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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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of the cast making appearances asking for financial support for local PBS stations, and beginning and ending credits. The 213 minutes on this DVD is the full dramatic performance. I suspect it would, if
rated, probably be PG . No, it is not suitable as entertainment for preteens, but then neither is Twain's novel. What it is, however, is a magnificent piece of cinematic art, which, coincidentally, happens to follow Twain's story quite faithfully.
For anyone who hasn't seen it, this is the only film version of Mark Twain's classic that is true to the book, and it requires the production's full 3 hours and 33 minutes to accomplish this admirable task. The actors were well chosen, with the possible exception of Tom Sawyer, who didn't seen "right" to me. Never mind, he's only a bit player in Huck's story, and the rest of the principals do a fine job. Patrick Day is especially appealing in the title role. All the background, the land and water, the buildings, boats, and townspeople are exactly as you've seen them in your mind's eye when you read the book. I was amazed by this movie's completeness and its fidelity to Twain's work.
If you have seen this production on TV you'll find this DVD quite acceptable though not real sharp. I noticed some grain in dark areas and a bit of edge ghosting in a few contrasty scenes. The aspect ratio is standard TV, 1.33:1. The sound is fine, although I had to turn my set's volume up.
There is so much to see and discover in this masterpiece, I'm sure that I'll watch it again and again and find something new to delight me every time. I could not recommend it more enthusiastically. All other versions of Huckleberry Finn pale to the ridiculous by comparison.
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Movie type did not work in our U.S. DVD player. It said on the ad that it only worked in European players.Published 6 months ago by Tim and Amy Jo
Best Huck Finn movie ever made. Wonderful casting with a screenplay that follows the book very closely - sadly, some parts have been censored from the original to comply with... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JP
An excellent adaptation of Twain's classic with a perfect Huck Finn and a gallery of great supporting players. One of the very best miniseries ever made. Don't miss it.Published 17 months ago by Peacejoggr
The spellbinding story weaves the audience into its web. Although it is older, this movie follows the book most closely and would make Samuel Clemens proud.Published 17 months ago by Jeanne Elizabeth