Cine Outsider header
Left bar Home button Disc reviews button Film review button Articles button Blogs button Interviews button Right bar
news archive
Older news stories have been archived by year and month, most recent first. They can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
2021 2020 2019
2018 2017 2016
2015 2014 2013
2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007
2006 2005 2004
Surreal fantasy gem The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray in October

13 September 2021

A surreal fairytale featuring the world's first communist princess, a bizarre fish and a malevolent dwarf that haunted the nightmares of generations of children from the mid-'60s onwards, The Singing Ringing Tree is coming to Blu-ray in high definition for the first time.

To win the love of a beautiful but arrogant princess, a prince must find The Singing Ringing Tree. His quest leads him to a magical garden ruled by an evil dwarf, who allows the prince to take the tree on condition he wins the princess' love before sunset. If he fails, the prince will be transformed into a bear!

Based on a story by The Brothers Grimm, fantasy masterpiece The Singing Ringing Tree was a sensation on its 1957 theatrical release in East Germany, which seared itself on the imaginations of a generation of UK youth after its BBC transmission in December 1964.

The Singing Ringing Treet Blu-ray cover art

The Singing Ringing Tree will be released on UK Blu-ray by Network Distributing on 18 October 2021 at the RRP of £17.99.


  • Widescreen theatrical version with German audio or alternative music-only soundtrack
  • Fullscreen version with English narrated soundtrack or alternative French and Spanish soundtracks
  • Interview with a Princess: a 2003 interview with ‘The Princess’ Christel Bodenstein
  • Image gallery
  • Limited edition booklet by cultural historian Tim Worthington

You can read Camus' review of the earlier DVD release of the film here.