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Watership Down (Deluxe Edition) (2008)

Zero Mostel , Joss Ackland , Martin Rosen  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zero Mostel, Joss Ackland, Denholm Elliott, John Bennett, John Hurt
  • Directors: Martin Rosen
  • Writers: Martin Rosen
  • Producers: Martin Rosen
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BSBC0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Watership Down (Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Much like Richard Adams's wonderful novel, this animated tale of wandering rabbits is not meant for small children. It is, however, rich storytelling, populated with very real individuals inhabiting a very real world. The animation is problematic, sometimes appearing out of proportion or just subpar; but it seems to stem from an attempt at realism, something distinguishing the film's characters from previous, cutesy, animated animals. A band of rabbits illegally leave their warren after a prophecy of doom from a runt named Fiver (Richard Briers). In search of a place safe from humans and predators, they face all kinds of dangers, including a warren that has made a sick bargain with humankind, and a warren that is basically a fascist state. Allegories aside, Down is engaging and satisfying, and pulls off the same amazing trick that the novel did--you'll forget that this is a story about rabbits. --Keith Simanton

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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking. Political themes within rabbit world. November 29, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I don't even remember when I first saw this movie. I know that I was quite young. I know that many reviewers have said it is for mature audiences, and I agree... to an extent. You see... the violence and the blood may be too much for some children. You know your children best, and you know what they can handle. So, make a call accorrding to your experience. Personally, even at a tender age, I *knew* that the movie wasn't just about rabbits. I couldn't quite grasp all of the themes, but I understood the basics. I think that children really are more capable of understanding than is sometimes thought. This film is a very good political statement. It isn't just about humans wrecking the bunny lands. It is about the interactions between certain groups of rabbits. It's really amazing that Richard Adams could create such a tale using animals. I highly reccommend this movie to everybody. Though it isn't intended to give you warm fuzzies, I think that many people could take something away with them. A family friend bought the film for her niece thinking that it was going to be a cute movie with bunnies. Please don't buy the film for your child unless you believe that your child can handle some violence and heavy themes. If I hadn't seen the movie as a young child, I don't know that I ever would have watched it or read the book. So, I think it is a good thing that I saw it. It all depend on the child. It's a great movie, though.
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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refugees or escaped POW's Not just cute rabits December 14, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Like many of the reviewers before me I first watched this back when I was a child and yes it did provoke a range of emotions in me. I cheered when they escaped on the boat; I was sickened in the recount of the fate of the first warren. I admit it 15 years on I still cry at the end of the movie. Don't be fooled into thinking just because it's and animated feature about rabbits that this film will be suitable for younger kids, it is NOT. Watership down has quite graphic representations of brutality and death. Putting those facts aside it does tell a compelling story about a band of refugees looking for some place to resettle and live their lives out in peace. It just happens that the refugees are rabbits.
This is a story of survival. It is a mature story told in a make believe way. It is told with an edge of realism that contradicts the candy coating of the animation and character species. I just bought a copy of this so my wife and I could watch it. Melanie (My wife) having not seen it before and not knowing what to expect was left speechless when Violet was gone. If I were to rate the film I would give it at least a PG maybe even a PG 13 for its possible NIGHTMARES for younger children. I give the story 4 stars for being entertaining and well told
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAD YET A WONDERFUL MOVIE ! April 28, 2000
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I watched this as a little kid barely able to understand the concept of death, and its consequences, Boy did this movie hurt and bewilder me, after crying my little eyes out I left the movie theater devastated, is this what happens to all of us eventually, not the way these brave bunnies lived and died but death it self. It wasnt until much later (years) that I could bring myself to watch this ultimately brilliant yet sad movie again, it broke my heart a second time but I could appreciate the beauty and can now see how fiction mirrors reality.
This is a tale of Rabbits seeking a safe new home, we follow their journey in heart wrenching detail, filled with danger and great sadness, there are some lighter moments that gives the viewer some emotional relief, but ultimately you are left feeling for these wonderful characters.
I recommend this movie, warning those who are first time viewers, if you are expecting a cutesy kiddy type movie then forget it, Watership Down can be viewed by kids with parental guidance so they (the parents! as much as the kids) can be comforted when the story gets too much, keep a box of tissues handy, cause that song BRIGHT EYES gets me every time I hear it, so be warned. I will always love this movie and hope you will too.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But it ISN'T for children! September 9, 1999
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There is nothing "bad" about this movie. The fact that it has rabbits acting not so cute and cuddly does not make it bad, or give a bad message to children. It portrays the struggle to survive against those who wish to dominate and control. It shows the challenges a good leader must face in trying to achieve a better life for his (or in the case of Hyzenthlay, her) people. It sets a shining example for leadership in the main character, Hazel; as well as who NOT to aspire to be like (Woundwort).
This movie is unfortunately seen as a kiddie movie just because of the fact that it is animated. I see it time and again in the kid's section of the video store, and that is not where it belongs. It is a serious drama, one with violence and adult themes and situations very young children would not understand. It is an adult movie, or at least if viewed by a child should be done so under adult guidance. Parents wanting yet another 90 minute babysitter would do better purchasing the latest Disney tripe. But if you want a movie you can enjoy with your child, one that will leave them pondering tough issues regarding society, politics, life and death, a movie that will not dumb them down but make them think, and even want to read the novel, then this is the one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Paul Greubel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hazel is the bomb!!
Just like I remember, as a child. Great storyline and ain't them bunnies cute. I love Hazel. Have one myself. It is GREAT!!!
Published 23 days ago by Leanne C Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I saw this as an 8 year old in the theaters in 1978 and while violent, I had seen a hundred nature movies to rival. Read more
Published 26 days ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Anyone who has not seen this movie owes it to themselves to take the time and watch. Libraries keep this in the children's section but it is not a kid's movie. Read more
Published 28 days ago by jeffrey primmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Good To Keep
I was so excited when I received this movie that I told every one about it. After I watched the movie it must have sprouted legs and ran out the door cause I have not seen it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT film, but also surprisingly serious and by moments really...
Both me and my then 9 years old daughter we LOVED this 1978 British animated film, which can be watched with interest not only by children by also by adults. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFYING!
I was expecting a children's film, but it was not. I rented it because I thought it was one of those classic animated films and it is indeed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Victor A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!
A surprise sleeper. It is an older movie but it's worth seeing. I'm glued to the screen every time I see it.
Published 2 months ago by R. Brackett
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rabbit story for adults
Watership Down is the story of a quest for a promised land that begins in a threatened rabbit warren. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karen from Upstate NY
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this!
I remember seeing Watership Down for the first time at maybe 10 or 11 years old. I didn't fully appreciate how wonderful the story was at the time, but was left impressed by the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lisa Dunham
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What makes this DVD a Deluxe Edition
From what I gathered reading other websites, the "Deluxe Edition" has better picture quality and also includes new features: Two commentaries and a storyboard-to-screen comparison.
Jan 14, 2009 by James S. Pratt |  See all 7 posts
Future Blu-ray?
Warner Bros is waiting to see if the animated version of Lord of the Rings does well before they blu-ray other animations. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me...
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Why is it gone?
It's a shame but I believe the DVD of this film has been put on moratorium (possibly to build interest in a 30th anniversary edition). You could always buy one in the cheap VHS format to tide you over until the DVD is re-released.
May 2, 2007 by Gibby |  See all 5 posts
What is the difference between Versions
Both John Hurt (Hazel) and Zero Mostel (Kehar) did voices in the original animated version of the movie.
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