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DVD News:
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By Brian Jacks


Before Harry Potter. Before Lord of the Rings. There was JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER from the master Jim Henson, who also created the cult fantasy films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Like the former, this anthology series features the combination of both human actors and amazing puppetry, in the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkein, from the famed Jim Henson's Creature Shop in this retelling of classic European folk tales. Featuring all of the original nine episodes that first aired in 1987 on NBC, as well as on HBO in 1997, JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will be available August 26 for the first time on DVD.

JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER series stars Academy Award nominee John Hurt (The Elephant Man) as the narrator, aided by his cynical dog, keep fascinating tales that combine humor, intrigue and magic. Academy Award-winning writer/director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) wrote many of these marvelous stories with music composed by Rachel Portman.

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Additionally, each DVD will include an exclusive collector's booklet with behind-the-scenes materials and background information on the series.

The tales feature such stars as Miranda Richardson(Sleepy Hollow), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies), Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of a Woman), Jane Horrocks (Little Voice), Jennifer Saunders (TVs "Absolutely Fabulous") and Jonathan Pryce(Stigmata).

JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION features the following individual episodes:

The Storyteller recalls his days of servitude to the King for bamboozling the Royal Cook out of a free meal. A story a day was his punishment or else boil in the cook's cauldron of oil. All goes well until the final day when he can't think of a story to save his life.

Upon fleeing her kingdom to escape an arranged marriage, the lovely Princess Sapsorrow toils in the kitchen of a faraway palace, disguised as an ugly hag. Her masquerade is no ball, as Sapsorrow has fallen in love with a Prince, who sees her only as a peasant.

Upon news of the birth of a Luck Child, a peasant boy predicted by wise men to one day wear the crown, the cruel-hearted King seeks out the boy, pretending to take him under his terrible wing. Will luck indeed play a part in our hero's final destiny?

Returning from war, a young soldier trades his last biscuit for a magical sack into which anything summoned will enter. Trapping devils and even Death himself, the soldier brings peace to his country - but Death soon proves a greater enemy captured than free.

A young prince is tricked into helping a heartless giant escape from the king's dungeon. The evil giant unleashes terror across the land and those who go off to fight him never return. The young prince becomes the servant of the giant and tries to find where the giant's heart is hidden. But even if he were able to get the heart, can all be made right once more?

After using her powers to charm the widowed king into marrying her, an evil witch sees children standing in her way of power. She uncovers the children's secret hiding place and turns the three princes into ravens. The princess escapes, but only after seeing her stepmother's evil magic. The ravens tell the princess that she cannot speak a word for three years, three months and three days
or they will remain forever as birds. But can the princess keep her promise of silence even in the face of death?

A girl who was adopted by an abusive troll finally is freed with the help of a white lion. When her betrothed does not return after a trip, the girl is grief-stricken to learn that the troll's sister has put a spell on him and plans to marry him. The white lion appears again and helps the girl by giving her three magical gifts. But how can she use them to convince her bewitched love that she
is his true bride?

Hans, a hedgehog-boy, feels ostracized in his town so he runs away. Twenty years later, Hans helps a king lost in the woods find his way back to his kingdom. The king rewards Hans with the first thing that the king will see when he re-enters his kingdom. But when the first thing he sees turns out to be his beautiful daughter, will despair take hold or can love prevail?

Fearnot is a young man who is incapable of feeling fear. He leaves his home and his true love to embark on a vast journey to experience the shudder of fear. No monster or creature that he meets, however horrible or terrifying, makes him afraid. It is only upon his return that he learns true fear exists in the places that are closest to us.

Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
Full Screen Presentation
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Special Collector's Booklet with Behind the Scenes Materials Inside Every DVD
Scene Selections

Not Rated
Close Captioned
Running Time: 216 Minutes
DVD SLP: $24.95


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