Rent The Golden Compass (2007)

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1h 48min
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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 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.
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Voiced By:
Freddie Highmore, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Kathy Bates
Chris Weitz, Philip Pullman
Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Trevor Wood, Ben Morris, Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock, Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Entertainment In Video
Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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2008 BAFTA Best Visual Effects

2008 Oscar Best Visual Effects

Release Date:
Run Time:
108 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 6.1
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Release Date:
Not available for rental
Run Time:
113 minutes
English DTS 7.1
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
  • 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

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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.

Quite good - a pleasant surprise! - The Golden Compass review by CP Customer

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OK, this film was not aimed at me but I have to confess to having quite enjoyed it. The scenario is pretty complicated and it'll take you a bit to work out what is going on (everyone has a talking animal which I found hard to get my head around.....) but provided you persevere beyond the first 20 minutes I think you will be surprised how much you get into the movie.

In a nutshell, some kids are going missing in a magical kingdom and a little girl and her magic pet go and look for them with the help of a talking polar bear gladiator, some sea gypsies and a cowboy who has an aeroplane. Oh and she has a magic compass. There are some baddies who try to stop her.

My only gripe was that as this is intended as the first in a series of films which I did not find out until the end so it does leave plenty of loose ends. If you have kids, be prepared for them to ask you when the next one comes out over and over again!

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Joyless Adaptation - The Golden Compass review by CP Customer

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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.

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