Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 1971

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Young Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) wins one of the coveted 'Golden Tickets' from a Wonka Bar that allows its holder to take a trip around the eccentric Willy Wonka's (Gene Wilder) Chocolate Factory. Charlie and the rest of the winners find themselves in a magical world of chocolate rivers, Oompa Loompas, everlasting gobstoppers, lickable wall-paper, golden egg-laying geese and chilling tales to warn children not to misbehave. Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay from his own book.

Starring:
Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear, Jack Albertson
Director Mel Stuart
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 9 May 2005
Main languages English
Dubbing Dutch, French
Subtitles Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, German, Dutch, French, Bulgarian, English
Hearing impaired subtitles Italian, English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Gene Wilder, Roy Kinnear, Jack Albertson
Director Mel Stuart
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 2 November 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Davies on 29 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I purchased this for my girl friends birthday. What can I say? Ever since I was a child I've loved this movie, everything about it. It was a dream like quality that make's it warm and utterly watchable. Gene Wilder is Willy Wonka as far as I'm concerned. It touches the heart and soul of the book, changing it enough for filming purposes while holding onto the credible imagination of Mr Dahl.

This blue ray edition is perfect. The picture quality is very good and the colours are strong and bold. Blue Ray is effortless to watch. I know that may sound odd but, I have found every Blue Ray replacement for my previous DVD versions to just be better to watch. Even when the picture hasn't blown me away, by the end of the film I feel I have enjoyed the film more.

This is a must have addition to anybody who claims to be a fan of classic films. This typifies what makes a classic. Watch it over and over again and remember what it was like to be child.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb. 2001
Format: DVD
This was one of my favourite films as a child and now, many years later, is a favourite of my own small children. The colour, imagery, songs and wicked humour stay in the mind long after watching. The moral content (if you are very rude/greedy/selfish etc.., you get your comeuppence in the end) is as relevant today as it's ever been. Even though the ending differs slightly from Roald Dahl's book - Charlie is not as faultless in the film, but redeems himself with his honesty - the story is as enjoyable and heartwarming as they get.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
So shines a good deed in a weary world.

The world goes on chocolate overdrive when it's announced that famed candy maker, Willy Wonka, has put five golden tickets in his Wonka Bars. The lucky recipients of these tickets will be treated to a day out in the top secret Wonka factory, where they can see how the sweets are made, and if they are even luckier, they will get a lifetimes supply of free chocolate. Nobody wants a golden ticket more than Charlie Bucket, from a desperately poor family, Charlie has learned to accept his heritage with a grace and credibility not befitting most other children. So when a miracle upon miracles happens, and Charlie finds a golden ticket, it just may prove to be a turning point far beyond his wildest dreams.

They say that true love lasts a lifetime, so shall it be the case with Willy Wonka and myself. As a child I was captivated by the colours, the dream of myself being able to visit a magical place where sweets and chocolate roll off the production line purely for my ingestion. Songs that I memorised back in my youth have never left me, and now as a considerably middle aged adult male, I can still embrace, and feel the magic, whilst enjoying the darkly knowing aspects of this fabulous and wondrous black comedy.

Roald Dahl was quite a writer of note, and thankfully the makers here have brought his astute morality tale to vivid cinematic life. Director Mel Stuart, aided by his screenwriter David Seltzer, even manage to add to Dahl's wonderful story courtesy of a sinister outsider, who apparently in the guise of a rival corporation, will pay handsomely for a Wonka top secret, morality, greed and power all coming together in one big chocolate explosion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Kelly on 13 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Ever since seeing the remake of this Roald Dahl Classic, I have been having flashbacks to the original classic and finally gave in and bought it. I was not sorry - it is every bit as good as I remember. The songs are classics in their own right, and Roald Dahl's quirky sense of humour (sometimes verging on the bizarre), astonishing story telling ability and ability to see the world through childs eyes are all in abundance here. Gene Wilder's performance as Willy Wonka is a masterpiece. If you have seen the recent Johnny Depp farce and were as dissapointed as I was, buy this. You will not regret it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 9 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of the all time classic children's' films ever made and even after some 30 years since its original release, this version remains as fresh, as bright, as delightful and as exciting as ever.
It's the classic tale of the poor little boy who makes good when deprived Charlie Bucket finds one of only 5 golden tickets hidden inside bars of famous Wonka chocolate. The tickets give the winner entry for the day into the fabulous and top secret Wonka chocolate factory and to meet the even more famous inventor Willy Wonka. Charlie joins the other 4 finders of the golden tickets, a motley crew of horrible children of varying bad habits, for his wonderful day out in WonkaLand.
What I really like about the film is the trip around the factory is just a real visual delight around every corner with its madcap inventions, chocolate river, crazy machinery and absurd take on everyday life.
The other thing I really think the film does well is that it has an almost sinister side to it. Willy Wonka himself is not the friendly old uncle he seems at times, at moments he turns on the children and positively scares them to death. The Oompa Lumpas are also not the cuddly cute little men they first seem and I'm sure they have induced many a childhood nightmare. I think this element is good as it stops the film becomes to sickly sweet and keeps the action on edge.
I think the final word can be that I remember this film delighting me as a child and when my own children watched it recently they too were totally taken into the story and watched entraced for the duration.
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