Rent The Golden Compass (2007)

3.1 of 5 from 526 ratings
1h 48min
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Synopsis:
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 Mrs. 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Voiced By:
Freddie Highmore, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Kathy Bates
Writers:
Chris Weitz, Philip Pullman
Others:
Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Trevor Wood, Ben Morris, Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock, Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Awards:

2008 BAFTA Best Visual Effects

2008 Oscar Best Visual Effects

BBFC:
Release Date:
28/04/2008
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature commentary by writer / director Chris Weitz
  • Enhanced visual commentary
  • The novel
  • The adaptation
  • Finding Lyra Belacqua
  • Demons
  • The alethiometer
  • Teaser trailer
  • Trailer #2
  • Final trailer
  • Companion galleries to above featurettes
Disc 1:
This disc includes main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes special features

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Reviews (4) of The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass - Disappointing and Dull - The Golden Compass review by CS

Spoiler Alert
26/10/2008

Films with this much hype and publicity rarely live up to expectations and this film is no exception. 'The Golden Compass' is one of the most unoriginal films of recent times. Stealing ideas from such classics as 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe', Rhoad Dahl's 'The Witches' and numerous other children's stories from the past century. Within watching the first five minutes, it is clear what is in store. A badly acted, poorly edited, and amazingly poorly scripted film that is dull and a chore to watch. Children will probably love this film and it makes good family viewing. But from a critical viewpoint it tries very hard to offer a complexity of plot that just does not exist. This is a very simplistic film. And even the special effects for todays technology are very basic, you can almost see the strings as the witch flies through the air! And with an ending that is not, don't you hate films that have no ending? This is obviously set up for a sequel. harry Potter this isn't. But if you liked 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' film, then this is probably for you. However if you like fantasy, but with some depth and quality, then this is one to pass.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Joyless Adaptation - The Golden Compass review by JP

Spoiler Alert
02/04/2010

You'd be much better off reading the books or seeing the stage play. No wonder they haven't got round to making the sequels yet. Blends all the originality into a big porridge of Hollywood-flavoured mush. Not even the stellar cast can save it.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Ian McKellen bare. Sorry, bear... - The Golden Compass review by Schrödinger's Cake

Spoiler Alert
11/02/2014

If you didn't know it already, the Golden Compass is the first instalment of a trilogy that seems destined not to be completed. It is also based on a series of much-loved books, which means that no matter how good it was, there would always be a tsunami of critics to hate it.

So, with that all said, I think that it's actually a very likeable film, with a strong cast playing some enjoyable characters. In particular, Dakota Blue Richards and Sam Elliott are a lot of fun to watch.

In fact, this is one of my favourite children's fantasy films of recent years. Yes, they are right; it's not Harry Potter. But that's actually a good thing, not bad...

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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