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(Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Pacific Standard
Video: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 43,588,691,094 bytes
Feature Size: 31,928,739,840 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.46 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: March 31st, 2015
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3793 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3793 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 /
48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
• Audio Commentary by Jean-Marc Vallée, Bruna Papandrea and David Greenbaum
• The Real Cheryl Strayed (8:37)
From the director of Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc
Vallée), WILD recounts the reckless behavior of Cheryl
Strayed (Witherspoon), who makes a rash decision to embark
on a challenging trek across the Pacific Crest Trail. With
absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a
thousand miles all on her own — in what becomes an
unforgettable journey of transformation and redemption that
strengthens and ultimately heals her.
Adapted from Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir of the same name, director Jean-Marc Vallee's Wild stars Oscar-winner Reece Witherspoon) as a self-destructive divorcee who seeks to conquer her demons by hiking 1,100 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl was just 22-years-old when her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) died of cancer in 1991. As children, Cheryl and her brother watched their mother endure intense suffering at the hands of their mentally and physically abusive father, and Bobbi was just getting her life together when she fell gravely ill. The loss was just too much for Cheryl to take, and before long she sank so deeply into heroin addiction that destroyed her marriage. Four years later, Cheryl has hit rock bottom. She knows that unless she makes a change, the future she had once hoped for will slip out of reach. Later, as Cheryl begins her arduous journey through the wilderness, those painful memories come flooding back as she encounters numerous dangers and disheartening set-backs. Meanwhile the kindness of strangers will help her summon the courage and endurance she'll need to stay the path.
“Wild” is the story of a very long walk, a trek of over 1,000
miles along the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, from the Southern
California desert to the lush forests of Oregon. Based on Cheryl
Strayed’s best-selling memoir, the film begins, like the book, in the
middle of the journey, with a scene that at once celebrates the
sublimity of nature and the spirit of solitude and douses such
romanticism in a demystifying spray of cold water.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Wild looks, predictably, beautiful on Blu-ray from Fox. The image quality appears devoid of imperfections of any kind. It is another striking film shot with the Arri Alexa. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate and the outdoor cinematography is stunning at times - kudos to DoP Yves Bélanger. Colors are seem accurate without embellishment, detail is strong in close-ups and the visuals in-motion are frequently impressive. Daylight scenes dominate but there are some sequences in the night and there is no noise visible. This Blu-ray does its job in presenting a highly pleasing 1080P replication of the theatrical appearance. All, very, good.
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A very strong audio transfer - a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround at 3793 kbps. There are, of course, natural effects of the outdoor journey - more notable would be the soundtrack. The 'theme' song of the film is the wonderful El Condor Pasa (If I Could) as sung by Paul Simon (and Reese Witherspoon) which turns up sporadically in the film as well as the beginning and finale. There is some Leonard Cohen, Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pat Metheny and even Franz Schubert's Swan Song. There are a couple of foreign-language DUBs and optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Extras start with a revealing audio commentary by director Jean-Marc Vallée and producers Bruna Papandrea and David Greenbaum. As you can guess, it is production-centric but I loved the input on the themes and story references. We also get a whole pile of videos including an 8.5-minute piece on The Real Cheryl Strayed and one of similar length entitled The Real Location Is The Best Location. We get some hiking advice in packing your backpack with How Much Does A Monster Weigh? - a very cool The Pacific Crest Trail Interactive Map, 8-minutes of deleted scenes – with optional commentary by Jean-Marc Vallée - mostly on how they didn't fir the final cut. There are 7 promotional featurettes - each running about 3-4 minutes with Witherspoon, Vallée, Strayed and others. The titles are self-explanatory - Bringing the Book Into The Wild, Reese Witherspoon in the Wild, Wild: 94 Days, 1100 miles, Directing Wild, Making Wild, Pacific Crest Trail, and Real Locations. Lastly are a short message from Cheryl Strayed about experiencing the PCT, a theatrical trailer and a gallery. The package contains a code to download the digital version and a 16-page, liner notes, leaflet entitled Life After Wild on Cheryl Strayed today.
March 28th, 2015
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 5000 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.
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