Prince Caspian — Blu-ray Review
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
I have a distinct memory of the local librarian leading me over to a wall of books where she pulled The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe from a shelf and handed it to me, saying "Gordon, you'll love this series of books." She was right; I read all the books in The Chronicles of Narnia series over the following months, and the series remains a childhood favorite. I loved the first movie when it came out a couple of years ago, and I was eager to watch Prince Caspian on Blu-ray, since I missed it in the theater. The movie joins Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmond Pevensie as they return to the land of Narnia only to find it's not quite the place they left behind. The Telmarines have taken over the land, nearly causing the extinction of the Narnians, and now their nation is in a state of upheaval as the heir to the throne, Prince Caspian, has been chased from his throne by his Uncle. The Pevensie siblings battle with the Prince to restore him to the throne, and bring peace back to the land of Narnia.
This 3-disc set (disc 3 is a digital copy of the film) is loaded with bonus material giving insight into the production of the movie. There's lots of it, and it'll take you hours to get through it all, but fans should love the in-depth features:
Audio commentary with director Andrew Adamson and actors Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian), Georgie Henley (Lucy), Skandar Keynes (Edmund), William Moseley (Peter) and Anna Popplewell (Susan).
Circle-Vision Interactive: Creating the Castle Raid
This takes us behind the scenes of the castle raid scene, and includes photos, interviews and effects shots accessed through 360 degree photos from the castle set. Also included are multiple commentaries from crew members involved in the castle raid fight.
Inside Narnia: The Adventure Returns (34::45)
Featuring interviews with director Andrew Adamson, the cast, and crew. It's a great look at the work that went into creating the movie.
Sets of Narnia: A Classic Come to Life (23:44)
Travel around the world to various locations used for Narnia.
Big Movie come to a Small Town (23:19)
1200 cast and crew members descended on a small town in Slovenia, and this is the featurette that chronicles the chaos.
Previsualizing Narnia (10:09)
Before shooting complex scenes they're visualized on the computer. Take a look at what's involved.
Talking Animals and Walking Trees: The Magical World of Narnia (4:51)
The cast and crew talk about the magical animals, and the wondrous places of Narnia.
Deleted Scenes (11:15)
Andrew Adamson shares some of the scenes removed from the movie. Adamson provides optional audio introductions for the scenes.
The Bloopers of Narnia (3:06)
Some funny bloopers from the movie.
Secrets of the Duel (6:46)
A duel plays a big part in the movie; the cast and crew talk about the scene, and the preparation that went into it.
Becoming Trumpkin (4:48)
A featurette on Peter Dinklage, the actor who played Trumpkin.
Warwick Davis: The Man Behind Nikabrik (11:08)
Warwick Davis is profiled in this piece.
The film has received a gorgeous 1080p high definition transfer, preserving its 2.40:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The audio track, an English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 KHz/24-bit) is so good that you'll feel as though you're running beside centaurs as they rush the castle gate.
If you have no interest in the Digital Copy of the movie, then I suggest you look at the 2-disc Blu-ray, as that's the only difference between the two sets, and it'll save you a bit of money.
This is a wonderful movie, and Disney has put together a top-notch Blu-ray release. Fans of the books, or the previous movie, should add this to their collection.
Fun Fact: This is the second time Warwick Davis ("Nikabrik") has been in a Prince Caspian movie; he played "Reepicheep" in the BBC production of "Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
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