WHV Press Release: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

    Delectable Debut as Blu-ray Book
    from Warner Home Video October 20

    Burbank, CA – June 23, 2009 – Fans of the perennial family classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory will scream “I want it now!” (like the character Veruca Salt) when the film makes its Blu-ray Book debut on October 20 from Warner Home Video. This favorite film of children around the world will now dazzle in premium Blu-ray packaging -- containing a 38-page book including sing-along song lyrics, fun cast bios, and colorful photos from the film. No “Golden Ticket” needed!

    Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Blu-ray Book will sell for $34.99 SRP.

    About the Film:
    Legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stars in the splendiferous movie that 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 viewers will rediscover all the timeless magic as it was meant to be seen.

    Special Features:
    • Delicious documentary: Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
    • Mouth-watering commentary with the Wonka Kids
    • Four scrumptious sing-along songs
    • Tasty vintage featurette
    • Theatrical trailer


    Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Blu-ray Book
    Street Date: October 20, 2009
    Pricing: $34.99 SRP
     
  2. Ronald Epstein

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    Wonka Rocks!

    Happy to see this finally out on Blu-ray.

    Good Day Sir!
     
  3. Scott-S

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    I am sort of bummed out. Blu-ray.com is reporting that this in only a BD-25. Seems like a really cheap move for them to scrimp on this title. I would think movies getting the digibook treatment would warrant a top notch mastering.
     
  4. Brandon Conway

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    The HD-DVD was a 30 GB disc and I don't remember any complaints about the presentation. A BD25 should be fine.
     
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    It's nice to see Willy Wonka on Blu-ray and the cover is really pretty, but all were getting is the same features from before?
     
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    Very good news indeed! A film from before 1990 - very heartening.
     
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    Very glad to see this coming to BR. One of my favorites as a kid, and I still love it.

    (Would also love to see the Depp/Burton version as well, sooner rather than later. But I know that's another thread...)
     
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    So true. But WB has been pretty good about that on their blu-ray book series: Bonnie and Clyde, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, Poltergeist, Batman just to name a few off the top of my head. And that doesn't even touch their non-book blu-rays like Bullitt, The Fugitive, and the Kubricks. A bit better than many studios. [​IMG]
     
  9. Brandon Conway

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    The disc is done and released in other territories. It'll probably hit the US when Alice In Wonderland gets released theatrically in March.
     
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    Great, Though I would rather have the oriinal poster art on the cover (Warner usually uses the poster art)
     
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    true hd sound?
    $34.95 srp is a bit high.
     
  12. Paul Arnette

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    You don't? This was one of Warner Bros.' 1080i transfers when released on HD DVD. While it wasn't terrible, the jaggies were pretty evident on any writing throughout the film. Hopefully, a new transfer has been done, but I am not holding my breath.
     
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    Wait. Stop. Don't.

    SOLD!

    Sam
     
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    Ah, didn't know it was one of the 1080i discs. Well, yeah, hopefully they are doing a true 1080p transfer this time around. It should still fit just fine on a BD25, though.
     
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    They'll probably do the same "fix" they did for The Perfect Storm.
     
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    You mean this? [​IMG]
    While I like the original poster art, this really isn't a deal breaker for me. A repurposed 1080i master would be, though.
     
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    What fix did they do?

    I'm sure if they don't do right by it now, the 40th anniversary is (unbelievably) only two years away. They also reissued Full Metal Jacket with an improved transfer with the other Kubrick titles.
     
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    THIS is actually my favorite part of Family Gu...er I mean Willy Wonka.[​IMG]
     
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    Love the poster, but I'll still pick by the disc anyway - the art work isn't a deal breaker (and the cover art on the Blu-Ray isn't bad)
     
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    Reminds me. Have to buy that poster.
     

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