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Golden Compass [DVD] [METALCASE]

3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HOK4H8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,362 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The problem with films like this... 23 Dec 2008
By Marly Z
...those that have been adapted from well-loved novels for viewing on the big screen, is that unless they are done very, very skillfully, they cannot fail to dissapoint. Viewers will fall into one of 2 categories - a) fans of the novel who will spend the entirety of the film nit-picking at any deviances from the written works, (that wasn't the ending in the book!), or they'll fall into catergory b), have very little knowledge of the world the fantasy is set in , and often fail to grasp the magic of what is going on, will roll-eyes at the incredulity of certain parts of the plot which are pulled off perfectly well in the novels (talking armoured bears? Souls as animals? Psh, what a load of rubbish!) and just miss the entire magic and joy the story in it's original form inspires.

I fall into the former catergory, so already had many expectations of the film (the story, the characters, Lyra's world) though it has been more than a couple years since I last read 'Northern Lights'. After being a fan of the Harry Potter books and then enduring the shambles that were called films, I didn't expect to be blown away by 'the Golden Compass' movie version, but was pleasently surprised. As the 3 star rating indicates, I didn't LOVE the film, but I didn't exactly hate it either. The acting was on the whole pretty good, the CGI brilliant (though nothing less is expected or tolerated these days), the script decent, the choice of what to include form the novels and what to pass by on the whole very good. But all this doesn't really amount to anything when you realise that this is the kind of story that belong on the pages of a book - not on a cinema screen.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is not an extended edition of the movie 10 May 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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40 of 45 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
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh well
This review is of the Bluray Extended 2 disc.

There are no additional scenes. It's the theatrical release with some extras, making of etc. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad as it goes
Published 8 days ago by Mr G.W.Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
posted quickly works fine good to keep kids attention
Published 14 days ago by probate05
1.0 out of 5 stars I CAN'T STAND DANIEL CRAIG
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Published 1 month ago by Robyn
5.0 out of 5 stars the aim of the dark side is to cut you off from soul (daemons)
The aim of bm's (soul-less people on the dark side) is to cut us off from the the priests and baddies try to cut the kids and people off from their animal (daemons)... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As described
Published 1 month ago by caroline mayhew
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the books first then watch this movie
The first of Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy made into a movie. The books are really enjoyable with alternate worlds and memorable characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by asocrates
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by Glen Britten
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