Into the Wild [Blu-ray]
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An affluent and likable young man, McCandless graduated with honors from Emory University and then set a course to redefine his life. Abandoning his family, friends, and material possessions--McCandless assumed the pseudonym of Alexander Supertramp and set off to explore the world in its most innocent form. Living off the land and experiencing nature, fellow travelers, and much adventure--McCandless was looking for a modern day utopia and sought to discover his real self as he cast away the corruptions of modern life. Touring the country for two years, McCandless's exploration was to culminate in an Alaskan sojourn--where he would commune with "the wild." His aspirations can be viewed as both admirable and delusional--but that is part of the complexity of McCandless's life. As much as you want him to succeed, you realize there can be no happy ending with the expectations he has in place.Read more ›
McCandless has just graduated from Emory University. He's bright, well-liked, talented, the world is his for the taking-- it seems. Then he chucks it all, burns his money, abandons his vehicle, donates his graduate school fund to charity and hits the road. He's a leatherfoot, hoofing all across the country from Atlanta to South Dakota, on to California and finally to his goal of the utopian loner's dream world of "Alaska". Alaska is quoted here because it represents far more for McCandless than just a remote place full of emptiness and nature. It represents the "wild" - that gorgeous and challenging place where he can find himself, or so he thinks.
He's on a wild goose chase with himself but doesn't quite understand or realize it. He thinks he's stuffing life and experience and learning into all the time that he has-- he's abandoned everything including his sister and parents. In fact, he refuses to communicate with them at all. Their heartbreak, worry, fears, and frustrations are with us the viewer at all times and we wonder (as do a few characters in the film) silently, "how can he do this to them"?
Chris hits the road hard. He takes odd jobs, and goes from frustrated relationship to the next one. But they always are frustrating because he simply will not give of himself. They aren't frustrating for him, but for those who want to befriend him. His search for personal meaning is truly little more than an avoidance of his own personal demons, mostly from his parents' history and rocky marriage.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This movie is pretty good. The acting was mostly enjoyable. On a negative note, this film slightly glorifies a person who made a completely avoidable mistake, in taking to the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Caitlin G
Amazing movie and a beautiful story. I've read the book and the book his sister wrote. The Blu Ray came in brand new condition.Published 4 days ago by Thomas Ganoe
The movie, though quite tragic, was well directed. There was also a good mix of well established actors as well as up and coming actors. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Such an amazing movie! Really kinda sets your mind in gear to motivate you to do whatever you've always wanted and really explore life not just sit at home watching Netflix.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing movie! I have watched this more thn once and was so blown away by the actors performance and how similar he looked to the actual man! Read morePublished 9 days ago by LEAH
Great movie from the perspective of an adventurous soul. RIP CM.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
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|Chris McCandless from an Alaska Park Ranger's Perspective||
Ranger Peter Christian's analysis is interesting. Although he respects his dream of leaving civilization to be one with nature, what he is criticizing is its execution which was foolhearty, completely unnecessary, and ultimately fatal. I however disagree with his judgment of McCandless'... Read More
Jan 7, 2009 by Octavius | See all 43 posts
The 2-DVD special edition contains no extras on the first DVD, and not a great deal on the second DVD. The second platter offers "The Story, The Characters" and "The Experience", as well as the trailer. The two featurettes run a total of around 38 minutes or so and do a... Read More
Apr 4, 2008 by black forest elf | See all 4 posts
|HD DVD - does it play on a blu-ray?||
Regular DVD's will play on any HD-DVD or Blu-ray player, it's called backwards compatibility. But HD-DVD and Blu-ray will only play in there respected players. Regular DVD player will not be able to play those disks.
Sep 2, 2008 by jwt4000 | See all 2 posts
|Into the Wild in HD DVD||
sure is. I already got it in the mail. It's an amazing film. Great picture and sound on HD DVD. I don't care if the format is dead. It's still great while I own it.
Mar 8, 2008 by Bryan A. Mabe | See all 2 posts
|No bluray ?||
Paramount originally sided with HD DVD. Now that Blu Ray has won the format "war", Paramount has to come out with new relase dates for movies in Blu Ray. Beowulf should be in the same boat.
Mar 4, 2008 by Philpost7 | See all 3 posts
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