(aka 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin')

Directed by Jacques Demy
UK / USA 19


Though ostensibly marketed to family audiences with a G rating, The Pied Piper is an uncharacteristically grim and brutal offering from Goodtimes Enterprises, a UK-based production company during the 1970s whose films like Performance, Lisztomania, and That’ll Be the Day were largely conceived as star vehicles for music performers. The big name in this particular film is Donovan, a Scottish folk-pop singer best known for 1960s standards like “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” “Atlantis,” and “Sunshine Superman.” His presence in the film is something of a sticking point for many modern viewers, but in fact the small numbers of spare, haunting ditties he performs in the film work well with the period setting, and while he’ll never be confused with a master thespian, he acquits himself well enough with his one-dimensional role. The real acting demands rest with the British pros like Pleasence, Hurt, and Hordern, who chew into their meaty roles with gusto.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE


Theatrical Release: May 25th, 1972

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Distribution Legend Films - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:29:57 
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None

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Studio: Legend Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

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DVD Release Date: July 1st, 200
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Chapters: 16



Legend Films brings us this obscure Demy film in a lackluster bare-bones edition on a single-layered disc at a reasonable price. The unremarkable image quality is offset with the fact it is both anamorphic and progressive. Colors are faded. It's really not too bad - with a bit of noise and a fairly clean image.

Audio gives us a consistent 2.0 channel track in the original English, but there are no optional subtitles available and no supplements. I admit I was intrigued to see Demy's retelling of this classic children's tale but I didn't find it particularly engaging although both my kids seemed interested. It's a good price if you are keen to see or for Demy completists. 

Gary W. Tooze


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