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Faerie Tale Theatre - Hansel and Gretel
Faerie Tale Theatre - Hansel and Gretel
Actors: John Achorn, Shelley Duvall, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen, Charlie Dell
Director: James Frawley
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
NR     2004     0hr 49min

A brother and sister are abandoned in the forest by their wicked stepmother where they come across a witch who decides to make them part of her dinner.


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Actors: John Achorn, Shelley Duvall, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen, Charlie Dell
Director: James Frawley
Creators: Shelley Duvall, Marco Zappia, Bridget Terry, Fred Fuchs, Patricia Resnick
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Romantic Comedies, 3-6 Years, 7-9 Years, 10-12 Years, Adapted from Books, Comedy, Family Films, Fantasy
Studio: Starmaker II
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
Original Release Date: 12/05/1983
Theatrical Release Date: 12/05/1983
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 0hr 49min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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One of the best!
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 10/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"HANSEL AND GRETEL is one of the best in the FAERIE TALE THEATRE series, with lush costume and set designs based on the classic storybook illustrations of Arthur Rackham.

Young Hansel and Gretel (Rick Schroder and Bridgette Andersen) are abandoned in the forest by their cruel stepmother (Joan Collins). The children happen across a magical cottage entirely made of gingerbread and sweets, which is owned by an evil witch...

Joan Collins plays the dual-roles of the stepmother and the witch, and gives a fantastic performance as both characters. Paul Dooley plays the children's well-meaning father.

One of the best of FAERIE TALE THEATRE's earlier episodes."
Faerie Tale Theatre's finest.
D. Gardiner | Australia | 02/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""I'm only an old woman with poor, weak eyes. Don't be frightened; no harm will come to you. Come, come inside with me and I will take care of you . . . " The witch beckons Hansel and Gretel to enter her gingerbread cottage.

The dark and captivating world created by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully depicted in this, the finest in the Faerie Tale Theatre series with costumes and set designs based on the unique work of English illustrator Arthur Rackham. Ricky Schroder and Bridgette Anderson star as the brother and sister who are abandoned deep in the forest by their woodcutter father (Paul Dooley) and their scheming and manipulative stepmother, played brilliantly by Joan Collins. It comes as a surprise to many viewers that Joan Collins also plays the part of the witch and is unrecognizable due to an incredible make-up job transforming her into a terrifying witch out of a Rackham illustration. Joan Collins was actually nominated for a Cable ACE Award in 1983 for her roles in Hansel and Gretel.

Everything about this episode of Faerie Tale Theatre is perfect, from the way it is shot to the musical score, some of which is adapted from Engelbert Humperdinck's famous `Hansel and Gretel' opera.

I highly recommend this thrilling episode of Faerie Tale Theatre, it will entertain all ages and now that it is available on DVD it can be viewed with perfect picture and sound.
Great Fairy Tale Production
D. Gardiner | 04/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best Hansel and Gretel movie I've seen!The acting is GREAT.The acting of the kids who play Hansel and Gretel is pretty good for little kids.Joan Collins acting as the stepmother and the canibal witch is SUPER!The make-up artist that did the make- up on her in 'witch' form should get an Oscar,I barely recognized her.If you buy this I garantee you will not be wasting your money!!!"
Faerie Tale Theatre: Hansel and Gretel
Clob Lane | Toronto, Canada | 02/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fabulous and extremely entertaining episode from Faerie Tale Theatre starring Joan Collins in a dual role as the title childrens' wicked stepmother and the evil, cannibalistic witch. Collins is delightfully funny and frightening in her roles and looks like she is having fun. Ricky Shroeder and the late Bridgette Anderson turn in cute performances as Hansel and Gretel. Although excellent for the family, you may want to cuddle up with the kiddies while they are watching the witch scenes. An excellent episode."