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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
This is probably the film version that comes closest to Lewis Carroll's original ideas. (It even uses Carroll's original title). Superbly well cast, it remains faithful both to the story line and the songs found in the book. Fiona Fullerton is perhaps a little too grown up for the title role, but is charmingly innocent nevertheless. A star cast provides good support, amid...
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by Gaidheal

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3.0 out of 5 stars MR Belverdear
Although made around 1972, what this film lacks in special effects, makes up with it's great performances by an all star cast of the 70's. Watch out for a young Dennis Waterman painting roses red.In this film there are some great cameos from Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore and Spike Milligan.The scenes when Fiona Fullerton shrink and Grow are priceless and ground breaking for...
Published on 10 Oct 2009 by Alan Heart


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3.0 out of 5 stars MR Belverdear, 10 Oct 2009
Although made around 1972, what this film lacks in special effects, makes up with it's great performances by an all star cast of the 70's. Watch out for a young Dennis Waterman painting roses red.In this film there are some great cameos from Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore and Spike Milligan.The scenes when Fiona Fullerton shrink and Grow are priceless and ground breaking for the time. Special effects make-up was quite good too. This feature also has some eye catching visuals and a nice musical score.Would be nice to see this piece of archive restored to it's former glory.Shot in widescreen 2.35:1 ratio.Although the film effects look primitive compared to now, young kids will love it.Strictly for Alice in Wonderland fans and nostalgia addicts. Simply a piece of wonderment from a bigone era!
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film ruined by careless transfer to DVD, 19 Jan 2004
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Geoff Leonard (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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So, 'Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ has been released on DVD. That's the good news. The bad news is that the print is so bad, I’ve got a ten-year old video taped from TV with a faulty aerial in better shape! So, only get this if you are desperate (it is cheap) and even then think twice and do without it.
The company concerned is Platinum Disc Corporation of La Crosse, WI, USA, and may God have mercy on them for having the nerve to put this out for public consumption. In fact, I can scarely believe this release is legal.
It's pan and scan, unsurprisingly, and appears to be region free. Pity the whole thing wasn't! It's such a shame that it's not a decent transfer as it's an excellent film. In fact, I was quite surprised to find so much music not on the original Warner Brothers LP. This is definitely a candidate for some enterprising company or person to re-record with all the songs and musical bridges intact.
The film itself is very enjoyable with good performances from the entire cast, but special mention for Fiona Fullerton in the title role. She is magnificent, especially considering her limited experience at that stage of her career. One can only hope this film gets a legal release in the UK before too long. In the meantime, don't buy this version - it's a waste of money, even at this price!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 11 Jan 2010
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Gaidheal (Northumberland, England) - See all my reviews
This is probably the film version that comes closest to Lewis Carroll's original ideas. (It even uses Carroll's original title). Superbly well cast, it remains faithful both to the story line and the songs found in the book. Fiona Fullerton is perhaps a little too grown up for the title role, but is charmingly innocent nevertheless. A star cast provides good support, amid colourful sets and, for the time, good special effects. This is a film for all ages to enjoy time and time again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Faithful Adaptation, 17 Mar 2006
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Ian Phillips (Bolton, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland has been adapted to the stage, television and silver screen so many times, its fairly easy to lose count exactly how many versions are actually out there.
This 1972 adaptation is something of an exception. This version vastly sticks closely to the original book though the silly, syrupy songs don't quite blend into Carroll's origanal ethos of the famous story. There were intentionally dark undertones in the book as though you were drawn into a childs nightmare but there has barley been any live-action screen version that has thoroughly captured the true spirit of Wonderland apart from a spooky, modern-day re-telling of the familiar story by Jan Svamkmajer in Alice (1988).

In this version Fiona Fullerton makes a pleasantly bland Alice in a somewhat confectionary telling of the story. The cardboard-like sets seem far more suited for a theatrical production and it loses the feel of its intended effect on a few occasions. On saying that what the film does often encapsulate is a dreamy, hazy-like feel and at times effectivley capturing the origanal vision of Carroll. The film is engaging at the beginning which follows the enchanting scenes of Alice waking up in a giant, story-book garden. Its there where she sees the white rabit (played by Michael Crawford) and follows him into a dark tunnel. Its here where the adventure begins as she falls down a large rabbit hole into the whimisical, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. These effective sequences work well and the music is masterful and hauntingly atmospheric. However once Alice reaches Wonderland the film is something of a hit and miss affair and at times its pace is a little tedious. Still there are some points of interest and lovers of the story will most likely deem this to be one of the most satisfactory film version made. There are plenty of other famous British actors/esses on show here such as Dudley Moore, Ralph Richardson, Dame Flora Robson (putting in an effective performance as the Queen Of Hearts), Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Dennis Waterman, Robert Helpmann , Michael Hordem , Michael Jayston as Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carrolls real name - Jayston is in the opening sequence telling Alice a story on the riverbank which is where she falls asleep and the adventure begins) and Patsy Rolands taking the role of the Duchess's demented, plate-throwing cook to new heights.
The film was widely criticised and regarded by some as an unadventurous adaptation. Contrary to that the film could be praised for being such a loyal and faithful adaptation though like most other versions it tends to draw segments from Carrolls sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glas. Fiona Fullerton at this point was being promoted as the new Julie Andrews (though wasn't) but this did little to ignite the films fortunes and overall Alice's Adventures In Wonderland proved to be a relative failure. That year also saw the Roald Dahl book, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (retitled Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory) adapted to the silver screen which won favourable reviews and was a big box office draw in comparison to this. To make matters seemingly even worse, Peter Sellers caused a minor stir by criticising the film himself before it had even opened at cinemas.
Still on the whole the film has some enchanting moments, some great playing from a capable cast and an often masterful score that helps build the intentionally edgy and atmospheric feel to Alice's adventures and on pushing some of its blatant shortcomings aside and focusing on more of its merits, its defintley worth a look and fans of the story will undoubtedly be enthralled.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better adaptations, 7 Nov 2009
This early 70s musical adaptation has one of John Barry's best scores. The songs are great. This stays very faithful to the tone of the book and has many wonderful performances from a great cast. The production design and optical effects are a treat (no crappy CGI, hurray!) and Fiona Fullerton plays Alice's mood swings very nicely. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Faithful but less than magical, 21 Oct 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The star-studded 1972 live-action musical version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland isn't quite the catastrophe it's widely remembered as, but it's a long way from being successful. Despite including Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee from Alice Through the Looking Glass it's a fairly faithful adaptation, but the whimsy, surrealism and charm is rarely there. The idea seems to be to create a British Wizard of Oz but at times it feels more like Tales of Beatrix Potter with less dancing and worse costumes. The songs are pretty unmemorable and lifeless affairs, with John Barry contributing a rather monothematic score that at times seems at odds with the visuals, while the choreography occasionally seems to have little to do with either the music or the scene itself. With his penchant for bizarre lyrics, Don Black would seem the ideal lyricist, but it's only when Lewis Carroll's original verse is set to music in the Mock Turtle's song that the numbers hit their target.

Fiona Fullerton makes a rather beautiful but not terribly likeable Alice while the rest of the cast is a mixture of the good (Michael Crawford as the White Rabbit, Robert Helpmann as the Mad Hatter, Peter Sellers as the March Hare, Ralph Richardson as the Caterpillar, Dudley Moore as the Dormouse, Peter Bull as the Duchess), the bad (Rodney Bewes as the Knave of Hearts) and the indifferent (Flora Robson as the Queen of Hearts, Michael Hordern as the Mock Turtle, Roy Kinnear as the Cheshire Cat, Davy Kaye as the Mouse) while Michael Jayston has little to do as Lewis Carroll in the framing sequence and Hywell Bennett even less, being relegated to rowing duties. Still, director William Sterling manages a couple of visually interesting moments in his only big-screen offering and it's not as crushingly disappointing as Paramount's all-star 1933 version, though for all its fidelity it's not half as enjoyably surreal as Disney's animated version - which also had far more memorable songs.

No extras (unless you get the edition that comes with the Alice books) but an acceptable though far from outstanding 2.35:1 widescreen transfer on Oracle's UK DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film, Disappointing Disc, 2 May 2013
At last the movie I loved as a child on DVD presented in Cinemascope.....but huge disappointment when viewed. First the sound is AWFUL! very crackly and distorted and worst still in mono 1.0 One would think with the wonderful music score by John Barry the soundtrack could have had a digital stereo make-over....The picture whilst presented in cinemascope 2:35:1 is not 16:9 but sits within a non-widescreen 4:3 ratio so when watching on a large widescreen TV it's like looking at a postage stamp....come on somebody release this wonderful film with the picture and sound re-mastering that it so clearly deserves
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun for all, 21 Feb 2009
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This really is fun for all.Alice is brought to life by the charming Fiona Fullerton and Michael Crawford is quite wonderful as the White Rabbit.The tale is a classic ofcourse and this is wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alices Adventures in Wonderland, 19 Dec 2009
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I saw this film on the TV a few weeks ago, and thought it was an ideal stocking filler for my 11 year-old grand daughter. It is very true to the book, which is what I liked about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful adaptation but, 1 Sep 2009
A wonderful adaptation, great music by John Barry and appearances by just about every British star at the time, but unfortunately the sound reproduction is not worthy of this classic.
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