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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 3 August 2017
I love CFF dvds and recently added this to my collection. As a lifelong Powell & Pressburger fan I'd expected The Boy Who Turned Yellow to be my favourite, closely followed by A Hitch in Time for childhood memories and Patrick Troughton. Whilst these two films are both excellent, I was surprised to find that the one I enjoyed most was The Monster of Highgate Pond. Made in 1961, it's too early for the nostalgia fix but it has an incredibly innocent charm, with the mysterious egg that hatches into some sort of dinosaur who is befriended by children. The monster is, by turns, a model and a puppet; modern cgi may be impressive but there's something very sweet about pre-computer special effects. The Boy Who Turned Yellow sees a boy encounter an electricity-eating alien and has the earthed otherworldliness of so many of Powell & Pressburger's films. It has touches of humour and a yellow tube train, and is a fun fantasy tale. A Hitch in Time features an inventor, played by wonderful Patrick Troughton, who invents a time-machine which sends two children back to several eras, in each of which they meet an incarnation of their bullying teacher. This is one of my favourite CFF collections so far. Weird Adventures sums it up well, but weird is good.
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on 26 October 2013
A gem of a DvD that shows some quite weird examples of past British children's films. It's a pity that there is nothing similar today to focus on some excellent acting but, more importantly, directing. Even some of the effects are breathtaking considering the technology available at the time; eg the Boy Who Turned Yellow is a real triumph.
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on 6 June 2015
My daughter loves these, wonderful old fashioned gentle tales with the added bonus of being filmed around London. A by gone area worth revisiting if you fancy a calming and peaceful film.
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on 23 April 2018
Weird, indeed. Mostly entertaining.
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on 1 July 2016
Powell & Pressburger. Enough said?
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on 25 February 2015
Brilliantly weird movies, I really enjoyed them, especially "The Boy Who Turned Yellow" and "A Hitch In Time".
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on 8 December 2017
A+++
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on 10 February 2016
Bought as gift customer happy
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on 10 November 2015
Superb acting from kids
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on 20 July 2015
Good quality original dvd.
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