CHILDREN OF THE STONES
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Spooky turns to sinister as science and the supernatural collide
All is not as it should be in Milbury, a sleepy English village surrounded by a megalithic stone circle. Astrophysicist Adam Brake (Gareth Thomas, Blake’s 7) and his teenage son, Matthew, arrive to research the standing stones, but end up delving into the past in ways they never expected. What are the secrets of the ancient stones? What power does the druid-inspired Rafael Hendrick (Iain Cuthbertson, Gorillas in the Mist) have over the village’s trancelike "happy ones"? And is it true that "nobody ever leaves the circle"?
An air of menace pervades this sci-fi thriller, enhanced by a haunting, chanted vocal score. Filmed on location at the Avebury stone circle--older than nearby Stonehenge--each episode builds relentlessly to a harrowing climax in what becomes, literally, a race against time. Seen on Nickelodeon’s paranormal anthology program The Third Eye, this eerie British series will also scare adults.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interviews with star Gareth Thomas and producer/director Peter Graham Scott, production notes, series trivia, and photo gallery.
Expertly blends science and magic in a thrilling adventure tale -- Pittsburgh Form
Fantastic, in more ways than one. It's as suspenseful and as intelligent as ever -- DVD Talk
Sci-fi fans won't be able to stop watching it, or laughing -- The News Journal (DE)
The show is still fun, with a junior-grade "X-Files" vibe -- Hartford Courant
Top Customer Reviews
Of course, I first saw this on Nickelodeon's paranormal anthology series The Third Eye (over 25 years ago). It was such an involving, powerful, and terrifying seven episodes of science meeting mysticism -- and even today it still intrigues and haunts me to this day. Given that this British production is actually just over 30 years old, the video transfer looks quite acceptable (if you can stand good ol' film grain in the film segments, and the videotaped segments look quite good). Good mono audio, too -- in fact, on this DVD, I'm hearing elements that I never heard on the Nick broadcasts (this is a good dual-layer disc). The extra materials are quite good and informative, too.
Definitely recommend this to others who know and love this classic. If this sells well enough, we'll also get "Into The Labyrinth" from Acorn Media.
Matthew is the boy for the job, as he has the gift of seeing into time, through mental images. If it begins to seem a bit far-fetched, the film was intended to be supernatural, sinister, spooky, and paranormal, at least for kids. That is similar to another British author, J. M. Barrie, who came up with children stories of the paranormal and time travel in the form of Peter Pan and Wendy and those evil pirates. Matthew has his own Wendy friend in "Children of the Stones". Sandra (Katharine Levy), daughter of the new standing stone museum curator, Margaret (Veronica Strong), sparks Matt's attention, as Margaret does with Adam. Nothing turns into true romance--after all, it was filmed for kids.
Time travel was the basis for another British step through megalithic stones. Diana Gabaldon, author of the popular and lengthy "Outlander" series, used gems in place of this story's serpent-designed amulet for protection. Her books, never turned to film, YET, are a bit more believable, if paranormal behavior connected to ancient 2-ton rocks can be normalized. Her books are recommended.
One must keep in mind that this science fiction story was created in 1977 and has the gadgetry and special effects capability of the 70's. So, it looks a bit like the earliest action and suspense of Batman TV series of the late 60s.Read more ›
I only wish I had found it years back. For a genuinely strange, resourceful show, this is a good one. If you want special effects (& no real plot?) look elsewhere. To me, well worth FIVE stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish I could send this back - it was not what I expected....Published 13 months ago by Mary Singer
Brought me back to watching it as a child. Wasn't as scary as I remember.Published 14 months ago by Anthony Bellew
This classic show from my childhood is special for so many reasons: I remember watching it on the weekends, discussing it with my school friends, and simply being terrified of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Z Hayes
Spooky fun filmed in a real English village that has rows of standing stones right in the middle of it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Boo Kreader
I first viewed "children of the stones" when I was 6 and it had been included as part of Nickelodeon's "the third eye" anthology series that showed children's shows... Read morePublished 20 months ago by B. Ackley
I am in my 30's now and one day in a conversation about scary movies and sci-fi I remembered the old shows that scared the heck out of me as a kid. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by David G
This is no more than a cheaply-made, dated, meandering pseudo-soap opera type production in which the story is utterly predictable and the acting, with one exception, is no better... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Alayne Gelfand
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