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Heidi (2017/Studiocanal/Omnibus DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: D Film: A

Orphaned at a young age, Heidi (Anuk Steffen) is sent to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. There she quickly befriends all animals and people, falling in love with life in the snow-capped mountains and beautiful green valleys. Just as suddenly she arrived, she is suddenly ripped away to live in the city as a companion to a wealthy heiress Klara, whom she quickly befriends, charms and dazzles all she meets, but she longs and misses her grandfather and longs to return to the mountains that she loves.

Alain Gsponer's Heidi (2017) is a classic tale of a young girl raised in the beautiful and lush Swiss Alps, she is wild and carefree but what sets her aside is her sweet innocence, love for nature, people and how she remains un-corrupted by the world. At first, she was reluctantly adopted by her recluse grandfather, but she quickly melts his heart of stone and for the first time in years he begins to live life again. She is however suddenly sold off by her aunt to live in the city and be a companion for a wealth girl, Klara who is wheelchair ridden. Even removed from the mountain life she loves, Heidi continues to work her magic into the hearts of the people and Klara gets stronger and healthier. But Heidi soon become homesick and longs to be free once more ...will she ever be able to return home?

This was a wonderfully retelling of Heidi that is good for the family and all ages. It's a coming of age story about a young girl appreciating the life, learning power of friendship and love and bringing the family together. The film does a beautiful setting of the Swiss Alps and of the time period, I would also definitely recommend watching in the original German language. Bruno Ganz plays her grandfather.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix are as good as they can get in the format, but there are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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