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- DescriptionIn 'The Railway Children' three Edwardian children travel with their mother to live by a railway in Yorkshire, when their father is wrongly imprisoned as a spy. Based on the novel by Edith Nesbit. 'Swallows And Amazons' is the magical story of six young children on holiday in the Lake District during the peaceful summer of 1929. Based on the novel by Arthur Ransome.
- Leading Role 1Jenny Agutter
- Director 1Lionel Jeffries
- Leading Role 2Dinah Sheridan
- Leading Role 3Bernard Cribbins
- Additional Roles byVirginia McKenna,William Mervyn,Ronald Fraser,Sally Thomsett
- Director 2Claude Whatham
- Release FormatDVD
- Release Year2003
- Running Time192 minutes
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- katabatic22231 May, 2017by
Two classic books, one classic film....
Railway Children DVD (the original movie) There has been at least one other adaptation of the Railway Children, but none will ever beat this original screenplay. It is quite probably the best matinee film for the whole family that I have ever seen. All the ingredients are here: costume, nostalgia, adventure, innocence and a dark secret. Beautifully directed, acted and filmed, the Railway Children is one of Britain's very best. 5/5 Swallows & Amazons (the original movie) The original Swallows and Amazons movie is faithful to the book and doubtless inspired a great many dinghy sailors and mini-adventurers (myself included). Three of the qualities found in the Railway Children, nostalgia, adventure and innocence abound where the world, both real and imagined, is seen almost exclusively through the eyes of the children. Grown ups in general are not to be trusted you see! Most who buy this the original Swallows and Amazons film will have read Arthur Ransome's books years ago, will be familiar with the Lake District today and perhaps want to revisit it in a more romantic era. Whilst the movie IS enchanting it also leaves certain things to be desired: a sense of danger during the robbery, a not very "scary" Captain Flint and too little depth to the children's characters. But the big challenge with any Arthur Ransome adaptation is that the children must act their parts very well in order to draw a (largely grown-up) audience into their alternative and stylised world. 3/5 Swallows & Amazons (2016) - not included in this set Last years big screen version (not exactly a remake as it differs greatly to the book) went part way to achieving a sense of drama by cleverly introducing author Arthur Ransome's own dark side (as Captain Flint). The author in real life was a covert operative for the British security services in Russia and he might even have been a double agent (he did after all marry Trotsky's secretary). Bringing a slight edginess to the story elevates it for younger viewers who are perhaps not familiar with the book, but it also disappoints too many grown-ups like me who are still waiting for the definitive Swallow's and Amazons picture. 3/5 Read full review
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- hhbiker33329 Mar, 2009by
The Railway Children/Swallows and Amazons
Both The Railway Children and Swallows and Amazons encapsulate/capture a time not too long ago before mobile phones, video games, mass television and the like, where children relied on themselves and each other when growing up. Both stories have accomplished actors/actresses and unknowns. The two tales reflect a time of values and their spirit of the age, of difficult and fun times, happiness and sadness. The children who are the true stars of both films play out their reactions to life's adventures and what it throws at them. In an age of cynicism and sneering, these films are a reminder, albeit fictional, of a genuinely happier period when childhood meant childhood. I know because I lived such a happy childhood as depicted by both films. For those who think both films to be sugary sweet and twee, it merely reflects what they have never experienced or have lost themselves in today's world. The times are accurately depicted and well played out. A heart warming and now nostalgic pair of stories that can teach young and old alike for those who are willing. An emphatic recommendation. Read full review
- therumbull03 Jan, 2009by
The Swallows and Amazons
This is a real treat of a film for young and old.Enjoyed it myself greatly,(and i'm now in my fifties).Reminds me of the adventures both I and a childhood friend had on the Broads, back in the mid 60's. It is a real shame so many children today are unaware of a life away from their computer games and t.v. If you showed this to todays kids,it might just create that magic spark of imagination and adventure within them.What a valued gift that would be. If this film was not already worth every penny,it comes complete with another classic : The Railway Children. 'Priceless'!!
- cheapaschips999...04 Apr, 2008by
railway children / swallows and amazons (dvd)
This is an all round enjoyable family based dvd, you don't have to worry about any swearing or sex scenes which is very rare these days. It's one of our favorites which means before the dvd we had to replace the video often, it brings out the imagination in both the young and old, especially we find with the swallows and amazons(it's my husbands favourite!). There is no age barrier with this dvd so there is rarely an arguement when asked to put this dvd on. On the downside bedtime schedule gets forgotten!!(not many complaints from the children then!) I really do recommend this dvd it has the sometimes long forgotten morals and fun of yesteryear that have passed us by.
- 726303711@delet...31 Mar, 2008by
A wonderful classic addition to any DVD collection
Great product, two films in one disc. a rare treat. two great british made films, my children love them as i do too. A nostalgic trip to my childhood, not that I was born in Edwardian times! When you watch this DVD you have to agree that 70's made british childrens films sre the best.
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