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Charlie & the Chocolate Facto [DVD]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: PG
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BHZ1L0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,829 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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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


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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
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining … and it's not fattening 27 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
"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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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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Film 5 Stars 6 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film my 5 year old granddaughter sat and watched ...
brilliant film my 5 year old granddaughter sat and watched it all the way through, then requested to watch it again
Published 9 days ago by rubierose
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good family fun!
Published 17 days ago by Nicola Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
granddaughter love it
Published 18 days ago by Mr M N Duckett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Great kids movie
Published 25 days ago by Christina Alder
5.0 out of 5 stars ... to the first willy wonka film but I still love
Completely diffent to the first willy wonka film but I still love it
Published 29 days ago by m.simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars great deal!
as expected. great deal!
Published 29 days ago by Adam Gifari
5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted
One of the films I've seen in a long while.and would recommend it.
In doing so this one was a gift
Published 1 month ago by Graham Eavery
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the film
Definitely my favourite version of the film. Brilliant acting, plenty of humour and magical settings. The quality of the DVD was also excellent, as was the service. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Inna McDonagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD
Excellent DVD. My daughter is reading the book and so watches this constantly.
Quality is excellent and delivery was very very quick.
Very pleased.
Published 2 months ago by KirsteenL
5.0 out of 5 stars School purchase
Purchased to show to students when reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, really well done and very easy to watch.
Published 2 months ago by Julie Day
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