Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Special Edition
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 2004
Director: Brad Silberling
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 097360-300543
Running time: 1:48 (108 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: April 26, 2005
Collection type: Owned (#185)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 01, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 9 / 10
Review (video): 9 / 10
Overview
Dear Viewer,

If you enjoy movies filled with singing rabbits, exploding spaceships, or cheerleaders you are holding the wrong DVD entirely.

This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf (Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune." It includes a suspicious fire, delicious pasta, Jim Carrey, poorly behaved leeches, and incredibly deadly viper, Meryl Streep, and the voice of an imposter named Jude Law. The only things that could make such a spectacle more upsetting are special features, such as commentary by me or a documentary about a robot baby.
I am bound to continue my research into the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, but you are free to seek lighter fare, like bleu cheese fondue.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket
Notes
I only had a passing familiarity with the books this movie is based on, having known a few people that are fans of them. It’s hard to not compare this to the Harry Potter films, which isn’t fair really. Despite the fact that they look similar somehow, they really aren’t all too much alike. Sure, they share some extraviant set design and character portrayals, and the word orphan can be found in both, but the similarities kind of stop there. So, to get it out of the way, I’ll compare them quickly. I liked this better than the first two Harry Potter films, but not as much as the third. There are a number of things about this movie that are great. The performances from the kids are excellent, particularly that of Emily Browning as Violet. And, Kara & Shelby Hoffman are lots of fun as Sunny, the child who, uh, bites. Liam Aiken isn’t quite as fun or distinguished, but he’s perfectly fine in the role. Oddly enough, the over-the-top performance by Jim Carrey isn’t particularly a highlight for the film. It’s not bad, it’s just Jim Carrey doing the kind of stuff that comes second nature to him. This isn’t a stunning performance from him, such as his role in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. It’s just him being the whacky version of himself. Meryl Streep works very well in her role, and Billy Connolly is excellent. A number of other big names pop up here and there, which is fun. Sets are marvelous, effects are very good, costumes are a lot of fun and Thomas Newman’s score is very quirky and fun. It’s very different from the kind of score John Williams turns in for the Harry Potter films, that’s for sure. And, the end credits are a blast - perfectly quirky.
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Genres
Family
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Paramount Pictures
 • DreamWorks Pictures
 • Nickelodeon Movies
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 5.1
French  Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish  Dolby Digital 5.1
Commentary  Dolby Digital Surround
Commentary  Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles
English
Tags
Movie
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
2Bonus Materials
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Commentary
 • Deleted Scenes
 • Closed Captioned
 • Hardback Book: A Bad Beginning.
Easter Eggs
Disc One
On the main menu screen click on the 'eye' in the middle of the menu - you will then see a pair of scissors cut the ropes the Baudelaire orphans are climbing down. Each time you press the 'eye' the picture changes to a new set of animation until eventually returning to the original screen.

Disc Two
1) Select 'Gruesome Galleries' and then highlight the 'Main Menu' option and press right to highlight a 'shape'. Press enter. You will now see a 'documentary' on the 'real' Count Olaf.

2) Select 'Sinister Special Effects'. On the next screen highlight 'Main Menu' and press right. A 'shape' wil be highlighted. Click enter to see director Brad Silverling talking about his original idea for the Trailer.
Crew
Direction
Brad Silberling....Director
Writing
Robert Gordon....Screenwriter
Lemony Snicket....Original Material By
Production
Laurie MacDonald....Producer
Walter F. Parkes....Producer
Jim Van Wyck....Producer
Scott Rudin....Executive Producer
Barry Sonnenfeld....Executive Producer
Julia Pistor....Executive Producer
Albie Hecht....Executive Producer
Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Michael Kahn....Film Editor
Music
Thomas Newman....Composer
Sound
Pud Cusack....Production Sound Mixer
Richard King....Sound Designer
Richard King....Supervising Sound Editor
Robert Renga....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Craig "Pup" Heath....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Denis St. Amand....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Andy Nelson....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Anna Behlmer....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art
Rick Heinrichs....Production Designer
John Dexter....Art Director
William Hawkins....Art Director
Martin Whist....Art Director
Tony Fanning....Art Director
Cast
Jim Carrey....Count Olaf
Liam Aiken....Klaus
Emily Browning....Violet
Kara Hoffman....Sunny
Shelby Hoffman....Sunny
Jude Law....Lemony Snicket
Timothy Spall....Mr. Poe
Catherine O'Hara....Justice Strauss
Billy Connolly....Uncle Monty
Meryl Streep....Aunt Josephine
Luis Guzman....Bald Man
Jamie Harris....Hook-Handed Man
Craig Ferguson....Person of Indeterminate Gender
Jennifer Coolidge....White Faced Woman
Jane Adams....White Faced Woman
Cedric The Entertainer....Constable
Robert Clendenin....Grocery Clerk
Lenny Clarke....Gruff Grocer
Fred Gallo....Judge
John Dexter....Gustav
Deborah Theaker....Mrs. Poe
Wayne Flemming....Captain Sam
Paul Bunnell....Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Rosemary Garris....Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Gilbert Gottfried....Duck (uncredited, voice)
Alan Heitz....Police Photographer (uncredited)
Dustin Hoffman....The Critic (uncredited)
Michael Earl Lane....Ferry Boat Captain (uncredited)
Jane Lynch....Realtor (uncredited)
Lidia Sabljic....Woman in audience (uncredited)