Prince Caspian
by Phil Boatwright

December 2nd, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will unleash The Chronicles of Narnia’s second installment, Prince Caspian on DVD and Blue Ray Hi Def.  The endearing novel by C. S. Lewis has the Pevensie children facing a perilous mission and a greater test of their faith and courage. They have returned to that faraway wondrous realm, only to find that 1,300 years have passed, Narnia's rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, has been forced into hiding as his uncle Miraz plots to kill him in order to place his own newborn son on the throne, and Aslan has been missing for over a thousand years.

Though this sequel is more action driven than the first episode, character development has by no means been abandoned.  Between the many arm-chair-grabbing battle sequences, the intricate plot and the growth of the main characters will likely serve to open a rewarding dialogue between parent and child.  The Christ-like symbolism found in the pivotal character Aslan and the meaning of God’s silence at times in our lives are addressed with transparency.

BONUS FEATURES:

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian packaging includes a special DisneyFile: a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on a variety of portable devices for the whole family to enjoy anytime, anywhere.

DVD
Special audio commentary by director and actors
Other special features are still being finalized and will be announced soon

Collector's Edition DVD
All of the above, plus:
A behind-the-scenes interview with the cast and crew, a tour of the film's locations and sets, inside view of the technology and production behind the movie, bloopers, deleted scenes and much, much more!

Blu-ray Hi-Def Exclusives
All of the above, plus:
Enhanced Disney's BD-Live Network exclusives, interactive Narnia game, downloadable features and much, much more!

Caution:  Though only rated PG, parents of very young children should be aware that there is a great deal of action and some scary moments that might unnerve the little ones.  The book tells of warfare, but it is one thing reading about such tumult, while quite another viewing such combativeness in graphic and lengthy detail.  The studio and director worked closely with the MPAA folks to ensure a PG rating, the filmmakers carefully avoiding too much blood, gore and guts.  But there is a graphic visceral style that bombards the viewer with one video game-like fight scene after another.  How much do you want your littlest offspring to absorb?

That warning given, Wardrobe’s follow-up has made the Preview On Line “Best Of” list for 2008.  The film offers witty dialogue and doses of clever humor, swashbuckling derring-do, a magical spellbinding look, and lessons reminding of the spiritual and practical need for a Christ-centered life.

The film stars William Moseley, Georgie Henley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes as Caspian, and Tilda Swinton as the evil witch.  Disney/Waldon Media.  Fantasy/adventure.  Written by Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely.  Directed by Andrew Adamson.  Running Time: Around 120 min.

GO HERE or an extended review of the film, plus the content (the reason for the rating).