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Alice in Wonderland (Masterpiece Edition) (1951)

Kathryn Beaumont , Ed Wynn , Clyde Geronimi , David Hand  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Jerry Colonna
  • Directors: Clyde Geronimi, David Hand, Hamilton Luske, Robert Florey, Wilfred Jackson
  • Writers: Aldous Huxley, Bill Peet, Bill Walsh
  • Format: Subtitled, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (603 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TG9E2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,675 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alice in Wonderland (Masterpiece Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Remastered and restored with an all-new transfer
  • Virtual Wonderland Party activities including riddles, silly song & dance, Teapot orchestra, Mad Hatter Says, and other games and stories
  • "Thru the Mirror" animated short with Mickey Mouse
  • "I'm Odd" never before heard song
  • 2 Sing along songs
  • Set-top game
  • Disc 2:
  • "One Hour in Wonderland" documentary (60 mins.)
  • "An Alice Comedy: Alice's Wonderland" featurette (8 mins.)
  • "Operation Wonderland" featurette (11 mins.)
  • Excerpt from "The Fred Warring Show" (30 mins.)
  • Deleted Material Featurettes: "From Wonderland to Never Land," "Song Demos," Deleted Storyboard Concept: Alice Daydreams in the Park"
  • Original Walt Disney TV introductions and trailers
  • Art galleries
  • Plus a Wonderland match card game set

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The first title in Disney's "Masterpiece Series" delivers the 1951 tale in its best home video edition. The restored and remastered print looks better than the original DVD release, with slightly brighter colors and more detail in the dark backgrounds. A center speaker channel has also been added for 5.1 surround. The second disc brings on the bevy of extras, albeit with more historical context than most other Disney discs. Here's the precursor to The Wonderful World of Disney, the hour-long "One Hour in Wonderland," a 1950 special hosted by Walt and the live-action Alice (cartoon voice actress Kathryn Beaumont), the first such TV show from the empire. The Fred Waring Show excerpt has Beaumont showing up again as Waring's orchestra performs songs from the movie. Ms. Beaumont also talks about the many songs that were composed for the film but never made it in. One, the Cheshire's Cat's "I'm Odd," has been fully animated as an extra. For kids, the new Virtual Wonderland Party is a live-action activity, much more intriguing than the usual DVD set-top games with games, jokes, sing-along songs, a variation of "Simon Says," and more. Since the choices are random, kids 3 to 9 will want to play it several times. --Doug Thomas

Product Description

Experience the magic, fun, and adventure of Alice in Wonderland like never before in this new Masterpiece Edition 2-Disc set. Join Alice as she falls into the madcap world of Wonderland and meets extraordinary characters such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and the frantically late White Rabbit. And the fun continues with new bonus features including the Virtual Wonderland Party, the newly discovered Cheshire Cat song "I'm Odd," Mickey's "Thru the Mirror" animated short, plus sing-along songs and all-new games. Your family will want to experience this timeless Disney masterpiece again and again!

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319 of 344 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is no bad dream July 15, 2000
Format:DVD
Because of critics' reaction to Alice in Wonderland in 1951, it is written, Walt Disney actually apologized for the movie and soon after his television show became a hit a few years later, he showed it in its entirety on TV, thus relegating it to his "minor film" category. The movie has never been able to shake this image, and that is a shame. We should remember that "Wizard of Oz" wasn't a giant box office hit in 1939, and only after it was made an annual event on television did it become a classic in the eyes of the public. "Alice in Wonderland" deserves far more attention than it has ever received. The characters are wonderful. The music is humable, even singable. It's a short film that takes the viewer into a dreamland, and Disney's animated version stands up against any of the other live versions that have popped up over the years. It's time to give this movie the credit it deserves as a classic in animation. Watch it from a child's point of view, with the amazing images of a cat that disappears, talking cards, and Alice constantly growing and shrinking. And then enjoy it as an adult for the dream world into which we are all swept. And furthermore, the DVD transfer is fantastic, with as many extras as one will find on a Disney non-special edition disc. Take another look at this one and be swept away.
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animated movies of all time May 27, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The story of the animated film is similar to that of the first book, but contains parts of the second book. Dozy Alice is so silly she follows trouble by chasing a talking rabbit down hs hole. At the bottom, she drinks an unknown substance which helps her get through a talking door into Wonderland. Here she meets the Dodo, TweedleDum and TweedleDee (who tell her the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter), the Talking flowers (watch out for the snobby Iris!), the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat. She even has un-birthday tea with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. However, Alice gets caught up in a game of croquet with the Queen of Hearts, and later a trial. The whole thing becomes such a nightmare, Alice realises she's had a dream while she dozed off.
Firstly, I don't know why loads of people think this film is cheesy. I know Alice isn't for everyone, but when you look at the other films made based on Children's classics by Disney (eg- Jungle Book, Hunchback of Notre Dame), you'll see it's more faithful than those films to the original. However if you have read the books and haven't seen this film, some characters are missing (eg- Duchess, Mock Turtle, Knave of Hearts, White Knight). This may just think that Disney has ruined this classic forever. They haven't. It's the best adaption I've ever seen.
Although I actually have the PAL version, I suppose the movie is just the same over in North America. The best bits are the Walrus and the Carpenter, the garden of singing flowers and flamingo croquet. And the Mad Tea Party is still the funniest part of a Disney classic. So buy this movie. Wether it's a video tape or DVD.
(I also live near Carroll's birth place!)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Disney Treasure May 19, 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of the best DVDs to come out in a whlie. Though the movie it contains is not neccessarily Disney's most readily accessible title (except for during the sixties when they found out it had gained popularity on college campuses, know-what-I-mean, nudge-nudge) it is two discs of pure Disney magic.
Setting aside the feature, which we all know is one of the best adaptations of Lewis Carroll's works (and if not the most accurate, certainly the most "watchable," as it is just dark enough to keep that edge but...well, let me put it this way: have you SEEN another version of "Through the Looking Glass?" I need a stiff drink before getting into that) the real highlight of this disc is the special features.
Two TV introductions by Walt, a 1950's making-of featurette, vintage television programs includin the historic "One Hour in Wonderland" the first Disney TV show, a whole album's worth of demos for songs that were never used, concept art galleries and more. This disc is an essential for anyone, like me, who is in love with Disney animation.
If for no other reason than the "One Hour in Wonderland" show features a clip from "Song of the South." It's worth buying the whole disc just for that, since it's the closest that movie's ever going to come to a DVD release in this lifetime.
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77 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's horror film? February 26, 2004
Format:DVD
Back in the day, Disney made some great animated films. In fact, you know it's decent if it was made when Walt Disney was still alive. Now, it's a money grubbing corporation cranking out flix and merchandise for $$ like Full Moon Productions. I mean, c'mon! Lion King 2? Little Mermaid 2? Lady and the Tramp 2? Aladdin 3? Cinderella 2? At least twenty different versions of 101 Dalmations? Lets wake up here. Disney used to put out some fantastic films, and Alice In Wonderland is right there at the top. It's the most experimental and disturbing of the Disney features. It's also hilarious! Naturally it doesn't follow the book(s) 100%, but I don't think I've ever seen an adaptaion of Alice that has(if Terry Gilliam got ahold of the rights, THEN you'd see something spectacular!). Some reviewers whine about how this is "boring", "confusing" and "inappropriate for children." Grow up, will ya? It's Alice In Wonderland, not Eraserhead! What kind of adult is "confused" by a Disney film that my daughter can follow? Believe me, this movie will NOT corrupt or traumatize your child. You have the Stanley Runk guarantee on that. Unless your child is a genius and more educated in the ways of the world than you are, they will not pick up on any kind of drug references. And it won't inspire your daughter to smoke a cigar if she sees a talking walrus doing it. My daughter and I watch this all the time. We laugh, we sing, we quote it, we have more fun with this film than any other Disney film. To my knowledge she hasn't started smoking cigars yet. So put that in your hookah and smoke it, Mister! If you haven't seen this(unlikely), pick it up for sure. It's so enjoyable and made in a time when Disney took chances and didn't adhere to the moronic P.C. formulas they do today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie- never gets old.
Our family has watched this several times since purchased. It never gets old! We would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good movie to purchase that you will watch more... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay.
It was a little weird. My 4 year old daughter loved it. My son 4 year old son did not like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality
I watched this with my 5-yr-old granddaughter at her request, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! What I liked most as I watched was the clarity of the video and the color. Read more
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Well it's a very funny Disney classic, an accumulation of weird and extraordinary characters, there is something for all tastes. Oh it's late!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Disney classic.
Superbly restored and enhanced to meet the high definition standards of today. Like watching it for the first time, the blu-ray version is crisp and, more colorful then ever... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars My childhood favorite movie
As a child I loved this movie, and now my 3 year old daughter is loving it as well! Thank you
Published 22 days ago by editim17
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is the best. So glad i made the purchase. Can't say enough great things about it. This is a must buy in my opinion.
Published 28 days ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Quality Film
One of my favorite movies ever. Nostalgia means that nothing quite matches your "first" Alice, but this one has so many wonderful bits that it really stands the test of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars children's movie
I bought this movie to watch with my grandchildren. We love movie time together. This is one of their favorite movies.
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great movie all Disney movies are the best to own never get tired of watching them I own a lot of Disney movies
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to anyone who has ordered this..
Hello, Alice.

My rendition/edition of this DVD set [2-disc set, "The Masterpiece Edition", digitally restored and remastered, 2004 release] features an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, full-screen. The *original* film featured an aspect ratio of 1.37:1, basically the same format as this DVD. It... Read more
Jul 31, 2010 by Patrick W. Crabtree |  See all 6 posts
Is this a re-packaging of the Masterpiece Edition?
From the description of the extras on amazons page for the DVD-Set, these are new:

- Reflections on Alice: Walt Disney labored for almost twenty years to get his vision of Alice in Wonderland on the screen. In this featurette, learn about how a exceptional group of talented individuals conquered... Read more
Mar 14, 2010 by Mirza Gusic |  See all 5 posts
Slip cover
disney has a stupid way of doing this. the first copies of a movie that has the slipcase will have it, but after that, it wont come with it anymore. but i don't know. i bought alice in wonderland about 2 weeks ago, and it didnt have it, but that was at a Wal-Mart. I bought bambi at a wal-mart in... Read more
Jun 25, 2007 by Preston A. Williamson |  See all 5 posts
Region 4 / PAL format
I really dont 'think' it is. Ive seen so many region 1 versions but not ONE version that we can play in Australia. Ive been searching for this for ten years now. A friend of mine just told me she bought it, so I came looking (AGAIN) but then she said it turned out to be a region 1.
When the... Read more
Dec 29, 2010 by S. Ford |  See all 3 posts
Coming on Blu-ray on 2011!!!
Whoo Hoo...hope it looks as good as the other Disney classics have on Blu-ray
Nov 27, 2010 by Richard T. Leafgreen |  See all 2 posts
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