Matilda 1996 CC

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Matilda (Mara Wilson) is an exceptionally gifted and intelligent child, but is ignored by her stupid parents Harry (Danny DeVito) and Zinnia (Rhea Perlman). A keen reader, her dearest wish is to be sent to school, but the establishment Harry selects is Crunchemhall, run by the brutal Miss Trunchball (Pam Ferris). Her cruelty to her pupils causes Matilda to vow revenge, and her newly discovered telekinetic powers give her the chance to do so.

Starring:
Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Matilda

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito, Brian Levinson, Paul Reubens, Tracey Walter, Mara Wilson, Jon Lovitz, Goliath Gregory, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman, Jean Speegle Howard, Pee-Wee Herman, R.D. Robb
Director Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito
Genres Comedy
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Subtitles Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Czech, English, Hungarian, Polish
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 34 minutes
Starring Pee-Wee Herman, Jon Lovitz, Danny De Vito, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Mara Wilson, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens, Tracey Walter, Brian Levinson, Jean Speegle Howard, R.D. Robb, Goliath Gregory
Director Danny De Vito, Danny DeVito
Genres Comedy
Studio Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Rental release 8 December 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Linreviews on 29 July 2010
Format: DVD
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 By bensondog on 9 April 2006
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Beckett on 14 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Though nostalgia can often glaze over quality, it could be argued that Matilda is one of the most overlooked children's films of the Nineties. This may partly be down to a lack of acceptance in the U.S...

But who wouldn't find this movie to be an uplifting experience? Roald Dahl's words have delighted children for years, and it's rare to see a screen adaptation that has at least equalled its paperback origins. At the heart Matilda is a very simple story of self confidence, but it also played out in such a way that it appeals to all generations of viewers.

And what about the cast? Pam Ferris completely steals the show as Ms. Trunchbull - a creature that you can both despise and love at the very same time, so convincing is she as the manic headmistress. Critics think less of Embeth Davidtz as Miss Honey (Venturing on the 'gooeyness' of her character), but she provides vital relief in the story and is the teacher you dreamed of having as a child. Danny DeVito, who incidentally directed this film, is perfect as the egotistical and controlling father who can never be wronged, while Mara Wilson does a charming job of making Matilda her own.

The film's transfer to Blu-ray is pretty much flawless, though I haven't come to expect anything less from Sony (Their reputation is second to none). Matilda arrives in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1, which makes the widest release yet and a significant upgrade from previous releases. Definition is fantastic across the whole frame, resulting in details that were previously unseen. Grain is also intact and the colour grading is faithful. Some will point out that the black levels appear at touch weak at times, but this is no fault of the transfer - rather, it's part of the original photography.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Louise Stanley on 1 July 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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