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Identification needed: Which Tintin series has just been advertised on DVD?

Harry Hayfield
Member
#1 · Posted: 4 Dec 2011 13:07
Sainsbury's have just screened an advert for a DVD collection of Tintin animated stories, however they did not say which version it was (Belvision or 1990's version), all they said was "5 DVD's containing all 21 animated stories". Could I ask for assistance as to which version it is, as £15 for the whole lot sounds very reasonable indeed?
mct16
Member
#2 · Posted: 4 Dec 2011 13:34
This is the 1990s version.
jock123
Moderator
#3 · Posted: 4 Dec 2011 14:57
£15 appears to be the going price across the board – it’s the same at Amazon, Play, HMV…

Just as a little clarification to people beginning their collections, or recently converted to Tintin, if it says that there are 21 stories it has to be the Ellipse-Nelvana series, as the Belvision cartoons didn’t adapt the majority of the books.

The only Belvision Tintin stories available on DVD currently are in the “Movie” boxed set, comprising The Calculus Case/ Affair, Prisoners of the Sun and The Lake of Sharks.

If you are thinking of collecting the other stories, they are only to be found as video-casette releases on the second-hand market. Best to look in charity shops or eBay if you want them.

There is some information here, or do a forum search of “Belvision" or "Ellipse-Nelvana" to find further info.
Harry Hayfield
Member
#4 · Posted: 4 Dec 2011 15:58
jock123:
if it says that there are 21 stories it has to be the Ellipse-Nelvana series, as the Belvision cartoons didn’t adapt the majority of the books.

Thank you very much indeed. Does this therefore mean that as they managed to adapt the majority of the books, this is the DVD to get or should I also get the Belvision ones for comparsion?
mct16
Member
#5 · Posted: 4 Dec 2011 18:14
Harry Hayfield:
should I also get the Belvision ones for comparsion

Basically, the Ellipse-Nelvana series pretty much sticks to the original books with just minor changes to the plot for PC and reasons of length.

The Belvision version however is pretty much a mangle of the plots with a lot of liberties taken in the storyline in a way similar to the current movie. An example is Calculus and Haddock playing major parts in the "Black Island" adaptation (when they did not appear in the original book.)

It's up to you, really.

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