Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Blu-ray Review

WillyWonkaSquareGiven the motley colour palette of Mel Stuart’s phantasmagorical screen version of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, adapted by the author with a little help (and a memorable last line) from The Omen creator David Seltzer, you’d hope – even expect – the Blu-ray would hurt your eyes like a Wonka bar hurts your teeth. Alas, this looks like a straight transfer to HD from a standard-def source; hence this timeless, memorable and much-loved movie gets just [3stars]

EXTRAS: Kudos to Warner for including (in standard def) the 30-minute, 30th anniversary documentary from 2001 in which Gene Wilder, Stuart, Seltzer, and the grown-up Wonka kids (who also provide a memory-lane commentary) look back in wonder. Also included: singalong songs, an original 1971 featurette, and trailer.

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