Watership Down (Deluxe Edition DVD)

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Watership Down 1978 DVD (Region One Playable in North America – The US, Canada, Mexico, etc.) Deluxe Edition. Color. Widescreen. Deluxe Edition.

Music by Art Garfunkel. Voices of John Hurt, Zero Mostel, Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott.

Much like Richard Adams' wonderful novel this animated tale of wandering rabbits is not meant for small children. It is, however, rich storytelling, populated with very real individuals inhabiting a very real world. The animation is problematic, sometimes appearing out of proportion or just below par; but it seems to stem from an attempt at realism, something distinguishing the film's characters from previous, cutesy, animated animals.

A band of rabbits illegally leave their warren after a prophecy of doom from a runt named Fiver (voiced by Richard Briers). In search of a place safe from humans and predators, they face all kinds of dangers, including a warren that has made a sick bargain with humankind, and a warren that is basically a fascist state. Allegories aside, Down is engaging and satisfying, and pulls off the same amazing trick that the novel did--you'll forget that this is a story about rabbits.