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I recently bought this DVD so I could see a favourite movie over again. It played well........but I could't access any of the extras! This was a FOWL thing to happen on a DVD!
However, the PACKAGING of this DVD is, er.,,EGGSellent!
Perhaps because this CAN be considered a chilldrens' movie, the removal of this DVD, from it's case, is the easiest I have ever come across. Press your finger in the place indicated....and two seconds later, wow -- your DVD is free(!) to put into your DVD player. ALL future DVDs should come in similar packaging. Doesn't look any more expensive to produce this type of DVD packaging, than similar cases, (which -- should women, (and men!) users ever band together in a class law-suit over broken finger-nails caused by difficult-to-open DVD packaging -- could easily bankrupt several studios. (Only kidding??????) Anyway, the DVD case that CHICKEN RUN comes in is DEFINITELY one for manufacturers to emulate! Labels of "Freedom opening" DVD Packaging, (in honour of that found on the 'Chicken Run' DVD), should make the DVD-buying public SO happy, that those DVD packages that are made this way, will probably increase sales for their producers many times over....in amounts Mr. & Mrs. Tweedy could never have even imagined!
O R I G I N A L.....R E V I E W.........
I totally enjoyed this movie in the theatre! So did my mom, (over 80 at the time.) Neither of us knew that this was supposed to be a children's movie -- now we do. The prevailing idea used to be that "cartoons", (animations), are just for children. Then I got to thinking.....a "cartoon", (animation) film COULD be made of "The Diary of Anne Frank". It's not the "medium" used in a film that counts....it's the message. (And, with apologies to Marshall McCluhan, medium and message really need NOT be the same.)
Reading the Amazon summary of this movie, brings back some very vivid
recollections. Yes, indeed, this IS "Stalag 17" -- with chickens, (the first scenes even LOOK like a POW camp...complete with dogs and barbed wire, with our heros and heroines ensconsed in
"Chicken Coop 17". Some of the sight-gags are, indeed, best understood by adults -- and/or precocious teens who have seen "Stalag 17", and other movies hinted at, so cleverly, in "Chicken Run". (At the beginning, our heroine, Ginger, tries to escape many times. And each time she is put into solitary confinement. Which is nothing compared to the sad fate that awaits "eggless Edwina"...! Later on, cruel Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy decide to change their farm from an chicken -egg-producing one........to a chicken-PIE-producing one! These English chickens are really scared now....but a visitor from the US, ("Rocky the Rooster", voiced by Mel Gibson), hopes to teach them to fly. But...FLY???? Chickens CAN'T FLY! Is the situation hopeless? No, of course not....but not before danger and daring await and are required of all of the chickens....including Ginger and Rocky....who, at one point, find themselves in the new chicken-pie making machinery...and OVEN!!!!! Yet Ginger, Rocky, and the other chickens and roosters, never give up trying to escape........
It's a great film. So great that, when it was over, and my mom and I went to the nearby Burger-King for a snack, I forswore my usual chicken sandwhich, and opted for a salad instead!