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The Golden Compass (La Boussole d'Or) (Bilingual)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: May 22 2015
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00142UZ30
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,894 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears as Lyra's ruthless adventurer uncle, Lord Asriel, and Nicole Kidman assumes the glamorous guise of the villainous Mrs. Coulter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bankier on June 24 2008
Format: DVD
Some of the people reviewing this film don't seem to know that
it is describing events in Pullman's multibook series, "His Dark Materials".

The movie is an astonishingly accurate portrayal of the first book,
which takes place in another universe with fundamentally different
ground rules, and very different societies.

The questions left open in the movie are also an accurate reflection
of where the issues stood in the book. So the people who are complaining
about this really need to take issue with the book rather than the movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew West on May 1 2008
Format: DVD
This is my favourite fantasy movie from 2007--I liked it even better than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The casting, direction, writing, and art direction are superb. The story is compelling and deep. Although this title is aimed at the teen set, the quality of this film transcends generations. I was particularly impressed by Dakota Blue Richards who is the perfect Lyra.

For some inexplicable reason this film did not do well at the box office. I really have no idea why. It did not seem to have any competition when it came out. If you missed it, now is your chance to catch it and discover a great movie to share with your whole family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Estrild on April 24 2009
Format: DVD
There was little introduction, and the whole film sweeps by in 1 hr 45 mins, with little character development, and little explanation of what's going on. I found it hard to care about the characters, and to comprehend the writter's world. It was stressful to watch. As opposed to Lord of the Rings which is slowly introduced with much explanation of what's going on and why. I don't know why they didn't make this film at least half an hour longer to take some more time for this, and to slow things down.

I liked the story though, and presume the book is much more satisfying. The fantasy world is beautifuly depicted visually. Perhaps the film is meant to be watched repeatedly till one understands all the finer details.

It is very much like a flip side to Lion Witch and Wardrobe. Shame they may not come out with part two, as there are loose ends at the end of the film which add to the unsatisfyed feeling.
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Format: Blu-ray
In my youth, seemingly many decades ago, I was a voracious reader of all things fantasy and no doubt I would have thoroughly enjoyed Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy. Unfortunately I'd rediscovered science fiction by the time these novels were published so I've never got around to reading them. I can therefore only review this film as a movie rather than an adaptation of a familiar novel. This is probably a good thing as a fanatical obsession with the original text certainly spoilt my first couple of viewings of The Lord of the Rings and of the Harry Potter films.

Squeezing a big, complex, heavily sub-plotted novel in to a couple of hours is never easy and it will never be possible to please all of the people all of the time. From my perspective as an outsider, this film is mostly excellent. The cast is a who's-who of acting talent and although the kids' fake cockney accents are a little Mary Poppins they're not too annoying. The plot is taut, the narrative piles along at a cracking pace and the CGI is superb, particularly of the bears and the daemons. There is obviously a lot missing and a greater explanation of the prophecies and the role of the witches would have rounded things off nicely, but the ending is a calamity, leaving loose ends flapping about all over the place.

It is obvious that further adaptations of the next two books were planned and the filmmakers could not have predicted the vehement outpouring of religious intolerance and bigotry which forced the studio to pressure the director into making some `difficult' editing decisions. With a tidy ending, this stand-alone film would have stood out as a fantasy classic, sitting comfortably alongside LotR and the HP's. If the loony religious right had kept their interfering Magisterial noses out of it, the trilogy would probably have been brilliant but hey, it's all about control & power over the masses.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 21 2009
Format: DVD
This is a review I have deferred for about two years to let the initial controversies surrounding this film subside.I loved this movie upon its' theatrical release and New Line has done the movie proud by the release of this two disc set.
Like the uproar by certain Church groups and related organizations over the Da Vinci Code material,this movie too was attacked by the same or similar groups for its' supposed "heretical" and/or "anti-religious" themes.I find these groups rancour quite specious and founded,on many occasion,on sheer ignorance of the material at hand for the single purpose of fear mongering in the name of "truth".It is appalling and disgusting at the same time.
Here is a quote by the author Phillip Pullman in an interview from Time magazine around the time of the films' initial release:"I wouldn't want to be a part of any movement that had an agenda...I'm not arguing a case. I'm not preaching a sermon. I'm not giving a lecture. I'm telling a story. Any position I take is that of a storyteller who says, 'Once upon a time, this happened.'".
Anyone can find just about anything in what they read,see and hear.As long as one is educated and armed with the facts,no one needs to be running off willy-nilly tilting at windmills.
The story here involves a parallel world to ours where "dust"(the stuff of life) connects everyone and everything in the universe.Lyra Belacqua(Dakota Richards)is an 11 year old whose "Uncle" Asriel(Daniel Craig)is a professor at a university who has discovered what he believes is the secret to this "dust" and mounts an expedition to the far north to prove it.However the Magisterium(the ruling body)wants him stopped as it would mean an end to their power and influence.
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