The Narnia Code
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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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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.
• Jesus as King in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where the children rule under Jupiter’s orb.
• Jesus as Commander in Prince Caspian where children rule with forest folk under Mar’s wooden shield.
• Jesus as Light in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader where they drink light and slay dragons under the Sun’s golden embrace.
• Jesus as Mirror showing God’s glory in The Silver Chair where they avoid lunacy and reflect truth under the mirroring Moon.
• Jesus as Word in The Horse and His Boy where they learn truth under the active word of Mercury.
• Jesus as Life in The Magician’s Nephew where they witness creation and learn to love under Venus, the Morning Star.
• Jesus as eternal Mystery in The Last Battle under Saturn’s awful and awe-full influence.
This perspective and more is also examined in the 'Discovering Aslan' series of devotional commentaries on The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.
But as it's a pretty lengthy and difficult book, this documentary alone would probably suffice, but you'd be missing out on a whole lot of mind-blowing/eye-opening/jaw-dropping revelation. But pretty much the doc starts with a summary of Lewis' life - including his conversion from atheism, of course - and includes evidence of how Lewis would've had the mindset to create the Chronicles with this "secret" and that it isn't just the author's random theory. There's barely any explanation on the actual books, so you'd have to buy "Planet Narnia" for that (which I most highly recommend). Overall I give it 5 stars, but please go read the book!