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Snow White: A Tale of Terror [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Sam Neill, Gil Bellows, Monica Keena
  • Directors: Michael Cohn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ML5ZWS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,789 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

If you thought Snow White was only a fairy tale, you’re about to discover the truth, but lock up your children first. The real tale of Snow White, starring Sigourney Weaver and Sam Neill, is a tale of relentless terror and unimaginable horror.

When young Lillian’s mother dies during childbirth, the father soon re-marries the well-intentioned Lady Claudia. However, Claudia’s heart is ruled not by her husband, but by an evil mirror with the power to make Claudia Queen over all living things... until they are dead.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By layla on 22 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
While it's certainly not a tale of terror, and doesn't even seem to try to be, this is a fantastic movie for adult fantasy fans. Despite not being scary, it is certainly very eerie and beautifully mysterious. It stays much truer to the original, dark storytelling of the Brothers Grimm than the sugared down Disney version. I also found it to be very visually pretty, realistic in its non-fantasy elements, as well as very well costumed. I'd call it a must-see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 April 2014
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A Number of years has past since 'Frederick Hoffman's' (Sam Neill)
wife died giving birth to 'Lillian'
'Lillian's' father now plans to re-marry, enter 'Claudia' (Sigourney Weaver)
When moving in among her belongings a large wardrobe which contains
a mirror that has evil power that consumes it's owner with the power she
obtains from it.
'Lillian' (Monica Keena) grows up to be a beautiful young woman, 'Claudia'
who is now pregnant is jealous of her step-daughters beauty.
She instructs her brother to kill 'Lilli' and bring back her heart, the plan fails.
'Lilli' has run into the forest where she has her first encounter with the Dwarfs,
at first the Dwarfs are suspicious of their intruder.
The 'Handsome' Prince she had met earlier, has been asked by 'Claudia' to
find 'Lilli'
Can the Dwarfs and maybe the Prince keep 'Lillian' safe ?
To find out you may just have to watch the film...
The 'Brothers Grimm' story at perhaps it's darkest, certainly somewhat different
to the fairy-tale version told by 'Disney'
A suitably 'Evil' performance from 'Sigourney Weaver'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali on 26 Oct 2013
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I'm currently writing all about costumes within different fairy tale adaptations. This was perfect, and I really enjoyed the slightly different take on this tale, and I found a lot of useful symbolism. It isn't as the title suggests 'A Tale of Terror', but for me this was a good thing as I'm not really into horror films. It just had a darker, more menacing air to it, which is more fitting to the traditional tales. I would recommend to Fairy tale lovers!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
After watching the two 2012 remakes of Snow White, this seemed like an interesting comparison; same idea from 15 years ago and with a decent cast. Indeed, Sigourney Weaver puts in a stellar performance - truly warped yet weirdly sympathetic as the `evil' queen. You can see where some of the ideas for the Julia Roberts interpretation came from.

BUT... Sigourney is about the only good thing in the entire film. It feels more like a Dino de Laurentis costume schlocker of the mid-70s than a 1990s movie. It's not a horror film in any sense, just a slightly more down to earth interpretation of the Grimm fairy tale. So the miners aren't all dwarves; the queen is given genuine motivation for her descent into evil and the setting is a semi-realistic pre-industrialised middle Europe. Unfortunately, the castle and forest sets look exactly like movie sets, and most of the cast deliver performances that could've been sent by Skype. Sam Neill, usually an excellent actor, appears to be imitating a vacant lot for most of the film. Snow White herself is the usual drippy teenager, unable to fend for herself, requiring rescue at almost every turn, with whom strong men fall mysteriously in love for no credible reason.

The result is a film which fails to be either romantic or scary; it's not realistic enough nor frothily fantastic. Instead it falls heavily in between - neither one thing nor the other. And really it is hard to understand why it was given a 15 rating: there's nothing particularly gruesome nor frightening in here. I suspect that if it came out today it would rate nothing more than a PG12 which about sums up its potential audience: younger teens looking for a harder edges to their supernatural stories before they move on to the rather more exciting world of vamps and wolves which awaits them...
7/10
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 5 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
This is no fairy tale for sure but this is a tale anyway. The fairy has become a witch. The Prince has become a castaway thief, the dwarves are outlaws, and so on. It is a dark tale coming from the dark past that we call dark because it believed in the devil and in its constant and permanent presence one way or another. Magic was necessarily black magic and the marvellous necessarily was antichristian and satanic. The story is in no way surprising except for the people who have only encountered Disneyland Snow White in their life. Reality is slightly more perverse. The great power of this film is purely artistic : the lights, the setting, the special effects, and the horror that is always clearly stated and never really shown, leaving a great share of work to your own imagination. Horror for sure but no gore. In such a film stepping from reality into fantasy, from normality into horror is happening without you even knowing it or feeling it. One moment your are in normal life, the next moment you are in a fantastic world. Nothing as chnaged and yet a small detail, the lights, the sound track, a noise, nothing really and yet. When the witch is looking at herself in her magic mirror, at times we know which is the real witch and which is the reflection, but at other times we just don't know any more and I am even sure that at times we are wrong and the reflection looks more real than the real face. That is what good fantasy is : so much part of real life that we can't differenciate real life from imagination and hallucination. The objective is clear : to produce in us the conviction that horror is part of our daily life and that we don't even know about it because horror is just as real as all the rest, horror is part of our real life. Which means in the end that there is no escape from horror, only the necessity for us to be ready and prepared for it.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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