The Golden Compass (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)
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Based on the first volume in Philip Pullman's best-selling,award-winning trilogy, His Dark Materials, THE GOLDEN COMPASS unfolds anepic fantasy adventure set in a parallel world, where science and magicintertwine.Twelve-year-old Lyra Belacqua (played by newcomer Dakota BlueRichards) sets out to rescue her best friend, and ends up on anextraordinary quest to save not only her own world, but ours and othersas well. Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and stars with Daniel Craigin this triumph of the imagination. Filled with fascination, depth andwonder, Pullman's saga presents the eternal struggle of good vs. evil --and the power of one young girl heal a rift torn in the fabric of theuniverse.]]>
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My main problem with this movie is the same one I had with David Lynch's Dune: You really wouldn't know what's going on unless you've read the book. I saw the movie before I read the book, but my wife, who was watching it with me, had just finished the trilogy and she was able to explain a lot of what I was seeing - much like when I watch Dune with someone who hasn't read the book.
So in the end, The Golden Compass suffers from being too complex and fast-paced in order to do justice to the book it's based on. Yes, I liked the movie a lot (enough to buy it for my library), and it inspired me to read the fantastic novels, but those who haven't read the book may be confused by what they're seeing.
I wholeheartedly recommend this movie, but I really recommend reading the book first to get everything out of it.
The one alethiometer that survived is now in the possession of Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig), a college professor who defies the Magisterium by confirming the existence of dust. I'm not referring to the allergy-inducing particles that settle on ordinary surfaces; I'm referring to the magical substance that's somehow related to a rift between their universe and ours. Because this has put him at odds with the Magisterium, he gives the alethiometer to his orphaned niece, Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), a young girl raised by the professors at a university. Lyra, who absolutely hates being called a lady, is clever, bold, and incredibly headstrong, with an adventurous spirit that occasionally gets her into trouble. Her spirit--or daemon, as referred to by the characters--is Pan (voiced by Freddie Highmore), who hasn't quite decided which animal form to take.Read more ›
I promise, I tried my best to like this movie, for the sake of those books. For the sake of Sam Elliot and the goddess Nicole Kidman. Heck, even for that cute little new girl. They all did their best, but frankly this movie was fluff, and it's hard to work with fluff. How could they take such thought- and controversy- provoking books and turn them into fluff? I'm hardly an atheist, but I had appreciated the story's urge for free thought, free will, and a keener look at authority. The smidgen they put in here was all too welcomed, but not enough to give this movie proper heart and soul.
What we are left with is a rushed train of lovely cinematography, scenery, and special effects that accompany an equally rushed plot. Yes, there is a lot of story to get into this movie, but making that the priority left me cold toward these characters who were weak in the book and utterly two-dimensional on screen. I felt like I was an infant teenager being instructed in the ways of generic fantasy. Talking bears? Soul-daemons? Other worlds? Texas as a country?Read more ›
Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards) is clearly the star of this adventure that explores the possibility of other, parallel worlds whose interaction with the world as we know it is controlled by various groups of good guys and bad guys, all seeking the source of secrecy contained in a Golden Compass that can only be read by a single girl - Lyra, a poor child living in the presence of scholars. Lyra's uncle, Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) places the Golden Compass in Lyra's knowing hands and heads off to the far North to investigate the element that binds all life together - Dust. The tale is set in motion by the enigmatic Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) who gains Lyra's confidence and offers to take her to the great North. All manner of adventures occur on the journey - friends of Lyra's are threatened to be separated from their various daemons in the cruel hands of the bad guys, Lyra's encounter with a witch Serafina Pekkala (Eva Green), her assistance from a friendly astronaut (Sam Elliott) and an armored bear - and with all fantasies, good prevails - or does it? Tune in for the very obvious next installment.
The pleasures are many, not the least of which are the voices and changing forms of the little animal daemons. The cast is excellent and the whole movie sails with yet another beautiful musical score by Alexandre Desplat. It is a nice diversion, but you have to love fantasy. Grady Harp, May 08
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bad movie, Anti-Christian books. Maybe they made it this bad so that your interest would be piqued and you would read the books. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jraptor
This movie was okay. I felt it was disjointed. I liked the armored bears but wish they were featured more in the movie. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kay Raisy
I thoroughly enjoyed this magical movie and wished they had made a sequel. It was beautifully done.Published 18 days ago by annie
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To people who have found something -- a book, a movie, whatever -- that so engages them that they want to share their thoughts and feelings with other people who might have been so moved, you cavil and whinge and urge them to "get a life." You yourself, however, are moved to post... Read More
Apr 27, 2008 by ari180 | See all 5 posts
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Hi Peter, there's a good review of The Golden Compass at DVD Verdict (http://www.dvdverdict.com); it's for the bluray edition but the *many* extra features described apply to the platinum edition in question. My favorite (but dvdverdict's not far behind) site for reviews of dvds/dvd bonuses plus... Read More
May 4, 2008 by T. Borras | See all 4 posts
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The item number, according to their website, is NN1764. You can find it at www.noblecollection.com, or by doing a Google search for "Noble Collections Alethiometer". Hope that helps.
P.S.: $195!!! Good lord that's an expensive collector's item. I want one. ;-)
Jul 8, 2008 by Damion F. Chaplin | See all 2 posts
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