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Matilda (Special Edition) (1996)

Danny DeVito , Rhea Perlman , Danny DeVito  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (643 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Writers: Nicholas Kazan, Roald Dahl, Robin Swicord
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, Joshua Levinson, Liccy Dahl, Martin Bregman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (643 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VCZKW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Matilda (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

Classroom Games: Math Game and Spelling Bee
Get Rid of Miss Trunchbull! Trivia Game
Make Magic with Matilda!
A Children's Guide to Good Manners
A Truly Terrible Test!
Escape to the Library!
Matilda The Movie Character Gallery
Matilda Read-Along
Matilda's Movie Magic
Matilda's Movie about Making Matilda
Terrify the Trunchbull!
Matilda's Movie Magic! Featurette
A Children's Guide to Good Manners Featurette
Escape to the Library Featurette
Featurette: My Movie About Making Matilda by Mara Wilson
Matilda the Movie Read-Along
A Truly Terrible Test! Set-Top Game
Matilda the Movie Character Gallery
Terrify the Trunchbull! - Interactive Fun
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See the world from a kid's-eye view with MATILDA, a modern fairytale that mixes hilarious humor with the magical message of love. Mrs. Doubtfire's Mara Wilson stars as Matilda, a super-smart little girl who's woefully misunderstood by her parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman), her brother, and anevil school principal. But with the help of a brave best friend and a wonderful teacher, Matilda discovers she doesn't have to get mad to get even. 2013 BD Release: From best-selling author Roald Dahl and the unique vision of Danny DeVito comes Matilda, remastered in high definition! This modern-day fairy tale mixes hilarious humor with a magical message of love. Mrs. Doubtfire’s Mara Wilson stars as Matilda, a super-smart little girl who’s woefully misunderstood by her parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman), her brother and an evil school principal. But with the help of a brave best friend and a wonderful teacher, Matilda discovers she doesn’t have to get mad to get even.

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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie December 19, 2002
Format:DVD
Matilda is worth watching, and I think worth owning too. However, let's get the reservations over before all the good stuff.
Miss Trunchbull, played by Pam Ferris, is a sadist. She is definitely mean. At two places in the movie she throws a child out a school window (she is really, really mean). Matilda's parents are self-absorbed and at best ignore Matilda, which occasionally borders on abuse. The images of Matilda's school can be disturbing, especially the "Chokie", a small cramped dark closet with spikes in the door. These images could be disturbing for younger children, particularly those under the age of 7 or 8. However, you have to judge the ability of your child to understand that these images are not real. These are the dark parts of the movie.
Matilda is clearly a genius, as evidenced by her actions from a very early age. Matilda overcomes her not very bright parents and learns how to fend for herself in the world. In fact, after a while she treats her parents as something to be concerned about, because they clearly do not know how to take care of themselves in the world.
Matilda is a positive role model throughout the movie. She learns to read on her own, and finds the value in the library and books. She learns that there are people who understand her (Miss Jennifer Honey, played by Embeth Davidtz) and love her for who she is. She also learns that people who seem scary to her (Miss Trunchbull) can be scary to others. Her desire to protect others and do what is right helps her overcome her fear of Miss Trunchbull and do what is right.
Mara Wilson plays Matilda very well. She has a lot of talent, and makes Matilda come alive.
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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOVE the movie; the DVD isn't widescreen!!! June 11, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
WHY, oh, WHY wasn't this made into a widescreen special edition? Some of the special features are even in widescreen. What in the world is up with that?? I enjoyed the special features, but wish there had been more (like a commentary). I don't get why they wasted time in making this without using the widescreen format. I feel like I've been taken.

About the movie: this is a favorite in our family. It's a bit dark, and some people are upset by it, but there's a positive message and a happy ending (oops, was that a spoiler?) I highly recommend it, and probably the best age to see this would be 6 or 7 and up, depending on how sensitive your child is.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC FUN MOVIE.! NEEDS TO BE WIDESCREEN! June 13, 2005
By Adorem
Format:DVD
Mathilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent young girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Mathilda's shady father.

The mordant vision of author Roald Dahl's world probably appealed to the director of War of the Roses and Hoffa, for it permeates this witty, eccentric, dark-toned children's film for adults. Matilda (Mara Wilson), an unusually bright 8-year-old whose reading fare runs to Moby Dick and For Whom the Bell Tolls, is saddled with a pair of comically selfish and obtuse parents (Danny De Vito and Rhea Perlman) whom she has to persuade to allow her to go to school. But her principil, the child-hating Miss Trunchbull Pam Ferris, proves no more enlightened than her parents. This hilariously exaggerated, Lewis Carroll-like version of the world is probably not too far from what many children may feel on a bad day. De Vito and Perlman camp it up outrageously and Ferris gives a terrific performance as a cartoonish villain. Cinematographer Stefan Czapsky shoots from a number of strange angles, making this perhaps the first expressionist film for children.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How To Survive Private School May 18, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Every now and then I see a movie intended for younger viewers that impresses me. Matilda, based on the book by Roald Dahl (Witches, James and The Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) is one such movie. This is the story of a young girl who is special. She is very intelligent, self-sufficient, and inquisitive.
When Matilda's parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) realize that she is old enough for school (sort of late) they send her to a private school run by a horribly mean woman who hates children. This environment, coupled with her life at home with a family that barely knows she is there, causes Matilda to discover and develop telekinetic powers. These she uses to help a friendly teacher and the rest of the students.
Once again a Roald Dahl book has been made into a very good movie. DeVito is excellent as a crooked used car salesman and Perlman is great as his wife. Matilda is played by the same actress who was in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. The imagery and story are of the type that can only be found in stories for younger audiences. Although the movie does differ from the book this is a movie that I highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars See it with a little one!
This is the kind of film that needs to be seen with a little one. It's charming through the eyes of a child.
Published 7 hours ago by caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie and so does my Granddaughter. Every time we see it we just laugh and laugh.
Published 3 days ago by Mimi22
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie! Shipped and received quickly!
Published 7 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Matilda!
This movie is AWESOME!!! I love the movie very much, it brings me memories from my childhood and it is great that they bring up the special features with the cast reunion, it was... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Monica Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars ... came as described from seller and on time absolutely love this...
ordered this for my adult literacy student as a way for her to acquire English dialogue while having something to watch with the entire family -- came as described from seller and... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amina
5.0 out of 5 stars Matilda=Amazing
Is there anything else to say here? It's Matilda! One of the best, if not the best, movies ever made. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Brock Hauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Boys loved it
Published 10 days ago by creola
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
adorable movie!
Published 10 days ago by Jenna S.
5.0 out of 5 stars family movie night
A wonderful family movie!
Published 11 days ago by Jasmine Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a favorite!
Always an all-time favorite! Continues to be a family favorite!! Always enjoyed :) A great "dream comeback" for those who are given an unfair life!!
Published 13 days ago by Pen
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