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Anastasia [Blu-ray]

 G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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A spellbinding mix of adventure, comedy, romance and music, this acclaimed animated spectacular tells the thrilling story of the lost Russian princess Anastasia and her quest to find her true identity. When the shadow of revolution falls across Russia, the royal family's youngest daughter barely escape with her life. Years later, Anastasia and a band of heroic companions must battle the evil Rasputin, his sidekick Bartok the bat and a host of ghostly minions in a headlong race to reach Paris, reclaim her rightful destiny and solve the greatest mystery of the 20th century.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Princess story...just ignore the history ;) Nov. 23 2010
Format:DVD
This is a fun Princess story, ranking among even the Disney Princesses in my own oppinion. But like other historically based 'Disney Princess' movies (though this is a movie by Don Bluth, not Disney) it has a lot of inaccuracies for those who know a thing or two about Russian history. This is not a history movie though, it is a story about a Princess, not the pinnacle of historical accuracy. So please, please, please, don't learn your Russian history from this movie!

The story is loosely based on a stage play, based on the rumours that one of the Romanov daughters, (thought to be Anastasia since it was most poetic, her name does mean 'to rise again') somehow escaped when her family was excecuted. This was due to onne of the bodies being missing at the time. While most would like to believe she did, DNA evidence has confirmed that Anastasia did die with her family. So this movie is indeed just a fantasy based on rumours and wishful thinking.

Still, this is a fun movie, with charming characters, suspensful action scenes, memorable songs such as 'Once Upon a December', and a wacky villain. It's also a very family friendly movie, though I have my doubts that young boys will be very interested in it. The animation is slightly off at times, but many of the hand drawn sequences are absolutely breath taking. It's definitly worth a watch for any fan of Princesses, but history buffs might lose their minds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historically correct? I hope not. July 25 2005
Format:DVD
Okay, so some people criticize this movie by saying it is not an accurate adaptation of the political and historical events going on at that time. Well, how exactly DO you intend to incorperate the (rather grim) history into a children's movie?
And that is exactly what it is: a movie for CHILDREN. It's supposed to be FUN, not teach you history. If you want to see a portrait for the political struggles in Russia at that time - go read a book about it!
Yes, the movie's characters are portrayed as black and white - the Romanovs are good, Rasputin is bad. Has it ever been different in Disney movies (yes, I do realize this is not a Disney movie)? Yes, maybe Lenin would've made a more logical bad guy, but Lenin didn't have magic powers (as far as that goes, Rasputin is the way more interesting character). Why yes, maybe they should have portrayed the hardships of revolution and the two years that the Romanov family had been held captive. Why YES, maybe they should have made Alexei a sickly boy and the whole thing utterly hopeless. It would have been more realistic and appealing to all you fine members of the politically aware adults. But no seven-year-old (as I was at the time I watched this movie) would be particularly interested in that kind of story.
As to my personal opinion, I love this movie. The songs ("Once Upon a December" is beautiful), the characters, the dialogue, the graphics, the mood, everything is just stunning. Sometimes it gets a little mushy, I suppose, as in the starting scene - but those parts are easy to overlook when viewing the wonderful whole.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Alternate View of Russian History July 14 2004
Format:DVD
At the end of last week I had the opportunity to see Anastasia. Due to the prevalence of magic and the changing of history, Anastasia does qualify as a fantasy film.
When the Russian empire falls (in a fortnight due to Rasputin's curse), young Anastasia escapes with her life but not her memory. An old member of the court and an old member of the palace staff look for a girl they can pose as Anastasia in order to collect a reward. The girl they pick turns out to be the genuine article. After some harrowing adventures made more difficult by the efforts of Rasputin from beyond the grave, Anastasia is reunited with her grandmother. Then, just as all obstacles and plot complications are out of the way of romance the final showdown with Rasputin occurs.
One of the main reasons I had wanted to see this film was that it was the first true challenge to Disney's animation empire. I was very surprised to find out that Don Bluth (All Dogs Go To Heaven and other dogs) was behind the film. Bluth seems to have finally figured out how to make a good film and Anastasia will hopefully not be the last.
There are a few faults (of course) with the overall plot and the dealings with history but if one accepts this as alternate history they are not a real problem. For one, Rasputin dies by accident (although he does drown). Anastasia is found and reunited with her family. The Russian Empire is likened to Camelot where all is good for everyone. Rubles seem to have worth outside of Russia. But if you can handle that, you should have no problem with the story. The only real problems I had with the production involved the musical numbers and the animation. There was some good music but it just wasn't as clear as it should be. Oftentimes one had to guess what the song was about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Anything is Possible in History & Animation. June 29 2004
Format:DVD
This nice little story of the search for and recovery of the heir to the Russian throne. It is full of adventures to keep the children interested but includes many complicated plots and subplots going on at the same time for the adults to enjoy. When found, Anya was told she had the beauty of her mother, Alexandra; her father had been the last czar, Nicholas.
On the ship to France, curses were being thrown Anya's way by Rasputian. She feels like she is falling apart. A waif for many years, she is hoping to find her family and her destiny. At the Effiel Tower, we saw a beautiful dancing water show similar to that at the downtown park in Chicago in summer.
The elderly Empress with her white hair has reached the point of despair and will no longer interview any of the many girls who claim to be Anastasia. She had a cat with a fluffy tail. Her maid Sophia, the blonde bombshell with Dolly Parton attributes, informs them of the Soviet ballet and takes them on a fantastic shopping spree.
Dimitri had been a servant lad in the palace and had led the group to safety during the revolution. Now he has turned into a conman to find the heiress. He is pictured with my son Geoffrey's hair and even his smile. There is a model in Chicago who is Jeff's 'double' so it could have been based on him.
Out in the streets of Paris, there is dancing as in HAVANA NIGHTS cartoon style. At the Moulin Rouge shaped like a windmill we see the can can dancers' show.
On the way to the ballet, we saw a huge statue of Rodin's THE THINKER. Cinderella was the ending of the ballet; we did not see the beginning. When confronted with Anya, she wearily inquires, "How much pain will you inflict on an old woman?" Now, she had decided to end her days with a lonely life in peace.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this movie one of my al time favourites once upon a December!
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work!
Love the movie. But once we got it, it didn't work!! Perhaps cause it's from the U.K. ??
Published 27 days ago by Lisa De Braga
5.0 out of 5 stars A family Favorite
A movie that is timeless, one of my daughters favorites, needed to add it on DVD to the library :)
Published 3 months ago by Pamela Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Anastasia
Film d'histoire ,qui se termine très bien. Mais qui en réalitée est une page tournante de l'histoire de la russie
Published 4 months ago by Marguerite Ouimet
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Getting!
It was worth seeing in theaters and worth getting on blu-ray! Just don't expect it to be Historically Accurate it isn't!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Animation Great Music
A story that we all wanted to believe was true... something like the Avro Arrow (the one that got away). NIce widescreen format. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alberto Cardarelli
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever!!!
I LOVE this movie!!! Such a beautiful story and has great actors in it, love the songs too. One of my all time favs!
Published 7 months ago by wcoon
5.0 out of 5 stars A good movie
I really loved this movie when I was young. However, maybe young children (under 7-8 years old) would be a bit afraid of some scenes. I would recommand it!
Published 18 months ago by Lysanne
5.0 out of 5 stars movie purchase
i received the purchase in very good order and I will definitly use this company again in my future purchases
Published 19 months ago by Lorna Lohner
4.0 out of 5 stars Aanastasia
Anastasia the movie, We are replacing the movie in VHS with the movie in DVD for a Christmas present .
Published 20 months ago by Tim Sheehan
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