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Malice In Wonderland (2009/MagNet/Magnolia DVD)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Film: C

 

 

As if the Alice In Wonderland story was not played out enough, we get yet another variation in the all-British Malice In Wonderland (2009), a good-at-best retelling that tries to place the odyssey in current London like a BBC TV series.Maggie Grace from TVís Lost gets to be Alice this time and though a few of the moments here are interesting, this is so predictable and by-the-numbers that you wonder why Writer Jayson Rothwell and Director Simon Fellows bothered outside of jumping on a bandwagon.

 

If the intent is to make the story accessible to audiences who might not watch it otherwise, that only goes so far, but it is not pretentious, just does not offer much new not unlike the craze a few years ago to do every variation of Peter Pan possible.Grace is likable and the supporting cast that includes Danny Dyer, Nathaniel Parker and Matt King help, but this is likely to become a curio later as some of the stars potentially become more popular.Otherwise, this is for fans only.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image looks a bit soft throughout and Video Black can be an issue, but color is often good and sometimes exceptional.Too bad they did not have the time or money to go the hyper-color route as it may have inspired other ideas in the shoot.The Dolby Digital 5.1 is not bad, but the soundfield can disappoint and I expected more activity considering the genre.Extras include a Making Of featurette and Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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