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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [Blu-ray] (2005)

Jim Broadbent , Patrick Kake , Andrew Adamson  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,151 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jim Broadbent, Patrick Kake, Shane Rangi, Cassie Cook, Jaxin Hall
  • Directors: Andrew Adamson
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, 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 A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: WALT DISNEY VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YAFJXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new Battle for Narnia game [exclusive to Blu-ray]
  • The bloopers of Narnia
  • Creating Narnia: An in-depth look at cinematic storytellers, a director's diary and the children's magical journey
  • Creatures, Lands & Legends
  • Audio Commentary

Editorial Reviews

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C.S. Lewis's classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe makes an ambitious and long-awaited leap to the screen in this modern adaptation. It's a CGI-created world laden with all the special effects and visual wizardry modern filmmaking technology can conjure, which is fine so long as the film stays true to the story that Lewis wrote. And while this film is not a literal translation--it really wants to be so much more than just a kids' movie--for the most part it is faithful enough to the story, and whatever faults it has are happily faults of overreaching, and not of holding back. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, and their adventures in the mystical world of Narnia. Sent to the British countryside for their own safety during the blitz of World War II, they discover an entryway into a mystical world through an old wardrobe. Narnia is inhabited by mythical, anthropomorphic creatures suffering under the hundred-year rule of the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton, in a standout role). The arrival of the children gives the creatures of Narnia hope for liberation, and all are dragged into the inevitable conflict between evil (the Witch) and good (Aslan the Lion, the Messiah figure, regally voiced by Liam Neeson).

Director (and co-screenwriter) Andrew Adamson, a veteran of the Shrek franchise, knows his way around a fantasy-based adventure story, and he wisely keeps the story moving when it could easily become bogged down and tiresome. Narnia is, of course, a Christian allegory and the symbology is definitely there (as it should be, otherwise it wouldn't be the story Lewis wrote), but audiences aren’t knocked over the head with it, and in the hands of another director it could easily have become pedantic. The focus is squarely on the children and their adventures. The four young actors are respectable in their roles, especially considering the size of the project put on their shoulders, but it's the young Georgie Henley as the curious Lucy who stands out. This isn't a film that wildly succeeds, and in the long run it won't have the same impact as the Harry Potter franchise, but it is well done, and kids will get swept up in the adventure. Note: Narnia does contain battle scenes that some parents may consider too violent for younger children. --Dan Vancini




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Product Description

Prepare to enter another world when Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present C.S. Lewis' timeless and beloved adventure. With the stunningly realistic special effects, you'll experience the exploits of Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, four siblings who find the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek at the country estate of a mysterious professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, once peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has been turned into a world of eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular, climactic battle to be free of the Witch's glacial powers forever!

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424 of 485 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch It For The Entertainment Value December 11, 2005
Young Lucy Pevenise, along with her older brothers Edmund and Peter, and her older sister, Susan, are in London during the initial bombing raids of WW II. And like many families of the time, the parents decide to send them to the country for safer keeping. Peter, the oldest, is told by their mother to "watch over them" and make sure they stay safe. And although this seems like a fairly simple request, Peter's ability to protect his siblings will be put to the ultimate test. But not by WW II, but by an amazing secret discovered by young Lucy.

Soon after being spirited into the company of a hermit-like professor's care (Jim Broadbent), they decide to play hide-and-seek, and it's during this game which Lucy discovers a mysterious wardrobe. She tucks herself inside and backs to the rear of the cabinet ...only to discover herself in an entirely different world. Here she meets up with Mr. Tumnus, a strange half-stag, half-human creature who explains much about the wintry landscape Lucy now finds herself in. The place is called Narnia, and it's been locked in winter for over 100 years by someone known as "The White Witch" (who claims to be the Queen of Narnia).

Lucy, excited beyond words, rushes back to "the real world" to tell her brothers and sister about what she's discovered and, of course, they don't believe her ...until they all get into the wardrobe one day and find out she's been telling the truth.

Soon a prophecy is revealed to the two brothers and two sisters: it is said that when Aslan returns, two daughters of Eve and two sons of Adam will come back and reclaim the four thrones of Narnia.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical adaptation of an even more magical story April 3, 2006
Format:DVD
If you're going to bring a beloved classic to life, you had better do it right - and director Andrew Adamson did just that, largely because of his own special memories of reading the book as a child. The timing for this film was also right - not only because it follows in the wake of the masterful Lord of the Rings series (and there will always be comparisons between Narnia and LOTR, despite their vast differences) but, more importantly, because this film really could not have been made any earlier. I wasn't a big fan of CGI when the technology emerged; I thought it took away from the purity of the medium and, of course, it was oftentimes obviously not real in those early days. When you watch The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, though, you see the undeniable magic that CGI has now opened up. This film is heavy with computer animation, and its integration with real actors and sets is virtually seamless. Aslan, by way of example, may well be CGI's highest achievement to date. For one thing, he looks bloody real in every scene, but what is truly amazing is the depth of feeling and emotion that comes through in his face and gestures, particularly during the scene at the Stone Slab.

There's really far more to praise about this film than I have time or room for. I'll just say the cinematography and music are masterful, and the creation of the different creatures (be they computer-generated or wonders of costuming) are incredibly detailed and realistic. I just want to hurry up and talk about the children playing the Pevensie siblings. Do they give awards for best casting? If they don't, they certainly should, and this film would take that prize hands-down.
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443 of 509 people found the following review helpful
I just went to see this movie last night and WOW, it is really breathtaking and superbly done. The most important thing that was achieved is that the producers of this film captured the essence of Narnia. You really feel like you've been to Narnia and to me that makes the film tremendously powerful. The death and resurrection of Aslan were really fantastic, and I also especially liked the Lucy/Tumnus meeting and also when the children grew up in Narnia and were looking for the White Stag. How did they get adult actors who looked SO much like the children, I'd like to know?! Well done! Georgie Henley was terrific in this movie and really stole the show. She was the perfect Lucy. The casting for this film was really well done. The only character I did not care for was The White Witch. In other movie versions, perhaps the role is "over-played" and so because of that the role seemed to be "under-played" in this case. I don't know if a happy medium exists to be truthful. The producers did maintain the Christian symbolism, that C.S. Lewis called "a supposal" not an allegory, but this was not overly obvious. The film certainly can be appreciated in different ways.

Some of the minor changes to the storyline and dialogue did irritate me, just because I know the novel SO well. I would have liked more of Lewis' humour to be maintained instead of the humour that was added by the screenwriters. Most noticeably is the absence of the development of Mrs. Beaver with her cute statements about the bread knife & sewing machine. They also removed the scene in which the animals were having a party with food & drink given to them by Father Christmas - you know the part where the witch turns them into stone. Instead they developed the fox character and used him alone in this altered scenerio.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!!
Have all of them but I think this is my favorite. Just a wonderful movie for the whole family to watch.
Published 2 days ago by Cheryl Ann Ciber
5.0 out of 5 stars Portrays the Easter story
C.S.Lewis had an amazing imagination and was able to portray the Easter message in a unique way. This is an excellent movie that follows the book well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Anita Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Always wonderful!
Absolutely love the movie! My daughter read all the books and she also loves the movies. The way C.S. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kelly Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie
its a wonderful imaginitive movie, that is adequate for all ages and anybody wanting a good movie. at a great price
Published 3 days ago by Pat Trotzuk
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as my imagination
My family loves all the stories of Narnia. The roar of the Lion and Lucy's smile in the movie are as good as we had hoped.
Published 5 days ago by Wesley Eastridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great family movie!!
We ordered this as a gift and also ordered a box of Turkish Delights to go along with it. Made for a fun treat to go with a great movie!
Published 11 days ago by Fryes
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this film!
Sensational cinematography! Amazing portrayal of the Gospel message of the death and resurrection of Jesus! We have watched several times and it never gets old!
Published 16 days ago by Cathy Hunt
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie but it wouldn't play
I love this movie and appreciate how close they stick to the story and how lifelike all of the creatures seem. The sad thing is that it wouldn't play on my computer either. Read more
Published 17 days ago by KRaeI0622
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite one so far in the movie series
This being the first movie, is my favorite one so far. I think there is supposed to be one more made in the movie series. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Christine Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
I saw it years ago and didn't notice how great it was until I saw it again now! The story is great and the message even better. This is one of my few favorite movies.
Published 21 days ago by Erate
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Lewis' Narnia is an allegory of his highly unwelcome love for Virginia...
I think that must be who they, whoever this is, meant in suggesting this missed romance (COUGH!) but where, oh WHERE, is there any idea or indication or reference that CS Lewis had a thing for Virginia Woolf? And if that's true, how is this an allegory for said unrequited love?
Feb 14, 2008 by Friarhoss |  See all 5 posts
Lewis: the same pile of garbage that Harry Potter
It is just a fantasy movie. Get a grip Al
Dec 22, 2006 by John M. Doolittle |  See all 15 posts
Please save Susan! (Spoilers)
They have to be truly faithfull to the books. When she gets left behind as you put it is when she is tested in her faith. Remember that when we sometimes get left behind that is when the real journey begins and that is when we have to grow up. So for her to "grow up" she has to get... Read more
May 11, 2008 by willie muniz |  See all 3 posts
Extended Editions: Narnia
Yes the only reason I'm going to get The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe on Blu-ray is if it's an extended edition..
Jun 14, 2011 by Hannah Skeldon |  See all 3 posts
Lame!!!
Well then d'oh! to you! You could have bought a used 2-disc edition for a tiny fraction of the price (around $6-8), if cost was an issue. You obviously don't know how to shop, and that isn't Amazon's fault. Whiner.
Nov 7, 2007 by Boston Bluestocking |  See all 2 posts
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