directed by Jonathan Miller
UK 1966

 

A subversive and haunting retelling of the classic children’s story featuring legendary actors Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir John Gielgud, Leo McKern, and satirists Peter Sellers, Peter Cook, and Alan Bennett. This surreal masterpiece was filmed for the BBC by stage and screen director Jonathan Miller. Miller’s Victorian Gothic version of Alice In Wonderland captures the menacing undertones of Lewis Carroll’s story while poking fun at middle-class England.

Theatrical Release: December 28th, 1966 - UK

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DVD Review: Home Vision -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Home Vision -  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:11:25 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.64 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Production Company: Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Original Aspect Ratio) - 1.33:1


DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003

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Chapters: 16

Edition Details:
• New digital transfer

• Director’s commentary track

• Behind-the-scenes stills gallery by world renowned photographer Terence Spencer

• Cecil Hepworth’s 1903 film of Alice in Wonderland

• Essay by author and critic Wheeler Winston Dixon

• Music specially composed by Ravi Shankar
Comments:

Considering this is from television and has not had a restoration done, this is a very good picture. Take into account that it is getting close to 40 years old.  Detail is good and black-levels are strong. The Extras are also a fun handful. I found the 1903 film of Alice... fascinating. It has some apparent flaws and damage but that probably makes it appear even more unique. It may be the oldest film I have ever seen. Audio quality is also very strong and Ravi Shankar's music sounds lilting and authoritative. There is also a directors commentary by Miller and a Behind-the-scenes stills gallery. Pretty much a top-notch job by Home Vision.   out of         Gary W. Tooze





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