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The Secret of the Nutcracker [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Brian Cox, Janelle Jorde, Helene Joy, Tom Carey, Brendan Meyer
  • Directors: Eric Till
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IJA6B4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

An enchanting new spin on the classic tale


Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman's classic novel, The Secret of the Nutcracker features the talents of Brian Cox (The Escapist, The Water Horse) as Drosselmeyer and introduces Janelle Jorde as Clara in a charming union of fantasy and reality that captures the true essence of Christmas.

This delightful holiday tale follows 12-year-old Clara's mystical journey on Christmas Eve to find her father, who is captive in a World War II Prisoner of War camp. Worried and longing to see her father, she receives unexpected help from the mysterious Drosselmeyer, who befriends Clara and brings her the gift of magic and hope when she needs it most.

The Secret of the Nutcracker features the soaring music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Four exquisite dance spectacles by the world-renowned Alberta Ballet are woven throughout to create Clara's wondrous dream world.


LANGUAGES:

English Dolby Digital 5.1 Closed Captioned / Spanish 2.0 / French 2.0


Special Features:

Behind the Scenes with Production / Behind the Scenes with Otis the Owl

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MommaJ on December 3, 2014
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Whole family enjoyed this thoroughly! I have three kids, 8, 5, and 2, and we were all captivated. It has a wonderful twist, where as in the original there is the Rat King, this is Nazi's (as bears in her imagination). The little girl is her own heroine, along with her brothers, mother and a friend. She 'visits' her father in a POW camp(though it's a dream), and helps him keep hope and faith. It's a great way to introduce young children to history, and it isn't too graphic or scary(and my kids can be a little overly sensitive, we watch mostly just Veggietales). The one tense part is a close up of the Nazi bear's sharp teeth, but young Clara is triumphant. The dancing is wonderful, the costumes beautiful, and the storyline caught me completely off guard in the best way! I am sure that this will be a yearly family favorite, and I would recommend this to ANY family!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By m7 on November 20, 2014
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I've seen numerous Nutcracker performances over the years. Obviously theater performances are different but I thought this script was well done. My kids 2 and 5 enjoyed it as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By English Breakfast Tea on April 2, 2014
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Quite a different take on The Nutcracker. Great movie with scenes of ballet also. Not just for Christmas time. Loved the owl !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2014
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This is an artful, fantasy story that is visually and musically entertaining. It is also a story about faith and following your heart, no matter how scary or worrisome that path may be. Like the Nutcracker the story leaves room for one's imagination. I watched it twice because I thought it was delightful. I understand how others, with expectations of a cheery holiday story or a factual representation of either the Nutcracker ballet or of a holiday during a period of war, might find this story lacking since the movie's description is not very helpful. But viewed with imagination and an open heart we learn that we are either prisoners of our fears or heroes of our faith.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kittykill on November 25, 2014
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Meh, it was okay. Very strange but visually stunning. They rushed the end. The crows and other birds were beautiful.
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This version of the Nutcracker is different. The setting is mostly in Canada during World War 2. The father is a soldier in a German POW camp. The uncle is actually and owl from Germany and he has crow henchmen who turn into crows. But the owl actually turns out to be a good guy. The whole story is how the soldier's family pines for pines for his return. I will now ruin the ending in case you want to watch it, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Also I found this version too weird for my tastes.
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This is a father in prison camp WW11 story that is hardly the charming Christmas movie that we looked for as a backdrop to our Christmas activities. There was little of the traditional music either. I could see the how the story was built on the framework of the original but this just wasn't cheerful.
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My daughter (15) and I loved it. We have gone downtown to see the Joffrey Ballet perform The Nutcracker for years. This was a great movie tying the beauty of the dance in with a wonderful dramatic storyline.
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