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Secret Garden - Hallmark Hall of Fame [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Gennie James , Barret Oliver , Alan Grint    DVD
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  • Actors: Gennie James, Barret Oliver, Jadrien Steele, Michael Hordern, Billie Whitelaw
  • Directors: Alan Grint
  • Writers: Blanche Hanalis, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Producers: Norman Rosemont, Steve Lanning
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000639G3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,708 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Megan
I know I should review the actual DVD from Amazon, but I can only review the movie (and I was surprised not to have seen one with the product): it's definitely worth purchasing this DVD to see this version of The Secret Garden. The scenery is fantastic and the cast was well-chosen (including Derek Jacobi as the disinterested and ailing father and a very very young Colin Firth as an adult Collin) even though Gennie James as Mary could have had more coaching on her English accent. All in all, this film adaptation of the children's classic is a more accurate portrayal of the book's essence.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant adaptation 16 April 2014
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Pleasant enough version of the classic story of a little girl who brings life back to a moribund father and son, expressed symbolically in the form of the neglected garden. 'Jane Eyre' provided author Burnett with the template for her story, with Colin taking the place of the mad wife locked in the attic and so on.

There are two main changes: A clumsy bit of exposition tries to account for why Mary is staying with a family friend rather than a relative (her uncle in the original story), so that Mary and Colin can marry at the end of the film in a completely unnecessary attempt at infusing the story with an adult romance, and Mary is evidently from Texas, judging from her accent, a detail I don't recall from the book.
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version-keeps in character with the book 24 Nov 2003
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I have now seen two other versions of The Secret Garden, and this one (the first I ever saw) Remains my favorite. The reason is I have a couple problems with the other versions
In the old 1949 Edition, Mary wasn't portrayed correctly. She's supposed to be (at the beginning) a girl with an attitude (for lack of a better way to put it.) She's supposed to be completely emotionally unnafected by her parent's death (according to the book)as they had never attempted to spend time with her. In the old 1949 version, Mary has an emotional outburst upon learning of her parent's death. That is out of charachter. In this version, she's more concerned about the doll she dropped when she was told. Her attitude in this 1987 version seems more in charachter.
In the 1993 version I do not like the way they took the concept of "magic" and twisted it into a seance in the garden. That is extremely out of charachter with the book. When the book speaks of "Magic" it almost hints at miricles/the hand of God. This 1987 movie kept in charachter with that.
Basically, I think this version is truer to the mysterious (in a good way) tone of the book. the manor is beautiful! and the whole scenery is in charachter with the book. The only thing they contradicted the book in was having Mary and Colin not related. In the book they're cousins. But in this version they're unrelated, which is obviously because they have Mary and Colin getting married. The only thing I would change is the actors that played the two boys, Colin and Dicken. They were pretty good actors, but both were too old. Dickon should have been someone more Mary's age, and the actor that played Colin (although he has a sufficient baby face) reveals his real age at the end when he can stand up and walk. Way too tall. Look at the scene with him and his father walking together in the garden. Colin's way to tall to be 10 (his supposed age). Other than that, this is a superb version of the movie, which any Secret Garden fan should own. Hallmark has quality! (insert gold crown here)
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it. Love It. LOVE IT!! 4 Aug 2003
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i've seen this movie at least 200 times since i was seven years old, and though i've had to purchase it more than once... i still love it! the beautifully romantic soundtrack gives you a soulful account of what's happening in the story, and the very talented director found some of the most talented actors that played their parts beautifully. it's a staple of my own film collection, and i hope everyone sees it at least once!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Secret Garden! 7 Dec 2001
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This is the only presentation of the Secret Garden that my wife will watch! We have watched all of the others and none are close to this one. The actress who plays the Mary Lenox is simply the best as she turns from vixen to princess.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem from Halmark 23 Sep 2000
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This is one of my favorite movies ever. This version tells the classic story beautifully. It's great to watch the transition Mary goes through of being grouchy and snobbish to optimistic and strong-willed. You get to see a similar transition with a number of other characters as well. All the while Dicken remains ever friendly with a slight mysterious edge as a creature of nature. Additionally, the use of Chopan's Nocturne in the soundtrack makes the emotion in this movie all the more powerful.
A caution though: the beginning might be too much for younger children. In India, Mary finds her parents and servant dead or dying and then her doll is taken away and burned in the fire. This is, however, the only part with such distresses.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Version by far 16 Dec 2002
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I can't believe all the negative reviews this film has gotten. I grew up with the 1993 version and always found it pretty, but a little dull. I ran across this version by chance and was amazed at how much better it was. Sure, the 1993 version has more famous actors and a bigger budget, but it lacks the heart this one has. I loved Gennie James' portrayal, she gave Mary real spirit and it was great to see her character change so much throughout the movie. Dicken was also more as I had envisioned him in the book and Colin was just adorable. The scenery was beautiful and the story was a lot of fun. I didn't notice anything wrong with the acting,I thought the children acted as children are supposed to. As for the ending,it is surprising that she ended up with Colin, but only because in the other versions(and the book) they were first cousins. In this version, it's very in keeping with the story and you really couldn't see it happening any other way. It actually added a new level of enjoyment to the movie for me. So, if you want to see a cold, sterile, "artsy" secret garden, go with the 1993 version, if you want to see a great story that will warm your heart, try this one.
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