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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [HD DVD]

Gene Wilder , Jack Albertson , Mel Stuart    G (General Audience)   HD DVD
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Join the expedition visiting legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) in a splendiferous movie that wondrously brings to the screen the endlessly appetizing delights of Roald Dahl’s classic book. Coated with flavorful tunes and production design that constantly dazzles the eye, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy’s incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. And you’ll rediscover the timeless magic of a delicious family classic.

This collector set for the ultimate fan features over 192 hours of content that includes over 28 hours of total bonus content:

Video Special Features
  • Documentary entitled Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
  • New commentary with the Wonka Kids reunited as adults to reflect on the production of the movie.
  • Featurettes: "A World of Pure Imagination" and "Mel Stuart's Wonkavision" with a new interview with the director, Mel Stuart
  • Aquaman Pilot
  • 4 Sing-Along Songs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectible softcover reprint of Mel Stuart's 2002 book (with Josh Young) Pure Imagination: The Making of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" with beautiful photos and production notes
  • Wonka Bar-shaped pencil tin with chocolate scented eraser and scratch-and-sniff pencils (Snozzberry scent included)
  • Reproductions of cast lists, memos, correspondence, and an early letter from Gene Wilder written to director Mel Stuart about the character “Willy Wonka”

Special Features

Delectable Documentary Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Theatrical Trailer Mouth-Watering Commentary with the Wonka Kids 4 Scrumptious Sing-Along Songs Tasty Vintage Featurette

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great one! July 7 2004
OK, I know you are saying to yourself, that movie is ancient ~ my kid wouldn't enjoy it. Well, trust me your kid will enjoy it. It is a great movie! For all who may have missed it over the years (is there anyone out there?), the story is about a giant chocolate factory run by a never seen owner (Wilder). Over the years of the factory's operation he has become quite the legend. He decides to open the factory to a few lucky winners of a contest ~ all but one of the winning kids are truly rotten. And as all good stories go, the bad kids get their just "desserts" (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) leaving the good kid to win. A lot of good lessons taught about sharing, greed, gluttony and theft. Pop some popcorn and enjoy it with your kid; you'll be glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candy is dandy... May 25 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The film is based on a much-loved children's book, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', by Roald Dahl. Dahl wasn't always happy with the changes made between his book and the film, and wasn't always consulted on them. Today probably more people are familiar with the film sequence of events than the book. Charlie is a down-on-his-luck boy who is nonetheless optimistic and happy. He and his mother work to tend for their bed-ridden family members, all living together in a one-room home.
One day there is an annoucement that Wonka is going to open his factory to visitors, to be chosen more or less at random through finding the Golden Tickets, contained in Wonka bars (a brilliant marketing device back then). Scenes of shoppers' frenzy are shown all around with world, including a Wonka delivery van shown arriving at the White House.
The five golden tickets are found all around the world - the first one in Dusselheim, Germany, by the fat boy, Augustus Gloop (played by Michael Boliner, who is now a tax accountant in Munich, and is still rather large). The second ticket was found in the UK, by spoiled brat, Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole, the only Wonka child still acting), whose father, Roy Kinnear, is a well-known actor in British cinema. The third ticket was found in the USA, by gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde (Denise Nickerson, now an accountant at a nuclear plant in Colorado), whose used-car-salesman father was played by Leonard Stone (who was selected over Jim Bakus). The fourth ticket was also won in the USA, by Mike Teevee (Paris Themmen, considered a real brat by most of the cast and crew); his frantic mother was played by Dodo Denny (later Nora Denny), who was one of the few minor characters in the film to consistently act after this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Metaphor for Life June 15 2004
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was my favorite book as a child, this movie remains a favorite of mine even to this day.
This film was made back in 1971 and is very simple in its style. The special effects are see-through and campy but the story line is a facinating metaphor for life that is forever timeless in its message. Willy Wonka is the creative genius who becomes a recluse in his chocolate factory because of society and its greed and malice. But he never loses his belief that someone in the world exists who can still believe in imagination and dreams. He finds this person in Charlie, a poor child who lives with his mother and four grandparents in a dirty basement home. Charlie has every reason to become dispirited and negative yet he remains a shining light of great positivity regardless of his circumstances. I suspect his attitude comes from the fact that his Grandfather Joe always supports his dreams, the boy never has to hear the word "can't"!
The chocolate factory holds a contest and several children, including Charlie, get invited behind the doors with Willy Wonka. While on tour they are tested with fame, fortune, greed and honesty until one by one they succumb to the failure of a human heart. All except Charlie, who keeps a smile on his face and wonder in his eyes while being faced with the simple adversities that cause the other children to fail. Sadly I feel the parents are to blame creating children who thrive on material wealth, constant TV watching, gorging on food, and looking for constant attention. The parents of the children who fail refuse to believe in the dream of Willy Wonka surrounding the atomsphere with doubt and negative beliefs. How could anyone survive under such circumstances?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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 The truth is... May 17 2004
I freaking love this movie. This movies had so many subliminal messages. The whole thing is about greed. Sure, this movie might come off a harmless childrens movie but you have to be an adult to read between the lines of this movie.
I have heard that they are gonna be making a remake of this movie next year. They orginally wanted Marilyn Manson to play Willie Wonka. But due to people's bitchin'...he won't because people think that will ruin the movie's reason...or some crap like that. But if you knew anything about this movie...have you ever watched this movie on television lately? They have cut out the scene where they are going down the chocolate river in the boat because of a music video that Manson did. The music video immitates that scene but in a much more morbid type of way than in the movie. Because of that...thats why they have cut that scene from being shown on television.
I love this movie because it is fun and great. It may not follow the same dialogue as the book did but who cares. Movies are uaully always better than a book. If you are into movies that have a good twisted heart to it then this is the movie for you. I give this movie 2 thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun.
Good for family viewing.
Published 21 days ago by DL
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
I have enjoyed it very much and is a gift for our great granddaughter when she is little older.
Published 1 month ago by Bunny Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by tim robins
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by lingar007
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonka Wonderful & Scrumdiddlyumptious!
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miracle Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka & the chocolate factory
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.
Published 5 months ago by Donna Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka on bluray
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!
Published 11 months ago by Caledon
5.0 out of 5 stars love
I love the moive it reminded me of when I was a kids at the moives would love to buy more good moives
Published 12 months ago by darren woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka...amazing!
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... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Krizz
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Wonka
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.
Published on Sept. 30 2012 by lambchop
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