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Jabberwocky (DVD)

Jabberwocky (DVD), directed by Terry Gilliam, 1977.

Written by Terry Gilliam and Charles Alverson.

With Michael Palin, Max Wall, Harry H Corbett, Warren Mitchell, Annette Badland, Deborah Fallender and Neil Innes.

DVD Release Date: 17 Feb. 2003

Product Description:

It is the middle of the Dark Ages, ages darker than anyone had ever expected. A horrendous monster casts a dreadful pall of fear over a once-happy land. The first solo directorial feature of visionary Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Fisher King), JABBERWOCKY stars Michael Palin (TV’s “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”) as Dennis Cooper, a young villager who wants nothing of adventure. When his father passes, Dennis goes on a journey, leading him into a town where a dragon named Jabberwock is on a murderous spree. Can Dennis kill the dragon and save the kingdom?

Scared my poor brother stupid when my dad managed to get preview tickets (before the certification was in place). He was about 6.

Available on Amazon.


Alice in Wonderland Studio Commemorative Edition

Alice in Wonderland Studio Commemorative Edition DVD/ Bluray

Directed by Tim Burton

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Contains both the DVD and Bluray versions of the film.

Comes with two sleeves. Special foil sleeve and then an additional outer sleeve given to staff at the studio as a thank you.

Outer sleeve decorated with Tenniel style drawings of characters from the film, and sealed at the back with a large gold sticker.

Currently available on US ebay for $299.99. Or on UK ebay for £8.99.


1903 Alice film, restored by the BFI

Well, I don’t own this, but I couldn’t resist posting it- it’s wonderful.


Alice in Wonderland: The Visual Guide

Alice in Wonderland: The Visual Guide: Disney.

Published by Dorling Kindersley, 2010. Hardback.

ISBN: 978-1405352598

Product description:

Go behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Meet Alice, from Alice in Wonderland; now aged 17 she attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. She runs off, following a white rabbit into a hole and ends up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember. Step into Wonderland and come face-to-face with the characters from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and satisfy your curiosity through tons of cool facts. You’ll meet The Mad Hatter, The White Queen, Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and more. Then journey through fantastic stills and CG character photography from the movie and discover all about Alice’s magical adventures.

Not as ‘DK’ as you’d expect: pretty much a storybook with photos and a few odd facts. Glossy and well presented though, but I suspect the ‘Visual Companion’ is more interesting.

Available on amazon: Alice in Wonderland the Visual Guide (Disney Alice in Wonderland)


Jonathan Miller’s Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland, adapted, produced and directed by Jonathan Miller.

Made for the BBC’s The Wednesday Play television series, first broadcast in 1966, and in a time-slot that confirmed that this was a production for adults, not children: and adults familiar with the story. There is no attempt to make the actors look like birds or beasts or anything other than Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen: we have to rely on animal sounds and on that really rare beast: acting.

Miller himself said:

“It is a film about children, not explicitly for them”


Alice MALLIK, Ann-Marie
nurse DOWIE, Freda
Alice’s sister MAXWELL-MULLER, Jo
White Rabbit BRAMBELL, Wilfrid
Mouse BENNETT, Alan
Dodo CURRIE, Finlay
Lory DUNN, Geoffrey
Eaglet EVANS, Nicholas
young Crab JEBB, Julian
Caterpillar REDGRAVE, Michael
Frog footman BIRD, John
Fish footman TRENT, Tony
Duchess McKERN, Leo
Peppercook ELGAR, Avril
Mad Hatter COOK, Peter
March Hare GOUGH, Michael
Dormouse LAWSON, Wilfred
1st Gardener GOSTELOW, Gordon
2nd Gardener TRENT, Tony
Knave of Hearts EYRE, Peter
Queen of Hearts LEGGATT, Alison
King of Hearts SELLERS, Peter
Mock Turtle GIELGUD, John
Gryphon MUGGERIDGE, Malcolm
Executioner BATTLEY, David
Foreman of the Jury LEWSON, Charles
Cheshire Cat (uncredited) Primrose

Music by Ravi Shankar.
Part of the production was filmed in the John Soanes museum: one of my favourite London secrets.

Amazon: Alice In Wonderland [1966] [DVD]

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