Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Overview

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 Charley 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 ...
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Overview

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 Charley 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 Charley 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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Blu-ray: ; Documentary Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory ; Commentary with the Wonka kids ; 4 sing-along songs; Vintage 1971 featurette ; Theatrical trailer; Interview & featurette dvd: ; Mel Stuart's Wonkavision: New interview with the movie's director ; A world of Pure Imagination: Recently rediscovered archival featurette including an interview with original author Roald Dahl
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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
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
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2011
  • UPC: 883929174416
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition / Bonus DVD / Includes book
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 25,038

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

Disc #1 -- Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory / The Movie
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. Chalie'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 Wonkamania [2:48]
27. Long Way There [2:11]
28. The Inventing Room [2:35]
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory / The Movie
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Gene Wilder / Willy Wonka
         Jack Albertson / Grandpa Joe
         Peter Ostrum / Charlie Bucket
         Julie Dawn Cole / Veruca Salt
         Denise Nickerson / Violet Beauregarde
         Paris Themmen / Mike Teevee
         Michael Bollner / Augustus Gloop
      Commentary
      "Pure Imagination" Documentary
      Trailer
      Photo Gallery
      Original Featurette
      Sing-Along Wonka Songs
         Play All
         "I've Got a Golden Ticket"
         "Pure Imagination"
         "I Want It Now"
         "Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do"
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Spoken Languages: Português
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: Off
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Disc #2 -- Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory / Special Features
   Special Features
      Mel Stuart's Wonkavision
      A World of Pure Imagination
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is, to me, the definitive film version of Roald Dahl's classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Its psychedelic colors and musical numbers capture the playful quirkiness of the book, while Slugworth's menacingly abrupt appearances and the children's willful, selfish behavior underscore the film with just the right tone of darkness. Gene Wilder is wonderful as Willy Wonka, hitting a pitch-perfect note of childlike fascination and shrewd businessman. And the chocolate factory seems so real that every time I watch it, I can't help but wish I were there touring it with all the golden ticket winners.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest movie's of all time!

    This movie is a classic, I can't get enough of it. It's great for a moive night with the family.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Needed the DVD version.

    When I was young, I used to watch Willy Wonka ALL the time on VHS. Recently, our last VCR pretty much bit the dust. This was one of the movies I replaced the cassette with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Movie!

    This widescreen edition is excellent. It's a fun story. Gene Wilder is wonderful. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Definitely a classic...

    This take on the Roald Dahl novel is more fun than the recent remake. <BR/><BR/>The visuals of the chocolate factory are wonderous but can be disturbing. The songs are fun and carry the plot along. Especially the songs of the Oompa-Loompas, which describe the lessons that the watcher should be learning from the naughty children.<BR/><BR/>Gene Wilder is amazing and will always be the only Willy Wonka for me!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Gene Wilder as the original Willie Wonka

    Come travel through Willie Wonka's amazing candy factory with Charlie Bucket, his sweet grandfather, and their acquaintances, as they learn selfish behaviors often have serious consequences. Gene Wilder gives a memorable performance as the original Willie Wonka, as taken from the children's classic by Roald Dahl. Anyone who saw this movie as a child will certainly enjoy this vintage performance, which continues to appeal to adults and children alike today. I feel this film encourages honesty, humility, and love for one's family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the most awesomest movie ever!

    this is such a great movie for everyone at any age. Gene Wilder is a fantastic actor and does a wonderful job with his character. Personally i don't recommend Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp, although a great actor, the character Willy Wonka and the whole sense of the movie is lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bright Vibrant Colors and Catchy Songs Make This A Fun Movie To Watch!

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a cute and fun movie with some very catchy songs and I love the beautiful vibrant colors! Yes, the ferry boat scene is a bit creepy but it only lasts a couple of minutes and doesn't make this a bad movie at all! If you are worried that the ferry boat scene may scare your children you can fast foward or skip that scene!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Absolute Must See

    This movie is delightful. There is one very small scene when they are in the boat that is kind of scary for kids(which only last seconds), but the movie has a great message for all of us, SHARING. Buy the movie, I guarantee you and your children will love it. The entire cast does a excellent job.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weird

    Skip this. See "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" with Johnny Depp instead.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Imagination

    This movie captures much of the excitement that you feel as a child eating candy. But, the movie is much more than a musical set in a chocolate factory, it's possible one of the greatest dark-comedies to ever grace the silver screen. The way it is presented and the dialogue makes not only enjoyable and funny, but thought provoking and melancholy at the same time. Gene Wilder as the chocolatier is your guide through this land of adventure, lessons, self-exploration, and ultimately wonder. The essence of the dark comedic value of this film is laid in the scene in tunnel aboard the Wonkatania. This scene is a variable kalidascope of spliced scenes of insects, beheadings of chickens, and all manner of destruction and chaos and the added soliliquoy of Wilder is nearly as un-nerving as the images themselves. The childrens choices are themselves minature "life lessons" in the priciples of karma and not being overwhelmed by the greed of the world. Wonka's mission is to find a child that is unique and gifted in their nature and that they are able to resist tempations. In a final thought, this film is meant to be enjoyed by all ages from young to old, but it also contains a very dark undertheme that is nearly as important as the comedic value of the film itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I loved this movie and can't wait for the remake with Jonny depp to come out in july... 'CHewing gum is really gross, Chewing gum i hate the most' haha Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    Love it but fear it

    I have always loved this movie but my gosh I will not watch it alone, between the creepy Mr Whatshisname who wants a gobstopper, and that freaky boat ride. This is one tripped out movie but darnit if I didnt used to dream of living in that chocolate and candy filled factory.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLASSIC

    probably one of the most crazy a$$ movies i've ever seen. i mean who can include fat german boys, orange skinned green haired midgets and oversized insects in the same movie? GENIOUS!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT FOR ALL AGES!

    I have watched this movie over and over and never get tired of it...I clearly recall the first time I saw this film 30 years ago as a child of 10. Now , as a grown man of 40, I find this film is just a fun as ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    A true children's and adult classic!!

    Just a fun movie to watch even now when I am grown up! TAKE THE KIDS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2003

    IT WAS COOL!

    I LOVED ROALD DAHLS GREAT IMAGINATION! ALSO GRANDPA JOE AND CHARLIE! AND WILLY WONKA!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Delicious!

    Best kids movie made ever! Saw the original in the theater and watch it every year, the ''Pure Imagination'' is excellent! Yummy movie! Wilder is perfect as Won

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Willy Wonka And The COOL MOVIE!

    Some may argue that this move has not plot nor point, But that is what makes it great! This movie is so free formed and unpredictable that there is excitement at every turn. One can't help but love this movie with Gene Wilder's wonderful performance and Roald Dahl's wonderful imagination. THIS MOVIE ROCKS!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2003

    Great movie

    It's a must see for all ages. I was skeptical at first but after watching it, I loved it. And the location where it was filmed was magnificent....I thoroughly enjoyed it...

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