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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - the DVDs

Friday, 08 April 2005 15:15

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - the DVDs

February/April 2005:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Released 25.04.05), DVD, released in UK.
Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic, English.

As advertised:

aliceA fifiteen year old Fiona Fullerton heads an all star British cast in this double BAFTA winning musical comedy-widely regarded as the most lavish and most faithful adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic Fantasy Novel.

One of the most enduring classic stories of all time! Fully restored, digitally remastered in correct 'Scope Aspect Ratio! Gorgeous Limited Edition DVD boxset with Book! Grade 'A' all star British cast!

Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels, this extravagantly lush British spectacle, which brings Sir John Tenniel's famous illustrations enchantingly to life with a bewitching score by James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA winning cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey), is presented for the first time on DVD in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 Todd-AO 35 'Scope alongside the classic novel upon which it is most faithfully based.

Stars: Michael Crawford, Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Sir Michael Hordern, Fiona Fullerton, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Flora Robson, Roy Kinnear, Michael Jayston, Hywell Bennett.

* This DVD box set release includes the classic Lewis Carroll book on which the film is based!

On Saturday the 2nd of April, the Daily Express (UK) issued a free DVD with that day's edition of their newspaper. It's from the same source as the forthcoming official UK release (mentioned above), but came in a CD-style cover containing the Daily Express Logo. Readers were also given the opportunity to get a free CD containing the 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' story the following day, in The Sunday Express.

David Wishart commented on the free DVD [Hiachresis discussion group]:

"I mentioned in an earlier post that the sound was "a bit ropey" on this DVD. Well now I know why. It was late here in the UK and I thought I'd not disturb anyone by popping the headphones on and listening to the film that way. Aha ... the producers of the DVD - or someone along the way - had sought to "stereorise" the mono sound! It might sound a bit ropey via speakers but its damned near impossible to listen to on headphones!"


by Geoff Leonard, December 1, 2003

Here is an idea of the poor quality of the Platinum Disc 'Alice' DVD. Click on the jpgs to get a better idea and then imagine it enlarged many times again.

Page best watched at 1024 x 768 or higher.

Here is my review from 2001:

'Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ has been released on DVD

Premiere partyAlice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ has been released on DVD. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the print is so bad, I’ve got a ten-year old video taped from TV with a faulty aerial in better shape! So, only get this if you are desperate (it is cheap) and even then think twice and do without it.

The company concerned is Platinum Disc Corporation of La Crosse, WI, USA, and may God have mercy on them for having the nerve to put this out for public consumption.

It’s pan and scan, unsurprisingly and appears to be region free. Pity the whole thing wasn’t! It’s such a shame that it’s not a decent transfer as it’s an excellent film. In fact, I was quite surprised to find so much music not on the original Warner Brothers LP. This is definitely a candidate for some enterprising company or person to re-record with all the songs and musical bridges intact.

Another release on dvd found

"December 16, 2003.

alice John Barry Yahoo group member Alan More has found another dvd release of 'Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’. He writes this about it:

A widescreen Alice's Adventures in Wonderland DVD is available at:

I (Alan, ed.) have received it and here are my comments:

The good news:
The web page says Region 4, but it's Region free.
The web page says Full Screen, but it's Widescreen 2.35 letterbox.

The bad news:
The web page page says Stereo, but soundtrack is mono DD 2.0

Video quality is a lot better than the poor Platinum canadian release.
Audio quality is standard mono (clean but not hifi). "

To enable capture from PowerDVD, I had to disable the hardware-assist feature, and the motion of characters may be somewhat blurred.

Alan More

Pan and scan captures provided by Geoff Leonard.
Widescreen captures provided by Alan More.

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New offerings found on

In addition to the previously reviewed Platinum Corp and Aussie DVDs, there are now four more versions available. Here is what detail we can establish (very sketchy) with a warning that it's very likely that only the Universal one (out shortly) is official.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Digitally Remastered)
Studio: Digiview Productions
Format: Color, Full Screen
Audio Encoding: Stereo


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Studio: Westlake Ent. Group
Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound, Original recording remastered

 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Studio: Bci Eclipse Company
Format: Color, Closed-captioned

 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Studio: Universal Studios
Features: Full Frame 1.33
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.1 English
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Play It Again Records CD catalogue offered the discerning listener a wide choice of digitally re-mastered recordings from film and television, and rare collections of work from the likes of Don Black and Ron Grainer.

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A lot more James Bond concerts collected on the link below, I have put them all in this news item. So check it out from there!

Q The Music Show - James Bond Tribute Band
Live James Bond Concerts

Sun 6th May 18
New Victoria Hall, Woking
with Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me)

The Music of BondThe Music of Bond
Royal Albert Hall
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Starts: 7:30pm


Presented by Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace). Over fifty years of timeless James Bond themes from all your favourite 007 films.

Hits from Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, Spectre, From Russia with Love to name just a few, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Gareth Hudson Conductor
Alison Jiear Vocalist
Matthew Ford Vocalist

James Bond fans are in for a treat in January 2019, as renowned Band, the popular Q The Music Show, are putting on a special concert - performing all the music from Moonraker on

26th January 2019

at the

Wycombe Swan Concert Hall,
High Wycombe,
United Kingdom.

You can back the project and buy tickets here

They are drafting in professional musicians from London to create a 100-piece Orchestra and Choir to recreate all of John Barry’s iconic cues from the 1979 film. As there is only around 50 minutes of music in the film, they will perform the best of the James Bond songs in the second half in true Q The Music style, but with full orchestra.

Because of the nature of this concert, and the huge costs involved, they are crowd funding it, so tickets have to be purchased by 6th May this year for the concert to go ahead on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Q The Music Show are popular with James Bond fans all around the World thanks to their dedicated and authentic versions of the music and were chosen to perform at Sir Roger Moore’s Memorial Event at Pinewood Studios in October last year. The concert will be compered by Bond girls Madeline Smith and Caroline Munro, who have been working with Q The Music this year on their theatre tour of the UK.

The concert will not be available to buy on recording after the show, and the Moonraker score has never been performed live, so this is a unique opportunity for fans to see it. If the project is a success, Q The Music plan to go on a do a different Barry/Bond score each year.

You can back the project and buy tickets here

*Please note, this is a music only performance – no images or footage from the film will be shown, and Q The Music are not associated with EON, Danjaq LLC, or the James Bond Films in any way.

Warren Ringham
Q The Music Show - James Bond Tribute Band
The London Showband - Party & Covers Band