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Swallows and Amazons [DVD]

Claude Whatham    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Claude Whatham
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

SWALLOWS & AMAZONS was the first novel in Arthur Ransome’s much-loved series following the adventures of four children and their sailing boat Swallow. In this film of the first installment, Roger, Titty, Susan and John are taken on holiday by their mother to the Norfolk Broads, where they are allowed to sail their boat to a nearby island and set up camp. However they soon discover another boat: the Amazon, manned by potential rivals for dominion of the island. Evoking an England and way of life long forgotten, SWALLOWS & AMAZONS turns an enduring model of idyllic and innocent childhood into a lyrical and beautifully realized film.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Six young children experience a holiday in the Lake District during the peaceful summer of 1929.... ...Swallows and Amazons ( Swallows & Amazons )

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swallows and Amazons 14 Jun 2009
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Approached this film with some reservations - child actors and made in the 70s didn't bode well. But my son is an avid Swallows and Amazons enthusiast so there was nothing for it... To my great surprise it is beautifully made, retains the spirit of the book, and somehow the director coaxed a degree of naturalness out of the children that is nothing short of miraculous. Of course there are elements that seem a little slow these days, but overall it's a moving portrayal of childhood happiness and fun on a lake. And my son (aged 11) thinks it's fantastic.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swallows and Amazons problems have been solved 20 May 2009
I purchased this for my three children as we have just finished reading the book and was quite prepared for the film to stop abruptly having read the other reviews. However all these problems appear to have been solved as I have a perfect copy "swallows and amazons forever" is on there, as are all the closing credits. This is a truly fantastic film for all the family - exactly as I remember it.
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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars flawed rerelease of classic childrens film 14 Oct 2006
This film is one of the all time best 'book to film' transformations, being so faithfull to the source material. Clarity of both picture and audio cannot be faulted. This film is presented in 4:3 format, but was framed for a widescreen release so press zoom on your TV remote, you wont miss any action.Sadly, this DVD release is badly let down by the mistaken lack of end credits, and 'Swallows and Amazons Forever' logo as the film finishes.(to get a clean print a prefinished neg may have been used). This simple mistake is unforgivable as it is difficult to believe it will be correctly released for many years, and how difficult would it have been to include the BBC reunion of key cast members shown recently? To sum up, great childrens film, very poor effort at a DVD release.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more innocent times 12 May 2009
While i definately agree with previous reviewers comments about the lack of effort put into this DVD release, i wouldn't let it put you off buying it. It is a wonderfully evocotive picture of childhood in more innocent times, before playstation and facebook,when children had to rely on their imaginations, it was probably never like that but it's nice to think it was! A joy for both adults and children.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faithful Adaptation Gets the Tone Just Right 9 Jun 2008
Considering how often book adaptations get everything wrong, I can hardly complain about this film version of one of my favorite books. What is captured so well is the innocence of the story. There is a strong appeal to the easy going nature of the adventures in these books, and the film captures that aspect perfectly. The child actors are very well cast and play their parts as well as probably is possible. It probably could have done with 15 more minutes to fully round out the story, but on the whole I have nothing to really complain about. As others noted, the DVD is very Spartan, but this didn't take away from my enjoyment of this wonderful film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly adorable 19 Aug 2011
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Swallows and Amazons isn't my favourite Arthur Ransome book by a long way; and I normally can't stand child actors. But this film is utterly delightful and - wonder of wonders - every single one of the children can truly ACT. The whole thing is very natural, and truly captures both the excitement and vulnerability of childhood. I wasn't expecting this to be my kind of film - but it's a real gem. I loved it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swallows and Amazons 7 Feb 2010
This is a fantastic movie. My daughter (6 yr old) loves the adventures that the children put together using their imagination. It is a fabulous childhood, the one we all use to have. Good clean fun for the whole family and the child actors are obviously having a great time as well.
Highly recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple tale well told 27 Mar 2008
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Despite the acknowledged packaging flaws this is a charming telling of the orginal swallows adventure. More than a simple nostalgia fest for pre-war playtimes, the movie shows the power of Ransome's work which continues with the rest of the series of books. I am surprised that a smart BBC researcher has not spotted the potential for a quality series from these works - perhaps the thinking man's Seven.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good watch for the children
Just as good now as 30 years ago the children were enthralled and were wrapped up in the story, a classic.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Back to the days of long hot lazy summers, a story for all children to enjoy (from 6 to 60)
Published 1 month ago by StevenH
5.0 out of 5 stars Swallows and Amazons
A really good family DVD especially if they are keen on sailing. Full of adventures ideal for children's imagination. Arrived in good time and in good condition.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Janice A. Palin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent period film produced in the correct locations
As an Arthur Ransome addict this film I can confirm that this is a very close version of the book and a delight. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin Ansell
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable window into an England society forgot.
This film, like the book, is set in the Lake district in 1929 yet still an enjoyable watch today. I love the books and love the film (had it on VHS) showing a time we've... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pongo the dancing smirf
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family film
It might be old but this is a classic family film that can be enjoyed by everyone. We bought it having been to the Lake district and it brought back memories of the film which I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars I Should Have Had Holidays Like This
A beautiful and faithful adaptation of the book. The children are entirely believable and act very well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars grandson really enjoyed this adventure
grandson is age 6 and really enjoyed this film, i would recommend this mini-adventure! for small children,easy story to follow.
Published 4 months ago by Doreen
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift itus
Bought as a gift and the person who asked for it has relived his childhood fun - hit the mark.
Published 4 months ago by she
5.0 out of 5 stars gentle heart warming story
This gentle heart warming story takes you back to the days gone buy, all set in the surroundings of the Lake District. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr Colin White
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