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Faerie Tale Theatre - Complete Series

Review One of the first gems of the cable TV age, Faerie Tale Theatre brings 26 classic tales to life. Produced over a five-year span (1982-87) for Showtime, FTT brought together creative dramatics and whimsical writing with some of the top talents of the day. Executive producer/host Shelley Duvall (who was coming off her breakout role in The Shining) shepherds this mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for these oft-told tales (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty,and the like) for kids and their parents. Since they are not elaborately produced, FTT may be a hard sell for some smaller members of the family at first, but most should be hooked, even older kids who may pooh-pooh fairy tales. There's always a slight twist that makes these productions fresh.

The cast is amazing, especially when you think how lightly cable television was thought of in the '80s: Jeff Bridges, Bud Cort, Liza Minnelli, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Reeve, Klaus Kinski, Billy Crystal, Matthew Broderick, Gregory Hines, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, and Mick Jagger are some of the talented--and varied--actors appearing. Crystal's take on the smart 3 Little Pigs (with Jeff Goldblum as the wolf) and Williams's Frog Prince are two comic gems. Malcolm McDowell, right in the middle of his career high-point of playing baddies, brings flair to the Big Bad Wolf, while his then-real-life wife Mary Steenburgen beautifully counterpoints as Red Riding Hood. The casting of Vincent Price and Vanessa Redgrave in Snow White is inspired. Also impressive are the directors Duvall pooled: Tim Burton (Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp), Francis Ford Coppola (Rip Van Winkle) Peter Medak (three episodes), Nicholas Meyer (Pied Piper), and Roger Vadim (Beauty and the Beast). You can go on for days about these wonderful tales, most totaling around the 45-minute mark, but it's better just to get the set and start wherever you'd like; you will get to the end sooner than you think. --Doug Thomas
Jim Henson's The Storyteller ~ The Complete Collection

Review Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre brings to life twenty-six of the most magical fairy tales of all time. Directed by such masters of cinema as Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola, and star-powered by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Mick Jagger, James Earl Jones, Howie Mandel, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and more, this collection is an unparalleled treasury of best-loved tales of enchantment, adventure and wonder.

Contains 26 Spellbinding Stories Digitally Restored and Re-mastered!
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Beauty and the Beast
The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
Cinderella
The Dancing Princesses
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Little Mermaid
Little Red Riding Hood
The Nightingale
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Pinocchio
The Princess and the Pea
The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
Puss in Boots
Rapunzel
Rip Van Winkle
Rumpelstiltskin
Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Tale of the Frog Prince
The Three Little Pigs
Thumbelina

ALSO INCLUDES ENCHANTING EXTRAS:
Lost Episode: "Faerie Tale Theatre’s Greatest Moments" ("Grimm Party")
Vintage Faerie Tale Theatre Presentation Reel with Shelley Duvall
B-Roll Promo Footage


Tall Tales & Legends - Complete Series

Review One of the first gems of the cable TV age, Faerie Tale Theatre brings 26 classic tales to life. Produced over a five-year span (1982-87) for Showtime, FTT brought together creative dramatics and whimsical writing with some of the top talents of the day. Executive producer/host Shelley Duvall (who was coming off her breakout role in The Shining) shepherds this mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for these oft-told tales ("Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "Sleeping Beauty," and the like) for kids and their parents. Since they are not elaborately produced, FTT may be a hard sell for some smaller members of the family at first, but most should be hooked, even older kids who may pooh-pooh fairy tales. There's always a slight twist that makes these productions fresh.

The cast is amazing, especially when you think how lightly cable television was thought of in the '80s: Jeff Bridges, Bud Cort, Liza Minnelli, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Reeve, Klaus Kinski, Billy Crystal, Matthew Broderick, Gregory Hines, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, and Mick Jagger are some of the talented--and varied--actors appearing. Crystal's take on the smart "Little Pig" (with Jeff Goldblum as the wolf) and Williams's "Frog Prince" are two comic gems. Malcolm McDowell, right in the middle of his career high-point of playing baddies, brings flair to the Big Bad Wolf, while his then-real-life wife Mary Steenburgen beautifully counterpoints as Red Riding Hood. The casting of Vincent Price and Vanessa Redgrave in "Snow White" is inspired. Also impressive are the directors Duvall pooled: Tim Burton ("Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"), Francis Ford Coppola ("Rip Van Winkle") Peter Medak (three episodes), Nicholas Meyer ("Pied Piper"), and Roger Vadim ("Beauty and the Beast"). You can go on for days about these wonderful tales, most totaling around the 45-minute mark, but it's better just to get the set and start wherever you'd like; you will get to the end sooner than you think. --Doug Thomas


Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

Review Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories Share some of America s all-time favorite children s books with your kids as they come to life in right your living room. Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories features all 26 of the original animated adaptations narrated by legendary musicians and Hollywood mega-stars. Celebrities bring beloved characters to life! Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories first aired in 1992 to rave reviews and went on to earn an Emmy Award nomination. Self-professed childhood dreamer and award-winning actress Shelley Duvall produced the series and asked 24 celebrity friends to narrate it. Featuring the voices of Bette Midler, Rick Moranis, Bonnie Raitt, Jean Stapleton, Dudley Moore, John Candy, Christian Slater, Martin Short, James Earl Jones, Billy Crystal, Candice Bergen, Michael J. Fox, Steve Martin, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Grodin, Shelley Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Rhea Perlman, Shelley Long, Sissy Spacek, Morgan Freeman, Angela Lansbury, Kathy Bates, Ed Begley Jr., and Ringo Starr. Revisit stories from your favorite authors! From There s a Nightmare in My Closet to Elbert s Bad Word, Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories features animated adaptations of tales written by some of the most beloved children s authors of all time, including Virginia Lee Burton, Tomie de Paola, Hardie Gramatky, Mercer Mayer, Marilyn Sadler and Audrey Wood.
Snow White

Review Weaving American folk heroes into “larger than life” stories, Shelley Duvall’s Tall Tales & Legends is the award-winning, live-action series that is perfect for the entire family to enjoy together. This ultimate collector’s collection includes all nine, music-filled, star-studded episodes!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Ed Begley, Jr. stars as Ichabod Crane, the superstitious new schoolmaster who finds himself competing for the heart of Katrina (Beverly D’Angelo) and comes face-to-face with Sleepy Hollow’s most famous resident, the Headless Horseman.

Pecos Bill – Steve Guttenberg portrays Pecos Bill, the “King of the Cowboys,” in this rootin’ tootin’ epic. When his rowdy behavior gets him run out of town, he heads for Mexico and saves the state of Texas from drought. Also stars Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Mull and Megan Mullally.

Casey at the Bat – Elliott Gould stars as Casey Frank, a down-on-his-luck baseball player who follows his dreams to become the biggest star in the game. Carol Kane, Bob Uecker and Howard Cosell co-star in this spirited salute to America’s pastime.

Darlin’ Clementine – Shelley Duvall portrays Clementine, a lonely woman who takes care of everyone around her until her selfish father learns a valuable lesson. Ed Asner, David Dukes and Michael Richards also star in this tale based on the legendary folk song.

Johnny Appleseed – Johnny Appleseed (Martin Short) travels across the land with a cooking pot on his head and his pockets filled with apple seeds and shows that there’s nothing wrong with being different. Also stars Molly Ringwald and Rob Reiner.

Ponce de Leon – The search for youth has never been so much fun as Ponce (Michael York) teams up with Lucy (Sally Kellerman), the Lady Pirate, in the ultimate adventure.

John Henry – “On the night John Henry was born, lightning bolts shaped like nine-pound hammers filled the sky,” and from that day on, John Henry (Danny Glover) was known as the extraordinary boy who became an extraordinary man.

Davy Crockett – The multi-talented Mac Davis brings the story of America’s coonskin-capped pioneer to life. On the wild frontier, Davy Crockett earns a reputation for bravery and courage and proves that anything is possible.

Annie Oakley – Jamie Lee Curtis stars as the famous Annie Oakley “Little Miss Sure Shot” in this charming portrayal of the legendary markswoman. This enchanting tale also stars Brian Dennehy as Buffalo Bill Cody.


Faerie Tale Theatre - Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Review One of the first gems of the cable TV age, Faerie Tale Theatre brings 26 classic tales to life. Produced over a five-year span (1982-87) for Showtime, FTT brought together creative dramatics and whimsical writing with some of the top talents of the day. Executive producer/host Shelley Duvall (who was coming off her breakout role in The Shining) shepherds this mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for these oft-told tales (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty,and the like) for kids and their parents. Since they are not elaborately produced, FTT may be a hard sell for some smaller members of the family at first, but most should be hooked, even older kids who may pooh-pooh fairy tales. There's always a slight twist that makes these productions fresh.

The cast is amazing, especially when you think how lightly cable television was thought of in the '80s: Jeff Bridges, Bud Cort, Liza Minnelli, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Reeve, Klaus Kinski, Billy Crystal, Matthew Broderick, Gregory Hines, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, and Mick Jagger are some of the talented--and varied--actors appearing. Crystal's take on the smart 3 Little Pigs (with Jeff Goldblum as the wolf) and Williams's Frog Prince are two comic gems. Malcolm McDowell, right in the middle of his career high-point of playing baddies, brings flair to the Big Bad Wolf, while his then-real-life wife Mary Steenburgen beautifully counterpoints as Red Riding Hood. The casting of Vincent Price and Vanessa Redgrave in Snow White is inspired. Also impressive are the directors Duvall pooled: Tim Burton (Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp), Francis Ford Coppola (Rip Van Winkle) Peter Medak (three episodes), Nicholas Meyer (Pied Piper), and Roger Vadim (Beauty and the Beast). You can go on for days about these wonderful tales, most totaling around the 45-minute mark, but it's better just to get the set and start wherever you'd like; you will get to the end sooner than you think. --Doug Thomas
Alice in Wonderland

Review Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre brings to life twenty-six of the most magical fairy tales of all time. Directed by such masters of cinema as Tim Burton and Francis Ford Coppola, and star-powered by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Mick Jagger, James Earl Jones, Howie Mandel, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon and more, this collection is an unparalleled treasury of best-loved tales of enchantment, adventure and wonder.

Contains 26 Spellbinding Stories Digitally Restored and Re-mastered!
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Beauty and the Beast
The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers
Cinderella
The Dancing Princesses
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Little Mermaid
Little Red Riding Hood
The Nightingale
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Pinocchio
The Princess and the Pea
The Princess Who Had Never Laughed
Puss in Boots
Rapunzel
Rip Van Winkle
Rumpelstiltskin
Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Tale of the Frog Prince
The Three Little Pigs
Thumbelina

ALSO INCLUDES ENCHANTING EXTRAS:
Lost Episode: "Faerie Tale Theatre’s Greatest Moments" ("Grimm Party")
Vintage Faerie Tale Theatre Presentation Reel with Shelley Duvall
B-Roll Promo Footage


Amazing Stories: Season 1

Review One of the first gems of the cable TV age, Faerie Tale Theatre brings 26 classic tales to life. Produced over a five-year span (1982-87) for Showtime, FTT brought together creative dramatics and whimsical writing with some of the top talents of the day. Executive producer/host Shelley Duvall (who was coming off her breakout role in The Shining) shepherds this mix of theatrical simplicity and grand storytelling for these oft-told tales ("Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "Sleeping Beauty," and the like) for kids and their parents. Since they are not elaborately produced, FTT may be a hard sell for some smaller members of the family at first, but most should be hooked, even older kids who may pooh-pooh fairy tales. There's always a slight twist that makes these productions fresh.

The cast is amazing, especially when you think how lightly cable television was thought of in the '80s: Jeff Bridges, Bud Cort, Liza Minnelli, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Reeve, Klaus Kinski, Billy Crystal, Matthew Broderick, Gregory Hines, Eric Idle, Robin Williams, and Mick Jagger are some of the talented--and varied--actors appearing. Crystal's take on the smart "Little Pig" (with Jeff Goldblum as the wolf) and Williams's "Frog Prince" are two comic gems. Malcolm McDowell, right in the middle of his career high-point of playing baddies, brings flair to the Big Bad Wolf, while his then-real-life wife Mary Steenburgen beautifully counterpoints as Red Riding Hood. The casting of Vincent Price and Vanessa Redgrave in "Snow White" is inspired. Also impressive are the directors Duvall pooled: Tim Burton ("Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp"), Francis Ford Coppola ("Rip Van Winkle") Peter Medak (three episodes), Nicholas Meyer ("Pied Piper"), and Roger Vadim ("Beauty and the Beast"). You can go on for days about these wonderful tales, most totaling around the 45-minute mark, but it's better just to get the set and start wherever you'd like; you will get to the end sooner than you think. --Doug Thomas


Jim Henson'S Turkey Hollow [DVD]

Review Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories Share some of America s all-time favorite children s books with your kids as they come to life in right your living room. Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories features all 26 of the original animated adaptations narrated by legendary musicians and Hollywood mega-stars. Celebrities bring beloved characters to life! Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories first aired in 1992 to rave reviews and went on to earn an Emmy Award nomination. Self-professed childhood dreamer and award-winning actress Shelley Duvall produced the series and asked 24 celebrity friends to narrate it. Featuring the voices of Bette Midler, Rick Moranis, Bonnie Raitt, Jean Stapleton, Dudley Moore, John Candy, Christian Slater, Martin Short, James Earl Jones, Billy Crystal, Candice Bergen, Michael J. Fox, Steve Martin, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Grodin, Shelley Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Rhea Perlman, Shelley Long, Sissy Spacek, Morgan Freeman, Angela Lansbury, Kathy Bates, Ed Begley Jr., and Ringo Starr. Revisit stories from your favorite authors! From There s a Nightmare in My Closet to Elbert s Bad Word, Shelley Duvall s Bedtime Stories features animated adaptations of tales written by some of the most beloved children s authors of all time, including Virginia Lee Burton, Tomie de Paola, Hardie Gramatky, Mercer Mayer, Marilyn Sadler and Audrey Wood.
Disney's Adventures Of The Gummi Bears

Review Weaving American folk heroes into “larger than life” stories, Shelley Duvall’s Tall Tales & Legends is the award-winning, live-action series that is perfect for the entire family to enjoy together. This ultimate collector’s collection includes all nine, music-filled, star-studded episodes!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Ed Begley, Jr. stars as Ichabod Crane, the superstitious new schoolmaster who finds himself competing for the heart of Katrina (Beverly D’Angelo) and comes face-to-face with Sleepy Hollow’s most famous resident, the Headless Horseman.

Pecos Bill – Steve Guttenberg portrays Pecos Bill, the “King of the Cowboys,” in this rootin’ tootin’ epic. When his rowdy behavior gets him run out of town, he heads for Mexico and saves the state of Texas from drought. Also stars Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Mull and Megan Mullally.

Casey at the Bat – Elliott Gould stars as Casey Frank, a down-on-his-luck baseball player who follows his dreams to become the biggest star in the game. Carol Kane, Bob Uecker and Howard Cosell co-star in this spirited salute to America’s pastime.

Darlin’ Clementine – Shelley Duvall portrays Clementine, a lonely woman who takes care of everyone around her until her selfish father learns a valuable lesson. Ed Asner, David Dukes and Michael Richards also star in this tale based on the legendary folk song.

Johnny Appleseed – Johnny Appleseed (Martin Short) travels across the land with a cooking pot on his head and his pockets filled with apple seeds and shows that there’s nothing wrong with being different. Also stars Molly Ringwald and Rob Reiner.

Ponce de Leon – The search for youth has never been so much fun as Ponce (Michael York) teams up with Lucy (Sally Kellerman), the Lady Pirate, in the ultimate adventure.

John Henry – “On the night John Henry was born, lightning bolts shaped like nine-pound hammers filled the sky,” and from that day on, John Henry (Danny Glover) was known as the extraordinary boy who became an extraordinary man.

Davy Crockett – The multi-talented Mac Davis brings the story of America’s coonskin-capped pioneer to life. On the wild frontier, Davy Crockett earns a reputation for bravery and courage and proves that anything is possible.

Annie Oakley – Jamie Lee Curtis stars as the famous Annie Oakley “Little Miss Sure Shot” in this charming portrayal of the legendary markswoman. This enchanting tale also stars Brian Dennehy as Buffalo Bill Cody.



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