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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - 1938 [ IMPORT , ALL REGIONS ] (1938)

Tommy Kelly , Jackie Moran  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran, Ann Gillis
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White, Subtitled, Import
  • Subtitles: Korean, Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LQ79W0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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- Import from Korea - English language - Subtitles in Chinese and Korean are optional - NTSC All Region - Color - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) Sentiment rules in this version of the Twain tale of boyhood in 1850 Missouri, reasonably faithful except for minor details and making the character Jim a boy instead of a man. Includes the whitewash episode, puppy love, the graveyard murder, the boys' running away to Jackson's Island, the salvation of Muff Potter, and the cave adventure.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Here it is the beloved '38 version of `The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' on DVD! Since this family classic is still not available in a region 1 U.S. release, why not try this region 0, full-screen Korean import presented in English, so no reading of subtitles is necessary. The print quality is surprisingly good. While the color is a little faded, the picture and sound is crisp and clear. If you're like me [over fifty] you probably watched this film on television over and over again as child. Most people didn't have a color set back then so chances are you've never seen it in color anyway.

I just finished watching the DVD and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Don't wait a minute longer, it's time to own one of the most cherished film classics ever!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Sawyer February 9, 2007
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We received this DVD in the mail yesterday, and sat down to watch it after dinner that night. It is a colorized version, and was in English as promised. This DVD is for all regions, in NTSC format. Korean or Chinese subtitles can be put on screen if desired. The product description on the back of the DVD case is written in Korean, so I can't read it, but that's okay, I already knew what it's about ahead of time. This is a classic! So much better than the Tom Sawyer that Jodi Foster and Johnny Whitaker (1973 version) was in as a child stars. The acting is better by all characters in the movie. The sound on voices were a hair off compared to the lip movements on the DVD. Not enough to be distracting though. It is such a good movie, and so much like the book, watch this version of Tom Sawyer, you won't be sorry! I remember watching this as a kid, and being scared to death of the grave robbers. Now my kids are scared to death of the same scene, that's so funny, and great to watch their reactions to the different scenes of the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, it's an all time classic!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well done reproduction March 30, 2007
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When I first open the DVD I first thought it was going to be a low resolution copy. I was wrong it turns out to be high grade and in color.The only set back was the sound is a bit to loud and needs to be turn down by at lease -15 to -20 DB from my normal setting.If you don't know anything about Mark Twain or Tom Sawyer you will never learn anything from the DVD cover due to the fact everything is written in Korean. As an whole Hollywood don't make movies like this any more which will make you sad or laugh until you cry. This is one DVD that is rare and hard to find, but best of all an Item any one would be proud to have in there library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Classic Americana July 28, 2007
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The 1938 Selznick International production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the best rendition of this famous title but is curiously hard to come by. Tommy Kelly plays Tom Sawyer, Jackie Moran is Huckleberry Finn, and a host of excellent character actors play the rest. The sets are convincing, from the Missouri town to the adventures in the cave at the end.

The edition reviewed is made in Korea and has a 19th Century-style cover with lettering in Korean. The film's picture quality is pretty good and the sound comes over in clear, excellent English. There are no extras, other than optional subtitles in various languages. "Leonard Maltin's 2006 Movie Guide" says the film is 77 minutes long, and "Original running time 93m." My player took almost 91 minutes; so this may be a more complete version than some. I can't imagine cutting anything.

The story should be familiar to all Americans. This is a movie for all to enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic October 17, 2007
i watched as a child loved it just loved very close to the book and very well acted a must see
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Tom Sawyer October 25, 2010
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"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was made in 1938 by that legendary
showman David O. Selznick who once said "There are two types of
class - first class and no class". Well, this movie is first class
all the way. If you are looking around for the best movie version
of a Mark Twain story, then look no further because this is it. The
classic Mark Twain story now becomes a classic motion picture and
it has never been done better.

The production values and the casting are excellent. Filming
originally commenced in black and white but this was scrapped when
a color unit became available at the last minute and the entire
movie was then filmed in technicolor.

The impeccable cast includes:
Tommy Kelly as Tom Sawyer
Jackie Moran as Huckleberry Finn
May Robson as Aunt Polly
Walter Brennan as Muff Potter
Victor Jory as Injun Joe
David Holt as Sid Sawyer
Ann Gillis as Becky Thatcher

Tommy Kelly's portrayal of the main character is perfect and
everything you could wish to expect. He is the definitive Tom
Sawyer.

I do not wish to elaborate on the story which most people already
know as it has been told many times over the years in various
movie adaptions. All I wish to say is that it is a sentimental
tale of boyhood in 1850 Missouri.

The picture quality of this disc is excellent and the Dolby
Digital 5.1 sound is very impressive.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Aunt Polly!" June 17, 2008
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I love this movie. Tommy Kelly did a good preformance as Tom Sawyer. I think the music was good but I love the story. It's a great movie to add to your collection.I'm glad I added it to my collection and I hope you will too. I think it is a great classic and deserves recognition. I'm telling you if you loved the book you'll love this movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not vad would be much better if made in u.s.
Published 1 month ago by Randy Keeler
3.0 out of 5 stars The best part of this movie are the
enjoyable but not memorable. The best part of this movie are the sets
Published 1 month ago by Neil Fennell
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Have loved this movie since I was little and am enjoying it. This is the second time I have been asked to rate it.
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Keiser
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles may distract...:(
Great to find this classic. I've been looking for it for some time! However, if foreign subtitles bother you, may want to consider another source for this movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by G&P
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATS
The story of Tom Sawyer, who wouldn't love this. I searched and searched until it became available. Read more
Published 9 months ago by La La
1.0 out of 5 stars Soure Materials a Disappointment
Although we can all agree the film, itself, is a wonderful version of the famous story - the print quality is far from acceptable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steve Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good movie
Published 10 months ago by Larry
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Sawyer
Good clean entertainment for the entire family, with timeless messages. I watched it with grandson and he loved it and so did I.
Published 11 months ago by Michael Giovinazzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good copy
Watched this movie as a kid and I've been searching for it for years on the internet. Sound quality is good, picture is kinda fuzzy, but overall, I'm thankful that I found one of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by kaya lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of TOM SAWYER ever!
If you only see one version of this timeless classic, then this is the one to watch. Filmed in technicolor with fabulous performances by all involved, especially Aunt Polly.
Published 12 months ago by Ashley Charles
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