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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [HD DVD] (2005)

Johnny Depp , Freddie Highmore , Tim Burton  |  PG |  HD DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (966 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: John August, Roald Dahl
  • Producers: Brad Grey, Bruce Berman, Derek Frey, Graham Burke, Katterli Frauenfelder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (966 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E5KJHA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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Fantasy Adventure. Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Depp) and Charlie, a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.

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207 of 258 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On it's own merits... July 18, 2005
I didn't want the movie to be bad. I love Tim Burton and think Johnny Depp is the riskiest actor we have an screen. I also loved the original movie for it's own merits, and at it's first viewing thought Gene Wilder was a genius. Can these two movies exist on their own merits...certainly I think they should. The origina; had it's flaws...the musical numbers had high points(Candy Man, my Imagination...and the oompa loompa songs) and low points(Cheer up Charlie)...the look is pretty dated. The new version has it's weirdnesses as well.

But is it a watchable movie on it's own merits??? Absolutely. If you want Wilder, rent it. No one is taking away your nostalgia by putting another slant on it. I feel the movie was very funny, certainly no more sick and twisted than the source it was created from. In fact, the tone of the movie, especially at the beginning, is very Dahlish.

There are diversions, Dahl himself wrote the first screenplay and managed to divert it as well, such as the Wonka father subplot...but I feel like the movie creates a world and joyously romps around in it.

As for Depp...he is fearless. Only he would delve into such an iconic role with such quirkiness. Michael Jackson...I don't see it. I feel like that is cheap. He is funny, a little demented, and there are hints at him being premeditated...but he does a fantastic job..

The other actors are well suited, Highmore is great and David Kelly is especially good in the first half.

It is a very well done film...and worth a view....But not if you're going to hate it right off the bat....why spend your money to hate something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet treat August 22, 2005
By milss
The new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory represents exactly what the audience should expect from a Tim Burton film: exuberant sets that challenge all possible camera angles and show a kitsch quality; weird supporting characters that prove to be a critic and piercing look at the American suburban world, Danny Elfman's exquisite music and as a cherry top, the presence of Johnny Depp, in his fifth collaboration with Burton.

The original 1971 film had a clear anchor in the pop visual look of the times; Burton's film evokes some 60's pictures in his art direction, photography and in the sweet innocence quality that all movies lack in the present. Without a doubt, the production design, art direction, costumes and sets are worthy of an Oscar; as well as Elfman's score, who added music to the verses written by Ronald Dahl, the author of the book.

Likewise, we should speak of Johnny Depp's performance for his extraordinary creation of Wonka. Compared to Gene Wilder's character in the 71' film, Depp's Wonka is more repressed, more peculiar and far more apt to this version, because it looks real and nostalgia-free.

The casting was terrific, from my point of view, and no one dissapointed in that department. A special mention to the man who played the Oompa Loompas...he was just superb and hilarious, in a freaky way, but terrific!!

In conclusion, I think Burton's version is superior, its ending more wholesome and its sensibility definitely more contemporary. This movie has updated all the elements that became somewhat obsolete in the 1971 film. All these aspects have enriched the story, and this makes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a very sweet treat.
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Everyone says this, but I gotta say it too: loved the original and the book. It was wonderful to see things from the book in the film, like the squirrels, musical numbers, and even little things like having charlie's father actually alive.

But to me, the big thing that could make or break the movie was the casting of Wonka, and there are dozens of actors I would have chosen over Depp, and it is painfully obvious that this was just an excuse to cash in on depp's popularity. FOR GOD'S SAKE, ITS LIKE HE'S A STRANGER IN HIS OWN FACTORY! It's like he was visiting there for the first time, and just happened to the be the tourist of the group carrying the map, wandering around aimlessly.

Neither Depp nor Wilder hit the character right on, but Wilder had that spring in his step, that twinkle in his eye that showed that he knew what was going on, and was in control at all times. The kids were horrendous compared to the eccentric, wonderfully terrible brats of the original. Charlie wasn't bad, and I'm happy to say he was very well cast, and I enjoyed him.

The badly placed backstory and inclusion of Christopher Lee (whom I love) was pointless, and changed the message of the story from "good things work out for those who are good" to "family is most important". WHICH DONT GET ME WRONG, IS A GOOD MESSAGE, but not what I wanted from a story I loved. It ruined the point of them being in the factory and everything, and only worked to make Depp more pedophile-like. As another reviewer said, Burton wanted to be more faithful to the source material? Well, way to add in an entirely usless subplot that changed the entire message, Tim!
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Gene Wilder did not appear in the "original"
They couldn't possibly be referring to the original movie, since this is the second movie derived from the literary source material, and this is the page for that movie. Do people REALLY need to put "film" behind each time they say original to know what they mean? Especially within... Read More
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What if Willy Wonka Were Real?!
a sense of humor ...

I've been eating Wonka candy for years so someone does have a sense of humor.
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