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Heidi - Part One [DVD]

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  • Actors: Katia Polletin, Nicholas Barnes, Brigitte Horney, Katharina Böhm, Sonja Sutter
  • Writers: Uta Geiger-Berlet
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 295 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002SCZVW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,467 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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This dvd really does bring back many happy memories! I remember this German tv show (it's dubbed into English) was always repeated on Children's BBC tv during the 1980's.
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!
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This is the history of the small orphan girl Heidi, who grows up with her grandfather Öhi, separated from the people of Dörfli in the idyllic remoteness of Swiss mountains, with General-Peter, and Clara from Frankfurt many beautiful adventures experiences.
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.
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Yes! another generation is enjoying the simple lives of the folks in the mountains. My daughters have been watching Heidi over the last few days (to string it out!) and I am most upset when they watch without me! They have noticed the dubbing but it doesn't matter they are still lovely stories and will continue onto another generation - hopefully! My youngest cannot wait for Heidi 2 to be released and is now re-reading her book. Thank goodness there are still programmes like this that children can watch and enjoy innocense something not too frequent these days.
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I remember watching this series on tv years ago when I was a little girl, and I thought it was great then!!. I never thought it would be released years later and I am SO pleased it has been because it is just as good if not better second time round now I am a good 15 years older and able to appreciate it a little more. Heidi is the wonderful story of a girl who goes off to live in the mountains with her grandfather and the dvd tells of her adventures that secretly I think every girl dreams of at some point!. If you have never seen this programme you don't know what you are missing on seeing it I think you will agree it was money well spent for such a pleasant dvd that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age.
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We were very pleased when Heidi was at last released on DVD, following many years of anticipation. On receipt, the DVD was everything expected, and brought back fond childhood memories.
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.
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This is the series I remember from my childhood. In all its cheesy, badly-dubbed glory. It always seemed to be on didn't it? We'll that's because there are _so_many_episodes!!!!!!

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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This is a delightful dramatisation of one of my favourite childhood stories and I never forgot the theme tune, even after thirty years. I had looked for it several times in recent years and was overjoyed to have found it and been able to purchase it and finally enjoy it again.
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Bought both volumes of this for girls aged 9 and 6, so they could enjoy a taste of delightful 80's children's TV. The picture quality's not great and they found the dubbing funny and a bit distracting at first, but they were ultimately enchanted by the story, keen to know what happened next and relieved at the happy ending. I bought the book to go along with it, so they could have part of the story read to them at bedtime, before seeing it on screen the following afternoon. This made it easier to ration the dvds as their tendency is to overdose on episodes if allowed.
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