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The Flight Of Dragons [VHS] [1982]


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  • Actors: James Earl Jones, John Ritter, Larry Storch
  • Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Mar 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BGD7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,552 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Horatio Guttersnipe on 4 July 2008
Format: VHS Tape
I am wondering why The Flight of Dragons (1982 animated film) with such a voice cast as James Earl Jones, John Ritter and Harry Morgan to name a few, with a fantastic soundtrack by Maury Laws and visual animation which has stood the test of time as something truly impressive and captivating, has not been released on to dvd, not even in America, why is this? The video was released by Warner Bros in 1999, why haven't they not ventured to try a dvd release? There is obviously a large following on the internet, You Tube has had frequent postings with clips from the film and even pirate copies have been sold and are on sale on ebay, how can this be allowed? This film has even been praised by Hayao Miyazaki yet no release has been presented, not even for a short period to satisfy demand. I cannot help but think there is some reason unbeknownst to me as to why this film has not been released. It isn't the quality of the animation which was intriguing as it does vary in quality but the ideas are what made it so interesting, the notion of the imaginative world, the world of the spirit being usurped by the laws of logic, these are fascinating concepts for children and tie in with further intellectual debates as to mans place in the universe and how he grapples in coming to terms with his/her consciousness. This film has been over looked too long now and deserves a straight forward dvd release, at the very least.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By No Quarter on 16 July 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Sadly I only have an old video of 'Flight Of Dragons' taped from the TV, but it doesn't stop me enjoying it time after time. It's surely one of the finest animated films in existence. Anyone who's interested in fantasy - good against evil, wizards, quests and, of course, dragons will lap this up!
It's made by the same people who did 'The Hobbit' and 'The Last Unicorn' films and, even though they're also great, 'Dragons' in my view is much better! In fact, I can't think of a better cartoon film.
I am looking forward to a DVD release (surely this HAS to happen!) or maybe even a live-action remake of the story - The Last Unicorn is being done at the moment. With the popularity of Lord Of The Rings, this is the perfect time for 'The Flight Of Dragons' to emerge again!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christian Ward on 12 April 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Firstly, this is a great film for people of any age, but this is not the main purpose of this review. I have read many reviews asking for a DVD version, so I think I might be able to help. There are loads of people on Ebay selling Flight of Dragons on a DVD for ~£10 (inc. UK delivery). The one I bought was from Singapore, but is perfect. No Chinese labels, subtitles of the like, just the movie on a DVD. Since it is VERY unlikely that it will ever be officially released on DVD, this is probably the best option. TTFN
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nyah b on 15 Dec 2007
Format: VHS Tape
As a child i loved this animation.Its one to watch with your kids over and over again.The story captures your imagination and you go on a journey with the characters.It brings together the worlds of magic and science with a love story tied in along the way.Excellent!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Caton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Feb 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This is a wonderful movie; the first time I saw it I was surprised to see similarities to the book "The Dragon and the George" by the late Gordon R Dickson; I then tried to get the Peter Dickinson book, eventually getting the reprint. The film is an amazing mix of the two, combining plot and draconic natural history. I read on a forum that Peter Dickinson and Gordon R Dickson were one and the same, a little web browsing will show this to be false.
But what of the film (which is after all the point of a review!?) - it's an excellent piece of work which bears repeated viewing; a tale of cooperation to defeat overall evil; a tale of what it means to find yourself in an unfamiliar place with an unfamiliar physical body and a vital job to do; a tale showing how knight, archer, wolf and dragon complement each others abilities and how the successful completion of a quest may not produce a happy ending for all as we see it.
You want to know more? buy this movie! watch this movie! You WILL NOT REGRET IT! ....and to the powers-that-be.... RELEASE THIS MOVIE ON DVD! Movies are for watching, not trading like stocks and bonds...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "ravensview78" on 29 Feb 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I first saw this film in the mid to late 80's. Having always had a vividly active imagination, especially as a child, I was absolutely captivated by the story. The classic struggle between Good and Evil was brought to life with wonderful animation (considering the technology available at the time it was made) and kept me amused for hours. I forgot all about the film as I grew older until my little brother returned home with a copy one day, about 2 years ago, that he'd bought for a snip. Think he paid somewhere in the region of £7 for it. It is interesting to see the price that it's going for now.
If you are at all interested in Fantasy then this film is an absolute must-see.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb 2004
Format: VHS Tape
A great film, a good mix of animation and real action. A shame it is very hard to get hold of,unless you want to spend silly amounts of money. SHOULD BE OUT ON DVD!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Morris on 12 Nov 2003
Format: VHS Tape
One of my first memories as a child was of watching this film and totally believing the wonderful story of Peter Dickinson's plight to save the world of fantasy from the evil Omadon. Now I'm fully grown and the story has lost none of its appeal, don't be put off by the fact this film is animated, the content is not strictley for children and everybody of all ages with wide and open imagination should be touched by this film.
Although the visuals are not always up to modern standards (I don't know when the film was made, but it certainly wasn't knew when I first watched it in the mid eighties!), the enthralling story line and the obvious joy which all involved obvioulsy experienced whilst making the film is enough to have anyone believing in dragons, wizards and, secret lands, and if you want more sustenance in you're dragon stories, this is definatly the film for you, Peter Dickinson wrote an accompianing book (also titled "The flight of dragons") on the scientific evidence of the existence of dragons.
Agreat film for all who want an excuse to believe...
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