Jan Svankmajer's Alice

Overview

Lewis Carroll's timeless masterpiece Alice in Wonderland has captured the imagination of children for generations, and for decades Czech surrealist animator Jan Svankmajer has been creating some of the most imaginative films of central Europe. Wolfe Video's release of Svankmajer's captivating re-imagining of Carroll's timeless children's tale offers not only Svankmajer's Alice, but his remarkable short Darkness Light Darkness as well. Presented in it's original 1.33:1 full-screen aspect ratio and featuring an ...
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Overview

Lewis Carroll's timeless masterpiece Alice in Wonderland has captured the imagination of children for generations, and for decades Czech surrealist animator Jan Svankmajer has been creating some of the most imaginative films of central Europe. Wolfe Video's release of Svankmajer's captivating re-imagining of Carroll's timeless children's tale offers not only Svankmajer's Alice, but his remarkable short Darkness Light Darkness as well. Presented in it's original 1.33:1 full-screen aspect ratio and featuring an English dubbed Dolby Digital audio track.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
"Dreamlike" is really the only way to describe the stop-motion movies of Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. Possessing a surrealism that could only be described as quintessentially Eastern European, Svankmajer's movies enjoy a purposefully disjointed structure filled with startling, bizarre imagery, leading one to believe that if Kafka had ever gotten around to animating, his movies would look a lot like this. Alice, his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, is so true to the nightmarish undertones of Lewis Carroll's story that it can't be considered a kids' movie. Alice -- who for most of the movie is played by a real little girl -- follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, only this time through a desk drawer. From there she descends into a maze of familiar episodes -- the tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare and the trial by the King and Queen of Hearts, for instance -- that are born anew with the grace of Svankmajer's unique style. His features Alice, Faust, and Conspirators of Pleasure all share the same dazzlingly strange vision and have never caught on in America, though his influence can be seen in everything from Toy Story to The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • UPC: 720229909266
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  • Source: First Run Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,034

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