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Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

This musical production is a visual treat, telling the tale of an impoverished boy (Peter Ostrum) who wins a tour of Willy Wonka's (Gene Wilder) chocolate factory. But neither he, nor the other lucky contest contestants realize what a life altering expedition they have embarked upon. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 100
Theater Release: 29 Jul 1971
Video Release: 18 Oct 2011
MPAA Rating: G
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Home Video Extra Features

Home Video Notes: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Release Date: 18 October 2011

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory celebrates its 40th anniversary with this Ultimate Collector’s Edition. Releasing on October 18, 2011, the 3-disc set includes:

- Audio commentary

- Featurettes

- Sing-Along

- Trailer

- Mel Stuart’s Wonkavision

- A World of Pure Imagination

Special Collectors’ Edition Extras:

- Individually Numbered Box

- Wonka Bar

- Pencil Case (with Scented Pencils and Eraser)

- Pure Imagination: The Making of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Book

- Golden Ticket Replica

- Archival Letters

DVD Notes: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Release Date: June 21, 2005

Willy Wonka on DVD offers some great enhancements—besides the fantastic color and Dolby Digital sound. Warner’s newest release of the film offers a behind-the-scenes featurette shot during the making of the movie, along with a longer documentary complete with comments from the Wonka kids as adults. (See if you can guess what Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie, is doing for a living today!) And if those aren’t enough Wonka treats, all the child actors gather together for the first time since the making of the movie to offer a full-length audio commentary while you view the movie. Throw in some sing-along-songs and a few black and white set photos, and you’ll have nearly everything a Wonka-nut could want.

(Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Dolby Digital for English, but only mono for French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Subtitles are provided in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.)

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