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Both the two-disc special edition and the single-disc editions feature a filmmakers' commentary and another one by director Andrew Adamson and the child actors. The exhaustive second disc in this version, however, is the main attraction here. One section, entitled "Creating Narnia," details the journey of Adamson from directing newbie (previous credits include Shrek and Shrek 2, but no live-action films) to helmer of a lavish production based on a beloved classic. How did he do it? By treating Narnia as a world that could actually exist in a parallel universe rather than a fantasyland. The behind-the-scenes documentary is quite engrossing, particularly when the visual-effects crew good-naturedly complains how Adamson's own background in visual effects made him simultaneously more respectable and more difficult to work with. A separate featurette on the child actors reveals how Adamson blindfolded Georgie Henley (who plays Lucy, the littlest Pevensie child) before bringing her onto the snowy Narnia set so that her initial reaction could be captured on film. Henley, who frequently mouthed her co-star's lines with them and sprouted several inches during production, proved to be the precocious handful of the bunch, but the documentary does a good job showing the wide-eyed elation you'd imagine children would have making such a film.
Eight different members of the film team (production design, cinematography, and music) also get their own featurette, and massive amounts of footage are devoted to the construction of the various creatures. There's even a virtual map of Narnia and a timeline to demonstrate the 15 years that pass in Narnia vs. the mere seconds back outside the wardrobe. One complaint: that author C.S. Lewis is hardly mentioned by the filmmakers. His own little featurette mentions once that he is a "theologian," but glosses over his top-selling books' ties to Christianity. Nevertheless, if you're debating which Narnia to purchase, you're better off investing in the two-disc version--a virtual closetful of goodies for fans of the film. --Ellen A. Kim
When a movie makes you want to read the book...you know its gotta be good.
Overall, this movie was well acted, the story was very cohesive, the talking animals were great, and the special effects were great.
I am a huge fan of the Chronicles of Narnia series - they are simply my favorite fiction books that I've ever read.
Excellent story in modern format. The effects are great and the movie remains true to the book. My only disappointment is that I was not able to buy a 'box set' with all the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by M.A.B.
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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
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