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Matilda [DVD] [1996]

Danny DeVito , Rhea Perlman , Danny DeVito    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Writers: Nicholas Kazan, Roald Dahl, Robin Swicord
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, Joshua Levinson, Liccy Dahl, Martin Bregman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • 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 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VXYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,128 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Danny DeVito's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book for children is mostly just fine, helped along quite a bit by the charming performance of Mara Wilson (Mrs Doubtfire) as the eponymous young Matilda, a brilliant girl neglected by her stupid, self-involved parents (DeVito and Rhea Perlman). Ignored at home, Matilda escapes into a world of reading, exercising her mind so much she develops telekinetic powers. Good thing, too: sent off to a school headed by a cruel principal, Matilda needs all the help she can get. DeVito takes a highly stylized approach that is sometimes reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld (director of Get Shorty, a DeVito production), and his judgement is not the best in some matters, such as letting the comic-scary sequences involving the principal go on too long. But much of the film is delightful and funny.--Tom Keogh


The hilarious story of Matilda is based on the book by Roald Dahl.

Once upon a time, there lived a quite extraordinary little girl named Matilda, but unfortunately her parents were so obsessed with their own lives they never noticed Matilda. They send her to Crunchem Hall, a horrible boarding school run by a bossy headmistress Miss Trunchbull. There, Matilda discovers remarkable skills, which allow her to turn the tables on the wicked grown-ups in her world. Danny De Vito, Rhea Perlman and Mara Wilson star in this modern fairytale that mixes humour with a magical message of love.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun 29 July 2010
I thought this DVD was going to be a 'strictly one for the kids' but we all watched it together and it has all the joy, sparkle and dark humour of the 70's film version of Roald Dahl's other brilliant kid's book Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Great fun!
A great present for any child under ten (Which their parents will like to)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "matilda" rocks! 9 April 2006
I love the movie Matilda, it rocks! I saw the movie on TV first then read the book and I love it. The movie's very true to the book and devito has done a good job there. With out a doubt the 2 stars that really got my attention and did a really, really good job where Pam ferris (trunchbull) and mara wilson (matilda). Mara did a great job with Matilda. She wasn't too cute and cuddly which better suits the role of Matilda and Pam's way of putting humor into the trunchbull and also still making her terrifying was awesome.

Any way get the special edition because ive got the plain DVD and it's only got the movie. All the special stuff rocks! You'll love it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Blu-Ray release. 14 Nov 2013
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For those who loved the film on DVD - this is a lovely Blu-Ray release to re-enjoy the Movie all over again. Having not seen it for a few years, one thing suddenly shouted out at me. That Danny DeVito was indeed a sorely underestimated director. All the various camera angles and not afraid of the long shots, you can tell he worked it all out with affection to capture all the right emotions. Ably assisted of course by a good cast and editor. One notable thing on the Blu-Ray is a 2013 Reunion. Everybody reassembled having a genuine warmth and love for each other. And the fact that Danny DeVito comes across as a genuinely nice bloke on the point of trying to hide any touched emotional tears speaks volumes for the care and love he invested into the project. Sadly - no commentary track while all were assembled was a missed opportunity. A party atmosphere while they all watched it together would've been great. That said - for picture quality alone and the little Reunion segment, it's worth upgrading from your old DVD.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little and Large 1 July 2006
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This film is so good - for both kids and adults - that I think Dahl himself must be looking down from Heaven and smiling - after the rumours of what he felt about the production of The Witches. Some of the characterisations, sets and costumes could have been put together by the master of kitsch, Baz Luhrmann, and this is a testament to both Dahl's eye for detail and Danny DeVito's wicked sense of humour - and vice versa. Although in many ways the story has been changed and not least Americanised, Dahl's original book was rather short on substance, despite the fantastic plot, and DeVito's adaptation suits it much better than setting it in phlegmatic old England. Plus Miss Trunchbull as an Englishwoman adrift among Americans makes her character even more grotesque as she brings her curious brand of "English" discipline to an ordinary American suburb, and the way she mimics the cutesy American accents adds much more to her character than if the film had stayed set in England. And since it ends in the way Dahl intended it to - and indeed for fans of Quentin Blake's illustrations, the handwriting on the board is absolutely spot on to that pictured in the book itself, which shows DeVito is paying attention not only to the original but to critics of Americans making films of English children's classics - there is nothing for that peculiarly English snobbery about "disneyfication" to latch on to as there might have been with The Witches.

Although DeVito's additions of the stupid FBI cops enhance the story (and prove that Matilda is just as smart with people who are supposedly on her side, which I loved and which makes her the sassiest heroine for a long time), there is sadly one bit that really annoyed me - Miss Honey. In the book she is down-to-earth, practical and nonchalant about her fate.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Childs Play 2 Feb 2009
Two excellent DVDs in one pack. I was glad to find these on DVD as there are two favourites from childhood. They are definitely a great buy for young children as I often share them with my much younger brother, who always wants to watch them at least twice in a row. Plus, if you are a big kid like me then they are a must buy too. They bought back very fond memories from my childhood and the antics I got up to at a very young age. Apart from being a good reminiscence tool they have an enjoyable storyline that captures the imagination, definitely one to savour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Story. 10 Mar 2012
I can honestly say, hand on heart, that this stories changed my life. As a child I was not even remotely interested in books, not one bit. I would dig for worms or play Cinderella but sit and read or be read to, no thank you. I can remember as though it was yesterday (and not 20 odd years ago) it was pouring rain - the type that even puts off the meanest of dogs - so there was no chance we were visiting the beach, instead my father sat me down with my rabbit, we curled up on bean bags with blankets and he read me Matilda. I have read everyday since, the biggest and fullest room in my house is my library (I have thousands of books and no space to house new adventures) but I will never stop and I can thank Roald Dahl for my lifelong obsession with reading.

This movie is a great adaptation of my favorite story and unlike most cases when the story/book is so loved the film version can often be disappointing but it's safe to say this movie passed the test - it's great, huge amount of family fun for kids of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic family film.
Superb film. Good versus bad. Great film to watch on a rainy day.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!
Classic children's movie! Very funny!
Great characters from Roald Dahl
Published 9 days ago by samantha ridley
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Family Movie
A movie the whole family can sit down and enjoy! Great characters and also a great price. An amazing work of Roald Dahl.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Story of Matilda!
`Matilda' is my favourite children's book by Roald Dahl! It's also my favourite children's movie wonderfully adapted and directed by Danny DeVito! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Dahl
My son wanted this as he had read the book - a fun film that's easy to watch & giggle at
Published 1 month ago by R Kellett
5.0 out of 5 stars love this film....
this film is one of my best childhood films :) very happy i baught this film again lol., its about a little girl with magic powers but i guess most people oready know that :) would... Read more
Published 1 month ago by *~Beki-Marie~*
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought this and was very funny to watch. I nice would love it but I hope she does not start practicing the magic in it.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite one
My daugter loved it.
NIce and funny story. Encouragment for the not reading kids as Matilda is a fantastic reader who enjoys walking in the library instead of watching tv as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Adaptation of Dahl's Classic
Danny De Vito just gets it so right, both with regard to the casting and the directing. A classic that all the family can enjoy again and again.
Published 2 months ago by Doombear
5.0 out of 5 stars Matilda DVD
Christmas present for grandson he loves the DVD and keeps watching sings along to the tunes great buy thank you
Published 2 months ago by wendypan
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