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on 15 February 2010
I recall the earlier version with Gene Wilder from my youth although I never saw the film from start to finish for some reason. Having done so I have to say the whole thing really worked very well. The characters were nicely portrayed and Gene Wilder's version of Willy Wonka was like a mad professor. Considering it was 1971 made this had loads of colour and the action sequences or special effects were pretty good for the time.

I never saw the Johnny Depp version until now and it is (typically for a Tim Burton release) a darker piece of film but no less brilliant than it's predecessor. Depp's portrayal is much more sinister in places and there is a more rounded story of Wonka's family past (replaced in the Wilder film it seems by the gas-y drink scene). Truer to the book, too, this had it's own brilliance compared to the 1971 film even if the soundtrack occasionally overpowered the dialogue.

If Dahl's most notorious children's book was a good read then watching both of these films is a must, even if just to compare the interpretations over the 35 years gap between each being made. Great family films, both and very entertaining for a light afternoon film session. Very enjoyable and recommended.
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on 15 March 2018
You sometimes forget how dark and twisted this film potentially gets. It is after all an allegorical tale highlighting the perils of excess and how the badly behaved meet their just desserts sometimes literally! However, it is a film ostensibly for children and if you err of the side of the comical and amusing it has something for everyone! I prefer this original film with Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka to the Johnny Depp incarnation. Though the modern remake by Tim Burton has its merits too and is also available through Amazon.
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on 19 July 2017
A lovely DVD, it's the original and the best! Gene Wilder played a fantastic part as Willy Wonka, the little boy was very good also and played well along Gene Wilder, i know they have a more recent one, but this i believe still out shines the modern version.
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on 2 July 2017
What a lovely surprise, heard about that film for years but had never felt like watching it!
The main characters are really attaching, and it is quite amusing at times.

I didn't know the end, as I always thought Wonka was a baddy!
All ends well in the end LOL
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on 15 December 2013

I absolutely love this! The fact that the producer and writers made Gene Wilder's portray Willy Wonka as a father figure in disguise for Charlie is what sold me. Just the way he tested Charlie at the end with the everlasting gobstopper and the way he angrily reprimanded them for stealing fizzy lifting drinks is a moral test to. He knew that Charlie's weakness was his honesty, but he wanted to see if the boy would actually leave the gobstopper or to take it to Slugworth aka Wilkinson.
It's totally obvious he already knew about Charlie having a hard life practically told by Wilkinson the day when he confronted the boy for the gobstopper and wanted the entire family to move in the factory, so he had to test the boy to see if he was honest enough to return the gobstopper or take it to Slugworth.
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on 6 February 2014
There was at time, an era, a decade, a non-internet generation, a non-obsessive smartphone generation, a non-short attention spam, a generation who loved, marveled and analyzed comedy films that had sublime scripts, intelligent storyline, brilliant acting, amazing film scores and soundtracks, lovely editing, and respected it's audience intellect without simplistic economic/financial cynicism as means of profit and over-multiples of low quality film output of today's madness mania.'Nuff Said.
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on 14 August 2012
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory / Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2 Disc Box Set) [DVD]

This was bought for my daughter as an Easter present & despite the "repeatative" story - each movie surprisingly have their own takes & unique viewpoints.

The classic version has all of those great songs + a classic performance from a loony Gene Wilder!

The updated version excells in scenery & gives more of a backstory to Willy Wonka himself, played admirably as always by long term Tim Burton partner - Johnny Depp.

Also - at Amazon's prices, while buying one film, you might as well buy both!

Highly recommended - especially for an annual Easter showing...

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on 24 May 2018
A great fantasy story by Roald Dahl, for the kid in most of us, good quality production. Worth buying to watch when there is nothing good on TV. Gene Wilder is good in the role, the other version with Johnny Depp is also good.
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on 8 February 2013
This original film is for me much better than the Tim Burton one. Even though the sets and decor of Tim Burton's film had all the money, CGI effects to utilize, this 1971 film version is much softer and well portrayed, with fabulous sets, interesting looks of how a sweet/chocolate factory could look like. The pathos of Charlie Bucket and his poor family is well acted and the joy we all shared when Charlie finds a Golden Ticket is there. As is the feeling of 'you deserved it' when funny and awful things happen to the other children who had won a Golden Ticket. I defy anyone not wanting to go and buy and eat chocolate after seeing this film. A fun film to be enjoyed by all.
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on 18 February 2018
One of the best childrens movies ever made ive been watching this since 1984 and it never loses 1 bit of appeal , never mind the jonny depp one stick with the original and best you wont go wrong.
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