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The Golden Compass: Platinum Edition (2 Discs) (Widescreen)

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ISBN13: 00794043120435
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Awards

2008 Academy Award Nominee:
  • Best Art Direction (Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock)
  • Best Visual Effects (Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood)

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In a wondrous parallel world where witches soar the skies and Ice Bears rule the frozen North, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. When Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) becomes the keeper of the Golden Compass, she discovers that her world - and all those beyond — is threatened by the secret plans of Ms. Coulter (Nicole Kidman). With the help of Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) and a group of unlikely allies ready to stand at her side, Lyra embarks on an extraordinary quest that celebrates friendship and courage against all odds.

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Grady Harp, May 3, 2008 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
A Fantasy with a Strong Cast of Humans and Animated Animals!

Not being one who seeks out the seemingly endless line of Harry Potter/Narnia/Lord of the Rings tropes (a little computer generated monster realm goes a long way), THE GOLDEN COMPASS came somewhat as a pleasant surprise. Yes, this is still a fantasy film, but the emphasis is more on stylish creation of various animals (in the forms of 'daemons' that accompany children as their souls, morphing into various animal life at will) than tiresome explosions and flying beasties.

Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards) is clearly the star of this adventure that explores the possibility of other, parallel worlds whose interaction with the world as we know it is controlled by various groups of good guys and bad guys, all seeking the source of secrecy contained in a Golden Compass that can only be read by a single girl - Lyra, a poor child living in the presence of scholars. Lyra's uncle, Lord Asriel (Daniel Craig) places the Golden Compass in Lyra's knowing hands and heads off to the far North to investigate the element that binds all life together - Dust. The tale is set in motion by the enigmatic Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) who gains Lyra's confidence and offers to take her to the great North. All manner of adventures occur on the journey - friends of Lyra's are threatened to be separated from their various daemons in the cruel hands of the bad guys, Lyra's encounter with a witch Serafina Pekkala (Eva Green), her assistance from a friendly astronaut (Sam Elliott) and an armored bear - and with all fantasies, good prevails - or does it? Tune in for the very obvious next installment.

The pleasures are many, not the least of which are the voices and changing forms of the little animal daemons. The cast is excellent and the whole movie sails with yet another beautiful musical score by Alexandre Desplat. It is a nice diversion, but you have to love fantasy.

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Product Details

ISBN:
00794043120435
Subtitle:
Platinum Edition
Publisher:
New Line
Actor:
Craig, Daniel
Actor:
Richards, Dakota Blue
Actor:
Kidman, Nicole
Publication Date:
2008-04-29
Binding:
DVD
Grade Level:
PG-13
Language:
English
Media Run Time:
118 Minutes

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