By : John Latchem | Posted: 04 Feb 2010
With Disney set to release Tim Burton’s highly anticipated live-action version of Alice in Wonderland March 5, several distributors are readying their own “Alice”-themed DVD products.
Each is based in some way on Lewis Carroll’s 1865 children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or its 1872 sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Through the years, many adaptations have borrowed from both sources.
Infinity Entertaiment Group Feb. 9 releases the 1966 NBC musical special Alice Through the Looking Glass on DVD at $19.98. This musical version based on the sequel story stars Judi Rolin as Alice, Robert Coote and Agnes Moorehead as the Red King and Queen, Ricardo Montalban and Nanette Fabray as the White King and Queen, and Jack Palance as the evil Jabberwock. Infinity March 30 (order date Feb. 23) will release Alice in Wonderland: Classic Film Collection (two-DVD set $9.98), which contains a 1915 film version; two Walt Disney cartoons produced in 1925; and 1966’s Alice of Wonderland in Paris, a French animated film with the voice of Carl Reiner.
Screen Media Films Feb. 16 presents the 1972 theatrical musical Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (DVD $12.98), starring Fiona Fullerton as Alice, with Peter Sellers as The March Hare and Dudley Moore as the Dormouse. The film also is included in Infinity’s collection.
Image Entertainment Feb. 16 offers a new CG-animated Alice in Wonderland on DVD at $9.97.
Vivendi Entertainment March 2 releases the 1999 NBC TV special Alice in Wonderland (DVD $19.93), which combined elements from both books. This three-hour version from RHI Entertainment won four Emmys for its production values. Tina Majorino stars as Alice, with a cast including Gene Wilder, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lloyd, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, George Wendt and Robbie Coltrane.
Universal March 2 releases the 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland on DVD ($19.98), starring Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and W.C. Fields.
BBC Video March 2 releases its own 1966 version. This one, called Alice in Wonderland, stars Anne-Marie Mallik as Alice, Peter Sellers as the King of Hearts, Peter Cook as the Mad Hatter and John Gielgud as the Mock Turtle. The $14.98 DVD includes director's commentary; the 1903 Cecil Hepworth silent film version; the 1965 biopic Alice about Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Carroll's character; a behind-the-scenes photo gallery; and a featurette about composer Ravi Shankar.
Lionsgate March 2 (order date Feb. 3) presents the recent Syfy miniseries Alice, a reimagining of the Carroll story from the makers of Tin Man. Available on DVD ($19.98) and Blu-ray ($29.98), this version stars Caterina Scorsone as a twentysomething Alice who finds herself trapped in a strange land, with Kathy Bates as the Queen of Hearts. Matt Frewer, Tim Curry, Harry Dean Stanton and Colm Meaney also appear.
Finally, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment March 30 will release Alice in Wonderland: Special Un-Anniversary Edition, a new two-DVD set of the 1951 animated classic, which is probably the most iconic version of the story. The $29.99 collection comes with a remastered version of the movie, a behind-the-scenes retrospective, a deleted sequence, party games, animated shorts, sing-alongs and more.
Burton’s 2010 version stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.