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Into the Wild: 2 Disc Special Edition (Widescreen)

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ISBN13: 00097361316949
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Awards

2008 Academy Award Nominee:
  • Best Supporting Actor (Hal Holbrook)
  • Best Editing (Jay Cassidy)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This is the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people — a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature.

Review:

"This is a reflective, regretful, serious film about a young man swept away by his uncompromising choices....The movie is so good partly because it means so much...to its writer-director." Roger Ebert

Review:

"Into the Wild represents Penn's most assured and affecting work yet as director." Peter Travers

Review:

"There is plenty of sorrow to be found in Into the Wild But though the film's structure may be tragic, its spirit is anything but." A. O. Scott

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Grady Harp, March 10, 2008 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
Magnifying the Joy and Angst of Coming of Age

Christopher McCandless, in becoming 'Alexander Supertramp', holds a mirror to us all, a meditation on what the ideal life completely in tune with nature, surviving only on ingenuity and adaptation skills, leaving the increasingly burdensome conflicts of society behind in order to become at one with the universe. Based on Jon Krakauer's reconstruction of McCandless' journey from his diary, from letters, and from notes found after his death at age 23, IN THE WILD has been transformed into a Waldenesque film by Sean Penn who provided both the screenplay and the direction. While some may argue the very loose technique of relating this story, few will come away form this film untouched by the sheer dreamy valor of a youth determined to find his own connection to the meaning of existence.

The bright McCandless (Emile Hirsch) graduates from Emory University and faces a celebratory dinner with his wealthy but dysfunctional parents (William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden) and his adoring younger sister Carine (Jena Malone). During the stilted and revealing dinner Christopher declines his parents' gift of a new car and instructions on how to proceed with his life of success, instead electing to leave it all behind and secretly set off on a personal journey to live in the wild. Stripping himself of worldly possessions he begins his road trip with the ultimate destination being Alaska. Along the way he encounters various people: Wayne Westerberg (Vince Vaughan) who offers him work harvesting grain and camaraderie; Jan and Rainey (Catherine Keener and Brian Dierker), two middle-aged hippies who offer him a sense of family; Tracy (Kristen Stewart), a 16-year old who offers him physical love Christopher cannot condone; a Danish couple he encounters while rafting; and the elderly Frank (Hal Holbrook) who has no family and lives alone making leather trinkets, eager to 'belong' to the young man whom he sees as needy yet courageous.

Christopher's journey pretty much covers America and Mexico, from the plains and farms to the homeless streets of Los Angeles to the splendors and natural cruelties of nature in Alaska. His struggles survive are balanced by his inebriation with the wonders of the natural world untouched by society. Yet in the end he faces his own dissolution into the dust of nature alone.

Hirsch immerses himself in this physically demanding role and manages to hold onto our hearts all through his journey. The flow of the story is at times discordant with the over voice narration by Jena Malone and the insertion of bits and pieces of quotations that aren't pieced tightly together enough to avoid sounding superficial. Yet the supporting cast is very strong, including a brilliant little cameo by Cheryl Francis Harrington as a social worker with heart. The photography (Eric Gautier) is stunning and the musical score, courtesy of Michael Brook, Kaki King, and Eddie Vedder, fits the mood through the film. And throughout the film Sean Penn has the restraint and taste to keep the story vital without ever making it maudlin. A very fine film.

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Product Details

ISBN:
00097361316949
Subtitle:
2 Disc Special Edition
Publisher:
Paramount Home Video
Director:
Penn, Sean
Actor:
Harden, Marcia Gay
Actor:
Holbrook, Hal
Actor:
Hurt, William
Actor:
Hirsch, Emile
Copyright:
Publication Date:
2008-02-12
Binding:
DVD
Grade Level:
R
Media Run Time:
148 Minutes
DVD Features:
Additional Footage, Color, English Soundtrack, French Soundtrack, French Subtitles, SensorMatic, Spanish Soundtrack, Spanish Subtitles, Special Edition, Widescreen

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Into the Wild: 2 Disc Special Edition (Widescreen)
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Product details pages Paramount Home Video - English 00097361316949 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a reflective, regretful, serious film about a young man swept away by his uncompromising choices....The movie is so good partly because it means so much...to its writer-director."
"Review" by , "Into the Wild represents Penn's most assured and affecting work yet as director."
"Review" by , "There is plenty of sorrow to be found in Into the Wild But though the film's structure may be tragic, its spirit is anything but."
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