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|Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre -The Complete Collection Gift Set|
Actors: John Achorn, Shelley Duvall, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen, Charlie Dell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
One of the first gems of the cable TV age, Faerie Tale Theatre brings 26 classic tales to life. Produced over a five-year span (1982-87) for Showtime, FTT brought together creative dramatics and whimsical writing with some... more »
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Enjoy the magic of FAERIE TALE THEATRE forever!
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 11/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FAERIE TALE THEATRE is a magical series featuring some of the greatest stars performing in adaptations of the classic fairytales. Created and hosted by Shelley Duvall and originally released on video between 1984 and 1987, the episodes themselves have proven to be quite hard to come by in recent years.
Now thanks to Starmaker II, the series has finally been released on DVD at a bargain price. Your whole family will love this series, though the show itself will be extra-special to those who grew up with it in the 80's (like myself).
Sit back and enjoy! "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (Robin Williams, Teri Garr); "Rumpelstiltskin" (Shelley Duvall, Herve Villechaize); "Rapunzel" (Shelley Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Gena Rowlands); "The Nightingale" (Mick Jagger, Barbara Hershey); "Sleeping Beauty" (Beverly d'Angelo, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Reeve); "Jack and the Beanstalk" (Dennis Christopher, Elliott Gould, Jean Stapleton); "Little Red Riding Hood" (Mary Steenburgen, Malcolm McDowell); "Beauty and the Beast" (Susan Sarandon, Klaus Kinski); "Thumbelina" (Carrie Fisher, William Katt, Burgess Meredith); "The Three Little Pigs" (Billy Crystal, Valerie Perrine, Jeff Goldblum); "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Elizabeth McGovern, Vanessa Redgrave); "The Princess Who Had Never Laughed" (Ellen Barkin, Howie Mandel); "Rip Van Winkle" (Harry Dean Stanton, Talia Shire), "Pinocchio" (Paul Reubens, Lainie Kazan); "Puss in Boots" (Ben Vereen, Alfre Woodard, Gregory Hines); "The Dancing Princesses" (Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Weller); "The Little Mermaid" (Pam Dawber, Treat Williams, Helen Mirren); "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers" (Peter McNicol, Dana Hill); "The Princess and the Pea" (Liza Minnelli, Tom Conti); "The Snow Queen" (Melissa Gilbert, Lance Kerwin, Lee Remick); "Hansel and Gretel" (Rick Schroder, Joan Collins); "Cinderella" (Jennifer Beals, Matthew Broderick, Jean Stapleton); "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" (Valerie Bertinelli, Robert Carradine, James Earl Jones, Leonard Nimoy); "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" (Eric Idle); "The Emperor's New Clothes" (Art Carney, Alan Arkin, Dick Shawn); "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" (Tatum O'Neal, John Lithgow).
All the titles are also available seperately"
Great Value and Good Entertainment
Ron Atkins | California | 11/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Long before Disney, these stories were both terrifying and entertaining children. Then, during the 1980s, Showtime produced the Faerie Tale Theatre. This is an excellent collection of fairy tales, and features some outstanding talent, including the main narrator, Shelly Duvall. I loved seeing her in this role after not particularly liking how Stanley Kubrik used her in "The Shining." Other pople to look for in this great collection: Billy Crystal, Mick Jagger, Jeff Bridges, Elliot Gould, Elizabeth McGovern, Vanessa Redgrave, Treat Williams, Melissa Gilbert, Tatum O'Neal, John Lithgow, and the list goes on. While these stories are told in the traditional manner, each of them also contains a bit of an O. Henry type twist at the end. Very entertaining and well worth the price when you consider there are 26 discs involved and about 20 hours of footage. I also noticed that these productions are popular on Ebay, but the prices seem to run about $12 per episode.
This collection features productions of:
The Tale of the Frog Prince
Jack and the Beanstalk
Little Red Riding Hood
Hansel and Gretel
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Princess and the Pea
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Beauty and the Beast
The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
The Three Little Pigs
The Snow Queen
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Puss 'n Boots
The Emperor's New Clothes
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
Rip Van Winkle
The Little Mermaid
The Dancing Princesses
Great series for everyone (including children!)
Toby Dammit | Chicago | 03/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to respond to the previous reviewer who dismissed the series as inappropriate for children and full of sexual innuendo. Obviously, Faerie Tale Theatre's prime audience today is going to be adults and teens who grew up with the series and have fond memories of their favorite episodes. However, it would be unfair to deny today's children the opportunity to fall in love with it as well. I honestly can't remember a series that sparked my imagination and sense of wonder more than Faerie Tale Theatre. Discerning parents of course should watch each episode before allowing their children to see them. The series had different writers and directors creating each episode, so that the style and content can change significantly from one to the next. Some episodes are very faithful adaptations of the original tales (more comparable to the reverent Storyteller series), while others use the source material as a jumping off point for more satirical or zany flights of fancy (think Fractured Fairy Tales or the Stinky Cheese Man stories). While the series never ventures beyond PG-rated territory, some episodes would be too "adult" to show in a classroom setting for example. I would advise watching "Tale of the Frog Prince" and "Sleeping Beauty" especially before letting your children see them. However, I'd say the majority of the episodes are fine for all ages, and I hope a new generation of kids can enjoy this show just as I did. Thanks to these DVDs, I don't see why not."
What a wonderful surprise!
Sherrie Jackson | St. Louis, MO United States | 08/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had no idea this was out on DVD; it was just a pipe dream that I thought would never come true. Out of all the halcyon memories of my early '80s childhood, these faerie tales stand out the most. Once I was old enough to appreciate what Shelley Duvall had done, I marveled at what an awesome concept it was: take well-known tales, let famous directors helm them, and put celebrities in the starring roles. The good thing is that none of them seem to have more than one or two famous people in them, so that the tales themselves don't lose their sense of timelessness.
If you've never seen one of the faerie tales, I'm sure you will be impressed at how "grown up" they seem, not hokey or melodramatic or overly sentimental but somehow grounded in reality even in scenes where a heroine travels into a dream, or a frog retrieves a golden ball, or a big bad wolf quarrels with his wife. Admittedly, there are a couple of innuendos here and there, but young kids will not get them--I sure didn't.
The best part about many of these episodes is the music. In "The Frog Prince," a young court musician (who is actually the episode's composer) sings a song that may seem throwaway but is actually quite haunting, especially for a kid's tale. And "Thumbelina" has some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard; I was so enamored with it that I arranged it for my orchestration class just so I could hear our philharmonic play it live.
Although my dad taped many of them for me when they originally aired, there are quite a few I had never seen. Though he recently burned them to DVD the quality is still rather poor, so it is one of the delights of the year that I can finally have the real thing for posterity. Believe me, you won't find a lot of entertainment these days as pure and enthralling as the faerie tale theater. If you decide to give them a chance, I promise you won't be disappointed.
Some of my favorites are "The Dancing Princesses" with Lesley Anne Warren; "Snow White" with Vanessa Redgrave; "Sleeping Beauty" with Christopher Reeve; "Cinderella" with Matthew Broderick; and "Thumbelina" with Carrie Fisher."