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The 10th Kingdom (Full Screen)

Kimberly Williams-Paisley , Scott Cohen    Unrated   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
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This epic 10-hour miniseries from the Emmy-winning writer of Gulliver's Travels was a ratings bust on television, but on video and DVD, where it can be enjoyed at one's leisure, it has a better chance to cast its magical spell. Kimberly Williams has never been more enchanting than as Virginia, a waitress who still lives with her janitor father (John Larroquette) and yearns for something exciting to happen to her. Her wish comes true when she and her father are transported from New York City into a dimension that, with apologies to Rod Serling, can only be called the Fairy Tale Zone; nine kingdoms populated by characters from fairy tales of yore. They team up with a dog who's really a prince--Wendell, grandson of Snow White--changed into canine form by the evil Queen (Dianne Wiest), who plots to usurp Wendell's throne. Father, daughter, and his royal dogness are relentlessly pursued through the nine kingdoms by the Troll King (Ed O'Neill) and his three bumbling and horrible children, and the conflicted Wolf (Scott Cohen), who is allied with the Queen but, with the aid of some Oprah-esque self-help books, tames his inner beast and falls in love with Virginia. The 10th Kingdom is a special effects extravaganza. There is indeed, as one character marvels, magic to behold here. But despite the Hallmark brand name and the presence of a grown-up Snow White (Camryn Manheim) and Cinderella (Ann-Margret), bewitched animals, magic mirrors, and trolls, this is not kid's stuff. It can get scary, surprisingly violent, and quite intense; you know, just like real fairy tales. --Donald Liebenson

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At the edge of the mortal world lies a mystical vortex which leads to the Nine Kingdoms a fantastic land where fairy tales are reinvented... and not with happily-ever-after results! An evil queen (Dianne Wiest) has just doomed Prince Wendell (Daniel Lapaine) to life as a dog. His quest to recapture the throne leads him through a portal to the mythical Tenth Kingdom... Central Park! With the help of ordinary mortals Virginia (Kimberly Williams) and Tony (John Larroquette) they battle evil in a parallel universe of vile trolls goblins and every fairy tale character imaginable. Stunning visual effects and a stellar cast include Scott Cohen Rutger Hauer Camryn Manheim and Ed O'Neill dominates this epic adventure that will enchant audiences of all ages.System Requirements:Starring: Ann-Margret Scott Cohen Rutger Hauer John Larroquette Camryn Manheim and Ed O'Neill Directed By: David Carson and Herbert Wise Running Time: 417 minutes Color Presented in "Standard" formatFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: NR UPC: 707729127185 Manufacturer No: 12718

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...AND WORTH EVERY ONE OF THEM! July 9 2003
A thoroughly enchanting tale.
I began watching it on NBC when it first aired and missed the third instalment. I didn't want to spoil it for myself, so I refused to watch the others and immediately bought it on VHS from ncb.com. I have since bought it again on DVD from amazon. Can you tell I love the movie???
Anyway, the characters are all fabulous. All have depth and all give sterling performances. My favourite scene (there are so many) is the courthouse (what a jury!). In fact I loved the entire farming village portion of the movie.
The engagement ring is a real scene stealer - imagine a RING stealing scenes. That could only happen in a fairy tale!
The "ratings bust" referred to in the editorial I believe came about because it was so long. Hard to get home every night for 6 nights at the same time to catch this epic. (Don't bother to mention 'Roots'. Those were different times and a completely different matter altogether).
The saddest part of the lack of good ratings is that it will probably retard (or completely prevent) another instalment. If the Video/DVD is selling as well as I think it is though, who knows, we just might get a straight to DVD sequel.
I certainly hope that Virginia keeps her subtle "promise", made at the end, of "... another story".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall, good fun Dec 3 2002
By A Customer
Although this epic starts slowly with some very tedious escapades in New York, there is a payoff if you have the patience.
The alternate world they fashioned is very rich and interesting, and John Larroquette actually delivers a hilarious performance as his character begins to lose patience with all the fantasy cliches the world is stocked to the brim with (normally, I find his acting somewhat anoying). I was rolling when he finally goes non-liniar on the frog. Scott Cohen delivers an awesome performance as the Wolf.
I can't listen to "Whiter Shade of Pale" without thinking of swaying mushrooms anymore. :)
I only gave it three because the sections of lameness that beg for the fast forward button.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest adventure of all time July 18 2004
By Helen
I just recently bought the 10th Kingdom from Amazon.ca and I must say that I fell in love with the movie. Fantastic actors, a great story, not to mention breathtaking scenery made this movie and outstanding adventure for all ages. I especially loved the the character "Wolf" played by Scott Cohen because he was original and completely hilarious to watch. I certainly hope that they do consider making a sequel because it was so magnificently done and I'm sure all of the fans of this incredible movie are as anxious as I am to continue this fabulous and enchanting story. By far one of the best movies ever...a definite must see!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun for All July 10 2004
What a great movie, even with this epic being nearly 7 hours long on DVD. You'll find it hard to stop watching the adventures of Tony and Kimberly as they make their way through the 9 Kingdoms with Wolf and The Prince. There is comedy, magic, romance, drama and all the rest for every one. Safe for every one to watch with only a very few mild words and violent acts that might cause a few parents concern for the very young. Entertaining on all levels, even for myself a middle aged male into war flix. I found myself fixed on this movie only getting up to change the 3 disc it takes to watch it. While I question a couple of the casting choices like headlining Ann Margret for such a small role, overall the acting was well above par for a made for TV movie. Even the FX and make-up were above average for a made for TV film. This film did not find a fan base until after it aired, which due to poor ratings on TV there may never be a another one which without giving anything away the movie hinted at that near the end. Recommended for raining day or winter watching as it is a all day view, and a number of fan sites have spung up with fanzine stories that carry the movie on well past the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling, inventive fantasy July 7 2004
Virginia is a charming but rather insecure girl who lives with her father Tony in a building in New York where he is the put-upon janitor. Virginia is tormented by muddled memories of her mother, who disapeared when she was a young child. Strange things begin to happen in their lives when a Prince who has been turned into a golden retriever escapes from his magical world into theirs. He has been transfored by a wicked queen who wants to take control of the Nine kingdoms. She sends her werewolf henckman and a group of hideous trolls in pursuit of the escaped Prince. Tony and Virginia find themselves obliged to return to the Nine Kingdoms and help the enchanted Prince in his quest to defeat the Wicked Queen. They end up travelling with the werwolf, who has an eye for Virginia, but is he friend or foe? This is an absolutely wonderful series, which is full of dazzling special effects, superb acting, wit and charm. There are som very funny scenes, like the one where the werewolf has Virginia's grandmother trussed up and ready to cook,the one where Tony is given some wishes and makes the most of his chance to humiliate his obnoxious employer, and the scene where Virgina has to enter a shpeherdess contest and sing a song, "We will, we will shear you". Virginia's father Tony (John Larroquette) is my favourite character, his commonsense approach to the weird fairytale world is great, ("What is the point of having an evil door?"). And there is a delightful if strange romance between Virginia (Kimberley Williams) and the wolf (Scott Cohen). An absolute delight. Only one regret, at the end of this series there is a hint that there may be furthere adventures to come, but so far we haven't seen any. Is a sequel too much to hope for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
The video is in great condition. Took longer to arrive than expected or said though.. The case is in good condition too, movie plays well so far.
Published on Aug. 23 2012 by Kristie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Item exactly as advertised, even better actually! Well worth the money and seller honest, prompt shipping and very satisfied with service and experience :)
Published on Feb. 26 2012 by Snoflake44
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fairy tales are so hard to find! This is one of them.
This miniseries is long but well worth watching and I can easily watch it over and over. It's a magical tale that's fun, has a great cast, plays on all the fairy tale angles, and... Read more
Published on April 13 2009 by killerwhaletank
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD the best buy!
I have watched the VHS which came in 3 separate VHS's for so long that the tapes wore out, I originally paid $60, when it first came out on VHS. Read more
Published on March 31 2009 by Debbie Blodgett
5.0 out of 5 stars The 10th Kingdom
My daughter has loved this movie since she was 10 years old. She's 19 now. She mentioned she would like to have it and I was fortunate enough to find it on amazon and gave it to... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2009 by J. Erdelyan
5.0 out of 5 stars be warned
There are two versions available on VHS. The original VHS advertised during the airing of the mini series on TV was great, all VHS copies released later(that I have found) have... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2007 by A. graham
5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only movie I can watch 100+ times!
Before I start, I've found a couple spelling and grammar errors in some reviews here. Very annoying to see, especially since I'm fifteen (on mum's account) and I could point them... Read more
Published on July 30 2007 by R. levy
2.0 out of 5 stars Coroption
The special effects are greate and so were the acting, yet was it really a good idea to make a movie of fairy tales like that. Read more
Published on July 28 2006 by Faiga Leipnik
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Fantasy!
What an amazing movie The Tenth Kingdom is! It combines beautiful scenery with great actors (Ann-Margret, John Larroquet, Kimberly Williams, Scott Cohen, Dianne Wiest and more) and... Read more
Published on July 11 2005 by Jen Mountney
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairytales really do come true!
What an amazing movie The Tenth Kingdom is! It combines beautiful scenery, many well-known actors and many of the stories we grew up with as children. Read more
Published on July 11 2005 by Jen Mountney
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