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Fairytale: A True Story [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Paul McGann , Florence Hoath , Charles Sturridge    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul McGann, Florence Hoath, Elizabeth Earl, Harvey Keitel, Jason Salkey
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Writers: Albert Ash, Ernie Contreras, Tom McLoughlin
  • Producers: Albert Ash, Bruce Davey, Margaret French-Isaac, Paul Tucker
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,741 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Charming 3 Jan 2006
By A Customer
It's not very often that we see a children's film that so effortlessly captures the spirit of imagination while also steering clear of mawkish sentiment and clumsy moralising, but this film achieves all this and much more.
Children will love the story about two young girls who fool so many silly grown-ups into believing that fairies really do exist.
Adults will appreciate the film even further for the clever allegory that it offers us. The charming innocence of the girls is a snapshot of the innocence and naivety of Britain itself as it happily strolled into the slaughter house that was World War One, convinced that it "would all be over by christmas". The images that the film gives us of cynical, exhausted troops, many horribly wounded, coming back from the front line say more about the futility and anguish of war than any number of over-blown Vietnam-fests.
This is a remarkable film, beautifully acted to a literate and intelligent script. Your kids will love it and so will you.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and Magical 14 Dec 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is not simply a movie for kids, it works on too many levels to be pinned down to one age group. I found this film both sensitive and beautiful. Capturing and holding onto a childs perspective and innocence. For me this was particularly interesting since I have heard so many stories regarding fairys and the association of them around those that are very ill or close to death. Also, the fact the I grew up with my parents telling me about the legend of these two girls and their photo's of fairys. So to see it finally put to film was very interesting indeed. Fortunately (no offence to any Americans) it has retained its very British roots and stayed pretty faithful to the story I grew up with.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Having a definite interest in the occult, and having been disappointed in earlier attempts to portray this genre ("GHOST" excepted), I watched this mainly because I had heard of the events of 1917 it re-enacts, and believed this to be a largely documentary-oriented film which would tell me the full story. Wow! I was soon enlightened! I have rarely seen a film wholly lacking (for me) any element I would rather have missed. Acting, filming, special effects (how wonderful to see them UNDER-stated for a change) and screenplay were brought together by a director of very fine judgement, and a remarkable score framed the whole to perfection. The humourous element, also, was neither too heavy nor too slight as to be noticed. This is the best film I have seen since "Love Story", in the way it lacked any hint of either obscure subtlety, blatant obviousness or that worn-out device - "Dramatic Effect". It was, in a word: "Romantic". Hooray! Recommended for all kids and their grand-children.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend to all 12 Dec 2006
As old as I am I enjoyed this film with my granddaughters and was captivated by the magic. I revisited my childhood innocence as I watched the smiles on the children's faces light up. A warm family portrayal of a hoax borne from two little girls from England, who wanted to keep the magic of fairy land alive, in today's society we have many dreams dashed, re-visit your inner child and re-live that childhood dream of fairies and queens, goblins and kings!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film of many suprises! 2 Feb 2010
A delightful story, loosly based on real events. Paul McGann leads the way, great supporting roles for Harvey Kietel (Houdini) and Peter O'Tool (Conan Doyle). The location work is fantastic. It is an adventure of hope and faith in a belief, in this case the existance of fairies. The special effects are sparce but well used. This was the last movie for UK actor Don Henderson, Florence Hoath later appeared in TV series Doctor Who ( Chris Ecclestone) and a suprise appearance of a well known Hollywood Star. The Clue is in the beginning credits!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer enjoyment 29 Jan 2009
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Don't be put off by this being a Spanish import, it can be played in it's original English, and well worth the confusion of selecting the menu option! Another excellent film that seems to have been bypassed by most people, captivating and moving, with great acting, especially the two girls.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth and Photography 6 Jun 2007
A story of the magic of a medium, long lost in the throws of our digital and cynical age. If you love photography, this will please your every sense, particularly the scene in the darkroom under the stairs, where the story is revealed by a ray of sunlight !!!! Absolutely beautiful !!!

Why isn't this film available new ?????
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very endearing and charming story 19 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A well adapted and acted representation of a well known legend, which brings warmth to your heart and hope to the soul, much like the original events in 1917. A wonderful film which is worth watching again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars too expensive or no English subtitles or region one (USA)
when will this film be released for region two with English subtitles for hard of hearing please? I am trying to replace my old videos with DVDs at a reasonable price but find it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting film!
This is based on the true story of 2 girls from Cottingly who said they had seen 'real fairies' at the beck at the bottom of their garden. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dib-Dab
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating film.
Have loved this film for a long time. I bought this dvd for my granddaughters who have also fallen under its spell!
Published 4 months ago by Sandra Wait
5.0 out of 5 stars MY REVIEW
I watched this film on television several years ago with my little grand-daughter. We both loved it, so when it came on television again recently, I decided to buy it as it has a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by YVONNE BIRD
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical in every way..
This is a purely magical experience, from start to finish. The amazing imagery is totally captivating and just as magical as it was when I first saw it at the cinema over 15... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mum of two!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars us import
didn't realise this was a region 1 us import so was no use to me, otherwise will search again for it on amazon, as like the film. my mistake
Published 9 months ago by Duncan Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars No compatable with my machine
I could not use the DVD on my machine that is why I hated it. I had promised my Granddaughters it for their birthday, so a great dissapointment. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Josette Grainger
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL
This is a true and fascinating story which will engage children and adults alike. Captivating in every respect, for sure.
Published 10 months ago by Roger Haywood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tale
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 11 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars great
such a lovely film only wish i could get it on Dvd for this region, photography is very well done, lovely storyline well worth watching a good all round family feel good movie,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by cas
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