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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 (623 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 (623 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000VCZKW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009 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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88 of 96 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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97 of 111 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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18 of 21 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern childrens' classic! June 18, 1998
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Format:DVD
Based on the book written by Roald Dahl (who brought "Willy Wonka" to life), this story revolves around the 6-year-old title character and her incredibly dysfunctional "Typical American" family. Daddy is a used car salesman, Mommy is a throwback to the worst stereotype of the 1960's housewife, and her brother is equally without redeeming qualities, but she loves them anyway and tries to save them from themselves -- most of the time.
Matilda escapes her life as an unpaid and unloved receiving clerk for her father's business (which is under surveillance by inept FBI agents) by devouring every book she can lay her hands on.
The next step in her liberation is toward Crunchem Hall, the neighborhood school run by -- well, I won't spoil the plot, just suffice it to say that "Matilda" is a Must Buy for any home with kids and a DVD player!
This film is as rich and delicious as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and is no more a "little girl movie" than "Wonka" was a "little boys' movie." For that matter, even adults will enjoy this one, especially when watching it with your (or anyone else's) kids. END
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70 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Other reviewers are correct. MATILDA, one of Danny DeVito's underrated masterpieces of humor, was released in 2.35:1. Once again, a DVD release crops it to fit "conventional" televisions. The term "conventional" is fast become outdated, since 16:9 widescreen digital TVs are getting increasingly affordable. My humble suggestion: make clear to studios that charging us full price for only half the frame of the director's movie are charging TOO MUCH. Wait for a "real" special edition that presents the film as DeVito intended it to be seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Three generations of my family still watch ...
Great movie. Three generations of my family still watch and enjoy it.
Published 1 day ago by CDE
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I love this movie! :)
Published 4 days ago by Israel Tellez
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my all time favorite movies, which is saying a lot for...
This is one of my all time favorite movies, which is saying a lot for a 64 year old man who also loves Goodfellas, the Riddick Chronicles, Star Wars, zombie flicks, etc. Read more
Published 6 days ago by J. MCBRIDE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like this along with the Grande. Great movie nights DVD.
Published 6 days ago by Rhonda Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has been our family favorite for many years and I am now...
This movie has been our family favorite for many years and I am now passing it on to my grandchildren. Our family is pro-adoption. Read more
Published 7 days ago by L. Karres
1.0 out of 5 stars Frightening for children.
Purchased this movie as it looked like a fun family night movie. Something like Nanny McFee, perhaps. My kids kept getting scared. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Aaron M. Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remembered
Loved this movie when I was little and still love it till this day! The special additions on it are fun cute games that will keep your kids busy for a little while!
Published 8 days ago by Danielle M
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie! My grandkids loved it
Very good movie! My grandkids loved it!
Published 9 days ago by pat acred
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
One of my all time favorite childhood movies! You cannot go wrong with this classic!
Published 10 days ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Roald Dahl would approve.
Clever story brought to life in film. Roald Dahl would approve. The cast is superb, the movie a delight.
Published 17 days ago by Canary-nose Marewee
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