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Director: Brad Siberling     Starring: Jude Law Meryl Streep Jim Carrey
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Sku: 40723784
UPC: 097360341546
UPC 14: 00097360341546
Sales Rank: 8248
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This comedic saga revolves around the travails of the three Baudelaire orphans, Sunny, Klaus and Violet who find themselves fobbed off on a series of odd people, including the narrator Lemony Snicket. The recurring bad guy is a distant family relative named Count Olaf, who initially takes in the kids but clearly is trying to separate them from a family inheritance.

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  • Diameter: 60 mm
  • Maximum Capacity: 1.8GB (Single-sided, dual layer)
  • Laser wavelength: 660nm (Red laser)
  • "A wickedly funny and wildly enjoyable funhouse ride...  David Sheehan, Hollywood Close-Ups
    "Devilishly clever and rip-roaringly funny...  Jeanne Wolf, Jeanne Wolf's Hollywood
    "Enchanting in every way! Diabolically hilarious.  Mark S. Allen, UPN-TV
    "Witty! Sharp! Hilarious! A Total joy! An amazing and entertaining film for both kids and adults! Jim Carrey has never been better!  Neil Rosen, NY1

    Editor's Note
    Directed by Brad Siberling, LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS follows the Baudelaire orphans--Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (played by twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman)--as they are followed by the wicked Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). A distant relative and an awful actor, Olaf is determined to claim the fortune willed to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, whose parents died in a mysterious fire. Enigmatic author Lemony Snicket (Jude Law) recounts the adventures of the three children as they change hands from the conniving Olaf to the reptile-loving Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly) to Aunt Josephine (Meryl Steep), who lives in fear of just about everything.

    An adaptation that condenses the first three books in the series--THE BAD BEGINNING, THE REPTILE ROOM, and THE WIDE WINDOW--into one installment, the film captures the darkly humorous tone of the popular children's novels by Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler). Carrey clearly has fun with his intentionally over-the-top role as the villain, while the young actors embody their resourceful characters wonderfully. The true star of the film, however, may be the production design of Rick Heinrichs (SLEEPY HOLLOW), which creates a visually stunning world filled with gothic mansions and ramshackle houses. By keeping the heart of the eccentric books intact, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS proves to be an usually inventive and quirky Hollywood film.

    Features
    Video Features Widescreen
    Technical Info

    Release Information
    Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount Home Video
    Video Release Date Release Date: 11/15/2005
    Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
    Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 034154
    Video UPC UPC: 00097360341546
    Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
    Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

    Aspect Ratio
    Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1
    Cast & Crew
    Video Cast Info Emily Browning
    Video Cast Info Jim Carrey
    Video Cast Info Jude Law
    Video Cast Info Liam Aiken
    Video Cast Info Meryl Streep
    Video Cast Info Albie Hecht - Executive Producer
    Video Cast Info Brad Silberling - Director
    Video Cast Info Daniel Handler - Based On Novel By
    Video Cast Info Laurie MacDonald - Producer
    Video Cast Info Michael Kahn - Editor
    Video Cast Info Robert Gordon - Screenplay
    Video Cast Info Thomas Newman - Musical Score

    Awards


    Oscar (2005)
    Video Award Name Valli O'Reilly, Bill Corso, Winner, Best Achievement in Makeup
       Video Award Name Rick Heinrichs, Cheryl Carasik, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction
       Video Award Name Colleen Atwood, Nominee, Best Achievement in Costume Design

    Professional Reviews

    USA Today
    "[A] visually arresting and entertaining romp..." 12/28/2004 p.4D

    Sight and Sound
    "[T]he kids are excellent, imbuing characters who could have been ciphers with a sense of sadness..." 02/01/2005 p.57-8

    Premiere
    "[T]he real triumphs of the film are Emily Browning and Liam Aiken, who play Violet and Klaus Baudelaire with grace, assuredness, and a commendable lack of cuteness." 06/01/2005 p.126

    James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
    The film is first and foremost a fantasy, but there are dark currents running just beneath the surface. I give Silberling (Moonlight Mile) credit for not allowing them to swallow the film. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events manages to remain witty throughout. Coupled with its fast pace and occasional cliffhangers, that makes it a candidate for an easy recommendation, regardless of whether you have previous experience with the books or not. - James Berardinelli

    Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
    I liked the film, but I'll tell you what. I think this one is a tune-up for the series, a trial run in which they figure out what works and what needs to be tweaked. The original "Spider-Man" was a disappointment, but the same team came back and made "Spider-Man 2," the best superhero movie ever made. The "Lemony Snicket" series has enormous potential, and I expect the next film will look just as good, and have the same wonderful kids, and be scarier and tell more of a real story, and discover that while gloom is an atmosphere, depression is a condition. - Roger Ebert

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