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After Lyra Belaqua (Dakota Blue Richards) overhears a secret conversation about a special dust believed to have extraordinary powers, she finds herself thrown into the middle of a battle over the control of the magical material. The young girl discovers new allies and unexpected foes as she tries to navigate through dangerous, parallel universes with the help of a truth-revealing Golden Compass.
Why Is The Golden Compass Rated PG-13?
The Golden Compass is rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence.
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Riding on a wave of controversy based on anti-Catholic and anti-Christian content in the book upon which this film is based, The Golden Compass‘s main concerns for parents (aside from the portrayal of a tyrannical, religious governmental ruling body) will be depictions of violence toward children, animals and adults. The child protagonist is in constant peril and is often fearful of adults. Children and their animal “souls” (represented by real animals that follow them closely) are seen locked in cages and being separated by electric shock therapy. A battle develops that has people killing one another with spears and guns. Two polar bear-like characters viciously fight each other. Sexual content is limited to a mention of an unwed pregnancy (and Nicole Kidman’s form-fitting dress). Social drinking is depicted, and one child drinks what looks like wine and then spits it out. No anti-religious remarks toward a specific religious group or faith are heard. No profanities were noted.
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Voices have been raised against New Line Cinema’s production of The Golden Compass in much the same way as the supernatural nature of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series had religious parties concerned, and C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe had anti-Christian groups warning against its allegory of Jesus Christ.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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DVD Release Date: 29 April 2008
The Golden Compass finds its way onto DVD in both a 16x9 widescreen (2.35:1) and 4x3 full screen version. Bonus extras include animated menus and some sneak previews of upcoming New Line Cinema films. Audio tracks are available in English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX Surround Sound, DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete Audio and English 2.0 Stereo Surround, with subtitles in English and Spanish.
The Golden Compass is also available in a 2-Disc Edition or as a Blue-ray Disc. Buy either of these versions and you’ll receive the widescreen presentation of the movie plus an audio commentary by writer/director Chris Weitz, behind-the-scenes and making-of-featurettes, theatrical trailers, interactive features and an Internet Connect Experience.