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The Slipper And The Rose: The Story of Cinderella [DVD] [1976]

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  • Actors: Gemma Craven, Richard Chamberlain, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Hordern, Edith Evans
  • Directors: Bryan Forbes
  • Writers: Bryan Forbes, Charles Perrault, Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
  • Producers: David Frost, Stuart Lyons
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 4front
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002OHZZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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...

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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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Format: DVD
This is also one of my favourite films, but I would like to confirm the comments about poor transfer of the film to disk. I was quite shocked! Several scenes are actually blurry and indistinct, and sound quality is horrid in many parts. Film is not in letterbox format (apart from opening credits, which are strangely distorted). No extras, not even 'Select Scene' option.
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The Slipper and the Rose is a musical version of Cinderella and stars Richard Chamberlain as the Prince who is being forced into choosing a bride but who yearns to find love. Gemma Craven is Cinderella, young and beautiful but forced into drudgery by her 'wicked stepmother' (Margaret Lockwood). Other well known faces are Kenneth More as the Lord Chamberlain, Michael Horden as the King, Annette Crosby as the fairy godmother and dame Edith Evans as the dowager queen.
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.
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This is a really, really good musical. This would be a really, really good film if there were no songs in it, and the songs are terrific. From the funny "Protogorically correct" and "What a comforting thing to know", to the heartbreaking "Once I was loved" or the romantic "He danced with me", they are all beautifully tuneful and add to the portrayal of the characters. The choreography, settings and costumes are just lovely (it was largely fimed on location in Europe).
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.
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We love this film almost beyond words. Just rewatched after a ten year gap and it is as good as ever. Tears have been shed, songs have been sung, moments relived and plenty of giggles thrown in. It has the X factor - the frocks, the sets, the jokes, the actors, the script, the frocks (again), the songs - it's a national treasure and should be enjoyed by every family at Christmas. The only negative is my sister and i have realised that we periodically suffer from the Cinderella Complex as a result of too many viewings of this film - bring it on!
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I'm reviewing the blu ray edition.

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."
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When I was growing up I never really saw this film all the way through, now that we got it free with the daily mail newspaper I thought I would give it a chance and I am so glad that I did. The costumes are stunning the score of the music ties in with everything happening throughout the film and helps portray the characters which keeps you engrossed and entertained. It is the best version of Cinderella ever told Gemma Craven does a superb job playing the character of a story which is so well known, but Richard Chamberlain portraying the prince is magical, you see it is more through the princes eyes and how he expresses his love for Cinderella. The characters are so spirited and each one has a wonderful voice and the acting can't be faulted, if you are a romantic then the most memorable part of the film may be when the prince (Chamberlain) finds Cinderella (Craven) again. This is now my favourite musical which is why I am ordering the soundtrack, the film is a love story but the twists and turns and the humour makes it magical for all ages, this film will never go out of date!

So curl up and take in all off the delights that this film has to offer.
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