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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory Blu-ray Review

20 October 2009 8:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Partly because of nostalgia. It’s shot like a TV movie. Painfully so at times. But the moral play works well enough, and Gene Wilder gives a hell of a performance. On the edge of malice and crazy, he walks it. On that level, I prefer it to Tim Burton’s over-stylized and otherwise empty remake. My Review after the jump.

The film follows Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), the poorer than poor kid who lives with his mother and all his grandparents. The grandparents all sleep in the same bed, that’s how bad off they are. Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson) is Charlie’s favorite and the most sympathetic to the boy. Charlie wants more than anything to win a trip into the Willy Wonka factory where chocolate is made, and - be warned - this film is a diabetic’s nightmare. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory’ in HD

19 October 2009 10:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – You can keep Tim Burton’s remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with Johnny Depp. I’ll be watching the classic “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” recently released on Blu-Ray, for years to come. It’s not a must-own family film release like the recent “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” or “Wizard of Oz” packages, but the film remains remarkably timeless.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve seen “Willy Wonka” countless times and can sing “Pure Imagination” for you from the top of my head. So, watching it on Blu-ray isn’t exactly a revelatory experience. And if I need to recount the plot of “Willy Wonka” to you then I can only be jealous of the wonderful, first-time viewing Blu-Ray adventure you’re about to have. It’s a beloved family classic for a reason.

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was released on Blu-Ray on October 6th, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Shelf Life: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

15 October 2009 5:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

This week, Spike Jonze's long-awaited adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are finally arrives in theaters, rewarding us for years and years of devoted attention to the production's twists and turns. But as exciting as the saga of its making has been, we've been bummed out that there are so few stopgap releases offering a similar kind of creepy, beautiful melancholy for kid audiences (and especially, audiences that are kids at heart).

Then again, looking back at the legacy of so-called family films that truly offer something transgressive, much less a little bit trippy, there aren't a whole lot of titles that come to mind as consummate entries in that rewarding, rarified canon. All of which brings us to Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. No, not Tim Burton's 2005 film about a dentist's son who overcomes his obsession with Michael Jackson impersonation with the help of »

- Todd Gilchrist

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[DVD Review] Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

8 October 2009 12:28 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Morality tales about gluttony, greed and conceit have yet to find an equal to rival what audiences first saw in Roald Dahl’s book-turned movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Dahl’s creative punishments for his intolerable youths were already quite visually stimulating, but the direction of Mel Stuart and the film’s fantastic visual vibrancy make Willy Wonka a film that people see once and remember forever. The girl expanding into a blueberry, the Oompa Loompas and the Charlie and his uncle floating in a giant bubble tube are just small but memorable parts of a visual feast. To give the film context from within itself, it’s an everlasting gobstopper of a movie.

Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) lives a meager life toting between school and home trying to make life easier for his mother (Diana Sowle), his Grandpa Joe (Jack Albertson) and his other bed-ridden kinfolk. Charlie’s »

- Lex Walker

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