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The Narnia Code (2009)

Norman Stone  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Norman Stone
  • Producers: Norman Stone
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 59 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047H7Q22
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

45 minutes of bonus features including multiple featurettes.

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The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis has become one of the most globally beloved franchises in history. And yet, there are mysteries about the author and these seven stories that have fascinated scholars and fans for nearly half a century.

Enter Michael Ward who takes us inside the pages of Lewis’s masterpieces and discovers a “secret imaginative key” – THE NARNIA CODE. Like a detective embroiled in an elusive chase, Ward takes us on an illuminating adventure into medieval cosmology and spiritual symbolism. His absorbing conclusions reveal a new third layer of hidden delight that will forever change your love and appreciation for C. S. Lewis and the Narnia books.

INCLUDES OVER 45 MINUTES OF BONUS FEATURETTES: Three Friends, Hearth and Home, Heart of the Code.

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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for C.S. Lewis Fans December 14, 2010
"The Narnia Code" was an interesting movie to watch. I loved getting the back history of C.S. Lewis, from what happened in his childhood to how he became a Christian and his writing. It was also interesting to see his relationship with J R Tolkien and how they fed off each other in the early years and what Tolkien thought about the Narnia books.
Michael Ward theory really makes sense and would explain the "crazy" meaning behind some of the Narnia books. I don't know much about the old ways of astronomy but Mr Ward gives a great explanation behind it all. I even respect the fact there are many scholars of C. S. Lewis' books/life that agree with Ward's theory.
If you are a C. S. Lewis fan or just a Narnia fan this is a great film to watch. You will get some great insight and history on one of history's best authors and debaters and find the hidden meaning of the Narnia books. It's a short film, under an hour long, so it not like one of those long boring documentaries you can watch. It kept me wanting to watch more and learn more.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I paid for an infomercial! December 26, 2012
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"The Narnia Code" is a DVD dedicated to the hypothesis developed by scholar Michael Ward that C.S. Lewis' Narnia books had a hidden, underlying cosmology related to the planets of the solar system, the sun and moon.

The DVD gives us a little background of Michael Ward as well as a brief biography of C.S. Lewis himself. Mr. Ward spends a little time on his belief that he has discovered a richer, deeper cosmology in the Narnia books and he expounds upon the "Narnia Code" briefly. There are a number of interviews with various experts as well as Mr. Ward.

In the 59 minutes on this video, unfortunately, very little time is devoted to the "Narnia Code" itself. About halfway through this DVD, I felt as if I had bought an infomercial for Mr. Ward's book (complete with an interview with his publisher). When I say that there was a brief description of the "Narnia Code", I do mean brief. While there is a very good discussion of the the medieval cosmology that Lewis would have studied at Oxford as part of his classical studies and Lewis' belief in a cosmology that had meaning and purpose, designed by God, I did not feel the DVD addressed the subject of the DVD itself hardly at all.

By way of contrast, the Bonus Features includes a fuller explanation of the "Narnia Code" by Michael Ward in which he explains each of the Narnia books and their celestial equivalent. I personally found the Bonus Features to be more interesting than the feature! It includes interviews with three friends of lewis who are still alive, video of the world of Oxford in which Lewis lived as well as the expanded explanation of the Code.

I must admit I was very disappointed in this DVD. I have not read Mr. Ward's book and cannot comment upon his hypothesis and the fact is that this DVD does not explain it except in the barest of outline. In conclusion, I give this DVD only two stars.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and mind blowing October 28, 2010
I saw this on the BBC in the UK. It was an incredible insight into the mind of C.S. Lewis and the chronicles of Narnia. If you're a fan of the books, you'll love this documentary, it's amazing how they discovered this secret but once you see it explained in the documentary you'll wonder how you missed it yourself as it's so simple and the connections with the books make perfect sense. I can't wait for it to be released in the UK
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
C. S. Lewis is best known among literary enthusiasts as the author of the famed Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven books that have captured the interest, and fueled the imagination, of young and old alike. But what do we know of the life of this charming writer?

Clive Staples Lewis was born in the late 1800's in Belfast, Ireland. Since early childhood he was fascinated with the cosmos, and because of a series of traumatic events in his younger years, he increasingly retreated into his own imaginary world.

Because of his conversion from atheism to Christianity, it has previously been believed that some of his works, to include The Space Trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia, were overtly dealing with concepts such as redemption, sin and mankind's fall from grace; Michael Ward, however, might have discovered otherwise.

Michael Ward, the author of the recently released book Planet Narnia, stumbled into a most intriguing doorway to the hidden meaning behind the beloved Chronicles of Narnia quite by accident, as he read one of C. S. Lewis's works one night. The realization that he might have found something significant marked the beginning of a journey of discovery that culminated with a revelation which might shake the foundations of the ever popular novels. Extensive research supported the possibility that Michael Ward indeed cracked a code to enter into C. S. Lewis's unbelievable mind, and his work has brought to surface a much deeper meaning no one before ever detected.

Michael Ward's journey into the mind of C.S. Lewis is recorded in the documentary The Narnia Code, a documentary which tracks the discovery from its onset until the publication of the book. Fans of C. S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super movie! C.S. Lewis nails it!!
Published 3 months ago by Babygirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very educational and informative but not what I expected
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD INVESTIGATING
I am a huge Narnia follower and was so intrigued by what Mr. Stone discovered. Great investigating, and really helps you to understand C. S. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jay-Dee Pooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly an infomercial
I did enjoy the movie and it did provide good background on CS Lewis and the Narnia Code, but it did all it could from actually going into any detail about what the code actually... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lee Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is a great addition to all the Narnia movies... A real must have for the lovers of Narnia! Cool!
Published 9 months ago by Renee Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars How fantastic
You did a good job having this book, it is a very interesting read and arrived so quickly I got to start it right away. Thank you for your partucipants.
Published 13 months ago by Linda J Hagood
4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise.....
I really enjoyed this documentary concerning CS Lewis and the hidden messages he left throughout his books. They did a good job putting this together. Read more
Published 14 months ago by linda kantor
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I would not have expected the connection and because it was not an area of interest of mine I did not enjoy the research.
Published 19 months ago by rickey
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This DVD enhanced the Narnia set we ordered previously. It is beautifully produced and very entertaining. Will you a better understanding of the Narnia series.
Published 19 months ago by Brc2272
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