Heidi - Part One [DVD]
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Opening episodes of the 1978 Swiss TV adaptation of Johanna Spyri's classic novel about a young orphan, Heidi, who is taken to live with her Grandfather high in the Austrian Alps. Heidi doesn't adapt well to her new life in the mountains at first, but she soon makes friends with Peter and Clara, and the unlikely trio have all kinds of adventures together. Episodes are: 'The Village', 'Ohi of the Alps', 'Peter the Goat Herder', 'The Grandmother', 'Winter', 'The Departure', 'Arrival in Frankfurt', 'The Sesemann House', 'A Trip', 'Unrest in the Sesemann House', 'A Cabinet Full of Rolls', 'Herr Sesemann' and 'The Grandmamma'.
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Although there are no extras on the dvd and the picture quality is really rather poor (the people who released this dvd should have taken some time and effort to digitally remaster the original footage), the charm and memories that this series invokes more than makes up for the lack of quality video and bonus features.
This German series based on the novel by Johanna Spyrie was well acted and produced and filmed in some of the most stunning mountain scenery. It will enchant adults and children alike! I hope they release part two soon!
A co-production between several international TV countries, three series were made: Heidi in the Mountains, Heidi in Frankfurt, and The Return of Heidi, and they were shown on the BBC in the 1980s (so for people on my age, late 20s or early 30s, this may be a fond remembrance - I tried to find it several times before it came out on DVD in Britain, but could only find it on a 13 videos in Germany). This two DVD set covers the first series and half of the second, and lasts around 5 hours.
The picture quality is as you might expect for a 1970s TV programme, fairly grainy, but the mountains are still beautiful. The sound is obviously in mono, and dubbed (it is obvious that this is a foreign production). If you haven't seen it before, this is a really good dramatisation of the original book.
Why 4 stars? If it were not for the following, I would give it five stars. The picture is grainy (though I wouldn't want it remade), the dubbing has to be ignored at times, there are no subtitles, there are no extras, and there is only one language, English (I would have loved to have heard the actors in their original language, just once).
However, this story should be heard by a new generation, such a change from modern children's television.
The only downside is the fact that the second part of this series has not yet been released. It's like reading a riveting book, only to find that the final chapter has been removed!
We do hope that the second part will be released soon, as this adaptation is the best.
OK, the quality isn't fantastic, the dubbing is actually better than I remember, the acting is variable but fine. For nostalgia I'm enjoying this more now than I did 30 years ago.
I have given this to my two girls and they love it. The episodes are gentle and a bit slow but the story is good and they have chosen to watch again and again.
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bought for wife, as she was nostalgic about this programme. I remember it - it was one of those where the dubbing gave me a headache and it forced me away from the telly to go out... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Captain Chaos
I bought this because I remembered watching the series on television, some 30 years ago. Having received it, I had only watched three episodes before I was in tears - I think it... Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by Heloyse
wonderful to watch it again only this time with my grandchildren who loved it also, so I am waiting for part 2 to watch with them.Published on 25 April 2014 by nev