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Classic Adventures Collection 3 (Animal Farm / Moby Dick)

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Two classic adventures come to life in one great collection. Based on George Orwell's classic fable of animal instinct and human folly, ANIMAL FARM is a fascinating tale of a successful revolt held by farm animals against their human owner. Features magical special effects by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. MOBY DICK, based on the cherished novel by Herman Melville, is the definitive epic of New England seafaring life. Captain Ahab is pitted against a legendary white whale that is also his age-old nemesis. His avenging hunt brings a cataclysmic end to himself and his crew.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Julia Ormond, Pete Postlethwaite, Ian Holm
  • Directors: John Stephenson, Franc Roddam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041SI78Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Classic Adventures Collection 3 (Animal Farm / Moby Dick)" on IMDb

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This adaptation of Animal Farm is the best I've seen. It's a great way to catch the students' attention and really draw them into the world of the literature.

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!
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I used it in an English class. The scene with Farmer Jones 'getting it on' with a neighbor's wife was unnecessary and not part of the book. The end also was not part of the book, and as history is proving, the ending is not accurate. This version was okay, but if someone is wanting to use the movie in class for teaching, go with the animated version.
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Great way to introduce my students to classics that they would otherwise not read on their own. There is not enough time to teach a novel the size of Moby Dick but the movie does get them an overview of the characters and story.
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This 2 disc set is well worth the money for what it represents---a golden opportunity for Patrick Stewart fans to see him in roles/characterizations other than Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Stewart is excellent both as Ahab in Moby Dick and as Napoleon in Animal Farm. Buying these videos separately would involve spending considerably more money.
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!
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I bought this for Moby Dick. I saw it when it was on TV when I was in 6th grade. Moby Dick had been my favorite book and Patrick Stuart my space dad. Watching it again now as an adult I ehhhh....??? The good parts of the story are there, and the acting is just fine. But oddly, the movie-makers added questionable material that wasn't in the book. Like, extra racism? The original book is not beyond criticism, but it why add in extra? It's still a sentimental favorite, but I see now some of the strange choices made.
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A Moby Dick story with no mention at all of New Bedford? Strike one. Creepy dude from Silence of the Lambs movie as Mr. Starbuck? Strike two! The only thing that saves this from striking out are the wonderful Sir Patrick Stewart as Ahab and the special effects.
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An pair of excellent movies...Especially the remake of the classic, "Moby Dick." There is an old saying about vengeance. "Revenge is sometimes foolish and payback can be expensive!"...A story of revenge pushed to the point of absurdity to the cost of the life of the person seeking the revenge and the lives of his crew. A must see, because the theme applies to many other instances of persons seeking revenge on something, or someone, other that the "Great" white whale.
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