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The Chronicles Of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe [DVD] [2005]

Andrew Adamson    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Andrew Adamson
  • Writers: C.S. Lewis
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Dubbed: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EPE7AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 899 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



C.S. Lewis's classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe makes an ambitious and long-awaited leap to the screen in this modern adaptation. It's a CGI-created world laden with all the special effects and visual wizardry modern filmmaking technology can conjure, which is fine so long as the film stays true to the story that Lewis wrote. And while this film is not a literal translation--it really wants to be so much more than just a kids' movie--for the most part it is faithful enough to the story, and whatever faults it has are happily faults of overreaching, and not of holding back. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, and their adventures in the mystical world of Narnia. Sent to the British countryside for their own safety during the blitz of World War II, they discover an entryway into a mystical world through an old wardrobe. Narnia is inhabited by mythical, anthropomorphic creatures suffering under the hundred-year rule of the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton, in a standout role). The arrival of the children gives the creatures of Narnia hope for liberation, and all are dragged into the inevitable conflict between evil (the Witch) and good (Aslan the Lion, the Messiah figure, regally voiced by Liam Neeson).

Director (and co-screenwriter) Andrew Adamson, a veteran of the Shrek franchise, knows his way around a fantasy-based adventure story, and he wisely keeps the story moving when it could easily become bogged down and tiresome. Narnia is, of course, a Christian allegory and the symbology is definitely there (as it should be, otherwise it wouldn't be the story Lewis wrote), but audiences aren’t knocked over the head with it, and in the hands of another director it could easily have become pedantic. The focus is squarely on the children and their adventures. The four young actors are respectable in their roles, especially considering the size of the project put on their shoulders, but it's the young Georgie Henley as the curious Lucy who stands out. This isn't a film that wildly succeeds, and in the long run it won't have the same impact as the Harry Potter franchise, but it is well done, and kids will get swept up in the adventure. Note: Narnia does contain battle scenes that some parents may consider too violent for younger children. --Dan Vancini

Product Description

C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe follows the exploits of the Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England, as the four enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants, but this world has become cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe marks the first live-action directorial effort from New Zealander Andrew Adamson (of the Oscar-winning Shrek and Shrek 2), and stars Tilda Swinton as the White Witch. The film also features the voices of Rupert Everett, Dawn French, Ray Winstone, and Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW -now this is what you call a box set 4 April 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
i ordered this boxset having bought, quite some time ago, a very limited leather bound complete book set of the Chronicles of Narnia direct from the U.S.A.for future appreciation (hopefully ??)
these were/are for my own children once they are old enough to appreciate the value of such items.
the whole point of telling you this is to relate my own personal pleasure with the overall quality of the limited edition boxset on offer from amazon.
sometimes i am sure we have all ordered "limited editions/ boxsets " of our favourite author,singer,group or composer etc ,etc only to find that when the item arrives you are somewhat let down by the quality of the be honest sometimes it can be cheap and downright tacky.
this is not the case here - from the moment the knock on the door (not by the postman ) leads to the open eyed amazement of the size of the protective postal packaging - you know you are in for a treat.
i will not bore you with any description of the film as i am sure you will have seen it already at the cinema ,i am just bowled over by the contents of the boxset.
the overall box contains all the goodies mentioned above in amazons opening precis,but its just such quality -even the blue box that contains the lamppost keyring is made to look of "a certain period ".
the cinematic book is also excellent and great for my kids to relate all the actors.if you start to add up the individual value of all the contents it must be quite a saving by buying the boxset.
in summary ,if you like quality limited edition products then this will not fail to please.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Love... 24 Dec 2006
Oh God,do I love this film or what?! Everything is just perfect,the acting,the brilliant story,and the visual effects.And no,I'm not just a fan of the movie who never touched one of the books.I read this book at the age of 7 or 8 maybe,and then continued with reading the other Chronicles of Narnia.Going deeper and deeper into a strong Harry Potter obsession,I sort of pushed Narnia aside for some years,but this movie brought me back to the magical land of Narnia once again.I haven't seen any of the other adaptaions of this classic (like the BBC one or the cartoon),but I dare say that this must be the best one ever.I'm totally amazed with the actors,who played their parts extremely well.Everything is just like I imagined from reading the book for the first time,that day 6 years ago.

So what more can I say? I am in love,and have been for almost a year now.This is the best film I have ever seen,and I do really recommend it to any Narnia fan or fantasy freak.

// Frida
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top package 16 July 2006
There have been critics of this movie, and to a certain extent they have a point - The large battle scenes will never rival those of the Lord of the Rings, however, this movie was aimed at a younger audience as were the excellent books. When viewed in context, this movie hits the spot. From the first moment the Pevensie children set foot in the land of Narnia through to their return through the wardrobe this movie delivers an exciting and magical adventure.

The movie started in an inspired way with the Luftwaffe air raid over London introducing the audience to the reason why Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy were staying with Professor Kirke in the first place, and then rolled on with a consistent and easy flow. The locations were magnificent, and the use of animatronics amazing - as were the CGI and CGI augmented creatures! A particularly nice touch was the way that Mr Tumnus shook away the snow from his hooves by stamping on the mat - his 'backwards' goat legs really looked the part. The witch was not as frightening as she could have been, but had I been six years old I'd have been terrified. Aslan was surprisingly lion like but managed to convey the majesty of the king.

I liked this movie and this limited edition box set will make an excellent present. I look forward to the coming of "Prince Caspian" in 2008.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Box Set for Ultimate Fans! 24 April 2006
I have always loved the story of the Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and it was the first book which I bought at the age of 8. Therefore I could not wait for the release of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at the cinema and had to buy this Ultimate box set when it went on release. The box set has so much to offer to a die-hard fan like myself, right from opening the "doors" into the set, to the piture of Lucy under the lampost inside. The 2 disc edition DVD is packed full of extras, as is the book, and the lovely etched crystal picture of the lampost is a truly wonderful bonus. I recommend this Box Set to any fan, who wants just a little bit more magic than the average DVD fan. Happy watching....
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This review is about the box set (ultra deluxe) and not about the movie (which is great).
For anyone who likes luxurious DVD-box-sets you can be sure of this fact: This one is a "must-have"! not only for the fans from the movie but also for all whom loved the story about Narnia from C.S. Lewis. It looks lake the wardrobe from the movie inclusive two copper knobs which opens the box. Inside the box you'll find the DVD "The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe S.E" along with a small blue rectangular shaped box which holds the key-ring. Behind (or below to be specific) there is thick book fully illustrated with all the behind the scenes and lots more.
The DVD:
This is the Special Edition version of the movie. One movie disc with extra feature: commentary. The second disc is the bonus disc with lots and lots of extra's. Faintly reminds me at the Extended Edition from "The Lords Of the Rings". The sound is for English is a 5.1 Dolby Surround from high quality.
The Key-Ring:
A must-have especially created for This high-quality item gives you a touch of magic. Made from glass and stainless steel holds a light which can be turned on simply by pressing a side-switch that has a form of a small knob. The light shines pure white which is visible in broad daylight too.
The movie companion book:
A massive thick book beautifully illustrated with photo's from the cast, crew, surroundings, creatures and concept art. Text: Story of how it turned from book to scrypt to making the movie The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Interviews taken from the cast, director and producer. This book is how a movie companion book has to be, giving a lot of information about the movie without hardly any spoilers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
I read the Narnia book series as a kid and loved them all,so i was a little wary about watching this to be honest,but it turns out i needn't have worried at all as this film is... Read more
Published 7 days ago by mrdubyadee
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I remember reading this as achild and know my grandaughter has watched it read the book and loved it Brill
Published 13 days ago by Karen Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chronicles of Narnia
This was a great film. My little boy of 7 thought it was amazing. The creatures are not too scary in it.
Not suitable for younger ones as some scary scenes. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Hayley Steffens
5.0 out of 5 stars Narnia
Wanted this film for many years. Now my grandchildren have had a look and it is very good indeed. Good value and never gets old.
Published 23 days ago by J. P. Keating
3.0 out of 5 stars Narnia
As I said before I bought these for my nieces. Inever watched them but the girls seemed to like them
Published 1 month ago by Peter Brookman
3.0 out of 5 stars dvd dont always play
I tried the dvd the other day and took ages before it got to the film when it was the film half way through the began to freeze and than cut off
Published 1 month ago by Claire lisa mills
4.0 out of 5 stars good buy
good graphics.... simplified story. Ideal for our 4 yr old grandson as preparation for watching it "live" at the theatre
Published 1 month ago by P.Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Bought this DVD for my 6 year old daughter to watch because she began watching it at school for a project.
Published 1 month ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
This is a great story filled with imagination anyway but brought to life with words and beautiful illustrated pages. A must for any child.
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Sykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great film, I love all the Narnia films.They are very funny at times and I like that. Well worth buying them
Published 2 months ago by Chloe Lear
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