Digital Hierarchy Movie Reviews
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The animation is of the simplest kind. This was made by Australians, and unfortunately they apparantly suffer from the same ethnic misconceptions as many Americans. Based on the way Sancho's and other characters' accents and dark skin tones were represented here, you would think that they were of Mexican (predominantly Central American Indian descent) instead of European. La Mancha is just south of Madrid, Spain; and Spain is in Europe, not south of the Rio Grande! By the way Australians: there are no tigers in Africa (nor kangaroos).
In summary, stay away from this video. If you are looking for something different or educational (like I was), don't bother. Your children are better off watching reruns of Chicken Run, Toy Story, Disney, et cetera. I gave it 1 star only because there was no option for zero stars.
But this movie is horrible. As an animated film it is bad. Animation, music, voices ...all horrible. And there are countless major differences in the plot and major characters. This movie is not just bad, it scarred my mental image of a great and enjoyable book. I'd give the movie negative stars if I could. I think I'll try the 1930-version of the movie....but avoid this one for sure.
And you will still be wondering after seeing the DVD. Save your money unless it turns your crank to catch glimpses of the chests of various Barbie wannabes squirming around in front of a soft focus lens.
Okay, so I wasn't counting on the nekid ladies. But I was counting on "Songs by the Beatles, Neil Sedaka, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and more". Well, I struck out again. Unlike other DVDs which honestly point out that the recordings are not by the original singers, this description may lead you to believe that you will get what I think most Karaoke customers want: a high quality video with music by the original performers which can have one or all of the vocals muted. Not on this DVD- all are impersonators. Some are not too bad though. I don't think Amazon is to blame- they probably just copied some misleading promotional description from the vendor.
As for the DVD features, the basic karaoke options are there. You can selectively mute out the vocals using track 2. The third track puts music on the left channel and vocals on the right. Unfortunately, the music tracks provide only a background rhythm without any melody line, so there are no cuing clues to aid the singers in knowing when to sing the next line. Lastly, I could not figure out how to switch to other tracks such as music only using my DVD player. I could do it fine playing it on the computer.
Tracks: "Beattles"- Let it Be, Hey Jude, Michelle, Ticket to Ride, Yesterday, In my Life, Twist and Shout, Long and Winding Road "Sedaka"- Breaking up is hard to do, Calendar Girl, "Presley"- Don't be cruel "Sinatra"- and now for the "More!" section: "Humperdink!"- Release me
"Avalon (you know, Frankie)"- Venus
My mother bought this, and I watched it many times. The inconsistancies are many and varied: the Duke of Buckingham is a helpless dandy. The king seems incapable of finishing a sentence without assistance. Milady acts and looks like Cruella de Ville, with none of the sexy seductress act of the book (although she does die, but not onscreen)
Perhaps the worst parts are Constance and D'Artagnan. Constance is single in this book, a fainting waif with a high-pitched voice who is evidently incapable of so much as walking away from a villain. When she finally dies, the symptoms bespeak more of severe stomach cramps than of poisoned death throes. D'Artagnan is an over-noble goody-goody, without a single noticeable flaw.
The plot is a watered-down version of the book (though I can understand why the sex and adultery would have been edited out) where the Musketeers go to England to get some diamond studs from the Duke of Buckingham, who is "involved" with the queen of France. There is also a supremely distracting display in the middle, supposedly a ballet. It looks more like rough sketches for the cartoon itself.
On the plus side, the Three were quite enjoyable. Sadly, they are the only part that is.