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The Adventures of Tintin, Vols. 1-5

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007PBWGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,804 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 CT Tiger 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex H on November 12, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN VOL. 1-5 DVD SET is a fun set that has two episodes each. They run about 40-45-minutes for each episode and if you like cartoon mysteries like Scooby Doo, Where Are You! - The Complete First and Second Seasons, then you'll love Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy.

Although the box and the individual DVD cases--five in all--are written in French, each one has a fold-out insert that has episode information both in English and French, and for both DVD sets (1 & 2).

The actual episodes give you the option to choose either English or French language, as well.

Anyway, the cartoons are fun and the English speaking voice of "Tintin" is right on the money as the actor sounds just like a young man, not too old and not too young, and sounds just like the character looks! This makes the character endearing.

Check it out if you'd like to see some fun cartoons with adventure, and nostalgic sensibilities that show a different style and time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lebryk TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 4, 2012
Format: DVD
This is part one of the two part box set. This is a beautifully done set, when both boxes are placed side by side, and the episodes are put in the correct order, the spines area the picture on the side of the box (Tintin putting his coat on and snowy running in front of him, and TINTIN spelled across the top). It's a small but wonderful thing sitting on my shelf.

This is not the set if you are looking for the more original stories that the 2011 Adventures of Tintin movie was based on (they are in volume 2). However, this set has one of my all time favorite pairs, the Tintin on the moon. There were also two Tintin Gameboy games and the basis for both of them are in this set.

The animation looks lifted from the books. The director kept the drawings, colors, and simplicity of the books. Some of the stories may be a bit modified from the books, but I think the spirit is in all of these. In contrast to The Adventures of Tintin movie, which embellished the stories and didn't hold to the more basic colors of the cartoons.

The wonderful part of this particular set, compared to the newer set that is just now being released on DVD, is the choice between French or English soundtracks (the new set is English and Spanish). Although I'm the only fluent French speaker in the house, we all like the names and sounds in the French soundtrack better. Millou sounds so much better than Snowy. And there's something about DuPont et DuPont, compared to Thompson and Thompson.

Overall this is a fantastic set of DVD's. I was very lucky to purchase these in Canada several years ago when they were first released. I'm not certain they are worth the really high collector price being asked, especially when essentially the same movies will be available on a 2 disc set.
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