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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: #125,960 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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    18 of 22 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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    32 of 41 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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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not proper 3D February 13, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray
    The featurette accompanying this film goes some way to explaining what went wrong and why some people love it and others hate it: The director declares outright that he has no interest in the story of the Nutcracker, which he dismisses derisively as a "festival for children" and explains that his real interest lies in much darker areas such as the Holocaust. He fulfills his directive of filming the Nutcracker in the first half hour of the film - though with a complete lack of emotional commitment, resulting in a pallid, rather morose and lifeless quality - and then quickly passes on to the subject that interests him, the Holocaust. The remaining 70 minutes of the film are taken up with a documentary about the Nazi occupation of Europe which is definitely not for children and depicts Jewish children being led away to the gas chambers and SS officers torturing people by slamming their heads into the table and so on. There is one point of historical inaccuracy - Hitler is shown torturing a shark to death by electrocuting it, something he is not known to have done.

    Those people who enjoyed this film are older audiences who also enjoy films like 'Hostel' and 'Saw'. Those who were looking for a beautiful, magical children's film based on 'The Nutcracker' were disappointed and shocked. Despite the title, this film bears no resemblance to more familiar ballet versions and is not intended for young audiences.

    As a further point, the film was not made in 3D but was merely converted from the 2D format, so if you are committed to watching it, simply buy the 2D version and use the conversion process on your television or 3D-player and you'll be just as far along. The only shot that was digitally altered to be genuinely 3D was a shot of the snow flake fairies dancing, so if you think it's worth paying the extra for that...
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    17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Nutcracker, or Natzi-cracker? December 6, 2011
    By A. Peck
    Format:DVD
    HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE! Can you ever find a way to butcher a beloved Christmas classic? I almost bought this piece of garbage movie at the store a while back but DVR-ed it instead. Glad I did. God, Tchaikovsky would be rolling over in his grave! Really? Albert Einstein? Freud? A musical...? They only did like 3 Nutcracker songs anyways!
    How can this possibly watched by children. The Rat King would horrify any young child. Talk about making them hate this classic. The creators ought to be ashamed of themselves...come on, the Holocaust in the NUTCRACKER?!?!
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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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago by kiradeleria
    3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and strange
    Genuinely strange big-budget children's film bombed when it received its original theatrical release and received extremely bad reviews. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Joe Smart
    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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago by diana g
    3.0 out of 5 stars People Over Reacting Is Insane!
    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... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by WingLT
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