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  • Actors: Seth Rogen, Freddie Highmore, David Strathairn, Martin Short
  • Directors: Mark Waters
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 July 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015S0S9O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,504 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the best-selling 5-part children's book series written by Holly Black & illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi. 9 yr old twin boys , their 13 yr old sister & mom move into a dilapitated estate and find themselves sucked into a world of goblins, griffins, fairies, trolls & other magical creatures.

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A very good adaptation of the popular series of books by Tony DiTerllizi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles is one of the few family films in recent years to seamlessly integrate magical elements with a potent drama that will strike a chord with many kids.

An exceptionally talented Freddie Highmore (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) plays twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, caught up in their parents' divorce and coping with a decision by their mother (Mary-Louise Parker) to uproot the boys and their sister, Mallory (Sarah Bolger) from New York City to a small town. There, the broken family moves into a spooky old mansion passed on to them by the kids' great-aunt, Lucinda (Joan Plowright), who is spending her twilight years in managed care and whose scientist father, Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn), disappeared some 80 years ago. Jared, angry, defiant, and determined to live with the father who seems to have abandoned him, investigates strange happenings and discovers Arthur's secret notations on fairies, ogres, and other mythical creatures that live both in and outside the house. Having no idea where his curiosity is leading, Jared soon finds that he and his family are under siege from goblins and a powerful ogre (Nick Nolte) who wants Arthur's notebook. Suddenly, the boy who is a lightning rod for a troubled family becomes a resourceful warrior intent on saving his loved ones from powerful forces.

The Spiderwick Chronicles benefits enormously from a script (partially written by John Sayles) that treats, quite seriously, the emotional pain of its human characters and makes Jared's will to survive the very real engine of an otherwise fantastic story. It helps, too, that director Mark Waters, who brings a warm and knowing touch to outlandish material (Freaky Friday), has a way of making the spectacular elements of The Spiderwick Chronicles genuine enough to stir real excitement and suspense. This is one of the better film adaptations of best-selling fiction for kids in some years. --Tom Keogh

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N. Burgess on 1 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
The Spiderwick Chronicles is one of those films that ticks all the right boxes for a traditional family adventure movie. It tells the story of a family who relocate to a spooky mansion in the middle of nowhere (as you do), then start experiencing very strange goings on both within the house and outside it. Things start to go weird when one of the sons finds an old book written by their great Uncle, who mysteriously disappeared many years ago, and is the former owner of the mansion. The book documents the existence of fairies, goblins, ogres and many other mythical creatures, explaining that they are completely invisible to humans and only make themselves visible when they want to. But as soon as this book is found, suddenly these mythical creatures start waging a mini-war against the family, desperately trying to steal the book from them. Fortunately not all the creatures are malevolent and one, a little goblin type creature called Thimbletack the Brownie, helps them in their quest to stop the book falling into evil hands.

The story is very simple and leaves you in no doubt as to who are the bad guys and who are the good guys, there's no shades of grey. The fact that this good vs. evil battle is not on a grand scale and is instead confined just to the family house and the surrounding area gives a more earthly and believable feel to it. As the family try and think of ways to outwit the creatures, they discover more and more about this magical world they have discovered. Just as significantly, they also start to piece together the strange circumstances surrounding their Uncle's disappearance, and start to make sense of this whole bizarre situation.

The special effects are excellent with all the weird and wonderful creatures superbly rendered in CGI.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By tallpete33 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2008
Format: DVD
I took my 12 year old daughter to see this at the cinema recently and we both really enjoyed it.

It centres on a mother and her three children who relocate from New York to their great aunt's house in a wood (far far away) following the marriage break-up. Family issues are soon forgotten when the inquisitve Jared discovers Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the enchanted woods and it's fabulous inhabitants - fairies, trolls, goblins and of course the evil ogre Mulgarth. He will stop at nothing to get hold of Spiderwick's writings and the knowledge and power it would give him. Will Mulgarth and his goblin (look more like toads to me) army break the magic ring around the house to get at the family and the Field Guide ...??

This is a 21st century tale, not Disney schmaltzy, pretty original and generally good fun for the whole family, though I think the PG rating is pretty fair as young kids could get scared. It has some real laugh out loud moments, good characters (the Shrek-like pig grates a bit, but he has his moment at the end) flawless CGI and a well paced story to keep everyone entertained.

It's not as epic as say the Chronicles of Narnia or the Golden Compass, but this is not a bad thing as they can be a bit "worthy" and heavy. This is more fun and worked for us.

Happy endings all round and four stars from us, well deserved
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heiskanen Lennart on 2 Sept. 2009
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Yes, I'm actually 59, but I tend to forget while watching movies like this one. I love it! Quite scary while it lasts, but with a happy ending. Just like fairytales should be. And very good actors! Freddie Highmore especially, but all of them are.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GadgetDad VINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2009
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I bought this for 2.98 but had no idea what it was about having not read the books. I guessed it was a fantasy from the cover.

My wife and I watched it prior to showing it to our children.

Within 10 seconds I knew it was unsuitable for a 4 yr old and withina minute I knew it was unsuitable for our 6 yr old. I would guess 8+ is what it is aimed at.

Having said that my wife and I loved it and were gripped throughout. It is fast moving at quite short....and I was certainly left wanting more. Shame they condensed the books into 1 because I could easily have sat through a sequel.

All in all a great adventure where you can be imersed in a world with interesting concepts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gummybear on 13 Jun. 2011
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I adore this film. Upon seeing the 'nickelodeon' branding, I was expecting this to be a 'kids' film - but it's not. As a fan of fantasy films in general, this one ranked really highly with me (only a bit behind the Labyrinth, one of the best fantasies of all time). The monsters look great, the storyline is really really well paced, and characters like thimbletack you really grow to love.

A fantastically fun, action packed, and ultimately heartwarming film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
'Helen Grace' (Mary Louise Parker0 and her 3 children, Twins, 'Jared'('Freddie Highmore' who also plays 'Simon') and sister 'Mallory' (Sarah Bolger) move into an old house where their reletives 'The Spiderwick's' had lived years before.
the house holds many secrets including a room not seen for '80' years.
The children of course have a need to explore their new surroundings, strange noises are heard, which add to the mystery of the house.
In the room that hadn't been seen for so long until now is a chest, by coincidence the key found a little by 'Jared' earlier opens it.
in the chest a book is found, which had been written by 'Arthur Spiderwick'
The book is full of 'spells' and secrets of mysterious creatures, many of which are desperate to obtain the book to learn of the powers described within.
However because of a circle of 'toadstools' laid in a circle around the house by 'Arthur Spiderwick' so many years before ,prevents
the creatures from entering the house, the quest to do so has remained in place all these years.
Things start happening which makes 'Jared's' brother and sister begin to believe the tales he was telling them.
The adventure begins, the children have to battle the creatures whilst trying to unlock the secrets of the book which will destroy the 'evil creatures' saving the life of themselves and the friendly beings, but only if the book is protected.
This is an exciting family-friendly adventure filled with magical 'Computer Generated. Imagery, should appeal to both the young and the not so young alike.
IT's The usual blend of Good versus Evil.
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