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Product details

  • Actors: Johnny Depp
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar. 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CLJOMS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Family adventure based on the novel by Roald Dahl. The film centres around an eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp), and Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Most nights in the Bucket home, dinner is a watered-down bowl of cabbage soup, which young Charlie gladly shares with his mother (Helena Bonham Carter) and father (Noah Taylor) and both pairs of grandparents. They all live in a tiny, tumbledown, drafty old house but it is filled with love. Every night, the last thing Charlie sees from his window is the great factory, and he drifts off to sleep dreaming about what might be inside. For nearly fifteen years, no one has seen a single worker going in or coming out of the factory, or caught a glimpse of Willy Wonka himself, yet, mysteriously, great quantities of chocolate are still being made and shipped to shops all over the world. One day Willy Wonka makes a momentous announcement. He will open his famous factory and reveal 'all of its secrets and magic' to five lucky children who find golden tickets hidden inside five randomly selected Wonka chocolate bars. When Charlie finds some money on the snowy street and takes it to the nearest store for a Wonka Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight he finds a golden ticket. The family decides that Grandpa Joe (David Kelly) should be the one to accompany Charlie on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Once inside, Charlie is dazzled by one amazing sight after another.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 13 April 2008
Format: DVD
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.

6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is almost good enough to make me forgive Tim Burton for what he did to Planet of the Apes, although not quite good enough to supplant the less faithful Mel Stuart musical version in my affections. Curiously, the best of the film is the opening and closing in the bosom of Charlie's impoverished but loving family in their cockeyed ramshackle house that gives the film real heart and resonance. Unfortunately, it does this so effectively that once it enters the gates of the chocolate factory itself, that gets left behind for all the magnificent design and occasional flashes of anarchy. Depp's Willy Wonka is 90% Eric Idle's Mrs Hendy (see Monty Python's The Meaning of Life and you'll know what I mean), 10% Dr Evil, as much terrified as overpowering as he rather too schematically pares down the bad kids in variations on death by chocolate (refreshingly this time the children do not emerge restored), but somehow lacks the whimsical insanity of Gene Wilder. Still, a surprisingly enjoyable and satisfying treat, although Geoffrey Holder's narration was curious - was his voice slowed down for the film, or does he really sound like that these days?

The 2-disc version boasts a large number of featurettes and extras but the emphasis is a bit more on quantity than quality at times.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nerfeezah on 19 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 23 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Eagerly awaited new film version of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. If there’s one director and star who you would want to recreate the spectacular extravaganza of the chocolate factory and its flamboyant yet reclusive owner you would be talking Burton and Depp yet, though the film is good, it’s not quite as wonderful as I had hoped.
The factory is quite a spectacle and Depp is good as the complex Wonka with slightly more joie-de-vivre than Gene Wilder’s rather sinister portrayal in 1971’s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. The nut cracking squirrels in the current film are also a cute improvement on the original’s egg laying geese though the story in the new version arguably doesn’t hold together quite so well and computer-generated “cloning” of one Oompa Loompa rather than using several actors is just modern laziness and doesn’t really work.

Comparing both versions overall, I would provably give the earlier film a very slight edge though they both get the same star rating from me. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory is enjoyable though not quite as wonderful as I hoped it was going to be.
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