Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Widescreen Edition)
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (DVD) (WS)
Take an unforgettable, uniquely magical journey through director TimBurton's deliciously delightful, whimsically wonderful world of Charlieand the Chocolate Factory. When eccentric candy man Willy Wonka promisesa lifetime supply of sweets and a tour of his chocolate factory to fivelucky kids, penniless Charlie Bucket seeks the priceless golden ticketthat will make him a winner. Thanks to his Grandpa Joe, Charlie gets theprize of his dreams! But a far more wonderful surprise than Charlie everimagined awaits him. In a land of chocolate waterfalls, giant lollipops,edible flowers and, of course, Oompa Loompas, it's nonstop,mouth-watering fun in the timeless fantasy Charlie and the ChocolateFactory. Based on the children's classic by Roald Dahl.]]>
Mixed reviews and creepy comparisons to Michael Jackson notwithstanding, Tim Burton's splendidly imaginative adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would almost surely meet with Roald Dahl's approval. The celebrated author of darkly offbeat children's books vehemently disapproved of 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (hence the change in title), so it's only fitting that Burton and his frequent star/collaborator, Johnny Depp, should have another go, infusing the enigmatic candyman's tale with their own unique brand of imaginative oddity. Depp's pale, androgynous Wonka led some to suspect a partial riff on that most controversial of eternal children, Michael Jackson, but Burton's film is too expansively magnificent to be so narrowly defined. While preserving Dahl's morality tale on the hazards of indulgent excess, Burton's riotous explosion of color provides a wondrous setting for the lessons learned by Charlie Bucket (played by Freddie Highmore, Depp's delightful costar in Finding Neverland), as he and other, less admirable children enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Wonka's confectionary wonderland. Elaborate visual effects make this an eye-candy overdose (including digitally multiplied Oompa-Loompas, all played by diminutive actor Deep Roy), and the film's underlying weirdness is exaggerated by Depp's admirably risky but ultimately off-putting performance. Of course, none of this stops Burton's Charlie from being the must-own family DVD of 2005's holiday season, perhaps even for those who staunchly defend Gene Wilder's portrayal of Wonka from 34 years earlier. --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 2210353
- Director : Tim Burton
- Media Format : Dolby, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 55 minutes
- Release date : November 8, 2005
- Actors : Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Patrick McCormick, Brad Grey, Felicity Dahl, Richard D. Zanuck, Michael Siegel
- Language : Unqualified, English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B000BB1MI2
- Writers : John August
- Number of discs : 1
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Con's; This is nowhere near as charming, interesting well executed or entertaining as the Gene Wilder original. Johnny Depp comes off incredibly creepy. Like a deranged Michael Jackson during the child abuse allegations. It's awkward and uncomfortable for adults.
I guess I understand their reason, they grew up with the 1971 film, my older brother used to watch it on VHS all the time. Now that I can afford to buy the movies I want. This was a must have. I do prefer this film a bit more over the original. No offense, but this one didn’t have a lot of musical numbers that weren’t needed. And Dahl’s family approved this film.
The film comes with a collectible booklet with full color shots and images from the set of the film. Along with a note from the director himself Tim Burton. (I just added that stuff on his face to be funny!) The pictures in the booklet are pretty cool, this set is similar to the Batman 1989 20th Anniversary set, another movie directed by Burton.
The quality of the film is full 1080. Meaning that there’s no black bars when you play it on your HD TV. I like that quality the most, because it proves that you’re not missing anything when you watch it. This will play on a Xbox One or PS4 perfectly whichever one you have. I don’t think it will work well on old Blu-Ray players made in 2011 or older, because those are outdated.
The main menu is like any Warner Bros. menu. That means when you load the disc, there will be no previews, it will play the movie automatically. You’ll have a pop-up menu throughout the movie which gives you options for Languages, Scene Selections and Special Features. If you want to get to the real main menu, you have to wait till the movie is done or skip to the end, like any other WB Blu-Ray. But the downside is like any other WB Blu-Ray, you have to suffer through all those Warnings against piracy in practically every language before you get to the menu. You can skip it, but it’s over 30 languages. It’s gonna take a while.
By the time you get to the main menu. It’s not as impressive as you think. It’s a blue menu with a bunch of options. A basic WB menu.
This is still worth a buy, it’s a great collectors set and if you enjoy the movie as much as I do. Watching this will be like enjoying that sweet, rich, dark chocolate.
I can't believe Charlie is Freddy Highmore from Bates Motel and The Good Doctor, ha ha... I love that guy. Very talented cast for sure. But overall, it's just a twisted Dr. Seuss style copy with extra helpings of The Grinch. The frames of the Bucket house look like the ghetto in Whoville.
Fun to look at the new colors but no real substance here. I suggest an evening with Frankenweenie for a more original retelling over this wannabe.
You can't fault it technically, because it is a very competent production, and the familial message at the end is decent enough, but Johnny Depp is no Gene Wilder, lacking both zingers and energy to deliver them when the miscreant kids misbehave.
I don't know, I guess maybe I'm emotionally attached to the film I saw as a kid, because when Charlie got his golden ticket I and the audience were excited for him. You get some of those same feelings here for this film's Charlie, but the sense of wonderment as you tour the factory is somehow lost. Again, maybe children who see this film will be impacted differently, it is after all a film meant for them.
It's interesting for what it is, but it does seem a bit dark and less inviting than its predecessor. And I think ultimately that's the vibe of the entire film that holds back a better cinematic experience. One can't help but wonder what would happen if you gave 1960s film makers today's technology to improve on or otherwise tweak the original as opposed to attempting a remake.
Make of that what you will.
If you have a kid he might like it, but I think there are better children's films out there.