Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Widescreen Edition) (2004)
Front Cover Actor
Jim Carrey Count Olaf
Jude Law Lemony Snicket (voice)
Meryl Streep Aunt Josephine
Liam Aiken Klaus Baudelaire
Emily Browning Violet Baudelaire
Kara Hoffman Sunny Baudelaire
Shelby Hoffman Sunny Baudelaire
Timothy Spall Mr. Poe
Catherine O'Hara Justice Strauss
Billy Connolly Uncle Monty
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Comedy; Family; Fantasy
Director Brad Silberling
Producer Laurie MacDonald; Jim Van Wyck
Writer Daniel Handler; Robert Gordon
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 1 hr 48 mins
Country USA
Color Color
If you spliced Charles Addams, Dr. Seuss, Charles Dickens, Edward Gorey, and Roald Dahl into a Tim Burtonesque landscape, you'd surely come up with something like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Many critics (in mostly mixed reviews) wondered why Burton didn't direct this comically morbid adaptation of the first three books in the popular series by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. "Lemony Snicket," played here by Jude Law and seen only in silhouette) instead of TV and Casper veteran Brad Silberling, but there's still plenty to recommend the playfully bleak scenario, in which three resourceful orphans thwart their wicked, maliciously greedy relative Count Olaf (Jim Carrey), who subjects them to... well, a series of unfortunate events. Along the way they encounter a herpetologist uncle (Billy Connolly), an anxious aunt (Meryl Streep) who's afraid of everything, and a variety of fantastical hazards and mysterious clues, some of which remain unresolved. Given endless wonders of art direction, costume design, and cinematography, Silberling's direction is surprisingly uninspired (in other words, the books are better), but when you add a throwaway cameo by Dustin Hoffman, Law's amusing narration, and Carrey's over-the-top antics, the first Lemony movie suggests a promising franchise in the making. --Jeff Shannon

A Message from Count Olaf

Dear Adoring Fan of Count Olaf,

Perhaps once every thousand years, a talent emerges that completely changes the way movies are made, orphans are orphaned, and heartthrobs throb. Often this talent has only one eyebrow, as is the case with one of the most cherished and admired actors scheming today. Surely you can you guess of whom I think.

No, you fool! I am referring to the One...the Only...the Unbelievably Handsome Count Olaf!

Or, as I like to call him, Me.

If you've already seen my performance in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, you must still be speechless. But if you haven't, you are in serious danger. Just teasing. But you could be after I send one of my gifted henchpersons to your home!

So why not get my movie on DVD? This major motion spectacle has everything. Me, acting! Leeches, attacking! Orphans, almost falling off a cliff! Of course, if you are familiar with books by Lemony Snicket, you know that they include all of these things too, but most of what he says is lies, and the rest is completely boring.

There's never been a film that demands repeated viewing in quite the same way, with a diabolical genius writing you a letter that says, "I DEMAND REPEATED VIEWING!!!" Plus with DVD extras, you'll get at least 20% more Olaf for your money. And... just for you, for an unlimited time only, I'll throw in Aunt Josephine free with purchase.*

So, noble Amazonians, put down your hunting spears and exotic headdresses, and prepare to bask in True Greatness. Or, as I like to call it, Me.

Of course you may have my autograph!

Count Olaf

*Count Olaf will not be held liable or accept blame in any way for any and all liability, loss, damage, or personal injury (including death), without limit and without regard once Aunt Josephine is thrown in, due to the unpredictable behavior of hungry leeches.

Stills from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Click to Enlarge)

Violet, Count Olaf, and Klaus

Aunt Josephine

Count Olaf and Aunt Josephine

Directing Jim Carrey

Klaus, Mr. Poe, Sunny, and Violet

Count Olaf

Olaf Ascending

The Baudelaire Orphans

All Things Snicket

See a complete list of all Lemony Snicket's creations, including books from the Series of Unfortunate Events, calendars, and more.

The Essential Lemony Snicket Books

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ominous Omnibus, Books 1-3

The Situation Worsens: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 4-6

The Dilemma Deepens: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 7-9

The Slippery Slope: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 10

The Grim Grotto: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 11

A Library of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-10

Behind the Scenes with Count Olaf: A Series of Unfortunate Events Movie Book

Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography

The Puzzling Puzzles Activity Book

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Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1538
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/21/05
Purchase Price $16.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 012
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 097363407645
Release Date 4/26/05
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Dolby