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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, cropped to hell...
This is a great movie from the 90s with cheeky JTT (Home Improvement) and the sadly departed Brad Renfro (The Client). How tragic to offer this in a savagely cropped 4:3 version with most of that wonderful wide-screen picture removed!

You simply have to see this film in its original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio to appreciate just what is missing. Fortunately, it is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disney versus Tom and Huck
This film is highly selective in its appropriation of Twain's novel, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (Oneworld Classics). There is little here to reproduce the authentic atmosphere of the 1840s. Everyone talks in a modern accent and idiom and there is not a slave to be seen anywhere. The most incongruous feature of this movie is Becky Thatcher, who acts just like a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disney versus Tom and Huck, 10 Sep 2012
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Dr. John Hamilton (Norfolk, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tom & Huck [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This film is highly selective in its appropriation of Twain's novel, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (Oneworld Classics). There is little here to reproduce the authentic atmosphere of the 1840s. Everyone talks in a modern accent and idiom and there is not a slave to be seen anywhere. The most incongruous feature of this movie is Becky Thatcher, who acts just like a post-feminist young woman of the 1990s (as opposed to the 1840s), and stridently refuses to be told what to do by anything in possession of a penis. The most bizarre scene of all is in the church, where she punches Tom incredibly hard, at least judging by the mighty 'thwack' on the soundtrack. Only the Widow makes a token gesture of disapproval at this astonishing behaviour in a young lady.

Miraculously, Tom is completely uninjured by this act of violence; he doesn't even get a nosebleed (despite his dabbing his nose with his finger - why he's doing this is a mystery since there's clearly no blood). Becky's violent response is surely out of all proportion to Tom's supposed 'offence'. As is often the case with Disney, violence is treated as light-hearted, comical and devoid of consequences. As a result, when Disney requires a genuine threat (as in the scene with the Doctor and Injun Joe in the graveyard), it has to ramp up the portrayal of violence to a maximum of luridness.

In Twain's novel, all the boys are barefoot and think nothing of discarding their clothes to go swimming. In this movie, with the exception of Huck, none of the boys are barefoot, such a state of nature being opposed to Disney's sense of middle class decency. Indeed, everyone seems to be clad in excessive layers of fabric. (And as for swimming - forget it. I shouldn't be surprised if they're all allergic to water.) In fairness, at the end of the movie, Tom Sawyer, in an almost unimaginably reckless act of rebellion, does joyfully throw off his CRAVAT.

In fact, the only thing which lifts this movie from the mire of total cloying Disney awfulness is its two leads. Jonathan Taylor Thomas is thoroughly watchable, even charismatic, as Tom, and has an infectiously impish smile. Brad Renfro plays a wonderfully brooding and dishevelled Huck, a true outcast - but then this wonderful portrayal is all thrown away at the end when he's completely domesticated. It's left to Tom Sawyer to feebly protest Huck's eagerness to assimilate into mainstream society. The message of the film is: Huck (being "good") only behaves as an outcast because society has rejected HIM. Deep down, all he really wants is middle class acceptance, a well-tailored suit and sensible shoes. We have indeed come 180 degrees from Twain's Huck.

So there we have it: a film which is enjoyable and entertaining on account of its two leads, despite Disney once again annihilating the soul of a Twain masterpiece. Enjoy!

About the disc:
The film can be listened to with its original English soundtrack, or overdubbed in French or in Spanish. The disc has optional English subtitles. There are no bonus features of any kind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, cropped to hell..., 15 July 2013
This review is from: Tom & Huck [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This is a great movie from the 90s with cheeky JTT (Home Improvement) and the sadly departed Brad Renfro (The Client). How tragic to offer this in a savagely cropped 4:3 version with most of that wonderful wide-screen picture removed!

You simply have to see this film in its original 2.35:1 widescreen ratio to appreciate just what is missing. Fortunately, it is available in this format, though more expensive. In my view, if you can find a copy of the Disney PAL Euro-release (see picture), it's well worth the extra pennies.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun sweet movie, 5 Feb 2012
This review is from: Tom & Huck [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
1995 version of the Mark twain novel,Im sure its not the best adaption out there but being a Brad renfro fan i really enjoyed this & to me he is the best Huck! Its a fun sweet movie which can be enjoyed by all the family!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Flawed Star Vehicle, 2 July 2008
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This review is from: Tom & Huck [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Tom Sawyer (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is being best friends with fellow orphan Huckleberry Finn (Brad Renfro). Against his Aunt Polly's (Amy Wright) wishes, Tom spends every moment he can with Huck.

And that leads to trouble. When they sneak into a cemetery late one night, they witness Injun Joe (Eric Schweig) kill Doc Robinson (William Newman) and frame drunk Muff Potter (Michael McShane) for it. Knowing that Injun Joe will come after them if they squeal, they take a vow of silence.

There is plenty of fun around town, especially when pretty new girl Becky Thatcher (Rachael Leigh Cook) is around. But Tom can't get the murder out of his mind, especially when Muff goes to trial. Will he do the right thing?

It's funny that this movie is called Tom and Huck since it is obviously based on Twain's Tom Sawyer and just as obviously created as a star vehicle for Jonathan Taylor Thomas during the height of his popularity. They try to clean up his character, which is a shame because he would have been brilliant as the quick thinking, trouble causing Tom of the book. Instead, here he is more Huck's follower, and there seems a bit of hero worship to their relationship, with Huck being too cool for the younger Tom.

This movie does include many of the famous scenes from the novel. And there is plenty of fun along the way. The funniest scene is the scene in the church. The novel still pulls it off best, but this one comes close.

But this movie is also scarier than many takes on the story. Injun Joe is down right creepy, and there are several scenes that might scare the younger members of the viewing audience.

Despite the fun, I just can't get over how they've changed the characters. This isn't a bad version of the Twain classic, but it isn't good either.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware as US import, 17 Dec 2011
This review is from: Tom & Huck [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Be careful if you are buying this. Can not comment on the quality as have not had the chancce to play it - it is not compatible with UK DVD players, a fact which Amazon, nor the US company, made me aware of. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to change this and have no luck tyring to send it back, either through Amazon or the US company.
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