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Huckleberry Finn and His Friends [DVD]
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2007
This is the DVD that I've been waiting for ever since DVD was invented. I grew up with this series in the 1980's and early 1990's, and to watch it again is just a delight. What we have here is 4 DVD's containing each of the 26 episodes in full, complete with Ian Tracey's commentary of what will happen in the next episode, as well as what happened in the previous, just as it was aired. Of course, each has been digitally remastered for DVD, making it an even more enjoyable experience. As a bonus, you have a 30 minute episode ''The making of...'' featuring interviews with four original cast members as well as the producer, which are fascinating.

This compilation has been well worth the wait, does justice to this cult series, and I'd recommend any fans to buy it without hesitation.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2007
It has been a long time coming, but the DVD is well worth the money and the wait. Complete with extras, like the Making of...., which includes interviews with the producer and cast members, the overall package has been thoughtfully and carefully put together. The accompanying booklet gives an episode guide with pictures, and is a good addition to the product. The production has always been a classic, and thankfully the DVD produced does it justice. Buy it,you wont be disappointed!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2007
This is the classic Canadian / German television series we all watched and loved during the 80's and early 1990's. Sadly this excellent series hasnt been shown here in the UK for many years, but thanks to Fabulous Films we will soon be able to own the official release of the full series.

Ian Tracey and Sammy Snyders star in this excellent tv series with 26 x 25min episodes covering the material in 'The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer' and 'The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn' books by Mark Twain.

I loved watching this series when I was a child and none of the movie versions come close to this classic childrens television series. Ian Tracey played a great role as Huckleberry Finn.

The series theme tune was also very memorable as were the opening titles featuring the paddle steamer travelling along the Mississippi river to the lyrics 'time looking back on the days that were slower, when living was easy and neighbours were friends...'

I cannot recommend this television series enough. buy it now and go on an amazing adventure with Tom and Huck.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2007
I've waited a long time to see this on DVD, but it's been worth the wait: beautifully produced, with a 12 page photo-booklet, and a "making of" featurette. Wonderful to be able to watch it again!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Along with thousands of other youngsters at the time this was 'essential' viewing in the summer holidays, squeezed between the Pink Panther & Why Don't You it made those summer mornings glorious.
Brilliantly cast, well written, some great drama especially involving Injun Joe, Huck's Pa, and the emotional return of the boys after they are presumed dead. I watch this every summer and it still makes me cry from the opening song to Aunt Polly's overdubbed dialogue. I can't heap enough praise upon this series, makes you wish for those care-free days again when all you had to worry about was whether to go down the beck or play on your grifter with your mates.
Bully stuff.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2008
If you're between the ages of 32 and 45 you may well remember this series. I've looked for it on and off for the past few years and was very happy to see it finally released on dvd.
I've almost finished going through the whole of the 4 discs which includes every episode and lots of extras (bargain really) with my 7 yr old son who is loving watching them as much as me.
This is an absolute bargain, a joy, and a must see dvd - i just wish they would show it again on tv so todays kids could see it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2007
Only Heaven knows how long I have been waiting (for about a quarter of a century) to have the chance to watch this television series once more, and now, with the blessings of Fabulous Films, my time of waiting is almost over lol. I am a Canadian and I can remember when I watched it on CBC network, and then afterwards, it ran for a while on a pay television network. I have managed to tape them all once back in the early 1980s, but accidentally taped over it a little bit later. Now, some 25 years later, I find out that there is a DVD release of that magic television mini-series. I did not care about the fact that the dvd is a region 2, on the next day I went to an electronic store and got myself a PAL compatible dvd player and PAL compatible television set. That is how badly I needed to see it again once more. I just find it a little bit odd that the Canadian CBC network (whom that program was produced by) did not manage to have a dvd release in Canada. But thanks to Fabulous Films, I will be able to reminisce childhood television memories, rafting down the Mississippi River, looking back more on days that were slower, when living was easy and neighbors were friends...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2013
One of the finest TV series for kids from the 1980s, this German/Canadian co-production is so watchable and with each episode at 24 mins each its not a chore to watch an episode or two every night. The 2 lead actors are amazing as Huck/Tom and theirs real magic when they are together which is noticable in the third quarter of the series which concentrates on Huck and Tom isnt in 3 or 4 episodes, still enjoyable but dips a little. Still theres a fine actor playing Jim the slave so he more then compensates. The theme tune is memorable, the pacing of the story well done and even the dubbing of some of the German actors (to give them a more American sound) is very well done. Ive bought many series from my youth on dvd purely for nostalgic reasons, many dissapoint but this has just got better with age. You will watch it again and again :-)

Now....whitewash that fence and look out for Indian Joe!!!

Includes a fantastic half hour documentary on the shows making, with interviews from Tom/Huck/Jim and Indian Joe.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2008
A beautiful classic that I remember watching when I was young. My 7 year old was gripped from start to finish and wanted to know if there was a follow up.
The reason I haven't awarded 5* is that the DVD hasn't been re-mastered so is a little grainy. However this didn't impact the delight in watching.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The start of the theme tune says it all: "Try looking back more on days that was slower..." I guarantee you'll love it.

What always pops up in conversation about TV shows you used to love as a kid? This! And who watched this as a child and hasn't wanted to see this again as an adult? No one!

I'm glad to say that now I have, and it's pretty much as I remembered it too! The grave robbers, Aunt Polly's horrid spring tonic, and of course, Huck Finn himself!

This was a trip down memory lane that I thoroughly enjoyed and the more I watched, the more the memories came flooding back.

I was surprised at just how much I remembered (even though I'd forgotten it all!) and as soon as my mind was prompted by the stories on screen, I remembered the scenes and how terrified I was by the people in them - like 'Injun Joe' and Huk's 'mean old pa'!

The box set itself is well put together (although the case is a bit of a let down - just a big cheap plastic case - I'd have liked it presented in a descent boxset at this price) but once you open the VHS-esque casing things improve.

There's a large number of DVD discs (26 episodes, a stills gallery, a 'behind the scenes' stills gallery and a brand new 30 minute 'making of' documentary spanning 4 discs) and a little booklet that compliments your viewing with a list of episodes and summery of each one's stroyline.

They haven't been remastered, looking as dull and grainy as they did originally - but it suits the series perfectly and I wouldn't want to see it again any other way.

The series was a joy to watch as a kid and it was juts as much fun again - Huckleberry is played perfectly in a laid back by the young Ian Tracey, who portrays him and you instantly fall in love with him all over again.

It makes me wish I had kids to share it with, but I'll have to make do with my friends' and pass it on to them to watch with their sons and daughters - because TV this good is too good to keep to yourself!
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