on 15 November 2005
Exactly how I am the first Amazon customer to write a review of this fantastic title is quite beyond me! I rented this DVD a few months ago, having vaguely remembered it from my childhood. I didn’t expect to view it with the same sense of enchantment that I did when I was younger. However, right from the opening credits I found that I did! It completely takes you back to a gloriously innocent age when children said things like “Jolly Hockey Sticks!” and the height of childhood hedonism was having lashings of ginger beer! The five children in question have a series of adventures brought about through wishes that are granted by an obliging sand fairy. Of course the wishes aren’t exactly well thought through by the excitable youths and invariably go pear-shaped. This leads to them using another wish to cancel out the first and consequently a moral lesson is revealed. Some of the special effects are surprisingly palatable and, in many places, actually really good – a world away from the awful animation layered over live action that spoiled my enjoyment of a certain other BBC children’s title (namely ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’). If you’re toying with the idea of renting or buying this – don’t. Simply do it! You’ll be thoroughly glad you did.
on 29 December 2012
Five children and it was one of a series of dvd's released bt the bbc under the heading 'bbc children's classics'.. and it is just that and it has 80's special effects british style (think classic doctor who) none of the CGI you get in todays tv shows but its still great fun, it has dated ut then again it is the bbc..
If you enjoy watching this then you'll want to watch the others..
The box of delights, The borrowers and in my mind the far superior bbc made Chronicles of Narnia (the model Aslan look way better than the disney cgi 1)
on 1 August 2009
I have boys (8 & 10) who enjoyed the Roman Mysteries and the Simpsons and I like to sit and watch one episode rather than a whole film in the evening. So I chose something that I thought that I would enjoy too (I read the books as a kid). The acting is thankfully good apart from one hystrionic child (spot her) and the plots good enough that you are left wanting to know what happens next episode. The awkward, more dated bits are really quite funny too, (the Samiad looks like yoda) not that they are meant to be and my boys enjoyed trying to think up what they would wish for had it been them and how the actual wish would go wrong. My boys really enjoyed these and I would recommend this film heartily.