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Alice In Wonderland [1966] [DVD]

Anne-Marie Mallik , Freda Dowie , Jonathan Miller    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anne-Marie Mallik, Freda Dowie, Jo Maxwell Muller, Wilfrid Brambell, Alan Bennett
  • Directors: Jonathan Miller
  • Writers: Jonathan Miller, Lewis Carroll
  • Producers: Jonathan Miller
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2003
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WQ58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Made-for-TV BBC adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's book from film-maker Jonathan Miller. Young girl Alice (Anne-Marie Mallik) falls down the White Rabbit (Wilfrid Brambell)'s hole into a bizarre world full of eccentric characters such as the Caterpillar (Michael Redgrave), the Mock Turtle (John Gielgud) and the Mad Hatter (Peter Cook). Peter Sellers also stars as the King of Hearts. The film features music by Ravi Shankar.


Almost every scene in Alice in Wonderland keeps us off our feet visually, aurally, logically, emotionally - just as we are in our own dreams - in a sustained effort by Miller that s remarkable. This isn t just the single most intriguing version of Alice in Wonderland I ve ever seen - it s one of the best English films from the 1960s --DVD Talk

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All in the golden afternoon... 16 Mar 2004
This remarkable film almost defies description; it's so completely unlike any other film or any other adaptation of Carroll's book. Watching it is like gazing through a crystal ball at someone's confused, faded, half-dreamed memories of childhood in another life and another age, when summers were long and lazy and hot and the world was severe and confusing. Little of Carroll's text is preserved intact; his ingenious wordplay is mainly given second place to atmosphere, so for all its wonderful qualities this can't really be considered the definitive adaptation - perhaps such a thing is impossible - but it does capture aspects of the original that no other version comes close to. Director Jonathan Miller gives a fascinating, entertaining commentary and you can't help but wonder what we would have had if the BBC hadn't insisted on trimming thirty minutes out of it before transmission... though we shouldn't complain too much about that; today, such a fascinating and individual piece of work would probably never get commissioned in the first place, by the BBC or anyone else.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Life, what is it but a dream?" 1 April 2008
By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is certainly one of the weirder takes on the Alice story.

Don't expect to see any actors in tacky animal outfits or jazzy settings of the songs.

Instead... well, imagine a young girl in the late 1800's who has just read ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Then she falls asleep. This film could be her dream. Instead of caterpillars and griffins, you get the various crusty academics, ecclesiastics, maids and governesses who inhabit her waking life.
(Played, incidentally, by a superb cast).

AS a lifelong fan of Lewis Carroll, part of me feels that I should passionately hate this interpretation - but oddly, I think it's my favourite of all the screen versions.

Everything is disjointed and dreamlike. In most of the scenes, Alice is facing or staring away from what's happening. This sullen, wild-haired girl goes through the story in what looks like a state of total disinterest. When she speaks, it's in a sulky flat-toned voice.

If you're a fan of the Alice story, I don't think you'll feel neutral about this film. You may hate it, or you may love it (perhaps, like me, you may love it without quite knowing why!)

In any case, it's something you should really see at least once.

Personally, I rented it, thought about it for a few days, then decided that I had to have my own copy

"Life, what is it but a dream?" This version of ALICE captures that feeling more than any other I've yet seen. I think, ultimately, that's why it works for me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, beautiful, surreal 25 May 2010
I could watch this film over and over again. Every time I see it I always manage to see things I never noticed before. Extremely underrated, this very British film version of Alice in Wonderland is probably the best adaptation made. It was created by Jonathan Miller for the BBC in 1966, a time when the Beatles were gearing up for Sgt. Pepper. Despite this the film has a timeless quality and could've been made at any time, and the crisp black and white cinematography (to deliberately resemble Victorian photographs) emphasises this.

The film noticeably breaks away from the cinematic conventions of previous Alice adaptations in a way that makes it refreshingly free of cliche. For example Alice's descent down the rabbit-hole is not done with her suspended from wires in front of a green-screen -- here she runs through the corridors of an abandoned hospital, white curtains billowing in the wind. The actors are depicted without animal masks, dressed instead in Victorian period costume to reflect the time the book was written in. There are next to no special effects in the film and the illusion of Alice shrinking and growing is done simply through changing the furniture size and the use of extreme wide-angle lenses that stretch and distort her. The sets are cluttered with Victorian bric-a-brac, lending a very Gothic overtone to the whole film. This could be accused as being the "arthouse" Alice and in a way it is, but merely because it is so original.

Then there's the stellar cast assembled from a variety of British stars from John Gielgud as the Mock Turtle to Peter Cook as the Hatter. Many have voiced their dislike of this particular Alice, played by Anne-Marie Malik, thinking she stares mutely at the camera too much and that she is too ugly.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Alice 8 Mar 2004
By Gavrog
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For Alice aficionados Miller’s 1966 film really is the best version there is. It blurs the boundaries of reality (Lewis Carroll’s world of Oxford University dons) and fantasy in a way that no other version could hope to match. Although this film is not really considered a ‘children’s’ film I would definitely recommend that children watch this version rather than the artificially sweetened Disney version. Don't be fooled by technicolor singalongs, what children and adults alike really want is originality, magic, and absurdity. Millers vision has it all. It's altogether darker, funnier, and truer to the original book.
This is the sort of classic that rarely appears on DVD/home video – get it while you can!
If you’re interested in an alternative and challenging vision of Carroll’s classic, see also Jan Svankmajer’s animated ‘Alice’, for superb surreality and a more gothic flavour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Reflections
No Caterpillar or Tweedle dee but if you want a quintessential English film from the 1960's which captures the essence of the era then this is it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Millerland
Who but the great Jonathan Miller could have persuaded Sir John Gielgud and Malcolm Muggeridge to roll up their trousers and perform The Lobster Quadrille on a shingley sea-shore? Read more
Published 14 months ago by boudiccabeazley
5.0 out of 5 stars unique version
I bought this version for my daughter, Alice! who has several versions of the production. Jonathan Miller's production is superior in many regards and in my opinion the main... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly unusual film rarity . Very 1960'2 !
Expensive but a rarity. Arrived promptly from seller
Drawn to look for this by recent television programme about Ravi Shankar who scored this film. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jon D
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
My husband was particularly keen to acquire this film on DVD. We both recalled watching it when it was first broadcast. Read more
Published 19 months ago by jem
3.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles for deaf = NO!!!!!!!!!
The DVD arrived today, very fast delivery and packaging. The DVD quality looks good and clear. Unfortunately the DVD does not have subtitles for hard of hearing/deaf, a negative... Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by Lizlass
5.0 out of 5 stars The curiouser the better
If I could only keep three DVDs, this would be one of them. It's in black and white but the tones are so beautiful the screen appears to be bursting with colour. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by T. A. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Father's ALICE IN WONDERLAND...
...could easily have described this version when it first appeared in 1966 and it can still be used to describe it over 40 years later. Read more
Published on 9 April 2010 by Chip Kaufmann
4.0 out of 5 stars High on Empire
Strange, haunting, surreal, satirical and unsettling - had the BBC not lopped off thirty minutes from Jonathan Miller's film of Alice In Wonderland (1966) then I think we would be... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by Oliver Twist
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the novel.
This is the best attempt at adapting what is actually in the book, so, if your view of Alice in Wonderland is shaped by Disney, you're probably not going to like this. Read more
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