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The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe / Prince Caspian & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader / The Silver Chair) (2010)

Richard Dempsey , Sophie Cook  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dempsey, Sophie Cook, Jonathan R. Scott, Sophie Wilcox
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZHR6TS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe / Prince Caspian & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader / The Silver Chair)" on IMDb

Special Features

Past Watchful Dragons - Oxford Historian Humphrey Carpenter describes how C.S. Lewis came to write The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first Narnia book
Interviews from the 2003 cast reunion
Historic interviews from the series premiere
Special Effects footage
Outtakes
Photo Galleries

Editorial Reviews

C.S. Lewis's enchanting tale comes to life in this classic BBC adaptation from 1988. When young Second World War evacuee Lucy Pevensie hides in an old wardrobe during a game of hide and seek, she finds herself transported to the magical land of Narnia, locked in eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Her siblings do not believe her when she tells them of this strange new world, but they are soon in Narnia themselves, fighting alongside the noble lion Aslan to defeat the witch and her mighty army. This set includes the following complete stories from the book series: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair.

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182 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So HAPPY to See these in their Entirety August 9, 2004
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Rather than the cartoons of Snow White, Cinderella, Pinnochio, Peter Pan, Bambi and so on, I was a resident of the land of Narnia when I was a kid. And not because my family is ultra-religious either. In fact, we never really picked up on the biblical parallels until we read about them on this website!

What we saw was a basic battle between good and evil and a great group of kids who had to conquer their shortcomings to become the best people they could be. They faced adversity and had to stand on their own against even their own friends and siblings to do what was right. And in the end, they triumphed! For me, this series contributed much more to my sense of self, my take on right and wrong, and my maturity than any Disney cartoons ever could have!

I first saw these movies on Public tv, PBS, when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old and my Mom had the foresight to record them to video tape for me. Over the years, I watched the tapes so much that they were really beginning to have poor quality, plus some pieces of the movies were missing. That's why I was delighted when these came out on DVD! Even at 20 years old, I still like to revisit my childhood for a time and I hope to share them with my children when the time comes, that being when I become a Mom.

I think my favorite would be The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the adventures are so varied and the ship is just beautiful! I love to see Eustace's transformation and all the islands they visit have so many different things and people to discover. Like Deathwater Island, the Island of the Dufflepuds and of course the Silver Sea and the underwater Warrior Sea People. This part of the film also leaves the least out. It includes most of the adventures from the book and allows time for plot development.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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Let us begin by agreeing that computer-generated images have both added to and taken from filmmaking, in ways similar to the effect performance-enhancing drugs have had on sports. We might thrill at the modern athlete who hits the ball out of the park, but we still wonder how he'd compare to Babe Ruth.

This 1980s-era BBC production is in many ways superior to the more recent cinematic version of Lewis' great fantasy; in particular, a number of elements, both major and minute, which are altered or removed in the film are faithfully represented in the BBC video Chronicles. This is no unimportant detail -- the Chronicles of Narnia is first and foremost a story; anything C.S. Lewis included is probably significant and ought not to be left out or redefined at the whim of a Director. In producing these versions of four of the seven Chronicles the BBC was careful to tell the story without incautiously rewriting it.

The technology of the 1980s, and the budget constraints upon the BBC, do play their own role in these productions, of course. In particular, the recent film's seamless blurring of the line between humans and talking animals is simply beyond what could be done in the BBC version. While Aslan is very nearly equally realized in both the Disney and BBC productions, and the BBC's Tumnus is in some ways superior to (though certainly not "better than") Disney's, other characters do not fare as well. Beaver and his wife are almost embarassingly silly in the BBC version, and Maugrim's transitions border on the painful. Some of the peripheral characters are portrayed by beautifully but unrealistically drawn animations, and most of the "magic" could be duplicated or bettered today by a tenth-grade film class.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best TV adaptation yet! July 1, 2003
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Well, the DVD set box arrived and it made my weekend! 20 years after reading the books, I am currently rereading them again, and following them up by watching the DVDs. I enjoyed the DVDs and so did my two sons aged 4 & 2. Well done to BBC for trying to faithfully adapt the books, even with the limited budget. Yes, the special effects are not always special, but pretty good for a television production back in the late 80s/early 90s. The animatronics of Aslan is convincing, especially his size. I hope this DVD production prompts the filmmakers who are planning to make a movie of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to produce something great. One surprise with the DVD set; having ordered it from North America, I thought I would not be able to play the DVDs on my Japanese (Region 2) DVD player, but, 'by Jove' it did! So maybe it is a 'Region Free' DVD. One disappointment: Maybe it was my DVD player/amp but the mono sound did not play very well on my system, with the dialogue often hard to hear. But the biggest disappointment maybe that not all 7 books were visualized by the BBC. Maybe one day! Also very good packaging, menus, special features, and liner notes!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First, The Original, The Best December 12, 2005
Format:DVD
These four movies are the first four books written by C.S.Lewis. No they do not have massive special effects, no they are not going to equal the massive epicness of Lord of the Rings. But they have something that the new version of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe lacks: emotions. The BBC version of the books more accuratly follows the story, and actually manages to bring the emotions in the book to life. It has a wonderful story, for either your religious or not religious aspects.

If your after vibrant special effects, current hollywood standards, or a short movie, then no: The BBC version is not for you. But if your after an accurate story, envoking real human emotions and portrals of children who should be mentors and examples to your own, then this is the box set for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love this set
these movies are great for the whole family i would say every family need this set of movies to watch
Published 1 day ago by Francis Daugherty
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE SERIES
I WOULD CONSIDER THIS TO ANYONE WHO LIKES THE TO IMAGE DREAM AND BELIEVE. GREAT SERIES FOR CHILDREN.ENJOYED VERY MUCH.
Published 14 days ago by MONICA T LUCIUS
5.0 out of 5 stars Narnia
A very good family movie. One with morals and lessons. A very well made movie. Great for a family night.
Published 19 days ago by Frannieanne
3.0 out of 5 stars not Disney
After watching this series I was disappointed, the effects were from the 1900's not from the 2000's. dd buy the DISNEY SERIES and was quite happy.
Published 1 month ago by Curt H. Olsen
1.0 out of 5 stars not happy with the movie
I was terrible and thought it seemed like we were watching a school play. Didn't realize it wasn't the Disney version.
Published 1 month ago by Dianna Bourke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This is BBC's version of the tale in which I like better. They have a better way of delivering the story
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed......
We were looking for the newer version of the series. Nowhere did it state that this was the older version......
Published 1 month ago by Catherine C. Ficht
1.0 out of 5 stars Purchased The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch, and the...
Product was received in good time and in good order. However, it was not the product that I had in mind, I expected the one I saw in the cinema. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melanie Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for faraway grandkids
This Chronicles set was purchased for grandkids who live far away. I was happy with the condition of the set, and they were happy to receive it.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Eldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I first found these items at Blockbuster a few years ago, but they weren't available for purchase. As the Blockbuster stores were closing, I only managed to snag The Silver Chair. Read more
Published 1 month ago by green yorkie
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