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Arabian Nights [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Mili Avital Alan Bates James Frain Tcheky Karyo Jason Scott Lee John Leguisazamo Vanesssa Mae Dougray Scott Rufus Sewell
  • Directors: Steve Barron
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertaiment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2007
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUEK46
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,158 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A young Sultan named Schahriar must find a wife before the next full moon, otherwise the kingdom will be given to his exiled brother, Schahzenan. Schahriar is skeptical about marrying again, having been the target of a failed assassination attempt by his first wife and his evil brother. However, he sends the old Grand Vizier, Jafar, to find a wife for him, planning to kill her the day after he inherits the kingdom. Ironically, it is Jafar's own daughter, Scheherazade, who offers to marry Schahriar. After the wedding Scheherazade begins to tell her husband a story about Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Next morning, Scheherazade is anxious and unsure of her fate but Schahriar sends the executioner away, at least temporarily. As Scheherazade spins tales of tragedy, comedy, magic and mayhem, she cleverly creates plots that feature heroes, villains and beautiful heroines. The sultan is impressed and learns valuable lessons from the stories, showing that love and laughter will always defeat evil

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Format: DVD
If this was the full version of this brilliant series, I would be giving it 5 stars. The acting is superb and the sets quite stunning. The story is spoilt by the amount that has been cut out of the english version. Some of the stories have been shortened and some, such as the three brothers, cut out altogether. I agree with the other reviewer who recommended getting the american version - that way you can enjoy the series to the full. I hope that one day it will be re-released in it's entirety for the english public.
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A lovely tale. Well acted, Mili Avital is delightfull. BUT, this is a shortened version of the two part mini-series and the shortening by about 30 minutes has been done clumsily and without feeling. I know because I recorded the TV version and can compare. I'll keep the box for my recording and through away the purchased video!
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Having enjoyed the original tv broadcast of this adaptation, I was disappopinted to find that the dvd edition has been edited heavily, thus spoiling the continuity of the film and cutting out much of the humour. The tale of Ali Baba & the 40 thieves is the tale that suffers most from this heavy-handed editing. Try telling a favourite tale to the kids minus their favourite bits! Just as well I kept my my video recording of the film.
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This version of Arabian Nights is closer to the actual story than any other version I have heard of and has a huge variety of actors.
Dougray Scott is brillant as the Caliph (ruler) beginning with him verging on the edge of madness after the betrayal of his firsrt wife and brother and then as his second wife, a friend who has loved him since they were children and the daughter of the Caliph's chief consultant, brings him from the brink of madness and saving her own life by keeping him distracted by telling him different stories.
This wonderful story as well as being funny and well performed also teaches other that stories can teach us many things.
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As per October 7, 2011, you will be able to purchase "Arabian Nights - Abenteuer aus 1001 Nacht [2 DVDs]" from amazon.de for EUR 12,99. It's the complete version of 178 minutes and comes in English and German. Personally, I'm really glad I was patient and look forward to watching these very well-played and suspenseful stories again.
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I have been waiting to see this when I ordered it and read all the reviews, they sounded promising and exicing. So when I got the DVD, I instanly put it in the machine and let myself go into the wonder of Arabia and fantasy. It's about a young Sutlan (Dougray Scott) killing his wife instead of his brother as they were having a affair behind his back. In the brink of madness and slowly comsuming to be alone, he plans to marry one woman from the Harlem and then kill her the next day. But when a young woman (Mili Avital) argees with this destiny, she hopes that her stories will stop him from doing the nasty deed by bringing love and amazing stories during night and day. As time goes on, he soon falls for his wife and so does she but with the looming threat of his brother returning to get revenge, will they surrive? I was not disappointed with this, stunning scenery and amazing special effects make it awesome to look at. The stories are told in excellent ways, mixed with tradgey, love and the fight between good and evil. The pefomances are top-notch with a extreme ammount of known cast from Scott as the tragic Sultan and Mili Avital playing a good storyteller. It's worth for children to watch apart from some scary scenes like the massive genie, battle scenes and grown-up issues they may not understand. But it's a massive gem to find, I enjoyed every second and felt like I was right in it. Worth every penny, highly recommended if you adore escapsim and fantasy with a tasty guy playing the Sultan! But be warned by two issues, make sure you buy the American verison as the English one is cut horribly by thirty minutes and it's a very long movie. I watched in two parts so be sure you have time to watch this grand and brilliant movie.
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This retelling of the classic story of 1001 Arabian Nights (abridged somewhat to just a few nights...) works surprisingly well. A mini series edited to form one movie, it may be a little too long to take in one sitting, but this is one of those rare things - a movie that adults will enjoy, but the kids will too.
The story is in fact several stories, as told by Scheherazade to her new husband, the Sultan, in a framing story. The framing story is a rare thing - a device to hold several stories together, which works as well as the individual tales. The Sultan is on the brink of madness as a result of his late wives betrayal. He now has developed a pattern of marrying and then killing the bride in the morning... a pattern Scheherazade intends to break by engrossing him in her tales enough to keep him wanting to hear the end the next night. As she tells her tales, she aims to help his madness subside and impart wisdom to help him confront the reasons for his torment.
And so we get the classic stories of Ali Baba, Aladdin, and a couple more that might be less familiar but are no less compelling, with a surprisingly diverse and well known cast including Alan Bates, Jason Scott Lee, Vanessa Mae, Dougray Scott, Andy Serkis and others.
Scenery and sets all appear surprisingly authentic and detailed, the big budget (for TV) is evident in the terrific effects (genies, magic carpets etc..) and of course the timeless stories work well.
There are a couple of gripes - the sound is in stereo only, and the dubbing is much worse than we should expect from a big budget production these days. Also, while the overall tone works well, the slapstick in places might be a little too much for adults, and the occasional gruesome death may unnerve younger viewers.
A short featurette outlining the undeniable scale of the production completes a package which is a success, provided your expectations are simply for some light entertainment, and nothing more substantial.
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