The Slipper And The Rose: The Story of Cinderella [DVD] 
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Musical retelling of the famous fairytale. In the kingdom of Euphrania, young Cinderella (Gemma Craven) lives a life of misery with her wicked stepmother (Margaret Lockwood) and two stepsisters. When a Great Ball is thrown in honour of the Prince (Richard Chamberlain), the forlorn Cinderella dreams of attending - only to have her wish granted by her Fairy Godmother (Annette Crosbie)! At the Ball the Prince meets and is smitten by Cinderella, but the path of true love does not run straight...
You know the story: Cinderella rides in a magical pumpkin to the ball, enchants the prince and flees at midnight. He finds her slipper and tracks her down, and they live happily ever after. But wait! In The Slipper and the Rose, it turns out there's more to the life of a prince than being charming. The king prefers to choose the prince's wife, one of proper social station who would provide a strong political alliance to ward off the kingdom's enemies. That's one of the twists in this 1976 British take on the classic fairy tale, one of a long line of musical versions. The disgruntled prince, who's as much of a focal point here as the lady with the footwear, is played by Richard Chamberlain, during the years when he was taking on the classics and had not yet been crowned king of the TV mini-series. He displays a pleasant voice opposite Gemma Craven as Cinderella, and veteran character actor Michael Hordern as the king leads the supporting ensemble. Add lavish sets and lush scenery (partially filmed in Austria), humour, fun choreography, and an Oscar-nominated score full of charming songs by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman (veterans of such Disney movies as Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, and who also co-wrote the script with director Bryan Forbes), and you have a grand, engaging family musical. The 143-minute running time and dreamy, deliberate pace might test the patience of antsy viewers, but The Slipper and the Rose's legion of fans wouldn't have it any other way. --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story closely follows the fairy story so beloved by generations of children but with the inclusion of numerous songs which, while not being works of musical genius, are very catchy nonetheless and find you tapping your foot alongside them. Although this film is almost 30 years old it should still entertain children (and young-at-heart adults) as much now as it did then.
The main flaw with this DVD, and the reason it lost a star, is its poor transfer from film. There has been no effort made to clean up the picture or sound, so it looks a little faded and grainy, and the sound is not as clear as it could be. There are no extras whatsoever (Region 2), not even subtitles or scene select. In other words, if you already own this movie on VHS then the DVD really isn't worth purchasing but, if you don't already possess it, then it is worth buying purely for the entertainment value.
The plot and characters, however, are the best things about this film. Plot? Yes, this is Cinderella. However, it is utterly vital that the Prince marries a foreign princess who will bring an alliance to support his small country, not some penniless girl from the nearest castle.
The characters really spring off the screen (the actors are excellent- Edith Evans, Richard Chamberlain, Kenneth More, Annette Crosbie, etc)- from the King, worried and overcome by events, to the overworked and acerbic fairy godmother, the wonderfully nasty stepmother and her two silly and spiteful daughters, the Chamberlain, and of course Cinderella and the Prince themselves, who are actually interesting and not just "the heroine" and "the hero", they are all a joy to spend time with.
I've been showing my video of this to people for years and even the most cynical have always liked it. It's just good. Buy it, watch it, fall in love.
To start with, I'm in the UK and the blu ray edition played fine on my UK blu ray player.
I saw this when it first came out, and sad to say I haven't seen it since! Saw it was out on blu ray so decided to take the plunge. The picture quality is gorgeous - it shows the location work in Austria off beautifully, and the costumes look stunning.
This is a lovely, straight telling of the Cinderella story with all the elements you would expect for the story. There are no big, flashy special effects, but the transformations to get Cinderella to the ball are beautifully done - more by slight of hand and clever editing. The apperance of the dress makes you blink, and the transformation back at the stroke of twelve is simply, but movingly done.
The casting is a who's who of British acting, with special mention for Michael Horden, Kenneth More, and Margaret Lockwood. Gemma Craven and Richard Chamberlain are perfect as the lovers, and Annette Crosbie brings a mischievous Fairy Godmother, with more than a hint of Samantha in "Bewitched."
So curl up and take in all off the delights that this film has to offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still great even though it's difficult to fit today's shaped screens. Great to see the behind the scenes info too - never knew half of those tales, very entertaining.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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