CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN AND THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn
Actors: Jonathan R. Scott, Richard Dempsey, Sophie Wilcox, Sophie
Cook, David Thwaites
Directors: Alex Kirby
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Original recording
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 165 minutes
So you can’t wait for the upcoming Chronicles of
Narnia sequel, Prince Caspian,
and thought about checking out the BBC version of Caspian? After all,
it is a BBC production and should be worth it. Right?
No, wrong. Better you forget all about it!
Rather wait a bit longer than waste your money on this 1989 adaptation of
C.S. Lewis’ beloved children’s books. The BBC may have a reputation for
quality programming today, but this reputation rests on some high-quality,
big budget shows such as Planet Earth, the new
Doctor Who and the like. In its time
the BBC could churn out dreadful television just as well as any other
state-run public broadcaster.
The biggest problem with these Narnia adaptations is, you guessed it:
a low, low budget. The costumes, special effects and sets are no better than
your local community theatre production. (No seriously.) Especially the
cheesy costumes of the animal characters are horrendous and will have you
rolling your eyes.
But it’s a kid show aimed at children
surely they won’t mind? Wrong again. My five-year-old was bored out of her
skull in no time and soon asked whether we can watch something else. It can
be argued that she is a bit young for the show, but it is doubtful whether
today’s jaded kids raised on the likes of
Harry Potter and
Lord of the Rings movies will
settle for something that looks like a primary school production.
Boding ill for the big
screen movie version of Prince Caspian is the fact that it is a
rather thin story and for this series they could only stretch the story out
over two episodes of about 20 minutes each. It’ll take a lot of plot padding
to turn Prince Caspian into a full-length Hollywood feature film!
So save your money. If you
must, rather spend them on buying Lewis’ books (although we never counted
ourselves as fans) or, if you’re really in the mood for some fantasy, maybe
the rest of Philip Pullman’s
books to see what happens next now that any
Golden Compass sequels are about as likely as Paris Hilton entering a
nunnery . . .