When this, the much-anticipated film version of Philip Pullmann’s beloved fantasy novel, hit theaters, fanboys were up in arms: That’s not what Lord Asriel’s like! Where’s the heart-eating? They changed the ending! But the younger, less embittered and geeky set totally dug the epic tale. And the polar-bear fight — with the regal Iorek Byrnison, voiced by the regal Sir Ian McClellan, completely owning false king Ragnar Sturlusson — proves mind-blowing for all ages. Play it over and over on DVD.
The Golden Compass
New Line Home Video