Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family and how often do you get to see one of those?. The Baudelaire siblings -- gadget freak Violet Emily Browning, bookworm Klaus Liam Aiken, and baby Sunny Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman -- were living a fairy-tale existence with their parents until they died in a fire that destroyed the family home. With few close relatives and a large fortune the children...
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The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket aka Daniel Handler come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family and how often do you get to see one of those?. The Baudelaire siblings -- gadget freak Violet Emily Browning, bookworm Klaus Liam Aiken, and baby Sunny Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman -- were living a fairy-tale existence with their parents until they died in a fire that destroyed the family home. With few close relatives and a large fortune the children won't inherit until they reach adulthood, the Baudelaire children are left in the care of the peculiar Count Olaf Jim Carrey, an out-of-work actor who would love nothing more than to get his hands on the kids' money. It doesn't take long for the children to figure out that Count Olaf is up to no good, and they try to steer clear of his various murderous schemes with the help of wildly paranoid Aunt Josephine Meryl Streep and snake-fancying Uncle Monty Billy Connolly. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events also features Catherine O'Hara, Timothy Spall, Cedric the Entertainer, and Luis Guzman; Jude Law narrates in the guise of author Snicket.
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Special Features

Disc 1: Audio commentary with director Brad Silberling; commentary with Silberling and the real Lemony Snicket; "Building a Bad Actor," "Making the Baudelaire Children Miserable," and "Interactive Olaf" featurettes; 11 "Dismal Deletions" and 5 "Obnoxious Outtakes."
Disc 2: ·Making-of featurettes, including "A Woeful World," "Costumes and Other Suspicious Disguises," "Violet's Functional Designs," and "CAUTION! Incredibly Deadly Vipers"; sound-design and editing featurettes including "The Sad Score," "The Unsound Sound Designer," and "You Probably Shouldn't Listen to These"; special effects featurettes including "An Alarming Conspiracy Involving Sunny," "An Even More Alarming Conspiracy Involving Sunny," "The Terrible Fire," and "Trains, Leeches and Hurricanes"; "Shadowy Stills" and "A Woeful World" photo galleries.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It is Daniel Handler’s nom de plume, Lemony Snicket, above the title, but this mostly fortunate adaptation of three Snicket books (The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window) leans weightily on Jim Carrey’s cinematic shoulders. Carrey is perfect as the despicable actor Count Olaf, hamming it up in a series of guises that figure in his continuing schemes to deprive the Baudelaire orphans of their parents’ fortune. The film's cautionary prologue ingeniously captures the subversive spirit of Snicket's macabre misadventures; it's a wonderful piece of stop-motion animation, right out of Rankin-Bass, in which "The Littlest Elf" prances about in celebration of springtime. Alas, narrator Snicket (Jude Law) informs us, this is not the cheerful film we are going to see. The Baudelaires' story is much more alarming. Described as "clever and reasonably attractive," Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and infant Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman) survive every deadly predicament Count Olaf can concoct. The cast also includes a boisterous Billy Connolly and a delightful Meryl Streep as ill-fated guardians who are not so lucky in their encounters with Olaf. Director Brad Silberling avoids the slavish-devotion-to-the-text formula that diminished the first two Harry Potter films, although the decision to subtitle Sunny's gurgles and coos with contemporary slang ("Bite me") smacks of pandering. Parents may appreciate that some of the more "extremely unpleasant" incidents in the books (notably a climactic marriage) have been toned down, but the PG-13 rating is accurate. The Academy Award winner for Carrey’s makeup, the film was also justly nominated for its dazzling production design, and the animated end credits are among the best in recent years, too.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
When it's the story that makes a book special, it can often be adapted successfully into a film, as one narrative medium morphs smoothly into another. But when a book's most valuable aspect is its prose style, filmmakers should be warned that they will be hard-pressed to recreate the virtues of their source material. That's the problem with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, a cinematic version of the first three books in an entire cash-cow line by Daniel Handler, aka "Lemony Snicket." The snide lamentations and morose asides of the author's ironic style make the Snicket books a hoot, but these are not visual qualities and not easily translatable. That leaves director Brad Silberling and screenwriter Robert Gordon able to render only the physical features of the books' Gothic settings. The result is a sort of Tim Burton-lite that looks superb but is too scary for tots, but not quite funny enough for their parents. Despite heavy lifting on the part of a terrific cast that includes Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep, Jude Law as narrator, and a breakout performance by Australian actress Emily Browning as Violet, the tone ends up too affected and dark without the ameliorating effects of Handler's omniscient, mordant voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • UPC: 097360300543
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Count Olaf
Timothy Spall Mr. Poe
Catherine O'Hara Justice Strauss
Billy Connolly Uncle Monty
Meryl Streep Aunt Josephine
Luis Guzman Bald Man
Jamie Harris Hook-Handed Man
Craig Ferguson Person of Indeterminate, Person of Indeterminate Gender
Jennifer Coolidge White Faced Woman No. 1
Jane Adams White Faced Woman No. 2
Cedric the Entertainer Constable
Technical Credits
Brad Silberling Director
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Aversano Co-producer
Minor Childers Co-producer
Bill Corso Makeup
Pud Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Fanning Art Director
Elizabeth Greenberg Casting
William Hawkins Art Director
Albie Hecht Executive Producer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Linda Hill Associate Producer
Michael Kahn Editor
Avy Kaufman Casting
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Valli O'Reilly Makeup
Michele Panelli-Venetis Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Walter Parkes Producer
Julia Pistor Executive Producer
Robert Gordon Screenwriter
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Jim Van Wyck Producer
Martin Whist Art Director
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Lemony Snicket's: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Disc 1
1. The Bad Beginning [:02]
2. Your New Guardian [6:04]
3. Chores [:42]
4. Custody Granted [5:28]
5. The Reptile Room [:30]
6. Stephano Arrives [5:34]
7. The Incredibly Deadly Viper [2:01]
8. Aunt Josephine [3:59]
9. Captain Sham [3:57]
10. Hurricane Herman [2:32]
11. Lachrymose Leeches [5:35]
12. The Marvelous Marriage [:32]
13. Let the Wedding Begin [5:26]
14. No One Listens to Children [1:17]
15. The Letter That Never Came [3:30]
16. End Titles [:46]
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Side #1 -- Lemony Snicket's: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Disc 1
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: Français
      Audio Options: Español
      Audio Options: Director Brad Silberling Commentary
      Audio Options: Brad Silberling and the Real Lemony Snicket Commentary
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Picture Icon
   Special Features
      Bad Beginnings
         Building a Bad Actor
         Making the Baudelaire Children Miserable
         Interactive Olaf
            Olaf Looks 1 & 2
            Olaf Look 2a
            Captain Sham
            Stephano
      Alarming Audio Commentaries
         Director Brad Silberling Commentary
         Brad Silberling and the Real Lemony Snicket Commentary
      Orphaned Scenes
         Dismal Deletions
            Play All
            Violet's Rock Retriever
            The Count Kills Shakespeare
            Alone in the World
            Casting the Marvelous Carriage (Extended)
            Extended Puttanesca
            Monty's Montage
            Sham Goes A-Courtin'
            Aunt Jo's Demise
            Life in the Theater
            The Marvelous Marriage
            Olaf's Escape
         Obnoxious Outtakes
            Play All
            Working With Sunny
            Olaf's Workshop
            Odious Count Olaf
            Moments in the Marvelous Marriage
            The Critic & The Cop
      Previews
   Sorrowful Scenes
Side #2 -- Lemony Snicket's: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Disc 2
   Set Up
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: Français
      Subtitle Options: Español
      Subtitle Options: None
   A Terrible Tragedy: Alarming Evidence From the Making of the Film
      A Woeful World
      Costumes and Other Suspicious Disguises
      Violet's Functional Designs
      Caution! Incredibly Deadly Vipers
      The Sad Score
   Volume, Frequency, Decibels
      The Unsound Sound Designer
      You Probably Shouldn't Listen to These
         Tree, Meet House
            Play Mix
            Mic 1
            Mic 2
            Mic 3
            Mic 4/Mic 5
            Mic 6
            Mic 7
         The Terrible Train
            Play Mix
            Engine
            Horn
            Clacks
            Brakes
            Rattling
            Pass By's
            Rumble
            Spooky
   Sinister Special Effects
      An Alarming Conspiracy Involving Sunny
      An Even More Alarming Conspiracy Involving Sunny
      The Terrible Fire
      Trains, Leeches & Hurricanes
   Gruesome Galleries
      Shadowy Stills
      A Woeful World
      Costumes and Other Suspicious Disguises
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Series of Unfortunate Events - A good movie yet...

    I never heard of the book series until I saw the trailer for the film. The trailer looked cool and reminded me of something from a Tim Burton movie (I think maybe because in the trailer they used a song from Edward Scissorhands?). Anyway, I read the first three books that the film was based on and loved it. This is the story of the Baudelaire siblings as they go from house to house after a house fire and are being followed by their dreadful Count Olaf. Sunny was adorable, Klaus was sweet and Violet was pretty. I would totally love for a sequel. The film did seem a little rushed though short. It seemed that maybe they tried to put as much as they could in the film but maybe they should of I don't know took their time in making it or done something differently? Overall I though the film was good and loved the costumes and setting. Read the books first then see the film. Its a good film for the kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Riddiculous Ratings.

    I love A Series of Unfortunate Events and right after I finished reading The Bad Beginning, a commercial for the movie was on TV. I was so excited to know that Jim Carrey was playing Count Olaf. The movie was good, but they left out many things. They also added more toil for the Baudelaire orphans in that train scene. It was a pretty good scene though. I thought the movie was so good, I saw it four times! Can't wait for the sequel, a word which here means, 'the next chapter in A Series of Unfortunate Events.'

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    Great Movie- You'd Be Fortunate To Watch It

    A Series of Unfortunate Events is a movie based on the first three books in the book series that goes by the same name, the series written by Lemony Snicket. The movie starts off with the wealthy Baudelaire children who are playing on the beach one day, when their banker, Mr. Poe comes to deliver them some dreadful news. Mr. Poe tells the three Baudelaires that their parents passed away in a fire that burned down the beautiful Baudelaire mansion. The Baudelaire children, now also the Baudelaire orphans, are heartbroken when hearing the news. However, Mr. Poe wastes no time in finding a new guardian for the orphans. The orphans are sent to live with their distant uncle Count Olaf. But Count Olaf makes the orphans work hard all day and humialates them in front of his mean-spirited theater troupe. By now, the orphans realize they might hav e to use their unique talents to get themselves out of trouble. Violet, who was 14, had the gift of inventing; Klaus, 12, had read tons of books in his lifetime and knew much information from the books; Sunny, the infant, could chew and bite harder than anyone else the orphans had ever known. When Count Olaf tries to kill them later on, they combine their talents to save their own lives. Mr. Poe sees Count Olaf as an unfit guardian for the Baudelaires, so Mr. Poe places them in the care of their Uncle Monty. Monty is kind and caring toward the children and makes them feel at home. But out of nowhere, Olaf shows up disguised as Monty's new assistant. When he gets the chance, however, Olaf tries to whisk away the orphans but is caught by Mr. Poe. Something similar happens with their next guardian, Aunt Josephine. Soon, the orphans find themselves tugged into one unfortanate event after another. In general, i think this was an excellent movie that deserves a total of four stars. Everyone did astounding acting in the movie. When you are watching the movie, you won't be able to think of anything but the movie; the movie and story was so captivating. I would recommend this movie to anyone who read the series or part of it, or to someone who is looking for a movie that has a different, unique story from other movies; this movie is for you. I know you will enjoy this movioe as much as I did!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

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    Very Disappointing

    I have read all the books and I was expecting the movie to be like the them. I soon discovered I was wrong. Almost everything happened in the wrong order. I reccomend this movie to anyone who hasn't read the books, but if you have don't even bother.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

    The first time I saw Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, I wasn't sure quite what I thought of it. I knew I didn't dislike it, but it was such a singular sort of experience that I wasn't sure whether I liked it, either. Several months later, I had the opportunity to watch it again, and I was surprised by how much I remembered of the film...and by how much I anticipated seeing it again. The more I watched it, the more I enjoyed it, and before long it had become one of my favorite movies. Beyond the film's quirky, dark humor, it's poignant and touching, lushly visual and very well acted: definitely a film worth seeing again and again.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WATCH THE FILM BEFORE YOU READ THE BOOKS!!

    Basically, my friends had me watch the movie and I fell in love with the concept of it. So seeing as how I work at a bookstore, I thought I would check out the series. Of course, the books blew the film out of the water. After reading the first three (which are the ones the movie covers) I watched the movie again to compare and I was very disappointed. For a film it is great, and I still highly recommend it, but once you've gottent the detail from the books, the movie cannot compete.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very strange, disturbing, well done!

    Really weird movie, story, characters. My kids and I like it, even though it is strange, odd, disturbing. The wife thought it interesting enough to watch all the way through, although things of this unpleasant nature are not her cup of tea, and she is not a huge Jim Carrey fan. The kids and I are great Jim Carrey fans, and thus loved his dreadful performance in this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I absolutely adore this movie! Some people may have bashed the film because it's not loyal to the books but I think that puting the marriage at the end of the first act would really ruin the rest of the film. The most exciting part of the film is at the end, as it should be. One thing that suprised me the most is Klaus. He's got an attitude in the film that I really enjoy. Some people might think that isn't good because it's different from the books but a book is a book and a movie is a movie. All the actors are superb and the CGI Sunny's are amazing. The first time I watched the movie I didn't even notice the first CGI Sunny. The entire movie was shot on stages and it is buetiful. It fits the feel of the books. The end was perfect. Some people say it was to happy but I found it incredibly sad. The letter really got to me. Absolutely amazing and would recomend to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This is a highly entertaining movie full of dark and dry humor that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is hard to guess what time period this movie takes place in, for costumes are very reminicent of the gothic era as are the buildings. But to counter this, references are made to modern technology such as fax machines and phones. However it can be easily deciphered at the end of the movie that the location that the Baudelaires live in is Massachusetts. This is, as the title of my review suggests, one of my very favorite movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great family fun

    i like the part when sunny bit the snake in the reptile room

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Seriously. The movie stunk. Period. The books were more exciting than the movie. I bet the only reason that people went to see it was that they felt sorry for Jim Carrey. I feel sorry for him, he did a really good job acting. But the kids?? Come ON! They were basically dead! It was boring and stupid. If it folled the book then possibly it could have been better. I dont know how some people could have liked it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Here is the dreadful movie about the doomed Baudelaire orphans who try to outrun their terrible uncle Count Olaf and have begun their adventures in a series of unfortunate events. It's a movie based on the first three books The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window. Hopefully they'll continue with the rest of the books and make them in their next movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rushed

    Though this movie was the thing that got me hooked to the Series, I think that it was rushed, because they tried to jam three books into one movie. I think the happy ending didn't serve Lemony Snicket as well as the books. It was still good, so don't get me wrong!!! I love the soundtrack, because it is just my type, weird and weary. Oh, and I roller skate to "Loverly Spring," so apparently I adore it!!! And, yes, it is the full song (the whole minute and fifty seconds of it). The only reason for my four stars is because of the rushing. It felt like that term paper that you had to finish in two paragraphs (a.k.a. it didn't work too well). But still, it's Lemony!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite Funny!

    One of my favorite movies! My friends and I quote from it all the time! I could watch this over and over again, and not get sick of it (and do some of the script). I completely recommend this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie will leave you taken by supreeze.

    This is simply the best movie I have ever seen. I still quote it daily with my siblings. Count Olaf is the most loveable "bad guy" I've ever seen in my life. He is more quoteable than Napoleon Dynamite. You could imagine my supreeze.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best movie I saw over the summer.

    This movie was hilarious & incredibly creative!!! You don't have to read the books to enjoy the movie. I don't always care for Jim Carrey movies, but he was fantastic here as the villian. I especially laughed at the murderous leeches. I loved the resourceful and resilient Baudelaire children. Each of the children have special skills that often enable them to save themselves. (The baby likes to bite things, which is way more creative than it sounds.) This movie's dark humor might not be for everyone, but I loved it!!! (Be warned, if you are extremely sensitive, that people die in this movie, but it does not have graphic violence. It might be too scary in places for very small children. ) This was a gorgeous movie. I hope it got some award for the settings. Every scene was like a colorful fantasy painting, with amazing buildings. A variety of people could enjoy this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Movie!!!!!

    If you are looking for a good movie with some sad parts and Jim Carey, look here. Here is the description: Three unfortunate orphans are so sad when their parents perish in a fire. They are sent to live with Count Olaf (Carey) and he is so disgusting and treats the Baudelaires terribly. They are sent to live with two more guardians after that. I liked this movie because it has so much action, and it has such good actors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Less depressing than the books

    Even though this movie isn't faithful to the books, it still preserves Snicket's dark humor and wittisms. Klaus has more of an attitude than in the books, but otherwise the casting is perfect. I can't imagine anyone but Jim Carry as Count Olaf. There are also some innovations that are not in the books, but are clever and appropiate non-the-less (the best was when all of Aunt Josephine's predictions about her house come true). Also, we learn that Count Olaf is responsible for burning down the Baudelaire mansion, whereas in the books it has only been implied. What I enjoyed the most about this film is that it is more light-hearted than the books. The books, dispite their witty humor, can be depressing. The film ends on a bitter-sweet, but hopeful note, whereas the books do not (with the exception of book 11). Another plus is that you don't have to be familar with the books to enjoy this movie (though you are missing a lot of Snicket's delightful word games). I can also honestly say it is suitable for the whole family, though not everyone will appreciate its dark humor or eccentric characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Incredable!

    Wow!.....I loved this movie! It has great content and story line, this movie is even better if you have read the book series! Jim Carrey,Laim Aiken, and Emily Browning are great! Their acting abilies really come alive....this is a great movie, and a must-see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LISTEN TO THE ELF.......

    I felt the movie was just plain DARK! No 'feel-good' about it at all. The best part, as I see it, was the design and artwork that accompanied the credits at the end.

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