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Watership Down (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] [1978]

Martin Rosen    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Martin Rosen
  • Writers: Richard Adams
  • Format: Animated, PAL, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LPLJ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Much like Richard Adams' wonderful novel this animated tale of wandering rabbits is not meant for small children. It is, however, rich storytelling, populated with very real individuals inhabiting a very real world. The animation is problematic, sometimes appearing out of proportion or just below par; but it seems to stem from an attempt at realism, something distinguishing the film's characters from previous, cutesy, animated animals.

A band of rabbits illegally leave their warren after a prophecy of doom from a runt named Fiver (voiced by Richard Briers). In search of a place safe from humans and predators, they face all kinds of dangers, including a warren that has made a sick bargain with humankind, and a warren that is basically a fascist state. Allegories aside, Down is engaging and satisfying, and pulls off the same amazing trick that the novel did--you'll forget that this is a story about rabbits. --Keith Simanton,

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Watership Down (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] [1978] [DVD] (2005) Martin Rosen

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, memorable movie 6 Mar 2004
By Silvolf
This is my favourite movie of all time. I grew up watching it. It has a wonderful musical score and the unforgettable song, Bright Eyes. It may scare younger viewers as it is a very dark animation, especially near the end with the fighting (I won't say between whome, for it may spoil the story for those who haven't seen it) however, it is realistic and thats what I like about it. There is blood shed and there are deaths but it makes a change from all those animated films where the characters fight and clearly don't have a mark on them. I recommend it to everyone who has enjoyed the book or just has an interest in unusual animations. A great movie!
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars watership down - fantastic film 21 Dec 2005
By Soph
When i was a small child, I used to watch this film over and over again as an enchanting, exciting tale about a little group of bunnies that went on a big adventure, not really understanding what it was all about. But it was only just recently when it was on TV that i realised what a truly fantastic film this is, it can be looked at in so many different ways and have lots of different meanings. The animation is scetchy but I think that it all adds to the raw, honest beauty of this film. Some may decide thats its too violent and disturbing for little ones but never really noticed it as a child myself.
I would reccomend Watership Down to anybody, if your looking for a deep and interesting film or even just a story about a big adventure, this is it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, just beautiful 8 Aug 2005
It may look cute and fluffy but the story of a bunch of rabbits looking for a home is told in a bloody and dark way. This film really freaked me out as a kid and watching it now many years later I know that it is a very nicley animated movie with a moving music track and memorable bunny characters. A classic that shoud'nt be missed. Oh, not for small children ( blood ).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, but NOT a 'U' Certificate film 13 Jan 2004
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It's amazing how many people of around my age (thirty-odd) saw this film at the cinema in 1978 and were terrified by it. There's no question that the BBFC made one of it's most incomprehensible errors by passing this film as a 'U' certificate, although I think a 'PG' would be sufficient (or an 'A' as it was back in the 70's). It does contain some surprisingly graphic violence, and the nightmare scenes of rabbits suffocating in their bulldozed warren must have caused many nightmares for young viewers over the years. Just like the book, it's perhaps best appreciated by older children and adults - although it's nowhere near as dark and disturbing as the same team's other Adams adaptation, 'The Plague Dogs' (which could also do with a higher certificate than its current 'PG' rating). The animation is fairly plain but has some standout moments of beauty, and the rabbits are all well animated and superbly voiced, with General Woundwort making a suitably frightning impression. Although the story was much simplified and condensed for the screen, it retains the esscense of Richard Adams' marvellous novel, and he professed himself to be pleased with the results so who are we to argue?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, British masterpiece 28 Jan 2002
Format:VHS Tape
'Watership Down' is one of the few feature films that we can be proud of. Sticking faithfully to Richard Adam's original script, Watership covers many areas of film genre, including comedy, drama, suspense and tragedy. The supplied voices are a showcase of many of our fine, British talent. Along with a fantastic soundtrack (also tragic at times especially 'Bright Eyes' sung by Art Garfunkel), Watership Down is one of the best animated films of all time.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film but why call it a Deluxe Edition? 16 Oct 2007
'Watership Down' is the original adaption of the novel written by Richard Adams about the exciting and emotional tale of a group of rabbits when they are forced to leave their Sandleford homes when Fiver, who often sees visions of the future, tells them that their warren is in danger from humans. The group is then lead by Hazel and Bigwig as they make their way through the fields of Hampshire as they come face to face with danger from other animals such as rats, foxes, cats, dogs and owls as well as humans and cars. As the story goes on Hazel and the group of rabbits try to rescue some rabbits from a farm; help a bird, who in turn then helps them; join another warren of rabbits and also try to steal does from a much bigger and powerful warren known as Efrafa, leading to a shocking and brilliant finalle.

I've only just recently finished reading the book so it was interesting to see how the filmmakers would adapt this classic novel and I think that they have done a very good job of putting the 480 pages into just under an hour and a half, making subtle cuts and changes along the way. Although this dubbed a children's film, I found it to be quite gruesome and horrifying in parts, with lots of blood and gore, which I could imagine may be quite disturbing for younger viewers and certainly should have had at least a PG certificate rather than it's U certificate.

Why this is a "Deluxe Edition" is beyond me as the special features aren't great. There's no deleted scenes, no "Bright Eyes" music video and isn't a director's cut, it just has a conversation with the filmmakers and a storyboard comparison, which aren't that much fun to watch.

Overall though this is a brilliant film that stays very true to the book with only minor differences and a few characters missing. Definitely worth a watch whether you've read the book or not.
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Published 9 hours ago by LILLY GRAHAM
2.0 out of 5 stars Would be a lovely film if it actually played. ...
Would be a lovely film if it actually played. Takes several attempts to load it and wont play all the way through. Would not buy a used product again.
Published 10 days ago by zoe tyrrell
3.0 out of 5 stars Brought as it was one of my favourites as a ...
Brought as it was one of my favourites as a child, kids didn't seem that impressed times moved on I suppose!
Published 16 days ago by kezza
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A lovely timeless classic dvd for under a FIVER!!
Published 22 days ago by Aedan808
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by ludwig sterk
4.0 out of 5 stars Rapid delivery but DVD slightly damaged
This arrived very promptly and the packaging was fine. However, the film stuck in placed which spoilt 2 or 3 scenes of an excellent adaptation of the book.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Richard P Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product & service
Published 1 month ago by David J Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic fantastic film, brings back my childhood
Published 1 month ago by anna999
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT film, but also surprisingly serious and by moments really...
Both me and my then 9 years old daughter we LOVED this 1978 British animated film, which can be watched with interest not only by children by also by adults. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars wicked
very emotional film just as I remembered it from my youth, liked the original quality rabbits rabbits rabbits rabbits seagulls and dog
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