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A 'Chocolate Factory' for Every Home

7 Sep, 2005 By: John Latchem

No golden ticket required.

Warner Home Video is bringing the summer hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to video Nov. 8 (prebook Sept. 27). The film is Warner Bros. Pictures' top-grossing feature this year, with $201.3 million at the box office.

Tim Burton directed the adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's book of the same name, with Freddie Highmore as Charlie and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, the reclusive owner of a mysterious candy factory.

This is the second adaptation of the story to hit the big screen. Gene Wilder portrayed Wonka in a 1971 musical version, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

As with some of its other popular releases, Warner is utilizing a strategy of releasing a single-disc DVD version of the film with minimal features for $28.98, as well as packaging the single disc with a bonus disc of extras in a deluxe edition for $30.97.

The double-release strategy is also being utilized with Batman Begins Oct. 18 and The Polar Express Nov. 22.

The single-disc will contain two extras featuring the diminutive Oompa-Loompas, who make up the work force in the chocolate factory. The first is the "Oompa-Loompa Dance Machine" game, and the second is a documentary that looks into the process used to turn actor Deep Roy into thousands of the strange singing and dancing creatures.

The second disc in the deluxe edition includes a biography of Dahl, three more games for kids and five making-of featurettes.

A VHS version will retail for $22.99.

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