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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Johnny Depp , Freddie Highmore , Tim Burton  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (940 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, David Kelly
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: John August
  • Producers: Brad Grey, Richard D. Zanuck, Bruce Berman
  • Format: Dolby, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (940 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BB1MI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Becoming Oompa-Loompa: How Did They Turn One Man into Thousands of Oompa-Loompas?!?
  • Oomp-Loompa Dance Machine Challenge
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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Mixed reviews and creepy comparisons to Michael Jackson notwithstanding, Tim Burton's splendidly imaginative adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would almost surely meet with Roald Dahl's approval. The celebrated author of darkly offbeat children's books vehemently disapproved of 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (hence the change in title), so it's only fitting that Burton and his frequent star/collaborator, Johnny Depp, should have another go, infusing the enigmatic candyman's tale with their own unique brand of imaginative oddity. Depp's pale, androgynous Wonka led some to suspect a partial riff on that most controversial of eternal children, Michael Jackson, but Burton's film is too expansively magnificent to be so narrowly defined. While preserving Dahl's morality tale on the hazards of indulgent excess, Burton's riotous explosion of color provides a wondrous setting for the lessons learned by Charlie Bucket (played by Freddie Highmore, Depp's delightful costar in Finding Neverland), as he and other, less admirable children enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Wonka's confectionary wonderland. Elaborate visual effects make this an eye-candy overdose (including digitally multiplied Oompa-Loompas, all played by diminutive actor Deep Roy), and the film's underlying weirdness is exaggerated by Depp's admirably risky but ultimately off-putting performance. Of course, none of this stops Burton's Charlie from being the must-own family DVD of 2005's holiday season, perhaps even for those who staunchly defend Gene Wilder's portrayal of Wonka from 34 years earlier. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

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 andenduring story.

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206 of 257 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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86 of 109 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars It hasn't GOT a point - that's why it's CANDY July 20, 2005
You just need to get the old version of the movie out of your head before you see this, and approach it with an open mind. It's not really a musical, and it's not exclusively a kid's movie. But to my mind it's the best movie Tim Burton ever made, and considerably increased my assessment of Johnny Depp, whom you will find weird if you were hoping for Gene Wilder and wonderful if you were hoping for the actual Willy Wonka as written by the original author, Roald Dahl.

I had the strange experience of seeing Johnny Depp in "Finding Neverland" and two days later in "Chocolate Factory." Johnny's turn as Willy Wonka is the strangest, weirdest, and most engaging performance of any kind I've seen in years. It's what Jim Carrey in "Unfortunate Events" couldn't be: interesting, complex, and subtle. It makes the new "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" not only the best movie of the summer but one that will be worth owning and rewatching time and again.

More importantly, Depp's and director Tim Burton's vision of the Roald Dahl novel seems much closer to Dahl's own way of thinking: in Dahl novels, adults are incomprehensibly self-involved, ignoring their malevolent influence on the kids in their lives (which is ironic when you come to think of it; as in real life it often feels like the reverse). It's up to a few right-thinking kids to teach the grownups how to live. This inside-out dynamic registers on every close-up of Willy Wonka's twitchy face: staring at the wrong moments, scarcely in control of his limbs, you can see the effects of Wonka's own unsympathetic upbringing.

Director Tim Burton's incredible visual imagination seems to have melded with his own recent status as a dad here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Still prefer the old one
So bad. Never like Johnny Depp in much anything anymore. I think Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and Pirates of the Carribean are about the only things I find him to fit in now. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Cody Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 11 days ago by george wong
5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH A GREAT MOVIE
I love this movie. The Johnny Depp one isn't my favorite, but when my son was done reading the book we watched this with him. Read more
Published 17 days ago by quibecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent transaction and product!
Published 21 days ago by Debora D. Royal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The product was practically new!
Published 24 days ago by Shaina Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Average movie but fun for kids
Johnny Depp is his usual very weird self. Interesting story line contaminated by JD and Burton's strange view of the world. Average movie but fun for kids. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Dave Cloud
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
This isn't the Gene Wilder version, which was fantastic, but it is a fun Depp movie. And the 7-Up guy narrates it! From Dr. No to this!
Published 28 days ago by Erron
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film!
At first I was a purest... I didn't like it because it was different from the original (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory). Read more
Published 28 days ago by DLester
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All I can said 5 stars
Published 1 month ago by quidang
4.0 out of 5 stars I Like This Movie
I loved the original move but because I love Johnny Depp I enjoyed this version too.
Published 1 month ago by micohawinds
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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?!
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I've been eating Wonka candy for years so someone does have a sense of humor.
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