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Overview BBC TELEVISION PRODUCTION EDITION; Approx 169 minutes
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Running Time: 169.00 minutes
Record Label Alpha Omega Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.54" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Bridgestone Multimedia
Series Chronicles Of Narnia - Bridgesto
ISBN 0740310763 ISBN13 9780740310768 UPC 037429171325
Reviews - What do customers think about The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - DVD BBC Version?
Talk About Memories... Sep 8, 2009
I have to say, I can remember watching this production of The Chronicles of Narnia on Public Television when I was a child. I envied the characters (especially Lucy! ...she was always so sweet!) I wanted one of the beavers, and was spooked by the witch. Yet all of it was enchanting to me.
As a mother, I watched with delight this very same version with my children...who were also enthralled by it... but didn't desire to be Lucy as I once did. (the fact that they were all boys may have had something to do with it! ) :) Now, as a grandmother, I now own my own copy of this production to share with my grandchildren. Perhaps one day, I'll be able to share it with my great grandchildren as well.
It is timeless... and has a special place in my heart.
The lion, the witch, and the BBC Jul 24, 2009
A few years ago, C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" followed in the footsteps of the "Lord of the Rings Trilogy," with a gleaming new big-screen adaptation.
And despite the new movie's presence, it's worth taking a trip back to the 1988 adaptation of Lewis's book, produced by the BBC. It's evenly divided between good and bad -- good scripting and some good acting, but also some poor acting and some unintentionally silly moments (animal costumes). Seriously, will Lucy ever stop whining, and will the Witch ever stop screeching?
The four Pevensie children arrive in the country, at the start of World War II. Despite the eccentric but friendly professor (Michael Aldridge) who lives there, they're all bored. And during a game of hide-and-seek, Lucy (Sophie Wilcox) slips into an old wardrobe -- and finds that the back of it opens into a magical, snowy forest land called Narnia. She encounters a friendly faun, but when she arrives back home, she finds that none of her siblings believe her.
But soon Lucy and her siblings find their way through -- not knowing that peevish Edmund (Jonathan R. Scott) has already allied himself to the evil White Witch (Barbara Kellerman) who keeps Narnia locked in winter. She's especially desperate, because Narnia is beginning to thaw out, now that leonine Aslan is coming back to it, and the Pevensie kids have shown up to fulfil an old prophecy. But the Witch won't go down without a massive battle -- and one that might destroy the lion-messiah himself.
"The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" is a mixed bag -- it has more or less equal measures of good and bad. What it also has is deep fidelity to Lewis's original book, which was one of the first major fantasies to get widespread attention. And that's definitely an important detail, since the spirit of the book could easily have been lost.
The filmmakers obviously did their homework, crafting the script and dialogue to be close to Lewis's novel. And it's a credit that they pulled off some lines that could have sounded idiotic ("You're not dead, Aslan!" "Do I look dead?") in the wrong hands. They also did an excellent job of changing atmosphere, shifting from the stodgy English country house to the airy frozen Narnia, with its castles and dewy wildlands.
Unfortunately, the special effects haven't aged well. They were state of the art at the time, but now they look quite cheesy and low budget, with a few exceptions -- the scene where Lucy restores various "statued" people to life is pretty good. The other stuff ranged from primitive bluescreen to an enormous puppet playing Aslan. It's a good puppet, and remarkably convincing physically, but it still makes Aslan look like he has a wicked case of arthritis.
The acting is also divided between good and bad. Scott is particularly good as the "bad boy" Edmund, who ends up falling in with the Witch, especially when he turns on his evil mentor. He is accompanied by some good acting from Sophie Cook as Susan, and Richatd Dempsey as Peter, who also has to do a convincing battle with a werewolf. The weak links are Wilcox, who speaks most of her lines in a whine, and Kellerman, who laughs madly, coos and shrieks, and generally hams it up like a lunatic.
While the new version of "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe" has captured the imaginations of moviegoers, the BBC version is still worth taking a look at.