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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Gene Wilder , Jack Albertson , Mel Stuart  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,220 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole
  • Directors: Mel Stuart
  • Writers: David Seltzer, Roald Dahl
  • Producers: David L. Wolper, Stan Margulies
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QJEF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary With All The Wonka Kids
  • Documentary, "Pure Imagination"
  • Four Sing-Along Songs
  • Original Theatrical Featurette
  • Photo Gallery

Editorial Reviews

Additional Features

The golden ticket on this DVD is a delectable commentary track with the five grown-up Wonka kids: Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, Michael Bollner, and Charlie himself, Peter Ostrum. Reunited for the first time since 1971, they joke and laugh and delight in the stories and remembrances each new scene brings. Other Wonka goodies include the new 30-minute documentary Pure Imagination (featuring archival footage with author Roald Dahl and new interviews with Gene Wilder) and the original 1971 promotional featurette, but neither capture the sheer energy and excitement of the commentary. For 90 minutes these giddy grownups become impish kids in a movie wonderland almost as magical as Wonka's candy-colored world itself. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character.

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220 of 236 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory BLU-RAY October 4, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I won't bore you with yet another "review" of this film or my personal opinion of it. You want to know what I think of the BD version, right?

My short answer: This BD looks and sounds so good that I've already given away my DVD of it.

The Blu-ray Disc of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is the best I have ever seen of the film. Image quality is sharp & clean and the colors stand out like candy. The DolbyTrueHD sound is excellent allowing all the dialogue and songs to come through crystal-clear.

This BD case is like a book with many pages for the fans. My ONLY (small) regret is that the back cover containing all the BD information is not printed on the book, and instead is merely a printed page that eventually comes loose and detaches after a short while (whereas my "Easy Rider" BD is the same type of book and the information is printed on the back cover - much better!).

If you like (or love) this movie and are wondering if the BD is worth the money, wonder no more. You will be pleased with your decision to make the switch to Blu-ray for Wonka.
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175 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time classics in a must-own DVD November 25, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The 30th Anniversary Edition of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was originally botched as a fullscreen-only effort. However, Warner listened to the people and gave them a wonderful widescreen transfer.
Colors are vibrant, the 5.1 Dolby Digital track is very nice, and there are a handful of cool extras. There is the 30-minute documentary "Pure Imagination" which shows some of the cast today, including all the children and Gene Wilder himself. The interviews of the cast looking back at the movie which was the defining thing for so many of them is very interesting. The documentary on the whole is rather fulfilling. While one feels that the documentary could have delved deeper and maybe been an hour-long, at a brisk 30 minutes, the pacing seems okay and it won't leave you wanting too much more. There is a limited amount of archival on-set "B" roll footage, but all that is there is interesting.
Also included is the original theatrical trailer (Warner left off the 25th Anniversary trailer that was on the original DVD release from 1997), a 4-minute featurette on the production design, and a feature-length audio commentary from the children, who have now grown up. The other features - "character bios" and sing-alongs - are pretty much fluff features. Since this was one of my most anticipated DVD releases of the year, I can't help but feel Warner could have done more in the way of extra features - games, outtakes, deleted scenes, etc. Nevertheless, the overall content of this DVD is satisfying enough.
As one of the greatest films of all time, and certainly one of the most enjoyable musicals and most enjoyable films of the 1970s, "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" has a timeless feel to it.
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112 of 127 people found the following review helpful
By Joy
Format:DVD
WOW, I can't believe how long ago this film was made and how wonderful it is even today! It really doesn't seem like it's from 1971. I have probably seen this film over 500 times by now, since the 80's and I still am not the least bit bored of it. At 28 years old, I still totally love this film!!! The characters, especially Gene Wilder who plays Willy Wonka, who is THE Willy Wonka, who could never be topped EVER (yes I've seen the 2005 film!), the music, the setting, the songs, and especially the Oompa-Loompa's! Everything in this film is so wonderfully done and everyone who hasn't seen it yet, needs to as soon as possible!!

My favorite place or scene in the whole film has to be the big candy and chocolate room where Willy Wonka sings "Pure Imagination." Not only for the song but because I can see how much work the director put into this film. All the candy and chocolate looks so real and alive and the whole room looks so beautiful the way everything is set up! I also love that teacher, Charlie's teacher that you see a lot until they go into the chocolate factory, he is so funny! And it's set in London, an added bonus!! I just cannot get enough of this film or recommend this film enough!! It's a masterpiece!!! It's definitely one of my favorite movies of all time!!!

Who could not love Veruca's "I Want It Now" performance? That whole scene was totally brilliant!

The Special Widescreen Edition DVD has tons of extras. There is commentary by the kids who got to go inside the factory. You'll also learn that Gene Wilder wouldn't play Willy Wonka unless he was able to do that somersault that he does before letting the kids through the gate. There is an interview with Gene Wilder from 2001, The Making of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, four sing along songs, a 1971 behind the scenes featurette, and a photo gallery.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Well, not exactly... Some here have complained that the widescreen version is simply a matted version of a full screen print, and that the widescreen presentation chops off part of the image at the top and bottom. Well, according to my copy of the DVD, that is only half correct. I own the 25th Anniversary 1996 release of this film on DVD, which has both the widescreen and full screen version on one DVD. I compared numerous scenes in freeze-frame between the widescreen and full screen versions. In widescreen, sure enough, a bit of the top and bottom of the image seems to be cut off when compared to the full screen version. But I also noticed that when viewing the full screen version, an equal bit is missing from the left and right compared to the widescreen version. So no matter which version you watch, you aren't seeing "everything". But which is proper? After comparing many images, I conclude that the widescreen version is what we are supposed to be seeing. Consider the beginning of chapter six. If you watch the widescreen version, you see a news anchor sitting at a desk. the bottom of the image is framed with his name plate on his desk, and the right side of the screen says "Evening Report" on the back wall. Watch the full screen version, and you will see a bit more blue background on the top, and more of the desk below the name plate on the bottom, but the right side of the image now reads, "Eveni Repo"! Folks, you ARE missing the left and right sides when viewing the full screen version, and from what I saw, the little bit of information that is missing from the top and bottom of the widescreen version generally was inconsequential. Every scene I watched and compared looked better composed when watching the widescreen presentation. Just FYI...
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Published 1 day ago by Tammy Schaible
5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture for a great movie!
This is one of may daughters all-time favorite movies. We took her to see this when it was re-released about 1995.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I'm probably one of the last people on earth to see this children's classic. It was cute.
Published 2 days ago by Barbara Keck
5.0 out of 5 stars The original is the best in my opinion
I watched this with my son. Good wholesome entertainment! I loved the book and this is one of my favorite childhood movies

I prefer the original over the creepy Johnny... Read more
Published 6 days ago by klh196
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great actor/ movie
Published 6 days ago by Alexander S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Irony, sarcasm and chocolate - perfect combination
Great for every member of the family. Irony, sarcasm, chocolate - who could ask for more?
Published 7 days ago by Melanie Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand new
Brand New, No issues, works perfectly!
Published 8 days ago by Norma G
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic... must own
It's a classic. If you don't own it you should. I had it on VHS and it was time to upgrade to a DVD ( I sound ancient I know, but I'm not). Read more
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Fullscreen is 4x3 or 1:1.33 (old standard). New televisions are mostly widescreen 16x9 or 1:1.5 This movie version is 1:1.77 so it is made for theater and a little wider than 16:9 (hence the bars at top and bottom). Conversely a full screen movie is going to fill the widescreen TV top to... Read More
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Why is Willie Wonka Blu Ray selling for over $40?
I haven't heard of any news of an anniversary edition, but as for the high price of the current copies, it's because it must be out-of-print. Everytime a movie on any format goes out of print, the prices skyrocket.
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Which Wonka and movie is better? Wilder's Wonka or Depp's Wonka?
My children have watched both, and to quote my daughter " The new Wonka creeps me out" She requested the original Willy Wonka for Christmas, and threatened to toss the Depp version if she got it.
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