Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he ... See full summary »
Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he encounters an old Punch and Judy man. Written by
Filming lasted for a period of six months in the early months of 1984 . Editing and special effects took the best part of summer and fall of 1984 and the series was eventually broadcast in the last two months of 1984 , culminating on Christmas Eve 1984 (coinciding with the events of the finale which take place on Christmas Eve). See more »
I, too, came across this film on PBS' 'Wonderworks'. I watched it mostly for Patrick Troughton, who I knew from 'Doctor Who', and wound up falling in love with the story. My family watches it every Christmas, as well. The juxtaposition of magic and Christmas makes for a wonderful holiday treat. All in all, a satisfying adaptation of a wonderful novel.
'The Box of Delights' *is* available on video in NTSC format. I got mine through eBay, if I recall correctly. Be careful, though. There are two versions: a two-hour version and a three-hour version. Do *not* get the two-hour version; it cuts out every mention of the police, which leaves Peter's line (What? The bloodhounds of the law?) making no sense.
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