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The Land of the Lost [Blu-ray]

 

(Brad Silberling, 2009)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Universal / Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures

Video: Universal

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:41:40.969

Disc Size: 48,970,232,018 bytes

Feature Size: 28,174,743,552 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.09 Mbps

Chapters: 20

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: October 13th, 2009

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3768 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core:
5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), English, French, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

• Commentary by director Brad Silberling

• Dr. Rick Marshall's Food Diaries with optional commentary (5:48 - 3 segments)

A Day in the Life of Big Time Movie Star Danny McBride (11:11)

• 10 Deleted Scenes with optional commentary (20:22 in HD)

Devil's Canyon Commercial Gift Shop and Tour (6:49)

• This is NOT a Routine Expedition - The making of The Land of the Lost (1:23:31 in HD!)

Bradley, Sid and Marty: A Conversation With the Kroffts (23:17)

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Description: Comedic genius Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong turn into the Land of the Lost. Now, Marshall, his crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist named Will (Danny McBride), have no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in a world full of marauding dinosaurs, fantastic creatures and laugh-out-loud comedy!

 

 

The Film:

To the extent that the Ed Wood–on-acid TV series Land of the Lost has endured, it’s been through a combination of nostalgia and cult appeal; few other TV shows have looked as if they were shot in someone’s yard, with each episode seemingly planned in less time than it takes to watch. That sets the bar pretty low for a film version, which would exceed expectations simply by not inspiring a desire to have one’s face clawed by Grumpy the T. rex. So breathe easy: The new Land of the Lost exceeds expectations.

As a daffy scientist who turns on his “tachyon meter” and travels to a parallel dimension, Ferrell does what he can to enliven a film that will clearly be most enjoyed by very young children, a few bizarrely incongruous innuendos notwithstanding. When Ferrell and McBride dress up in shedded Sleestak skin, looking just as unconvincing as the original Sleestaks, you sense that this is a project motivated as much by affection as commercial calculation. Or maybe it’s just a sign of how little is going on that even the pop-culture riffing—notably the Chorus Line jokes—isn’t DOA. No, the world didn’t need an “All Along the Watchtower” montage in which furball Cha-Ka (Taccone) introduces his new friends to the Pakunis’ favorite hallucinogenic. Still, for a mainstream kid flick, Land of the Lost is almost admirably batshit.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE

 

 


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
 

Image quality on the Blu-ray of The Land of the Lost is very strong. Detail is excellent as are colors and contrast but there is a kind of turquoise/blue cast to the film - which I'll assume is an intentional touch.  There is very minor grain more visible in some monochromatic backgrounds. It probably looked quite similar to this theatrically over 35 years ago.  This is a stacked dual-layered Blu-ray taking up almost 49 Gig in total with the film over 28 and the bitrate approaching, a healthy, 30 Mbps. The dinosaur, and other, CGI effects seems to look better than I have seen in the past - the usual softness is less visible in-motion. While not a particularly glossy transfer - it leans more to that end of the scale - which is expected from its modern production roots. This Blu-ray supports the film consistently with a decent degree of color and detail in the visuals - there is even some minor depth. I don't have any strong complaints - I think it looks quite good.

 

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Audio :

Audio compliments the fine video with a robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3768 kbps. Beyond the T-Rex's deep bass'ed growls there are plenty of effect noises and even some A Chorus Line music ("I Hope I Get It"). There is some prevalent range and depth and the track proves equally as strong as the image transfer. There are optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

 

 

Extras :

Supplements are also at a high standard and if you aren't impressed with the production anecdote-filled commentary by director Brad Silberling you can enjoy the almost 1.5 hour HD documentary featurette entitled This is NOT a Routine Expedition - The Making of The Land of the Lost which covers as much data with input from all the cast and the Kroffts fondly reminiscing on the success of 70's TV show. The 11-minute A Day in the Life of Big Time Movie Star Danny McBride is pretty amusing as the comedic actor paints himself as disliked by the cast and crew during production while he navigates us on a mini-tour of his day with Ferrell and much of the cast not wanting much to do with him. The 10 deleted scenes, also with optional commentary, are very funny although you can see that they conflict with the chosen segments. Devil's Canyon Commercial Gift Shop and Tour is more of McBride's humor for 6 odd minutes but I'd pass on the Dr. Rick Marshall's Food Diaries with optional commentary focusing on three segments of a concept that didn't really take off in the film. Lastly the director, Brad Silberling, has a 25-minute relaxed conversation with Sid and Marty Krofft where further homage is paid to the original series. All-in-all a very complete package - especially the above-the-call-of-duty documentary.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Appreciation of The Land of the Lost is DIRECTLY proportional to your recollection of the cheesy 1974 TV program. Luckily, for me, I had recently purchased that older Saturday morning series on DVD HERE - for my two boys. Viewing it made me privy to many of the satirical jokes and intentional plot inconsistencies that for many, who haven't seen or don't recall the 70's kids television program, the jokes won't reach. This is can be a hilarious film - Ferrell and Danny McBride are great and while there is some extremely amusing scenes - there are also a few too silly to connect. Strangely, because of my two boys - I've seen this enough times now that I can recite some of the dialogue verbatim - strange, hell yes. But I do like this a lot - I expect many will not but if you look at it more from a child's standpoint - it is adventurous with dinosaurs, aliens with the participants including Cha-Ka being portrayed as the archetypal family unit. The Blu-ray is a thorough package with solid A/V and a wealth of extras - many of which are just as funny as the film. I'm sure I'm in the minority - but I still recommend to those keen - but may have been dissuaded by the critical response. I can guarantee some laughs and fun adventure for kids and adults.

Gary Tooze

October 9th, 2009

 

 

 


 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be it, but film will always be my first love and I list my favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible HERE.  

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