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Kenneth Grahame's The Wind In The Willows (Standard Edition) [DVD] [2007]

Matt Lucas , Mark Gatiss    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matt Lucas, Mark Gatiss, Lee Ingleby, Bob Hoskins
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRP3N0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Lavish BBC adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic story starring Bob Hoskins as Badger, Matt Lucas as Toad and Imelda Staunton as the Barge Lady. Adapted by writer Lee Hall, writer of 'Billy Elliot', the film also stars Mark Gatiss as Rat and Lee Ingleby as Mole.

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: "Live-action adaptation of the Kenneth Grahame classic THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Follow the misadventures of Mole, Ratty, Toad, Badger, and the other eccentric woodland creatures as they get up to all sorts of humourous high jinks. This lavish BBC production features an all-star cast that includes Bob Hoskins, Matt Lucas, and Imelda Staunton." ...The Wind in the Willows ( Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows )


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toot-Toot! Hooray For Mr Toad! 31 Mar 2007
By Scots Lass TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This must be the finest production of "Wind in the Willows" ever likely to be made. Perfect casting, the clever decision not to hide the actors behind animal masks, and a witty script make it ideal viewing for the whole family - as the BBC knew when it proved central to their Christmas schedule in 2006.

Matt Lucas is a delight as Toad - bombastic, sly, innocent and insufferable he brings real warmth to the character and proves he has a good singing voice for the simple little ditties that feature in the programme. His promises to never ever-ever-ever-ever-EVER etc do something again are comedy gold! The action begins with underground-dwelling Mole (Lee Ingleby) escaping from his Spring Cleaning to travel above ground where he meets the laid-back English gent Rat (Mark Gattis) and his gruff, growly chum Badger (Bob Hoskins). The glorious summer English countryside is provided by Romania and the boating, fishing and caravanning scenes are as perfect as could be.

But it is Toad and his love of motor-cars which provides the centre for this story as his 3 friends try to stop him killing himself with his shocking driving - not to mention wasting his inheritance on more and more vehicles.

Extra Featurette "Further Adventures of Toad" is NOT as the title would imply a further little story, but instead a good look behind-the-scenes of the making of this production. From the baking heat of Romania to the stunning news that Matt Lucas cannot drive in real life (!) cast and crew provide interviews and insights into what must have been one of the happiest, funniest dramas to be part of in recent years.

"Wind in the Willows" is a childhood favourite for millions - and often the very first school play they ever participate in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it ... 5 Mar 2009
By Liz G
Format:DVD
For me this is a wonderful film. It completely captures the magic of the original story (much loved since childhood) and without being precious about it. The humour, the atmosphere and characterisations are perfectly pitched and the setting is beautiful. I'm not a great re-watcher of films but I watched this one twice as soon as I'd received it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff... 4 Mar 2013
By DR
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Matt Lucas makes a fantastic Mr Toad and the rest of the cast keep the standard high.

This is a terrific version of the ageless classic.

Poop poop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Lots of laughs and no gore. 17 Jan 2013
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This was purchased as a gift for my father. He saw it when it came out and really liked it. My wife and I watched it with him on Christmas day and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would happily watch it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous production 28 Aug 2010
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Inspired casting and imaginative production - a real 'feel good' movie for the whole family. True to the original Kenneth Grahame book, my 4 grandkids (ages 3 to 11)and I were well entertained by this wonderful film. Highly recommended. Poop poop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wind in the Willows 23 Mar 2009
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Easy to select and received this item on the day specified. A wonderful adaption of a classic story - loved by all the family.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An echanting version of a magical tale 17 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
Kenneth Graham's story is a childhood classic whose charm I believe has been eroded by various 're-imaginings' and plasticine figure short films that do not resemble the characters or stories. This adaptation reminded me how much Graham had to say about friendship, courage and adventure. So much so that I went to buy the book to read again. That this version moved me to go back to Graham's tale as an adult is the greatest praise I can give it.

The production standards, script and direction are absolutely enchanting with not a single jarring note. However, the central performances of Matt Lucas as Toad, Mark Gatiss as Ratty and Lee Ingleby as Mole and Lee Hall's script are what eleveate this to one of the best features I have seen on television in years. The producers wisely kept any makeup to a minimum, merely suggesting animal features, and allowed the actors to physically portray their characteristics. This restraint pays off and every performance in utterly convincing but does not get in the way of what is essentially a very human tale of friendship and adventure. Instead the CGI effects which are used are always appropriate and contribute seemlessly and relevantly rather than appearing for the sake of it.

Although it is hard to single out an individual in a project so successful that clearly a great team worked on it I have to say that Lee Ingleby both carried and stole the show. As Mole he leads the audience through the tale and conveys the perfect mix of anxiety when faced with the unknown but enough courage to overcome his hesitation and be rewarded with friendship and new experiences. I think all of us can relate to that timidity and aspire to overcoming it and forming connections with the people and world about us.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have DVD!! 2 April 2007
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This was the best thing on TV throughout the entire Christmas holiday, possibly the entire year! This was a wonderful show, sweet and delightful with great humour. I laughed all the way through it! I was so impressed with all the performances, but Matt Lucas stood out especially. He was born to play Toad. He absolutely steals the show as he is spot on perfect. Mark Gatiss, Lee Ingleby, Bob Hoskins and all the cast were also perfect in their parts and were a joy to watch.

At first, I felt a little silly watching a "kid's" show (as our children are in their late teens/early 20s). But I realised very quickly, this was a production for everyone. Do not mistakenly think this is for kids. You will be missing out on a wonderful experience.

Get this DVD, sit back and enjoy! You will not be disappointed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Funny, Witty by all involved.
A lot has already been written about this production extolling its virtues. And so it is.

I did wonder how using actors, with the barest amount of makeup, would... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T.J.Byford
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful film for younger children
This is a wonderful film for younger children. It is a good film and makes you join in with the adventure.
Published 5 months ago by MR RICHARD ALLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Willows
This film is very good, we can watch it with almost any age group and it brings laughter to everyone who watches it.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely adaption!
This has moved to the top of my favorite versions of this classic!
Sharing the position with the animated version with Alan Bennett, Michael Palin, Michael Gambon.
Published 7 months ago by F T
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My favourite all time version of Wind In The Willows, since my childhood. Have bought for myself and reatives. Very happy with buyer.
Published 11 months ago by Rosehip
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Film
It was fun and great and picturesque. I would recommend it to everyone to watch if they like quiet moments in nature or if they like to laugh
Published 11 months ago by me
1.0 out of 5 stars The money has been taken from my account. The item should have been...
The money has been taken from my account. The item should have been recieved on the 19th - I am very concerned. Why have I not recieved this item??? Read more
Published 21 months ago by klennon
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Adaptation
This is the live action adaptation that was shown on the BBC a few years ago. The locations are beautiful, costumes fantastic and there's a brilliant cast, especially Matt Lucas... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by kt1982
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wind In The Willows
I was very please with the speed of delivery for his product. i recieved it within 3days. in excellent condition exactly how it should be!
Published on 2 Mar 2010 by A. Crook
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly boring!
My two 8-year old granddaughters found this adaptation slow, drawn-out and boring with very few exciting highlights. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2009 by Lawrence McNulty
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