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Based on Eric Knight's 1938 novel about a trusty pooch, "Lassie Come-Home," the film is set on the eve of WWII in a Yorkshire mining town. The Carraclough family is forced to sell Lassie to the Duke of Rudling when the family falls on hard times. When Lassie finds herself transported five hundred miles away to live in the Duke's remote castle in northern Scotland, she is determined to defy the odds and return to her home and the boy she loves. So begins an incredible adventure, set against a stunning series of British landscapes that sees Lassie facing dangers natural and human and finding help in unexpected places as she makes her way across the country, to reach home in time for Christmas.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.52 Ounces
- Director : Charles Sturridge
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : November 14, 2006
- Actors : John Lynch, Samantha Morton, Peter O'Toole, Peter Dinklage, Gerry O'Brien
- Producers : Andrew Lowe, Charles Sturridge, Doug Schwalbe, Ed Guiney, Eric Ellenbogen
- Studio : Classic Media
- ASIN : B000ICL3M4
- Writers : Charles Sturridge, Eric Knight
- Number of discs : 1
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Beautifully shot, well scored, and featuring a first-rate adult cast (Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton, John Lynch, Peter Dinkage) along with some very endearing child actors, this manages to be sweet without being saccharine, sentimental without being cloying.
It even has a nice layer of social commentary about the English class system – the story involves the beloved pet being bought away from a near-starving family who can't afford to say 'no' when a lord offers them cash for their son's faithful companion.
I appreciated that Lassie is treated as a real dog, and not some kind of super-mutt. A great, wonderful dog to be sure, but her behaviors all stay within the realm of real-life dog abilities.
A very good film for kids and tweens, and a not at all bad one for grown ups who might watch with them. While it might not have quite the deep emotional power and/or wild humor of the truly classic family films, it's certainly well crafted and worth watching.
All woven together a story more a British stage melodrama, elegant and staid all at once. Did I say simple? Anything but. Showing simplicity can be complex, beautiful. Not like the USA TV series, which was fine. But this multi-level drama will thrill and drain you and then turn it all around and make you smile through tears of joy. Thanks to fine acting, writing and directing.
Lassie's search for her young master. Brutish but happily finally beaten villain. Dog haters and their just reward. Men at their best. Men at their worst. Sentimental love. Ignorant hate. A dwarf puppeteer. Cute dogs, big scary dogs. No cats. Laughing, crying children. A Loch Ness Monster for a minute. Cold, nasty school teacher. Buffoon cops and dog catchers. Christmas carols. Rugged, stunningly ruggedly beautiful scenery of Scotland. Travails and happy endings. Chases and recoveries. Tears and comeuppance's. Melodrama definitely not of this century.
Simple? Anything but under the simplicity. You'll see. I had a dog once, lost it. 'Lassie'
really touched me. Five Stars mean I loved it. More than anything 'Lassie' is about love.
Even a bonus: you'll see one of Peter O'Toole's last films.Y'get your penny's worth;
so very much more too. rc
The DVD extra that details the making of the film is as wonderful as the film. It shows how an army of animal actors was wrangled for the fox hunt scene, and how one dog performed the entire role of Lassie -- usually such roles require numerous animal actors each trained to perform a limited number of tricks and stunts.
This is a wonderful film for all ages, beautifully crafted and memorable. I have purchased five DVDs of LASSIE so far, they keep leaving my possession and ending up in the homes of friends who watch it again and again.
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The story is full of heart breaking moments, both for the young boy Sam and to a much greater extent for the dog Lassie. To make ends meet, Sam's parents have to sell their son's beloved dog Lassie to a wealthy aristocrat (Peter O'Toole) who wants the magnificent animal as a pet for his granddaughter and as an addition to his kennels. When Lassie is brought to Scotland, she pines for her old home and her previous owners and when the duke's cruel kennelman abuses her, she escapes and embarks on a perilous journey home, all the way back to Yorkshire. Sensitive viewers and young children may find some scenes upsetting. However, if you watch the film to the end, you will be rewarded with a satisfying end to the story.
The DVD is excellent with a very good picture and clear sound. English subtitles are available for those who need them. Also included are numerous extra features. There is a lot of material explaining in great detail how the animal stunts were filmed. Anybody fearing for the welfare of the animals used making this film should be well satisfied that there was no cruelty whatever involved in any of the scenes showing appalling physical abuse.
The following extra features are included:
- Director's commentary
- The Real Lassie featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Animal insights
- Screen Tests