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Gulliver's Travels [DVD] [1996]

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Ted Danson , Mary Steenburgen , Charles Sturridge    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, James Fox, Ned Beatty, Edward Fox
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Writers: Jonathan Swift, Simon Moore
  • Producers: Brian Henson, Chris Thompson, Duncan Kenworthy, Robert Halmi Sr.
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004E102KY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This multi-million dollar television adaptation of the classic Jonathan Swift allegory was first transmitted on television over the Easter weekend in 1996 and drew critical acclaim and massive audiences. The story follows the adventures of Dr Lemuel Gulliver (Ted Danson) as he discovers strange and wonderful new lands after a shipwreck. He visits Lilliput, where he is a giant, Laputa where he is tiny, a flying island and a land of talking horses and yahoos. His recounting of his journey is interwoven with his fight to escape an asylum where no-one believes his tales. An all star cast and top production values attempt to faithfully translate the essence of the book, while featuring all of the islands that Gulliver visited in the original text (something usually ignored in adaptations).


Ebulliently imaginative and far more cleverly presented than you would expect from a TV miniseries, this adaptation of Gulliver's Travels succeeds by never pandering to the lowest common denominator. Closely based on Jonathan Swift's 1726 classic, it is enhanced by dazzling special effects from Jim Henson Productions and a superb, multi-ethnic cast. The biggest surprise is Ted Danson in the title role--one of his best performances, even if he is the only person in England with an American accent. He conveys amusement, amazement and intelligence as he travels from one strange country into another. Not that anyone back in Blighty believes Mr Gulliver's tales of little people or giants. The story is told in flashback from an insane asylum, where he is forcibly confined. This far outshines several previous adaptations of Swift's satirical novel. --Rochelle O'Gorman, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best adaptation to date 26 Jun 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Despite its many faults, Hallmark's 1995 version of Gulliver's Travels is still the finest adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satirical classic - largely because it not only includes ALL of Gulliver's many travels but also includes the satire that's often overlooked. Unfortunately the twin problems of the book's highly episodic structure and a television budget (even a fairly lavish one) remain. The book is a somewhat rambling collection of traveller's tales moving simply from one surreal landscape to another, but Simon Moore's adaptation tries to impose some order on the chaos by providing a parallel plot that sees Gulliver returned to England clearly deeply traumatised and trying to prove his way out of the insane asylum where the rival for his wife's affections has had him committed. The England scenes at once mirror and comment on the travels, elements of which occasionally spill over into the real world. The trouble is that for the first hour or so it acts more as a distraction, constantly pulling you away from the story just as it starts to get interesting. The Lilliput scenes suffer worse here, with the feeling that the home scenes are too often designed to save them from filming the more expensive setpieces - this has to be the only version where we don't see Gulliver pulling the Blefescu fleet behind him. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding adaptation of Swift's classic novel. 8 April 2010
I saw this version of "Gulliver's Travels" when it was first broadcast in 1996 and I was simply bowled over by it. When the series came out on DVD, I had to own it!

The script is excellent. Not only is this the first screen version of "Gulliver" to adapt all four voyages, it is also remarkably faithful to Swift's original stories in both tone and detail. Many of Swift's specific satirical inventions and observations are engagingly recreated. Those changes that are made for dramatic purposes (the third voyage is the most significantly altered) are understandable and work naturally with the story.

In addition, the script adds a framing device - that of Gulliver returning home to his family in an apparent state of madness as he obsessively recounts his travels, and of a scheming doctor who is intent on incarcerating Gulliver. This device works brilliantly on several counts: it grounds Gulliver's tales in reality, it adds a sense of mounting dramatic tension as he fights for his liberty, and it helps the targets of Swift's satire hit home.

The cast are uniformly excellent. Wisely, Ted Danson (Gulliver) doesn't even attempt a British accent, instead carrying us along with his energetic central performance. Mary Steenburgen brings her usual sympathetic, wounded quality to Gulliver's long-suffering wife, Mary. The supporting cast features dozens of big names from British and American cinema, theatre and television (Sir John Gielgud, Peter O' Toole, Omar Sharif, James Fox, Alfre Woodard to name but a tiny number), who are all clearly enthused by the material and help bring the peripheral characters to life in their fleeting appearances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece. 22 May 2003
By bob
this really is a fantastic production. Danson really performs the role well. I really can't recommend this more, for children and parents alike.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gullivers travels ted danson 16 May 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Fantastic film,great acting by ted danson.
All the other actors and background actors did a great job to make this film what it is, even (look for jim from eastenders )....a lot of film for so little money.
even the 2 guards looking after gulliver did a great job,
well I should know, I was one of them.
Buy it, watch it, the kids and you will enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Production 13 May 2012
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Ted Danson is sublime in this production it is Excellent , Excellent, Excellent. l would recommend this gem to anyone who is studying the Classics the whole cast bring Swifts masterpiece to life, the special effects and costumes a visually stunning too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gulliver's Travels DVD Review 10 Oct 2010
By ajra21
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bought this item as a teaching tool to compare alongside the book. this adaptation is the closest thing to swift's original string of books. it manages to blend the author's subtle humour with well directed action. most of the acting roles are well-played by artists from both sides of the atlantic. really can't fault it if you are looking to entertain and educate children above the age of ten, or if you are simply looking to enjoy the story for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical version of Gulliver's Travels 18 Oct 2013
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This is by far the best adaptation of the classic Swift novel that I have encountered. I remember being captivated by it when I saw it in my youth and am now so glad that I have bought this to share with my own children. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie 1 July 2013
By Naz A
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It's a very good film to watch I liked it going to watch it again next weekend with my mates :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gulliver's Travels
I am slightly disappointed with this film it is not quite what I was expecting but enjoyable all the same.
Published 15 months ago by Lez
5.0 out of 5 stars Ted Danson really suits this role! cheers
It doesn't stick exactly to the book but succeeds in keeping many of the wider political and philosophical points, even if it does miss out some of the more specific satire of the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by an idiot in england
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal
The real story. It is too easy for film makers to lose sight of the darkness behind the satire but this excellent production does full justice to a classic book.
Published 17 months ago by KG
5.0 out of 5 stars oh yeah
I loved this. remembered seeing it on tv. this is also a widescreen version - doesn't have the black lines but there are versions that have the narrow black lines on the right and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Gullivers Travels DVD 1996
Really enjoyed this dvd although it seemed alittle long and you would find yourself trying hard to follow the storyline.

Well worth watching.
Published on 1 Feb 2011 by Mrs. Shirley Drinkwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Childs' story really an adults reference book
As well as being an inventive story and as good as any Narnia, this also has its undertones of 'justice' and 'lessons that should be heeded' - great for those on psychology courses... Read more
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