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The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Blu-ray/DVD, 2010, 2-Disc Set, WS)

Andrew Adamson, Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent | Theatrical release: 1988 | Rating: PG (MPAA)
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Director Andrew Adamson gives a new dimension to C.S. Lewis's enchanting story with this long-awaited Disney adaptation. As the story begins, Mrs. Pevensie--in order to keep her children safe during World War II--sends Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmond (Skandar Keynes), Susan (Anna Popplewell), and Peter (William Moseley) off to stay at a professor's country estate. Away from London and under the care of a strict housekeeper, they are instructed to stick to themselves and stay out of trouble. But when an innocent game of hide-and-seek leads young Lucy to a spare room containing a large wardrobe, she discovers something that will change their lives forever. Inside the wardrobe there is a world frosted with ice and filled with magical beings. Known as Narnia, the land is stuck in eternal winter at the hands of the cruel White Witch, played with great force by the pale, strong-featured Tilda Swinton. When she steps back into reality, Lucy struggles to convince her skeptical siblings of the things she's seen. After much disbelief, the others finally enter the world as well, learning that the creatures of Narnia have long been waiting for humans like themselves to appear and break the witch's spell. But in order to be of any help to the lovable talking beavers, fawns, foxes, and centaurs that they meet, the four will have to face betrayal by one of their own as Edmond cracks under the witch's tempting offer of unlimited Turkish Delights. Under the leadership of the great lion Aslan (voice of Liam Neeson), can Lucy, Edmond, Susan, and the oldest, Peter, prove themselves heroes in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil? High-budget special effects, impressive performances by the film's young newcomers, and beautiful set design move this film far beyond previous television adaptations.

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  • Edition: WS
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Film Country: United Kingdom
  • UPC: 786936807332

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Format:Blu-ray/DVD
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"[The film] remains remarkably faithful to Lewis' story, and the innocence of his passion begins to shine through. It's there, most spectacularly, in Aslan, the lion-king messiah." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (12/16/2005)

"[T]he spirit of the book is very much intact....[The film uses] available technology to capture both the mythic power of Lewis's tale and, even better, its charm."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (12/09/2005)

"Its epic scope and elaborate battles will raise comparisons with Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/09/2005)

"[Swinton] is magisterially wonderful as the witch-queen of Narnia."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (02/01/2006)

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]e get dazzling special effects, battle sequences, and a menagerie of cool creatures."
Premiere - Premiere Staff (05/01/2006)

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Created: 09/08/06

Inside the most magical wardrobe

Is there anything more exciting for a bored child than to discover a portal that opens into a magical world of fairies and fauns, where a majestic lion battles a bad witch? That's the premise of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Walt Disney Picture's version of the first book in Lewis' seven-volume, allusion-rich, and allegorical exploration of Christian theology.

During the London Blitz, four English children (The Pevensie children, ages 12 to 17) are evacuated to the country, into the care of an eccentric old professor. Soon, the children stumble upon a wardrobe in an unused room. Like Alice in Wonderland, the wardrobe is the portal to another world. Once they cross the threshold, they go into a magical world.

As the Pevensie kids enter Narnia, they have to face some unexpected truths. Jadis the bad-tempered, cold-hearted evil White Queen (Tilda Swinton), holds all of Narnia in her frozen grip.

Their sudden, but expected arrival triggers a call to war. And the lion king messiah Aslan returns to lead the way. Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keenness), older brother Peter (William Moseley), sister Susan (Anna Popplewell), and, the youngest, Lucy (Georgie Henley), will have to face great challenges as they fight alongside Aslan to return Narnia to the glorious kingdom it used to be.

As fantasy films go, Narnia tells a relatively easy-to-follow story, clearly designed for a younger audience than The Lord of the Rings. The typical core family values theme of the Disney movies mixes its brand of Christian family values with popular English sentiment.

Despite comparisons to The Lord of the Rings, Narnia has more in common with both The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan, since all three stories involve children who escape day-to-day pessimism to experience wild adventures.

High-tech special effects enable the filmmakers to breath life into exotic and beautiful creatures of myth and fantasy. Fauns with the legs of goats, half-human and half-horse centaurs, and a magnificent lion that talks and leads an army of gnomes, fairies, beavers, hawks, and foxes are some of the visual marvels this movie offers us.

Director Andrew Adamson (Shrek) makes an impressive live-action debut, getting engrossing performances from his young cast and grafting a nice world of special effects, giving The Chronicles of Narnia an impressive start as another family classic of myth and fable on the big screen.

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Created: 09/16/08

A classic film adaptation of a classic book!

Director Andrew Adamson brilliantly brought the timeless story of "The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" to the big screen in December of 2005. What he accomplished was a masterful film version of this classic story. Set during World War II, a group of British siblings leave their war-torn hometown to go and stay with kind, elderly Professor Digory Kirke (Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent) at his country estate. There, the children discover an old wardrobe filled with winter coats. Making their way through, they enter the world of Narnia, which is cast in a spell of winter. They encounter a faun named Mr. Tumnus (James McAvoy), and a couple of talking beavers. They also meet Jadis, the white witch (Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton), who holds Narnia in an eternal spell of winter. Everything changes when they finally meet Aslan the lion (voiced by Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson). The overall scope of this film is beautifully executed from start to finish, bringing to the screen a masterful variation of the classic C.S. Lewis novel. This 4-disc extended DVD release has a lot of great features. In addition to the bonus material included with the previous DVD release, there is a special segment called 'The Dreamer Of Narnia', a previously unreleased film about C.S. Lewis, plus additional featurettes. And, an extended 150-minute version of the movie in its original widescreen format. This set comprises the definitive 'Narnia' DVD experience. "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" is an excellent family film that will appeal to people of all ages.

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Created: 03/13/08

The Chronicles of Narnia: (2006 DVD)

When I was in 6th grade, many years ago, I chose to read the book "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" for a class reading assignment. From the moment I opened the book, I was drawn into a fantasy world any child would love to discover! I too, as a youngster wanted a wardrobe like the one Lucy discovers while playing hide and seek with her siblings. To this day, this story has remained with me as a close friend and reminder of childhood dreams and imaginations!

I bought this particular DVD because I love the story, and the film adaptation and glorious special effects. I am certain that I will love this special boxed edition with more Narnia!

I really can't find anything negative to add...Two Thumbs Up!

Evil has reigned for 100 years...

A spectacular movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved classic. The adventure follows the four Pevensie siblings - Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter - in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe in the country home of an elderly professor. They find a land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has been cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Under the guidance of the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a battle that will free Narnia from her icy spell forever!

It's a classic tale, and I recommend it to anyone who loves adventure, fantasy and the magical world of C.S. Lewis!

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Created: 06/22/06

WOW !!

This wonderful movie gives us back the "special effects film" proper. Here's hoping it helps to wean younger viewers (and older ones who should know better) away from the "might-as-well-be-a-carto​on" overkill of the Matrix and other CGI-fests - even Jackson's Kong has, for me, one dinosaur-chase too many - and back to the mythopoeic splendours of true cinema artists like Ray Harryhausen. Setting aside the technical verisimilitude of 2001 and the zooming rockets of Star Wars, it's no coincidence that the previous benchmark for really special special effects was "Jason and the Argonauts"; bringing mythology to life - that is, putting real performers in the frame with mythical beasts - is the modern age's equivalent of Ovid and the rest doing it in narrative poetry. With Narnia, we finally get a worthy contemporary inheritor of those legacies, cinematic and literary.

Of course, one of the secrets of a great "special effects film" is that the wizardry is complemented by excellence in other areas. Narnia gives us, for a start, some genuinely good child actors (English ones, to boot!) for our protagonists. The young performers here manage to convey emotion and just the right level of anachronism to chime with the story's wartime setting, without resort to jarring Harry Potterish bum notes of trendiness (or that series' often wooden, school-play delivery of the juvenile dialogue). Georgie Henley in particular is absolutely pitch-perfect in her depiction of little Lucy's delight, terror, sadness, and, above all, innocent wonder - the perfect "Disney kid," in fact (and much, much better than that brand might imply).

The Narnia grown-ups are also fantastic, similar streaks ahead of the Potter adult rota: compare James Cosmo's brief and brilliant Father Christmas here with the Dumbledores of Harris and Gambon, for example. Better still, put Tilda Swinton's subtly terrifying White Witch against any of cinema's fear-queens and she's going to come out at the top. James McAvoy's faun is a touching demonstration of that actor's striking versatility.

Meanwhile, on the voice-over front, we have Ray Winstone's delightful Mister Beaver (paired with a Dawn French thankfully restrained from making this character "her own" (i.e. not funny)), a great, appropriate fox from Rupert Everett and many other fine vocalisations, culminating in a gloriously leonine sound-portrait of Aslan from Liam Neeson.

The story is already established as a modern classic; the screenplay is pretty faithful. Pacing, cinematography (a glorious colour palette is on view throughout) and music are all fine, too. But the breath is most taken, of course, by the beautifully-integrated effects. When I spoke of the voice-over performances just now, you have to see what amazing justice is done to the real actors by their animated counterparts (and vice-versa). Facial expressions, body-language, authentic animal behaviour and anthropomorphic adaptations are welded in magnificent style, convincing and entertaining at the same time. The wolves look as real as the centaurs; the demons are as alive as the cheetahs; the gryphon (the gryphon!) is somehow truer to "life" than, say, any of the Black Beauties we've seen filmed. The phoenix is astounding. In true Jason style, we also get a harpy, taunting Aslan on his way to his execution.

The masterpiece in this gallery of wonders, indeed, has to be Aslan; the lion is real; super-real; moving just for being so beautifully realised !!

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Created: 09/03/07

The Chronicles of Narnia

This is a tale by C.S. Lewis, a timeless adventure. Four siblings discover the magical kingdom through a game of hide and seek first discovered by Lucy, and then by the others. Edmund, Susan, Lucy, and Peter have been sent to this English country side manor by their mother for protection from the bombers pounding London during World II. Edmund falls for the white witches' (Jadis) story of becoming king and not Peter the older brother. Jadis is out to keep any humans from fulfilling the prophecy which would end her reign. Edmund sells out several characters to obtain this, only to fall from grace. The special effects are amazing they bring the fairy tale creatures to life. Dwarves, fauns, centaurs, giants, and Aslan a wise lion as Peters' mentor. You have chases across melting lakes that have been frozen since Jadis started her reign of perpetual winter. Be prepared for the climatic and age old battle of good over evil. The Chronicles of Narnia is truly an excellent addition to any DVD library. I bought it to add to my library so I can watch it when I want to without being cut up for commercials as eventually most movies do. What I liked about it was that the movie did not drag on. It kept you interested and excited.

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