Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [DVD + Book] [Box Set]
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The double BAFTA award winning version of Lewis Carroll s fantasy novel, widely regarded as the most lavish and faithful adaptation of one of the most enduring children s stories of all time. Boasting a star studded international cast of Academy Award Winners, nominees and BAFTA recipients including Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther, Dr Strangelove, The Goon Show) as the March Hare, Michael Crawford (Some Mothers Do Ave Em, Hello Dolly!) as the White Rabbit, Dudley Moore (10, Arthur, Bedazzled) as Dormouse, Spike Milligan (The Goon Show, Adolf Hitler-My Part in his Downfall), Sir Michael Hordern (Where Eagles Dare ,Gandhi), Sir Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes, Doctor Zhivago) & Fiona Fullerton (View to a Kill) as Alice. Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels, this extravagantly lush British spectacle, which brings Sir John Tenniel s famous illustrations enchantingly to life with a bewitching score by James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA winning cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey, Superman), is presented in its original aspect ratio 2.35.1 Todd-AO 35 Scope. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition DVD.
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However, skip this DVD edition. I got it, excited to see ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND in widescreen and, perhaps a better print than what's previously been available.
No such luck.
The DVD appears to be struck from the same crappy VHS version that's been out there for ages. Faded colors. Pan-and-scan. In this age of DVD, quality like this is such a shame.
That said, this DVD transfer is basically UNWATCHABLE. It's not clear what source they used for the transfer, but there are TERRIBLE audio pitch problems throughout the movie, with wow and flutter horribly apparent. This is particularly problematic for a movie like this with a significant orchestral and vocal score. If you have any sense of pitch, you'll find yourself pulling your hair out listening to the off-key strings! The video quality is pretty horrible, as well--worse than standard cable. A real travesty.
Fiona Fullerton is a charming Alice. Most other versions of the film shows us a very young Alice. I don't think any other Alice could have portrayed the character quite like Fiona. She's a bit older, but possesses the ability to act the part very well, something I don't think many younger actors could do.
The musical sequences are at times breif and essential to the story. The film is rather old, and transfer to video was rather poor. There's some very conspicuous flaws in the video, but despite this, the story is just as wonderful and magical as ever. For a low budget and a superb cast (Dudley Moore, Ralph Richardson, et al) "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a delight.
The sets were not extravagant, but very well done. Some of the backgrounds reminded me very much of "The Wizard of Oz".
I'm glad to have found this version of "Alice in Wonderland" since it was the first I'd ever seen. It will always be the version I compare others to, and despite the fact that this isn't a more commercially successful film, it won me over heart and soul.