Cover image for Lemony Snicket's A series of unfortunate events [DVD] / Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present ; a Nickelodeon Movies production ; a Parkes/MacDonald production ; a Brad Silberling film ; produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jim Van Wyck ; screenplay by Robert Gordon ; directed by Brad Silberling.
Title:
Lemony Snicket's A series of unfortunate events [DVD] / Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present ; a Nickelodeon Movies production ; a Parkes/MacDonald production ; a Brad Silberling film ; produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jim Van Wyck ; screenplay by Robert Gordon ; directed by Brad Silberling.
ISBN:
9781415708705

9781415708682
Publication Information:
Hollywood, CA : Paramount Pictures, [2005]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Based on the books "The bad beginning," "The reptile room," and "The wide window" by Lemony Snicket.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2004.

Special features: Alarming audio commentaries: Director Brad Silberling commentary [audio only feature]; Brad Silberling and the real Lemony Snicket commentary [audio only feature]; Bad beginnings [featurettes] (25 min.); Orphaned scenes (29 min.); Previews (5 min.).
Contents:
Bad beginning -- Your new guardian -- Chores -- Custody granted -- Reptile room -- Stephano arrives -- Incredibly deadly viper -- Aunt Josephine -- Captain Sham -- Hurricane Herman -- Lachrymose leeches -- Marvelous marriage -- Let the wedding begin -- No one listens to children -- Letter that never came -- End titles.
Abstract:
"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off watching some other movie," warns our narrator, Lemony Snicket. "In this movie," he continues gravely, "not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle." This is the story of the Baudelaire children -- three "clever and reasonably attractive orphans"--Who embark on a shaky adventure after their home burns down, killing their parents. Violet is the eldest, a serious-minded girl with a knack for inventing things. Klaus is a brainy book-lover who retains every word he's ever read. And Sunny, barely more than an infant, has the unique distinction of being very good at biting things -- sometimes right through things.
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MPAA Rating: Rated PG; for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language.
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The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family (and how often do you get to see one of those?). The Baudelaire siblings -- gadget freak Violet (Emily Browning), bookworm Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman) -- were living a fairy-tale existence with their parents until they died in a fire that destroyed the family home. With few close relatives and a large fortune the children won't inherit until they reach adulthood, the Baudelaire children are left in the care of the peculiar Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), an out-of-work actor who would love nothing more than to get his hands on the kids' money. It doesn't take long for the children to figure out that Count Olaf is up to no good, and they try to steer clear of his various murderous schemes with the help of wildly paranoid Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep) and snake-fancying Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly). Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events also features Catherine O'Hara, Timothy Spall, Cedric the Entertainer, and Luis Guzman; Jude Law narrates in the guise of author Snicket. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi