The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood
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This is a DVD to avoid if you have this material in any other format. This DVD is not an upgrade in any way from the old VHS tape or the old LP recording.
Of course, the story is essentially the story of Red Riding Hood with a few twists here and there. Naturally the main revision is that now this is a Christmastime tale. Liza Minnelli plays Red Riding Hood; and Cyril Ritchard does a great job as the wolf (that's Mr. Lone T. Wolf to you). Look also for The Animals to play the wolf's cronies; and Vic Damone turns in a great performance as a prince turned into a woodchopper by some evil spell.
The action begins with the wolf--in a cage now--telling us he's going to tell us the "real" version of what happened. Well, little changes--but the story is embellished very nicely with The Animals singing very well and playing their electric guitars. Liza and Cyril dance very well; and the actors playing the woodland creatures perform some wonderful ballet routines during the course of the movie. Naturally, Little Red Riding Hood is saved by the woodchopper hero and everyone (except the wolf) is happy ever after.
This film has historical significance and sentimental value to Liza Minnelli fans; and people will enjoy The Animals playing some bit parts and singing their best. Cyril Ritchard couldn't be better; you truly get the feeling he enjoyed doing this.
Now there's the major issue of the quality of the print. I don't mind black and white. However, the print needs major restoration.Read more ›
"The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood, or Oh Wolf, Poor Wolf," originally broadcast over the ABC network during Christmas of 1965, proved so popular that ABC repeated the broadcast the following Christmas season. (Most likely the last time it was seen in color; rebroadcasts were rare 45 years ago.) I was only 11 years old at the time, but I still remember watching and enjoying both broadcasts. "Red" was a TV special and not a movie. It was filmed in a television studio using the "live-on-tape" method. (The camera was pretty much stationary and post-production was quick and without much editing or close ups.) The music was performed live in the studio. And so, if you listen to the original cast recording (recorded not in 1965, but a year later in 1966) you will notice some major differences between the performances. On the recording there is now an overture and two full ballets which add at least 15 minutes to the brief running time of the show (neither of which were a part of the broadcast). And the Animals must not have been available for the recording date because they do not sing in the song "Snubbed" with the wolf.Read more ›
Even if this DVD had used a pristine quality color videotape source, I would still only give it 2&1/2, maybe 3 stars. This show is a low budget (the sets look like something from a school play), over-acted disappointment. I'm surprised the cast,especially Cyril Ritchard, wasn't bleeding from their mouths due to all the splinters they must have recieved from all their scenery chewing performances. The story has a minimal Christmas connection- it is set on Christmas eve, Christmas is mentioned once or twice in one song, there's a Christmas tree in the background in one scene, and instead of "goodies" in her basket, Red Riding Hood is bringing Christmas presents to Granny (who is never seen, even after the Wolf is defeated, she remains trapped in a trunk!).
I bought this mainly because of the Animals being in the cast. Their two songs are OK; one rocks pretty good. Liza has a couple of OK songs but , on the whole it is a dated curiosity that would have been a good value as maybe a $4.99 budget disc, but not $17.99!
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My kids wanted to watch this because of the colorful cover but quickly realized it was an old fashion black and white film not geared toward today's kids at allPublished 22 days ago by Father of Twins
have the album had to get the DVD. Love the album. I got the album for Christmas in 1965. I just put a search in to see if it was on DVD. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lori
great product. love it. just what I needed. couldn't ask for better. worth every penny. best of the best. perfect.Published on March 13, 2014 by Jeffrey Korn
I loved this when it came out. I guess since I saw it on a black and white tv I didn't expect it to be in color like some of the other reviewers did. It was as I remembered it. Read morePublished on March 8, 2014 by Jon McCauley Smith
Amazon does not pay enough attention to the accuracy of their listings. For instance, "Dangerous Christmas of Little Red Riding Hood" is listed at the Amazon site as being... Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Edward Haslett
I remember seeing this on TV in 1966, and it was in color, and the cover shows it in color, but the video is in Black and White. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by interesting
Whether it's black and white or the original colour format, I'll take THE DANGEROUS CHRISTMAS OF RED RIDING HOOD however I can. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by Byron Kolln
This show is one of my favorites. The three stars along with the rock group The Animals take this over the top special to new heights. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by Niagara Boy
This won't last long at this price! So Bad its so good! A True guilty pleasure. Love the Ting a Ling Number who the hell choreographed that one. Read morePublished on May 1, 2008 by David Colvin