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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JX89XI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,734 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Experience the classic holiday tale of the Nutcracker brought to life like you have never seen it before. This all-new film features a highly-acclaimed cast including; Elle Fanning, Nathan Lane, Frances de la Tour and John Turturro. Join Mary on a magical adventure when her toy nutcracker comes to life and whisks her away to a magical kingdom filled with fantastical toys, sugar plums and dancing fairies. Mary soon discovers the evil Rat King is threatening the kingdom and in order to save the Nutcracker, Mary must uncover a hidden secret to free the prince and restore his kingdom. Based on the story that inspired Russian composer Tchaikovsky to create the music for the iconic ballet, the film includes eight new exciting songs written by Oscar®-winning lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King, Evita).

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I was almost tempted to buy this dvd, until I read the reviews. Thanks to all who took the time to write in. I think I'll pass!
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By Bernard on Aug. 23 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Not your traditional nutcracker story but I love it. It is funny and well made, loosely based on the Nutcracker story.
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By Sophie Legault on Jan. 28 2015
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The story is only in english, its complicat for return and it look's copy...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By timegirl on Jan. 3 2012
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I purchased "Nutcracker: The Untold Story" for a Christmas gift. It was delivered as promised ... before December 7th which was fantastic!!! Thank you very much!

Happy New Year!!!
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46 of 61 people found the following review helpful
terrible excuse for a Christmas movie Dec 6 2011
By Sah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie was horrendous! The rat king's teeth morph into this incredibly scary monster and scared my 6 year old girl and 2 year old boy. Although my 8 yr old boy didn't mind all of the horrific effects, it was no Christmas movie. There was no hint on the dvd cover that this movie would be so dark and violent. Why would they do this to the Nutcracker? They tore apart a beautiful concept. I would guess Nathan Lane and John Turturro were appalled when they saw the final cut. I can't imagine they were proud of this Christmas production. After watching it, it made me want to write a letter to Lane, Turturro, the producer, director, somebody and tell them they should be ashamed and tell them what a terrible waste of time and energy this movie was. We all sat down as a family waiting to see a beautiful Christmas story and we were all incredibly disappointed. The dvd cover is very misleading and does not show any pics of the scary or dark stuff. There is one scene where the rat king chews through the door of the elevator to get to the little girl - and it scared me! I hated this movie so much and wish my children had never seen it, that I am writing this review on Amazon and I didn't even buy it online here. I bought it out of the $10 WalMart bin - no wonder it was in there. Don't waste your money or scare your children!!!!!! As I am writing this review tonight, my 6 year old and 2 year old have already called me crying because they can't get the rat king out of their head! just awful.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Descends into Creepiness Dec 9 2011
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having just caught the talented Elle Fanning in the movie Super 8, and knowing how good of an actor John Turturro can be (Johnny Depp movie, Monk's brother), I thought I'd buy The Nutcracker: The Untold Story from Amazon without first seeing it.

Boy, what a big mistake!

This DVD starts out well, with lovely atmosphere, unique musical numbers (written by Oscar-winner Tim Rice), great special effects and solid acting (despite Nathan Lane's perpetually quizzical visage as Albert Einstein and a wooden Frances de le Tour).

My whole family and I were transfixed, especially as the wooden nutcracker (in awesome CGI) and Mary ride an enchanted elevator sleigh up through a humongous towering Christmas tree. We had no idea what would happen next, because this "re-telling" of The Nutcracker had been unpredictable from the beginning (e.g. Einstein replacing Uncle Drosselmeier, Mary's mother being an opera singer about to make her debut in front of important politicians, etc.).

However, once they got into the realm of the Rat King, things start getting dicey--violent and creepy, even.

The Rat King (Turturro) and his minions all have rat faces, resembling Hitler's SS in uniform and demeanor (I can handle that--it makes sense). However, things soon turn violent (beyond capturing citizens of the magical kingdom).

For example, a large shark swims in a gigantic aquarium. He doesn't appear menacing beyond being a shark. The Rat King, as he's threatening the captured citizens with a bizarre musical routine, deliberately drops electrical lights in the aquarium. The poor shark thrashes about, as he's being electrocuted--not for a few seconds, but MANY seconds. It was distressful and disturbing to watch.

My family and I were in shock. Soon after, the Rat Queen (the Rat King's mother) summons Turturro's character. She is unkempt, drunken and barely dressed--wearing fishnet stockings (!). In a creepy Oedipal moment, she urges her son to come closer...and as he bends down for her to tell him a secret, she BITES him (hard and long).

That was it for us!

If you're wanting a magical family Christmas movie, this is NOT the one to get! However, if you revel in "dark", twisted holiday fairytales, you may get your jollies out The Nutcracker: The Untold Story.

-- Janet Boyer, author of lots of stuff
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Underrated and strange Dec 21 2013
By Joe Smart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Genuinely strange big-budget children's film bombed when it received its original theatrical release and received extremely bad reviews. The story concerns a young girl (an excellent Elle Fanning) in the early 1900's. Her wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and turns out to be a boy prince who was cursed. She travels to his kingdom and helps him defeat the Rat King (a very amusing John Turturro) who has taken over and enslaved the population.

Some reviewers are claiming that this movie is not appropriate for children--I guess that depends on how bland you think children's entertainment needs to be to be appropriate. The Nutcracker: The Untold Story is about the power of imagination and friendship. There is less violence than a child could see on a typical network television program and not a single character in the movie dies, not even the villains. So what exactly is so objectionable?

Some adults seem to be disturbed by the fact that the villains are loosely modeled on the Nazis. While that is certainly true it's not something that small children are likely to pick up on or be disturbed by. And the villains are not Nazis--the Rat King burns children's toys in a huge factory to create a dark cloud that keeps the sun from shining down into the kingdom and his soldiers are more bumbling than menacing. The Rat King also has a habit of breaking into song, which makes him even less scary.

If Elle Fanning and her prince (and, eventually, her bratty little brother) can shut down the factory the sun will shine on the streets again and the rats will be forced to retreat to the sewers because they can't stand sunlight.

Sounds really, really adult, doesn't it?

The special effects and production design are both excellent but what's most interesting about them is that with the exception of the metallic rat dogs and the Rat King's occasionally trans-morphing face they don't looks like CGI--they looks like effects you might have seen in classic Hollywood films. It's like the makers of the film traveled back in time and grabbed the set-designers from Metropolis and the special-effects people from The Wizard of Oz and got them to work on the film. A sequence where Fanning dances through the air with a line of fairies could have easily come from Fantasia era Disney.

The numerous songs are a bit of a surprise. Unfortunately, they aren't especially tuneful--although, when delivered by John Turturro's prancing Rat King, they are at least amusing.

The pacing is unnecessarily draggy. The movie was obviously a labor of love for Andrei Koncholovsky (Runaway Train) who directed, co-wrote and co-produced, and you get the impression that he couldn't bring himself to cut because he loved the world that he had created too much.

The Nutcracker is far from perfect but it's unlike any other children's film you are likely to see, is pretty wonderful visually and features very nice turns from Elle Fanning (in one of her first roles) and John Turturro, who seems to be having a blast playing the song and dance loving villain.

I would say it's absolutely fine for children with decent attention spans--it's even possible that their parents will enjoy it as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
... only this movie would have stayed as magical and beautiful as it was in the beginning Dec 27 2014
By above rubies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If only this movie would have stayed as magical and beautiful as it was in the beginning. It turned dark and creepy and stayed that way for a long time. The rat king electrocutes a shark, bares his teeth in a horror movie like fashion, and his mother wears lewd clothing and bites him on the neck long and hard. It's just weird and twisted. Even my family was disgusted and kept asking me what on earth I was watching. I got tired of waiting for the dark parts to be over with so I fast forwarded to the end. I didn't even give it to charity lest it horrify someone else. I threw it away.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not destined to become a holiday family classic Feb. 5 2015
By A. S. Templeton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Despite its heavy promotion as a kid's movie, children under, say, 25 should be kept well away from this ill-begotten spectacle. It's about 5% ETA Hoffmann (the 1816 author of the original Nutcracker and Mouse-King story), 5% Tchaikovsky ballet, but the remaining 90% is a mess of distracting subplots, horrific makeup and CGI effects, creaky dialog, and film-student cinematography.

To her credit, Miss Fanning bravely obliges the scriptwriter, songwriter and director, but the compassion we feel in watching her is out of embarassment over her being made to say, sing, and act the stuff she did. Nathan Lane glibly phones it in as "Uncle Albert", an Einsteinian character inexplicably replacing Godfather Drosselmeyer of the original story. And while I usually enjoy John Torturro's roles, he seems uneasy and maybe regretful over the script and verse of his Mouse-King, er, Rat-Führer, er, whatever...

Animal Cruelty: vivid but pointless electrocution-killing of a captive shark.
Cheap Allegory: making over Hoffmann's mouse-army into Nazi rat-stormtroopers.
Cheap frights: CGI-enabled overdone transformation of faces into hideous shrieking rat-faces. Jump scares aplenty.
Musical assault and battery: characters break into stage-musical or campy song for no compelling reason. Tchaikovsky brutally rescored, or rearranged into braying parodies of the original classical themes.
Child-Abuse pervo stuff: an 11-year old girl being dragged and pushed around, being compelled to wear torn and disarrayed clothing shot at sleazy camera angles, having to repeatedly mouth lines like "I'm not afraid" when the audience knows she has good reason to be very afraid indeed, as when being threatened with mutilation.

Fanning's Mary seems to have no clearly defined journey, faces no life-altering challenge, and demonstrates no improved attributes by the end, so the movie's a bit farcical. Sure, the parents become more parent-like, and the kid brother a little less annoying, but these should have been side characters, not allowed dramatically to distract from Mary's journey.

Ultimately this is not so much an "untold" version of Hoffmann's Nutcracker, but a disappointing nightmarish makeover. Maybe the Russian director's dog-eared Cold War-era screenplay should have been finally binned instead of actually produced...

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