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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Tilda Swinton , Georgie Henley , Andrew Adamson    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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C.S. Lewis's classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe makes an ambitious and long-awaited leap to the screen in this modern adaptation. It's a CGI-created world laden with all the special effects and visual wizardry modern filmmaking technology can conjure, which is fine so long as the film stays true to the story that Lewis wrote. And while this film is not a literal translation--it really wants to be so much more than just a kids' movie--for the most part it is faithful enough to the story, and whatever faults it has are happily faults of overreaching, and not of holding back. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe tells the story of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Peter, Edmund, and Susan, and their adventures in the mystical world of Narnia. Sent to the British countryside for their own safety during the blitz of World War II, they discover an entryway into a mystical world through an old wardrobe. Narnia is inhabited by mythical, anthropomorphic creatures suffering under the hundred-year rule of the cruel White Witch (Tilda Swinton, in a standout role). The arrival of the children gives the creatures of Narnia hope for liberation, and all are dragged into the inevitable conflict between evil (the Witch) and good (Aslan the Lion, the Messiah figure, regally voiced by Liam Neeson).

Director (and co-screenwriter) Andrew Adamson, a veteran of the Shrek franchise, knows his way around a fantasy-based adventure story, and he wisely keeps the story moving when it could easily become bogged down and tiresome. Narnia is, of course, a Christian allegory and the symbology is definitely there (as it should be, otherwise it wouldn't be the story Lewis wrote), but audiences aren’t knocked over the head with it, and in the hands of another director it could easily have become pedantic. The focus is squarely on the children and their adventures. The four young actors are respectable in their roles, especially considering the size of the project put on their shoulders, but it's the young Georgie Henley as the curious Lucy who stands out. This isn't a film that wildly succeeds, and in the long run it won't have the same impact as the Harry Potter franchise, but it is well done, and kids will get swept up in the adventure. Note: Narnia does contain battle scenes that some parents may consider too violent for younger children. --Dan Vancini

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical adaptation of an even more magical story Sept. 12 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
If you're going to bring a beloved classic to life, you had better do it right - and director Andrew Adamson did just that, largely because of his own special memories of reading the book as a child. The timing for this film was also right - not only because it follows in the wake of the masterful Lord of the Rings series (and there will always be comparisons between Narnia and LOTR, despite their vast differences) but, more importantly, because this film really could not have been made any earlier. I wasn't a big fan of CGI when the technology emerged; I thought it took away from the purity of the medium and, of course, it was oftentimes obviously not real in those early days. When you watch The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, though, you see the undeniable magic that CGI has now opened up. This film is heavy with computer animation, and its integration with real actors and sets is virtually seamless. Aslan, by way of example, may well be CGI's highest achievement to date. For one thing, he looks bloody real in every scene, but what is truly amazing is the depth of feeling and emotion that comes through in his face and gestures, particularly during the scene at the Stone Slab.

There's really far more to praise about this film than I have time or room for. I'll just say the cinematography and music are masterful, and the creation of the different creatures (be they computer-generated or wonders of costuming) are incredibly detailed and realistic. I just want to hurry up and talk about the children playing the Pevensie siblings. Do they give awards for best casting? If they don't, they certainly should, and this film would take that prize hands-down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done! April 19 2013
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The essence of C.S. Lewis' novel is perfectly captured in this adaptation. Amazing scenery and the special effects are flawless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie! June 9 2014
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I purchased this DVD for my 5 year old daughter and was a little concerned that the content might be frightening. There is in fact one scene near the end that I would fast forward the first few times, but my girl has been watching this movie twice a week for a month and now dreams of becoming a great archer. C.S. Lewis wrote the series with a very high-minded moral Christian mission, and this may appeal to an audience that might otherwise dislike fantasy. On the other hand, Lewis carries out his mission with a light hand that should offend no one, regardless of beliefs. It's an epic film for children and beautifully executed. The 2nd film, Prince Caspian, is very dark and too frightening, and the 3rd film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is very good as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Narnia DVDS May 31 2014
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Bought The Narnia series DVDS to watch with my grandson. He truly loved them and we have watched them numerous times.
Amazon's gave me excellent service and the delivery time was good .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Quick! May 1 2014
By Lou
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I love this film. It was just
great to just slip into this great movie. The costumes and sets are exceptional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd of three April 14 2014
By og
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Set was given as gift and the response was so very much appreciated. Said it was a very well presented trilogy and would be viewed over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must see. March 19 2014
By paul
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they were a great series of books made into a great fantasy movie.once you see this you will want to see the other 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Price and Service March 18 2014
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Excellent option for me to purchase older DVD's. Saved hours of searching those bins at the big box store AND shipped right to my door. Already enjoyed watching them 3 times over.
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