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The Nutcracker: The Untold Story [Blu-ray] (2010)

Elle Fanning , Nathan Lane , Andrei Konchalovsky  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, John Turturro, Frances de la Tour, Shirley Henderson
  • Directors: Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Writers: Andrei Konchalovsky, Chris Solimine
  • Producers: Andrei Konchalovsky, Paul Lowin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JX89XI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,558 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nutcracker: The Untold Story [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    Experience the classic holiday tale of the Nutcracker brought to life like you have never seen it before. This all-new film features a highly-acclaimed cast including; Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, Frances de la Tour and John Turturro. Join Mary on a magical adventure when her toy nutcracker comes to life and whisks her away to a magical kingdom filled with fantastical toys, sugar plums and dancing fairies. Mary soon discovers the evil Rat King is threatening the kingdom and in order to save the Nutcracker, Mary must uncover a hidden secret to free the prince and restore his kingdom. Based on the story that inspired Russian composer Tchaikovsky to create the music for the iconic ballet, the film includes eight new exciting songs written by Oscar®-winning lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King, Evita).

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    35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars terrible excuse for a Christmas movie December 6, 2011
    By Sah
    Format:DVD
    This movie was horrendous! The rat king's teeth morph into this incredibly scary monster and scared my 6 year old girl and 2 year old boy. Although my 8 yr old boy didn't mind all of the horrific effects, it was no Christmas movie. There was no hint on the dvd cover that this movie would be so dark and violent. Why would they do this to the Nutcracker? They tore apart a beautiful concept. I would guess Nathan Lane and John Turturro were appalled when they saw the final cut. I can't imagine they were proud of this Christmas production. After watching it, it made me want to write a letter to Lane, Turturro, the producer, director, somebody and tell them they should be ashamed and tell them what a terrible waste of time and energy this movie was. We all sat down as a family waiting to see a beautiful Christmas story and we were all incredibly disappointed. The dvd cover is very misleading and does not show any pics of the scary or dark stuff. There is one scene where the rat king chews through the door of the elevator to get to the little girl - and it scared me! I hated this movie so much and wish my children had never seen it, that I am writing this review on Amazon and I didn't even buy it online here. I bought it out of the $10 WalMart bin - no wonder it was in there. Don't waste your money or scare your children!!!!!! As I am writing this review tonight, my 6 year old and 2 year old have already called me crying because they can't get the rat king out of their head! just awful.
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    19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not for children August 22, 2012
    Format:DVD
    I'm not the only reviewer disturbed by this production. I took a script writing course one semester. I was disturbed then too..that the instructor didn't think my storyline was dark enough. He taught that the antagonist should prevail for the like 97% of the story..the idea bein,g "oh what a relief it is" when evil is overturned...which is unrealistic, anyone knows.
    The problem is we all have this sparkling, magical, happy association with Christmas, well not everyone, but most of us, try our best to make it the happiest time of the year for our children, And the Nutcracker has been a part of this American festive occasion for two generations. "Visions of sugar plums dancing in our dreamy heads"...
    But nooooo...we have to give children visions of snarling, murderous, sadistic Rat Faced Nazis for a long...long time. Explosions, threats of 'biting the fingers off of our heroine, one finger at a time'...isn't that special. What then?..replace dreams of toys and deleirous, magical happiness..with a bleeding nightmare?

    Who are these people who decide to spend the money producing slimy crap like this?

    As the other reviewer said, don't let the sparkling , smiling, hppy faces on the cover fool you. That to me, is the purist and cruelest example of deception possible. DEceeption, bait and switch, slobbering greed..."visions of a film to be bought over and over, and played again and again, like Tchaikovsky's masterpiece..laughing all the way to the bank year after year. Well guess what,
    Rat Faced Producers...you have blood and gore on your faces. There is a special place in Hell prepared just for you. Tons of vermin. Enjoy your undeserved wealth while you can.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and strange December 21, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    Genuinely strange big-budget children's film bombed when it received its original theatrical release and received extremely bad reviews. The story concerns a young girl (an excellent Elle Fanning) in the early 1900's. Her wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and turns out to be a boy prince who was cursed. She travels to his kingdom and helps him defeat the Rat King (a very amusing John Turturro) who has taken over and enslaved the population.

    Some reviewers are claiming that this movie is not appropriate for children--I guess that depends on how bland you think children's entertainment needs to be to be appropriate. The Nutcracker: The Untold Story is about the power of imagination and friendship. There is less violence than a child could see on a typical network television program and not a single character in the movie dies, not even the villains. So what exactly is so objectionable?

    Some adults seem to be disturbed by the fact that the villains are loosely modeled on the Nazis. While that is certainly true it's not something that small children are likely to pick up on or be disturbed by. And the villains are not Nazis--the Rat King burns children's toys in a huge factory to create a dark cloud that keeps the sun from shining down into the kingdom and his soldiers are more bumbling than menacing. The Rat King also has a habit of breaking into song, which makes him even less scary.

    If Elle Fanning and her prince (and, eventually, her bratty little brother) can shut down the factory the sun will shine on the streets again and the rats will be forced to retreat to the sewers because they can't stand sunlight.

    Sounds really, really adult, doesn't it?
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars People Over Reacting Is Insane! December 17, 2013
    By WingLT
    Format:Blu-ray
    People obviously didn't notice that the movie is rated PG not G. There was nothing wrong with this movie. The Rat King showed his teeth and everyone flips out over it... If kids get upset over something like that then they are living a very sheltered life. I watch the
    Nutcracker Prince cartoon from the 90's and that's also rated PG and everyone loves that movie. And yet in that version the Prince stabs the Rat King in the heart with a sword and blood is shown! Am I missing something here??? This movie was ok and could of been better. But reading people's over acted comments is stupid. There was nothing deceiving about the cover art for the movie. It has the proper rating.

    There was some comedy, musical songs, and the CGI blended well with the movie. This is a different take on the classic Nutcracker and people shouldn't bash the director for it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Favorite
    My niece saw the movie on TV and fell in love; so the great aunt i am...i ordered it! She watches it year round...im doing this review a year later!
    Published 9 months ago by Tracy Hodo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    Christmas has its traditions and this year watching The Nutcracker together with my grandson became one of mine! Funny, cute, and very entertaining for everyone! Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Trina D.Box
    5.0 out of 5 stars We loved this interpretation of Nutcracker!
    The script, acting, 3D graphics, lighting, everything was outstanding. The story is gripping even for older adults without kids. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by James Preston
    5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter Loves
    Beautiful, well directed version. My daughter (11 years old) has watched so many versions of the Nutcracker this is one of her favorite story and she always smiles as she watches... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Deanna
    5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
    If you're looking for an accurate portrait of the Nutcracker, don't bother. If you're looking for a really well done movie then YES you should get this movie. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by kiradeleria
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
    Movie was surprisingly entertaining. I don't know what the original story of the Nutcracker is, but this one keeps you interest. Great special effects and acting.
    Published 10 months ago by thedipper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this for what it is, not what you think it should be.
    This is NOT the classic Nutcracker ballet. If that's what you want, look elsewhere. This isn't even close. This is a totally different story. Got that? Good. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by TTC
    5.0 out of 5 stars My kids loved it.
    At our house this will become a Christmas classic. We happened upon this movie last year on cable. I searched for it this year and found it at Amazon. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by diana g
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
    Such an awesome movie! My kids, (4 and 7) watch it over and over. I watch it with them half the time, it is that good!
    Published 10 months ago by Anne Ford
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absoluley Great!
    This a movie we have choose to watch at my granddaughter Christmas Tea Party for the pass three year in a row. It was a big hit for her and friend. Read more
    Published 10 months ago by RoseMary Saavedra
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