moon" takes place before the lunar landings, retaining the period feel of Herge's comic. This blue box containing vols. 1-5 has a companion red box with vols. 6-10. With the two boxes side by side the DVD jackets spell out Tintin, with a picture of Herge's intrepid sleuth and his canine companion, Snowy. Hopefully these sets will come back into print in the US, along with other lesser-known French and Belgian comics like Spirou and Fantasio (the source of the Disney cartoon Marsupilami). For Tintin fans, both francais and anglais, c'est magnifique!

Episodes in this box set (Vols. 1-5) include: Destination Moon/ Explorers on the Moon, Land of the Black Gold/ Flight 714, The Black Island/ King Ottokar's Sceptre, The Seven Crystal Balls/ Prisoners of the Sun, and The Shooting Star/ The Broken Ear.

Episodes in the red box set (Vols. 6-10) include: The Crab with the Golden Claws/ Tintin in Tibet, The Blue Lotus/ The Calculus Affair, Cigars of the Pharaoh, The Secret of the Unicorn/ Red Rackham's Treasure, and The Castafiore Emerald/ Tintin and the Picaros.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Diana on February 4, 2007
Format: DVD
I got both Tintin DVD sets for Christmas and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! I think I've seen each DVD, both in English and in French (it comes with both) at least 3 or 4 times.

Anyone who knows anything about the history of Tintin knows that he evolves all the time. The books we buy today are not the books that were originally published, are not the original strips that were first published in the Belgian Catholic newspaper in which Tintin was born. Everytime Tintin was changed, he was refined- he became less naive, more politically aware, more worldly (as opposed to Belgian). Whether you think this is a good or bad thing is up to you.

While these DVDs are not identical to the comic strips, I appreciate them for a few reasons. First, they're good, clean entertainment. They bring Tintin to life in a wonderful way. Plus, they're a great way to practice my French. You can watch these in English or French with English or French subtitles.

When I visited Chenonceau, the chateau on which Moulinsart was modeled, they had a Tintin exhibit in one of the stables, and they were playing one of these cartoons, in French. It was great.

I highly recommend these for anyone who loves Tintin or who is trying to learn French in a creative manner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Antonia E. Wiseman on December 15, 2007
Format: DVD
I lived in Belgium for years as a child, and like every other child saved my precious allowance francs to buy Tintin comics. I received this set of CDs for my 58th birthday. What a wonderful surprise. I loved every minute of viewing.
My only negative is if you choose to listen to the English version. In french, the voice sound exactly like I expected Tintin, Tournesol, Captain Haddock, et al. to sound; in English, the voices are definitely not to type. But if you can go with the French, sit back and enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Peterson on July 19, 2010
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I watched the Tintin series with my little sister before school when we were younger and I have fond memories of the stories and characters. As we got older, we would say to each other, remember that show we used to watch when we were little, Tintin? And his cute little dog and the Captain? On occasion, we would see a Tintin poster in a shop or someone with a worn Tintin shirt and we would be so excited, it felt like we were the only kids that saw this show and loved it. Then I studied abroad in college and happened to travel through Belgium.... And there I was in Tintin central! Tintin everywhere. I spoke to some Belgian store clerks who were quite offended I did not know Tintin was Belgian! I tried to explain that Tintin was rare, and dare I say- relatively unknown- in America, but that we had watched the series as children and loved it. They stared at me with a look that said, "Of course. Every child/adult/living being loves Tintin." I was happy to see this set on Amazon, and I ordered and enjoyed watching them. (There is an English and French language option at the start of each episode). I will share them with my little cousins and I think they will like watching them too! Definitely rated G, good for children. There are moments when you can tell that the stories are from the 30's. The foreign lands/people are not exactly 2010 PC... but they are not degrading. The adventures are fun, the characters are clever and funny, and I would say that the era/settings add to the charm. I know with a Steven Spielberg Tintin movie in the works, Tintin will not be as "unknown" in America pretty soon.
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