Classic Adventures Collection 3 (Animal Farm / Moby Dick)
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With that being said, the beginning and end of this movie are completely ridiculous and not true at all to the novel or Orwell's driving point. When I show this to my classes, I purposefully leave out the bookends and show everything in between. The "meat" of the movie is pretty darn good, and even in the year 2012 the special effects and talking animals are relatively well done- students don't normally chuckle or scoff like they do when watching some older films. The movie hits on most of the major plot points from the novel, and if you listen closely (or point them out) you can hear and see extra lines and minor events from the novel. There are also some big-name actors and actresses in here; some of whom the students will even recognize!
Again, this movie is definitely the best way to go if your aim is for education. I've watched the animated version in its entirety, and although that film adheres rigidly to the novel, I've found (through experience) that students have absolutely no interest in it and it does show its age rather profoundly. If you are looking at this purely for entertainment and you aren't really worried about faithfulness to the novel, then I can also see this as a nice, entertaining romp for an evening.
Recommended for the classroom (leave out the ending), but perhaps just a rental otherwise!
That being said, let me explain why the set deserves 4 instead of 5 stars.
Moby Dick---it's very hard to come up to the standard set by the 1956 version with Gregory Peck in the lead role. This one features Peck as Father Mapple (Orson Welles' 1956 character in John Huston's Moby Dick), and if you are a Gregory Peck fan like I am, get this just because of that fact. Even though both the 1990 version with Stewart as Ahab and the 1956 version with Gregory Peck differ in minor ways from Melville's original novel, I think Gregory Peck makes the more dynamic, emotional Ahab, despite the fact that he doesn't look 70 years old, which is how old Ahab is supposed to be in the novel. Stewart does this rather nicely, and although he is not as dynamic as Peck was in 1956, if you watch his performance, he makes Ahab's elusive insanity (visible throughout Stewart's portrayal), much more believable. The DVD transfer of the 1990 film is wonderful and the special effects are great. You can't taste the sea spray in the 1990 version as well as you can in the 1956 version, though. If you can find the earlier 1956 film, get it and view both for comparison. Either way, both of these films are better than the latest 20ll version of Melville's novel starring William Hurt. As good an actor as Hurt is, he ought to know that Ahab just doesn't smile!Read more ›
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I use this after my class has finished reading Animal Farm. Is it just like the book? No. Movies seldom are. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarahbeth D.
Watched it with my 10th grade ELA class. Great except for the gratuitous offscreen sex scene . AwkwardPublished 5 months ago by barbi
I have wanted to view these classics, and now I own them!Published 9 months ago by Dixie Dale Christensen
Both of these movies are classics. Animal Farm is quite endearing and not saccharine. I love Patric Stewart, but I don't think that this movie will replace Gregory Peck's version. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Busy Teacher and Parent
I give 4 stars for Moby Dick and no stars for Animal house. It's not all that good. Moby Dick however was well done. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marsha Ross
A true Classic movie for the ages. great for a comedic showing in the classroom :)Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer