Alice in Wonderland [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [2010]

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  • Release Date: 02/09/2016
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (383 out of 398)

Synopsis


Alice in Wonderland
Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) team up to deliver this visually dazzling take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Nineteen-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is attending party at a lavish country estate when she sees a white rabbit with a pocket watch dart into the bushes. Curious, she follows the rabbit to an enormous tree, and tumbles down a hole that takes her to Underland, a strange world inhabited by anthropomorphic creatures in search of someone to save them from the dreaded Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), who has assumed control of the kingdom by decapitating anyone who dares disagree with her. According to a scroll detailing a historical timeline of Underland -- including events that have not yet taken place -- it is Alice who will set the kingdom free by defeating the Jabberwocky, a powerful dragon-like creature under the control of the Red Queen. But is this Alice the same Alice who appears in the scroll? While some of the creatures of Underland have their doubts, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and his friends are certain she's the same girl who previously visited them years ago. When the Red Queen kidnaps the Mad Hatter, Alice attempts to free her friend and locate the one weapon with the power to slay the Jabberwocky, thereby restoring the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) to the throne, and bringing peace back to Underland. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mia Wasikowska
    Mia Wasikowska - Alice
  • Johnny Depp
    Johnny Depp - The Mad Hatter
  • Anne Hathaway
    Anne Hathaway - White Queen
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    Helena Bonham Carter - Red Queen
  • Matt Lucas
    Matt Lucas - TweedleDee/TweedleDum



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97%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Proof that 2D film can make a good 3D movie.

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    nullity

    I'm in the habit of reviewing 3D Blu-ray titles primarily on the merit of their 3D quality, especially when the title being reviewed is as well known as Alice in Wonderland. Insofar as the movie in general goes, I can only say: Tim Burton. Johnny Depp. Classic Lewis Carroll. Enough said... if you are buying this, you probably already know that you are going to like the movie in terms of story, acting, and production value. The 3D content, however, warrants further discussion. While the bulk of this movie is computer rendered animation which by default lends itself well to 3D, the human actors and real-world scenes were all shot using 2D cameras and converted to 3D post-production. This is an area where other movies currently available have pretty much failed... just read the reviews for Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender here on BestBuy.com if evidence is needed that most people are less than impressed with 2D-to-3D conversions. Alice in Wonderland, however, does not disappoint! The scenes at the beginning and end of this movie were shot in 2D and are mostly devoid of computer animation, yet contain a level of 3D depth that goes above and beyond its peers. It has been said that Burton filmed this movie with 3D in mind, and it shows. What "3D in mind" means exactly is anyone's guess, but it seems that great care and precision was taken in separating details as fine as a lock of hair from the background behind it. Scenes where actors and set pieces are plentiful are reminiscent of a diorama with obvious layers of depth. Not quite as impressive as native 3D, but significantly better than any other 2D conversion I've seen. The 3D fun really begins when Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole and takes her first steps into the vividly-colored and Burton-styled Wonderland. Jaws will drop. It is easy to forget how much of this movie is computer-rendered thanks to the seamless inclusion of live actors (at least the parts of them that aren't rendered), and that may also be part of why the 3D seems so effective when compared to other 2D conversions. Whatever the reason for its efficaciousness, the 3D in this movie is a joy to behold. Slowly but surely, the number of Blu-ray 3D movies worth buying is growing. This title will make a great addition to pretty much anyone's collection.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A trippy trip down the rabbit hole

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    AandJ091108
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    For starters, it seems that everyone I know is shocked when I tell them that this Alice in Wonderland is a sequel of sorts. At the age of 19 and about to be forced into marriage, this is Alice's second trip to Wonderland. I'm glad Tim Burton and his team came up with a new story that still featured all the great characters from the original source material. That's also where the weakest part of the movie lies. The dialogue given to the characters is great, but the script is razor thin. I think if more effort went into this particular aspect, I might have given it five stars. I saw it in IMAX 3-D and the visuals are as grand and beautiful as you would expect from Burton. It's not quite as eye-popping as Avatar, which was shot completely in IMAX 3-D, whereas, Alice in Wonderland was upconverted (Clash of the Titans did the same thing to bad effect). The music by Danny Elfman is some of his best stuff in recent years and the costumes/makeup are top notch. Aside from the look of film, the acting also makes it very memorable. There are so many well animated and voice acted characters running around I don't know where to begin. I guess I'll start with those made of flesh and blood. I didn't like Depp's take on Willy Wonka that much, and I'm a big fan of his, but his Mad Hatter is just the right amount of crazy. His voice goes back and forth from having a lisp to sounding like William Wallace from Braveheart. His look is so jarring, you probably wouldn't even know it was him if you somehow dodged all the advertisements before entering the theater. Helena Bonham Carter played the Red Queen brilliantly. I couldn't take my eyes off her giant head. Anne Hathaway really surprised me here (in a good way) with her take on the White Queen and it was nice to see Crispin Glover back on the big screen in a role that suited him. Last, but certainly not least, Mia Wasikowska was absolutely captivating as Alice. The way she talked and her reactions were just what the film needed in it's central role. All the digital animal characters were great, but my favorites were the Cheshire Cat, voice by Stephen Fry, and the March Hare voiced by Paul Whitehouse. I'm somewhat surprised that the combination of violence and meanness, along with the smoking Blue Caterpillar didn't get this a PG-13 rating. It's not too harsh, but young kids might get a little freaked out. Overall, Alice in Wonderland looks like a polished jewel, has great acting/voice acting, wonderful music and even manages to get quite a few laughs in the process. If only the simple story didn't let me down in the end, this could have been a classic in the making. Even still, I wouldn't mind Tim Burton taking us on another trip down the rabbit hole in a few years.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not better, just different, than cartoon

    Posted
    Corey
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    Having grown up with the classic Disney cartoon version, I find this rendition no better or worse (overall), but just different. A good compliment to the cartoon version, but not sure I would buy it if I could only have one (eg if stuck on a deserted island). It's better than the average movie, but not the best. It includes Tim Burton (director), Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter: it's weird, which perfectly fits Wonderland, but entertaining. Acting is solid, though I don't remember Alice being quite as quirky as Wasikowska's portrayal, but maybe I didn't pay enough attention when recently rewatching the cartoon classic and my childhood memories are misremembered (ie Alice is the only "normal" character). Some of the big/sprawling scenes mixing live-action and CGI seem "off", where the live-action seems to visually stick-out from the CGI, but it's minor (though possible to do right as Tron: Legacy shows from the same year, but admittedly its CGI landscapes were less detailed). No Digital / Disney Movies Anywhere, just DVD & Blu-ray. Blu-ray is better than the HD digital version (and bandwidth isn't the problem with 30 Mbps downstream), but reserved for family movie night (to keep it out of grubby little kids' hands). Due to the ubiquity of Disney Movies Anywhere (eg mobile app, website, third-party online services available on smart TVs) I'm finding the digital version has more utility than the DVD version (that I historically ripped and hosted on my home network to prevent the children from handling/damaging the discs), so I would have preferred Blu-ray + Digital, but that's not what was on-sale or available.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    POOR DVD package, film better than expected

    Posted
    CKCSWHFFAN
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    OK, I had my doubts about this film. I will STILL watch the 1951 Disney classic above this one. I had doubts when Pocahontas was released in 1995. Turned out to be a great film. This film is good NOT GREAT. I have never read the Lewis Carroll book, just know the 1951 film. Of course, we do NOT have songs in this 1. You can always listen to the songs in the 1951 film. Depp, he has done this type of role before, so this was no stretch for him. Carter, Burton's girlfriend so that is how she keeps getting these parts in his film, good as the Red Queen. The big head bit….with special effects the way the are today this effect should have been done better. Hathaway needs Disney to get hit films. OK job as the White Queen with no screen time till 2cd half of film. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum were a let down compared to the 1951 film. All the animated characters NOT even close to the classic film. The ending was bit of a let down. NOW, I find myself having to say this with recent Disney DVD releases. A line on the back of this DVD case describing the film "The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and MORE COLORFUL THAN EVER". OK, Disney, if you are prompting how the film looks then why are you guys resorting to PLAIN SILVER DVD'S LIKE WHEN DVD'S CAME OUT IN THE LATE 1990’S? No chapter search list or any information on film inside. Disney has gone CHEAP & I just hate this.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A beautiful reimagination of Wonderland

    Posted
    krazyace

    It's certainly not Disney's version... but it's a LOT more loyal to Lewis Carroll's books. I was NOT a fan of Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... but this one was much better done. The only movie I've gone back to the theatre to see twice in many years, and I'll be waiting in line at midnight to get it. The girl they found to play Alice was amazing, and very believable in Alice's "return" to Wonderland. The environment was amazingly beautiful and detailed. The CGI characters (Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee & Dum, White Rabbit, Hare, etc) were beautiful and very enjoyable. And Helena Bonham Carter will forever change your mental image of what the Red Queen is supposed to be... her performance was the shining spot of the cast by far. Johnny Depp, however, disappointed me. He gave a decent performance... but it wasn't near what I was hoping for from him as the Mad Hatter, especially in comparison to the rest of the cast. But the environment truly must be seen in Blu-Ray to be enjoyed. I won't attest to special features until after purchase... but the movie is worth every penny I'll spend on it.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Family Movie

    Posted
    Eres

    I previous purchased this movie before I purchased a 3D TV. So, when I did get my 3D TV in I just gave my old disc to a friend and purchased the 3D copy today. I read a lot of reviews and a lot of people said this was one of the best 3D movies. I just wish I would had read the review below me first. lol Anyway, yes the movie is 2D converted to 3D. Makes me wish I would had just kept my old copy of Alice and use the 2D to 3D converter on my TV and it would have came out about the same to save some money. I rate the 3D experience a 2 out of 5. The overall movie is great. If you are planning on purchasing this movie not because you want something to watch in 3D then I would go ahead and purchase the 3D copy because it comes with 4Disc and it cost about the same as the regular Blu-ray.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Family 3D movie *****

    Posted
    TonyMD
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    I puchased a LG LED 55" inch 3D T.V with 3d blue ray player and also purchased LG sound bar with wireless woofer. I puchased because of the 3D and thought it would be nice for family. This is maybe my 8th 3D movie that I have purchased. Most of the marvel or action 3D blue rays are ok as far as some 3D. But I took a gamble after reading reviews on Alice and Wounderland. I was glued to the television as much as my wife and kids. Great colors and depth and some nice 3D pop outs, really liked the blue butterfly that flew out of the screen and into my livingroom. You can't go wrong if you purchase this, it will be a great investment!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT MOVIE BEST I HAVE WATCHED IN YEARS

    Posted
    MOMMYLOVEMOVIES

    Johnny Depp is going to be the #1 actor ever specially for children movies everyone loves him he is great i loved him in Edward Scissor hands boy this man is the best actor ever not to mention the others but Johnny just bypasses all of them and the movie was just great it was funny and exciting to watch unlike some this one we could not take our eyes of it and yes buy the movie if you want to watch it or rent it because if you wait for it to come out on cable or regular channels you will hate the fact when you have to run into those commercials yuck just when getting excited comes and commercial so kids and parents this is a must watch movie.

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