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When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn’t realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of JUMANJI! 26 years later he is freed from the game’s spell by two unsuspecting children. Alan (ROBIN WILLIAMS) reunites with Sarah (BONNIE HUNT) and together with Judy (KIRSTEN DUNST) and Peter (BRADLEY PIERCE) tries to outwit the game’s powerful forces in this imaginative adventure that combines breathtaking special effects with an enchanting mixture of comedy, magic and thrills. 2017 DVD 20th Anniversary Release - International When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn’t realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of JUMANJI! 26 years later, Alan (Robin Williams) reunites with Sarah (Bonnie Hunt) and, together with Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), tries to ou
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The 1995 JUMANJI is a bittersweet step back in time seeing a young, handsome and lively Robin Williams at his best. I was never a fan of slapstick, goofy Robin Williams but always appreciated his films that were series and had humor and that is what JUMANJI is. Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) disappeared from his home and has been trapped in the Jumanji game for decades until released by a couple of kids Judy and Peter Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce). Alan is released along with an assortment of wild animals and a crazy safari hunter.
JUMANJI is pure fun and adventure as Parrish and the kids try to save their town from destruction and to end the game once and for all. No doubt the GC animals were outstanding by 1995 standards, though they look weak by the current visual effects. This is a fine cast that includes a young Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier and Bebe Nuewirth. It's a fun and enjoyable film and a chance to see the sadly missed Robin Williams at his finest.
Kirsten Dunst was fresh off her auspicious debut in "Interview with a Vampire", and is a natural. All of the kid actors are good. Jonathan Hyde is also impressive, playing a dual role (a psychological subtext).
I always thought director Joe Johnston was under-rated. He handles the very complicated material in a way clear enough to be easily understood. I recommend this film, to show how Williams brilliantly combined manic and serious in a most enjoyable entertainment.
Jumanji is just one of those family flicks that you can watch again and again. I remember it scared my younger daughter to death when the rhinos stampede out of the bookcase in the library, but other than that shock, she was all right with it. A strange, dark, adventurous movie. One of the few Kirsten Dunst (Interview With A Vampire being the other) that I can stomach. Williams is Williams, which is funny and a little neurotic. David Alan Grier is hysterical. Jonathan Hyde plays the duel role of Alan's father and the hunter sprung from the game bent on Alan's destruction (hmmmmm, is there a hidden theme there?). Bonnie Hunt plays the mystified, panic-inclined grown up version of Sarah perfectly. Always a pleasure to watch. Looks great on Blu-ray.
The detail and color range are spectacular. Does it look like a new or recent movie. Of course not. But it is as good a restoration of an old film as I've seen so far, with the exception of the UHD restoration of "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
If you like "Jumanji," and you have a 4K tv and a UHD player, you will LOVE this restoration.
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