Wallace & Gromit: The First Three Adventures (1990-1995)
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- Also includes four of Nick Park's early animations
- excerpts from "Inside The Wrong Trousers" and BBC Christmas interstitials
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This is the third DVD release of the Wallace & Gromit films, and I can only assume that they did this now to tie into the approaching release of the new feature film. It doesn't seem like much effort has been put into the creation of this disc. The menus are very bland, the movie selection displays the films out of order (with A Close Shave in the middle) and there isn't a chapter selection option.
In terms of the films themselves, The Wrong Trousers has been altered, and that's what really bugs me. I think it has something to do with copyright laws, but several music tracks have been replaced with terrible-sounding substitutes. Gromit's birthday card plays a very non-birthday-card-sounding version of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" instead of "Happy Birthday To You". When the Penguin is listening to the radio, the songs "Happy Talk" and "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window" have been replaced with terrible, generic organ music that completely takes away the mood of the scenes. Consequently, the sound of Wallace humming "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window" the next morning has also been removed.
This bit may not bother most people, but for some reason all the soundtracks for the shorts are a semitone flat. I can only assume this is because the film was transferred at a slower rate.
The only really redeeming quality about this disc is the inclusion of all ten Cracking Contraption shorts, which have never been available on region 1 DVD before.
The bottom line: Get this DVD if you want the Cracking Contraption shorts. Otherwise, stick to your old VHS copies.
A Grand Day Out: Despite some immensely funny sight gags, this is ultimately kind of a lightweight. Pleasant, but weird and not as focused as the other two.
The Wrong Trousers: If Hitchcock made a claymation movie, it would be this. A perfect blend of suspense and comedy involving a mysterious penguin, a model train set, a daring jewel heist, and a pair of mechanical pants. Arguably one of the greatest short films in animation history.
A Close Shave: Not quite as brilliant as its predecessor, but still well-done and tons of fun. An action-adventure romp in which Wallace and Gromit discover a dastardly sheepnapping scheme. Includes an ingenious parody of a well-known American action film (to say any more would be telling.)
All in all: Well worth its high price. Pure entertainment you'll want to watch over and over.
If you do end up liking these videos, you should definitely get 'Creature Comforts' by Aardman productions--it's got a great Nick Park short, and three other great pieces. Plus, Chicken Run was great, too (though it was no Wallace and Gromit!)
I wish I had read the excellent Wallace and Gromit review above by Mr. J. Lee (first review when I posted my comments) before purchasing this DVD. I was very dissapointed with the editing imposed on the originals by Dreamworks.
To add to Mr. Lee's list of edits to "The Wrong Trousers" I also noted that Dreamworks deleted an early scene in "A Close Shave" where the sheep go into the mincer and then get packaged as Preston Dog Food. These deletion results in "A Close Shave" being a bit incoherent at the conclusion due to the lack of reference to this earlier scene!
Shame on Dreamworks! I can only hope to locate a version of the undedited Wallace and Gromit shorts on DVD somewhere and sometime!
My rating applies only to this slipshod DVD release, obviously intended to capitalize on the upcoming W&G "Curse of the Were-Rabbit" feature, and lacking all of the wonderful extras of the previous BBC version.
Gone are the Nick Park commentaries, the behind-the-scenes featurettes or the cute scrapbooks or photo galleries. In fact the only "behind-the-scenes" material collected on this disc applies to programs OTHER than the main W&G films. A true disappointment.
So, my advice is ignore this release and do your best to track down the old version. It will be well-worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Wrong Trousers. Doesn't get any better. See Nick Park's work take off in the hands of Aardvark, before Chicken Run. And watch out for the bandit penguin.Published 15 days ago by Kirsten A. Schwartz
This fantastic DVD has three Wallace and Gromit adventures, the very cream of British animation!
1) A Grand Day Out (first released in 1991) – When Wallace runs out of... Read more
DVD came a little scratched, but that's ok the DVD is very enjoyable. Seller is a honest chap!Published 4 months ago by George
I love these animated films. Remind me of Gumby or David & Goliath type films. The dry British humor cracks me up. Gromit, the dog, is way smarter than the man Wallace. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SallyMJ
Nephew loves Wallace and from it and I do too. Some thing we can watch together.Published 7 months ago by Alison Danele Atwood