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
Widescreen feature with audio commentary by writer/director Chris Weitz
Behind the scenes -
Finding Lyra Belacqua
Lyra's World -
Nicole KidmanMrs. Coulter
Dakota Blue RichardsLyra Belacqua
Daniel CraigLord Asriel
Sam ElliottLee Scoresby
Eva GreenSerafina Pekkala
Christopher LeeFirst High Councilor
Tom CourtenayFarder Coram
Derek JacobiMagisterial Emissary
Simon McBurneyFra Pavel
Jim CarterJohn Faa
Nonso AnozieIorek Byrinson
Charlie RoweIorek Byrinson
Clare HigginsMa Costa
Magda SzubanskiMrs. Lonsdale
Edward de SouzaSecond High Councilor
Ian McKellenIorek Byrnison
Ian McShaneRagnar Sturlusson
Kristin Scott ThomasStelmaria
Jason WatkinsBolvangar Official
Hattie MorahanSister Clara
Deborah A. ForteProducer
Philip PullmanBook Author
Alexandre DesplatComposer (Music Score)
Anne V. CoatesEditor
Dennis GassnerProduction Designer
Chris LoweArt Director
John RichardsonSupervising Art Director
Richard JohnsonSupervising Art Director
Andrew MianoExecutive Producer
Bob ShayeExecutive Producer
Ileen MaiselExecutive Producer
Mark OrdeskyExecutive Producer
Michael LynneExecutive Producer
Paul WeitzExecutive Producer
Toby EmmerichExecutive Producer
Ruth MyersCostume Designer
Glenn FreemantleSound/Sound Designer
Tom SayersSound/Sound Designer
Tony DaweSound/Sound Designer
Glenn FreemantleSupervising Sound Editor
Mark TaylorRe-Recording Mixer
Michael FinkSecond Unit Director
Mike Prestwood SmithRe-Recording Mixer
Peter MacDonaldSecond Unit Director
Robert McLachlanSecond Unit Director Of Photography
Vic ArmstrongSecond Unit Director
The Golden Compass
Year of Release
2 Discs, DVD, Special Edition, WS
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
New Line Home Video
The Golden Compass [WS] [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
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 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. .
Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig , Sam Elliot , many others . Humans and their daemons . Animals that can speak . Dark battle of science and the control for personal beliefs . A Golden Compass guides you through a maze of adventure and fantasy. Beautiful cinematic scenary. Must see.
Although a major blockbuster , it's sequel was opposed by the Church and religious groups .
The Golden Compass is an imaginative story. The movie is a beautiful adaptation from book to screen. The acting is right on. Very well cast, especially with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Sam Elliot is a nice surprise and perfect in his role. The polar bears are wonderfully portrayed and come to life on the screen. The story is timeless and appeals to all ages. A great story of quest and growth that should become a classic.
Since I have not read any of the books related to this movie, I have to judge it based on my experience with the movie, and without any expectations related to the books.
Here is one more story about kids who have powers beyond what you and I have, and all of the adults around them give them free rein to do what ever is necessary to move the plot along. Everything about this movie was average, and did little to keep me awake.