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Charlie & The Chocolate Factory [Blu-ray] [2005] [US Import]

David Kelly , Johnny Depp    Universal, suitable for all   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: David Kelly, Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore
  • Format: Import, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Imports
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027WNRVS



Director Tim Burton’s take on Roald Dahl’s classic story is undeniably more faithful to the source material than the 1975 musical retelling of the same story. His Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is also a slightly darker, visually inventive film, and is ultimately a tasty treat that the whole family can enjoy.

Filling the coat of Willy Wonka is frequent Burton collaborator Johnny Depp--the pair have previously worked together on the likes of Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow--and what fun he clearly had. His Wonka is a kooky, isolated figure, extremely distrusting and clearly uncomfortable around the children who win a golden ticket to look round his factory. Burton invests time in his main character, giving him a rounded back story that pays dividends, and while some will inevitably prefer Gene Wilder’s edgier take on the same role all those years ago, Depp nonetheless is on strong form. The cast around him also perform well, particularly Freddie Highmore in the title role.

The story is as you’ll likely remember it, with five children given the chance to visit Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. And what a visual treat that factory is, bursting with colour and vibrancy. Along the way, they encounter chocolate lakes, industrious squirrels and the infamous oompa loompas, and truthfully, it’s fun to be along for the ride.

Is it better than that aforementioned 1975 version? Actually, it’s just different. Each film will no doubt have its legion of fans, but the bottom line here is that Roald Dahl’s classic has provided the source for an enjoyable, well pitched movie with plenty of rewatch value. Now if only they’d go and film Charlie & The Great Glass Elevator…--Simon Brew

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining … and it's not fattening 27 Nov 2005
"Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" has an ominous opening, a sort of Chocolate Citizen Kane analogy of the relentless success of Wonka's chocolate empire, the creation of a multinational with tentacles that reach round the globe and a factory in which the workers labour away like the oppressed employees in "Modern Times". The chocolate factory dominates the town like a dark satanic mill. Chocolate hasn't been this dark since Monty Python's crunchy frogs. And you appreciate that this may be a film which children will enjoy, but there's an adult subtext.
In a ramshackle hovel, Charlie Bucket and his family eke out an existence on cabbage soup, the bane of British school meals. The reclusive Wonka has withdrawn from the world for fifteen years but now returns with five golden tickets on offer, each ticket a passport to chocolate paradise. While kids around the world compete, connive, and manipulate their parents to ensure they secure one of the golden tickets, Charlie has to rely on luck.
It's a fascinating film, moving from the bleak grey and brown tones of Charlie's world to the wonderland which is Wonka's. The chocolate factory is garish, a full palette of bright colours, its confectionary an extraordinary adventure in the miraculous. It is a wonderland which will enrapture children. But there are decidedly dark undercurrents. Roald Dahl's 1964 novel has a sadistic quality to it, and director Tim Burton doesn't miss this. Children are no angels, and bad children deserve their comeuppance.
Johnny Depp plays the master of ceremonies, an unnaturally pale, reclusive man who has turned a factory into a circus, a playground for a bunch of cloned dwarves. You wonder who he could possibly have modelled the character on?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For candy lovers everywhere 19 Aug 2006
I'm old enough to remember watching the original adaptation 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' with Gene Wilder, as a wide eyed child, and so I wasn't expecting much from this film as I knew what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this film. It's the same story of Charlie and his golden ticket but told in a completely different way. Everything is 're-imagined' (a term familiar to Tim Burton) and Willy Wonka is not the willing showman of old, but instead an eccentric character with a squeaky voice, bobbed hair and a backstory of a stern dentist father.

There are plenty of jokes and funny moments to make you laugh and Johnny Depp is wonderful as Wonka. He's creepy yet innocent and totally watchable. The Oompa Loompas made me laugh and weren't as creepy or terrible as I'd been led to believe.

A nice movie and any child would enjoy it with the same wide eyed wonder that I'd enjoyed with the earlier film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average fantasy adaptation by Burton 13 April 2008
By Stampy
In this adaptation from Roald Dahl's novel, Johnny Depp (Edward Scissorhands) stars as Chocolate maker Willy Wonka, who offers 5 kids across the world the chance to win a tour around his chocolate factory.

It is amazing to see how times can change in the film industry, particularly in the animation aspect. If you were lucky enough to catch the original film with Gene Wilder in 1971 then you would have really appreciated the thought and dedication that went into the film. The effects and acting were stunning, none more so than Wilder. Now we find it hard to find a film without heavy dollops of animation, particularly in the fantasy genre.

Yes the graphics in this Tim Burton adaptation are good, as is his direction, but there is no real beating the original.

Depp's portrayal of the chocolate maker is very interesting to watch, an almost complete contrast to Wilder's. Wonka is portrayed by Depp as closed off, harsh and very insecure. This was based on his father's treatment, an interesting sub story which was not in the original.

Personally I was not a fan of this portrayal as I had always imagined Wonka differently, but it was interesting to watch and understand.

Highmore is good as Charlie, a more likable young kid than Peter Ostrum was. Though his constant pestering of Wonka can be annoying, his general character is sad and his helping has to be admired.

The plot is fairly consistent, with many up and down moments. It isn't predictable but isn't funny either. The acting isn't the best and although the effects and dark opening are really impressive, it is a pretty average fantasy comedy.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disapointed 22 Nov 2005
Whilst i did enjoy many aspects of this film, the small details annoyed me too much for me to give this film a higher rating, firstly the film repeatidly included americansims such as the use of candy instead of sweets or chocolate, whilst this may seem like a small thing in this day anf age where most people would presumably use candy,, during the time setting of the film i am sure that a british family would not of used it, also the two people offering $ instead of £ for his ticket annoyed me, it took away any realism to the film, especially when he found a £10 note on the floor, which brings me to another point, he did not wait for his change, whilst he mjust have been excited about the ticket, if he really was as poor as they were potrayed then it seems unliky, another point that annoyed me was the house they lived in compared to the other buildings, clothing etc in the film, it was pushing believability a little too far. As i said they appear small aspects, it ruined the film for me, if they had occured further into the film i doubt i would have minded so much. I agree with many of the other comments about that better special effect from the original film, hoever i think that it was far inferior in almost every way, wonker was just too creepy for me, and the fact that while in many ways they changed the film, they stuck with the original children instead of giving a more international feel to it, whilst i know it would not be sticking to the book, it seemed pointless to show Tokyo etc, especially when they took creative licence with other aspects. However i did enjoy the film quite a lot, i would of enjoyed it far more if i had not seen the original film. My final gripe was with the extra story line of willy's father and how he became a chocolateer, however it was enjoyable, but again went away from the original. Not to say i would not recomend this for others, but just a little caution if you enjoyed the original
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