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The Castle Of Adventure Film, 1990

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The Castle Of Adventure Film, 1990

Postby George@Kirrin » 11 Feb 2007, 13:51

What do people think of this then, aside from the fact that an extra caracter (Sam - Brian Blessed) was introduced?

Personally for me this is my favourite feature length production, and, although I loved The Island of Adventure film the casting in this I feel is 100% spot on.

Jack and Lucy Ann coud not be better, and the squabbling between Philip and Dinah was fantastic - Dinah being so feisty. The Castle was amazing and the eagles awe inspiring. Mrs Mannering and Bill I also couldn't have placed better..

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Postby Anita Bensoussane » 11 Feb 2007, 14:05

Great casting - except for Tassie, who wasn't at all the pixie-like sprite I'd envisaged. I loved the eagles and the castle, even though the setting wasn't really "craggy." The changes to the storyline spoilt things and I'd have liked it better if they'd stuck to the book.

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Postby Tony Summerfield » 11 Feb 2007, 14:16

We are actually doing a feature on these two films on the Enid Blyton Day. I agree that Castle was well cast, but even then they had problems as Susan George walked out half way through and there had to be some hasty rewriting, when the producer James Gatwood had to bring his wife Isobel Black in to help out. Round about that time I was actually coaching their daughters, but foolishly failed to make the Blyton connection until a later date.

The man behind Castle, which was a late replacement for Ship, was Ted Francis. He was supposed to be our main speaker at an EB Day two years ago, but he never turned up! He had a video of behind the scenes material which he said he would send me, but that never turned up either!!
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Postby George@Kirrin » 11 Feb 2007, 14:47

Tony Summerfield wrote:We are actually doing a feature on these two films on the Enid Blyton Day.


*Gets very excited*

Excellent - I'd not reaslised Susan George had walked out half way through - do you know why?
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Postby Susie » 11 Feb 2007, 19:22

I never seen this film before, is it still in print?
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Postby George@Kirrin » 11 Feb 2007, 19:30

Try Ebay Susie,

I highly recommend it.
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Postby Moonraker » 12 Feb 2007, 12:39

I taped this from the television when it was shown. Our two boys simply loved it! I thought the introduction of Sam (Brian Blessed) was great. Although usually a stickler for authenticity, I enjoyed this character.

I love Susan George. I saw her in Salisbury, window shopping. It is my life-long regret that I didn't speak to her. I just chickened out.

That was most interesting, Tony, about Susan walking out. Do you know the reasons behind that?

I didn't take to Tassie or her mother. I hated the start of the film. One of the delights of Enid's writing is that we are slowly introduced to the adventure. Here, we were thrown into it immediately.

I thought the four children were wonderful, Allie was gorgeous, Kiki was a tad annoying, but I didn't like Bill. He looked nothing like him.
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Postby Ming » 12 Feb 2007, 12:47

Are you all talking about the "Cloud Nine" series of Adventure? I just borrowed a copy of "Woods of Adventure" from our library, and I must say I was annoyed by it!
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Postby George@Kirrin » 12 Feb 2007, 12:53

No Ming, we're not - as there is no Castle of Adventure in the Cloud 9 series, hence the replacement with woods.
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Postby Susie » 14 Feb 2007, 19:49

I looked it up on Ebay and it's kinda expensive, and goodness knows if it is working properly. Not sure I want to take the risk. Maybe My library would have it, here's wishful thinking. :(
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Postby George@Kirrin » 14 Feb 2007, 19:55

Try this Susie

Castle of Adventure
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Postby Moose » 14 Feb 2007, 20:16

I can't remember if I've seen it! LOL that's really bad isn't it? I HAVE seen a lot of the made for TV stuff but I don't always remember names.
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Postby Susie » 16 Feb 2007, 16:57

George@Kirrin wrote:Try this Susie

Castle of Adventure

Thank You Thank You Zoe! :D 8)
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Postby John_1978 » 16 Feb 2007, 17:23

Hi everyone
I'm new here - just discovered the site a couple of weeks ago - although I have been a Blyton fan for over 20 years (I'm 29).

I think a DVD release of Castle of Adventure is well overdue. I have got the VHS release from the early 1990s, but I believe that cuts were made of approximately 30 minutes.

I recorded it off TV at the time of the broadcast - so whenever I watch it I don't bother with the official video. Although my off-air recording is getting a little worse for wear 15 years on!

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Postby Moonraker » 16 Feb 2007, 17:31

Hi John, and welcome!

I didn't realise the VHS release was edited. I too copied mine directly from television.

To be honest, although the characterisation was excellent, I didn't like the tinkering with the plot. Pirate radio for example, as an excuse for being in the castle.

The stars of the show - the eagles!
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