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Tom's Midnight Garden [DVD]


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  • Actors: Greta Scacchi, Joan Plowright, James Wilby, David Bradley
  • Directors: Willard Carroll
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CW40WA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,839 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tom's Midnight Garden is the magical tale of a young boy who is transported to a mysterious world of times past.
14 year old Tom is sent to stay with his Aunt and Uncle for the summer to avoid catching measles from his brother. One night, on hearing the grandfather clock strike 13, he sets off to explore and discovers the house has been transformed. He investigates further and opens the door to a magical, sunlit garden of a bygone age where he meets Hatty, a young orphan girl, and begins an incredible adventure.
Based on Philippa Pearce's timeless fantasy, Tom's Midnight Garden stars Greta Scacchi, James Wilby and David Bradley who later starred as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series.

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Tom's Midnight Garden is a charming adaptation of Philippa Pearce's children's story. It's the 1950s, and young Tom Long (Anthony Way) is sent to stay at the house of an Aunt (Greta Scacchi) and Uncle (James Wilby) while his brother is poorly. All seems drearily disciplined until the downstairs grandfather clock strikes 13, and Tom discovers a secret garden of enormous size. There he meets a girl named Hatty (Florence Hoath), who seems to be both a part of and the answer to the magical mystery. Through the changing seasons the garden ages, and so does Hatty. Eventually all is revealed: the importance of a tree struck by lightning, the reclusive landlady in the attic (Joan Plowright), and the present-day setting of the film's opening with a grown-up Tom watching the house being torn down. Some amusing computer trickery allows for the redecoration of the house each time Tom travels in time, and also allows him to pass through solid objects in supernatural fashion. All of which makes the movie a visual feast for children. Although adults will think it rather stiffly directed, the poignant tale about what happens to memories and friendships as we grow old shines through, helped immensely by composer Debbie Wiseman's luminous music score. --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2004
Format: DVD
We've just watched this magical film and enjoyed every minute that it had to offer. We both enjoy the time travel tales, but this takes it one step further and links it to the present and the future as well.
We may not be children, but I do have 4 of my own and know without a doubt that they were watching it and, though their ages range from 19 to 9, loved every minute as well. The way that all of the time lines are linked and tied together at the end is well thought. You can put yourself in the boy's shoes and know that given the chance you would have acted in the same way.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This video is disappointing. The film is general is very inferior to the book. If you enjoyed or at least liked the film, go and READ THE BOOK. It is vastly better than this - the film is dull and it feels rushed - one scene seems to hurtle through to another - this is a beautiful story and it really feels like it's over before it's begun. The cinematography is very nicely done but the finer points of the plot seem to be overlooked. If you can, try to watch the BBC children's adaption of this - it's vastly superior.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Sadly, the younger actors speak as if they're reading from a script. This doesn't have to happen, look at ET and the film of The Secret Garden, for really spontaneous speaking. The boy playing Tom tries hard but is simply too old for the part. He refers to himself as a "little boy" who wants to "play" in the garden, but he has a deep voice, is just about as tall as the older actors, and looks a little strange skipping around the garden in his pyjamas. The score is rather intrusive too, swelling up when you want to concentrate on the words, like when Tom meets the Hatty as an old lady. I was bemused to see extra bits tagged onto the story featuring Tom as a man in a suit working in the big city, living in a quaint cottage with supportive wife and child. Not sure of the purpose of this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
If, like me, you are an 'old romantic', hate growing old and are deeply sentimental you will love this film. While I have to agree that some of the acting and direction is a little 'stagey', the brilliance of the story, the extremely beautiful garden scenes, the realistic period costumes and the wistful and enchanting music win through overall. Having said this, I have to admit though that I came to this film completely unaware of the tale of 'Tom's Midnight Garden' and have not read the original book. Still, a film that has the power to enthrall and bewitch children AND make adults cry can't be all that badly done can it? As life goes by we all, miss something or someone, lose loved one's and yearn in some way for a moment from our past don't we? This film succeeds therefore because it takes us to a place where it is o.k to feel again, like a child we connect more directly to our emotions and it is that potency that brings forth the tears. Not perfect then, but if you're of a sentimental nature an essential weepie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Ann Cook on 12 Aug 2013
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Still entertaining after all these years. Each new generation should read the book then view and enjoy this delightful adaptation and join in the escapism and that lovely, warm feeling of "being there", with Tom, in his midnight garden of yesteryear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SUPER CUE on 20 Jan 2013
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after watching anthony way in the magnificant dvd of the choir which I was delighted to
find I was still able to purchase on dvd I could not notice how much anthony had grown
since the choir he really did look too old for the part he played in my opinion
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Galliard on 20 Mar 2011
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This is a delightful film.A slow, sensitive telling of a gentle story of young boy and girl from different times in history who are able to meet when the hall clock strikes thirteen.It sticks fairly faithfully to the book apart from a conversational addition at the end. All the acting is good and Joan Plowright is exquisite. Beautifully set in the late 1950's early 1960's. My only grumble was the price. Why on earth isn't it cheaper, or more copies made? Still I'm glad to own it.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Simon on 9 May 2001
Format: DVD
This has always been a curious tale. Like the three previous television adaptions of the story, this film retains the traditional children's story elements from the 1958 Philippa Pearce novel. Having said that, "Tom's Midnight Garden" has often struck me as having all the potential ingredients of a very adult drama: a teenaged boy and girl on the brink of adulthood who can see each other but can't touch; a garden that both exists and yet doesn't exist; and the frustrated wish to "swap time for eternity". Very much a ghost story with a difference and best enjoyed from an angle of maturity. A grown up viewer, however, (and by that I mean any viewer over 12) will need to do what director William Carroll has decidedly not done - nameley set aside the teatime Nesbit/Blyton features that are always liable to do for the modern adult up what treacle does for a diabetic.
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