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Our reviews of Alice In Wonderland (1933) (published February 25th, 2010), Alice In Wonderland (1951) (Blu-Ray) (published January 30th, 2011), Alice In Wonderland (1951): Unanniversary Edition (published April 8th, 2010), Alice In Wonderland (1966) (published November 24th, 2003), Alice In Wonderland (1966) (published March 8th, 2010), Alice in Wonderland (1976) (published March 11th, 2011), Alice In Wonderland (1985) (published August 1st, 2006), Alice In Wonderland (1999) (published September 23rd, 1999), Alice In Wonderland (2010) (Blu-Ray) (published June 1st, 2010), and Alice In Wonderland (1951) (published February 14th, 2004) are also available.
"We're all mad here."
Lewis Carroll's most popular work, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, has been adapted for the screen dozens of times, usually under the moniker Alice in Wonderland. This particular production is a live-action telecast broadcast on the BBC in January 1986. It's a collection of four musical episodes which together detail the adventures of Alice (Kate Dorning) as she travels to and from Wonderland.
• "Episode One"
• "Episode Two"
• "Episode Three"
• "Episode Four"
What I appreciate most about this adaptation of Alice in Wonderland is the effort to incorporate the story of how the book came about. Most versions begin with Alice spying the White Rabbit and off we go, following her on her adventures down the rabbit hole. The decision to include the character of Carroll himself was a change from the norm, one which made me more interested in the story than I may have been otherwise.
This Alice in Wonderland is like watching a taped broadcast of a play, not just in look and sound, but performance as well. Since it's a musical, there was a definite theatrical feel. I can take or leave the musical numbers, though they did break up what would have been rather boring parts of the tale, such as Alice being stuck inside the White Rabbit's house.
The standard def 1.33:1 full screen image offers a flat desaturated palette, but smart editing keeps the obvious in-camera effects as believable as they could be for the time. The Dolby 2.0 Stereo track presented a somewhat difficult challenge, as I found myself having to adjust the volume quite frequently. There are no special features.
There are so many adaptations of Alice in Wonderland you really have your pick of the litter. While I appreciate the "real life" aspects of this version, there aren't enough compelling aspects to make me offer a purchase recommendation. Unless you clearly remember seeing it previously and want it as a bit of nostalgia, you can safely say steer clear.
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