Where the Wild Things Are (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Adventure / Drama / Family / Fantasy
Warner Brothers || PG - 101 minutes - $35.99 || March 2, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-03-08

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

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

B L U - R A Y

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer(s): Maurice Sendak (book); Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers (screenplay)

Theatrical Release Date: October 16, 2009

Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • DVD/Digital Copy Combo

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Who in the world thought that making Where the Wild Things Are into a movie from a book should be banished from the creative field forever. The movie isnít kid or adult friendly in the slightest, as I would think that kids would be bored and adults... well the same thing. Thereís nothing interesting, funny, or the least bit entertaining about this movie that would want you to actually watch the flick.

Max (Max Records) is your typical everyday kid living with parents he loves and a non-existent family life. Oh wait sorry, wrong film. Max hates his parents and gets into a fight with his mother (Catherine Keener, who is known as Mom, not an actual name) and decides to run away after biting her into the forest. He runs for what seems like days and winds up viewing some monsters destroying some birdís homes. Max views from a distance at the monsters, which include Carol (James Gandolfini), Alexander (Paul Dano), Judith (Catherine OíHara), and Ira (Forest Whitaker). The monsters spot Max and ask him to destroy the houses with them, and he does so for a while until the night passes.

Carol and the rest of the friendly monsters ask Max about his life and why heís a human and other boring topic, and then they ask him to be their king. They think that Max is some sort of special kid and want him to rule over them and build a home for them to live in. Max wants to build a giant castle for them to live in near the beach but tries to change the plans over and over again, which worries some of the monsters including Judith. Sheís resilient about trusting a human with their future, especially a deviant one like Max. Then some other boring stuff happens, Max learns some human morals and other stuff kids wonít understand, and the movie ends.

Yes, thatís seriously what this movie is about: morals. Max is a rambunctious kid who is rude, destructive, and incredibly indecisive about what he wants. This causes the island he imagines up (or if it really exists, I didnít care enough to really dive into what the heck the films goals were, sorry) to conjure up the idea to prove to Max that he needs to grow up and learn more about himself. The monsters are really him, and the birds and other peaceful creatures are his parents. Max is trying to see that his destructive path heís taking towards life isnít a great one, as heís hurting not only the ones he loves (mother, father, no real names here) but also innocent people in his life as well.

Holy crap, did I just analyze a kidís film? Wow I need to go outside some. This is just weird, but I couldnít believe that this is a childrenís film in the slightest. The monsters arenít friendly or terrifying at all, in fact, I found myself laughing more at them than anything else. They look so ridiculously stupid that I still canít figure out how this movie cost upwards of $100 million to produce. The special effects are non-existent here too, as the only thing I saw that was flashy were the crappy monsters and their horrid costumes. If those cost that much to produce than production should have been shut down.

Iíve been racking my brain for a few days as to why this movie was really even made. Thereís just no way kids will be enthralled for the two-hour runtime, adults will be thumbing their novels or whatever they do during boring flicks, and everyone else in between will be bored stiff. The only way to watch this flick is with the television off and the stereo system unplugged.


There are no actual special features, as everything is a Blu-ray Exclusive.


Higglety Pigglety Pop! (24 minutes): This is a really weird extra that dives into the world of a dog named Higglety and his adventures. The acting is awful and the voice synching is diabolical, so unless you want to prolong returning this Blu-Ray to the rental store Iíd recommend passing. I nearly fell asleep watching this (along with the other extras too) so if I didnít find it the least bit entertaining odds are kids wonít either.

HBO First Look (13 minutes): In this well-named extra, the picture is looked at and compared to the book that the movie was obviously based on. I didnít find this nor the rest of the extras on this disc anything fun for adults or kids, particularly this one. The commentators and interviews just arenít interesting enough to keep peopleís interests and they donít really discuss anything exciting or knowledgeable you couldnít get from a Wikipedia entry.

Where the Wild Things Are Shorts (36 minutes): There are eight shorts available here, that all range from stupid to just plain moronic. They involve things like outtakes, vampire attacks, and other useless things that you and kids wonít find interesting in the slightest. Plus, thereís no dang play all option which makes it a huge pain to have to watch them all and back out of the menu each freaking time. Way to go whoever thought of that bright idea, you deserve a gold star.

Finally, both a DVD/Digital Copy Combo are available for your... pleasure?


Thereís nothing really spectacular about the transfer for this new release on Blu-Ray, as colors arenít really that extravagant and grain is present in most of the scenes shown. I noticed several scenes that were way too dark for my tastes and also the people who watched this boredom with me, and at times I could barely see the monsters on the screen. Speaking of colors, I noticed that throughout some of the flick blacks tended to take major control over other colors, which wasnít a great thing to see. Contrast, on the same level, wasnít proper either. There were many scenes plagued with grain and noise that caused me to wonder yet again if people watch the transfers when conducting them.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is unspectacular as well. Levels are somewhat imbalanced throughout the movie since I noticed several occasions where I couldnít hear the film through the low dialogue levels and then the few action sequences were generally louder. This may not be a problem for some, but when I have to constantly tweak the dang audio multiple times it tends to get old after a few times. Surround sound use is decent here though, which is a definite improvement over past Warner DVDís and Blu-Rayís Iíve used in the past, but thereís still some work to be done. Dialogue is almost all out of the front speaker which is disappointing since unless some action is going on thatís all there is to this track.


Where the Wild Things Are is yet another movie that probably shouldnít have been made. The movie wasnít a big success and hopefully thatís a signal to stay away from book to movie transitions. The technical package is average for a Blu-ray but the special features are fairly worthless. I mean seriously, who wants to inflict more pain on someone who only has a DVD player by letting them borrow their extra copy? I wouldnít bother with these monsters.