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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [Blu-ray]
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Prepare to enter another world when Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present C.S. Lewis' timeless and beloved adventure. With the stunningly realistic special effects, you'll experience the exploits of Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, four siblings who find the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek at the country estate of a mysterious professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, once peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has been turned into a world of eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent lion Aslan, the children lead Narnia into a spectacular, climactic battle to be free of the Witch's glacial powers forever!
C.S. Lewis's classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe makes an ambitious and long-awaited leap to the screen in this modern adaptation. It's a CGI-created world laden with all the special effects and visual wizardry modern filmmaking technology can conjure, which is fine so long as the film stays true to the story that Lewis wrote. And while this film is not a literal translation--it really wants to be so much more than just a kids' movie--for the most part it is faithful enough to the story, and whatever faults it has are happily faults of overreaching, and not of holding back. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, and their adventures in the mystical world of Narnia. Sent to the British countryside for their own safety during the blitz of World War II, they discover an entryway into a mystical world through an old wardrobe. Narnia is inhabited by mythical, anthropomorphic creatures suffering under the hundred-year rule of the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton, in a standout role). The arrival of the children gives the creatures of Narnia hope for liberation, and all are dragged into the inevitable conflict between evil (the Witch) and good (Aslan the Lion, the Messiah figure, regally voiced by Liam Neeson).
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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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 4.48 Ounces
- Director : Andrew Adamson
- Media Format : AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 23 minutes
- Release date : May 13, 2008
- Actors : Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Andrew Adamson, Brigham Taylor
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Walt Disney Video
- ASIN : B000YAFJXE
- Writers : Andrew Adamson, Ann Peacock, C.S. Lewis, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
- Number of discs : 1
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Some spots (if you have not read the book) seem a little choppy and some of the characters in the book seem much bigger like the Witch and Aslan. Also the faun in the book seems to be a bit more sweet, etc... mostly small things like that.
Overall, the production was well done, the acting great and the CG was done very well which made the talking animals and various creatures believable. So other than the typical missing book to movie details - it was entertaining, heart-warming and captivating.
If you love the books then I think you'll love this movie too.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first story and therefore the scene setter for the entire series. I have just purchased them all on Blue-ray. Sadly this particular disc, purchased from Amazon as the Seller, was appalling quality - a problem I have never experienced from Amazon as provider before. The play kept stalling as though on a track change and the sound quality was spasmodic, with missing words.When I reported this to Amazon they were brilliant and organized a refund.
My problem is - I really want this film (on Blu-ray to match the set) but I am not sure how I can rely on getting a good copy free of soundtrack problems. Is it just the Blu-ray version that is inferior because the film was originally issued in standard film? Can you advise me Amazon- or anyone?
Regarding this film - it really is a fantastic adventure story of trials and courage in the old tradition of storytelling, and portrays the development of the characters with a keen understanding of how young people cope with the struggles of separation and find their true strengths. I can't recommend it highly enough.
I just hope that someone can help me get a decent copy...