Chronicles of Narnia Lion Witch and Wardrobe (Widescreen)

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by Jaime on 4/17/2006

This movie is amazing, I enjoyed every second, you dont want to miss out. If you miss any of it you will need to back it up and start it over that is how good it is.

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This is NOT the next Lord of the Rings

by on 7/21/2006

I was never interested in this movie when it first came out in theatres. To me, this was just a plot to cash in on the success of the Lord of the Rings. When someone asked me to give it a chance, I did thinking that my first reaction was too one-sided. I should have listened to my inner-self. What a BORE! I have never read the books before and I can't say if the film adaptation stays faithful to the books, but if it does then I will NEVER read the books. As far as the movie goes, the characters are played well--or rather well enough to drive the movie along. But there are A LOT of little things that stop me from being engaged in this story: the kids utter lack of amazement into the world they stumble upon; the fact that I don't know why I'm supposed to hate the witch except for the fact that she IS a witch and she can turn a few folks into stone. A little back-story might have helped. Evil doers should do some pretty evil stuff like destroy cities and such- this antagonist can only pull-off a bad hairdo. The pace of the movie seems a bit rushed as well. The plot is moved from one chase seen to another, and then the kids become adept at close-quarter combat in no less than a few days!! Incredible! I guess it was in them all along. Not only that, Santa Clause shows up!! Yay! I'm sorry; I should just warn you that your leap of faith should be about a mile long. There are way too many convenient things that you have to sidestep in order for you to believe, and more importantly, care about these characters. Now, not everything is hogwash. There are some very uplifting moments during the film and you do get a sense that Narnia does have some potential, but they come too little too late. Some more fleshed out characters and more exposition into the world of Narnia's history might have helped. As it is, this is just a nice little story for the kiddies. Nothing for the Lord of the Ring enthusiasts who will scoff at this movie once they see it.

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Four young siblings discover a magical wardrobe and are transported to narnia, an enchanted world ruled by the glacial powers of an evil white witch. With courage and heart-felt desire to save narnia, the children must band together to fight the witch in a spectacular climatic battle.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202290978
UPC 786936292930
UPC 14 00786936292930
Format DVD
Release Date 2/24/2013
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Fantasy Worlds
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Wild Animals
Editors Note
Note Director Andrew Adamson gives a new dimension to C.S. Lewis's enchanting story with this long-awaited Disney adaptation. As the story begins, Mrs. Pevensie--in order to keep her children safe during World War II--sends Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmond (Skandar Keynes), Susan (Anna Popplewell), and Peter (William Moseley) off to stay at a professor's country estate. Away from London and under the care of a strict housekeeper, they are instructed to stick to themselves and stay out of trouble. But when an innocent game of hide-and-seek leads young Lucy to a spare room containing a large wardrobe, she discovers something that will change their lives forever. ^Inside the wardrobe there is a world frosted with ice and filled with magical beings. Known as Narnia, the land is stuck in eternal winter at the hands of the cruel White Witch, played with great force by the pale, strong-featured Tilda Swinton. When she steps back into reality, Lucy struggles to convince her skeptical siblings of the things she's seen. After much disbelief, the others finally enter the world as well, learning that the creatures of Narnia have long been waiting for humans like themselves to appear and break the witch's spell. But in order to be of any help to the lovable talking beavers, fawns, foxes, and centaurs that they meet, the four will have to face betrayal by one of their own as Edmond cracks under the witch's tempting offer of unlimited Turkish Delights. Under the leadership of the great lion Aslan (voice of Liam Neeson), can Lucy, Edmond, Susan, and the oldest, Peter, prove themselves heroes in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil? High-budget special effects, impressive performances by the film's young newcomers, and beautiful set design move this film far beyond previous television adaptations.
Entertainment Weekly "[The film] remains remarkably faithful to Lewis' story, and the innocence of his passion begins to shine through. It's there, most spectacularly, in Aslan, the lion-king messiah." -- Grade: B 12/16/2005 p.59-60
New York Times "[T]he spirit of the book is very much intact....[The film uses] available technology to capture both the mythic power of Lewis's tale and, even better, its charm." 12/09/2005 p.E1-E13
USA Today "Its epic scope and elaborate battles will raise comparisons with Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy..." 12/09/2005 p.8E
Sight and Sound "[Swinton] is magisterially wonderful as the witch-queen of Narnia." 02/01/2006 p.47
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]e get dazzling special effects, battle sequences, and a menagerie of cool creatures." 05/01/2006 p.93
Andrew Adamson
James McAvoy
Jim Broadbent
Tilda Swinton
Cast & Crew
Andrew Adamson - Director
Andrew Adamson - Executive Producer
Anna Popplewell - Actor
C.S. Lewis - Based On Book By
Christopher Markus, et. al. - Screenplay
Donald McAlpine - Cinematographer
Douglas Gresham - Producer
Georgie Henley - Actor
Harry Gregson-Williams - Original Music By
James McAvoy - Actor
Jim Broadbent - Actor
Jim May - Editor
Jules Cook, et. al. - Art Director
Kiran Shah - Actor
Roger Ford - Production Designer
Sim Evan-Jones - Editor
Skandar Keynes - Actor
Tilda Swinton - Actor
William Moseley - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 4098703
UPC 00786936292930
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (2007) Grammy, Harry Gregson-Williams, Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media,Grammy, Imogen Heap, Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Winner (2006) British Academy Awards, Howard Berger, et. al., Best Make Up/Hair,Oscar, Howard Berger, Tami Lane, Best Achievement in Makeup
Nominee (2006) British Academy Awards, Dean Wright, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,British Academy Awards, Isis Mussenden, Best Costume Design,Golden Globe, Harry Gregson-Williams, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Alanis Morissette, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,MTV Award, Tilda Swinton, Best Villain,Oscar, Terry Porter, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing,Oscar, Dean Wright, et. al., Best Achievement in Visual Effects
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review This marks the fifth time that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has been adapted, but the first time it has been accomplished as a major motion picture...The acting is fine, although lacking in the recognition category. The biggest stars are Tilda Swinton and Jim Broadbent, neither of whom would be considered a "household name." Swinton does a good job boosting the evil quotient of her character, while Broadbent's part qualifies as little more than a heavily made-up cameo. As previously mentioned, Liam Neeson has a sizeable vocal part. Also lending their voices are Rupert Everett and Ray Winstone. Three of the four children are portrayed by actors in their first major roles. Only Anna Popplewell has a prior resume...It's difficult to determine how audiences will react to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Those expecting something in the vein of Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings will not be satisfied. Much has been made about the movie's "Christian connections." However, while it's true that Lewis' books are allegorical (with Aslan representing Christ), the movie doesn't hammer home this point. It's on-screen for those on the lookout, but I can't imagine anyone considering this a "religious picture." It's fantasy lite - a story with dwarves, giants, minotaurs, cyclopses, and witches that can be enjoyed by families.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The film has been directed by Andrew Adamson, who directed both of the "Shrek" movies and supervised the special effects on both of Joel Schumacher's "Batman" movies. He knows his way around both comedy and action, and here combines them in a way that makes Narnia a charming place with fearsome interludes...The effects in this movie are so skillful that the animals look about as real as any of the other characters, and the critic Emanuel Levy explains the secret: "Aslan speaks in a natural, organic manner (which meant mapping the movement of his speech unto the whole musculature of the animal, not just his mouth)." Aslan is neither as frankly animated as the Lion King or as real as the cheetah in "Duma," but halfway in between, as if an animal were inhabited by an archbishop...This is a film situated precisely on the dividing line between traditional family entertainment and the newer action-oriented family films. It is charming and scary in about equal measure, and confident for the first two acts that it can be wonderful without having to hammer us into enjoying it, or else. Then it starts hammering. Some of the scenes toward the end push the edge of the PG envelope, and like the "Harry Potter" series, the Narnia stories may eventually tilt over into R.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Henley,Georgie
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Spectacular epic film-making fills the screen. And your heart.
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times What's best about it is that it seems real by the logic of childhood...As a story, it's timeless.
David Edelstein, Slate An entertaining, emotional, and surprisingly intimate movie--an epic saga of fauns and talking (Cockney) beavers...
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News A generation-spanning journey that feels both comfortingly familiar and excitingly original.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Plunges into an imaginative landscape as large as all creation - and never slackens its barreling pace or shrinks its panoramic scope.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle A movie of intelligence and power, of beauty, universality and largeness of spirit.
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post Well told, handsome, stirring and loads of fun.

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