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The Golden Compass

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Not being one who seeks out the seemingly endless line of Harry Potter/Narnia/Lord of the Rings tropes (a little computer generated monster realm goes a long way), THE GOLDEN COMPASS came somewhat as a pleasant surprise. Yes, this is still a fantasy film, but th...
Not being one who seeks out the seemingly endless line of Harry Potter/Narnia/Lord of the Rings tropes (a little computer generated monster realm goes a long way), THE GOLDEN COMPASS came somewhat as a pleasant surprise. Yes, this is still a fantasy film, but the emphasis is more on stylish creation of various animals (in the forms of 'daemons' that accompany children as their souls, morphing into various animal life at will) than tiresome explosions and flying beasties. Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards) is clearly the star of this adventure that explores the possibility of other, parallel worlds whose interaction with the world as we know it is controlled by various groups of good guys and bad guys, all seeking the source of secrecy contained in a Golden Compass that can only be read by a single girl - Lyra, a poor child living in the presence of scholars. Lyra's uncle, Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) places the Golden Compass in Lyra's knowing hands and heads off to the far North to investigate the element that binds all life together - Dust. The tale is set in motion by the enigmatic Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) who gains Lyra's confidence and offers to take her to the great North. All manner of adventures occur on the journey - friends of Lyra's are threatened to be separated from their various daemons in the cruel hands of the bad guys, Lyra's encounter with a witch Serafina Pekkala (Eva Green), her assistance from a friendly astronaut (Sam Elliott) and an armored bear - and with all fantasies, good prevails - or does it? Tune in for the very obvious next installment. The pleasures are many, not the least of which are the voices and changing forms of the little animal daemons. The cast is excellent and the whole movie sails with yet another beautiful musical score by Alexandre Desplat. It is a nice diversion, but you have to love fantasy. Grady Harp

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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No Audio Output From Blu-ray Version

Warning to those with older Receivers. This Blu-Ray disk only has a DTS audio soundtrack in English. If you have a Receiver, like I do, that only decodes Dolby Digital 5.1, there is no audio output.

The rest of this review is for the clueless producers of this ...
Warning to those with older Receivers. This Blu-Ray disk only has a DTS audio soundtrack in English. If you have a Receiver, like I do, that only decodes Dolby Digital 5.1, there is no audio output.

The rest of this review is for the clueless producers of this Blu-Ray disk. Obviously they have learned nothing from the costly lost sales of the war with HD-DVD. People like me are not going to buy an expensive new Receiver just to play a particular movie on Blu-Ray. Especially with six audio formats to cover and perhaps more to come! I will rent this movie on DVD and wait for the audio wars to end. Since Blu-Ray has plenty of capacity, I do not see any reason why an English Dolby 5.1 soundtrack could not be included to ensure backwards compatibility. Particularly since Dolby 5.1 is already provided on this disk in other languages. From reading various blogs and reviews, I know I am not the only potential lost sale.

posted by 597922 on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you haven't read the books...stay away

    In a way I feel this movie, like the latest installments of the Harry Potter sequels, was written not for the average moviegoer but instead for the person who has already read the books, loves them, and wants to see a Cliff Notes version on the big screen. While that's great for those fans, for those of us who haven't read the books the story ends up feeling disjointed and unengaging. I had not read the books, nor do I intend to after watching this ghastly movie. If it weren't for the 10 year old who was part of our group, we all would have left after 45 minutes of the drivel put up on screen. The characters were not at all compelling, the plot was not engaging and while the VFX were interesting, good VFX aren't enough to sell a movie in this age where great CGI is a given. In the nature of sequalized movies, the ending felt abrupt with the intent of leaving the viewer wanting more. I thought there could have been some potential if the director hadn't been so intent on relying on VFX to tell the story, particularly the drawn out all green screen/CGI action sequences. But in reality the movie was ruined long before the climactic bear fight and North Pole battle. Maybe it was because Mrs. Coulter (Kidman) played such a cold woman that it was hard to find her engaging, even as a villian. Maybe it was because Lord Asriel (Craig) spent roughly 8 minutes on screen. Maybe it's because I didn't read the books and walk in already loving something I hadn't seen. Regardless, I thought it was a poor movie and one I look forward to ignoring completely for the rest of my days.

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