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The Little Mermaid (1979)

Viktoriya Novikova , Valentin Nikulin , Vladimir Bychkov  |  G |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Viktoriya Novikova, Valentin Nikulin, Galina Artyomova, Yuri Senkevich, Stefan Ilyev
  • Directors: Vladimir Bychkov
  • Writers: Grigori Yagdfeld, Hans Christian Andersen, Vladimir Vitkovich
  • Producers: Ivan Kordov, Roman Konbrandt
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Live, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Russian
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y6ZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Little Mermaid" on IMDb

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Based on one of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's best fairy tales, The Little Mermaid falls in love with a Prince she once saved during a storm. For the sake of her love, she must sacrifice everything to live with her beloved Prince. But will the Prince realize the great trials the Little Mermaid gone through for him or lose her forever? Vladimir Bychkov directs this noted life-action version made in Russia.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is the familiar version of the Little Mermaid that Disney hasn't destroyed. In her search for love the little Russalka brings tragedy to all except the very selfish Princess. Set in the early Middle Ages the film is gorgeous and well acted. Viktoriya Dovikova is the Little Mermaid and sems almost unearthly. She is beautifully cast and brings warmth to her very tragic character as we really feel her longing and pain. This and the Czech Three Wishes For Cinderella are two wonderful fairy tales that are not well knwon in the West yet should be, though the first is not for children.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving Tale July 11, 2006
I'll never understand why people who love the original version of this tale bash the Disney movie. I don't agree at all that Disney "destroyed" the story; in fact, it's because of tragic tales like Andersen's that I'm glad happy endings are still around. Having said that, I do love this film. The little mermaid is a sweet ocean being looking for love in a land-prince who she saved from death in the sea. Of course, he thinks a spoiled princess is the one who saved him and completely dotes on her, totally unaware of the angelic mermaid's true worth..or the terrible price she'll have to pay if he doesn't return her love.

The casting in this film is superb: the prince is a gorgeous man with a noble look in his eyes that portrays his soul; the princess who claims to have saved him is a beautiful but cold-looking woman with a face like carved porcelain. The mermaid herself is innocence and purity incarnate: as a mermaid she has aqua hair which makes her pretty face look impish; as a human, she has golden hair which haloes her face and enhances her angelic look.

The story's great, too; while it has all the sentiments of the original tale, the writers added some very imaginative changes: for one thing, the sea-witch is actually a land-witch with a hilarious personality who aids the mermaid in her quest for love. One of my favorite changes is that the mermaid gives up her hair rather than her voice so she can actually talk to the prince (huzzah!). There's also a new character, a vagabond, who loves the mermaid and knows her secret.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! July 3, 2009
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It's not exactly like Anderson's story, but the spirit is there and they found the most PERFECT girl to play the Mermaid. Those familiar with Disney will want to bury your head in the sand, because it's on a different planet. I also love that they rated this G even though it has Nudity and violence. God bless the 70's...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rusalochka August 26, 2011
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This movie is totally bizarre...the Russian-to-English translation is probably not spot on but it sure is pretty to watch! I especially love the brief but awesome underwater scenes.
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