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Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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It's truer to the book than the later Tim Burton version and not as creepy!
This is a classic film that any child should get to watch, no matter their age.
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.
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka himself defines the film. His performance is memorable in his portrayal of the eccentric chocolate factory owner. He is a bit more sombre and possibly more sinister than Willy Wonka of the book and there are a few slightly darker bits in the film that younger children may find a little scary. However he is intriguing and entertaining.
If you have read the book, I highly recommend this film.
No matter how many times it appears on T.V i'll always watch it. The songs are great (both from normal people and ompalumpas!), the scenery from Munich is beautiful and the actual chocolate factory brings to life the fantastic places and adventures that the book contains.
The actual character of Willie Wonka, is a great one anyway but to get Gene Wilder to play the part was a stroke of genius. Some argue that Wilder overdoes it and is a bit too crazy but Wilder has simply brought his own personal style to the role.
The children are as horrible as Dahl intended, ranging from Mike Teevee, the tele addict to spoilt brat Veruka Salt. To balance this we have the great Charlie who is still wholesome even in the face of extreme poverty.
All the family will love this DVD, the very fact that it is still a hit today, shows that it is a true classic!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film. A classic made by a great cast headed by Gene wilder.Published 10 days ago by Matthew Ireland
The person this was bought for was over the moon with it. It was played over and over. Excellant value for money.Published 12 days ago by Jackie Denton
I confess to enjoying this film. I have had it since it first came out, and I still like it. Even though it is American based, it doesn't put me off. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Greg Chapman
Although its a region 1 - I bought it for the special features not available on region 2!Published 28 days ago by Jayke1981
Love this film. And now my own children are watching it and they love this movie. The disk was in perfect condition. Thank youPublished 28 days ago by Kelly Bowey