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Strings [2004] [DVD]

Anders Ronnow-Klarlund    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Anders Ronnow-Klarlund
  • Producers: Niels Bald, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PZ86W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,236 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Visually ambitious dark fantasy, the first film to be made entirely using string puppets and marionettes. Young Prince Hal (voiced by James McAvoy) embarks on a perilous quest in order to avenge the murder of his father, the Emperor of Hebalon. As he travels, Hal is shocked to find that the land of Hebalon is not the peaceful, happy realm he had imagined, and that the people, devastated by years of war, rejoice in the news that the Emperor is dead. As Hal grows more bitter and resentful, he eventually finds solace in love and vows to restore the kingdom to the peace and harmony he had always imagined.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly innovative! 28 Dec 2005
By Ben
I truly think that this movie deserves much more than the 3 stars given by the sole review written so far!
Apart from the artistic "tour de force" performed by the producers (for puppets make quite a refreshing change from the usual 3D special effects - as good as they often are) you can feel that they spent time building Strings' world.
Perfect examples are the City's gate, the jail or the baby's birth, all built around a world made of strings. You simply need to watch the movie to understand that bit.
As for the story in itself, it took me no more than 5 minutes to get into it straight away, totally forgetting that I'm watching puppets whose only way of expression are gesticulating around and closing/openening their eyes.
So anyway, whether you're 10 or 50, I can guarantee you that you'll love this movie!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy film for the new generation! 15 Mar 2006
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Just got this film delivered yesterday, and watched it almost straight away! Personally, I really liked it. I dunno what it is, but there's something cool about seeing such high levels of puppetry! It almost reminds me of those old claymation shorts they used to have on BBC2 (mostly retellings of Shakespear plays, and the like).
Anyway, if you're a fan of high-concept, art fantasy films, I'd throughly recommend this movie. Sure, it'll never replace the likes of Laberynth or Dark Crystal in terms of favoritism, but it should easily be considered up there in terms of storytelling and innovation!
It's a shame that this film has such a relativley small fanbase, as it's truly one of those great movies you'd happily show to your kids, yet at the same time be able to appreciate as an adult.
The fact that the characters know they're essentially puppets, and that it plays a large part into the storyline is an extra added bonus, and helps develop the mythology surrounding the world they inhabit.
Anyway, those with even a passing interest in the concept should buy this now! You won't be disappointed. It's all beautifully shot, and the craftsmanship on display is staggering! The story's enjoyable, and the DVD also contains a 60-minute Making Of Doctumentary (well worth it)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film 31 Oct 2012
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If, like me, you enjoy off the wall films, then you will enjoy this one. The puppetry is excellent, and it is so easy to follow the story line, and believe in the characters, even though their strings are so obviously visable, and as the title suggests, they are a part of the story
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strings Review 18 Oct 2005
By Matthew
I had no idea what to expect when I bought this dvd. I only knew it was a film made entirely with puppets.
It was a pleasent surprise to see that the movie doesnt hide the fact that all the characters are puppets - the strings of which they are all attatched are their 'life lines', and play a big part in the story.
It looks stunning, and you cant help but wonder at skill used on the puppets.
However, looks alone does not a great movie make. The problem here is that the film makers are taking themselves slightly too seriously, with over dramatic music, and hammed up voices. If this were a live action film, it would surely be laughed at. The story itself sometimes feels a little too ambitous,and I feel that it would have benifited from being more simple.
You have to admire all the hard work that must have gone into this film, but its charm is also its downfall.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I had expected to like this movie better than I did. After all, I live in Denmark, and "Strings" was created by a Danish Director and the production company behind it is to a large extent Danish. Furthermore, I had read several positive articles and reviews about the movie before seeing it.
The whole concept is very interesting. We are watching a puppet movie, but not one where the puppets represent people. Well, yes, they do in a way, but at the same time the puppets represent puppets.
The many strings that go from the various body parts of the puppets and disappear up into the heavens play a major role in the story. A puppet cannot move past any obstacle above his/her head that prevents the strings from passing. To kill a puppet you cut the "head string", and a new baby puppet is "born" when a new head string is attached to his/her head.
Maybe it's my background as an engineer that makes me start to think of all the implications of these concepts. Instead of concentrating on the beautiful photography and the metaphorical side of the story (we, as humans, also have "strings" that put limitations on our freedom of movement), I'm thinking about the architectural implications, etc.
The story itself is not particularly innovative. A king dies, the king's evil brother tricks the king's son into going on a mission in preparation to waging war on the neighboring puppets, the son slowly but surely determines the truth, he also falls in love, and eventually peace is restored to the land. If it weren't for the interesting puppet-contra-human aspects it would be rather boring.
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