Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory (Three-Disc 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) released October 18 and is available for purchase (Own it on Blu-Ray!). The movie is also available digitally via On Demand and For Download.
SYNOPSIS (from WBshop.com)
Join the expedition visiting legendary Candy Man Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) in a splendiferous movie that wondrously brings to the screen the endlessly appetizing delights of Roald Dahl’s classic book. Coated with flavorful tunes and production design that constantly dazzles the eye, this effervescent musical never fails to enchant young and old. On a whirlwind tour of Willy’s incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. And you’ll rediscover the timeless magic of a delicious family classic.
Director: Mel Stuart
Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole, Leonard Stone, Denise Nickerson, Dodo Denney, Paris Themmen
Theatrical Release Date: 06/29/1971
Special Features including:
- Scrumptious Documentary
- Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
- Mouth Watering Commentary With The Wonka Kids
- Sing-Along Songs
- Vintage 1971 Featurette
- Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
View the special 40th Anniversary Trailer:
Visit the official Willy Wonka movie website HERE for great downloads, movie clips, and other features.
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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray + DVD Pack includes a limited time Golden Ticket Instant Win Game piece for a chance to enter and win a trip for 2 to Los Angeles, CA.
Just like in the movie, five (5) Grand Prize winners will receive a very special trip for themselves plus a guest. In honor of the 40th Anniversary, forty (40) limited run posters of the original theatrical one-sheet will also be given away as Runner-up Prizes.
My family’s thoughts:
The Ultimate Collector’s Edition set is full of fun collectible items, including a “Golden Ticket” (I always wanted one of those as a kid!). The Pure Imagination: The Story of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory book that comes in the package is a nice documentation of the film’s production and its impact. Of course, the actual movie on Blu-Ray and DVD is the true treasure. Simply put, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is a must-own family film. It’s timeless, classic, and an all-time favorite movie.
Until recently, my family did not own this movie as part of our collection (insert horrified gasp) and when my 8-year-old saw the movie cover, his first words were, “That is not Willy Wonka!” – referring to the picture of Gene Wilder (insert second horrified gasp). My own child didn’t know that the real Willy Wonka is not Johnny Depp. Or I guess I should say the original Willy Wonka is not Johnny Depp. I took the opportunity to explain the different versions of the film and just how iconic Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is to people throughout the world. To me, Gene Wilder IS Willy Wonka.
I’m pleased to report that my children have now viewed the classic version of this film and loved it.
Even though I have seen this movie countless times in my lifetime, it never gets old. I still know all the words to the songs and still enjoy singing along with the movie. And now my kids can sing along with me, too. How can anyone not love the Oompa Loompas song?
If you haven’t introduced your family to the classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, the Ultimate Collector’s Edition will make the perfect addition to your movie collection.