Directed by Brad Siberling, LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS follows the Baudelaire orphans--Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (played by twins Kara and Shelby Hoffman)--as they are followed by the wicked Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). A distant relative and an awful actor, Olaf is determined to claim the fortune willed to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, whose parents died in a mysterious fire. Enigmatic author Lemony Snicket (Jude Law) recounts the adventures of the three children as they change hands from the conniving Olaf to the reptile-loving Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly) to Aunt Josephine (Meryl Steep), who lives in fear of just about everything. An adaptation that condenses the first three books in the series--THE BAD BEGINNING, THE REPTILE ROOM, and THE WIDE WINDOW--into one instalment, the film captures the darkly humorous tone of the popular children's novels by Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler). Carrey clearly has fun with his intentionally over-the-top role as the villain, while the young actors embody their resourceful characters wonderfully. The true star of the film, however, may be the production design of Rick Heinrichs (SLEEPY HOLLOW), which creates a visually stunning world filled with gothic mansions and ramshackle houses. By keeping the heart of the eccentric books intact, A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS proves to be an usually inventive and quirky Hollywood film.
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!
'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 Alarming 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)