This is undoubtedly one of the best adaptations of this classic children's story and both Emma Bolger as Heidi and Max von Sydow as her grandfather are simply superb. This is old fashioned good story telling with few special effects, gentle pacing and plenty of character development - in short the sort of film that could never be made in Hollywood without overbearing music, silly songs or sentimental acting. It's all the better for keeping it simple and definitely one that will make into my family library.
The DVD unfortunately has no extras but the film is defniitely worth watching.
The film does keeps itself as much a child's innocent's vision as possible, and for that it is affecting and heartwarming, albeit helplesslysomewhat a travesty of the novel - but how many film adaptations get anywhere near equalling their literary sorce.
and this cute Heidi is just so cute.
I'm getting a bit old/sentimental, because it did moisten the eye a bit even though I knew the story. So I suppose that means the film is effective.
Other than that, nothing to report. It adds nothing, and seems to me to be entirely unnecessary. But I suppose they'll keep remaking Heidi and The Little Lord and all those other things for many years to come.