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Last Unicorn (1982)

Director: Arthur Rankin Jules Bass     Starring: Arkin,Alan
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Format: DVD
Sku: 203470036
UPC: 012236204237
UPC 14: 00012236204237
Rating: NR
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25th Anniversary Edition.
Brought to life by the luminary voice talents of Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Boston Legal), this animated treasure is the story of a lonely unicorn who sets out on an extraordinary quest to find her lost brothers and sisters. Along the way she meets a colorful cast of characters, including a bumbling wizard who magically transforms her into a beautiful damsel. When a handsome prince falls in love with her, he challenges the evil foe who holds her captive. But the task proves harder than imagined, and the unicorn soon discovers that real magic comes from believing in the impossible. Featuring songs performed by America.

"...a rare treat for lovers of fantasy.  Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
"Greatly underrated animated film; worth seeing.  James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"...beautifully melancholic power...children's classic.  Richard Scheib, The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review

Editor's Note
Weary of being alone in the vast forest, unicorn Amalthea (Mia Farrow) begins to wonder if she's the last of her kind. Following a rumor, she joins forces with feeblish wizard Schmendrick (Alan Arkin) and wayward barmaid Molly (Tammy Grimes) to look for the mystical Red Bull, a creature known to hunt and imprison unicorns. In order to walk unnoticed among men, Schmendrick magically transforms Amalthea into a beautiful woman. Together the three embark on a adventurous journey into the dark land of King Haggard, the man rumored to control the Red Bull.

Based on Peter Beagle's novel of the same name, THE LAST UNICORN is a bright, colorful tale about love and loss. Farrow loans her fluttering voice indelibly to the lips of the unicorn, and Arkin is spot on playing the spell-casting wizard Schmendrick. The film also features the vocal talents of Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, and Angela Lansbury. Complete with an over-the-top soundtrack by the pop band America, THE LAST UNICORN is perhaps the high point of directors Arthur Rankin's and Jules Bass's film career. (They would soon move out of film to produce the two highly successful syndicated television series THUNDERCATS and SILVERHAWKS.)

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Special Edition, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/6/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1982
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20423
Video UPC UPC: 00012236204237
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alan Arkin - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Angela Lansbury - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Arthur Rankin, Jr. - Director
Video Cast Info Christopher Lee - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Jeff Bridges - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Jimmy Webb - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jules Bass - Producer
Video Cast Info Jules Bass - Director
Video Cast Info Martin Starger - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mia Farrow - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Paul Frees - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Peter S. Beagle - Writer
Video Cast Info Rene Auberjonois - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Robert Klein - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Tomoko Kida - Editor

Professional Reviews

Variety
"...Mia Farrow brings an almost moving plaintive quality to the character....For an actress to register so strongly on voice alone is a rare accomplishment..." 11/17/1982

New York Times
"...Unusually good....Imaginative spirit." 11/19/1982 p.C10

A.V. Club
"THE LAST UNICORN has a stellar voice cast....The film is episodic in the best fantasy tradition, tracking the unicorn and a magician as they encounter eccentric characters and dangerous villains..." 03/09/2011

Variety 9 of 10
The Last Unicorn represents a rare example of an animated kids' pic in which the script and vocal performances outshine the visuals...Quest framework provided by Peter S. Beagle's adaptation of his own novel ideally serves an animated musical film's need to introduce an assortment of colorful characters who can deliver specialty numbers...Mia Farrow's voice brings an almost moving plaintive quality to the character which sees the entire film through. Alan Arkin also scores as the bumbling magician, as do Christopher Lee as the evil king and, in a show-stopping turn, Paul Frees as a peg-legged, eye-patched cat.

DVD Verdict 8 of 10
The Last Unicorn is one of those films that many people my age remember fondly from their childhood. This is the first time I have seen it, and while I can't say that it is perfect, I certainly understand why it holds such a high place in so many hearts...The Last Unicorn is incredibly ambitious. While it appears on the surface to be a typical children's fantasy film, there are several things that make it unique in the genre. For one thing, while it is fully aware of the conventions of fantasy fiction, it uses that knowledge to playfully riff on those conventions. It's full of clever nods to other fantasy and folk tales, including a number of small jabs that I missed the first time around. This awareness makes for a number of funny moments that us older fantasy fans can appreciate. - Joel Pearce

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Arkin,Alan
Product attributeLabel:   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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