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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [Blu-ray]
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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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- 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
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this just as well,if not better than The Lord of the Rings,defiantly a five starPublished 1 day ago by Kathleen Wildt
Well done! Great job making an entertaining, without any filth, movie of a wonderful book, out of an awesome series!Published 1 day ago by Adrian
Beautiful story and lovely film! I had my fifth-grade book group read the book, and then as a treat, I ordered the movie for them to watch. They loved BOTH! Read morePublished 2 days ago by deborah peters
I could watch it over and over. Good movie. Highly recommend it !Published 3 days ago by Julia a. Cracium
Absolutely loved this movie! It's a great family movie for all but the very young. I highly recommend it.Published 5 days ago by Stubbyw
great series of movies. Great Christian movies for the family.Published 6 days ago by James Shipman
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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
|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
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
|Region Zone Corrtect?||
use bluray.com for region codings
Sep 30, 2009 by AnimeGod981 | See all 3 posts
|is this the widescreen version||Be the first to reply|
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