- Acting of Lead Performers
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- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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Filmed in 3-panel Cinerama not 70mm
- ROLAND LATAILLE
The review says:The Western was filmed in the original three-camera Cinerama technique but Pal shot the Grimm piece with a single camera using 70mm film. This eliminated objections raised by viewers of the old process, such as image overlap and synchronization problems. Both films, however, were projected on the gigantic curved screens designed especially for the technique.It was filmed in 3-panel Cinerama not 70mm. You can see the dividing lines on the video that TCM has.
casting a shadow.
Laurence Harvey was a solid acting talent.. but it seemed strange to cast him in this. kind of like casting Christopher lee as a gynecologist or clint eastwood as mister rogers.
Hollywood at its best
I saw several of the Cinerama movies in the theater as a kid beginning with the very first one that showed the roller coaster, aerial photography , etc. I also remember "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World", "Around The World In 80 Days", and "Grand Prix" in Cinerama on the big screen. But I don't recall seeing this one and now wish I had. So glad I read the reviews from the TCM community and tuned in to at least see it on TV. Laurence Harvey was indeed wonderful as were the other cast members, many who I also remember from Mad Mad World. Everyone is so good it's almost unfair to single out anyone. Sheer entertainment and the kind of movie that truly makes the magic of Hollywood more than just a metaphor.
I felt hypnotized when we came put of the Cinerama Theater in San Francisco in 1962 after seeing this movie. I wished it wouldn't end. I was 6 and wanted all the stories to be true. I fell in love with Laurence Harvey and, even after all these years, I still have to make a mental adjustment when I see him in Manchurian Candidate.
Those Brothers Grimm!
- Raymond Banacki
This film can only be truly appreciated in the grandeur of Cinerama.
An incredible film experience
- Willard Smith
I saw this film when I was 9 years old at a Cinerama theater. It was an incredible experience. We got a record radio-play version of the movie and an illustrated book. When I was 17 years old, my brother rented a 35 or 38 mm copy of the film and projected it on the wall of our living room for a party. It was shown in very wide screen. The only other place that I have seen this film is on TCM. I wish that some copy of the film was made available for purchase. At this point it doesn't even have to be a perfect restoration, just something that I can share with my grandchildren.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
- Bill Wagner
Fantastic movie. Would love to see it again. When will it be aired. I have never seen this movie until today and just simply loved it. I think my grandkids would love it also. It made me so very happy.
''...because you're a complete loooney..''
-you're never to old to let a movie make you mouth breathe smiling !! ..nice hill roll
Great childhood memory
- Shannon L
As a kid, I had this film on an LP and listened to it hundreds of times. It wasn't until later that I discovered it was even a movie. I have only found it on television a few times but would love to own it and watch it just as often as I like. Buddy Hackett was probably my favorite character, as the dragon slayer. But the Dancing Princess and the Cobbler and the Elves were also terrific and entertaining. I remember listening to Rumplestiltskin mocking the fevered Wilhelm always made me laugh. What a terrific film and great memories it evokes. Thanks
the best movie you never saw
- Cheryl A Leonard
i saw this movie at radio city music hall when it premiered in NYC back in 1962 it was a stunning production!! the lobby was set-up as part of the movie with fog and trees ao you actually walked through the forest to get to your seats. As for the length of the film, back then, theaters and films were presented with an intermission for bathroom breaks and candy/popcorn refills. So stretching the legs and refocusing a fussing child was not a problem. In addition they sold programs that went along with the movie so I'm sure that also amused some children. I still have mine. It was shown on three screen in panorama which is why, i believe they have such a difficult time showing it properly or releasing it.You just haven't seen all the action yet. It was fantastic. Even though you have watched the film it still is the best movie you never saw!!!
This film is a gem for young and old. It is heart-breaking in that Jacob Grimm is so ill throughout the film but it is uplifting in the telling of the marvelous fairy tales. The cinematography is gorgeous. If you have children, please have them watch this film so that they will see that real people wrote the fairy tales that all children fall in love with when they are very young. Watching this film will bring back fond memories for we adults. It is just a simple and beautiful film nugget!
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
- Michael Foster
I first saw this film in Cinerama in Minneapolis, Mn. I do hope the powers that be will restore the film on Blue Ray in the SmileVision format like they just did for This is Cinerama, The Windjammer and How the West was Won.. I have these discs and they play well on a large flatscreen, especially How The West Was Won. This would make a great addition to the set. The storyline about the Brothers is good and the segments with the stories are quite well done. I just hope they consider restoring some of the other films such as South Seas Adventure and Seven Wonders of the World. It would be nice to see many of the actors that were in this film one more time.
A fun movie, but...
- John G
The widescreen is awful and distracting. I really wish someone would do a proper restoration of this and fix it. It's in letterbox format, but the Cinerama is really off on TCM's print/copy. I'm sure it's a beautiful show on the big screen, and it's a good film, but the video version is odd to watch.
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
- Torrence Buttermore
This is a GREAT family movie. I certainly hope TCM shows it soon again, so I can watch it once again. I'm not a kid but this is for us oldies also.
- James Higgins
64/100. Way overlong but it certainly is creative and imaginative. Impressive special effects, perhaps not by today's standards but it must have been enthralling in 1962. It is entertaining and good for the whole family, although I can't see a lot of kids being able to sit through over two hours of this. The production is impressive. It won the Oscar for best costume design and was nominated for art direction, score and cinematography, all of which were quite good. It is divided into four segments. The Puppetoons are particularly enjoyable.
Why did I avoid this movie?
I watch it for the first time this morning something to go to sleep to.(or so I thought) Was never interested before. I am happy so happy I had the pleasure. Was going to buy DVD but not for sale yet. I would watch it often.Fabulous!
Takes me Back
- Mike P.
You just watch this movie and smile...because its a simple story told well.
- joe borchardt
This movie reminds me the good old fashioned movie making they used to do. I wish the would release it in Blue-Ray, the way "How The West Was Won" in Smilebox.
What A Great Movie! Please Play Again...
I love this movie. My mother used to tell me stories of when she went to the theater to see the brothers grimm, she was 5 years old. The dancing princess story was my favorite. I only caught half of the tv broadcast, please play it again!
Magical, outstanding, absolutely beautiful!
- Rae M. Dart
This is a movie for young and old - for everyone! It is set in a real-life magical, historic, extraordinally beautiful and romantic area of the world. The film is exciting, romantic, entertaining and uplifting. Laurence Harvey with his marvelous voice is superb as Wilhelm Grimm who narrates the stories. Terry Thomas is a bumbling greedy knight as a foil to Buddy Hacket as his knave. Yvette Mimmieux is enchanting as the Dancing Princess which is an exquisite fairy tale. I highly recommend it and sincerely hope it is released on dvd very soon.