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Slipper & The Rose [DVD]  [US Import] [NTSC]
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The story closely follows the fairy story so beloved by generations of children but with the inclusion of numerous songs which, while not being works of musical genius, are very catchy nonetheless and find you tapping your foot alongside them. Although this film is almost 30 years old it should still entertain children (and young-at-heart adults) as much now as it did then.
The main flaw with this DVD, and the reason it lost a star, is its poor transfer from film. There has been no effort made to clean up the picture or sound, so it looks a little faded and grainy, and the sound is not as clear as it could be. There are no extras whatsoever (Region 2), not even subtitles or scene select. In other words, if you already own this movie on VHS then the DVD really isn't worth purchasing but, if you don't already possess it, then it is worth buying purely for the entertainment value.
The plot and characters, however, are the best things about this film. Plot? Yes, this is Cinderella. However, it is utterly vital that the Prince marries a foreign princess who will bring an alliance to support his small country, not some penniless girl from the nearest castle.
The characters really spring off the screen (the actors are excellent- Edith Evans, Richard Chamberlain, Kenneth More, Annette Crosbie, etc)- from the King, worried and overcome by events, to the overworked and acerbic fairy godmother, the wonderfully nasty stepmother and her two silly and spiteful daughters, the Chamberlain, and of course Cinderella and the Prince themselves, who are actually interesting and not just "the heroine" and "the hero", they are all a joy to spend time with.
I've been showing my video of this to people for years and even the most cynical have always liked it. It's just good. Buy it, watch it, fall in love.
The costumes are fabulous, the music memorable, the choreography brilliant and it has humour and a gently cynical comment to make.
Kenneth Moore as the pompous courtier and Annette Crosby as a greatly overworked Fairy Godmother are nothing short of brilliant.
The children of all ages in our family, from four to ninety two, each find an aspect of this film to thoroughly enjoy.
There are only two things that prevent me giving five stars: I personally found Richard Chamberlain a little wooden (unlike his great performance in The Count of Monte Cristo), and I couldn't believe there was any real attraction between his Prince and Gemma Craven's Cinderella. I know it's a story for children, but there was more chemistry in the Disney cartoon! That was my only niggle, however. I was pleased to see Victor Meldrew's wife as the Fairy Godmother and the secondary characters are all well-drawn and portrayed.
Buy it, send your family to the cinema, make a pot of tea and a pile of toast, settle down in a comfy chair and enjoy!
So curl up and take in all off the delights that this film has to offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favourite movies. It contains 'our song' for my husband & I: 'Secret Kingdom', since we found a special place where he proposed. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mrs H M Earl
I have seen this film in the past and as I knew it was a favourite of my father's I've got him a copy for his birthday and one for myself, it's a really good filmPublished 2 months ago by Elaine Marthews