SPHE Press Release: Alice In Wonderland

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    JOHN STAMOS, BEAU BRIDGES, PAT MORITA, RINGO STARR AND MORE TAKE A TRIP THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS AND RE-DISCOVER A BELOVED CHILDREN’S CLASSIC

    ALICE IN WONDERLAND
    Debuts on DVD on August 1


    Culver City, CA (May 22, 2006) – Lewis Carroll’s best-loved children’s books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have thrilled generations. Now these delightful stories will be available for families to enjoy when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases the Emmy®-nominated Alice in Wonderland on DVD on August 1, 2006. Alice in Wonderland will be available for $19.94.

    Produced by Oscar® nominee Irwin Allen (The Towering Inferno) and directed by Emmy® winner Harry Harris (TV’s Fame, 7th Heaven), Alice in Wonderland on DVD includes both stories, Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass in one movie. The film features songs by Grammy® winner Steve Allen (best known as the original host of The Tonight Show). The all-star cast includes Oscar® winners Shelley Winters (Diary of Anne Frank, Lolita) and Ernest Borgnine (Marty, From Here to Eternity), Emmy® winners Beau Bridges (TV’s My Name is Earl, The Fabulous Baker Boys), Sid Caesar (TV’s Your Show of Shows) and Sally Struthers (TV’s All in the Family, Gilmore Girls), Oscar® nominee Pat Morita (The Karate Kid), Emmy® nominee John Stamos (TV’s Jake in Progress) and musical legend Ringo Starr (A Hard Day’s Night, TV’s Thomas the Tank Engine) as well as dozens of other stars from film, television, stage and music.

    One of the greatest childhood fantasies ever, Alice’s adventures begin when she chases a very unusual White Rabbit and stumbles into a world that grows curiouser and curiouser! As she tries to find her way back home, Alice attends a tea party with a Mad Hatter, plays a strange form of croquet with some unusual royalty and meets a Cheshire Cat, a Mock Turtle, and, of course, Tweedledee and Tweedeldum. This stunning production of Alice in Wonderland was nominated for five Emmy® Awards, including Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup, Hairstyling and Sound Editing.

    In addition, Alice in Wonderland will be available in a 2-pack DVD set with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella starring Lesley Ann Warren.



    DVD Catalog #:
    15215
    DVD UPC Code:
    43396152151
    DVD Order Date:
    6/29/05
    DVD SLP:
    19.94
    Running Time
    190 mins.
    Rating
    NR
     
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    The 1985 mini-series. My sister is gonna be ecstatic that this is coming out.
     
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    I vaguely remember this premiering on TV.

    Such an interesting cast. Was this good? Worth buying?
     
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    Tough call.

    The last time I watched it was about ten years ago (we had it on VHS from way back when it was shown on TV).

    Highlights include Sammy Davis Jr. as the caterpillar with the "Old Father William" tap-dance number, Jayne Meadows as the Queen of Hearts, and it's rather faithful telling of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The second part of the film is Through the Looking Glass, and while it does a fine job actually using the chess aspect of the novel, the decision was made to turn the Jabberwocky poem into a Jabberwocky monster that chases Alice, and it's scary for kids, but rather ridiculous for adults, IMO. Lloyd Bridges as the White Knight, however, is another highlight.

    There's just a fair amount of childhood memories attached to it for me, however, so I can't say how much a first-time viewing adult would enjoy it. Overall, it's probably a passable family movie with a fair amount of 80's cheesiness thrown in for good measure.

    But the number of names in cameo roles is far more extensive than the press release indicates, as one can see at the film's imdb.com entry. Don't be fooled, though - with few exceptions (Bridges as the White Knight) most of these are mere cameos, with screen time of under a minute.
     

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