Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Zach Helm Starring: Dustin Hoffman Natalie Portman

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Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) owns and runs the most magical store in the universe, where all of the toys for sale are alive. But, when the aging shopkeeper decides to retire and sell the business to his faithful cashier (Natalie Portman), he hires an uptight accountant (Jason Bateman) to get his affairs in order.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206763676
UPC 024543505051
UPC 14 00024543505051
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/2/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Family (General)
Fantasy
Magic
Theatrical Release
Toys
Editors Note
Note In writer-director Zach Helm's whimsical 2007 film, MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM, veteran actor Dustin Hoffman plays the title character, a 243-year-old toy-store owner who is ready to pass his enchanted business on to his beloved assistant, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman). However, when Molly, a former composer and pianist, has doubts about taking over the (literally) magical store, and an uptight accountant (Jason Bateman) appears to assess the establishment, the many inhabitants of the Wonder Emporium begin to rebel, resulting in a chaotic situation that can be fixed only with the help of a shy, lonely boy (Zach Mills). ^A first-time director best known for his inventive STRANGER THAN FICTION screenplay, Helm ably--ahem--helms EMPORIUM, which clearly nods to the WONKA and TOY STORY movies without seeming derivative. Always one to dive gamely into a quirky role (see TOOTSIE, RAIN MAN, HOOK, etc.), Hoffman makes Magorium both silly and endearing, while Portman charms as his earnest protégé, and Bateman provides an enjoyable level of skepticism while enduring the nickname "The Mutant." Although the film's playful quality could veer toward excess, its thoughtful script and able actors allow it to stand out as a highly entertaining production.
Reviews
USA Today "[T]he film's dazzling production design is the highlight..." 11/16/2007 p.6E
New York Times "[Mr. Hoffman] is engaging....The concept is ingenious..." 11/16/2007 p.E12
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are hints of Tim Burton, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Steven Spielberg on show..." 01/01/2008 p.66
Sight and Sound "[With] a storming performance from Dustin Hoffman....Practically skipping with joie de vivre, Hoffman is intensely mannered yet utterly watchable." 02/01/2008 p.74
Directors
Zach Helm
Actors
Dustin Hoffman
Natalie Portman
Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Alexandre Desplat - Original Music By
Brandt Gordon - Art Director
Dustin Hoffman - Actor
Jason Bateman - Actor
Joseph Drake - Executive Producer
Natalie Portman - Actor
Richard N. Gladstein - Producer
Roman Osin - Cinematographer
Sabrina Plisco - Editor
Steven Weisberg - Editor
Ted Ludzik - Actor
Therese DePrez - Production Designer
Zach Helm - Director
Zach Helm - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 2258198
UPC 00024543505051
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review All of this perhaps sounds like a wonderful family movie, and to a degree it is, although the story arcs involving Molly and the accountant and the threats to the store are all recycled from countless other films. The plot is forever being upstaged by the emporium. We want to stop worrying about Molly's self-esteem and just play with more neat stuff. And is there ever any real doubt that there will be a happy ending? None. It's just that everybody has to pretend there is...Hoffman has countless characters inside of him, and this is one of his nicest. Edward Magorium is very matter-of-fact about his great age, his astonishing store, and his decision that it is time to move on to the next life. He takes it all for granted. Portman, as Molly, doesn't think it's that simple, and she has the thankless task of holding out against the old man's certainty. The suspense, such as it is, will possibly enthrall kids up to a certain age, but their parents, once they get over the visual delights of the emporium, will be grateful the proceedings last only 93 minutes. That's about as long as this notion will carry us, or a little longer...This isn't quite the over-the-top fantasy you'd like it to be, but it's a charming enough little movie, and probably the younger you are, the more charming.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Hoffman,Dustin
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune ...very sweet--in fact it represents the dawn of a new sport, Extreme Whimsy.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...well made, and adults likely will find themselves yielding to its gentle, whimsical charm.

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