The Tenth Kingdom
, an epic 10-hour miniseries from the Emmy-winning screenwriter of Gulliver 's Travels
, was a ratings failure when broadcast on US television, but on video and DVD, where it can be enjoyed at one's leisure, it has a better chance to cast its magical spell. Kimberly Williams has never been more enchanting than as Virginia, a waitress who still lives with her janitor father (John Larroquette) and yearns for something exciting to happen to her. Her wish comes true when she and her father are transported from New York City into a dimension that, with apologies to Rod Serling, can only be called the "Fairy Tale Zone"; nine kingdoms populated by characters from fairy tales of yore. They team up with a dog who's really a prince--Wendell, grandson of Snow White--changed into canine form by the evil Queen (Dianne Wiest), who plots to usurp Wendell's throne. Father, daughter, and his royal dogness are relentlessly pursued through the nine kingdoms by the Troll King (Ed O'Neill) and his three bumbling and horrible children, and the conflicted Wolf (Scott Cohen), who is allied with the Queen but, with the aid of some Oprah-esque self-help books, tames his inner beast and falls in love with Virginia.
The Tenth Kingdom is also a special effects extravaganza. There is indeed, as one character marvels, "magic to behold". But despite the Hallmark brand name and the presence of a grown-up Snow White (Camryn Manheim) and Cinderella (Ann-Margret), bewitched animals, magic mirrors and trolls, this is not kid's stuff. It can get scary, surprisingly violent and quite intense, just like real fairy tales. --Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com
Three-volume box set containing all five episodes of the fantasy series. In a magical 21st century kingdom, the evil Queen (Dianne Wiest) casts a spell on Prince Wendell, transforming him into a dog. However, the Prince escapes by jumping through a magic mirror which transports him to New York - the 10th Kingdom - where he is befriended by Virginia and her father, Tony. Travelling back through the magic kingdom, the group are pursued by both three evil trolls and the Queen's ruthless huntsmen (Rutger Hauer) as they attempt to locate the mirror and set matters to rights. A 'making of' feature is also included.