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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair (1990)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bridgestone/E1
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C00548
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get out of the chair January 27, 2007
Years before Walden Media debuted their big-budget version of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," the BBC created their own Narnia Chronicles. Despite some goofy prosthetics and a shoestring budget, this is easily the best of the three movies, with excellent acting, pacing, and even some decent special effects.

The story opens at a trendy school that Eustace Scrubb attends. But a garden shed doorway leads Eustace and his bullied schoolmate Jill to Aslan's country. But after Eustace is almost killed because of Jill, the god-lion Aslan gives girl an assignment and four signs to follow. King Caspian is now an old, dying man with no heir to follow him, because his son was lured away by a strange serpentine temptress long ago.

Jill and Eustace team up with a gloomy Marshwiggle, Puddleglum, who serves as their guide as they go to north Narnia. Along the way they must deal with carnivorous giants, enormous bridges and bad weather. But the enigmatic signs that Aslan gave Jill are hard to follow -- and they soon find that the missing Prince is ensnared in a web of madness and magic.

Don't expect this to be a mere copy of the past two movies -- the Pevensies are nowhere to be seen, and old faves like Caspian, Aslan and Trumpkin only have cameos. Sure, they ride owls and hang out with giants. But this is a grimmer, darker story, with a cataclysmic finale and a tight, sometimes harrowing storyline.

The past two Narnia movies suffered from hokey special effects and some spotty acting. "The Silver Chair" cleans all that up, trimming the special effects edges and focusing on the more majestic sets, costumes and scripting. And for the most part, it's quite a success.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
"The Chronicles of Narnia," by C. S. Lewis, are truly superb books, and I believe that "The Silver Chair" is my favorite from the series. The beautifully conveyed morals are truly wonderful! This particular installment in the series is terrific, because it concerns the daring mission of two children, (Eustace Scrubb, and Jill Pole,) and a Marsh-Wiggle, (Puddleglum,) who are commanded by The Great Lion Aslan, to go in search for "The Lost Prince Rilian," who has been seduced and held captive by an unsurpassably evil force. They face many perils during their quest, and must use caution in order to discern between those whom they meet, in order to see whom they can trust. The BBC adaptation of this book is verry good, with the children turning in nice performances, (although Camilla Powers, who portrays Jill, is a little too whiny for my liking,) and the actor portraying Puddleglum does an exceptionally terrific job! A special compliment is needed for the performance of Barbara Kellerman, who portrays "The Emerald Lady." Her brilliant seductiveness, and ultimately her true sinister purpose is revealed, and she does a great job. Ronald Pickup, (the voice of Aslan,) does well at conveying his authority and love. The only minor complaints I would make is that the the director takes some liberties with a scene in which Jill, Eustace, and Puddle-Glum encounter a knight (who is more than what he seems.) This particular character is far too sinister in manner, quite contrary to the chearful character in the book. I realize the directors intention in doing this, but perhaps it was a little overdone. The only other complaint that I have is that the ending of the film differs greatly from the book, for the director took a sceen from "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," and wove it into the plot, yet if anything it enhances the plot, and is no cause for distress in my opinion. All in all, a verry good adaptation, and truly worth your time. Take care, and happy viewing!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and faithful to the books September 15, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
My children (ages 8 and 9) both watch this and the other BBC Narnia videos time and time again. They never tire of them and neither do I. The moral tales that are included are wonderful "teachable moments" and the overall tone is intelligent as well as magical. I highly recommend the whole series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Silver Chair October 7, 2008
-This review pertains to the original DVD release, not the remastered edition-

In 1990, the final film in the BBC's Narnia series made its debut. The series, which consisted of four films, was based on The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis and remained very faithful to the source material. However, after having produced the first three films, the budget seems to have shrunk for this, the final installment. And for the first time it hurts the overall quality of the film. The Silver Chair is probably the weakest of the film series mainly because of the shortcuts that the filmmakers were forced to take to accommodate the low budget. Actors who appeared in previous episodes are recast in new roles, special effects are hurried and unconvincing, and the production design seems uninspired. All of this is unfortunate as this film had perhaps the greatest potential as a darker adventure, but overall numerous minor disappointments make this film less satisfying. Still, The Silver Chair is the must-have conclusion to the series and despite its flaws has become a family favorite.

While at their unpleasant boarding school, Eustace and his schoolmate Jill frantically search for a place to hide from school bullies. After asking Aslan for help, Eustace and Jill are magically transported to Narnia, where Aslan has an important mission for them. They are to find and rescue Prince Rilian, King Caspian's son and only heir to the throne of Narnia. Furthermore Aslan also appoints Jill the task of remembering four cryptic signs that will help them on their quest. They are given aid by a talking owl named Glimfeather, who takes them to the Parliament of Owls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the Chronicle series--grat movie
Published 1 month ago by ebony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
While this movie does not have the realism of more modern films, it is still a good adaptation. None of the important parts of the story are missing, and, while the fantasy is a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jewel Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Back at school, Eustace finds that he no longer fits in with the people he once considered friends. When he helps Jill Pole escape from the bullies, they find a doorway that takes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles of Narnia - Silver Chair
This was a low budget film. For the most part, the acting was marginal. The scenery and special effects were low, low budget and the characters and costumes looked like they... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book/Film Since "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe"
Giving you a brief rundown of where I stand, I thought the 1st story ("The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe") was a phenomenal masterpiece that really made us feel the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bradley Headstone
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chronicles of Narnia - The Silver Chair
if you love C.S. Lewis' books you'll enjoy this adaption of the 3rd book in the series. Meet new creatures of Narnia as you follow Eustace and his friend Jill as they go in search... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Diane Imershein
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie of the decade!
Very poorly done. A cheap tv series type movie. Good for a laugh I guess. Its now in my yard sale.
Published 14 months ago by Wendy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chronicles of Naria - Silver Chair
This is an excellent family film that both adults and children can enjoy together. It follows the storyline from C. S. Lewis's book which shares good moral values.
Published 14 months ago by Robert F. Ursprung
3.0 out of 5 stars silver chair
Good price fast service good quality. This movies is way different than the later movies of narnia. It good for younger children thou. Not what I excepted.
Published 15 months ago by gwen st john
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
My brother and I watched all the BBC Narnia movies when we were kids, and still like to watch them today. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Juan Gonzalez
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