Tale of Tales

Tale of Tales

DVD - 2016
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Based on three spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the misadventures of three kings. In the kingdom of Longtrellis, the King (John C. Reilly) and his Queen (Salma Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means. Meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Toby Jones) marries his daughter off to a brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea. At the same time, the sex-obsessed ruler of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman with whom he falls in love is not quite what she seems. Overflowing with surreal, dazzling surprises, this intoxicating cinematic spectacle is a delirious excursion into the dark heart of fairy tales.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Shout Factory,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE TAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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Apr 08, 2019

Unusual but oddly intriguing story telling, vacillating between silly comedy and horrific violence.
Note: the effort spent on elaborate makeup and sets (e.g. skinned woman, underwater monster) seemed wasted on-screen due to shadowy, dim lighting.

Jan 08, 2019

if you are looking for fairy tales, do not judge this DVD by its jacket.
These tales are graphically bloody, with two or three very explicit sex scenes. The stories are nightmarish, and if there is a moral to each, it is obfuscated by the gruesomeness of the production.
As to the group age suitability ... none.
I would attribute it 0 stars, but I will be generous and give it 1 just for the creative costumes.

Jul 31, 2018

Some very vivid characters, imaginative set designs and fine costumes, but the choppy and jerky editing ruins the continuity. Fun, but hardly memorable.

May 30, 2018

Brilliant! Stories written ages ago can be seen in a contemporary light. A message for people in all stages of life. Never hold back your sons, pick your own partner, never crave being young, be careful what you lust after, don't think you know what is best for another, and know what to value. The scenes are breath taking and the costumes exquisite. The acting wonderful. A real message for people of today. A movie teens should watch.

May 25, 2018

It wont have broad appeal, but the costumes and the locations/ sets are lush and other worldly. A little long for my tastes, but interesting take on three stories written centuries ago.

Apr 05, 2018

AWESOME! Good job, you guys.

Feb 15, 2018

This epic movie falls into the ‘must see” category. It is so different and the acting is so good that it would be a shame to miss. Caution: it is not for the prudish. That said, one can enjoy a very well done blend of three fairy tales involving three kings, and a menagerie of monsters, strange beasts and magical happenings. Well beyond what Hollywood could produce.

Feb 09, 2018

The Story telling is nearly non-existent. Not worth watching at all.

Jan 02, 2018

bizarre and not in a good way ~

Oct 25, 2017

Pointless, and an absolute waste of time!

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Jan 08, 2019

Other: "Frightening or Intense Scenes"; "Violence"; "Sexual Context' do not even begin to describe it.

Feb 02, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The sea monster battle. A woman savagely eats a large heart.

Feb 02, 2017

Sexual Content: Lesbianism and other sexual scenes.

Feb 02, 2017

Violence: A man's chest is lacerated. The killing and dissection of a sea monster.

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Feb 02, 2017

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Jun 23, 2017

Birth is always stained by death. And death, in turn, is simply one element of birth
and not even the most dramatic one. ... You want a child? Every new life calls for a life to be lost. The equilibrium of the world must be maintained.
Who sings with such a beautiful voice? Where have you been hiding all this time?
... Don't hide! Stay out in the sunlight. Please, stay out to warm your cold king. Oh I see! So you want to play hard to get. Well, so be it. I have fought many wars in my time. And even the most impregnable fortress surrenders at last.
Before long you will be old enough to be married and then you will depart these walls forever.
-Well... If that is indeed the case, then find me a husband.
A husband? What sort of husband would you like?
-Well... I'd like my husband to be courageous and strong and... handsome.
I'm sure such a man exists, but until we find him, please, do not agitate yourself over a future none of us can predict. ...


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