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Stardust [DVD] [2007]


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  • Actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller
  • Directors: Matthew Vaughn
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Surround Sound, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z2GQZG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by v enturing into the magical realm. Based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy graphic novel.

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An adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, Stardust brings a strong cast together for an enjoyable family feast, with plenty to enjoy.

Stardust mixes in romance and adventure, all in a fantasy movie guise, as it follows Tristan on his quest to retrieve a fallen star for the beautiful Victoria. Only it soon becomes clear that there’s a lot more going on as Tristan makes his journey (not least a companion more diverting than the aforementioned Victoria). Michelle Pfeiffer, for instance, returns to high profile movie making (after quite a break) in the role of the evil witch, while there’s space too for Robert De Niro’s pirate and an odd cameo from Ricky Gervais.

Seemingly one of a wealth of family films that made it out of the blocks off the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Stardust doesn’t quite hit those heights, but it has quite a sporting go. It’s an uneven tale, albeit one told with enough passion and enthusiasm to encourage you to cut it some slack. And when it gets to the end of the last reel, it’s hard to feel shortchanged by what you’ve just seen.

For while Stardust has problems, it also has laughs, adventure, action and a whole lot in its corner to recommend it. And it is worth your time and attention. --Jon Foster

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Another Weasley VINE VOICE on 29 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
This is one of those few occasions where I have to say that I preferred the film to the book. The film really enhances the basic story of the book and turns it into a really enjoyable film. When you try to explain the plot - a clumsy, geeky, naive boy (Charlie Cox) crosses a wall into a fantasy land to catch a falling star, (who happens to be a person played by Claire Danes) avoid crazy old witches and power thirsty princes, meet some sky pirates and return the star to a spoilt brat (in the form of Sienna Miller) so she will marry him - it sounds confusing, but it all makes sense when watching it and you find yourself following the plot easily.

The scenery is fantastic and the special effects are amazing - especially the final half hour or so.

It's not going to change the world, but it doesn't aim to! Its funny, light entertainment and should be viewed as such. Adults and children will both enjoy it. Plus any film that manages to silence Ricky Gervais has to be given 5 stars!!!
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159 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
Neil Gaiman, who wrote Stardust, is a treasure of modern storytelling. This film of his novel is superbly realised and absolutely worth watching. It improves with repeated viewings, in fact.

Gaiman wanted to write an old-fashioned Edwardian fairy-story, full of flying ships and unicorns and evil witches, beautiful maidens and handsome young men coming of age and falling in love. So he crammed all of that and more into the story, and the film absolutely sparkles with the threads of the story and the characters. You may find many of the themes familar, but that's because it is supposed to be a traditional fairy tale. The fun is all in the polish and the performances.
It's a two hour film, which might be a bit long for younger children to sit through, and there are a couple of points where the action slows down (when the love affair develops) which kids will find fidgity. However the majority of the movie absolutely romps along, following the young hero on his quest to find a fallen star and bring it (her!) back to impress his girlfriend.

There are also some scream-aloud funny bits. Kids will love the boy-transformed-into-girl moment; adults will crease up at the sight of Robert de Niro doing the can-can. There's a sly wit about the whole film; look out for the bit about the drooping boobs...
Unlike many fantasy films you don't have to sit through endless trudging across hillsides in the rain. The quest is the backbone of the story but the joy of Stardust is the sheer creativity and richness of each scene. You can relax and leave the plot to get on with itself, and sit back and enjoy the superb performances (Michelle Pfeiffer is particularly good as the beautiful-evil old crone) and each sparkling scene.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2008
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I've just watched this film four times in three days. It is, quite simply, the most breathtaking film I have seen for years.

Based on -- and improved upon -- Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, Stardust is the ultimate fantasy-adventure for the entire family.

There are three really great things about this film, two of which are extensions of what is in the book, and one was developed by Gaiman and his co-workers for the film after the book was finished.

The first great thing is the depth and originality of the magical world he creates. Gaiman's Faerie is as rich and detailed -- and exuberant -- as Hogwarts, though it's a darker place. The film brings to life the wealth of detail which was in the book. Despite being laced with special effects, this does not come across as a special effects movie, because every magical transformation is demanded by the plot and flows instinctively from what was there before: a wonderful example of Aristotle's 'likely impossible' being better than an 'unlikely possible'.

The second great thing is the depth of characterisation. It's unusual in a fantasy film to have the level of bickering and banter that we get in this film. It's unusual in any genre to have an exquisitely observed romance develop before our eyes, against the wishes of both main protagonists. The film builds new characters, such as Robert de Niro's gay pirate Captain Shakespeare and Ricky Gervais's wheeler-dealer fence, which add additional resonance (and humour). It also nicely develops the characters of all seven sons of Stormhold, and nicely polishes the ghosts.

The third great thing, which is not in the book, is that Stardust the film has a very, very exciting plotline.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Released in 2007 and based on Neil Gaiman's 1998 novel, Stardust is an unexpected gem among recent SF and fantasy films, a fairytale with some interesting and modern twists delivered by a cast on fine form.

The movie opens with young Englishman Dunstan Thorn crossing the forbidden wall near his village to investigate the magical kingdom that is said to lie beyond. There he has an amorous encounter with a young woman claiming to be a captive princess. Nine months later, after Dunstan's return home, a baby is deposited outside his house. Dunstan raises Tristan (Charlie Cox) to become a fine and adventurous young man, who becomes besotted with the most beautiful girl in the village, Victoria (Sienna Miller). After they see a shooting star fall beyond the wall one night, Tristan vows to find the fallen star and give it as a gift to Victoria to prove his worthiness.

Unfortunately for Tristan, the shooting star is the result of a scheme by the late King of Stormhold (Peter O'Toole), who has hurled his amulet from his bedchamber and decreed that whoever of his surviving sons who finds the amulet will be worthy to succeed him. The amulet's return to Earth has knocked a star named Yvaine (Claire Danes) out of the sky, forcing her to take human form. Tristan swiftly locates her and decides to fulfil his promise to Victoria, but their return to the wall is strewn with obstacles, not least in the form of the witch Lamia (Michelle Pfeiffer) who wishes to find the star and consume it to restore youth and long life to herself and her sisters. The King's squabbling sons are also searching for the star as well. The result is a road movie taking in an airship commanded by a fearsome pirate (Robert De Niro) who harbours a secret, a magically-created inn, a unicorn and lots more as well.
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