The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

When you decide to make a movie out of the classic novel by C.S. Lewis it is a very daunting task but both screenwriters Ann Peacock (first feature film), Christopher Markus (television's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Stephen McFeely (television's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), and director Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Shrek 2) emerge triumphant. As much as possible from the book is in the film and definitely nothing important is missing. The emotions from the novel are in the film version as well and many will find themselves tearing up even though they know the story. Visually the film is a feat; the cinematography, art direction and the special effects are marvelous. The acting is all very good with extra kudos going to Tilda Swinton as the White Witch. The Chronicles of Narnia will definitely encourage a new generation to read the novel (if they aren't already) and is one of those rare family films where Mom and Dad will have as much fun watching as the children. Just hoping that this film becomes a series (there were 7 books) like Lord of the Rings did. I must warn all of you to stay in your seats through the credits because there is an extra scene.

Mrs. Pevensie (Judy McIntosh – Kingpin) makes a decision which does not make her children happy. Four young siblings from London, Lucie (Georgie Henley – first feature film), Edmund (Skandar Keynes – first feature film), Peter (William Moseley – first feature film), and Susan (Anna Popplewell – Girl With The Pearl Earring, Mansfield Park), are sent to Professor Kirke's (Jim Broadbent – Bridget Jones, Vera Drake) country home to live for their safety during World War II. The children are less than thrilled to be living with the unconventional Professor Kirke and are quite bored in his house. That is until one day in one of the rooms of the old house Lucy finds a wardrobe which turns out to be a porthole to the magical land of Narnia. At first, the other three do not believe Lucy, but eventually all four of the Pevensies find themselves in Narnia. It is a place where animals can talk, dwarves, giants, beasts, centaurs exist, and anything imaginable can happen. The children meet an interesting gentleman named Mr. Tumnus (James McAvoy – Rory O'Shea Was Here, Wimbledon) who guides them through Narnia. Narnia is ruled by the evil witch called the Jadis the White Witch (Tilda Swinton – Broken Flowers, The Beach). Jadis keeps Narnia in an eternal state of winter, without Christmas, and anyone who tries to stand up to her is turned to stone. In order to defeat Jadis the children join forces with Aslan (Liam Neeson – Nell, Michael Collins), a wise lion god of Narnia. Thus ensues the classic battle between good and evil.

Special Features:
Disc One:
-Bloopers of Narnia
-Discover Narnia Fun Facts

Disc Two:
-"Chronicle of a Director" featurette
-"The Children's Magical Journey" featurette
-"Anatomy of a Scene: the Melting River" featurette
-"Cinematic Storytellers": eight film diaries from eight members of the film team
-"C.S. Lewis: From One Man's Mind" featurette
-"Creating Creatures" featurette
-"Creatures of the World" featurette
-"Explore Narnia" 3-D map
-"Legends in Time" Narnia timeline

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