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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
Special Edition (Widescreen)
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 56 (Jan 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson & Peter Ostrum

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
During the summer of 2001, many fans of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory were majorly disappointed to hear the news that Warner Home Video had announced a Special Edition only in a

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22291
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1971
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/13/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mel Stuart
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  WSR Narrative Review
Special Notes:
This Special Edition is also available in a full screen version (released in August 2001).

Story Synopsis:
Based on Roald Dahl

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits a slightly brighter and more colorful picture when compared to the previously reviewed DVD. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with good contrast and shadow delineation. Some scenes appear soft or slightly undefined. Colors are rich and vibrant, with nicely balanced fleshtones and deep, pure blacks. Some minor shimmering is noticed in the finer details, but distractions like edge enhancement and pixelization are not a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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