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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

4.2 41
Director: Jay Russell

Cast: Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek

Completely passed over in the theaters, Disney's wonderful Tuck Everlasting gets a second chance on home video. Image quality here, with a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, is simply gorgeous. The beautiful scenery and earth tones used throughout are wonderfully reproduced with this transfer. Detail is strong and skin tones are perfect. The 5.1 English Dolby Digital


Completely passed over in the theaters, Disney's wonderful Tuck Everlasting gets a second chance on home video. Image quality here, with a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, is simply gorgeous. The beautiful scenery and earth tones used throughout are wonderfully reproduced with this transfer. Detail is strong and skin tones are perfect. The 5.1 English Dolby Digital soundtrack isn't exactly spacious, but there is some limited use of separation in the front speakers, especially in regard to William Ross' lush musical score. Dialogue and sound effects are clear and distortion free, with no distracting elements. Supplements aren't necessarily extensive here, but there are still a number of nice extras geared more to adults than children. A real surprise is not one, but two audio commentaries. The first is from director Jay Russell and screenwriter James Hart , with the second comprised of Russell again and cast members Jonathan Jackson, Alexis Bledel, and Scott Bairstow. Both scene-specific tracks give each participant plenty of time to voice their opinions, views, philosophies, and memories. In addition to this are "Lessons of Tuck," brief segments hosted by Jackson that look at different issues raised in the film, with additional interviews with the cast, crew, and a number of teens. These optional segments interrupt the film, then take you right back to the where you originally were. A real plus here is an all too brief biographical featurette on writer Natalie Babbitt, who has many interesting comments on this book and her writing. Finally, are a number of Disney-related trailers (including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion, and commercials).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Disney gives Natalie Babbitt's cherished book the Hallmark Hall of Fame treatment. The stellar ensemble includes Academy Award winners (William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley); distinguished stage actors (Victor Garber, Amy Irving); and contemporary teen faves (Alexis Bledel of The Gilmore Girls, Jonathan Jackson, and Scott Bairstow of Party of Five). Bledel stars as Winnie, a girl in her early teens growing up in a small rural town in 1917. Stifled by her wealthy, overprotective, and convention-bound parents, she runs away into the forest. There, she meets the reclusive Tuck family, who live an unhurried, unspoiled life. But Winnie's presence threatens to disrupt the Tucks' idyllic existence by exposing their fantastic secret: They have discovered a spring whose waters have left them immortal. They will never age. They will never die. As the search party mounted by Winnie's parents draws closer, Winnie is faced with the decision whether to drink from the spring herself and spend eternity with Jesse Tuck, who looks 17 but is actually 104. While this has the makings of schoolgirl fantasy, patriarch Angus Tuck knows that eternal life is both a blessing and a curse. "Do not fear death," he tells Winnie, "but rather the unlived life." With its attractive young leads and chaste romance, this fable right out of The Twilight Zone is something of a rarity: an age-appropriate date movie for teens and preteens that will cast an everlasting spell.

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Walt Disney Video
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Jay Russell and stars Jonathan Jackson, Alexis Bledel, and Scott Bairstow; Audio commentary with Jay Russell and screenwriter James Hart; "Lessons of Tuck" special viewing mode; "A Visit with Natalie Babbitt" featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alexis Bledel Winnie Foster
William Hurt Angus Tuck
Sissy Spacek Mae Tuck
Scott Bairstow Miles Tuck
Ben Kingsley Man in the Yellow Suit
Amy Irving Mother Foster
Victor Garber Robert Foster
Elisabeth Shue Narrator
Jonathan Jackson Jesse Tuck

Technical Credits
Jay Russell Director
Marc Abraham Producer
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Tony Burrough Production Designer
James L. Carter Cinematographer
Jay Cassidy Editor
Barbara Cohen Casting
Scott Cunningham Choreography
Catherine Davis Set Decoration/Design
Deborah A. Forte Executive Producer
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Jim V. Hart Screenwriter
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Jeffrey Lieber Screenwriter
Carol Ransey Costumes/Costume Designer
William Ross Score Composer
John Rusk Asst. Director
Jane Startz Producer
William Teitler Executive Producer
Max Wong Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/"Time Is Like a Wheel"
2. Winifred Foster
3. Family Reunion
4. The Man in the Yellow Suit
5. The Woods
6. An Important Event
7. Winnie's Disappearance
8. Exploring
9. Weightless
10. The Truth
11. Miles Remembers
12. "Rocks Stuck at the Side of the Stream"
13. An Offer Is Made
14. Escape
15. The Choice
16. Jesse Returns/End Credits

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Tuck Everlasting 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
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Gold_Dolla More than 1 year ago
This book is adventurous. It teaches people to live life to the fullest. Don't ever want to stop your life right where you are, because you won't live life right. The author's purpose to writing this book is to entertain us with an amazing story. This book is one of my favorites and I Love It! When I read the book, I wasn't expecting the book to end the way it did. Tuck Everlasting is a book that can be read by anyone. It is a narrative story, and it is amazing. I don't know if I could've lived without knowing about Tuck Everlasting. The setting takes place in the woods. The Tucks' have lived in the woods for a really long time. Winnie Foster is my favorite character out of the bunch. This book relates to me. Sometimes I would like to freeze time and stay young, but if you do that you will never learn lessons or live life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventurous and love stories.
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HopelessRomantic46 More than 1 year ago
This movie in my opinion may be the only one ever to be better than the book. It had a wonderful moral with a lot of romantic and happy times in the middle to keep you loving it even though the ending was incredibly sad. Not particularly ideal for younger children as some parts can be seen as scary. Overall a marvelous movie, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD has problems being played on a computer legally. This is a serious problem. Don't buy this on DVD unless you have an actual DVD player!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me the movie was a little different from the book.But it was still the greatest thing i ever saw and read!!!! In the beginning it seemed a little boring. But once you get into the book you'll see it's outstanding!!!!! They had eternal life and everything!! OOPS!! I've already said to much to those whom have not read it.But it's kind of like a sort of book they you would sit and read all day. I read it to my daughter and she loved it!! And she's only six!! She told me ",Mommy could you read it again please,please,please?!?"It was hillarious!! I ended up reading her that the whole week and weekend for bed!!But if you read it it wiil have you thinking. Would you ever want eternal life? But thats up to you i hope you make the right choice. Like i believe i did when i read it.Thank You for reading!! GOODBYE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw the movie and it was very slow. It dragged on too long and it felt as if it would never end. Besides that fact though it was a pretty good but the book is way better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As everyone knows Tuck Everlasting is an awesome book. I could not believe how well the director did the story. He might have even made this movie to measure up to the book. The scenery is absolutely amazing, and you will fall in love with all the trees and green, green grass the first time you see this movie. It is a great movie. However it is a little different from the book, it has some romance in it, and Winnie is older, but that is one of the reasons I loved this film so much. Alexis Bledel did an amazing job as Winnie Foster. She got that character down. You may know her from the popular t.v. show Gilmore Girls. Jonathan Jackson plays Jesse Tuck and also got the character down to a tee. How anyone can resist him is beyond me. I highly recomend buying this movie and treasuring it forever!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tuck Everlasting, the movie, is awesome! I haven't read the book yet but I plan to. It's so cute!!!
link54 More than 1 year ago
I don't realy like to read but this book isn't that bad. I read this book in fifth, sixth, and seventh grade. I've watched the movie of Tuck everlasting too. This book can get old after a while. It is a interesting book about a family that can live forever. They do not like the fact of there going to live forever and never die and go to heaven. They drank some kind of special water that makes you not age or die. It is a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I live right near the place 'Rock State Park' where this movie was filmed. Now everytime I visit The rocks there is a magical air about it. I expect to see the Tuck's at every turn. I love this movie!!! It has an excellent moral and a very cute, sweet, and romantic (how often do you find one wiht all 3?) guy as a lead. But not only that, the plot is beautifeul and the movie in all is very dreamlike!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You should pretty much know how the stroy is i shouldn't need to re-write it, but the MOVIE IS SOOOOOOOO GREAT! I now wish i was living for eternity, i want to be immortal and want to take the path with Jesse that Winnie chose not to do. :( I HAVE to buy this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book, and I think the movie portrays it beautifully. Yes, there are many small edits, and one very large one, but the plot and storyline is the same. My favorite line was said by Angus Tuck to Winnie Foster. ''Don't be afraid of Death, Winnie. Be afraid of the unlived Life.'' You will enjoy this movie, if you have read the book or not!
Guest More than 1 year ago
all i can say is i love this movie!!! the best movie ever!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie does not only gets the animation going but is a great entertaiment and a beautiful love story
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book in 6th grade. At first I thought it would be boring, but BOY was I WRONGE!!!! THis book ended up being exciting and it definatley draws you in. The hope of the main characters ending up together, is touching. Even if you dont usually like &amp quot fairy tales&amp quot this book is a must read.
singpianomusic More than 1 year ago
After reading Tuck Everlasting, the book, my class watched this movie! They loved it. It really stayed close to the story and was fun to watch the book come to life!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is by far one of the greatest movies i have ever seen. I knew i would love it when i first saw the previews. The love that Winnie and Jesse shared is what i have always wanted and dreamed of. Alexis Bledel and Jonathan Jackson had great chemistry and were amazing together. I have two favorite parts of the movie; the first is when Winne and Jesse are swimming together and Jesse is holding her because she didnt know how to swim. They looked so comfortable and happy together. But my favorite part of the entire movies is when Winnie just rescued May and Tuck from jail and said goodbye to them. As the Tucks drove away Jesse yelled to her ''I will love you Winnie Foster, until the day i die!'' My heart melted when he said that and i began to cry. Love is the most important thing to me and i hope more than anything to find it one day. This wasnt much a review so i will say this, if anyone is as interested and obsessed with love as i am, buy this movie, it was amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie(filmed on Location)took place in Berlin, Maryland and it was transformed back into time where the movie takes place in a town of Treegap. The movie about a girl,Winnie Foster, much older in the movie than book. Sets out on an adventure and runs into the family of the Tuck's, where she meets Jesse Tuck and the journey of self-discovery, romance, and questions of life and death are asked. Tough questions are put in the front of your mind while and after watching this film. The all-star cast does a magnificent job at portraying each character. Alexis Bledel(Winnie Foster)a native of Houston, Texas and star of the WB's Gilmore Girls provides a great transformation of her character's different emotions. Her on-screen presences is felt by everyone. Not to be denied a stolen scene is Scott Bairstow(Miles Tuck)just watch him during the campfire scene. Amazingly Alexis, Scott, and Johnathan Jackson(Jesse Tuck)by far have their best performances in that scene. This movie asks some tough questions. I personally needed to think long and hard about some of the answers and still wasn't able to come to a conclusive decision on them. The beautiful scenery is captured and the director does a wonderful job at putting the scenes together. While the movie may lack in story development and may differ from the novel ''Tuck Everlasting'' written by Natalie Babbit it still has family entertainment to full throttle. Here is my tradtional list, of if each movie was given awards: Best Actor Male: Ben Kingsley Best Supporting Actor Male: Scott Bairstow Best Actor Female: Alexis Bledel Best Supporting Actor Female: Sissy Spacek Sotlen Scene: Campfire Scene Stolen Scene Actor(s): all three in Campfire scene. Story Development: 1worst-5best Scale: 3 Family Entertainment: 4 Overall: 4/5 stars Recommended Audience: ages 9 and up. P.S. I would like to see a sequel or similar movie in the near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most well filmed movie i have seen. This realy gave me a new thought about life. One frase from this book that I will never forget is ''don't be scared of death Winnie, be scared of the unlived life''. I have the book and am loking for the cheapest price for this dvd and then i will buy it. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This childrens classic is both beautifully protrayed and flawlessly acted. The story brings a fantasy angle but it is mostly a bittersweet tale of life and death. This movie is truely spectacular and brings a feeling of hope to the viewer. I would recomend for all to see. Although there are a few parts that aren't suitable for children under 7.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong, I loved this movie, but if you want to see it beacuse you remember the book fondly, you may be disappointed. It sticks to the basic storyline, but several scenes are embellished, and one is altered completely. Give it a shot, but don't expect an exact replica.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is one of the best movies that I have ever seen. It is so sweet and tender. It makes me cry everytime I see it. And I've seen it seven times within a few weeks. I can't wait to own the movie and CD.