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The Nutcracker: The Untold Story [Blu-ray]


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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JX89XI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,200 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).

    Customer Reviews

    Great special effects and acting.
    thedipper
    Christmas has its traditions and this year watching The Nutcracker together with my grandson became one of mine!
    Trina D.Box
    The cover and the description of the movie are false and misleading.
    Christie

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    43 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Sah on December 6, 2011
    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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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Smart on 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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    12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bibliophile on December 4, 2011
    Format: DVD
    The movie started out magic and beautiful as one should rightly expect. I loved Nathan Lane's character. The the Rat scenes were so horrible and scary, my almost 10 and almost 12 yr olds begged me to turn it off and then had nightmares. Most of the scenes were depressing. It is a wee bit redeeming in the end, but the horror of it all negates any value to this film.

    Not a film for children and yet not sure why any adult would bother. Don't waste ant precious resources ( time nor $) on this film.
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    9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 9, 2011
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    Having just caught the talented Elle Fanning in the movie Super 8, and knowing how good of an actor John Turturro can be (Johnny Depp movie, Monk's brother), I thought I'd buy The Nutcracker: The Untold Story from Amazon without first seeing it.

    Boy, what a big mistake!

    This DVD starts out well, with lovely atmosphere, unique musical numbers (written by Oscar-winner Tim Rice), great special effects and solid acting (despite Nathan Lane's perpetually quizzical visage as Albert Einstein and a wooden Frances de le Tour).

    My whole family and I were transfixed, especially as the wooden nutcracker (in awesome CGI) and Mary ride an enchanted elevator sleigh up through a humongous towering Christmas tree. We had no idea what would happen next, because this "re-telling" of The Nutcracker had been unpredictable from the beginning (e.g. Einstein replacing Uncle Drosselmeier, Mary's mother being an opera singer about to make her debut in front of important politicians, etc.).

    However, once they got into the realm of the Rat King, things start getting dicey--violent and creepy, even.

    The Rat King (Turturro) and his minions all have rat faces, resembling Hitler's SS in uniform and demeanor (I can handle that--it makes sense). However, things soon turn violent (beyond capturing citizens of the magical kingdom).

    For example, a large shark swims in a gigantic aquarium. He doesn't appear menacing beyond being a shark. The Rat King, as he's threatening the captured citizens with a bizarre musical routine, deliberately drops electrical lights in the aquarium. The poor shark thrashes about, as he's being electrocuted--not for a few seconds, but MANY seconds. It was distressful and disturbing to watch.

    My family and I were in shock.
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