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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [WS] [Blu-ray] [1971]

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [WS] [Blu-ray] [1971]
    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory [WS] [Blu-ray] [1971]
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1296 out of 1310)

    Special Features


    • Delectable documentary - Pure Imagination: The story of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
    • Mouth-watering commentary with the Wonka Kids
    • 4 scrumptious sing-along songs
    • Tasty vintage featurette
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Jack Albertson). In the course of the tour, Willy Wonka punishes the four nastier children in various diabolical methods -- one kid is inflated and covered with blueberry dye, another ends up as a principal ingredient of the chocolate, and so on -- because these kids have violated the ethics of Wonka's factory. In the end, only Charlie and his grandfather are left. Ostensibly set in England, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was lensed in Germany (as revealed by the film's final overhead shot). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Gene Wilder
      Gene Wilder - Willy Wonka
    • Jack Albertson
      Jack Albertson - Grandpa Joe
    • Image coming soon
      Peter Ostrum - Charlie
    • Roy Kinnear
      Roy Kinnear - Mr. Salt
    • Julie Dawn Cole
      Julie Dawn Cole - Veruca Salt



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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1310 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory BLU-RAY

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      AandJ091108
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      I won't bore you with yet another "review" of this film or my personal opinion of it. You want to know what I think of the BD version, right? My short answer: This BD looks and sounds so good that I've already given away my DVD of it. The Blu-ray Disc of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is the best I have ever seen of the film. Image quality is sharp & clean and the colors stand out like candy. The DolbyTrueHD sound is excellent allowing all the dialogue and songs to come through crystal-clear. This BD case is like a book with many pages for the fans. My ONLY (small) regret is that the back cover containing all the BD information is not printed on the book, and instead is merely a printed page that eventually comes loose and detaches after a short while (whereas my "Easy Rider" BD is the same type of book and the information is printed on the back cover - much better!). If you like (or love) this movie and are wondering if the BD is worth the money, wonder no more. You will be pleased with your decision to make the switch to Blu-ray for Wonka.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A classic gets the Blu-ray treatment

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      JTH182
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      If you grew up in the late 70s or the 80s, there is no doubt Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is on your list of favorite childhood films. The Blu-ray release finally brings the world of pure imagination into the 21st century by showing it in 1080p for the first time at home. While the film has never looked or sounded this good before, that is also it's biggest problem. The budget for this film was (unsurprisingly) very low. So it's also no surprise that even when it was brand new it wasn't a masterful work of art. By presenting the film in full 1080p, many of its flaws are revealed. That's not to say the film isn't worth picking up. It definitely is. Just temper your expectations. If you're looking to bring back memories of your childhood, or share the nostalgia with children in your life today, then definitely pick this Blu-ray up. I'll take this old version over the Johny Depp film any day of the week!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love This Musical!

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      saintgina

      I had this movie on VHS until the tape worn out. Seriously, how many of us wish that we could all be in a room where everything is edible (outside of the fact that the cup that Gene Wilder bites into is wax--I always thought that it was hardened sugar)? The music is great, acting is wonderful (especially the late Jack Albertson who portrayed Grandpa Joe). I also loved the extras, even seeing what the five ticket winners are up to now in real life. I also did not know that Gene Wilder went to the University of Iowa as a theatre and music major. If you are a fan of musical theatre or musicals, you need to get this movie. Show it to your kids, your grandkids--anyone! The whole movie showed to me many things, the biggest ones being not to be gluttonous, spoiled, rude, or inattentive. Be yourself and be truthful will always shine through.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A true classic!!

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      Bella
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      I grew up watching this movie, and whenever it comes on TV I can still sit and watch it - it's timeless. Based on Roald Dahl's book, which, of course, would make it a winner (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, James and the Giant Peach, and many more) the story itself is so relevant for the ages and teaches lessons that no one should ever forget. Then there's Gene Wilder as the wacky Willy Wonka - perfectly cast for the role (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein). It is also a musical. This is a movie for children and adults alike. It's a Blu-ray, which I didn't realize when I purchased it, and all I have is an ~15 year old DVD player, so now it's time to upgrade to a Blu-ray player. A very good excuse to do so.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hold Your Breath...1.2.3

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      Rapidgabe
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      This film brings back memories of walking home from school...or just being at school, watching this and being mesmerized by the dreamlike wonder. What if Wonka Candies started up the Golden Ticket contest again? Surely I would like a tour of the Chocolate Factory! That would be pretty neat. Though that didn't really happen, Willy Wonka is the candy man that closed, reopened and shelled 5 golden tickets with the promise to inherit all the chocolate the winners could ever want. This story is perfect for young children, old and partially old. I recommend everyone who lovespecially family friendly musicals and good movies to watch thid.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic movie from an icon

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      GTOGreg
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      I bought this to upgrade my DVD copy to Bluray. This is a great classic comedy movie from the fantastic recently deceased Gene Wilder. Best known (in my mind) for his parts in the legendary Mel Brooks movies Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein (buy them both now, if you don't already own them), the late Mr Wilder had incredible chops as a straight-faced over-the-top comedy actor. Whether teamed with other comedy legends like Harvey Korman and Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles), or Marty Feldman and Peter Boyle (Young Frankenstein), or in the lead role in this movie, Gene was a stellar talent. RIP, Gene Wilder...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      better than the new version

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      seniorfixit
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      This is the classic version of the movie that started it. A lesson is learned about honesty and service. Mr Willy Wonka wants to find a person that will be able to run the factory. So, a contest was held. Find that golden ticket. Several "rich" children find theirs. As for poor Charlie, money was scarce and he and his family work hard for it. At one point, charlie finds a coin and buys 2 candy bars. finds the golden ticket. When entering the factory things seems to change. Spoiled "rich " children get into trouble and are eliminated from the contest. Charlie wins the contest and the family lives happily ever after!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Who doesn't love oompa-loompas?

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      HWood
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      I wasn't sure I could get this movie since it's from the 70s but Best Buy had it and in Blu Ray no less! This was my oldest child's favorite movie when she was little and I bought this for my grandson's birthday so we can pass the joy along to another generation. This older version isn't as intense as the newer Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp (I love that one, too, and own it) but the lessons it teaches are as important today as they were 40 years ago.

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