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The Golden Compass [WS] [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2007]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (48 out of 55)

    Special Features

    • Disc One:
    • Widescreen feature with audio commentary by writer/director Chris Weitz
    • Disc Two:
    • Origins -
    • The novel
    • The adaptation
    • Oxford
    • Behind the scenes -
    • Finding Lyra Belacqua
    • Costumes
    • Music
    • Production design
    • The launch
    • Lyra's World -
    • Armoured bears
    • The alethiometer
    • Dæmons
    • Closed Captioned


    The Golden Compass
    A young girl embarks on a perilous journey to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears as Lyra's ruthless adventurer uncle, Lord Asriel, and Nicole Kidman assumes the glamorous guise of the villainous Mrs. Coulter. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Nicole Kidman
      Nicole Kidman - Mrs. Coulter
    • Dakota Blue Richards
      Dakota Blue Richards - Lyra Belacqua
    • Daniel Craig
      Daniel Craig - Lord Asriel
    • Sam Elliott
      Sam Elliott - Lee Scoresby
    • Eva Green
      Eva Green - Serafina Pekkala

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 55 reviews

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A Missed Opportunity

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Here's a film that should be much bigger and bolder than it turned out to be. Released by the now-defunct New Line in the wake of said studio's mammoth success story that was "The Lord of the Rings," Chris Weitz's "The Golden Compass" was obviously engineered to be the heir apparent to Peter Jackson's landmark fantasy franchise (the original teaser trailer began with a golden ring, tossed up into the air, transforming into the golden compass). But despite the best intentions of all involved, "The Golden Compass" fails to capture the qualities of its wonderful source material. What could have been a daring, thought-provoking, and thematically interesting cinematic experience instead devolves into a nice-looking but ultimately flat screen journey. The frustrating part is that there's a good movie in here somewhere. Weitz obviously has the chops to elicit strong performances all around, the script is tight, the cinematography is gorgeous, and the effects are generally impressive - if not wholly convincing. The film also gets bonus points for the pitch-perfect casting of Sam Elliott. But "The Golden Compass" ultimately feels like a product of compromise. The tone of the film is all over the place, several characters lack depth, the dialogue is spotty and often a bit too on the nose, and then there's the ending - it's a tragedy that, despite having been filmed, the conclusion was both left off the film entirely and out of the special features section of the Blu as well. The novel's ending, if included, would have provided the kind of strong, emotional punch that the rest of the film too often lacked. C'est la vie. As far as the Blu-ray set itself: impressive package. Iorek's roar will threaten to shatter your windows and the picture is as clear as when I saw it on the big screen some 5 or 6 years ago. The supplementary package is equally great, with in-depth featurettes on everything from Pullman's conception of the story to the casting of Lyra to the special effects wizardry required to create an admirably convincing fantasy world. A little less compromise and a little more fine-tuning, and "The Golden Compass" may well have been the satisfying blockbuster New Line hoped it would be. Instead, it now sits as one of many post-LOTR misfires with few distinguishing characteristics of its own and a whole lot of potential unrealized.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Adventure Movie, Not Quite Family Friendly

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Golden Compass is overall a Good Fantasy Adventure Movie, with quite good acting. It is almost but not quite a Family Friendly film with the plot following the young girl Lyra and her various adventures discovering the truth about Dust with a capital D, with her Daemon Pantalaimon at her side and with the aid of the Golden Compass. A journey that takes you throughout her imaginative world, where the souls of every person manifest as talking animal familiars (Daemons), vehicles run on something other than electricity, and there are long-lived witches and gruff warrior polar bears to ally with. However, the movie does have some scenes of violence that could be over the top for young children. Such as a polar bear being brutally mauled to death. And also the theme of kidnapping and experimentation on children is also prominent in the plot. Unfortunately the ending is not very conclusive, leaving off where a sequel should take over, but it seems very unlikely a sequel shall ever be made. I would recommend this film to fans of Fantasy Adventure movies, especially the Blu-ray version as the audio quality is great on it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie


      I read the original customer review and decided against buying this movie. I should have trusted my instincts and bought it anyway. I loved it! The movie has a wonderful story to it, though it is incomplete, and great visual effects to make it "come to life". I had heard from others and reading the original review, made this movie out to be "evil" with them "killing off God" at the end. This is simply untrue. Don't want to spoil too much of the movie but... This is a fictional FANTASY tale of a parallel world with differences in how things are. In the first lines of the movie says there are many different worlds....some like yours where your souls are on the inside and some like mine...where our souls are on the outside and take other forms....or something like that. The "demon animals" are simply what their world calls their souls. You would not expect words to have the same meaning in a different world...Did none of you watch Lord of the Rings?? And the "girl who does not seem to be disturbed in the end when she helps to kill a great amount of people"....come on...this is the classic story of "good triumphs over evil" and the "people" at the end were created, not real. I was very pleased with this movie except that the end did not finish the story...maybe they are making sequal...but I do intend to buy it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Enjoyable and imaginative


      I originally rented the Golden Compass on a whim. I had seen the preview and thought it looked interesting, with imaginative effects and a stellar cast. I was not disappointed. While some may dismiss the film as an opportunity to take advantage of the popularity of Harry Potter, they would be sorely mistaken. The world of the Golden Compass is vivid and creative, and does justice to the source material. However, be warned that in order to make the film, certain aspects of the book (an excellent, bold series) had to be changed for a wider appeal (and to appease the Catholic church). Unfortunately, it seems that the trilogy will not be completed. Still I would recommend the film for its intriguing story and outstanding effects and acting. The blu-ray transfer is excellent and the added features are fun. My only regret is that the story will not continue in the film medium.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Enjoyable Movie for Kids & Adults

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had some shipping trouble with this but I won't let that get in the way with my overall. Bought 2 special edition copies 1 as gift and one for my Collection. The movie by itself was done very well, Including some very famous actors/tress. The children filled there roles to perfection. The best part of it was how the CGI was used through out the film. The animals (deamons) and others just fit well into reality. I won't talk about the move, but will ask you after the movie to watch and hear the Directors Commentary & Special Disk. It really helps place things in a understanding perspective. The Kids enjoyed it, and as an Adult we can always use a little fantasy in our lives. After the ending we're all pretty much looking fwd to owning the rest of the Golden Compass saga. .

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      fantasy with depth


      Philip Pullman is one of the great fantasy writers whose time may have come. The hero of this book is a young girl who must fight for the very souls of the people of her world. This is not a pink spun sugar tale of how wonderful and blissful childhood is. The adults in power turn out to not be the protectors but those who must be defeated if the world is not to lose the essence of their being - their souls which are actualized as their companions in animal form. It is a story that should make anyone watching it take pause and think about the difference between spirituality and the bureaucracy of 'religion'. This is not anti religion but instead speaks against those who would misuse religion to gain power and destroy the soul of religion in doing so.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great setup movie..


      So a lot of people did not like the movie, some because Phillip Pullman is aetheist, but in reality it doesnt show religion in a corruptive light, but the people who govern it and a lot of false idols. The movie itself was great, for being the first in the trilogy. most movies of such nature are generally setting up the story. The Subtle Knife (which is next in the series) should be amazing, unfortunately they will probly be using different actors since it will be made by a different studio. Watch the movie, and you will be glad you did. it is a fantastical story of a chosen one rising against a corrupted society, and the band of outcasts she gathers to help her.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fantasy, adventure, and a visual feast

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      What a fantastic movie and a surprise to find in store! This isn't as epic or grand in scale as The Lord of the Rings but is phenomenal in its own right. I watched this having never heard or read any Phillip Pullman books, but I immediately purchased the entire trilogy after watching this movie. It strikes a perfect chord between thought and action. The visuals are a treat in and of themselves! A great movie to watch with the family and discuss afterwards.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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