- Actors: Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate
- Directors: Jorge R. Gutiérrez
- Format: 3D, Blu-ray, Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy
- Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: January 27, 2015
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,851 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00Q599A3I
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. THE BOOK OF LIFE is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, THE BOOK OF LIFE encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
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The film tells the story of Manolo, a soulful and poetic young man hopelessly in love with the beautiful Maria. The only problem is that the dashing, preening Joaquin is in love with her too. To add to this, the gods La Muerte (made of sugar candy) and Xibalba (made of tar) are wagering on who gets the girl (and Maria will have none of it!). From there begins a story that will take our heroes to the Land of the Remembered, the Land of the Forgotten, and everything in between. They'll face down a 200 foot bull, a conniving god, a giant boulder of a bandit, and death itself. And yes (spoiler alert), there's a happy ending.
Now, I don't want to oversell the movie. The storytelling could be a LOT better. There's a completely needless framing device and the characters could afford to be a lot more interesting. Did I mention that nearly everyone is carved out of wood (the framing device tells the story with puppets), except when they aren't - leading to bizarre continuity and some really weird looking characters. The Book of Life succeeds when it comes to Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Gutierrez's dazzling, magnificent, rich, dark, and colorful visuals. Millions of flower petals falling from the sky...a bull fight watched by a million people...the land of the forgotten - ashen and grey, and the land of the remembered - a celebration of light and music...these are gorgeous images that will dazzle and astound you! And the movie succeeds when it comes to that!
So if you're looking for something different for your kids, try this one out. It's a beautiful homage to the mythology of Mexico, and features the most dazzling and beautiful visuals I've seen in a kid's film this year. In addition, The Book of Life has got some good voice performances and heart. In spirit of Xibalba and La Muerte, I'll wager that this will be a unique experience you won't regret. 4/5 books of life!
Part Rango, part Ren and Stimpy, and part folklore, The Book of Life is a sly, eye-popping, tongue-in-cheek, whimsical tale of love, friendship, and tradition that is a treat for the mind, the heart, and the imagination. While I’d like to see some improvements made in tightening things up, a more involved storyline, and a better sense of music, The Book of Life is still a gorgeous movie that joyfully shatters the Disney/Pixar bubble.
I also appreciate that it's not the typical European mythos, but shows a rich world view that many may be unfamiliar with. I like that my son is getting some exposure to more traditions. The girl must fight against some expectations, the boys must as well. It was also a good way for us to talk a little about death, and have more discussion around ghosts and scary things. Little one is currently having some fears (expected for his age) and this allowed for us to talk about some of the things he can do, and how some things that may look scary are good.
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