New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'All Is Lost' Stuns, 'The Jungle Book' Charms, and 'The Best Man Holiday' Howls

New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'All Is Lost' Stuns, 'The Jungle Book' Charms, and 'The Best Man Holiday' Howls

Feb 11, 2014

All Is Lost - Lionsgate - Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD
Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Robert Redford

If you felt the backstory for Sandra Bullock's character was one of the most disappointing aspects of Gravity, then I heartily recommend All Is Lost. This is Robert Redford, on his own, trying to survive a sinking ship. It's a triumphant film about the resourcefulness of the human spirit, and how precision and experience are woefully underused elements of a thriller. There's no sad backstory given to Redford's character, no overtly metaphorical side to what he's experiencing. This is an adventure film about one man versus the elements, and it's as vivid and visceral an experience as Gravity was, only without the outerspace spectacle. Though that doesn't make this film any less of a technical marvel. Plus, it's just a dynamite showcase for Redford, who gives a magnificent performance.

Special Features: Commentary with J.C. Chandor and his two producers; and then after that we've got about 40 minutes worth of making-of materials, which could go deeper, but do a good job of showing the dedication that went into making this all possible.

 

The Jungle Book - Disney - Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Cast: Bruce ReithermanPhil HarrisSebastian CabotLouis PrimaGeorge SandersFull cast + crew

The Jungle Book is still a danged charming story about a boy who is inexorably drawn toward manhood and away from the not-so-childish things that make childhood such a treasure. That sounds cheesy to say, but it's true. It may not be one of the best Disney animated films ever made, but in a way that formula of not wanting to give up that which everyone else says we must was perfected here, and so many other Disney films have been chasing it ever since.

Special Features: The most important part of The Jungle Book's first trip to Blu-ray is that it still looks so lived in, so organic. It seems odd to say a high-definition transfer of something still looks a little flawed and have it be a good thing, but that is indeed the case here. As for the other special features, there are some deleted scenes, a sing-a-long feature, and a brief look at the film's legacy.

 

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Today is a week that truly does offer something for everyone. Like ensemble comedies about marriage and friendship and the funny things that don't ever seem to change over time? Get The Best Man Holiday. Want to revisit a lavish, sexy musical about murder? Chicago it is. Want to see a bunch of very famous people do some very strange things for director Ridley Scott? Go for The Counselor. Love Princess Diana and think Naomi Watts is one of the most talented actresses working today? Diana is your dream. Want to see how kids factor into the industrial war machine of the future? Ender's Game has you covered.

And if none of the above strike your fancy, some of the below may as well. This is a week peppered with small, interesting films, and we'd simply run out of breath trying to cover them all. But if you need a handful of other highlights, check out any of these as well:


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