From the publisher:
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis has become one of the most globally beloved franchises in history. And yet, there are mysteries about the author and these seven stories that have fascinated scholars and fans for nearly half a century.The video starts off with about a 15 minute video biography of C. S. Lewis, which is interesting all by itself. I vaguely knew his story, but the dramatization certainly made it more real. The biography continues throughout, but once we get to Narnia, the focus shifts.
Enter Michael Ward who takes us inside the pages of Lewis' masterpieces and discovers a "secret imaginative key" - THE NARNIA CODE DVD.
Like a detective embroiled in an exclusive chase, Ward takes us on an illuminating adventure into medieval cosmology and spiritual symbolism. His absorbing conclusions reveal a new third layer of hidden delight that will forever change your love and appreciation for C. S. Lewis and the Narnia books.
The next quarter of an hour basically has to do with the Narnia series itself, and a bit about how Michael Ward discovered this medieval astronomy connection.
The final half hour actually details the planet-book connections, and more information about his theory and other people's reactions to this. In the DVD, Ward only addresses the first four books - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair. He does a great job describing them.
Then, there are the bonus features. Another 45 minutes of material. The first is interviews with people who knew Lewis well. The second shows "home" for Lewis. The third is primarily Michael Ward talking about the planetary symbolism for all seven books, repeating some information from the main feature about the first four books, but adding information about the other three.
I would highly recommend the DVD to anyone with any interest in C. S. Lewis, and/or in Narnia, from tweens to grown-ups. My older two sons (12 and 13) both enjoyed this. As soon as Connor was grasping the concept, he started trying to work out for himself which planet went with which book, based primarily on mythology. One of Michael Ward's statements towards the end of the DVD was something like, "Isn't it obvious once you see it?" We are all in agreement here.
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