Matilda [Special Edition] [DVD] [1996]

  • SKU: 6174622
  • Release Date: 06/07/2005
  • Rating: PG
Based on the book Mathilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Mathilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent young girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Mathilda's shady father.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (217 out of 222)

Special Features


  • Mara's Movie About Making Matilda
  • Matilda's Movie Magic
  • A Children's Guide to Good Manners
  • Escape to the Library!
  • Matilda read-along
  • Classroom games - the Spelling Bee and the Math Game
  • A Truly Terrible Test!
  • Make Magic With Matilda!
  • Terrify the Trunchbull!
  • The Matilda character gallery
  • Get Rid of Mrs. Trunchbull! - trivia game
  • Bonus trailers
  • Animated menus
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Matilda
Based on the book Matilda, by British children's author Roald Dahl, this film moves the setting from the U.K. to the U.S.; otherwise it follows the original closely. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) is an extremely curious and intelligent little girl who is very different from her low-brow, mainstream parents (Danny DeVito and real-life wife Rhea Perlman), who quite cruelly ignore her. As she grows older, she begins to discover that she has telekinetic powers. Not until a teacher shows her kindness for the first time does she realize that she can use those powers to do something about her sufferings and help her friends as well. Villains from the awful Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris), headmistress of her miserable school Crunchem Hall, to her parents and older brother begin to feel her ire. Look for Paul Reubens (aka Pee Wee Herman) in a small part as an FBI agent investigating Matilda's shady father. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mara Wilson
    Mara Wilson - Matilda Wormwood
  • Danny DeVito
    Danny DeVito - Harry Wormwood
  • Rhea Perlman
    Rhea Perlman - Mrs. Wormwood
  • Embeth Davidtz
    Embeth Davidtz - Miss Honey
  • Pam Ferris
    Pam Ferris - Agatha Trunchbull



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Lovely Movie About Being True to Yourself

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    Catriona
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    Roald Dahl's stories are always quirky, but his main characters always have a core of strength that even they may not realize. In the case of Matilda, wonderfully played by Mara Wilson, knowing herself makes it possible for her to stand up to all the idiotic adults she runs across. When she finds a teacher who has fought the same battles, kindred spirits are born. Children will laugh at the exaggerated evil characters while cheering for Matilda and her friend. Adults will find plenty of fodder for conversation with their kids and just may remember their own childhoods as well.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun for All Ages

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    fiddler

    Mara Wilson was perfect for the role of Matilda, a beloved character from a beloved children's book written by a beloved author. I loved Roald Dahl books as a kid, because they made me feel enchanted and invincible. Usually when books are turned into movies, the movies are disappointing and fall short. Matilda was both a great movie and book. It's a movie fun for all ages. I'm grown up now, and still enjoy it as much as I did when I was younger. Kids and teens and their families alike will love this feel-good movie, and it is especially cheery for those who read the book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun movie night!

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    AandJ091108
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    This was such a cute, fun movie! We looked at box places, on here and on paid movie channels and could not find it anywhere! I was thrilled to find it here for such a great price! And the fact that it came so soon was a bonus! My girl is doing a dance to one of the songs in her theater class and wanted to see it - she loved it! The whole family sat and watched it together. It was a fun evening and at such a great price! thanks! We will probably watch it again in a few week

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A modern fairy tale classic.

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    Nolan
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    With Roald Dahl's many literary adaptations, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to The Witches (haven't seen the BFG, yet), Matilda, from director Danny Devito, falls in line. I never get tired of revisiting it and has only improved with age. The Blu-ray has a very nice full HD transfer with a great supplemental feature of the cast reminiscing and recreating scenes from the film. Better than a audio commentary! Highly recommended.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun Family Movie

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    Larry
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    I rented this for my daughter a while back, she loved it so much I ended up buying a copy for her. While this is more or less a family comedy based in the supernatural the movie really expresses individuality and strength in overcoming the odds. As well as creativity and intelligence. Highly recommended family entertainment, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Matilda!

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    Robby

    I used to watch this all the time growing up! Has adventure, imagination, suspense, joy, and hope all in one movie. Miss honey should be my wife but if Miss Trunchbull made that chocolate cake that Bruce was forced to eat, I’m gunna have to go for her. No shame! Great family movie everyone will enjoy!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Children's Movie

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    HartMD
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    It's a fun movie about a girl who has the ability to move things with her mind (telekinesis). Matilda has a strained relationship with her parents that have no interest in her bettering herself with reading and doing well in school. She uses her powers in and it's got some good laughs in there. I would recommend for kids of any age.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Family Movie

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    mightym28
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    I remember the first time watching Matilda as a kid and hoping that at some point in my life I could get telekinetic powers of my own. Unfortunately that didn't happen but still a great movie, especially for kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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