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Chocky [DVD]

Carol Drinkwater , James Hazeldine , Vic Hughes , Christopher Hodson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Carol Drinkwater, James Hazeldine
  • Directors: Vic Hughes, Christopher Hodson
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030A0Z9S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,958 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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First transmitted in 1984, Chocky is a six-part TV adaptation of John Wyndham's clever novel. Matthew, an apparently normal 12-year-old boy, starts talking to an invisible presence called Chocky, who quizzes him on a wide variety of subjects as if unfamiliar with life on Earth. Over the course of the serial it is suggested that Chocky is an alternate personality or, after Matthew has been helped by Chocky to rescue his sister from drowning, a guardian angel. But we realise early on that this non-imaginary friend is in fact an alien who has made exploratory contact with the boy. Though Chocky manifests as a swirl of blue light, this is a rare piece of TV science fiction that sticks to the domestic arena, exploring ideas rather than playing with special effects.

Wyndham's very 1950s-styled novel is updated by making the kids less well-spoken, and throwing in Rubik's cubes and space invaders video games, but adaptor Anthony Read's script preserves the virtues of the novel. Young Andrew Ellams is fine in a demanding role, and there's good-quality puzzled concern from dad James Hazeldine and 80s TV's resident sexy mum Carol Drinkwater. Apart from a few eye-abusing 1984 fashions--Jeremy Bulloch's huge glasses and blinding white jeans in a cameo as a psychiatrist--and the general leisurely pace, which is no bad thing in such a careful piece of drama, this has dated little. Those who remember its first broadcast will find it lives up to the memory, and those who weren't born then should still find it an entertaining watch.

On the DVD: Chocky on disc can be accessed as a marathon two-and-a-half-hour watch or as six individual episodes (the latter is recommended). Print quality is fine given the techniques of its production. A nice extra is a 20-minute, in-depth chat with writer Anthony Read. --Kim Newman

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: First transmitted in 1984, Chocky is a six-part TV adaptation of John Wyndham's clever novel. Matthew, an apparently normal 12-year-old boy, starts talking to an invisible presence called Chocky, who quizzes him on a wide variety of subjects as if unfamiliar with life on Earth. Over the course of the serial it is suggested that Chocky is an alternate personality or, after Matthew has been helped by Chocky to rescue his sister from drowning, a guardian angel. But we realise early on that this non-imaginary friend is in fact an alien who has made exploratory contact with the boy. Though Chocky manifests as a swirl of blue light, this is a rare piece of TV science fiction that sticks to the domestic arena, exploring ideas rather than playing with special effects. Wyndham's very 1950s-styled novel is updated by making the kids less well-spoken, and throwing in Rubik's cubes and space invaders video games, but adaptor Anthony Read's script preserves the virtues of the novel. Young Andrew Ellams is fine in a demanding role, and there's good-quality puzzled concern from dad James Hazeldine and 80s TV's resident sexy mum Carol Drinkwater. Apart from a few eye-abusing 1984 fashions--Jeremy Bulloch's huge glasses and blinding white jeans in a cameo as a psychiatrist--and the general leisurely pace, which is no bad thing in such a careful piece of drama, this has dated little. Those who remember its first broadcast will find it lives up to the memory, and those who weren't born then should still find it an entertaining watch. On the DVD:Chocky on disc can be accessed as a marathon two-and-a-half-hour watch or as six individual episodes (the latter is recommended). Print quality is fine given the techn...Chocky - Complete Series

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!! 10 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
I watched this series as a child and loved it, but only brought it really for sentimental value. But as my nine year old daughter and I sat down to watch it we have quickly become engrossed in the story once again. We are half way through the second episode and I have to say its as good (if not better) than anything on tv today. The story is original and gripping. I think I may even be enjoying it more the second time around!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!! 2 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
I first saw Chocky in 1984 and I was mesmerised! Recently, I read the book by John Wyndham and I got motivated to search for the DVDs. Needless to say, I purchased it immediately off this site. Sentimental value was the prime motivator in deciding to purchase this as I initially thought that as an older individual I'd not be as enthralled. I was wrong!! The series still has the ability to captivate me, even discounting the nostalgia factor. The Chocky series is so simply done, no special effects to speak of, yet the content grips you and you simply have to continue watching episode after episode.
Modern day producers of television shows would do well to take note of shows like Chocky.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel To A Great Original 24 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
An awful lot of sequels don't measure up to the original story, but this is one which does.
This serial takes up Matthew Gore's story a year or so after the end of "Chocky". He is now 13, though still much more the bright child than the adolescent. I don't know if anyone else has ever commented on it, but the actor (Andrew Ellams)bears a remarkable physical resemblance to the boy shown in Harry Willock's cover picture on the original (1968) Penguin edition of "Chocky" itself. Over that year, he has concentrated on his artistic talents, carefully avoiding anything which would interest the sinister forces who kidnapped him,and who, it emerges, are still keeping him under discreet surveillance.
Staying with an aunt in the country whilst his parents and sister are away, Matthew comes into contact with Albertine, about his own age, who is the genius daughter of a reclusive scientist living nearby. They discover that they are able to communicate by telepathy, and Matthew becomes convinced that Albertine must be another child like himself, who has been visited by Chocky. Albertine is at first unconvinced, but has an enforced rethink when the same bunch who kidnapped Matthew now come after her.This compels Chocky, who apparently never went too far away, to re-enter Matthew's life so the two of them can see to Albertine's rescue. This is accomplished with the aid of numerous other superkids (the "children" of the title)whom Chocky has contacted all over the world, and who have some strange mental powers.
All in all, and though written long after his death, this sequel stays pretty faithful to Wyndham's original story, and even has echoes of his other work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious and Enjoyable. 17 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
It is always with a bit of trepidation that I approach the film or tv version of a book I liked, wondering whether it will come over so well on the screen. "Chocky", I am glad to say, is one that did and does.
I first read it not long after it was written, and always liked it. Its theme, which has seen quite a bit of use both before and since, is that of "first contact" with an alien being made by a child. 12-year-old Matthew Gore starts hearing "voices" from an alien life form, and the rest of the book is largely his and his adoptive parents' attempts to come to terms with the phenomenon.
The characters, though perhaps better educated than the average, are basically a pretty ordinary lot, and are completely bewildered by what is going on. Matthew's mother, in particular, takes a very good part as she is driven almost hysterical in her attempts to deal with what is happening to her son, and one of my regrets aboout the sequels is that she did not appear in them. The father manages to stay a bit calmer, and gradually comes to accept that Chocky is real and not a psychiatric phenomenon, but he too is as out of his depth as one might expect in such a situation. As for Matthew himself, to my mind he looks and acts a bit younger than his supposed age, coming over more like a bright ten-year-old, but then his original was a 1950s (or at most early 1960s) twelve-year-old, not a 1980s one, so perhaps the makers of the serial were being true to their source.
In this they were consistent.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chocky 16 July 2003
Format:DVD
I was only 6 years old in 1984 when this series first aired but remember really enjoying at the time. It's often a mistake returning to a show you loved as a kid as they rarely live up to how you remember them. With this in mind, I was really pleased and surprised that 19 years on, and apart from being slightly dated, I found it very enjoyable indeed. I was especially impressed with the performance of the young lead (Matthew) and of the late James Hazledean (Matthew's father). It's an intelligent and thoughtful series and certainly does not speak down to it's audience. It certainly hits home how children's TV has fallen from grace in the last decade. If you enjoyed this series 19 years ago i don't think you will be disappointed. If you haven't seen it before, then I recommend it. Especially John Wyndham fans.
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2.0 out of 5 stars bad quailty
The Dvd was like a film projector with a squiggle here and there appearing now and then and the sound was so quiet
Published 18 months ago by M. smith
4.0 out of 5 stars chocky!!!!!!!
Classic childrens TV and one i remembered for years after seeing it as a child.. so bought it more to see it again. glad i did!
Published 19 months ago by jase
5.0 out of 5 stars chocky collection
Great to see this series on dvd i remember seeing this as a young boy i thought it was great then and i still do i think they should bring more series like this for the young... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by Peter C. Chiverton
5.0 out of 5 stars A benign Exorcist - existential angst and altered states of...
This was a favourite of mine as a child/pre-teen when it was first broadcast. I have always remembered its unusual sensibility (although I wouldn't have called it that at the... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2010 by Chintan Nanavati
5.0 out of 5 stars chocky a great programe
i think the programme was so fare ahead of its time
and shows how aliens would veiw us i think its great i have the whole collection i just wanted to let peaple know if your... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2007 by Mr. M. S. Rutherford
1.0 out of 5 stars unnecessary sequel to an already-unnecessary sequel
This programme really does scrape the bottom of the barrel. What I hate most about it is how unrecognisable the character of Chocky herself is from the original novel/series. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2005 by D. Whiting
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