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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Max Records , Catherine Keener , Spike Jonze  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper
  • Directors: Spike Jonze
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HN699A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Where the Wild Things Are" on IMDb

Special Features

Series of "Where the Wild Things Are" shorts by Lance Bangs: The Absurd Difficulty of Filming a Dog Running and Barking at the Same Time, Crew Pranks Spike, Vampire Attack: The Max Records Short, The Kids Take Over the Picture

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"Let the wild rumpus start!" Nine-year-old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of the land Where the Wild Things Are. King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters--but being king may not be as carefree as it looks! Filmmaker Spike Jonze directs a magical, visually astonishing film version of Maurice Sendak's celebrated children's classic, starring an amazing cast of screen veterans and featuring young Max Records in a fierce and sensitive performance as Max.

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Concert DVD October 2, 2009
Format:DVD
I know others will go deep with analysis of this product, so I will just state what I think is the most important element. This show seems to have been edited by someone who is not only aware of this type of music, but also a fan. I cannot handle nonstop 2 second cuts to every camera view that I could care less about. The days of the frantic MTV style video presentation are OVER. This DVD is perfect in that aspect, when Steve is going for the "part", you WILL get to see it. And there is also just the right amount of effects and movement to keep it interesting & fresh. Any musician who actually cares about the music, should pay attention to "Where the Wild Things Are" and use this as a reference point for any Producer or Director who will be in charge of presenting an artists true vision in the arena of concert recording. For me: The Perfect Concert DVD HUNT4MUSIC
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452 of 519 people found the following review helpful
It's a funny thing: adults have no problem loading films with whizzing bullets, raging flames and bellowing anger and slap a PG rating on it, but the moment the protagonist is a child they back off and claim "Whoa - this is too intense and scary!".

Nuts.

The claims that this film is a little intense are true - it IS intense because it's much more honest and real than any other films for children available in the last thirty years. By 'for children' I mean ALL children, any age.
Those who can't recall what it was like to be a kid aren't going to get it. They will be those who don't recall what it was like to be frightened, who don't recall how it feels to be second best to those they love most, who never had to carve out a slice of reality (or unreality) for themselves to make sense of the incomprehensible.

The world portrayed in the film is the real world where individuals live their own lives, sometimes at the expense of the feelings of those immediately around them, especially family. This may be the source of the films undeserved reputation as "scary" - while it is certainly no ghetto, "Max" the child protoganist lives in a realistically portrayed lower income neighborhood and his familial troubles are ones all too many children are accustomed to. He responds to these cares in ways that are well documented in child psychology. If this setting is considered by some as too scary for children then we have only ourselves to blame. This is how the real world is - it is not an Eighties family sit-com.

My nephew (5) and neice (9) are currently going through their parents divorce. Without spelling out the obvious overmuch, it was with a little trepidation that my Brother and I took them to see this yesterday.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Goes without Saying.... October 3, 2009
Format:DVD
You can bet that if Vai's putting out a DVD, you're going to get your money's worth and then some. The musicianship is as high as can be expected, and if you're even somewhat familiar with Vai's work, this is no surprise.

What I enjoyed the most were the production values (lighting and DVD specific effects), the little touches of bizarre humor that he's known for (picking with his guitar tech, showing the scat lyrics to Firewall, shamelessly plugging himself in Tender Surrender), and the way he shared the stage with the other musicians. That last aspect impressed me the most, actually. He knows he can play, so he had no problem letting the band step up. Instead of "Dave's Party Piece", he actually got to play one of his own songs from his album (albeit, and abbreviated version). Also, the Lydian jam with Anne Marie and Alex on "The Crying Machine" was just magical.

Like I said, if you're a Vai fan, you're gonna get this DVD, so I'm basically writing this for the casual listener/musician. If you're interested in something different from the cookie cutter commercial garbage that out there. Give this a listen, you might learn something!
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood classic August 31, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Directed by the wonderfully inventive Spike Jonze, WTWTA follows young Max as he runs away from home following an argument with his mother and finds solace in a world of his own. He sets sail and washes up on an island inhabited by furry beings who take him in and crown him as their new king- unfortunately they have eaten every other king they have ever had. The boys relationship with the wild things is loving but often strained at times. He finds in them what he found back at home- love, jealousy, rivalry, acceptance...
Let me say that this film looks stunning. The voice acting is brilliant, the writing and directing are sublime and the pace of the movie is measured, but perfectly so. I think the reason that people are slamming this movie is because they are approaching it a kids film, which it isn't. It is an adult film about being a kid, and how hard it could be and how we would often find comfort in make-believe.
In my opinion, this is one of the most affecting films I have seen in years. Complex in so many ways- I am sure that this movie will reveal itself more as you revisit it. Don't go in expecting a fast-paced kiddies adventure movie, but instead look at the previous work of the brilliant Spike Jonze to see how he has grown as a film-maker and yet lost nothing of what made him so great in the firt place. This is a grown-up, sad, sometimes unsettling look at childhood and imagination, and I for one absolutely loved it.
The blu-ray transfer is terrific also. The short film Higgedy Piggedy Pop which is included in the extras is wonderful, and I am looking forward to delving into some of the other extras included on this disc.
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This also comes with a nice slipcover and digital copy-buyer beware!
I wrote amazon customer service and they responded that this version is not the same as the combo pack seen elsewhere. Buy.com offeres a blu-ray+dvd+digital copy pack for 29.99. oddly enough though, their decription lists the contents as "1 disc"
Feb 25, 2010 by Mr Mojo Risin |  See all 19 posts
Blu-Ray combo pack - question about bonus features
I purchased the combo pack the day of release - it's not the same DVD as this one contains only the film itself along with the digital copy; none of the special features are included on the DVD itself. The single DVD available for separate purchase has a few bonus features, but the bulk of them... Read More
Mar 6, 2010 by J. Allen |  See all 7 posts
Latin Spanish or Castillian Spanish?
It is subtitled, not dubbed, so you should be fine.
Mar 20, 2010 by Margaret Picky |  See all 2 posts
"Where the Wild Things Are"...from my own childhood...
In the book there's a page where the boy is chasing his dog with a fork in his hand. I'm wondering what's supposed to be so joyous and fun about that. Movie was spot on. It's a pretty dark book.
Mar 16, 2010 by Sylo |  See all 3 posts
This Blu will only be $19.99 at Target!
Considering that you can't even complete your thought as a complete sentence, I'm assuming this picture simply wasn't tailor made to please you. For many people, myself included, this was one of the most amazing film experiences I've had as an adult and easily my favorite film of 2009 (and no, I... Read More
Mar 6, 2010 by J. Allen |  See all 11 posts
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