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If You Liked Lord of the Rings,
This review is from: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
You'll love this movie. I know I was not the only one to sit through it ticking off the blatant parodies of Peter Jackson's LotR films on their fingers. The rescues from high towers by flying... well, they're gryphons, not eagles (but you see my point) against a stormy backdrop of clouds, the defiant flight from groups of black riders across fords... Don't get me wrong, I found my personal game of "Spot the Similarities" deeply enjoyable, but if you're looking for something deeply original in fantasy book-to-film cinema, this may not be your cup of tea.
The action's good. I was surprised by how much darker this film was than I remembered either the book or the original BBC televisation. I haven't seen the first of the new Narnia films, so I can't comment there. But there is a definite grim element to this film, so it's definitely not just entertaining to children. Adults should not be put off.
The cast are excellent. The effects are tasteful. The soundtrack is a triumph - I bought it pretty much the first day I saw the film (and I saw it three times at the cinema, which tells you how high my regard IS for this film).
The only thing that gives me pause is that I don't really feel I NEED a two disc special edition. I'd be perfectly happy with the film alone, on one disc. But this is a problem I have with a lot of DVD production, and not specific to this film. That said, if anyone could point me to a single disc edition, I'd be grateful.