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Alice Through the Looking Glass [Import]

Kate Beckinsale , Charlotte Curley , John Henderson    DVD
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A modern adaptation of the classic children's story 'Alice through the Looking Glass' written by Lewis Carol, which continued on from the popular 'Alice in Wonderland' story. This time Alice is played by the mother, who falls asleep while reading the the bedtime story to her daughter. Walking through the Looking Glass, Alice finds herself in Chessland, a magical and fun world. There she meets the Red and White Queens, as well as many other amusing friends on her journey across the chessboard countryside onto become a crowned queen.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bargain for Alice fans Jan. 26 2010
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This production of the second Alice book is very faithful to it, delivering much of it verbatim (though of course much is omitted too). It's also very well performed by the cast, and captures the dreamlike spirit of it very effectively, without turning it into a Disney cartoon -- not that there's anything wrong with Disney's take on Alice, it's just more Disney than Lewis Carroll. This version is much more adult-oriented. The production design and CGI effects are also well done. All in all, very well worth the price. I wish the same British team would do a version of the first book.
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2 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not the TV version you're looking for. Nov. 10 2006
Format:DVD
I have ordered this movie mistaking it for the TV version that a few of us out here know and love. I have not watched it and it may be great...but it's not what I wss looking for. The version I wanted has Carol Channing playing the White Queen and Sammy Davis Jr. as the Caterpillar. I believe we can only get this in VHS so far, if anyone has word of a DVD version, I'd love to have the lead.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most honest, true to text interpretation yet! April 10 2005
By Mr. D. Dwyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
For the person who didnt like that it didnt make sense to them, welcome to the concept of nonsense ("The dialogue is filled with non sequiturs" That is Lewis Carrolls text you are commenting on not this movie READ THE BOOK!)

I give this version top marks as it is the only version ive seen that is so faithful to Lewis Carrolls text. The nonsensical situations and conversations work perfectly without any actor having to go overboard with silliness. Many versions annoy me as the actors feel that have to act as daft and 'mad, totally mad' as they can. No need! the material is weird enough. This version feels weirder as a result cos the actors play it down a bit and act as if everything is as it should be when it clearly isnt.

The Alice stories were not all happy happy bouncy silly madness. Specifically, Through the Looking Glass has a dark edge to the insanity. And no songs is quite refreshing.

Oh and read the book, there is no plot, Alice is trying to reach the final square to become queen. If this is too challanging, forget Svankmejers version and go straight to the Disney infant friendly version.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Disney version... June 13 2006
By H. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Finally a film version that follows the actual book. This movie inspired me to re-read the original. Beautiful filming and entertaining. The only part that threw me was the teenage actress in place of the 7 1/2 yr-old character, though the actress does a very good job. My 7 1/2 yr-old son also enjoyed the film; he was glued to the set for the entire 86 minutes (perhaps because we read Through the Looking-Glass to him last year). However, my 4 yr-old daughter was not interested in the least. This is not a "Disney" production, or even an American film, so don't expect the dumbed-down sparkling simplicity that we have been spoon-fed for so long. A very enjoyable film for an open mind.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Necessarily a Children's Film Nov. 9 2005
By gordonblu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I actually thought that I would never find this on DVD. I saw a snippet of the film on television and was blown away! Finally somebody did a slightly twisted yet faithful version of the story. The casting was great too, especially Ian Holm as the White Knight who doesn't look like the Knight from the book but makes you believe he is the White Knight. Geoffrey Palmer is a great choice for the White King and I loved how the costumes at times looked vaguely Seussian.

There are a few moments in the film ("Walrus and the Carpenter", the Train Ride, "Jabberwocky" and the Finale) that are actually rather unsettling at times and might scare younger viewers, so I suggest that Parents watch this film first to gauge whether their child could watch it and not be frightened.

I wish this production team had done the previous Alice story as well. Top Notch.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect adaptation, perfect acting, perfect direction. What more could you want? June 16 2006
By A. Machado - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
First I have to say that this movie is first and foremost, a movie for Lewis Carroll fans. If you loved the Disney version or that awful new ABC version, don't watch this one, you won't like it. This is for those who read the books and appreciate the concept of nonsense.

It's done more beautifully than one could expect from a TV production (of course, it's not just TV, it's BBC).

All the acting in this movie is perfect in my opinion. Everyone fits perfectly in their roles, with a special mention of Sir Ian Holm who, at least for me, became the White Knight. His portrayal is so touching it brings me to tears everytime. Interesting trivia is that he played Lewis Carroll himself in a lovely movie called "Dreamchild".

Kate is wonderful in her role, and to be honest, I'd much rather have a grown woman from Britain playing Alice than an american girl trying to fake an accent.

If you read the book and liked it, this is an absolute must-see!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close to book, and much more. Nov. 11 2005
By D. VanArsdale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Some reviewers complain about confusing dialogue in this production, but most of it is word for word from the book. This film will transport you to a magical fairy land where you will be guided by a beautiful red haired enchantress, or ... it wont. And you don't have to have ever taken LSD to appreciate it, I suppose. Not every scene works for me - notably Tweedledee and Tweedledum's too fast recitation of "The Walrus and the Carpenter," barely audible over a blues guitar. Otherwise these two "boys," who look like aging runaways from Clockwork Orange, deliver well. Overall the performances are charming and suitable for both children and adults. And there are luminous garden landscapes, dreamlike enclosures and mysterious halls. Kate Beckinsale as Alice is vulnerable at times, assertive at others, and always strikingly attractive. You don't have to feel guilty being attracted, since in the movie she plays the role of a young mother who has gone through the mirror in her daughter's bedroom. True, she does age regress in the process, and even cries for childlike reasons in a couple scenes. But neither role nor wardrobe make you see her as a child for very long. She is a real dream girl whose presence would make a nightmare joyous. If you like the Alice books you will probably like this film and will watch it over and over.
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