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Under Milk Wood

 Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • 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: Brightspark
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,102 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Under Milk Woodn is an imaginative, cinematic rendering of Dylan Thomas's famous "play for voices," typically read on stage by a handful of actors expressing the dialogue of more than 50 characters living in a small, Welsh fishing village. Filmmaker Andrew Sinclair sets the story in a real seaside community and visually complements the text's lengthy, opening narration by enlisting Richard Burton both for his brooding voiceover and a mysterious, on-screen role as a drunken gadabout soaking in the very soul of the town Thomas' words describe. Once the narration ends, the film breathes freely with a succession of lively vignettes, some funny, some dramatic, but all rooted in the peculiar circumstances of characters who either feel trapped by or ensconced in their home. Peter O'Toole plays the wizened, blind Captain Cat, haunted by memories of drowned sailors but so attuned to the sounds of village life outside his window he can identify the children screaming in a park. Elizabeth Taylor (Burton's wife at the time) makes a brief appearance as Rosie Probert, and the other players include Glynis Johns, Vivien Merchant, and Victor Spinetti. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

`Under Milk Wood is the Dylan Thomas' magnum opus which carries the double legacy of the author's extensive work for radio - a medium for which he had an almost intuitive grasp - and his skill and ability as a poet. The play describes the thoughts of a stranger (Richard Burton), who whilst wandering through a small Welsh village seems to know the intimate details of the life of a selection of the town inhabitants. Described in poetic terms we learn that most of the inhabitants are very strange people indeed - we are told about their innermost desires and thoughts.

Under Milk Wood is a sensitive, often comic, examination of Welsh life in which the people are viewed as being particularly blessed.

This is a must have DVD for any Dylan Thomas fan and lover of great literature.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Although Burton's voice is always worth a listen be warned that this is an ANIMATED film, NOT the one with Burton, Taylor and O'Toole. Amazon should be ashamed for mis-labelling product like this. Very disappointing ! If you want Burton's reading it is available on CD, so the DVD is pointless.
Since writing this warning I have realised that Amazon uses the same reviews for all versions/formats of an item, so my warning now appears on all the legitimate products as well ! Nice one Amazon (not) !
To be clear if the product cover shows four figures dancing iun silhouette against the sun, then that is the ANIMATED version. I assume the other covers are in fcat the actual film, if you're brave enough to try.
Hpe this helps someone from getting caught as I did !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars the colour as faded 9 July 2006
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l watched this when it was first released and loved it but l have bought the dvd and the colour has faded, which is a shame as it was so vibrant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars seriously disappointing. 18 May 2014
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Poor sound quality in general and Burton gabbles or mumbles from time to time so that the words are lost. The interjection of other voices is quite successful but the performance as a whole is seriously disappointing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd. 10 Jun 2010
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I have been looking for this dvd for a long time.
it is great to find it and even better to watch it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent service & excellent DVD 26 April 2010
By Liz
The DVD arrived after a couple of days. The quality of the DVD is excellent. Animation really suits the narrative.
Would highly recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 10 July 2014
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Didn't say it was a cartoon, so given it away
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. 4 July 2014
By norfolk
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Returned as this is an animated version!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Under Milkwood 30 Jun 2014
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It was ok. Not as good as the Burton/Taylor film, which I greatly preferred.. I have nothing more to add
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
quick delivery good price
Published 20 hours ago by Michael W
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
a good subject badly presented.Both sound and picture not up to expectation. The quality of the production was very poor.
Published 1 month ago by robert nutting
3.0 out of 5 stars no English subtitles, or region one (USA) or too expensive
when will this film be released for region two with English subtitles for hard of hearing please? I am trying to replace my old videos with DVDs at a reasonable price but find it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars under milk wood
It was a great help reading it along side the book. The humour really came through and I appreciated the cartoon form
Published 4 months ago by S. J. Urquhart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film
Why is this film not on DVD anymore? Surely someone should be reproducing now that it is Dylan Thomas' anniversary. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms R M Glynn
5.0 out of 5 stars an old friend
I remember this from another lifetime. It is just as charming and lyrical as I remember. The animation captures the essence of the poem and Burton's voice is heaven.
Published 6 months ago by Jean T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought this DVD for the poetry, so was very disappointed at the poor quality of the sound. It was fuzzy and difficult to hear even at maximum volume.
Published 7 months ago by Jenny Bonson
3.0 out of 5 stars Review on Under Milkwood
I didn't realise that this was purely a reading by Richard Burton and not the original movie with Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole et al. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carol Beattie
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