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  • Actors: Stephanie Beecham, Mel Smith, Geraldine James, Richard O'Brien, Jane Horrocks
  • Directors: Stuart Orme
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Strawberry Media
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FN7JAW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,124 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Released on DVD for the first time and based on the much-loved children's book by Joan Aitken and made in 1988, this spooky family film is a classic Dickensian mock-Gothic tale of resourceful children, evil governesses, forged wills, cruel orphanages and goodness triumphant set against an isolated country house. Set in an alternative nineteenth century where savage packs of wolves roam the snow bound countryside. This dark and atmospheric fantasy sees Lord and Lady Willoughby heading overseas leaving their daughter Bonnie (Emily Hudson) and her orphaned cousin Sylvia (Aleks Darowska) left in the care of the children s new governess, the sinister Miss Slighcarp (Stephanie Beacham). Slightcarp and her accomplice Grimshaw (Mel Smith) are plotting to steal the family fortune, and sabotage the Willoughby s ship. When news arrives that the Willoughby s are missing, Miss Slightcarp banishes the children to a workhouse, and dismisses all but two, James (Richard O Brien) and Pattern (Jane Horrocks), of the servants. It is up to Bonnie and Sylvia to escape the workhouse, evade the ravenous wolves, and foil Slightcarp s plans!

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This film was a childhood favourite for me. When mentioning the film to others, most people would say that they haven't had the chance to see it and have never even heard of it, which i feel is a great shame. It has some great actors and is a really good story line. When buying this film i wasn't sure if i would be spoiling the illusion that i had of it from when i was a child, but i was very pleased to find that i still enjoyed it as much as i did when i was a child, and have watched it many times since. Give it a go, you won't regret it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Winney on 20 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I've been looking for an officially released copy of this film since the mid-1990's, and I'm so excited to see that it is finally being released on DVD! I was beginning to think that they were never going to release it. I first saw this film when I was twelve or thirteen years old (I'm now 28) when it was shown on television in the United States where I live. I immediately fell in love with the film and was inspired to seek out the book and other books by Joan Aiken. For years I owned a VHS copy that I taped off of the TV, but I eventually lost this copy or else it was taped over with another program. How wonderful it will be to finally own it "for real." This film has everything (except romance, unless you find the scenery romantic) - a deliciously evil villain and her bumbling sidekick, two heroines opposite in personality (one brash and bold, the other timid and polite), snowy landscapes, wolves attacking people, secret passageways, a huge mansion, a cruel orphanage, and a fantastic chase scene. Plus you get to see Richard O'Brien. I always wondered whatever became of him after his Rocky Horror Picture Show days were over...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: VHS Tape
1989's The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was one of British cinema's occasional failed attempts to replicate the success of The Railway Children with a family friendly adaptation of a much-loved children's book. It's a classic Dickensian mock-Gothic tale of resourceful children, evil governesses, forged wills, cruel orphanages and goodness triumphant set against an isolated country house and the dark Satanic mills of the industrial revolution that should make a fine film in the right hands. Unfortunately, the filmmakers were not those hands and little of what made Joan Aiken's book so impressive and enjoyable survives William Akers' perfunctory screenplay or Stuart Orme's ineffectual direction. The alternate 19th century history of the novel (set during the reign of the fictional James III) is never even alluded to, while the packs of ravenous continental wolves that roam the snowbound British countryside (having made their way through a Channel Tunnel completed some 160 years early) are all too obviously dogs in black fur coats.

It's a film that flirts with adequacy without ever quite going all the way: never bad enough to be terrible, never effective enough to be good. While budget considerations are a factor in its failure - it was filmed on the cheap in Czechoslovakia - there's an overriding lack of vision to the film and a consistent inability to bring out the best in its cast and crew giving it a constant feeling of settling for less about it all. There's nothing particularly wrong with any of the shots, it's just that put together they don't really work. Even the chase scenes seem pedestrian while the deaths carry no real weight because none of the characters ever really matter.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Hales on 14 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
I first saw this film when i was a 10 year old boy still at primary school. I am now a 30 year old man and have loved it ever since.

This is a magical film based on the classic book by joan aiken. The story sees two young girls, bonnie a tough red head with tons of attitude and sylvia, her timid cousin left at bonnies home, the willoughby chase of the title, in the care of new governess miss slighcarp while bonnies parents take a vacation over seas.

However miss slighcarp, played with delicious relish by stephanie beecham is hell bent on striping the girls of their inheretance and taking over willoughby chase after she arranges the murder of bonnies parents and forges lord willoughbys will with the help of her sidekick mr grimshaw played by mel smith.

With bonnie and sylvia thrown in to a snow swept orphanage run by the evil mrs brisket, another of slighcarps accomplaces, played by the brilliant geraldine james, it seems both girls will have to fight tooth and claw to defeat slighcarp and regain control of their fortune.

This film is excellent family entertainment and should be seen by everyone and keep a look out for early performances by jane horrocks and richard o brian as a pair of helpless servants. Now off to pre-order.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on 12 May 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this for Easter for my children (and also for me) I loved this film when I was younger and it proved as popular with my 8 year old son and my 7 year old neice. Highly recommend this film. The graphics etc are a little dated compared to what they have these days but it still totally engrossed them and me :-)
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By Raylec on 19 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For some years this film has ben difficult to obtain, it is now being made available on DVD.Its a very god film with some good scenery.I decided to purchase this from Amazon, However, this copy was spoilt by the poor video and sound, it is over contrasted and dark,and the sound was below standard,not a good buy!
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