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Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]

Johnny Depp , Freddie Highmore , Tim Burton    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Noah Taylor
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: John August, Roald Dahl
  • Producers: Brad Grey, Bruce Berman, Derek Frey, Graham Burke, Katterli Frauenfelder
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B7QAHO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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Mixed reviews and creepy comparisons to Michael Jackson notwithstanding, Tim Burtons splendidly imaginative adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory would almost surely meet with Roald Dahls approval. The celebrated author of darkly offbeat childrens books vehemently disapproved of 1971s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (hence the change in title), so its only fitting that Burton and his frequent star/collaborator, Johnny Depp, should have another go, infusing the enigmatic candymans tale with their own unique brand of imaginative oddity. Depps pale, androgynous Wonka led some to suspect a partial riff on that most controversial of eternal children, Michael Jackson, but Burtons film is too expansively magnificent to be so narrowly defined. While preserving Dahls morality tale on the hazards of indulgent excess, Burtons riotous explosion of color provides a wondrous setting for the lessons learned by Charlie Bucket (played by Freddie Highmore, Depps delightful costar in Finding Neverland), as he and other, less admirable children enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Wonkas confectionary wonderland. Elaborate visual effects make this an eye-candy overdose (including digitally multiplied Oompa-Loompas, all played by diminutive actor Deep Roy), and the films underlying weirdness is exaggerated by Depps admirably risky but ultimately off-putting performance. Of course, none of this stops Burtons Charlie from being the must-own family DVD of 2005s holiday season, perhaps even for those who staunchly defend Gene Wilders portrayal of Wonka from 34 years earlier. --Jeff Shannon

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for Tim Burton Fans 8 Feb 2009
Based on a Roald Dahl novel, however loosely, the story is still there. I think that if you watch the film as something separate to the book then this film would be vastly enjoyable. I think that it appeals to all ages, children love the bright colours and adults can appreciate the subtlety of Johnny Depp's performance.
Depp and Burton always have the ability to some together and create something wonderful, mesmerising and beautiful and this film is no different.
Throughout the film it is clear that Willy Wonka has some elements of Michael Jackson incorporated into his character, however it is also clear that these references are very much tongue in cheek and not designed to cause offence. I feel that Wonka's character has been interpreted in a very original way, and though it may not be true to the book it is certainly and enjoyable performance to watch.
For Burton fans there are the very Burton-esq qualities that we have come to expect with the massive contrast between the lighter and the darker moments of the film.
I give it 5 stars as a fan of both Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, and I encourage anyone to watch it.
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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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12 of 14 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.. could've been better 15 Jan 2006
By ChezzyD
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory was one of my favourite books as a child. I liked the Gene Wilder version but agree with some other posters here it was a little 'nicey-nicey' so I was looking forward to Tim Burton/Johnny Depp's take on the story. The material seemed a perfect fit for them. Some elements of this film I liked very much: the Oompa Loompas (although I could not understand a word they said so the message was kind of lost, perhaps this was down to the cinema's sound system..), the cracking sets, the cinematography and the cast in general. HOWEVER.... as some other posters have pointed out - there was something a little 'off'... My main criticisms are around 1) the 'back story' which seemed very contrived and a bit pointless. Part of Wonka's appeal is his mysterious-ness, as if he were born under a gooseberry bush or something. Depp's catatonia as we go into his mind's eye - well basically it seemed very contrived and stopped the narrative in it's flow. It did not need to be there - or could have been done better. I liked Christopher Lee though. 2) Johnny Depp's Wonka. I liked parts of his performance - but he really did seem like a Michael Jackson clone and his mannerisms didn't seem natural, it was almost as if Johnny was showcasing his acting ability - oh look at mr 'range'! There was just something unappealing about him. Shame because generally I am a big fan.
Gene Wilder's Wonka , though not perfect, is more Wonka to me than Depp. I much preferred Wilder's simpler entrance than Depp's (clowns on fire just doesn't do it for me). Maybe combine the two and you would have the perfect screen Wonka? Still, gripes aside I mostly enjoyed this film, if only for its spectacle and because it's just a cracking story with old-fashioned values that we can all relate to - which is a comforting thought in our modern world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars most possibly the worst Burton's and Depp's film on may levels
I advise you against this film. It started quite nice, a town in a victorian setting and great looking factory. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mr. M. Vasiljevs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
my 5 year old has been in love with this film for years, its also one of the only films she loves that I don't tire of watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Film 5 Stars
Purchased this dvd with others via Amazon for my daughter. The quality of the product and speed of despatch didn't disappoint. Recommended to all. 5 STARS.
Published 2 months ago by Planetretro
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I haven't watched the original one so can't and won't compare it, I just know that I love this one and Johnny Depp is truly unique and funny.
Published 2 months ago by Rebekah Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie much beter than the original
This is much better than the original it had a better story, added backround story and it was directed beter as well.
Published 2 months ago by kob5674
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a great re-make by Burton. If you like previous Burton films you will definitely enjoy this one. Would recommend this to anykne
Published 3 months ago by Rosebud
4.0 out of 5 stars Chocolatey Experience!
I am a Tim Burton fan and I love his films! But this has to be one of his best ones he's done! It's so realistic and just a brilliant film for the family! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kyky
3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred original
Although it was well acted,I thought that original is still the best. This one is a little too quirky for me.
Published 5 months ago by Carol Holt-Bushell
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky film
This is a different take on the Roald Dahl classic but my children love it. It is very colourful and the songs are great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Foakester
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