I wanted this movie for a really long time. I grew up with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the one with Gene Wilder. I enjoyed this film when I saw it in theaters. When this came on DVD in 2005, I asked if my mother or aunt would buy it for me. They refused because it was too weird for them. They ended up buying Hoodwinked instead.
I guess I understand their reason, they grew up with the 1971 film, my older brother used to watch it on VHS all the time. Now that I can afford to buy the movies I want. This was a must have. I do prefer this film a bit more over the original. No offense, but this one didn’t have a lot of musical numbers that weren’t needed. And Dahl’s family approved this film.
The film comes with a collectible booklet with full color shots and images from the set of the film. Along with a note from the director himself Tim Burton. (I just added that stuff on his face to be funny!) The pictures in the booklet are pretty cool, this set is similar to the Batman 1989 20th Anniversary set, another movie directed by Burton.
The quality of the film is full 1080. Meaning that there’s no black bars when you play it on your HD TV. I like that quality the most, because it proves that you’re not missing anything when you watch it. This will play on a Xbox One or PS4 perfectly whichever one you have. I don’t think it will work well on old Blu-Ray players made in 2011 or older, because those are outdated.
The main menu is like any Warner Bros. menu. That means when you load the disc, there will be no previews, it will play the movie automatically. You’ll have a pop-up menu throughout the movie which gives you options for Languages, Scene Selections and Special Features. If you want to get to the real main menu, you have to wait till the movie is done or skip to the end, like any other WB Blu-Ray. But the downside is like any other WB Blu-Ray, you have to suffer through all those Warnings against piracy in practically every language before you get to the menu. You can skip it, but it’s over 30 languages. It’s gonna take a while.
By the time you get to the main menu. It’s not as impressive as you think. It’s a blue menu with a bunch of options. A basic WB menu.
This is still worth a buy, it’s a great collectors set and if you enjoy the movie as much as I do. Watching this will be like enjoying that sweet, rich, dark chocolate.