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Jim Henson's The Storyteller - Vol. 1 - Sapsorrow / The Luck Child [1988] [VHS]

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  • Actors: John Hurt
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Mono, Full Screen
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 13 Sept. 1999
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CZCY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,491 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The Storyteller (John Hurt) presents two classic folk tales from the comfort of his fireside. In 'The Luck Child', the birth of a child predicted to one day wear the crown results in the present, hard-hearted King seeking the child out in order to place it under his 'protection'. 'Sapsorrow' is the tale of a beautiful princess who flees her kingdom to escape an arranged marriage and disguises herself as an ugly crone. However, her less than lovely appearance results in the young prince she has now fallen in love with paying her no attention whatsoever.

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One of Jim Henson's finest hours was the Storyteller television series that first aired in 1987. As with his other non-Muppet entertainments (Labyrinth), Henson fills the screen with wonderful creatures that have a wisp of a JRR Tolkien fantasy. The eight-part series was adapted from European folk tales by Anthony Minghella, who became an Oscar-winning filmmaker a decade later with The English Patient. Minghella weaves the narration of the storyteller (played with aplomb by John Hurt) with dialogue from the stories to beguiling effect; the storyteller doesn't simply introduce the tales (two episodes per video). "Sapsorrow" is a curious variation on the Cinderella legend. The second, "The Luck Child", is a brilliant short about a king bent on destroying a commoner boy after a wizard declares the boy will grow up to be king. The boy, known as the luck child ("the seventh son born of a seventh son on a week with two Fridays"), faces abduction, murder attempts, robbers, a man-eating griffin, and other obstacles. The fate of the king is one of those hooks that should have the kids smiling for days. Henson's work is true family entertainment (ages 6 and up) and at only 22 minutes per episode, it's the perfect companion for some fine entertainment around the TV. --Doug Thomas


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