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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Release Date: Dec 3 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EZ50S30

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder on Dec 19 2002
Format: DVD
Matilda is worth watching, and I think worth owning too. However, let's get the reservations over before all the good stuff.
Miss Trunchbull, played by Pam Ferris, is a sadist. She is definitely mean. At two places in the movie she throws a child out a school window (she is really, really mean). Matilda's parents are self-absorbed and at best ignore Matilda, which occasionally borders on abuse. The images of Matilda's school can be disturbing, especially the "Chokie", a small cramped dark closet with spikes in the door. These images could be disturbing for younger children, particularly those under the age of 7 or 8. However, you have to judge the ability of your child to understand that these images are not real. These are the dark parts of the movie.
Matilda is clearly a genius, as evidenced by her actions from a very early age. Matilda overcomes her not very bright parents and learns how to fend for herself in the world. In fact, after a while she treats her parents as something to be concerned about, because they clearly do not know how to take care of themselves in the world.
Matilda is a positive role model throughout the movie. She learns to read on her own, and finds the value in the library and books. She learns that there are people who understand her (Miss Jennifer Honey, played by Embeth Davidtz) and love her for who she is. She also learns that people who seem scary to her (Miss Trunchbull) can be scary to others. Her desire to protect others and do what is right helps her overcome her fear of Miss Trunchbull and do what is right.
Mara Wilson plays Matilda very well. She has a lot of talent, and makes Matilda come alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18 1998
Format: DVD
Based on the book written by Roald Dahl (who brought "Willy Wonka" to life), this story revolves around the 6-year-old title character and her incredibly dysfunctional "Typical American" family. Daddy is a used car salesman, Mommy is a throwback to the worst stereotype of the 1960's housewife, and her brother is equally without redeeming qualities, but she loves them anyway and tries to save them from themselves -- most of the time.
Matilda escapes her life as an unpaid and unloved receiving clerk for her father's business (which is under surveillance by inept FBI agents) by devouring every book she can lay her hands on.
The next step in her liberation is toward Crunchem Hall, the neighborhood school run by -- well, I won't spoil the plot, just suffice it to say that "Matilda" is a Must Buy for any home with kids and a DVD player!
This film is as rich and delicious as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," and is no more a "little girl movie" than "Wonka" was a "little boys' movie." For that matter, even adults will enjoy this one, especially when watching it with your (or anyone else's) kids. END
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calinira on Oct. 29 2003
Format: DVD
I watched Matilda with my nephew not thinking I was going to like it but I wound up liking the movie and thinking it was cute and I thought it was a good story of how a girl treated badly at home by her parents and her brother and at school by the cruel Agatha Trunchball discovers she has special magical powers and makes her life better and teaches that bully Miss Trunchball a lesson she will never forget and Matilda winds up finding that even though her self absorbed family doesn't care about her their are others who do especially her sweet and kind teacher Miss Honey. Mara Wilson was good as Matilda and this is a movie I could see us having on DVD but unfortunately it's only available in an edited pan and scan format and not widescreen and I really wish that a widescreen DVD would be released!
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Format: DVD
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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