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"Narnia" DVD Review: Part 2

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DISC 3:

C.S. Lewis: Dreamer of Narnia
The sole extra on this disc is the more elaborate history of C.S. Lewis's life, much more so than the quick brush stroke that was on Disc 2. Clocking in at about 1 hour and 15 minutes, this well-edited feature walks us through Lewis's life via the eyes of many interviewees, as the faux voice of Lewis narrates his own dramatic autobiography.

DISC 4:

Visualizing the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:
The Complete Production Experience

Introduced by Producer Mark Johnson, this 2 and half hour feature covers the production of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" in a unique manner. The entire movie plays out in front of us, and as it does, cleverly-edited bits of information play alongside the film, whether it's the director or someone else involved with the creation of the movie. Storyboards and pre-vis shots are sometimes displayed side by side with the movie as well. Think of it as the amalgamation of any excellent audio commentary you've ever heard, injected with steroids.

Anatomy of a Scene: Behind the Battle
In the vein of "Anatomy of a Scene: The Melting River" from Disc 2, we're taken on an in-depth journey of the ginormous battle sequence that serves as the film's denouement. I have a feeling that this featurette could have spanned an entire disc on its own, but the first feature takes the majority of the disc space, leaving no room for other lengthy special features. But hey, there's always the next "extra special" edition that will surely arise from the Disney vaults, right?

Art of Narnia
If you're an artist, you'll thoroughly enjoy these slideshows of concept art, landscape drawings, and maquettes from the pre-production room. If you're not an artist, maybe the kiddies will appreciate the gallery. If you're not an artist and you don't have any kiddies, perhaps this section is just not for you.

Previous entries:
- DVD Specs
- Part 1 of our review: Discs 1 and 2


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