Swiss Family Robinson details
|Starring:||John Mills, Kevin Corcoran, Cecil Parker, Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire, Sessue Hayakawa, James MacArthur, Janet Munro|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Children, Family|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||Decades: 60s, December Picks, Desert Islands, Disney Classics, Disney Movies on Demand, Enchanting Films, For Kids, For the Whole Family|
Swiss Family Robinson
|Run time:||2 hours 6 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Feb 2001|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Good Family Viewing - But ...By a customer from Maidenhead, UK , 20 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a wonderful disney adventure that has some really nice paradise island scenery and hot sunny weather to boot!
The whole family really enjoyed watching this movie but... this dvd release lists itself as a widescreen feature, but this isn't a proper widescreen version.
It's a extra-wide cinemascope format in a 4:3 regular tv frame. Meaning it's letterboxed on normal tv, but a really small match-box size image on a big plasma 16:9 screen. You will need to use the zoom option on your dvd player's remote. However, this reduces the quality of the image.
Maybe, I'm just picky, after spending lots of ££££'s on a good home cinema setup and was left slightly disappointed with the dvd format.
Overall, still recommended for renting.
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A Disney Classic.By SolarvanMan (103 reviews) from Thirsk , 23 Feb 2005This film has had a lot of stick in the past, but it is a pretty good kids romp through the idea of being stranded on a desert island. Some nice photography, ott acting from the cast added up to a reasonable evenings entertainment. No swearing, no real violence, no sex etc etc. So suitable for all.
The little kid drove me mad with his whinning voice, but apart from that not bad. See if you recognise the pirate captain?
One thing worth noting was the large scale use of animals throughout the film. This would probably be unacceptable now, but they seemed well trained for the parts, although the two large dogs attacking the tiger was well offside.
Good cast and production values with the ultimate tree house!
Animal crackersBy Steph2576 from SHEFFIELD , 10 Jan 2005Watching movies like this, one cannot but be struck by how sanitised and dull is the average 'family' film today. Much like the excellent Swallows and Amazons (1974), there is derring-do and character here of the kind now regarded is reckless and inappropriate.
Of particular note is the way in which animals are treated in the film. A large turtle is harnessed, to tow a boat, and the screwball scene toward the end where various beasts are raced around a course, including an all too lively ostrich. These are genuinely rich and interesting scenes amidst an action-packed plot that keeps my five year old on the edge of the seat or hiding behind the sofa when the Pirates arrive!
Today, though, one gets the feeling that such stuff would not get an airing. Mans nefarious instrumentalism at the expense of an idyllic natural environment would most likely be the theme. Tree-hugging tosh of the Lion King kind would strip-out the specifically human element and reduce it to an infantile eco-morality. Either that, or a flight into rank mysticism, a la Lord of the Rings, where nothing makes any sense.
Thankfully we still have access to the old classics, where adults were adult, and children allowed to be children, to explore, take risks and push at the boundaries of their own imaginations.
CharmingBy Peter van der Sluijs from Chesham, England , 19 Jun 2004Although the plot is dated and the zoology is utterly eccentric, this charming period piece is not to be missed. Strong performances rescue a formulaic script and make it a winner for all the family
A good film...By JohnnyRoss (373 reviews) from Leeds , 21 Apr 2004Strong performances and story. Worth a watch!
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