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on 12/31/2012

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From the beloved, best-selling series of books comes an extraordinary fantasy adventure, revealing the unseen world that exists all around us. From the moment the grace family moves into a secluded old house peculiar things start to happen.


Studio Paramount
SKU 207938740
UPC 097363432845
UPC 14 00097363432845
Format DVD
Release Date 1/17/2012
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Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Albie Hecht - Producer
Caleb Deschanel - Cinematographer
David Strathairn - Actor
Freddie Highmore - Actor
Holly Black - Based On Books By
James D. Bissell - Production Designer
James Horner - Original Music By
Joan Plowright - Actor
John Sayles, et. al. - Screenplay
Mark Waters - Director
Martin Short - Voice Of
Mary-Louise Parker - Actor
Michael Kahn - Editor
Nick Nolte - Actor
Sarah Bolger - Actor
Seth Rogen - Voice Of
Tony DiTerlizzi - Based On Books By
Tony DiTerlizzi - Executive Producer
Vincent Brabant, et. al. - Art Director
Review It's time to declare the search for the next Harry Potter over and give J.K. Rowling and her boy wizard the title of ultimate family fantasy franchise in perpetuity. Perhaps that will keep audiences from suffering through more underwhelming wannabes like The Spiderwick Chronicles. After a year that saw Stardust, The Golden Compass, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, and the anticipated arrival of another trip to Narnia, no one has yet to top Hogwart's or those who dwell inside its hallowed halls. Spiderwick is no different. It's all a big, implausible CGI orgy, lacking the necessary context to engage its audience...Still, if you like your fantasy on the frilly side, if you want nothing but monster money shots and effects-laden action scenes, The Spiderwick Chronicles will definitely satisfy such one-sided needs. There's no greatness or gravitas here, just a Goonies for the post-millennial crowd, complete with lots of short attention span flash. It's also indicative of what's wrong with all the proto-Potter positioning. There is much more to Rowling's magical realm than dragons, derring-do, and Dumbledore. Sadly, those looking to mimic its success seem to forget that. The Spiderwick Chronicles sure does.
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Spiderwick Chronicles is the latest in what could be considered "starter" fantasy tales. The set of five books, written by Tony DiTerrlizzi and Holly Black, falls into the same category with respected offerings like C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain, and (of course) J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorceror's/Philsopher's Stone...The Spiderwick Chronicles is arguably geared for a slightly younger crowd than the other stories but it stands up well to cinematic conversion. The finished product will enthrall the target audience without boring those who chaperone them to theaters...The Spiderwick Chronicles books are recommended for ages 7 and up and that seems a reasonable range for the movies. There are some scary moments but they're not that scary and the violence is muted by the ways in which it is shot and presented. The Spiderwick Chronicles is not great fantasy, but it's on more solid ground than The Golden Compass and will seem less baffling to some. There's enough here to keep adults engaged, which is an important component of any motion picture that wants to be known as "family entertainment." I would place The Spiderwick Chronicles comfortably in that category.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer The film underscores the power of reading, and applying what we read to problem-solving.
David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle ...[a] superb cast, superior special effects, a sparkling musical score and a fantasy-filled plot.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...strong performances...accomplished, bright language...[and] stylish cinematography...
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald ...funny and scary and touching in all the ways the best children's pictures are...
Richard Corliss, Time ...a notch above "The Golden Compass" and "Narnia."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times A well-crafted family thriller that is truly scary and doesn't wimp out.
Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune A fast-moving adventure with more than dynamic glitz to recommend it.

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