Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - Classroom Edition

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Overview

The timeless fantasy returns with a thrilling, perilous new adventure - and an even greater test of courage. Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, embarks on a remarkable journey to rescue Narnia from Miraz's tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land. Features exclusive educational bonus features on storytelling, inspiration, point of view, and more.
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Overview

The timeless fantasy returns with a thrilling, perilous new adventure - and an even greater test of courage. Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, embarks on a remarkable journey to rescue Narnia from Miraz's tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land. Features exclusive educational bonus features on storytelling, inspiration, point of view, and more.
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Special Features

Blu-ray:; Circle vision interactive - creating the castle raid; BD-live; Audio commentary with director Andrew Adamson and actors; The bloopers of Narnia; Deleted scenes; Inside Narnia - the adventure returns; Sets of Narnia - a classic comes to life; Big movies comes to a small town; Previsualizing Narnia; Talking animals and walking tress - the magical world of Narnia; Secrets of the duel; Becoming trumpkin; Warwick Davis - the man behind Nikabrik
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
The makers of Prince Caspian -- the second installment in Walden Media's adaptation of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series -- faced a daunting challenge in bringing this one to the screen. Whereas the first and third books in the series The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, respectively lend themselves effortlessly to filmization, the same cannot be said of Caspian, which Lewis structured with comparatively greater narrative complexity, a richer philosophical element, and less visual splendor than the preceding or successive installments. It cannot be a coincidence that after the blockbuster success of Wardrobe, the producers initially skipped book two and announced the production of the visually rich and ripe Treader. On a rudimentary level, the ease of this tale, as it unfurls onscreen, functions as a barometer of the filmmakers' success in making Lewis' temporally fractured story digestible for contemporary audiences by streamlining it. From the first scene, never once does the motion picture feel less than wholly transparent. The lucidity of the narrative serves the film beautifully, by setting up greater emotional involvement and immediacy, particularly for younger viewers. A two-and-half-hour feature that could have easily become bogged down in mythically laden background material and endless, tedious battle sequences instead whisks audience members along on a gripping and magnetizing journey, from opening frames to epilogue. And yet, paradoxically, if the film suffers from an overarching flaw or weakness, that weakness also lies in the picture's simplicity: even as writer/director Andrew Adamson and co-screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus score points for clarity, emotional involvement, and story construction the sequencing is brilliantly done -- it pulls us into the central conflicts at the core of Narnia even before the Pevensie children make their first appearances, it would be difficult to imagine a more thematically shallow or two-dimensional tale. One keeps hoping for Adamson and co. to plumb deeper, to add philosophical layers and thematic weight, à la Lewis, which isn't, of course, incompatible with the demand for narrative ease. That never happens. The younger set won't mind or even notice, though it will inevitably restrict the demographics by lessening the film's appeal for depth-hungry teens and adults. For much of its duration, Caspian like its predecessor also cries out for some sort of visual awe -- an apocalyptic element to push it ahead of, for example, The Lord of the Rings series or The Golden Compass, and the sort of jaw-droppers that classic screen fantasies such as The Neverending Story and Jason and the Argonauts handed us in spades. Fortunately, Adamson does give us that in the concluding sequence, with an arresting visual surprise that will not be disclosed here but that does leave a memorable impression and that neatly foreshadows Dawn Treader. Even given that bravura concluding sequence, though, this film, and the Narnia series as a whole, runs the same risk as all early 21st century screen fantasies: that of falling prey to the impersonality of super-advanced CGI work. In pre-CGI films like The Neverending Story, one always sensed the handiwork behind each of the creatures, and the fact that so many were tactile as opposed to being casually thrown up on the screen with computer graphics gave them an element of plausibility and credibility that Aslan and Reepicheep the Mouse for example fully lack. The best of those creations also sported anthropomorphic personalities sadly missing here despite Liam Neeson's stellar vocal work on Aslan. Walden hasn't quite figured out how to bring those elements into play -- and they may be the very missing elements holding the series back from masterpiece status. Yet the cast here shines throughout. As the vile King Miraz, Sergio Castellitto represents an inspired choice he brings under one roof hundreds of nightmarish visions of evil sages and kings from one's darkest fantasies. Similarly, Ben Barnes radiates nobility and warmth as Caspian, and as the four Pevensie children -- Susan, Peter, Edmund, and Lucy -- Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes, and Georgie Henley make welcome onscreen surrogates for our adventures. Particularly laudable is the fact that none of these kids look all that glamorous, polished, or surreally beautiful, but suggest average and unremarkable Britons. Scattered weaknesses aside, Caspian represents something of a pleasant surprise. It may leave some viewers wanting more, but if approached sans expectation, it feels breezily enjoyable and adequately exciting. Younger viewers, in particular especially those under the age of 13 will find themselves swept up in the gestalt of the tale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • UPC: 786936807301
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:29:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,821

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Georgie Henley Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell Susan Pevensie
Ben Barnes Prince Caspian
Sergio Castellitto Miraz
Peter Dinklage Trumpkin the Dwarf
Pierfrancesco Favino General Glozelle
Liam Neeson Aslan
Warwick Davis Nikabrik the Black Dwarf
Vincent Grass Doctor Cornelius
Damián Alcázar Lord Sopespian
Alicia Borrachero Prunaprismia
Cornell John Glenstorm
Tilda Swinton The White Witch
Simon Andreu Lord Scythely
Pedja Bjelac Lord Donnon
David Bowles Lord Gregoire
Juan Diego Montoya Garcia Lord Montoya
Douglas Gresham Telmarine Crier
Ash Jones Geeky Boy
Klara Issova Hag
Sim Evan-Jones Voice Only, Voice Only
Shane Rangi Asterius/We-Wolf
Curtis Matthew Faun
David Walliams Voice Only
Mana Davis Telmarine Solier In Boat
Winham Hammond Telmarine Solidier In Boat
Hana Frejkova Midwife #1
Kristyna Madericova Midwife #2
Lucie Solarova Midwife #3
Karolína Matouskova Midwife #4
Alina Phelan Midwife #5
Joseph Moore Boy #1
Isaac Bell Boy #2
Lejla Abbasova Glenstorm's Wife
Ephraim Goldin Glenstorm Son #1
Yemi A. D. Glenstorm Son #2
Carlos Dasilva Glenstorm #3
Gomez Sandoval Lightning Bolt Centaur
Jan Filipensky Wimbleweather
David Mottl Tyrus
Michaela Dvorska Tyrus
John Bach British Homeguard #1
Jack Walley British Homeguard #2
Marcus O'Donovan Skeptical Telmarine Soldier
Adam Valdez Killed by Reepicheep
Ken Stott Voice Only
Harry Gregson-Williams Voice Only
Eddie Izzard Voice Only
Technical Credits
Andrew Adamson Director, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
David Strangmuller Director
David Allday Art Director
Stephen Barton Score Composer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Nancy Bishop Casting
James Boyle Sound/Sound Designer
Kerrie Brown Set Decoration/Design
Josh Campbell Editor
Halli Cauthery Score Composer
Sim Evan-Jones Editor
Gerd Feuchter Special Effects Supervisor
Roger Ford Production Designer
Matt Gray Art Director
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Douglas Gresham Co-producer
Pipia Hall Casting
K.C. Hodenfield Asst. Director, Co-producer
Mark Johnson Producer
Tony Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Kearns Art Director
Marketa Korinkova Art Director
Elaine Kusmishko Art Director
Charles Leatherland Art Director
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Christopher Markus Original Story, Screenwriter
Hugh Marsh Score Composer
Stephen McFeely Original Story, Screenwriter
Lisbeth Scott Score Composer
Peter Seager Screenwriter
Phil Sims Art Director
Mohammed "Mo" Sobhy Screenwriter
Jiri Sternwald Art Director
Philip Steuer Producer
Gail Stevens Casting
Matthew Stillman Associate Producer
Tom Williams Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
1. Opening Sequence/Escape [8:32]
2. The Island [8:34]
3. Mistrust in the Council [16:48]
4. Discoveries [7:09]
5. Superstition and Strategy [2:23]
6. Savage Places [2:33]
7. Promise [5:07]
8. What Lucy Saw [4:47]
9. Instigator [7:18]
10. Aslan's How [1:16]
11. Surprise Attack [6:57]
12. Old Narnia in Danger [12:35]
13. Preparations [1:16]
14. Ancient Powers [3:50]
15. Battle-Ready [4:03]
16. Challengers [5:52]
17. Sudden Vengeance [9:52]
18. The Return of the Lion [5:17]
19. The Lion's Roar [4:46]
20. Reunion [12:10]
21. Aslan's Door [3:10]
22. End Credits [10:10]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    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.<BR/><BR/>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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    Terrible

    Awful! If you're a Narnia fan and have read Prince Caspian anytime recently, you'll find almost nothing in this movie that is even close to the book. Avoid this DVD. The first one by Walt Disney was excellent. This one is definitely not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!! After 5 times already, we can't wait to watch it again.

    The movie was great! Whether we watch it together or alone, it keeps us wanting to see it again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    prince caspian

    pevensies go to narnia meet prince caspian and defeat miraz

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good movie to see

    This is one movie that I can't get enough of.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fantastic!

    Whether you've read the books or not, this movie is fantastic and beautifully done!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Search and destroy.

    Fun fantasy.
    If you have read the Chronicles of Narnia you will enjoy seeing them come to life. The prince must learn whom to trust and help to save those he loves. The fight that ensues will have you on the edge of your seat cheering and shouting. Vivid imagery and HD format make this DVD come alive. You will enjoy this story, and try to figure out what DLF stands for; this is wonderful entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not Great

    I have read all the books and really enjoyed them. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie was very good and much like the book. This movie though, not so much. The movie had the same basic plot as the book but was different. The movie didnt flow very well and seemed awkward. It was still a good movie but I expected it to be better after the first movie being so great.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Review of Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

    The movie itself was amazing. The animation was great, the music was beautiful and in every scene the characters and plot take you deeper into the movie's story. There were funny parts, sad parts and parts that made you sit at the edge of your seat. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I enjoyed it better than the first movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian - AWESOME!!!

    These movies are for EVERYONE!!! They are AWESOME!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent adaptation of the beloved novel.

    I read the book many years ago and I've seen the BBC edition, and I thought they were both very good. Well, this movie really did the book justice. It has great special and visual effects and music and costuming, and the actors really play the characters very well. If you like the "Chronicles of Narnia" books, you should like this film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Prince Caspian

    A good adaption of the book. It is a kid-friendly movie and fun for the entire family.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    They did a beautiful job with the Movie

    A beautiful job was done with turning the book into a movie. Added a bit more depth to some of the situations vs the book and did a great job of showing the true meaning of what the author wanted people to understand from his story. Full and intriguing character development with wonderful use of the talking animals and creatures. A wonderful family movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    Fun and Entertaining!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I love the Chronicles of Narnia movies. It is fun for me to watch them more than once so I can look at all the details in the foreground and background.

    I enjoyed the first movie so very much, but Prince Caspian was even better. I think the amount of suspense was higher. I know the White Witch was scary but she was over the top to me. The human enemies were more trecherous, and more dangerous so it wasn't as predictable.<BR/>I will watch both of them over and over!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    To Tito's Review

    I think Tito must have been watching a different movie than 'Prince Caspian'. His review did not relate to the film at all, and I was confused after reading it. The movie was fast-pasted, appropriate for kids, and had no foul language or sexual content. The special effects were amazing, and I was impressed as I watched it with my children. As for the racist comments, there were imaginary animals and mystical creatures, so I'm not sure what he was talking about. Great movie and will purchase for my daughter.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awful!

    This movie is the most sexist,racist, hateful movie I have ever seen!!! There was massive sexism with all the prostitution going on, and not to mention the constant shouting out of racist and prejudice slurs by every character! I would never take my child to see this! Or even own it! It's a hateful nightmare!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I LOVE NARNIA!!!

    Okay so, when I first saw The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, I didn't think that any sequel could live up to it. I was SO wrong!!!! Although this movie didn't stick as much to the book as the first one did, I found it amazing anyways. There was a lot of action, heroism, and loyatly, not to mention a certain good looking Peter, which all kept me very engaged. I really think that this is a great family movie to watch especially if you have kids over the age of 9. I think that it might be a bit scary at parts for kids under that age. I am a 14 year old and I haven't stopped liking the Narnia movies because of how great the story is and how well made the movie is.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Blu Ray DTS Soundtrack disappoints

    Blu Ray disc purchasers will want to know the English language dialog soundtrack in DTS is very poor and Dolby 5.1 is not a choice for English. I bought a new receiver capable of processing DTS and have had great results--until I bought this film on Blu Ray. The dialog is so poor we needed to watch with the subtitles turned on. Other languages with Dolby 5.1 were excellent--if you speak French, Spanish, etc. We could even listen to the director's comments in English 5.1 but not the film dialog. You will pay a premium for the Blu Ray but you will get an inferior product. I guess I will steer away from anything Disney.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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