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The Golden Compass (2-disc Extended edition)[Blu-ray]

Nicole Kidman , Daniel Craig , Chris Weitz    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker, Sam Elliott
  • Directors: Chris Weitz
  • Producers: Bill Carraro, Deborah Forte
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013MYNYS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,070 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Perhaps it didn’t ignite the box office in quite the way it’d been hoped, but that’s little reason to pass over the qualities of The Golden Compass now it arrives on DVD. Based on the Phillip Pullman novel His Dark Materials--itself the start of the Northern Lights trilogy, the film isn’t without a few problems, but emerges as a quality adaptation.

And you certainly can’t fault The Golden Compass for sheer ambition. The story, for those new to the series, is primarily that of 12-year old Lyra, who is in search of her friend who has been kidnapped. Naturally, this proves to be quite a challenging adventure, not least because it’s through Pullman’s vividly imagined world, crossing dimensions as Lyra travels. The film, while toning down and fiddling with some elements of the source material, stays quite close to the book, and it proves to be a good, if not Lord Of The Rings-standard, adaptation.

What helps The Golden Compass, on top of the strong effects work and scope of the production, is a solid cast, featuring the likes of Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman and Dakota Blue Richards. And it certainly whets the appetite for the next instalment in the series. Whether the muted box office returns put pay to that remains to be seen: for now, at least, The Golden Compass is a good, solid family movie that’s easy to enjoy. --Jon Foster

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Big-budget children's fantasy adventure adapted from the first instalment of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), a twelve year-old girl living in an Oxford somewhat dissimilar to the one we're used to, goes off in search of a friend who has been kidnapped by 'the Gobblers'. In this alternate world, where a person's soul appears outside the body in the form of an animal called a 'daemon', and witches and talking bears co-exist, a shadowy organisation called the 'Magisterium' controls the population, keeping them in check. As she embarks on her quest to find her friend, Lyra is soon involved in an epic battle against the forces of darkness in a desperate attempt to save her world.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
First I must point out that before I saw this film I had already read, and hugely enjoyed, the original book, so I approached this film with a mixture of high hopes as well as concern about how Hollywood would treat Philip Pullman's work. To my relief, I can report that the transition to the big screen was, give or take a few compromises, a success.

The 'alternative Earth' world that Philip Pullman has superbly conceptualised is visually re-created in this film very convincingly. The weirdly futuristic yet slightly Victorian technology is conveyed very well via some impressive CG-enhanced cinematography and the daemons that accompany every human are also very realistic and show that no expense has been spared in reproducing this strange world. The cast is also top notch. Daniel Craig makes a great Lord Asriel, mixing authority and intelligence with a subtle charm. Nicole Kidman is also wonderful playing the sinister Mrs Coulter, flicking effortlessly between affability and damn right scariness. The exiled bear prince Iorek Byrnison is also very well portrayed, the CG rendering is top notch and, being voiced over by Ian McKellen, gives the character the right amount of gravitas.

Where the film works well is that it makes Pullman's story very accessible to anyone who hasn't read the book. In his book Pullman crams in an incredible amount of ideas, some of which are quite mysterious and don't get fully explained until later on in the book. Therefore the film makers chose to simplify some of these intricacies to make them more 'movie friendly'. So, for instance, the whole concept of what a daemon is gets explained very early on in the film so the viewer doesn't sit wondering why everyone walks around with their own talking animal.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quality HD transfer, shame about the movie 19 Jun 2008
By Vinman666 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The high definition transfer to this Blu-ray disc is excellent: rich saturated colours and awesome levels of detail. Sound quality is equally good and although I don't have the ability to play the uncompressed DTS HD soundtrack the dynamic rangeis apparent even in standard stereo. In this respect it's one of the best Blu-ray discs I've seen so far.

That was the good news (and reason for the 3 stars); if only the conversion of book to movie had been even remotely as good. The special effects are very good and Lyra's Oxford is well realised; Mrs Coulter is also subtly played by the excellent Nicole Kidman and...unfortunately that's about as far as I can go with compliments.

The strengths of the book(s) are Philip Pullman's expert story-telling, allied to a complex - but accessible - plot and wonderful characters.
Of course condensing everything from the book to a 2 hour film would be impossible but what we are presented with is a series of action sequences linked by ham-fisted exposition. For example, the episode with Billy Costa (who has merged characters with Tony Macarios), once found separated from his Ratter, should emphasise the relationship between human and daemon and build the requisite tension to what is happening at Bolvangar but the opportunity is wasted. Then there is the pointless re-naming of Iofur Raknison to 'Ragnar' (one can just imagine the Focus Group brainstorming a generic scandinavian name: "Ooh I know, how about Ernest Borgnine's name in The Vikings!") and the weakening of Iorek Byrnison (why not rename him too: Erik the Ice Bear, anyone?) by having him (1) expelled from Svalbard as a coward and (2) almost killed and only just saved by Lee Scoresby.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not an extended edition of the movie 10 May 2008
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Just to reiterate J.J. Hall's review, I saw this title in a store alongside the original and thought that like with LOTR they'd reinstated lots of scenes that would would enhance the film but were deemed cuttable to get the running time down to an acceptable cinema length. A quick perusal of both boxes showed that both had main features that ran for 108 mins. What you get with this 2-disc edition is just lots of extra features (making ofs, interviews, etc). From the same company that did the excellent LOTR extended editions, this is a real disappointment. This isn't a review of the film (which I still haven't seen to be honest, heard mixed reviews but utterly love the books), just didn't want to see anyone caught out by the "extended" on the cover.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A passable adaptation of an excellent book 5 Jun 2008
This is certainly a beautiful looking movie, and looks wonderful on blu-ray, no doubts there. However as an adaptation of Philip Pullman's excellent novel it falls rather short. Much of the commentary of the terrible evils of religion and their attacks on freedom, science, and knowledge, and specifically the catholic church have been removed or dulled hugely, changing the story from a multi faceted and complex tale into a simple adventure yarn.

Also, and this is particularly agregious, the final chapter was completely omitted, robbing the story of any closure at all, and given how this performed in the US box office, thanks to religious nut cases running a smear campaign against it I doubt the two sequels will ever get made.

My advice - read the books instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very
good film, great adaption of the books,entertaing,visual,great ideas-pity they never made anymore, but catholic church supposed put stop to it?
Published 1 month ago by dark magic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
One of the great films of all time, brilliant cast telling a most imaginative story with great additional content on DVD..
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Trevor J. Leese
3.0 out of 5 stars We have been patronised by New Line Studios
The film is well directed by Chris Weitz, and he gets an endearing performance from newcomer Dakota Blue Richards. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom Jenner
4.0 out of 5 stars Havent Used it
Bought this DVD before the holidays hope to watch it perhaps will do so over the New Year. Will let you know when I do.
Published 3 months ago by Lorna
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden compass
Good family film, my kids age 4 & 7 loved it and keep wanting to watch it. Postage was quick and item packaged well.
Published 3 months ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars A little irritating
I haven't read the book but I like fantasy adventure stuff. I just found the main character too irritating to enjoy it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST LOVE THIS
Published 4 months ago by hunting
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious film that will make you think
First things first: this film has been described as having an anti-religious theme. This is not true, except to the extent that religion has often dirtied its hands in the grubby... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Foston Frog
5.0 out of 5 stars another good film
The Golden Compass [DVD] [2007] i bought as i like the computer graphics in it & the Polar Bear is great.
Published 6 months ago by MR S BREARLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful children movie
After seeing this movie partially in a bus (from Brno to Prague), I decided that I want to see it. So, I ordered it, it came, I watched it and after I ordered from Amazon the book... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adrian Smeria
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