Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryDirector: Mel Stuart
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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 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 The candy bar (Wonka Bars) had a problem in its formula that made it melt on store shelves, and it had to be withdrawn; Wonka Bars disappeared, but the movie is still being seen and discussed and re-released 30+ years later.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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- Warner Home Video
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- [Full Frame]
- [Dolby Digital]
Cast & Crew
|Gene Wilder||Willy Wonka|
|Jack Albertson||Grandpa Joe|
|Roy Kinnear||Mr. Salt|
|Julie Dawn Cole||Veruca Salt|
|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|
|Leslie Bricusse||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Helen Colvig||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Logan R. Frazee||Special Effects|
|Wolfgang Glattes||Asst. Director|
|Harper Goff||Art Director|
|Anthony Newley||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Jack Roe||Asst. Director|
|Walter Scharf||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Ille Sievers||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David L. Wolper||Producer|
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]
Cast & Crew
"Pure Imagination" Documentary
Sing-Along Wonka Songs
"I've Got A Golden Ticket"
"I Want It Now"
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Willy Wonka. Willy is a man of mystery. He turned his chocolate factory into his own private world. A manifestation of who he was. He was a genius and, as is usually the case, there's little difference between genius and madness. One room in his world is an indoor park with a massive waterfall. Every tree, every flower, every mushroom, everything in the park was candy. The waterfall was constantly flowing liquid chocolate. The fall was constantly mixing and churning the chocolate. The fall was simultaneously a beautiful sight and a massive mixing unit. Willy Wonka had created a type of gum that would be a 3 course meal, both in flavor and value. Potentially a massive break through in food and nutrition, but side effect in the desert was a problem. The blue berry pie turned a person into a Human Blue Berry. Willy Wonka raised Golden Geese. The birds laid massive Golden Eggs. The machines that cared for the geese also judged the quality of the eggs, and anything else. Wanka had also created something close to a teleporter. The machine could digitize anything and then recreate it on a screen. The catch was that it was miniatured when it reappeared. Wonka had also created Ever Lasting God Stoppers. Candy that theoretically would last forever. No matter how long they were sucked on, they'd never get any smaller. All those were used to test an assortment of children, each of which Willy Wanka had been considering as an heir to his factory. In the end Woka chose Charlie Bucket as his successor. The ending has Willy, Charlie and Charlie's Grandfather flying over the city in a golden vehicle. Never tire of this movie. It beautiful, magical, and Wonderful.
This movie is a classic, I can't get enough of it. It's great for a moive night with the family.
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!
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.
This widescreen edition is excellent. It's a fun story. Gene Wilder is wonderful. Highly recommended.
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
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.
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.
Not only visually appealing, mouth-watering, witty and entertaining but also a strong message for kids not to be ''brats'' and be good, kind boys and girls like Charlie. Oompah Loompahs are movie Icons and everyone can sing the song! Great for kids and adults alike.
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.
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.
This take on the Roald Dahl novel is more fun than the recent remake.
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.
Gene Wilder is amazing and will always be the only Willy Wonka for me!
Willy Wonka is a childhood favorite for many. With Warner's decision to only include the full screen version of the movie on DVD, I have to express my outrage. This movie cries for the original widescreen aspect ratio! I, for one, cannot purchase this DVD as it is presented.
It is a good fun movie for those of us that grew up during the 70's. Gene Wilder is quirky as Willy Wonka and reflects a time when bells and whistles weren't the seller of the movie. It just is entertainment which movies are supposed to do, entertain.
I have loved this movie every since I was a kid, I don't like the newer version. But his one is my very favorite and I had to have it on CD for so that my little grandaughter could watch it. Everyone needs to watch this movie at least once in a lifetime.
A film that combines childhood dreams and visual pleasure...a masterpiece
There are very few titles I can think of that still capture my heart as they did when I was young. This one still pulls at my heartstrings and as an added bonus, my 3 year old son absolutely enjoys it as well. It is somewhat of a bonding experience when we watch it.
In the movie there is sly humor and funny songs. It made me dream of being trapped in a fun house like the chocolate factory.
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.
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!!!