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ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1966)
DVD Review by David Blackwell
 
DETAILS: 71 minutes, audio commentary, silent 1903 version, 1965 biopic Alice, music featurette, behind-the-scenes photo gallery
VIDEO:  1.33:1 (Full Frame)
Subtitles:  English
 
STUDIO:  BBC/ 2 entertain/ Warner Bros Home Video
RELEASE DATE:  3-2-2010

ALICE IN WONDERLAND has been adapted into film and for TV several times.   The 1966 BBC TV version has the feeling of a long hot summer day that won’t end.  Imagine if you cast recently released inmates from a Victorian Insane Asylum and threw a confused young girl in the middle of it.   Those are the feelings I get from watching this dreamlike cocktail of madness.   Alice has wild hair.  She wanders through Wonderland as she tries to understand it.  

 

The BBC production is one of the more faithful productions.  It doesn’t focus on people being dressed up in animal costumes.   The actors bring the characters to life.  The cast includes Peter Sellers, Leo McKern, Peter Cook, Sir Michael Redgrave, and Sir John Gielgud.   BBC productions over the years featured a high caliber of actors who also appeared on stage and on the movie screen.   The BBC take on the tale filmed in 1966 is one of the more surreal and it leaves an atmosphere that haunts you long after you watched it.

 

SPECIAL FETAURES:

Director Jonathan Miller provides an audio commentary for the 1966 TV version.   Other extras on the set include a featurette that shows Ravi Shankar creating the music for this production (the same music that adds to the haunted aspect of the tale), an interesting eight minute silent film adaptation of Alice In Wonderland from 1903 (with optional audio commentary), a behind-the-scenes photo gallery from renowed photographer Terence Spencer, and a 1965 biopic- Alice- written by the late and great Dennis Potter.  The Alice biopic focuses on the real Alice Liddell, who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  The 1966 version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND is one of the most haunting and surreal takes on the classic story.

 

this DVD review is (c)5-19-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com