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HTF REVIEW: The Chronicles of Narnia - THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED



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#1 of 103 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted April 01 2006 - 03:06 AM


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#2 of 103 OFFLINE   RogerH

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Posted April 01 2006 - 03:51 AM

Thanks for the review. I saw this in the theatres and enjoyed it ALOT. Can't wait til tuesday to pick this one up (2 disc edition of course, I don't usually go for the extras but with certain movies I gotta have the extras and this is one of them).

#3 of 103 OFFLINE   Paul Hillenbrand

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Posted April 01 2006 - 04:41 AM

Thanks David, The time you spent on describing the extras is very much appreciated. I was going to get the single disc as I have been continually doing this last year, but now feel this widescreen 2-disc SE set is a must. Thanks again, Paul
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Posted April 01 2006 - 05:17 AM

Gee, Dave. I wish you could be more thorough.



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I don't know HOW we missed gettting to this at the theater...but I will be in line Tuesday at Best Buy. Ordinarily, I'd be somewhere else, but BB hooked me with the $5 off Bambi if I pre-ordered TLTWaTW with them Oh well. At least I'm guaranteed the 2-disc will be there for me Tuesday....or else! Posted Image

Thanks for a most excellent review, David.

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Posted April 01 2006 - 05:33 AM

I just got this the other day (the 2-disc set) A strong transfer and an amazing soundtrack, especially DTS. Some of the extras ae also very good as well. A very fine product from Disney.
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Posted April 01 2006 - 05:38 AM

Geez, Dave, you think you could put a
little more effort into what you write?! Posted Image

You never cease to provide this forum with
some of the best reviews that can be found
anywhere on the Internet. It is a pleasure
to read your thoughts and equally to have you
here on our staff.

I read The Lion, Witch & The Wardrobe
twice throughout my childhood and teen years. The
book is perfect for letting one's imagination
roam freely. You read a book like this and the
film is already played out in your mind.

I too wondered if Disney could pull this off
and was quite surprised that they did. Though
I was a little dismayed that (compared to LOTR) the
battle sequences were reduced to a G-Rated skirmish,
I think the makers did an incredible job of being
faithful to the book.

My 2-disc set arrived yesterday and I plan to
sit down and watch it tonight. Looking forward
to the DTS presentation that you raved out.

Glad to hear that it lived up to your expectations.

 

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#7 of 103 OFFLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted April 01 2006 - 05:53 AM

David, I agree with your assessment on all counts. An enjoyable film, probably moreso to those who grew up on the book, with a very nice cinema-like transfer. Great work on the review, and apologies for the words "A few words about..." that my goons spray painted on your lawn. The grass will still grow nicely around it. RAH

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Posted April 01 2006 - 06:25 AM

Great review, as usual, David! Your attention to detail is highly appreciated.

I've been eagerly awaiting this title since seeing the film back in December. Easily the best film I saw last year, the SE will make a fine birthday present.


Are there really two featurettes on Jadis aka the White Witch? It would seem that list is missing a key class of creatures (and stunning visual effect): the Nymphs. Posted Image
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Posted April 01 2006 - 08:19 AM

So it's official, then, yes? No one but me feels cheated and offended by the lack of trailers on so many high-profile releases like this one these days?
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Posted April 01 2006 - 08:36 AM

Travis,

you know...the lack of trailers completely eluded me when going through the bonus features. You're absolutely right...that would have been nice.

But what *really* ticks me off regarding the trailer for this film is that the D*&! preview-trailer that appeared on just about *every* Disney DVD for months leading up to this release...presented the Narnia trailer in crapola-4x3 letterbox edited and flagged as "video" which creates havok with any deinterlacer.

Had that not been the case, then at the very least I'd have about 50 copies of the Narnia trailer worth watching on all my other Disney DVDs. Instead they force-fed me a preview-trailer that might as well have been a blown-up VHS.

16x9 encoding and 480P 24 fps editing of movie trailers is *good*.



My goof. Edited (one feature only for the witch). Nymphs don't get their own spot but you see them covered a bit with Mr. Tumnus and the Centaurs...

Thanks for the compliments all...this review took me *hours* but was a pleasure to write and to share with you!

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Posted April 01 2006 - 10:36 AM


Posted Image That one might be classified as a little TMI, David!! Posted Image

Great review (as always). Looking forward to enjoying this film again Tuesday night (I did the PP pre-order deal as well).
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Posted April 01 2006 - 02:54 PM

Actually, I'd probably would give Walden Media a lot of the credit. They've did a real good job with adapting "Holes" and "Because Of Winn Dixie". (Unfortunatly, "Around The World In 80 Days" was a misfire.) But, they earned a lot of goodwill with me with Holes, which was much better than expected. Jason

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Posted April 01 2006 - 04:32 PM

I loved it in the theater & after reading your review I'm really anticipating Tuesday morning when the 2 disc shall be mine. I'm leaning toward getting it at Target w/free lithograph. As always, a terrific & very comprehensive review. Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted April 01 2006 - 08:30 PM

I'm all over this come Tuesday. Thanks for the great review!

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Posted April 02 2006 - 02:25 AM

Great review! I'm sold Posted Image .

I can't believe how far we've come in terms of film presentation in the home. It's been a huge jump from when letter-boxed laserdiscs were the best way to do this. Are we actually discussing ways in which the home presentation can actually look BETTER than the theatrical? Better than film?? - Did you ever think you'd see the day?
Back in the heyday of LD, it was never thought possible. Film was king. Am I the only one floored by this? I now sometimes catch myself complaining about minuscule artifacts on anamorphic DVD transfers that a few short years ago I would have deemed film-like!
I can't wait to watch TLTWATW in my HOME theater and see a presentation that rivals it's theatrical!

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Posted April 02 2006 - 02:39 AM

Chris, I know exactly what you mean. My first "we've come a long way baby" epiphany happened when reviewing the Lion King and Aladdin DVDs. Remember how those laserdiscs were *REFERENCE* in every way? Well...the DVDs made the picture of those laserdisc look like a noisy, burrly mess (I got out my lasers for the DVD reviews). Wow. I couldn't even *imagine* watching those laserdisc now that I know what a decent picture can really look like!
To be fair, as a *format*, 35mm film has vastly more resolution and color space than even a theoretically perfect 1920 x 1080 image (why they do all archiving and mastering in 4K...which still isn't adequate for large-format films like 65/70mm). However, most release prints we see our our local theaters typically fall well below the capabilities of 35mm and that is why it's possible that 1080P might produce an equal or better image in home projection...not because it's better than film...but because it just happened to be better than the quality of the relese prints sent to your local cinema for a particular film (or projection of it...I can't tell you how many times I've watched movies that weren't properly matted or focused!!!)
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Posted April 02 2006 - 03:01 AM

I will probably go with the single disc since the cheapest price I can find is at $15.00 whereas the 2-disc version is almost doulbe that price. I did enjoy the movie very much, but with such a price difference between the two (sale prices) I can't justify spending that much more for extras.

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Posted April 02 2006 - 04:38 AM

Brett-do you live in the northeast? The reason that I ask is that there's a chain of supermarkets called Stop & Shop. Last week, they had the single disc version of King Kong listed in their weekly ad for $14.99. The good news is that the 2 disc version also scanned for the same $14.99. In the current sales flyer, the single disc version of Narnia is listed for $14.99. I'm hoping that they do the same thing for Narnia that they did with Kong and get the 2 disc version for $14.99. You need to have a Stop & Shop discount card to get the discount(you can get the card for free at the customer service desk).Posted Image

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Posted April 02 2006 - 04:46 AM

Brett, totally your call. But IMO having actually *seen* the extras I can assure you I think that the 2-disc set would be well worth getting even if the single disc version was FREE.
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Posted April 02 2006 - 05:05 AM



Dave,

You are making this situation even more difficult. My arm was already hurting after reading your review, now you are about to twist my arm off with that last comment. Posted Image





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