Directed by: William Sterling
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Length: 92 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 8 March 2010
Cat No: ORA40316
Screen ratio 1:2.35
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cast: Spike Milligan , Michael Hordern , Hywel Bennett , Peter Sellers , Ralph Richardson , Flora Robson , Dudley Moore , Robert Helpmann , Dennis Price , Michael Crawford , Rodney Bewes , Dennis Waterman , Ray Brooks , Roy Kinnear , Fiona Fullerton , Peter Bull , Patsy Rowlands
All-star adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. When Alice (Fiona Fullerton) leaves her friends by the river to follow a white rabbit... Read More
Alice in Wonderland is a dream for set and costume designers and it is their skill, rather than any particular camera trickery or special effects, that is celebrated in this widescreen musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s tale. The cast list reads like a roll of honour from the acting profession. Ralph Richardson is the enigmatic Caterpillar sitting atop a mushroom, Michael Hordern the melancholy Mock Turtle, Peter Sellers the mad March Hare, Dudley Moore the Dormouse, Spike Milligan the Gryphon and Robert Helpmann the Mad Hatter. It is fascinating how the characters accurately capture the spirit of Tenniel’s illustrations while being recognisably animated by the actors. It really is perfectly cast right through to Roy Kinnear as the Cheshire Cat. Never overawed by her illustrious companions, much of the film’s great charm comes from the unaffected performance of the fifteen year-old Fiona Fullerton. She is full of curiosity and winning smiles and there is a genuine sense of fun and adventure in her performance.
The Oracle edition (with the book thrown in) seems to have been transferred from videotape using a composite connection. Widescreen yes, but not anamorphic, and certainly not "restored". Whatever the merits of the film, it deserves better than this! Quite the worst-looking DVD I've seen.