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Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The (DVD Review)

30 Nov, 2008 By: Brendan Howard

Prince Caspian

Street 12/2/08
Box Office $141.6 million
$29.99 DVD, $39.99 three-DVD set, $35.99 two-disc Blu-ray, $40.99 three-disc Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG’ for epic battle action and violence.
Stars Ben Barnes, William Moseley, George Henley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Tilda Swinton.

As a fantasy spectacle, Prince Caspian is a winner. It’s got beautiful natural locations, lots of fantasy creatures, various battle sequences and talking animals. Those who enjoy the spectacle will love the extras on the second disc of the three-disc set.

The featurettes are fast-paced and well-produced, with sweeping and romantic or thundering and triumphant music from the score in the background. Viewers are treated to behind-the-scenes looks at the sets. C.S. Lewis, the author of the children’s novel Prince Caspian, left description sparse for readers’ imaginations to play. The filmmakers take on Lewis’ scarcity of description, planning the interior of tomb-like structures, a full-size castle, beaches and overgrown ruins.

Another featurette focuses on director Andrew Adamson’s love of previsualization, where action scenes are plotted out video game-style weeks before filming. The small idyllic town of Bovec in Slovenia is highlighted in another featurette, which captures a little of the experience of dropping them into a town that is the vision of ideal nature.

These featurettes, to their detriment, don’t explore C.S. Lewis’ vision for the second book in the series or the implications of magic and deep magic in Narnia.

My favorite extras are twin featurettes on the little-people actors Peter Dinklage and Warwick Davis. Both are great actors and come off as funny, self-effacing and skilled.

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