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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [HD DVD]

Gene Wilder , Jack Albertson , Mel Stuart    G (General Audience)   HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
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Having proven itself as a favorite film of children around the world, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is every bit as entertaining now as it was when originally released in 1971. There's a timeless appeal to Roald Dahl's classic children's novel, which was playfully preserved in this charming musical, from the colorful carnival-like splendor of its production design to the infectious melody of the "Oompah-Loompah" songs that punctuate the story. Who can forget those diminutive Oompah-Loompah workers who recite rhyming parental warnings ("Oompah-Loompah, doopity do...") whenever some mischievous child has disobeyed Willy Wonka's orders to remain orderly? Oh, but we're getting ahead of ourselves ... it's really the story of the impoverished Charlie Bucket, who, along with four other kids and their parental guests, wins a coveted golden ticket to enter the fantastic realm of Wonka's mysterious confectionery. After the other kids have proven themselves to be irresponsible brats, it's Charlie who impresses Wonka and wins a reward beyond his wildest dreams. But before that, the tour of Wonka's factory provides a dazzling parade of delights, and with Gene Wilder giving a brilliant performance as the eccentric candyman, Wonka gains an edge of menace and madness that nicely counterbalances the movie's sentimental sweetness. It's that willingness to risk a darker tone--to show that even a wonderland like Wonka's can be a weird and dangerous place if you're a bad kid--that makes this an enduring family classic. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

The golden ticket on this DVD is a delectable commentary track with the five grown-up Wonka kids: Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, Michael Bollner, and Charlie himself, Peter Ostrum. Reunited for the first time since 1971, they joke and laugh and delight in the stories and remembrances each new scene brings. Other Wonka goodies include the new 30-minute documentary Pure Imagination (featuring archival footage with author Roald Dahl and new interviews with Gene Wilder) and the original 1971 promotional featurette, but neither capture the sheer energy and excitement of the commentary. For 90 minutes these giddy grownups become impish kids in a movie wonderland almost as magical as Wonka's candy-colored world itself. --Sean Axmaker

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Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Words cannot even describe the feeling of sharing one of your all time childhood favourites with your own beautiful child! Such a great storyline and amazing characters! Add some of your own favourite wonka treats and popcorn and believe or not had a room full of 4 year olds captivated by something other than "Frozen"!! The best part; I even use the Oompa Loompa songs as conversation starters to reaffirm the "house rules" or morals we already teach our daughter 😄 this movie EVERY parent should sit down and watch with their children just classic on soo many levels!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonka Wonderful & Scrumdiddlyumptious! June 7 2014
By Miracle Max TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Fans.......This truly is an Ultimate Collector's Set. You are getting your money's worth with this set, and you will not be disappointed.

First of all, this set includes not only the Blue Ray transfer presented in 1080p High Definition 16X9 Dolby True HD 5.1,Dolby Digital English 5.1, & French, but includes the DVD transfer as well as a 3rd disc full of hours of extras.

Extras include New interviews with director Mel Stuart, a recently rediscovered archival featurette that includes an interview with late author Roald Dhal. A documentary called "Pure Imagination, Commentary with the Wonka Kids, 4 sing-along songs, a vintage 1971 theatrical trailer, and much more.

- A 144 page full color book about the making of the film.

- A Special separate folder that contains 14 pieces of Wonka production correspondence, including a copy of a hand written letter from Gene Wilder to the director Mel Stuart, as well as copies of the letters sent out to the actors telling them they have been casted.

- Your very own "GOLDEN TICKET" just like in the film, & A collectable Wonka Bar tin with a chocolate scented eraser inside, as well as 4 scented pencils (Blue Berry Pie, Banana, Snozzberry, & Hair Cream. The eraser and the pencils come in their own individual plastic wrapping so you can keep them in mint condition & preserved if you like....or you can have fun and actually use them.

Hands down the coolest collectors set I own.

Make sure to check out the photos I have added to product description.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory May 16 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie was excellant quality and just as I remembered watching it with my children. Now I enjoy it with my grandchildren and my great grandchildren.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka on bluray Nov. 13 2013
By Caledon
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The included book is a nice addition to the disc. The film does have some grain but it is a classic that can be watched over and over. A recommended buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love Oct. 19 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I love the moive it reminded me of when I was a kids at the moives would love to buy more good moives
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5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka...amazing! Sept. 29 2013
By Krizz
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have to admit that I didn't see this movie until I saw it on a movie channel a month ago. Shortly thereafter I purchased the movie and was pleasantly surprised at the items that was included with the movie. My husband was like a kid again when he saw everything that came with the BluRay disc. The quality of the movie was great apart from a couple of scenes that were a tad blurry. Other than that, love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka Sept. 30 2012
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I have loved this movie for years and I enjoy it everytime I see it. I find it better than the remake, but I enjoyed it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality Sept. 16 2012
By frank
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The quality of the blu ray disc is of excellence.I would recommend this product to anyone who is interested in
purchasing high quality video.
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