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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2-Disc Field Guide Edition) (2008)

Freddie Highmore , Sarah Bolger , Mark Waters  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte
  • Directors: Mark Waters
  • Writers: David Berenbaum, Holly Black, John Sayles, Karey Kirkpatrick, Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Producers: Cheryl A. Tkach, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JPXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,794 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Spiderwick Chronicles (2-Disc Field Guide Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Spiderwick: It's All True!
  • It's a Spiderwick World
  • Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide
  • Spiderwick: Meet the Clan
  • Making Spiderwick
  • The Magic of Spiderwick!
  • A Final Word of Advice...
  • Deleted scenes

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Additional Features

There are loads of extras on The Spiderwick Chronicles (Two-Disc Field Guide Edition), beginning with a charming overview of the film's supernatural species conducted by director Mark Waters. Waters leads viewers through a primer describing such magical creatures as brownies, ogres, and fairies, taking the whole matter very seriously in the event anyone watching should ever encounter their like. "It's a Spiderwick World!" introduces Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, creators of the The Spiderwick Chronicles book series. The authors discuss the strange inspiration for the story: a letter they received from three siblings who claimed to have gone through exactly what the characters in Spiderwick endure. "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide" is a text- and illustration-based list of creatures in the film, with lots of fascinating factoids. "Field Guild In-Movie Mode" allows a viewer to enjoy the benefit of a pop-up guide that appears at times during the film and lets a viewer click onto helpful information.

"Spiderwick: Meet the Clan!" is an introduction to the film's cast, with a special emphasis on young star Freddie Highmore's precocious talent, a British child playing twin American brothers with unique speech patterns. "Making Spiderwick!" is a behind-the-scenes documentary on production of the film, focusing on production design, location, cinematography, and so on. Among the revelations is that everyone involved was looking for a place to film that could evoke a horror movie yet not be so scary as to turn off youngsters. "The Magic of Spiderwick" is a remarkable tour of the special-effects process that made this film work so well. Waters says his directing chores continued all the way through post-production, when he had to switch from directing actors to directing animators, often acting out the defining behaviors of the various mythic characters. "A Final Word of Advice!" brings Waters back in front of the camera, reminding us all how to deal with hobgoblins and other spooks (keep a lot of honey, crackers and red tomato sauce around). Finally, "Deleted Scenes" includes some material that didn't make the feature's final cut, but which is shown in context with scenes that were on screen. The result is a more satisfying and enriching experience of deleted scenes than is usually found on DVD special features. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

From the beloved best-selling series of books comes an extraordinary fantasy adventure revealing the unseen world that exists all around us. From the moment the Grace family moves into a secluded old house peculiar things start to happen. Unable to explain the accidents and strange disappearances the Grace children Jared Simon and Mallory start to investigate and find the unbelievable truth of the Spiderwick Estate and the amazing creatures that inhabit it.System Requirements:Running Time: 101 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: CHILDREN/FAMILY Rating: PG UPC: 097361326047 Manufacturer No: 132604

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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Graces June 18, 2008
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Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

1. Helen Grace moves into the Spiderwick Estate with her three kids, Mallory, Simon and Jared. Simon and Jared are twins (played by the impressive Freddie Highmore)
2. It doesn't take the kids long to find a secret room, a locked chest and a book marked "Do NOT read"
3. You can guess what happens next
4. Up pops a tiny Brownie named Thimbletack (Martin Short) who changes into a Boggart when riled up.
5. He gets riled up a lot
6. There's an evil Ogre named Mulgarath (Nick Nolte) who commands an army of Goblins, and really, really wants the aforementioned book
7. The Ogre can change his appearance, and is at his most frightening when he looks like Nick Nolte.
8. During the machinations and shenanigans to protect the book, the kids meet a scene stealing Hobgoblin named Hogsqueal (Seth Rogen) who has a talent for expectorating and a penchant for bipedal, endothermic vertebrate animals that lay eggs (also known as birds)
9. The kids set off on a quest to find the author of the book, Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn)
10. When they get back, they have to quickly work out a strategy for repelling Goblins and an Ogre who looks like the Grinch on steroids.
11. Exciting yet somewhat disturbing altercation ensues
12. Just desserts are served for the grand finale.

The movie is based on the five books that make up The Spiderwick Chronicles, but barely touches book three, Lucinda's Secret and never touches book four, The Ironwood Tree.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spiderwick Chronicles February 22, 2008
Helen Grace (Parker) and her kids Mallory (Bolger) and twins Jared and Simon (both Highmore) are starting fresh after Helen's separation from the kids' father. They are moving into the Spiderwick Estate, a mansion that Helen inherited from her Aunt Lucinda (Plowwright). The estate has an interesting history though. 80 years ago, Arthur Spiderwick (Strathairn) wrote a "field guide" to the world around him. This guide includes all kinds of fantastical creatyres. By writing it, he unleashed some terrible forces and now an army of goblins is amassing. Led by the ogre Mulgrath (Nolte), they seek to take the book away from the protection of the house. The kids are all that stands between Mulgrath and world domination.

"The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a surprisingly well done movie. For a movie that covers five books, there isn't a feeling that much was lost in the translation. There is a lot of action that keeps the moving quickly. The child actors do a good job in the roles, especially Highmore in dual roles. The story is not complex, but is not simple either. Plus, it deals with serious issues like divorce, a topic that many kids will relate to. "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is an excellent move for kids from about 6-7 on up to adults. I highly recommend this film.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun fantasy flick February 16, 2008
The Grace family moves into an old family estate, long uninhabited - or so they think. In fact the house has an inhabitant. More to the point, the woods around the house have their own trolls and gnomes, unfriendly ones, who want something that's inside the house.

So starts this kids' fantasy, with a big element of "the grownups just don't get it." In this case, young Jared not only finds that thing that the invisible ouside beings want, he also perceives their threat first. A kid-empowerment fantasy ensues, with the grownups (including a teen sister in a half-grownup kind of role) finally catching on just barely in time.

If you want a bit of fantasy without overt violence (or not much), and with people keeping their clothes on, you came to the right place. There's a suitably scary buildup at the end, with some great CGI effects like those toad-like outside beings. Maybe it's not memorable, but it's fun anyway.

-- wiredweird, reviewing the theatrical release
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting February 16, 2008
Without boring you with a long drawn out review, I just wanted to say it's a wonderful tale. It's a fastasy adventure for all ages.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Condensed, but creative eye-candy February 18, 2008
Condensing 5 books into one film can hurt storylines and make for lots of undeveloped characters. But the archetypes in Spiderwick are so familiar (like the abbreviated Potter movies) that it is less of a disadvantage than you would think. We, as objective movie viewers have to let go of the expectation for the Holy Grail of the perfect book-to-film translation and face that the mediums are apples and oranges. This is an easy task for me this time because I haven't read any of the Spiderwick series. But having said that, my children and I, enjoy the film. The look of the "world" created in the spirit of the books were originally stylized enough to make it a departure from the world of Hogwarts (which is no small accomplishment when you also have trolls and griffins.

Typical of the archetypes of the genre, you have the child-outsider of a broken (or bent) home who blunders into a magic world, along with quirky, sometimes ill-mannered, but ultimately well-meaning siblings and finally the single parent who doesn't believe a word-of it. The kid opens a book he shouldn't (like who would read a book that has "Do not open" on the cover, it should have read: don't open infested with Lice!" that would have kept `em out!) and then spends the film trying to make things right and bonding with his estranged family.

Production is pretty eye-candy using visual designers of the Henson school of creature making. John Horner (the not-Williams) composes a face paced soundtrack that matches the speed of the story and slows appropriately of the sappier moments of the movie. The cast is a watchable bunch of not-overly attractive kids, along with some voice cameos like Martin Short and Nick Nolte, not without distinction, plays the badie (physically sometimes) well enough.

We enjoyed the film and, if there isn't higher praise than this let me know, we were inspired to check-out the Spiderwick Chronicles book series at our local library to fill in all the plot holes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read means you have to look.
This is a fun story that brings this family together when things are tough by making them finally believe and listen to the one they blame for everything that goes wrong. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Doniece Bergren
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiderwick Chronicles
Was bought for preteen as gift. I understand it was well received... Why do I have to keep typing???????! The End
Published 22 hours ago by faythisgtn
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Great family flic.
Published 1 day ago by Dennis Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my newphew
I bought this movie for my nephew, since he had been dying to see it, and he loved it! Definitely would recommend it.
Published 10 days ago by Nicole Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Movie
Watched with granddaughters very good movie a lot of imitation and a dealt with how children feel when parents separate. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Douglas B. Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Nephew Loved It!
I wasn't sure our great nephew would like this as he is pretty specific with his birthday requests. But he did like it and was very pleased that we had purchased it for him.
Published 11 days ago by Doris Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical story
This book reminds us of the magical world of nature all around us. Many of us have lost the gift of magic on Mother Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
The kids and I really enjoyed this movie. It could be a little scary for young child, however, my 4 year old had no problem watching with the older kids.
Published 14 days ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiderwick Chronicles
Great escape; fun movie. Great imagination, tight tension. Love Nick Nolte as the monster. Great casting. He does a very good job. Great cast altogether.
Published 15 days ago by Melinna C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the books first, more events
Read the books first, a lot of events are missing in movie, enjoyable movie. My son agreed the books were much better, and I think he was happy that I had him read the books before... Read more
Published 16 days ago by muralsbyamy
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