I have recently started to revisit the movies of my childhood, which have remained memorable for me after all these years. This movie more or less completes my journey back in time.
Today of course we are used to huge and spectacular digital extravaganzas with lots of twists and turns and whizzbang special effects and, paradoxically, science fiction itself is no longer the major source of wonder and excitement it once was. As a result, this movie is unlikely to appeal to today's young people who would view it as a quaint, somewhat stilted, relic from the past. But anyone who is willing to suspend some of their skepticism for a short time, and see this film for what it is, would be rewarded with a genuine cinematic treat.
The story is neither novel nor terribly original, in fact it is rather predictable. It is about love, bravery, friendship, hope for the future and the obstacles that we humans place in the way of achieving these. In other words it is the story of all stories we love and remember - only here it is told in a beautiful and sensitive way with exceptional production values and wonderful acting. Perhaps as a naive youngster this movie had a greater impact on me than it can ever have on the world-weary and cynical old man I have become, but I can safely say that if I were seeing this movie for the first time it would still remain a moving, memorable and treasured experience.
The amazing video and sound quality and general production values lavished on this DVD are in a class of their own. To produce an undoubtedly niche product with such loving care and with so many additional features speaks volumes for the dedication of the publisher. This movie is highly recommended and definitely belongs in your film library!