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Swallows and Amazons [DVD]

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  • 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 (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVTAY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,977 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By N. Parker on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Mara on 12 May 2009
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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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Johnson on 9 Jun. 2008
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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 By Secret Spi on 15 Jan. 2010
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For adults, this DVD is a double scoop of nostalgia - for the original Swallows and Amazons books and the era they were set in and for the 1970s when this film was made. The film is a pretty good adaptation of the book, with just a few incidents omitted, such as the final stormy night on the island. The actors, child and adult, are well-cast. Seeing Virginia McKenna again recalls films of the 1960s such as 'Born Free' and 'Ring of Bright Water'.

I wondered how children would react to this, brought up as they are these days on CGI, Harry Potter and all the rest. However, my son (9) was gripped from start to finish. I think what is appealing is the sheer independence of the children, their capability and the good old-fashioned adventures outdoors messing about in boats.

Overall, a good unpretentious piece of family entertainment.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Kellaway on 14 Oct. 2006
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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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. Prados on 20 May 2009
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Kennedy on 7 Feb. 2010
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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 By Jp Russell on 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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