Children Of The Stones details
|Starring:||Iain Cuthbertson, Gareth Thomas, Ruth Dunning, Veronica Strong, Katherine Levy|
|Director:||Peter Graham Scott|
Children Of The Stones
|Rental release:||Not available for rental|
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Ah, this brings back memories for a 70's kid...By rpj (15 reviews) from Poole , 26 Jul 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This show instilled fear into the heart of many a child in the late 1970's... not a nasty kind of fear, but the kind of 'fun' fear that we all get when we are watching a rollicking good tale, the same kind of fear that grips you on a rollercoaster ride when you are both terrified and exhilarated at the same time.
'Children Of The Stones' has been described as a kind of 'Wicker Man' for kids. That's partly true (in terms of the subject matter), but the series has a strange allure all of its own, which has kept it in the memories of all who saw it on ITV in early 1977, and still raises a big smile of reminiscence on the faces of all who remember it... and how could you forget it? (!)
I don't want to give a single thing away in this review. However, I will say that there is not another children's programme anything like this anywhere in the world. If you like a bit of ancient mysticism wreaking havoc in the Southern English countryside, then this is the show for you.
This is the kind of great children's programming which ITV just don't produce anymore. Back in the old days, ITV consisted of 15 regional companies which produced programming reflecting the identity of the regions they served. HTV (the makers of this series) were a classic example, making a stream of great kids' shows (set in the West and Wales) which fed off the mystical and ancient qualities of their regional locality.
Sadly, if the ITV of today made a series called 'Children Of The Stones', it would probably be a tacky reality programme starring Jade Jagger and Theodora Richards...
Some have criticised this DVD release for keeping the original episodic format. I think they're missing the point. It was the episodic nature of the story which kept most of of my generation glued to the screen over its seven week run. If you were to edit it all into one long chunk, it simply wouldn't work...
Just today, I took a trip out to Avebury, Wiltshire, wher they made the series. The place has an atmosphere which is impossible to describe. This series managed to describe it to a whole generation of children, and will continue to do so for as long as it survives on videotape. That is probably the best recommendation I could possibly give it.
Just rent it... what have you got to lose?
Enjoy... oh, and 'happy day'...
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Children of the Stones - NostalgiaBy a customer from London , 05 Dec 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI remember watching this as a child and finding it particularly eerie and atmospheric. Time hasn't diminished this in some respects and it is as good as I remembered it to be.
The plot still moves along at a cohesive and cracking pace. Of course the acting is comically wooden at times and there is pseudo-scientific psycho-babble aplenty! It is also fun to see the kids acting and to look at the 1970's fashions and errant bouffant hairstyles sported by the main actors, but most entertaining for me was the fainting scene in episode one.
I'd recommend watching this in one go, especially if you are recovering from the flu or some such minor illness. You can repeatedly vocalize along to the opening and closing credits composed by Sidney Sager. Great stuff!
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I can appreciate how this DVD may work for those who watched the TV series when it first came out as nostalgia does tend to provide rose tinted spectacles. However, coming into this "cold", I found it to be pretty much a waste of time. The acting is pretty wooden & the plot takes an age to reach its inevitable & obvious conclusion.
If you're looking for this a better example of 1970's tv series fiction, try Survivors - much better & alot more compelling.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I remember this series well. I couldn't wait to get home from school to see its next installment (I was 11 yrs old at the time). Roll 30 years forward and I got it for my own daughter(also 11 yrs old!). She loved it just as much and had all her friends round to watch. I cannot understand why it was never repeated. Its a fantastic production for its time and just the right creepy/scare factor for pre-teens to enjoy!
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I rented this on a whim, and will be buying it shortly. Despite the fact that I had never seen this before, and wasn't blinded to its faults by nostalgia, I absolutely loved this programme. It is wonderfully atmospheric, genuinely frightening, and boasts some superb performances (even the children don't grate too much). I found the ending a slight disappointment- woolly rather than ambiguous- but all in all this is a more sophisticated piece of television than what regularly passes for adult drama.
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Still good - just not as good as I rememberBy Dean62 (38 reviews) from Cardiff , 22 Mar 2007As a child, this was one of the very few programmes that absolutely terrified me! I always enjoyed Doctor Who but it never affected me like this did.
As an adult, it is slightly disappointing. I still enjoyed it but don't know how much of that enjoyment is down to nostalgia.
The music is still creepy, though!