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Aro Recommended Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe


USA / New Zealand 2005, 140 minutes
Dir. Andrew Adamson
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Family / Fantasy


Aroview: A splendid and meticulous vision of C.S. Lewis' classic children's fantasy novel in which a group of four young siblings - ensconced in an English country house - discover a magical wardrobe which is a portal into a fairytale world under the grip of a malevolent witch (Swinton).

Although a certain amount of disbelief stalls their combined entry ito 'Narnia' the children soon find themselves the key players in a cosmological battle on the side of a dignified lion, Aslan (rendered in CGI and voiced by Neeson). Directed with restraint and taste by NZ-er Adamson, this manages to capture the original sense of whimsical wonder of the novel with the fauns, beavers and other creatures all dottily intact. While perhaps over-literal at times, Lewis' neo-Christian subtext is knowingly rendered and the whole is suitably polished.

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DVD Features

Single-disc version includes 2 Commentaries, 'The Bloopers of Narnia', Discover Narnia Fun Facts' and Easter Eggs .

Double-disc version includes all these features plus many other extras including 'Creating Narnia - A Directors Vision', 'Creating Narnia - The Children’s Magical Journey', 'Evolution Of An Epic - C.S. Lewis', 'Evolution Of An Epic - Cinematic Storytelling', 'Evolution Of An Epic - Creating Creatures', 'Creatures Lands and Legends - Hosted By Mr. Tumnus', 'Explore Narnia In 3D', 'Legends In Time - Timeline' and more...

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • PC interactives
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • 2-disc set

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