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Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Max Records , Catherine Keener , Spike Jonze  |  PG |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper
  • Directors: Spike Jonze
  • Format: 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HN699A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,510 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

Editorial Reviews

"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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449 of 516 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!".


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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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood classic August 31, 2010
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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but pretty much for adults December 11, 2010
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There is no sex, some violence, no cursing except for "hell". However, it's refreshing and in it's own way very original. I never liked the book, but I'm gradually growing attached to this film. I don't have kids, however I have worked with children, and this is not a film I'd show in a classroom. It has an adult feel, and the overal presentation of an angry boy finding himself through these "things"(these characters are extensions of his anger, self doubt, ect). Adults and teenagers would like this film. Especially the "not sure what I am/where I belong" message that this movie caries. Also, it doesn't come across as the typical Holywood trash, which, some people will find hard to swallow. Instead, the over all flavor has an independant film taste to it...can't fully explain what I mean. Anyway, thanks for reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My 9 year old liked it April 7, 2010
By Tina
I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie. I loved the book and knew this was going to be quite different. I watched it with my son, and it didn't take us long to figure out that the "wild things" were the things Max was dealing with. Feeling alone, ignored, angry, out of control, and unlovable. I think all children feel these things, no matter what their home life is like. It was a great opportunity for me to ask him questions and for him to be open about his feelings. This movie really is for children, but I wouldn't say little kids. Probably third grade and up. I loved it and my son totally got it and enjoyed it too.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The spirit of the book October 25, 2011
By Amber
I absolutely loved this movie. The book was one of my favorites growing up, and I read it to my kids. Would I show my kids (3 and 2) this movie? Nope, too old for them. Do I love it myself? Absolutely. It's more adult than the book, but I think captures the spirit of the book in a very real way. I absolutely love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but it's not necessarily for children
This movie doesn't seem to have been made for children. It is based on the eponymous book, but appears to emphasize themes one would normally associate with adults such as being... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Andres
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise... a great movie!
I was not sure what to expect of this movie. I feared that I might not like it, but my wife insisted that we watch, and in the end I loved it. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Joseph R. Bracken
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, not little kid friendly
I started watching this with my 2 yr old thinking it would be more like the book, but I had to turn it off before we ever got to where the book began. Not little kid friendly.
Published 1 month ago by L. Mattocks
2.0 out of 5 stars should be where the loud things are!
I thought the movie was to loud because of the continual screaming by the characters - I most be getting old.
Published 1 month ago by J. Parke
4.0 out of 5 stars Sendak via Spike Jones is a revelation
Wow. A quite extraordinary film and certainly one of the most moving I have seen in the past year or two. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jjmmkk
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Watched with my son, who has one heck of an imagination himself. This movie was not what I expected at all, and that is a good thing! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jake
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids
My son was very disturbed by this movie. There is anti social and violent behavior which is presented too intensely for young children.
Published 1 month ago by Jill Wuethrich
When a "Ammie" friend of mine raved about this movie I knew it would have to be great! I have always been a big fan of the book 'Where The Wild Things Are' and I was curious to see... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DR SHOCK
2.0 out of 5 stars Book was better, and oh, it would have been nice if the Amazon Video...
Crashed after the first hour, back, reload, back reload... no luck. Amazon Video failed this time. Kids loved the movie in general but my 5 year old says the book was better.
Published 1 month ago by Sarp Sekeroglu
3.0 out of 5 stars Not true to the book
There were quite a few artistic liberties taken and not so true to the book. It was alright but not what I would have expected when I rented it.
Published 1 month ago by C. Ng
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