Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Director: Mel Stuart

Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum

     
 

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This is the second DVD appearance of Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which originally appeared on digital disc in 1998 and was deleted about 18 months later (copies were subsequently going for lots of money on eBay as of the winter of 2000-2001). That earlier edition looked decent but was missing any supplementary materials. The new editionSee more details below

Overview

This is the second DVD appearance of Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, which originally appeared on digital disc in 1998 and was deleted about 18 months later (copies were subsequently going for lots of money on eBay as of the winter of 2000-2001). That earlier edition looked decent but was missing any supplementary materials. The new edition fixes that oversight and then some, with a raft of supplementary material. The short feature "The Making of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by J.M. Kenny includes interviews with all of the surviving makers and cast members (Gene Wilder and all of the children), outtakes, and behind-the-scenes footage. One learns from David L. Wolper, the producer, that the movie became a reality because he'd been doing some television work involving Quaker Oats, which was about to launch a new candy bar, and he came to them with the idea of a film about a candy factory, and put up $3 million to get the picture made. The candy bar (Wonka Bars) had a problem in its formula that made it melt on store shelves, and it had to be withdrawn; Wonka Bars disappeared, but the movie is still being seen and discussed and re-released 30+ years later. One of the original featurettes from 1971 is also included, and it is fascinating to see the sense of wonder that pervaded the movie's marketing from day one; the producers, it seems, did get it right for once, at least as far as kids were concerned. The most fun aspect of the new DVD (apart from the design of the special features menu, which is gorgeous too) is the commentary track. The makers got together all of the actors who portrayed the kids in the movie and had them just sit and record their thoughts and recollections. This is as much fun as any commentary track ever recorded, because it shows these people, as adults, having fun with their work as children. The recollections are funny, revealing, and sometimes very poignant, but always delightful to hear, and this is one commentary track that could get played almost as often as the movie itself. The chapter points, 40 of them, are at the same places as on the old DVD, but the names of the chapters have been modified slightly. The only drawback is that this new edition has only the full-screen (1.33:1) aspect ratio version of the film, whereas the older DVD was double-sided, with the letterboxed presentation of the movie as an option. This difference gives owners of the old disc every reason to hang onto those copies, even as they buy this new edition -- an all-new presentation with far more than the movie to keep viewers busy and entertained for days.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
How sweet it is! This beloved 1971 family classic returns in scrumpdiddlyumptious 30th anniversary editions to delight a new generation. Wilder stars as the mysterious and elusive Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder), who throws the world into a candy-buying tizzy when he sponsors a contest with a very special grand prize: a tour of his fantastic factory. Five children win, and four of them -- Veruca Salt, Augustus, Violet, and Mike -- are a ghastly bunch; spoiled, greedy, ill-mannered, and brain-dead from watching too much TV. Awaiting them are "little surprises around every corner" that translate to just desserts. It is up to the Oompaloompas (the little people who work at Wonka's factory) to reinforce in song the life lessons these children need to hear. Only impoverished Charlie, accompanied by his grandfather (Jack Albertson), appreciates Wonka's world of pure imagination. Adapted by Roald Dahl from his own book, Willy Wonka survives the leap from page to screen with its fantastic characters and dark humor intact. Like The Wizard of Oz, this is a rare film that will transport viewers to a place where, in Wonka's words, "what you see will defy explanation." Both the VHS and DVD editions include an all-new documentary, "Pure Imagination," featuring interviews with Wilder. The DVD adds such treats as audio commentary by the now-grown Wonka kids, the original theatrical featurette about the making of the film, and sing-along Wonka songs. All right everybody, "Who can take the sunrise/Sprinkle it with dew..."?
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
As dark and sweet as the titular confection, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) overcame a lackluster theatrical release to become an adored black comedy/musical and family classic. Scripted by Roald Dahl from his children's book (with an uncredited rewrite by David Seltzer), director Mel Stuart and set designer Harper Goff rendered the adventure a psychedelically colored trip through a candy factory that was equal parts children's paradise and creepy funhouse. Even as Gene Wilder's mysterious, purple-clad candy man Wonka extols the whimsical possibilities of "pure imagination," the orange-faced Oompa Loompas tunefully back up Wonka's message about the evils of parent-enabled gluttony, greed, and TV sloth. Though Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was greeted with audience indifference in 1971, Leslie Briscusse, Anthony Newley, and Walter Scharf's song score earned an Oscar nomination, and Sammy Davis Jr.'s version of "Candy Man" became a 1972 chart-topper. Given new life by TV and home video, legions of music makers and dreamers of the dreams have since succumbed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory's wicked charms, leading to a 25th anniversary theatrical re-release in 1996.
All Movie Guide
As dark and sweet as the titular confection, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) overcame a lackluster theatrical release to become an adored black comedy/musical and family classic. Scripted by Roald Dahl from his children's book (with an uncredited rewrite by David Seltzer), director Mel Stuart and set designer Harper Goff rendered the adventure a psychedelically colored trip through a candy factory that was equal parts children's paradise and creepy funhouse. Even as Gene Wilder's mysterious, purple-clad candy man Wonka extols the whimsical possibilities of "pure imagination," the orange-faced Oompa Loompas tunefully back up Wonka's message about the evils of parent-enabled gluttony, greed, and TV sloth. Though Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was greeted with audience indifference in 1971, Leslie Briscusse, Anthony Newley, and Walter Scharf's song score earned an Oscar nomination, and Sammy Davis Jr.'s version of "Candy Man" became a 1972 chart-topper. Given new life by TV and home video, legions of music makers and dreamers of the dreams have since succumbed to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory's wicked charms, leading to a 25th anniversary theatrical re-release in 1996. Lucia Bozzola

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
UPC:
0085391898122
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by the Wonka kids; Pure Imagination, a making-of documentary; original theatrical featurette; 4 sing-along songs; photo gallery.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Willy Wonka
Jack Albertson Grandpa Joe
Peter Ostrum Charlie
Roy Kinnear Mr. Salt
Julie Dawn Cole Veruca Salt
Aubrey Woods Bill
Werner J. Heyking Jopeck
Michael Bollner Augustus Gloop
Leonard Stone Mr. Beauregarde
David Battley Mr. Turkentine
Peter Capell The Tinker
Dodo Denney Mrs. Teevee
Günter Meisner Otto Slugworth
Denise Nickerson Violet Beauregarde
Ursula Reit Mrs. Gloop
Diana Sowle Mrs. Bucket
Paris Themmen Mike Teevee

Technical Credits
Mel Stuart Director
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer,Songwriter
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Roald Dahl Screenwriter
Logan R. Frazee Special Effects
Wolfgang Glattes Asst. Director
Harper Goff Art Director
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
Howard Jeffrey Choreography
Stan Margulies Producer
Anthony Newley Score Composer,Songwriter
Jack Roe Asst. Director
David Saxon Editor
Walter Scharf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ille Sievers Costumes/Costume Designer
Raimund Stangle Makeup
David L. Wolper Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard Version
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Title and Credits. [2:24]
2. The Candy Man. [3:00]
3. Nobody in, nobody out. [4:45]
4. Poof! to chemistry class. [1:23]
5. Wonkamania! [1:38]
6. #1: Augustus Gloop. [1:16]
7. Birthday boy. [1:13]
8. #2: Veruca Salt. [2:07]
9. Does not compute. [1:46]
10. #3: Violet Beauregarde. [1:10]
11. "But I am different." [1:43]
12. Cheer Up, Charlie. [2:37]
13. #4: Mike Teevee. [:58]
14. #5 makes headlines. [:30]
15. A coin for candy. [3:30]
16. Good fortune. [3:14]
17. Sinister messenger. [1:48]
18. Charlie's choice. [1:29]
19. I've Got A Golden Ticket. [1:45]
20. The big day. [3:39]
21. A Wonka welcome. [1:45]
22. Surprises and fine print. [3:40]
23. Pure Imagination. [4:13]
24. Oompa-Loompa lore. [4:28]
25. Taking the plunge. [1:58]
26. The Wonkatania. [2:48]
27. Long way there. [2:11]
28. The Inventing Room. [2:34]
29. Everlasting Gobstoppers. [2:12]
30. Gum-chewing evils. [2:25]
31. Tasty walls. [4:13]
32. Fizzy-lifting drinks. [:42]
33. I Want It Now. [3:43]
34. Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do #3. [3:58]
35. The Wonkamobile. [:18]
36. Wonkavision. [:52]
37. Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do #4. [:00]
38. Passing the test. [1:57]
39. The Wonkavator. [4:15]
40. Happily ever after. [1:04]

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