ALICE (DVD + Blu-ray)
A film by Jan Svankmajer
Jan Svankmajer's Alice is a creepy and disturbing adaptation of Lewis Carroll's original vision. Combining a live-action Alice (Kristýna Kohoutová) with a stop-motion Wonderland filled with threatening, bizarre characters, the film brilliantly marries a sly visual wit with piercing psychological insight.
Presented here fully uncut and in its original Czech-language version for the very first time, this comprehensive release also gathers together a selection of rare and fascinating Alice-related short films.
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Alternative English-language audio
- Alice in Wonderland (1903, 9 mins): the first film adaptation of Alice
- Elsie and the Brown Bunny (1921, 8 mins): Cadbury's advert
- Alice in Label Land (1974, 12 mins): animated COI film
- Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married? (1992, 3 mins): the Quay Brothers' Alice inspired music film
- Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You (1993, 4 mins): the white rabbit returns in the second of the Quay Brothers' music films for His Name Is Alive
- Fully illustrated booklet
Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, UK, West Germany | 1988 | colour | Czech language, with optional English subtitles | 86 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1
Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono 2.0 audio (48k/24-bit)
Disc 2:DVD5 | PAL | PCM mono 2.0 audio (48k/16-bit)
Region 0 DVD
Region free Blu-ray
This adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
mixes animation and live action to create a dreamlike world, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's simply a kid's film. Young Alice (Kristyna Kohoutová, spoken by Camilla Power) watches a stuffed and mounted rabbit come to life in her playroom and follows it through a magical drawer into a strange world that resembles a 19th-century toy store come to life, with a few specimens from a natural history museum thrown in. Czech animator Jan Svankmajer retains the familiar story elements but tweaks them with bizarre imagery brought to herky-jerky life with his spasmodic style of stop-motion animation. The caterpillar becomes a sock puppet with dentures, while other crazy creatures materialise as creepy skull-headed beings that bleed sawdust. Throughout the tale Svankmajer returns to punctuating close-ups of Alice's lips telling the story, just to remind us that this is a tale told. In the best surrealist tradition Svankmajer uses familiar objects in unfamiliar ways, giving a fantasy quality to the banal (and the not so banal) while tipping the dream logic to the edge of nightmare. While the imagery remains more unsettling than genuinely disturbing, younger children will certainly be happier with Disney's brightly coloured animated classic Alice in Wonderland
. Older children and adults will better appreciate Svankmajer's sly visual wit and unusual animation style. --Sean Axmaker
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.