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Chronicles Of Narnia, The: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Collector's Edition
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 107 (Apr 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy & Jim Broadbent

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One includes a four-minute blooper reel; an option to view the movie with a Discover Narnia fun facts trivia subtitle track; and two audio commentary tracks: one with director Andrew Adamson and child stars William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, and Georgie Henley; and the second with production team Adamson, production designer Roger Ford, and producer Mark Johnson. Disc Two adds two menu options. Choosing Creating Narnia will take you to the 38-minute Chronicles Of A Director featurette, a 26-minute highlight on the magical journey filming Narnia with the children. In addition, there is a submenu dedicated to the Evolution Of An Epic, beginning with four minutes dedicated to author C.S. Lewis, a segmented 55-minute documentary introducing the Cinematic Storytellers (that can be viewed individually or as a whole); 11 Creating Creatures featurettes that can be viewed as one 53-minute documentary and covers the White Witch, Aslan, Tumnus, Wolves, Centaurs, Minotaurs, Ankle Slicers, Ginarrbrik, Beavers, Satyrs, and Goblins; and an 11-minute Anatomy Of A Scene breakdown of the melting river. Going back to the main menu, you can then select Creatures Lands And Legends for an additional 14-minutes worth of creature exploration, an interactive map that allows you to Explore Narnia, and an interactive Legends In Time timeline. Look out for hidden goodies.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 40986
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For battle sequences and frightening moments
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 143
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/04/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Andrew Adamson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Four siblings are sent to an ornate mansion to seek refuge during World War II. During a game of hide-and-seek, Lucy Pevensie ducks into a wardrobe and finds that it leads to the world of Narnia. There she meets a faun named Mr. Tumnus (McAvoy) and learns a little bit about this strange land. Before long, she returns to Narnia with her brothers Peter and Edmond and sister Susan and discover that Tumnus has been arrested by the white witch Jadis (Swinton). Making their way through Narnia, the Pevensie children meet talking animals and mythical creatures, and join forces in the good fight with the benevolent lion Aslan (voice by Liam Neeson) to save Narnia. But sacrifices will have to be made, and a traitor among the Pevensie children will carry a grave burden. The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe is based on the novel by C.S. Lewis. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The opening sequence is dark, but with extremely capable shadow delineation that can be appreciated when viewed in a completely blackened room. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures and dimension. In the snowy locations of Narnia, images can look slightly softer and more surreal. The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 picture is very beautiful and clean, with little in the way of obtrusive pixelization and no bothersome edge enhancement. (Suzanne Hodges)

With its low noise floor, the Dolby

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