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Mio in the Land of Faraway

3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Fantasy about a lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, together with his new friend, to destroy the evil Knight Kato.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nick Pickard, Christian Bale, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York, Christopher Lee
  • Directors: Vladimir Grammatikov
  • Writers: Andrei Ivanov, Astrid Lindgren, William Aldridge
  • Producers: Göran Lindström, Ingemar Ejve, Klas Olofsson, Terje Kristiansen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y6BP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mio in the Land of Faraway" on IMDb

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By Andrew Beaton on May 1, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie (on VHS) was given to me many years ago as a gift. Although I had never even heard of this film at the time, it only took one viewing for it to become a favorite of mine. These days, it seems you can score a DVD of "The Land of Faraway" for a cool hundred bones. And I assure you, it is worth every penny.

First off, there's the drab opening scenes where poor orphan Bosse gets picked on by everyone. You'll feel sorry for him, but that's because you don't realize he has a wondrous destiny in store. All of a sudden, a giant floating head materializes out of nowhere and, ordering Bosse to hang onto his beard, spirits him away to the Land of Faraway! Needless to say, this is a bizarre montage that will astound you.

The floating head delivers him to the palace, where he meets his father (the King, natch) and his best friend Jum-Jum. (How you can have a best friend you've never met is a bit bewildering to me, but hey, it's Christian Bale, and he could sell a blind man a "pap", let alone a friendless loser on the prospect of a new homie.) Bosse gets a new name, "Mio", and a flying horse, "Miramis", and the audience begins to wonder what the heck is going on here.

Enter the evil villain, KATO! Every time his name is spoken, a fierce and scary wind blows from somewhere offscreen. The effect is so comical, I guarantee you will find yourself repeatedly faux-intoning "KA-TO!!" after watching the film. (By the way, it rhymes with "gato", not NATO.) Christopher Lee is awesome in this role, particularly when he gets to deliver lines like "This is the most dangerous sword I've had in my castle...it cannot kill the young and innocent!" Obviously, the new Prince of Faraway needs to take this mug down.
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...with sometimes sadly poor effects, but besides that it still manages to be convinsing as an epic adventure, and the heartfelt and inspiring story of the great Astrid Lindgren never fails. It's the kind of movie that makes children dream, and an adventure they will never quite forget when they grow up. I was a child the first time I saw it, and I saw it the first time since I was about ten years old today (now I'm 27). It was a lot of fun to see the scenes that I only vaguely remembered from the theatre those many years ago, and though (as mentioned) the effects are now a bit "outdated" it could have been a lot worse -just keep in mind that this was made long before "Harry Potter". And it's a classic tale of a battle beteen good and evil, nothing complex, and not surprisingly it reminds a lot of "Lionheart" of the same author. Enjoy!
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This is a magical and very loved english talking-movie played out in sweden but with many english actors and some swedish.

Astrid Lindgren - author of the book

Christopher Lee - actor who plays Saruman in (lord of the rings)

Christian Bale - Actor who played Jim in (Empire of the sun)

people who doesn't speak swedish dont know how many great child movies we have (written by Astrid Lindgren) that are extremly wonderful and magical.

other favorits are:

Ronja (Ronia, the Robber's Daughter)

Broderna lejonhjarta (The Brothers Lionheart)

And many others... for people who enjoys foreign cool movies.
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By A Customer on October 15, 2002
Format: DVD
I loved this movie as a child. We taped it off the tv, and I cant find that old tape anymore. Im going to order the dvd. I work with school age children and Im sure they will love this as much as I did as a child. Obviously it isnt as technically advanced as Harry potter, or the new childrens movies..but that doesnt mean its a bad movie. Its exciting! Kids of all ages will like this movie!
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I remember back in 2000 or 2001, I saw this air on Sci-Fi Channel, and loved it. I'm very surprised that this is a hard and obscured movie on DVD, knowing it's got a great cast including young Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Timothy Bottoms, and Susannah York. I think that Mio and the Land of Faraway should be re-released onto DVD for those who have seen this and loved it, since at the time it was released onto DVD, it was when VHS was still the most used and affordable type of video for all video technology.

To all parents: Need another great sci-fi/fantasy movie to show to children of all ages? This one is a recommendation.
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