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The Indian in the Cupboard [DVD] [1995]

  • SKU: 4191948
  • Release Date: 07/03/2001
  • Rating: PG
Many family films have received short shrift when brought out on DVD, so it's nice to see that Columbia TriStar has treated The Indian in the Cupboard so respectfully. Not only do they provide a spotless digital transfer of the thoughtful movie but they've even thrown in a couple of extras that will interest older fans of the children's film. A clean widescreen anamorphic transfer is on one side of the disc and it really shows off Russell Carpenter's warm camera work. The pan and scan version of the film is on the other side of the DVD but there really isn't any compelling reason to watch it other than to see how much of the image is actually cut off of the screen. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround sound audio track is bright and well balanced and it also sounds fine if played through a television set instead of a stereo system. The DVD comes with a few extras but the real winner is director Frank Oz's audio commentary. This was a challenging film to make and Oz guides you through the entire production. It really is to Oz's credit that he had the team work so hard to make seamless special effects that don't distract from what is really a rather intimate story. Oz handles the moral of the picture delicately and it contains a message that many adults could still learn from.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (197 out of 199)

    Special Features


    • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
    • Widescreen and full-screen presentations
    • Audio: English [Dolby Surround], Spanish, French
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Director's commentary
    • Photo gallery
    • Bonus trailers
    • Talent files
    • Production notes
    • Scene selections
    • Interactive menus

    Synopsis


    The Indian in the Cupboard
    Based on the popular children's book by Lynne Reid Banks, this fantasy concerns a young boy who discovers that his toys are developing lives of their own -- which presents him with unexpected responsibilities. Omri (Hal Scardino), a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, receives an odd variety of presents for his birthday: a wooden cabinet from his older brother, a set of antique keys from his mother Jane (Linsday Crouse), and a tiny plastic model of an Indian from his best friend Patrick (Rishi Bhat). Putting them all together, Omri locks the Indian inside the cabinet, only to be awoken by a strange sound in the middle of the night. Omri opens the cabinet to discover that the tiny Indian has come to life; it seems that he's called Little Bear (Litefoot), and he claims to have learned English from settlers in 1761. Omri hides this remarkable discovery from his mother but shares it with Patrick; as an experiment, Patrick locks a toy cowboy into the cupboard, and soon Little Bear has a companion, Boone (David Keith), though predictably, the cowboy and the Indian don't get along well at first. Omri comes to the realizations that his living and breathing playthings are also people with lives of their own, and he begins to wonder how much control he should really have over their lives. The Indian in the Cupboard was directed by Frank Oz, best known as one of the original puppeteers for The Muppets and the voice of Miss Piggy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Hal Scardino
      Hal Scardino - Omri
    • Litefoot
      Litefoot
    • Lindsay Crouse
      Lindsay Crouse - Jane
    • Richard Jenkins
      Richard Jenkins - Victor
    • David Keith
      David Keith - Boone



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 199 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      'Omri" One Of The Most Likable Kids Ever On Film

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      Icantwin
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      I'm a sucker for nice kids, not those snotty ones seen so often in films from the '60s to the present. In here is a wonderful neat-looking little kid, Hal Sardino, who is unusual in that this is the only movie he ever starred in. To his credit, Scardino went on to live a "normal" life after this film, eventually going to college as a regular student like you and me with no celebrity status. The film is anything but "normal," a fantasy about a young boy who receives a cupboard that transforms little toy figurines - in this case, an Indian and then a cowboy. - into miniature real-life people. Each time he opens or closes the box with the figures in them, they change to either real or back to plastic. Scardino, who plays Omri," is fun to watch, if for no other reason than the great expressions on his face. He has to be one of the most likable children I've ever seen on film. Meanwhile, his best friend "Patrick" is the only villain, so to speak, only because he's a bit "defiant," as his mother labels him and he almost spoils everything for "Omri." It's a solid family film that is fun for both the parents and kids to watch at the same time. Both will get a lot of entertainment out of it. With just a bit of profanity early on and a bit of obvious political correctness, there is nothing in here which should offend viewers. Critics didn't seem to care for it, so you know it truly was a nice, wholesome film....and fun to watch.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not the only toy story

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      dwoods
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      "The Indian in the Cupboard" is an excellent movie for tween-aged children (i.e., children between their pre-school and teen years). In this movie a boy discovers that he can bring small action figures to life by using a small, old, wooden cupboard. The first figure he brings to life is a Native American. As the story progresses, the boy learns important lessons about life from his new friend, "Little Bear." The story is exciting without being frightening, educational without being stuffy, and fun without being extreme. "The Indian in the Cupboard" presents an excellent entertainment offering for pre-teens who often see too much programming centered on overstimulation of sight, sound, and action (e.g., Pokemon...). I also like the fact that the boy in the story doesn't look like he stepped right out of an advertising agency, or off of the cover of a magazine. He is a regular guy...his hair is a little messy, his teeth haven't gone through an orthodontic program, and he wears normal clothes. All in all, this is top-notch entertainment for the whole family. A definite keeper for your family's collection!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Looks great on Blu-Ray

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      bmaline
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      It's always nice to see movies from the 90s get the Blu treatment, and when buying you would the transfer is good. This movie here does just that. First time on blu-Ray provides a great movie experience. The SFX of Little Bear look natural and not fake as some of the effects from the 90s; even on blu there isn't a fake out of place quality, it all blends quite nicely. The special features are a little bare, but still a good nostalgia trip.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Childhood Favorite Looks Great on Blu-Ray

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      VandyPrice
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      Indian in the Cupboard was one of those films I watched on repeat as a child and to be able to catch a glimpse of the kind of magic it took to do such things in my now late twenties is a wonder to behold on Blu-Ray High Definition. The picture looks great and the story still holds up though I wish there were a few more special features.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Charming movie

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      D1234
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      I did not expect to find this movie at the store. I stumbled upon it by accident. I have seen this movie only once before and was pleased to find it to watch it again. I found it by rummaging through the bin of DVDs for $5. Great bargain.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic Film for a new generation

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      neoz
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      Most of us remember that rainy or end of school year day when the teacher had better things to do so they popped this movie in the VCR. Now the film comes to life for a new generation of kids without the hiss of the VCR and with an all new remaster. Fans of this film that have it on DVD should consider picking this up.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie that the kids enjoy

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      KevinV
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      I was a little older when this came out, so I didn't watch it for year. When I did get around to it, I wondered why it took me so long to watch it. Made sure my kids watched it early on because I can see this as being a film that they would want to share with their children.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent movie to view as a family

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      Snackattack
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      This movie was okay, but it was not nearly as good as the book, and as I remember it as a kid. My kids liked it a whole lot, but my wife and I thought that it was okay. Still a fun movie to watch and for all you Star Wars fans, Darth Vader makes an appearance.

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