The fictionalized lives of the story-telling Grimm brothers are brought to life in this all-star fantasy film. In the early nineteenth century, the brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm are commissioned to write a family history for a local Duke. Reenactments of three of their stories including "The Dancing Princess", "The Cobbler and the Elves" and "The Singing Bone". Written by
Rumors that 'Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm' could never be "restored" because the original 3-panel Cinerama camera negatives were heavily water damaged are untrue. Sources close to Warner Brothers and Cinerama Inc, report there is actually very minimal water damage to one edge of one panel in only some reels, and the Technicolor color separation prints are intact for the entire film. Therefore if any of the water damage actually would show on screen or video, that footage could be replaced with new negative made from the Technicolor separations. 3 color separation reels for each of the 3 Cinerama panels means the replacement process would be costly, but not impossible. See more »
In the scene where the princess is leaving the castle to dance , it clearly begins during the night, but when she steps outside and walks to the carriage it is daytime, and when she arrives at her destination, it is yet again night. See more »
While it's been encouraging to see a number of George Pal's sci-fi and fantasy classics finally come to DVD, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM is one of many still waiting to debut in the digital format (along with HOUDINI, ATLANTIS: THE LOST CONTINENT, a complete PUPPETOONS collection, etc..) With Terry Gilliam's new THE BROTHERS GRIMM film in theaters, it would seem like the timing would be perfect for such a release.
Although available on VHS for some time, the tape doesn't do the film justice. GRIMM was shot using the three camera/three projector Cinarama process. With cast and crew members such as Russ Tamblyn (who provided commentary for Pal's TOM THUMB DVD) and stop-motion animator Jim Danforth still around, it would be nice to see Pal's fairy tale film get the deluxe DVD treatment, with the insight of surviving participants giving us a behind the scenes look at the making of the movie.
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