Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe|
Actor: Arthur Lowe
Director: Bill Melendez
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Animation
Based on the world famous novel from author C.S Lewis, comes the enchanting tale of four children and their magical adventures through the wardrobe!
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Doreen H. from DIXON, CA
Reviewed on 11/25/2012...
One of my all time favorite animation of this classic story
Chiana S. from PHILADELPHIA, PA
Reviewed on 2/2/2011...
My kids really enjoyed it. In this age of over-stimulated movies, it was good to watch an awesome classic that even my 3 year old requests to watch over and over.
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This IS the Bill Melendez / 1979 version!
W. Smith | 01/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In case you're confused by the conspicious lack of information provided (not only in the listing here but on the DVD packaging itself), this IS the 1979 Bill Melendez Studios (of Peanuts fame) version, which I haven't seen since it originally aired in two-parts on prime time television back in '79!
The transfer here isn't great but is watchable (its comparable in quality to the DVD of "The Last Unicorn.")
If you're looking forward to reliving 70's TV memories or just want a respectable rendition of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to tide you over until Disney's "Chronicles of Narnia" DVD hits stores, you can't lose with this release."
April Warner | Pine Grove, PA | 10/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is just a wonderful version of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe! It was a favorite of mine as a child and now it's a favorite of my 5 year old daughter. She watches it all the time and it's something we both love to watch together.
Not only is it a great story, but it is also great for stirring the imagination.
It is a rather old version so the animation is not what you would expect to see today, however, that does not take away from the enjoyment of watching this wonderful story from C. S. Lewis."
Great book, excellent author, loyal movie, not so great DVD
Noel Hadley | Long Beach, CA | 12/19/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Like many of you out there, I am a dedicated CS Lewis fan, and so when I chanced to see this DVD release, I couldn't hold myself back. I had seen this film throughout childhood, and so seeing it on my shelf now brings warm memories to my heart. It is a true shame that the good people that brought us this wonderful piece of delight never afforded the effort to deliver us others, such as Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair, etc.
Much like the BBC versions, which covered only the titles mentioned above, this particular version remained wholly loyal to the book, implementing the dialogue and scenes as they were. There is only a slight alteration, however, in which Lucy recounts, through memory, her journey through the Wardrobe. While I am not a pure loyalist to original works when it comes to transfers from book to movie, as I liked the changes done in the 2005 Narnia movie (just not the stuff that they left out), I find this particular change of pace to be rather annoying.
I was disappointed with this specific DVD edition. It appears as though there was no effort to clean up the original film before making the digital transfer. Dirt blotches can be seen spewed about the screen from the first opening shot until the closing. For some buyers, this sort of quality won't matter much, while, to others, it will no doubt irritate beyond belief. I like to consider myself somewhere in the middle of the two, and so, while the irritation is present in the opening act, it typically fades as the movie progresses, and so there is only little harm done.
Unfortunitely, my disapointment doesn't end there. If you happen to shop for this DVD in a store, you will undoubtedly notice that the back of the box advertises special features. The bio on CS Lewis had my attention, as well as facts on this particular movie/story. The special features were, however, several, if not less, power point presentations that had probably been put together by an intern at lunch break, no joke.
Parents, it is quite possible that your children loved the 2005 Narnia movie so much that they can't wait until it is released on DVD, and possibly have even seen it on the shelves of a local Wal Mart store (or wherever else it is sold, I found it there), and so begged to have it. While I can't speak for the specific taste of your child, I often wonder if many children today can connect with this version at all. The artwork is, well, very vintage 1970's (1979 precisely), and nowhere near the quality of modern children's entertainment. This particular movie reminds me of the Hobbit and Return of the King cartoons from the 70's, and should fit nicely on the shelf next to them.
However much I loved this film as a child, it is because of the mistakes mentioned above that I cannot give the movie a 5 star rating, as much as I'd like to, but feel as though I must lower it to a 3. If you feel as though you can hurdle over these obstacles, by all means, watch it; you will certainly be enriched for having done so.
For those of you looking for an excellent Narnia companion to the movie, Focus on the Family published a wonderful Radio Drama series on the entire Chronicles, hosted by Douglas Grisham. This series is a pure delight, and your child (or you and your spouse), will certainly find enchantment in these imaginative episodes.