By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Blu Ray keeps Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fantastically preserved, looking clearer and smoother than you’d imagine if you haven’t been keeping up with how awesome old stuff looks on Blu Ray. If you have been, then this is everything you’d expect to see in the detail of the fantastic practical sets in their bright colors.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in HD
It still looks like the Willy Wonka you remember with that ‘70s color scheme. It’s just surreal that the aesthetic of that film now looks like it’s happening in the real world in front of you. The bright colors begin with the kids’ clothes of that era and the candy store shelves. By the time you see the Oompa Loompa’s bright green hair and the candy gardens, the Blu Ray just explodes in HD. Oddly, the chocolate river looks purple now. That’s the one goof to sell the flawlessness of the rest of it.
You can see the texture in the London streets, the hovel that the Buckets live in, the scuffs in the classroom and even Grandpa’s varicose veins. The factory sets are full of detail in the concrete (or whatever foam it was built out of). The pipes and parts of various contraptions show the wear of operation. It’s shiny with reflections off the lollipops, mushrooms, gummies and golden eggs. Film grain only sneaks in on dissolves or sweeping shots, but never when you’re trying to see details that never existed before in DVDs and film prints.
You even see the loving flaws the linger through modern restoration, like a wire that shows up in the bubble room. You can tell the optical effect of the elevator flying over the city, and the shrinking Wonkavision, but it’s all still more convincing than CGI. The lines of the fake TV footage are now hovering over clear footage, so it’s an anachronistic effect but a joy to see through in this clarity.