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Year: 2004
USA: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Emily Browning, Liam Aiken, Kara Hoffman, Shelby Hoffman, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Luis Guzman, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Adams, Craig Ferguson, Jamie Harris, Cedric the Entertainer, Catherine O'Hara
Director: Brad Silberling
Country: USA
USA & UK: 108 mins
USA Rated: PG for thematic elements, scary situations and brief language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild threat and scary scenes
USA Release Date: 17 December 2004
UK Release Date: 17 December 2004
UK DVD Release Date: 27 May 2005


Dear Reporter,

I'm sorry to tell you that the movie you are reading about is extremely unpleasant, an expression that here means, "it involves three ingenious orphans, a sinister villain and a hair-raising misadventure." It is the story of the Baudelaire siblings who, although unusually clever and charming, lead lives filled with misery and woe. In this alarming cinematic event alone, you will encounter a terrible fire, dim lighting, high tragedy, a giant snake, low comedy, man-eating leeches and Jim Carrey.

I am bound to continue my research into the unfortunate events that befall the doomed Baudelaire orphans at the hands of the sinister Count Olaf, but you are free to seek lighter fare, like a documentary about cheese fondue.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

The Ominous Overview

You'll be extremely alarmed to learn that two-time Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey stars as Count Olaf, an outrageously diabolical actor and master of disguise who is determined to swindle the Baudelaire orphans out of their family fortune in LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. The film also stars two-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep as the children's overanxious Aunt Josephine and two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law as the voice of Lemony Snicket. The result is a dreadful spectacle, a phrase that here means, "It will stir the imagination of the entire family as it shatters the mold of adventure stories and evokes the magic of truly classic entertainment."


Disc 1:
Audio commentary with director Brad Silberling
Audio commentary from director Brad Silberling with the real Lemony Snicket!
Deleted scenes and outtakes
'Building A Bad Actor': a look at the process of creating Olaf's characters
'Interactive Olaf': an interactive look at costumes and character tests enabling the viewer to choose from four different Jim Carrey monologues
'Making The Baudelaire Children Miserable': the casting of the actors to play the Baudelaire orphans
'Count Olaf's Ghost Story' easter egg (hidden feature): Jim Carrey entertains cast and crew with an improvised ghost story that only he, as Olaf, could possibly pull-off!

Disc 2:
'A Woeful World': a documentary revealing how the filmmakers created the world of Lemony Snicket using some of the finest production and art designers the industry has to offer
'Costumes And Other Suspicious Disguises': creating the look for main characters Olaf, Aunt Josephine, Uncle Monty and the Baudelaire children
'Violet's Functional Designs': a remarkable peek at the technical geniuses behind some of Violet's most complex inventions
'Trains, Leeches And Hurricanes': a detailed look at the film's remarkable CGI scenes
'The Sad Score': scoring the film with Brad Silberling and Thomas Newman
'Incredibly Deadly Vipers': where did all those vipers, pythons and critters come from?
'The Unsound Sound Designer': a look at the remarkable sounds created just for the world of Lemony Snicket; this featurette also includes an interactive sound segment with the Terrible Train and Aunt Josephine's house destruction
'The Terrible Fire': how the Baudelaire house goes from magnificent mansion to burned-out shell in one take
'An Alarming Conspiracy Involving Sunny': a detailed look at the remarkable animatronic Sunny and her creation at Industrial Light And Magic (ILM)
'An Even More Alamring Conspiracy Involving Sunny': more on how the animatronic Sunny Doll was created with Kevin Yagher
Gruesome Galleries: 75 stills from the film
Easter Eggs (hidden features)

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