Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Voyage of the Unicorn|
Actors: Beau Bridges, C. Ernst Harth, Heather McEwen, Chantal Conlin
Director: Philip Spink
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 06/07/2005 Run time: 180 minutes
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"By Believing, One Sees..."
R. M. Fisher | New Zealand = Middle Earth! | 08/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The 'Voyage of the Unicorn' is the story of the Aisling family - Professor Alan Aisling and his two daughters - the skeptical, bad-tempered Miranda and the dreamy, absent-minded Cassie. The girls weren't always like this though - they were once happy, sweet-natured girls - till their mother dies that is. Now the family live separate lives though they live in the same house - Alan who devotes his time to preaching his 'cresendo vides' (in believing one sees) philosophy at the university, which does not go down well with the Dean; Cassie who looses herself for days in her mother's portfolio and artwork, neglecting school, food and the real world in general; and Miranda, who has lost most of her faith in the human race and leds an unhappy, discontented life.
All this is about to change however, when their home is attacked one night by a violent group of trolls, who are out to stop a prophesy concerning the Aisling family from coming true. While Miranda and Mr Aisling attempt to ward them off, Cassie is whisked off by an elf - Sebastian, and a dwarf - Malachi, down to the docks where their ship, The Unicorn waits. Followed closely by Miranda and Professor Aisling, all of them are spirited away to the Landscape of the Imagination on board the magical, beautiful ship which has been specially prepared for them.
It is there that they discover their destiny from King Oberon and Queen Titania on the Isle of Faerie - it has been prophesied that 'a man of learning, and two maidens gentle of spirit' will enter the realm to free the land of the evil scourge of trolls by finding and summoning the great dragon - and at the same time freeing heroes of old.
And so they're off on their journey - with Malachi and Sebastian, who is smitten with Miranda, and on the way they have run-ins with legendary creatures such as a sea serpent, trolls, mermaids, fairies, Medusa, the Sphinx, the Minotaur, ogres, unicorns and more.
It is this voyage that the movie excells in - great costumes, set design, special effects, a beautiful soundtrack that includes the song - 'Faith precedes a Miracle', and good acting and story telling. Watch out for my favourite scenes - when Miranda subdues the sea serpent, when Cassie tames the unicorn and when Titania gives each member of the family special gifts, and special advice that only they can hear.
This is a very good movie - it's interesting, bright, colourful, well directed and acted throughout. Traditional creatures such as fairies are given a whole new look and it's a great family movie to all watch together. If you love fantasy and adventure then this movies for you.
However, one fault is that it ended rather abruptedly, and with far too many unanswered questions and loose ends. My queries include:
How did they get home? - they all just seemed to wake up the next day with no real recollections of the entire voyage!
What happened to the Sphinx? - she saves Cassie and then disappears.
Was Lily (the girls' mother) really a 'spiritual guide'? How did she know about the Unicorn and the Landscape of Imagination?
What happened to the disgraced Oberon?
Did Sebastian and Miranda really get together?
Why did Professor Aisling pick up all those rocks from the different islands? - it looked like it would be an evolving story line but nothing came of it.
Too many unanswered questions!!!
Despite this however, this is a great fantasy in a world of generic and regurgitated "Lord of the Rings" stories - this one stands on its own and is *finally* on DVD!"
Fantasy at the Peak of Imagination
arianaundomiel | WA United States | 04/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When we first saw the advertisements for this movie, we were impressed. Then when we saw the movie itself, we were enthralled. Taken from the novel Voyage of the Basset, The Voyage of the Unicorn takes you on a magical and dangerous journey where you encouter trolls, a unicorn, Medusa, fairies, dwarves, and a cute elf named Sebastian. When one night, a curious young girl named Cassie is awakened by the sound of her dead mother calling her name, she embarks upong a journey with her beautiful sister Miranda and her father, Professor Ainsley. Togther they board the Unicorn which takes them to the landscape of imagination and "where magic is concerned, it does not pay to ask too many questions." With the help of their new friends, Malachi, dwarf and captain of the unicorn, and Sebastion, a cute elf with pointy ears and eyes only for Miranda, they travel to Fairy Isle where King Oberon and Queen Titania of the fairies reveal to them their purpose for coming. They must find the legendary dragon in order to protect the good magical people from the evil trolls. Guided by their slogan "Credendo Vides" or "By Believing, One Sees," the family and their friends start out upon their dangerous quest and soon learn that the true magic that they need to survive is within themselves."
arianaundomiel | 05/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am so thrilled that this movie has finally come out on DVD. It is such a nice movie. Especially for a 'made for TV movie'. Now, I haven't read the book, so I wouldn't know how close the screenplay as got, but all in all, I was pleased with the movie. I have it on VHS, but it cuts out an incredible amount. On the DVD, there is an extra 48 mins! The quality should be better as well.
The effects aren't the greatest and neither are some of the sets (as well as some other things) but you have to keep in mind that this is a made for TV movie, with a low budget. But the story is extrodinary, and I believe that it's a wonderful family movie that all who love fantasy can enjoy.
(If you want to know more about the movie, you should try looking at some of the reviews on the VHS copy)"