24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
All the cast and script are excellent in this children's production which is only marred by the very naff cartoon special effects, at the end, of the white witch's Ghosties and Ghoulies (mostly bright cartoon overlays on the live action that make no effort to blend in). My son (9) commentated `they look rubbish'. However in all the BBC Narnia serialisations the makeup for the Narnian animals is excellent and the sets are imaginative, very well made and varied.. The special effects in the BBC Narnia Chronicles serials get better with each series (Lion Witch Wardrobe being the first). Picture quality likewise improves a little with subsequent serialisations. The varied cast are also totally convincing throughout (although Aslan can get into trouble attempting lip-sync).
Children's acting always seems to be top notch in these BBC adaptations, and they really make the current US sitcoms that dominate the Sky children's channels seem very predictable, unimaginative and formulated. In fact even the new Lion and Witch film, although a CGI masterpiece and a very good cast, hasn't quite got the quality of script of this BBC adaptation, probably because this serialisation is a lot longer and has less SFX action.
My son (8) sat glued to The Lion, Witch & the Wardrobe and we watched all the episodes over two evenings [he got so involved he actually cried when Aslan took a turn for the worst]. Picture quality on the DVD is pretty good. The only reason not to buy this DVD is that the 4 DVD BBC Chronicles of Narnia DVD set is even better value as it also includes the fantastic Narnia serialisations `Prince Caspian', `The Voyage of the Dawn-Treader' and `The Silver Chair' (plus the interesting extra's DVD with interviews with the cast & Blue Peter clips, etc.). My only complaint really is that the BBC didn't serialise the other Narnia books: `The Magicians Nephew', `The horse and his boy' and `The Last Battle'. In many ways though the BBC's 'The box of delights', `Five children and it', and 'The Borrowers' DVD sets compliment the Chronicles of Narnia, so try them as well. I'm sure any preteen child would love them all.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2005
I saw this series when it was shown on TV several years ago and have enjoyed so much watching this wonderful story again.
It is such a pity that nice programmes are not made like this anymore, that is, stories that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, that do not rely on violence and computer graphics to retain the viewer's attention.
I can recomend this captivating story to anyone who enjoys being entertained by innocent magic.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2005
I watched this BBC version of the Narnia tale as a child and with my own children. I have also seen the 2005 film version and without doubt and with the exception of the ubiquitous computer graphics in the film version, the BBC version wins on all counts. The characters are perfect, the children, the animals, the witch and even Father Christmas. This version of Narnia feels real despite the dodgy BBC sets of the 1980’s and the players put real feel feeling and in the case of the White Witch, scariness, into the roles. Well done and what a pity a modern version, with all the resources now available, could not do better.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2005
This adaption of C.S.Lewis's first book in the narnia series may seem a bit dated now but I have a feeling that it will compare to the brand spanking new one as the old star wars does to the recent episodes.i.e it will always beat it handsdown! the story is utterly charming and magical, and sometimes scary and moving.
Aslan is incredibly realistic considering he's not cg and the wonderment in the book that accompanies this magical lion is conveyed very well. Edmund, Susan, Lucy and Peter may come across as a bit twee at first but once your lost in the mystical world of Narnia you won't even notice. I still get alot of pleasure from watching this 15 years after i first saw it, it would make a great Christmas present!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2005
i first saw this when i was about 8 9 or 10 i cannot quite remember however all that i definately can remember is that i loved it well now im 16 going on 17 and i still love it i oculd quite easily watch this adaptation of a great story every single day the whole feelign is very warm and i feel that the way the film itself has been shot and directed makes it very easy and fun to understand. it although a new movie verison is comming out whihc im surte will be great this will always be the authentic original to me and ther one that made me interested in the actual books (the first books i ever reead by choice) and into the oither film adaptations which are just as marvelous
6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2005
i first saw this when i was about 8 9 or 10 i cannot quite remember however all that i definately can remember is that i loved it well now im 16 going on 17 and i still love it i oculd quite easily watch this adaptation of a great story every single day the whole feelign is very warm and i feel that the way the film itself has been shot and directed makes it very easy and fun to understand. it although a new movie verison is comming out whihc im surte will be great this will always be the authentic original to me and ther one that made me interested in the actual books 9the first bopoks i ever reead by choice) and into the oither film adaptations which are just as marvelous