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Matilda [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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Danny DeVito's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book for children is mostly just fine, helped along quite a bit by the charming performance of Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) as young Matilda, a brilliant girl neglected by her stupid, self-involved parents (DeVito and Rhea Perlman). Ignored at home, Matilda escapes into a world of reading, exercising her mind so much she develops telekinetic powers. Good thing, too: sent off to a school headed by a cruel principal, Matilda needs all the help she can get. DeVito takes a highly stylized approach that is sometimes reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld (director of Get Shorty, a DeVito production), and his judgment is not the best in some matters, such as letting the comic-scary sequences involving the principal go on too long. But much of the film is delightful and funny. The DVD release has a pan-and-scan, full-screen presentation only, plus Dolby sound and optional French and Spanish soundtracks. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Bogtrotter. BRUCE! BRUCE! BRUCE! BRUCE! April 24 2013
I grew up watching this movie and it has definitely withstood the test of time in my books. Roald Dahl stories tend to lend themselves quite well to films and this one is no different. The Witches and James and the Giant Peach are a couple other examples. This movie is chock full of metaphors, good dialogue and lovable and outrageous characters. Matilda represents a voice for the underdogs of society. Her intelligence, gifts and positive nature shines right through the ignorance and selfishness of her philistine parents. Danny directed this as well as starring in it as Matilda's father. You could say that the negative nature of Matilda's parents and Agatha Trunchbull is altogether too common in today's world. I suppose that would be a question of whether the glass is half-full or half-empty though. This movie offers a lot of philosophical meanderings, despite being a kid's movie. It's an excellent movie for all ages. Great for those young at heart.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"Listen, you little wise acre. I'm smart, you're dumb; I'm big, you're little; I'm right, you're wrong. And there's nothing you can do about it."

- Harry Wormwood

After Matilda uses "Super Super Glue" to very sturdily glue her father's hat to his head; Zinnia is in the process of removing it]
Harry Wormwood: [rants at no one in particular] I will not be a figure of ridicule! I want respect and I want it now!
Zinnia Wormwood: I still don't see why you glued your hat on, Harry. I know you say you didn't, but you obviously did.
Harry Wormwood: I did not glue my hat to my head! The hat shrunk, the fibers fused to my hair!

Matilda Wormwood: [in a small voice] Hi, Dad.
Harry Wormwood: Are you in this family? [silence] Hello? Are you in this family?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danny does Dahl.... Dec 4 2012
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It's a great kids story. Brilliantly acted by all. Fun, whimsical and the cast is fantastic. Every family should own this film....and the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good service Oct. 17 2012
By Currell
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Movie arrived in proper time. It has already been enjoyed by children and adults alike. Was in great shape. Would order again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! July 9 2012
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This movie brings back so many childhood memories! So glad it was quick and easy to purchase and no problem with getting here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars hu Jan. 20 2012
By Tfrag
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good product. I had some problems but they helped me out fully and it all worked out. They were great to deal with
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4.0 out of 5 stars How To Survive Private School May 18 2004
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Every now and then I see a movie intended for younger viewers that impresses me. Matilda, based on the book by Roald Dahl (Witches, James and The Giant Peach, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) is one such movie. This is the story of a young girl who is special. She is very intelligent, self-sufficient, and inquisitive.
When Matilda's parents (Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman) realize that she is old enough for school (sort of late) they send her to a private school run by a horribly mean woman who hates children. This environment, coupled with her life at home with a family that barely knows she is there, causes Matilda to discover and develop telekinetic powers. These she uses to help a friendly teacher and the rest of the students.
Once again a Roald Dahl book has been made into a very good movie. DeVito is excellent as a crooked used car salesman and Perlman is great as his wife. Matilda is played by the same actress who was in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. The imagery and story are of the type that can only be found in stories for younger audiences. Although the movie does differ from the book this is a movie that I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MATILDA. 16th april 2004. April 16 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Matilda [mara wilson], finds that she can have her own powers that come to her just like that. Her family never bother with her, and her teacher miss honey adopts her. EXCELLENT SCENERY, AND FUN FOR ANYONE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sept. 10 2002
My precocious seven-year-old's favorite movie. Inspired her to read even more.
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