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Wild (2014/Fox Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B+ Film: B

Based on the true story and memoir by Cheryl Strayed, Wild is an intense character study about a woman who must walk away from her complicated personal life and undergo a 1,100 mile solo hike undertaken as a way for her to recover from her unhappy life. At first completely unprepared, she soon heightens her awareness and overcomes incredible obstacles. Think Eat Prey Love only darker and minus all of the romance.

From Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of last year's Dallas Buyers Club, the filmmaking here is top notch with solid production design, cinematography, editing and an unbelievable performance by Reese Witherspoon in the title role. Alongside Reese is Laura Dern (as Strayed's mother), with Thomas Sadoski, Michiel Huisman and Gaby Hoffmann among several others in supporting roles of characters that she meets along the long journey.

The premise: In 1995, Cheryl Strayed decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone as a way to heal herself following her divorce, the death of her mother, and years of reckless, destructive behavior.

Wild presents a multi-linear narrative, presenting events from Cheryl's hike in chronological order, with frequent flashbacks to earlier points in her life, featuring her (as a child, teenager, and young adult), her mother and brother, her former husband, and other people she has known. This unique style of storytelling is my favorite as it puts the viewer inside Cheryl's mental state and keeps the tension up high.

Fox has done an excellent job with the presentation of Wild on Blu-ray. Picture and sound on this disc are really top notch with a flawless 1080p high definition transfer with a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio. The sound is superb with a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track in English, French, and Spanish and UV digital copy of the film for your tablet or smart phone.

Extras include a nice collectible booklet with a mini-essay by Cheryl Strayed and photos and also plenty of great additional features including...

Deleted Scenes

The Real Cheryl Strayed

The Real Location is the Best Location

How Much Does a Monster Weigh?

The Pacific Crest Trail Interactive Map

Promotional Featurettes

Audio Commentary by Jean-Marc Vallée, Bruna Papandrea and David Greenbaum,

Experiencing the PCT: A Special Message from Cheryl Strayed, a Theatrical Trailer, and Still Gallery

All in all, a great film and great release by Fox that is not to be missed.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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