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Learn more about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

Format: HD DVD
Sku: 203137244
UPC: 012569809260
UPC 14: 00012569809260
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Tim Burton Film.
Fantasy Adventure. Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Depp) and Charlie, a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.System Requirements:Run Time: 115 minsFormat: HD DVD

"A winning, charming, very droll children's film for the whole family.  Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
"An exhilarating and fanciful movie that never drowns in money or technology.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Those Oompa-Loompas are the beat, and soul, of Burton's finest movie since "Ed Wood"...  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Editor's Note
Who better to bring Roald Dahl's adored children's story to life than the mastermind behind inventive films like EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and BEETLEJUICE? From Tim Burton's opening shot--against Danny Elfman's eerie score--this CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is recognizably darker than the Mel Stuart-directed 1971 version starring Gene Wilder. Though the mysterious chocolate factory has been closed for 15 years, it continues to produce and ship candy all over the world. When a contest promises a tour of the plant to the lucky finders of five golden tickets hidden inside wrappers, no one is more excited than Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), an impoverished boy whose family lives mere steps from the factory. Though he can barely afford even one candy bar, fate intervenes, and Charlie finds the last golden ticket.

Joined at the gates by a group of despicable brats named Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, and Mike Teavee, Charlie and his Grandfather (David Kelly) venture inside proprietor Willy Wonka's (Johnny Depp) delightful factory for a wild adventure. Each room is a feast for the eyes, and more importantly the taste buds--a sugarcoated dreamland where everything is edible. One by one, however, the children meet unfortunate fates, until only Charlie remains in the company of Wonka and his curiously small workers, the Oompa Loompas (all played by Deep Roy, whose image is multiplied with CG). Sporting a severe bob, and talking in a high-pitched voice, Depp makes his Wonka even weirder than Wilder's. While Burton adds some amusing contemporary touches (like the musical Oompa Loompa routines), and an elaborate back story, he also preserves the charm of the original book. Overall, Burton's visual innovation succeeds in capturing the vividness of a child's imagination--but whether this version trumps the beloved '71 film is for viewers to decide.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/10/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 115 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 80926
Video UPC UPC: 00012569809260
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Christopher Lee
Video Cast Info David Kelly
Video Cast Info Deep Roy
Video Cast Info Freddie Highmore
Video Cast Info Helena Bonham Carter
Video Cast Info Johnny Depp
Video Cast Info Missi Pyle
Video Cast Info Noah Taylor
Video Cast Info Alex McDowell - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Brad Grey, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Video Cast Info Danny Elfman - Original Music By
Video Cast Info David Allday - Art Director
Video Cast Info John August - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Philippe Rousselot - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Video Cast Info Roald Dahl - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Director


Nominee (2006)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Nick Davis, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Alex McDowell, Best Production Design
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Johnny Depp, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
   Video Award Name Grammy, John August, Danny Elfman, Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
   Video Award Name Oscar, Gabriella Pescucci, Best Achievement in Costume Design

Winner (2006)
   Video Award Name People's Choice, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Favorite Family Movie

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"Those Oompa-Loompas are the beat, and soul, of Burton's finest movie since ED WOOD: a madhouse kiddie musical with a sweet-and-sour heart." 07/22/2005 p.51-52

New York Times
"Wondrous....[The film] moves, like Dahl's original, in a straight line from one inspired set piece to the next..." 07/15/2005 p.E1

Rolling Stone
"Tim Burton surrounds Depp with miraculous visuals of spun sugar and creeping menace. Their missionary lunacy is a treat for twisted children of all ages." 07/28/2005 p.92

"[I]t's very much Burton's vision: the modern fairy tale town, kitsch musical number and 'gothic' Edward Gorey-inspired design." 09/01/2005 p.140

Sight and Sound
"Depp's Wonka is both flamboyant and reserved....He can be plaintive...or hilarious..." 09/01/2005 p.58

USA Today
"Depp deserves kudos for fashioning an original and outlandish if occasionally menacing character in CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY....[The film is] a marvel of rich, colorful design and flair." 07/15/2005 p.6E

Entertainment Weekly
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "[A] delectable sweet-and-sour madhouse kiddie musical..." 12/30/2005 p.117

Rolling Stone
Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "The colors on the two-disc DVD are tempting and toxic. Dahl would approve." 12/01/2005 p.92

Total Film
"[I]t's movie candy: an optical endorphin rush." 07/01/2006 p.128

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "This is a dazzling confection for the senses..." 08/01/2007 p.91

ReelViews 8 of 10
If there is any living director who can do justice to the warped nature of Roald Dahl's "children's stories," it's Tim Burton. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn't the first time these two have "collaborated." Burton produced Henry Selick's animated James and the Giant Peach, but this time he's in the director's chair, with his favorite star in the camera's crosshairs. Although this movie is an adaptation of one of Dahl's best loved stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory feels like Burton through-and-through - from the bits and pieces cut from Edward Scissorhands to an ending that hearkens back to the theme of father/son affection from Big Fish. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Now this is strange. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory succeeds in spite of Johnny Depp's performance, which should have been the high point of the movie. Depp, an actor of considerable gifts, has never been afraid to take a chance, but this time he takes the wrong one. His Willy Wonka is an enigma in an otherwise mostly delightful movie from Tim Burton, where the visual invention is a wonderment. - Roger Ebert

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