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Five Children And It [DVD]

Simon Godwin , Nicole Mowat , Marilyn Fox    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Simon Godwin, Nicole Mowat, Charles Richards, Tamzen Audas, Lewis Wilson
  • Directors: Marilyn Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PC21S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,065 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A BBC production for children's television in which five children discover a sand fairy, the Psammead (voiced by Francis Wright), which can make wishes come true. Cyril (Simon Godwin), Anthea (Nicole Mowat), Robert (Charles Richards), Jane (Tamzen Audas) and baby Hilary (Lewis and Alexander Wilson) embark on a series of intriguing adventures filled with the Psammead's special brand of magic.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, nostalgic loveliness on DVD 15 Nov 2005
Exactly how I am the first Amazon customer to write a review of this fantastic title is quite beyond me! I rented this DVD a few months ago, having vaguely remembered it from my childhood. I didn’t expect to view it with the same sense of enchantment that I did when I was younger. However, right from the opening credits I found that I did! It completely takes you back to a gloriously innocent age when children said things like “Jolly Hockey Sticks!” and the height of childhood hedonism was having lashings of ginger beer! The five children in question have a series of adventures brought about through wishes that are granted by an obliging sand fairy. Of course the wishes aren’t exactly well thought through by the excitable youths and invariably go pear-shaped. This leads to them using another wish to cancel out the first and consequently a moral lesson is revealed. Some of the special effects are surprisingly palatable and, in many places, actually really good – a world away from the awful animation layered over live action that spoiled my enjoyment of a certain other BBC children’s title (namely ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’). If you’re toying with the idea of renting or buying this – don’t. Simply do it! You’ll be thoroughly glad you did.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This is a faithful retelling of Edith Nesbit's moralistic Victorian children's classic. This TV story is firmly set in her late Victorian/Edwardian era and has carefully re-created period detail. This serial is very gentle and occasionally moving to watch, being more amusing than laugh out loud funny. It's naturally far more 'The railway children' or 'The secret garden' than 'Spy Kids' (hardly surprising as Edith Nesbit also wrote 'The railway Children'). It's not unlike a Victorian 'Famous Five' adventure as the children are given freedom to move about on their own, under the common notion that the older children are 'looking after' their younger siblings.

The BBC series has stalwart British adult actors, although not an 'all-star' cast, and the children are excellent and likable leads. The wise old sand fairy [Psammead] hasn't quite got the puppet quality and script of the recent 2004 film version, but the creature is still very convincing and wise. This BBC series is from 1991, and generally it is far more consistent than the recent film. The picture quality and sound are also very good (better than the BBC Narnia DVD's). The six episodes provide plenty of time to get to know the children and develop the various storylines. The wish granting storyline is slightly moralistic, about learning from your mistakes, greed etc.., but it's all done in a very pleasant and gentle fashion with no preaching, and the children always have basically good intentions. This series was nominated for a BAFTA.

The sequel book to 5 children and it, 'The phoenix and the carpet' BBC all star adaptation from 1997 is also available on a DVD, sadly only in edited film form, via Amazon resellers (NTSC Region 1 only) and is worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Jan 2013
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exactly what we wanted an ordered a great childhood memory and great product. Would of course order again - thank you
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