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Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The (Blu-ray Review)

2 Apr, 2011 By: Angelique Flores

Street 4/8/11
Box Office $104.3 million
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 two-DVD set, $39.99 Blu-ray/DVD combo
Rated ‘PG’ for some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action.
Stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Heynes, Will Poulter, Ben Barnes. Voices of Liam Neeson, Simon Pegg, Tilda Swinton.

This latest installment of “The Chronicles of Narnia” series equals the beauty and adventure featured in the first two films, bringing to the screen the engrossing imagination of C.S. Lewis, who wrote the books on which the films are based.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader introduces Eustace, an obnoxious and pedantic boy who is the cousin of regulars Lucy and Edmund. The three of them are drawn into Narnia through a painting of a Narnian naval ship called the Dawn Treader.

Aboard the ship is their old friend Prince Caspian from the previous film. Together they sail toward the edge of the world looking to break a spell that will restore peace to the magical land of Narnia.

During the course of the journey, Eustace goes through both an attitude and a physical transformation. At the end of the successful journey, Lucy and Edmund learn it is their last trip to Narnia, and the story is set up for Eustace to return.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a film set in Narnia without talking animals such as Aslan the lion (Liam Neeson), Reepicheep the mouse (Simon Pegg) or Tavros the minotaur (Shane Rangi), or fantastical creatures such as magicians, sea serpents, dragons, glass naiads and one-footed dufflepuds.

The DVD extras include several deleted scenes, most of which don’t add much to the story, and a commentary by director Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist) and producer Mark Johnson, who also produced the first two films.

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