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Top Customer Reviews
The DVD is well worth purchasing because it not only retells the beloved story of Lassie's attempt to get back to her family but contains a wealth of bonus features, unlike some DVDs. There is a special Animal Planet feature filmed from the set, cast and crew interviews and behind the scenes info as well as actual Animal Auditions! There was a lot of work put into this DVD and it shows.
This is a film that will be of interest, on some level, to everyone in the family. Even if the movie itself isn't your favorite part of the DVD (but it was for me), the Bonus Features are engaging.
The story is simple, and should be so, but the film adds several episodes to it. Lassie's close encounter with Nessie is suggested (I'm not kidding), and there is one hilarious scene about Lassie "testifying in court," which is my favorite part. Perhaps without these episodes the film would have worked as old-fashioned family picture, but anyway you would find them amusing. And like old-fashioned family picture, the traits of each character are slightly exaggerated. Bad characters are really bad, theatrical `bad' that is begging to be despised by the audiences.
Remember, Lassie's adventures are not all merry ones. One tragic event happens during Lassie's long journey to the home, and one death is included in it. I for one didn't like that part. But if you say death happens in our life, I don't disagree.
The newest film does not have the California sun; the weather in Yorkshire and Scotland sometimes looks gloomy, but the landscapes of the places are all beautiful.
Coal miner's family, original owner of Lassie, is played by John Lynch, Samantha Morton and Jonathan Mason. Peter O'Tool is effectively cast as the headstrong Duke, and newcomer Hester Odgers (who is to play Helen Burns in BBC's `Jane Eyre') is adorable Priscilla.Read more ›
For Parents: The cover on the American release of the DVD is deceptive for Lassie is not a "children's" movie. The tone is somewhat dark throughout and children under seven or eight may be upset by some of the peril Lassie faces. Also the plot lines involving the human characters are detailed and may leave younger children yawning or confused.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up watching the TV series in the late '50s. I thought I would love watching this movie with my grand-kids. I'm sorry to say this, but I find it terribly boring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wounded Knee
Exquisite and warm to watch. Would like to see it again. Loved it being filmed in Scotland. We live in Ireland and appreciated seeing Scotland again and Lassie was Grand.Published 3 months ago by Ron A. Bishop
Great remake of Lassie, especially for Peter O'Toole fans! He is great in the role of a crusty upper class Duke who covets a boy's dog for his granddaughter. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lee