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From the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe [DVD]

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Producers: Michael J. Lewis
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AMSSBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,113 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Made in 1979, this Emmy Award winning The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe perfectly captures the spirit and charm of C.S. Lewis' famed book with a unique, visual style all its own. This magical film is presented here digitally restored with the original UK voice cast for a new generation to discover.

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From the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardro...


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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyable as a grown up! 21 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I always think of this animated version of the classic tale very fondly, since it is single handedly responsible for me discovering the wonderful world of Narnia! Yes, the animation is rather dodgy, but this is made up for by a fantastic musical score and the story has been minimally messed with, always important in adaptations from books. Whilst this may not hold the thrill for me now that it did when I first saw it around 25 years ago, it is still very enjoyable. Thank goodness, it is the British soundtrack version, although unfortunately the American credits have been put on the end of the film, leaving the likes of Sheila Hancock, Arthur Lowe, Leo McKern, June Whitfield and Leslie Phillips sadly uncredited!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic. 5 Dec 2005
By pete69
Format:DVD
I'm so glad the new live action movie of "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" got made as it's a great excuse for this superb animated version to finally get the DVD treatment.

Seeing this back in 1979 it was absolutley magical and although it shows it's age, it's still a great movie.

This particular DVD has indeed the original British cast lending thier voices (Arthur Lowe, Leslie Phillips etc) but the end credits list the American actors which is a bit strange.

The extras are not too bad, with commentary from some of the crew and plenty of production stills and early sketches as well as a few storyboards.

There is a brief but interesting interview with the producer about the problems getting the movie made and there is also a deleted scene from towards the end of the movie which doesn't show any animation as such but retains the original voice over and shows how the scene would have played out with the aid of early sketches.

It's well worth buying but I feel that people will be disappointed with this if they have seen the new CGI movie and expect a similar film.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be too excited 24 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
For those of you who don't know...this cartoon version was made BEFORE the feature film, so please read the description carefully. Talking of the description, note that this film DOES NOT contain the original UK cast including Arthur Lowe and June Whitfield. The cartoon was revoiced some time ago with American sounding accents which has dissappointed me a little as I'd bought it for my mother under the impression (via the product description) that it starred the original 1979 cast. It doesn't...so beware.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical journey into fantasy 10 Jan 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In this age of cgi animation, it might be easy to overlook the 1979 version. But behind its deceptively simple cartoonish style lies the best version of CS Lewis's fantasy tale ever made. For this movie has what the others lack...heart and soul. From the realistic expressions of the children, the wonderful voices of the British cast, and the truly spellbinding music, this is a charming and genuinely moving movie. I remember watching this in 1979, and it still does not disappoint so many years later. Don't be fooled by the way it looks. This is a great film made by the same people who brought you Charlie Brown. A classic. (For your info, the British voiced version is also available with an updated cover that came out in 2005 from Optimum Home Entertainment)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By lewis41
Format:DVD
What can i say about this film its a great film for both kids and adults. The animation is superb for the age of the cartoon. I would recommend this to anyone, young or old! Enjoy!!!!!
If you can get hold of a copy!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cartoon version of the L, W & W 28 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
This is a very good cartoon version of C. S. Lewis's the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The actual film is about 1 1/2 hours long excluding extras.
It stays very accuratly to the original dialogue of the book, which is always great to see.
There are a few slight changes to the storyline, eg. Aslan gives the children the gifts instead of Father Christmas, Maugrim has become Fenris Ulf, there is no robin to lead the children to the beaver and there is no mention of the housekeeper or why they are staying at the professors house. But I think these were done more to keep the length to a fixed time, they do not distract from the story at all.
The animation is fine although it will soon be 30 years old so it is not as good as some things around now.
We now have copies of this film with the English cast voices and the American cast voices and it really makes no difference which you have when you are watching the film. Although if you saw it many years ago it may matter more to you.
This is a very good introduction for children to this story as well as being highly enjoyable for adults.
The reason I have given it 5* is because of how true the dialogue stays to the book all the way through the film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a piece of my childhood! 16 April 2006
By Rohun
Format:DVD
Watching this takes me back to when I was a child and would watch the animated version on an old video at my Great Aunt's house in Durham. Yes, so its got very poor animation and if you watched the american version the characters have odd accents. But lookin with a favourable view, this is a wonderful recreation of CS Lewis' beloved book with great characterisation and musical accompaniment. Enjoy young or old!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animated Narnia from 1979 15 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
This is the animated version of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe made by the same animation group that made many of the Peanuts cartoons (Mr Melendez himself was Snoopy many times). The animation was about average for the time, which looks very crude by todays' standards, but was quite good for a television production of the 70's/80's. There has been no restoring of the film to my knowledge, so this is as clean a transfer as one can get from film without resorting to digital cleaning (a lengthy process).
Extras listed are simply text information, there are no featurettes, clips, etc.
One word of warning, the principle actors have all been replaced with American dubs, with the exception of Aslan himself, so those looking to find the ITC (or PBS if you are from the States) broadcast version, you might be let down.
There is another version of this available on DVD with the original British cast, available only as Region 2 or 4 DVDs. This other version also contains commentary, although fairly limited according to those who have it. I'll take any suggestions as to where to find a Region 1 version.
Hope this helps anyone trying to confirm WHICH version of the animated feature this is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Narnia
Great stories by a great writer. Never a dull moment in this household so I would recommend it for all ages
Published 3 months ago by cavaliertoby
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this film
I first saw this film when I was a child - I now have children and we watched it together and really enjoyed - however the quality of the film is not brilliant - it did not spoil... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story, told well.
Had the VHS in the 80s and it went the way of all flesh, but before it was lost, the story became a lasting favourite of my daughter's. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Loved this film reminded me of my childhood & my kids 7 & 5 really enjoyed watching this time around
Published 5 months ago by Goldie1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dvd,
I have enjoyed this film, since I was a child I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed it is always a pleasure to watch even now as an adult
Published 6 months ago by Susan Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Animated version of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
My children were young when this was first on the Television, and we all watched it together. It was a true family favourite. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D. Wilson
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As always, this is another great product and it has completely met my expectations. As such, I highly recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Daniel da Graça
3.0 out of 5 stars cartoon edition (review by my 8yr old grandaughter)
Not as good as the original version. I liked the one with the people. So it's just OK as the story seems different from the one with people. Read more
Published 9 months ago by blueapple
5.0 out of 5 stars narnia
i loved this film the very first time i saw it so had to buy it and now my grand children are enjoying it too
Published 12 months ago by Ms. E. M. Hedley
5.0 out of 5 stars The lion the witch & the wardrobe
It deserves 5 stars + I would recommend it to all my friends been looking for this DVD for long time,remember watching this with my son back in the early sevenths and taping it but... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth Foster
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