The 10th Kingdom [DVD] [NTSC]
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Three-volume box set containing all five episodes of the fantasy series. In a magical 21st century kingdom, the evil Queen (Dianne Wiest) casts a spell on Prince Wendell, transforming him into a dog. However, the Prince escapes by jumping through a magic mirror which transports him to New York - the 10th Kingdom - where he is befriended by Virginia and her father, Tony. Travelling back through the magic kingdom, the group are pursued by both three evil trolls and the Queen's ruthless huntsmen (Rutger Hauer) as they attempt to locate the mirror and set matters to rights. A 'making of' feature is also included.
The Tenth Kingdom, an epic 10-hour miniseries from the Emmy-winning screenwriter of Gulliver 's Travels, was a ratings failure when broadcast on US television, but on video and DVD, where it can be enjoyed at one's leisure, it has a better chance to cast its magical spell. Kimberly Williams has never been more enchanting than as Virginia, a waitress who still lives with her janitor father (John Larroquette) and yearns for something exciting to happen to her. Her wish comes true when she and her father are transported from New York City into a dimension that, with apologies to Rod Serling, can only be called the "Fairy Tale Zone"; nine kingdoms populated by characters from fairy tales of yore. They team up with a dog who's really a prince--Wendell, grandson of Snow White--changed into canine form by the evil Queen (Dianne Wiest), who plots to usurp Wendell's throne. Father, daughter, and his royal dogness are relentlessly pursued through the nine kingdoms by the Troll King (Ed O'Neill) and his three bumbling and horrible children, and the conflicted Wolf (Scott Cohen), who is allied with the Queen but, with the aid of some Oprah-esque self-help books, tames his inner beast and falls in love with Virginia.
The Tenth Kingdom is also a special effects extravaganza. There is indeed, as one character marvels, "magic to behold". But despite the Hallmark brand name and the presence of a grown-up Snow White (Camryn Manheim) and Cinderella (Ann-Margret), bewitched animals, magic mirrors and trolls, this is not kid's stuff. It can get scary, surprisingly violent and quite intense, just like real fairy tales. --Donald Liebenson, Amazon.com
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It follows Virginia, a young but cynical and disillusioned early-twenties woman. Her dad is a waste of space and quite thick although he means well. And the Wolf. Oooh the wolf. He's a wild-hearted villain at the start but his attraction to Virginia leads him to try and control his nature. The way the characters strengthen each other and bond as they're pushed to their limits is heartbreakingly endearing and the quirky scenery, extras and side plots are extremely funny and well integrated into the story. Anybody who loves fairy tales will be amused by the twists given by them here (there's a frog with the tradition riddle of 'there are two doors, this one will lead to death, but sometimes I lie' riddle solved in a far more contemporary way. The way Wolf treats Virginia's grandma is one of my favourite TV moments EVER).
All in all it has the makings of a timeless classic. There's nobody I've met over a range of ages and occupations who's watched it and disliked it. I know I'll happily be watching it another twenty times or so.
Wasn't sure from past comments if the movie itself was going to be in English, very very happy when i discovered it was!
The 10th Kingdom is soo fantastically old school, i love it! Havent seen it for years & super happy that i now have all the series! xx
The story is about a waitress who finds a dog who was once a prince and she, her father and a wolf go on an adventure to bring the prince back to his human form in time for his ceremony. Of course they get into lots of different adventures on the way and the story makes you feel as though you’re there with them
This is truly a wonderful long film and is great for kids and adults alike, if you’re thinking of buying it, buy it
The woodsman waited eagerly and lo and behold the box set arrived as prophesised.
Meanwhile the seller hid nearby, chuckling silently as he heard the screams of dismay emanating from the cabin as the young woodsman eyed the Dutch menus, subtitles, and 4:3 orientation of his beloved hidden gem.
Swearing revenge, the woodsman left his cabin and entered the forest of Amazon again where he left this review before returning home to watch the box set anyway even though he had to zoom in to fill up the screen on his TV, and phone one of his Dutch friends to ask him which menu item turns off the subtitles.
There is no moral to this tale but unless you are Dutch, planning to impress someone who is Dutch, Going to Amsterdam and want a few tips on how to say "Suck an Elf" in Dutch, or own a 1974 Massey Ferguson 425 Band TV set then I wouldn't bother buying this copy of the Series.
The five stars is for the series - the Box set get's one (and that's because my Grandad wore clogs).
We sat down as a family to watch this, our stepson was around 10 or 11 at the time and we all were swept away by the story, scenery and acting in The Tenth Kingdom. It is very witty, well written and we couldn't wait to watch it together each evening. Now if we are looking for something to watch together we still consider this one of our top choices many years later along with classic family films such as Harry Potter.
Now many years after I bought the show I have had 2 children, who are now aged 2 and 4 - a little young yet to watch the show but I cannot wait to sit down with them in a few years and watch as they become mesmerised by the world of The Tenth Kingdom. Only one confusion for me was it's certificate of 15, many family films released more recently have contained more scary content and been rated as PG or 12 so try not to let this put you off enjoying this as a family.
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Sadly I didn't realise this was the wrong region at the time of purchase! Nevermind. Despite coming from the US this only took around a week to arrive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by liam
Bought this on Amazon.co.uk, the BluRay has come from Mexico and won't play in this region. I'd like refund please.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The last scenes on the last disc were totally not watchable, spoilt the whole seriesPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast delivery. Good quality dvds. Loved this mini series when it aired on sky many moons ago. I've just watched it again, it hasn't lost any any of its appeal. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Denise P.
Absolutely appalled. Ordered off amazon.co.uk in England, product details describe it as English, tried to play it on a multi regional English PS4 blu Ray player only to get a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ollie
Although the discs are in Dutch, the episodes are in full English soundtrack, you just need to turn off the subtitles, go to ondertiteling and select the ait option, there... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Throda tzen
Loved this when it was first broadcast on tv got it for my nephew children's as they've never seen...
Very quick delivery btw.. :-)