Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2008



"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" (Blu-ray)


Mr. Edward Magorium (Hoffman) runs a toy shop in town, called the Wonder Emporium.

It's basically a toy store, but uncharacteristically, it's a magic toy store where even the walls are alive. His assistant Molly Mahoney (Portman) helps manage the store, but she longs for a career composing classical piano music.

Magorium is more than 200 years old, and one day, he says he is going to retire.

He hires an accountant Henry Weston (Bateman) to put all the paperwork in order, more than 100 years worth. Of course, Weston is a bit incredulous when he sees a receipt signed by Thomas Edison.

Molly, along with all the magical toys, revolt, and together with a little boy named Jason (Durford), they try to get Mr. Magorium to change his mind.




  • Walden Media
    2007, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 34 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 35 Mbps
  • English/French DD 5.1, English DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio
  • Directed by Zach Helm
  • Starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, Issac Durnford
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


This is the first G-rated movie I have seen in years. It must be very difficult to make such a film, when there is so much violence and action in other movies to get our attention. I don't think it was very successful at the box office, but it certainly is a movie that young children would enjoy at home.


At 35 Mbps, Magorium is a superb visual experience. Every color known to man is here, and in exquisite detail. I am sure this one will be all over the place at the next CES for demonstrating projectors. I have never seen anything like it in my home theater before. Even the introductory credits are spectacular. The sound is excellent too. Lots of full orchestra swells.


No extras. All the space (both layers) is taken up by the high bit rate movie. I am glad to see Blu-ray movies making use of all the bits.