directed by Tim Burton
USA 2005


Tim Burton is back. The Burtonesque grotesque imagination is reborn. After some good, but not great years, we finally get everything what Tim Burton is all about, and as such, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is the most pure Burton film since the power-trio "Edward Scissorhands", "Batman Returns" and "Ed Wood".

Adapted from the novel by Roald Dahl, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is very close to the book. Burton adds some background on Willy Wonka, which parallels Willy with Edward, and for that matter also The Penguin, both people who along the way got lost from their parents, and who has a unique ability to create.

What Burton brings to the story is his amazing imagination. Everything is over the top, everything is surreal, everything is incredible out-of-this-world, that it is impossible not to give in and be charmed away. Adding to this, Burton sneaks in references and in-jokes from favorite movies; my favorite is the reference to "2001".

On par with his former masterpieces "Edward Scissorhands", "Batman Returns" and "Ed Wood", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is everything one could hope for.

Henrik Sylow


Theatrical Release: July 10, 2005

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DVD Review: Warner (2-Disc Special Edition) - Region 2,4,5 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Runtime 1:50:10 (4% PAL speedup)

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.88 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital English, 5.1 Dolby Digital Danish (dub), 5.1 Dolby Digital Finnish (dub)
Subtitles English, Danish, Finnish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:21 / 16x9)
• Soundtrack Spot (0:40 / 4:3)
• ...
• Disc 2
• Attack of the Squirrels (9:49 / 4:3)
• Fantastic Mr. Dahl (17:42 / 4:3)
• Becoming Oompa-Loompa (7:17 / 4:3)
• Making the Mix (41:27 / 4:3)
• Oompa-Loompa Dance (14:17 / 4:3)
• The Bad Nut (8:45 / 4:3)
• The Inventing Machine (3:15 / 4:3)
• Search for the Golden Ticket

DVD Release Date: November 21, 2005
Double Keep Case

Chapters 32


Comments There are minute compression artifacts in some scenes, but by normal viewing none are detectable or visible. Colors are very strong and details rich. Overall a beautiful transfer.

The sound is 5.1 Dolby Digital EX, which is amazing. Dialogue is crystal clear, the score is solid and even minute sounds are clearly detectable. Simply a superb soundtrack.



The additional material is divided into sections for kids (activities) and sections for adults (features). Here we get a nice view on the world of Roald Dahl, several nice production featurettes and we get to learn to dance like an Oompa-Loompa. Sadly missing is a commentary by Burton.

 - Henrik Sylow



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