Into the Wild (2007) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama
Paramount || R - 148 minutes - $29.99 || December 16, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-01-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Sean Penn
Writer(s): Jon Krakauer (book); Sean Penn (screenplay)
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian Dierker


Theatrical Release Date: September 21, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Into The Wild: The Story, The Characters
  • Into The Wild: The Experience
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

ďI told you, weíre going nowhere!Ē

Normally I donít like to begin with quotes from movies, mainly because as soon as theyíre said I tend to forget them. But this one stuck out to me, as Into the Wild is a film that doesnít really go anywhere in my opinion. Itís not a terrible movie, as Sean Penn who directed the film does a great job, but itís too long and the character come and go a little too fast.

Chris (Emile Hirsch) has just graduated from college, and is what is known in the real world as a rich kid. His parents are wealthy, Walt (William Hurt) and Billie (Marcia Gay Harden), and want him to have a great life. However, Chris has other plans for what he wants to do with his life.

He donates his money to charity, and decides he wants to go to Alaska to live there and live his life out. I guess heís having one of those ďepiphanyĒ moments, trying to better himself by giving away his wealth and finding who he really is in life.

So Chris sets out on an adventure, but his car gets destroyed, thus leaving him with nothing to drive in. He ends up meeting a hippy couple, Jan (Catherine Keener) and Rainey (Brian Dierker), who are an odd bunch to say the least. The two have fallen out of love, and itís Chrisís goal to set them straight.

Afterwards, Chris heads to a bar while still on his travels to get to Alaska where he meets the hilarious Wayne (Vince Vaughn), who is trouble in every nature of the word. I donít want to spoil what happens to Wayne, but it is a fairly entertaining scene.

Chris wants to kayak down a river, but canít because he needs a permit and there is a huge waiting list. So he attempts to but realizes that earlier on he had gotten rid of his Social Security and ID card (he assumes a fake identity) so his parents couldnít track him. Itís always a good idea to erase any trace of yourself in case anyone comes looking for you, right?

The whole idea of this film is to show how courageous Chris is in his goals to reach Alaska, and what just one person can do to others. Chris meets several people along his travels and helps them with their problems in life. He thinks itís great that if he can help someone out and better them, then he is happy. Thereís a quote at the end of the movie that explains it better than I ever could.

Overall, I just couldnít get into this flick. It is way too long, as at least an hour could have been cut from it. Also, the characters are introduced and leave rather quickly (for the most part, anyway). Iím sure a lot of people have enjoyed this film, but I couldnít.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Into The Wild: The Story, The Characters (22 minutes): A description of how the movie was created and why. Your standard feature found on most movies. This one isnít that interesting though, as itís pretty mundane and isnít too exciting.

Into The Wild: The Experience (17 minutes): Interviews with the cast about the making of the flick. A lot more interesting than the previous extra, as this one is worth watching.

Finally, the filmís theatrical trailer is presented in HD.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Picture-wise, this is a great looking movie. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, as are the flesh tones of the characters. Colors are also spot-on and the film has fairly little to no amounts of grain in it. Contrast is also fine for the flick, even though a few scenes appear darker than they should be. Otherwise, a near perfect transfer.

The audio side however doesnít fare as well. Even though itís a dialogue centered film, the levels are slightly off-kilter for the most part. Several times I had to turn up the volume as the characters were introduced throughout the film, which became tedious after a while. Also even though there are some parts where the main character is on top of a mountain talking, I just didnít feel like I was there. The audio has some issues in my book, but it still does the movie justice.



.::OVERALL::.

Into the Wild just wasnít a movie for me. Thereís fairly little action in it, and clocking in at over two hours, my attention span couldnít be held that long without cars blowing up or people being thrown over cliffs. Iím an action junkie, what can I say? The picture however is pristine, the audio is a little above the norm, but the special features are dull and thereís not much there. Itís a rental for the long weekends ahead.