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By Way of the Stars

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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BY WAY OF THE STARS

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Product Details

  • Actors: Zachary Bennett, Tantoo Cardinal, Hannes Jaenicke, Christian Kohlund, Michael Mahonen
  • Directors: Allan King
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Echo Bridge
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1IL46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Corey A. Balazowich VINE VOICE on November 6, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
FYI, the DVD for sale is not the entire story as it was originally shown. There is roughly about 20/30 minutes of footage that was cut, assumingly to make the movie fit onto one DVD. Keep this in mind when watching, then surf the net to fill in the gaps that are left where scenes were cut. The scenes that were cut are ones that really aren't essential to the plot, however it does leave a few things hanging as to where they are and how they went from New York City to near Niagra Falls.

Aside from the unintended extra plot twists, this movie is full of drama, action and plot twists that ARE intended. This movie starts out in 1860-era Prussia and ends in the Wild West. The story follows Lukas as he leaves Prussia to find his father and grandfather in the Canadas and he brings Ursula - the Baroness - along with him for the journey. There are some death scenes that may be a bit harsh for the wee ones, most over the age of 6 or so should be OK with it as they are all handled delicately and without much gore. You know they are dead but there is little violence in the fact. The scenery is also quite breathtaking in this film.

All in all, the movie is a good one to watch but not one for the nit-pickers that freak out when someone ends up here without an explanation. Enjoy the story and the scenes and read up on the rest.
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I am a big Eric Schweig fan, so naturally buying this product, I thought he'd be in it a lot! He is on the cover.... Well, no such luck, he is only in it for about 10 minutes total. Besides that, this movie is extremely long, boring, and cheesy. The plot is drawn out, and at times almot incomprehensible. I had to watch it in 2 segments because I almost fell asleep watching the first half. Tantoo Cardinal is funny but also hardly in it. Although I am overall content with it, I wish I had realised what I was getting before I ordered it.
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Felix, Felicity, Gus Pike, and Chef Pierre La Pierre, visit the wild west (as different characters). Technically excellent in costumes, sets, attractive locations, by a good sized budget, with a steady pace,...yet unsatisfying without a good script.

Watchable, because it is visually appealing. If you are a "Road to Avonlea"-fan, you loyally work (sigh) at liking Felix and Felicity, though they make dumb decisions that are unlikely. You think the story is going to settle down, to a plot, develop likeable personality in the characters, build a believable relationship between two persons, and get better, throughout the two and a half hours,...but it never does. Young, female, fans of Zachary Bennett may enjoy it anyway.

Felix's father is unpleasant, and like most of the characters, is given no likeable personality. So the audience has no concern for him in his later imprisonment, or in his relationship with Felix. Too many disputes, without the balance of any fun, warmth, or charm. Felix is in hysteria through half the film. The script does not build a believable friendship between any two characters. There are no characters to admire, except briefly the peddler. There is no humor from the writer who created, so well, the melodramatic and humorous Ms. Pigeon Plumtree. The rescues are often convenient, and thus unbelievable. Several murders. There is no moral of the story. Not written to the audience of "Road to Avonlea", "Loves Comes Softly", or "Tom Sawyer". The writer has thought up scenes, and strung them together, which does not a plot make, and is without a target audience. Visually appealing, but no heart and soul. Hollow, without imagination, except the bird helping the imprisoned father, which is wasted, because we do not like the father.
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I remember watching this years ago, when I was watching the series "Avonlea". Many of its stars shine here, but none more brightly than Zachary Bennett, who perseveres through obstacles to reaching his one and only goal, reuniting with his father, after they must flee Prussia in 1865. Great family film, and adventures for the arm-chair travelers!
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By Way of the Stars has everything--action, adventure, murder, romance, runaways, survival, indians, family rivalry. It is a great movie the whole family can enjoy and understand. Gema Zamprogna, Zachary Bennett, and Michael Mahonen are greats from the television show "ROAD TO AVONLEA", and it is great to see them in a long-running movie! The movie starts with action and the characters are introduced right off. The movie is easy to get into, and before the first half hour is over, you'll be in tears (watch it and you'll know why). If you loved "AVONLEA" or if you just love great movies, watch this one! It is wonderfully written, directed, and acted. Give it a chance! You'll be glad you did! :)
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If you are looking for a family friendly, old-fashioned historical sort-of story of Old World to New World, this would be it. A very well written story, with absolutely great acting and fantastic scenery, combine to make a broad-spectrum story event. Was great from the beginning to the end. One that we saw on TV and have watched now on DVD and will watch again and again, as it is a favorite of everyone in the family from 12-51! Very highly recommended.
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