As Warner Bros. prepares to hand the keys to the chocolate factory over to Timothée Chalamet, it’s time to pay tribute to the legendary film that paved the way. Back in 1971, Gene Wilder took the world by storm as the iconic chocolatier, Willy Wonka, bringing Roald Dahl’s imaginative character to life.
Now, as “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the film is making its debut on 4K Ultra HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The classic got a Blu-ray release back in 2009, but this latest upgrade blows that version out of the water with significantly enhanced visuals and audio. In short, the Oompa-Loompas have never looked oranger!
For fans of this iconic film, the 4K release is a must-have if the Blu-ray edition isn’t already on your shelf, and even if it is, the 4K is still a tempting offer.
However, when it comes to bonus features, unlike its titular character, the new release doesn’t have any tricks up its sleeves. Instead, all of the special features have previously appeared on the Blu-ray release. Let’s take a look at what all it has to offer:
Special Features on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray:
- Commentary with the Wonka Kids – The kids are all grown up as Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) and Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) reflect on their experiences on set as they relive the film.
- Pure Imagination: The Story of “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” – This 30-minute featurette explores the creative process behind the film, from the casting of Wilder and the children to the creation of Wonka’s factory and the iconic musical numbers.
- The Moviemakers – A four-minute featurette from 1971 that takes a look at the people behind the camera who made this masterpiece possible.
- Scrumptious Sing-Alongs – Karaoke-style videos for “Pure Imagination,” “I Want It Now!,” “I’ve Got A Golden Ticket,” “Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-De-Do”
- Theatrical Trailer
Zach Goins is a member of the North Carolina Film Critics Association based in Raleigh, N.C. Zach co-founded Inside The Film Room in 2018 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the website and co-host of the podcast. Zach also serves as a film critic for CLTure.org.