Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
WSR Detailed DVD Review
Into The Wild

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 131 (May 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Biran Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart & Hal Holbrook

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score: 4
Internet Links

Special Features
There are no special features on Disc One of the two-disc DVD set, only up-front previews. Disc Two includes the following featurettes: Into The Wild: The Story, The Characters (21 minutes) and Into The Wild: The Experience (17 minutes), and the original theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 13169
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For language and some nudity.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 148
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 03/04/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sean Penn
(Screenplay/Written By): Subscribe Now!
(Story): Subscribe Now!
(Music): Subscribe Now!
(Director Of Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Production Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Visual Effects): Subscribe Now!
(Costume Designer): Subscribe Now!
(Editor): Subscribe Now!
(Supervising Sound Editors): Subscribe Now!
(Re-Recording Mixers): Subscribe Now!
(Executive Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Co-Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Producers): Subscribe Now!
(Academy Awards): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Picture Information

(Principal Photography): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Anamorphic Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!
(Measured DVD Letterbox Aspect Ratio): Subscribe Now!

  DVD Sound Information

(DVD Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Sound): Subscribe Now!
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack): Subscribe Now!
(DTS Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate): Subscribe Now!
(Additional Languages): Subscribe Now!
(Subtitles): Subscribe Now!
(WSR Superb Sound Qualities): Subscribe Now!

  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Disillusioned by his parents' (Hurt/Hardin) disfunctional marriage, recent Emory graduate Christoper Johnson McCandless (Hirsch) decides to cut all ties with his family. After donating nearly his entire remaining college fund to the charity Oxfam and destroying his I.D., Chris changes his name to Alexander Supertramp and sets off Into The Wild to find himself. On a journey that starts in Atlanta and ends up in the Alaska Wilderness, Alexander finds that true happiness can only occur when it is shared with loved ones. Based on the novel inspired by true events, written by Jon Krakauer. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.36:1 DVD exhibits a pleasing image, with nicely balanced contrast and well-resolved fine details. Black levels are fairly deep, but there are scenes where the black levels are too gray. Shadow delineation is rendered well, but detail can be lost in the whites, causing them to look dimensionless and static. Color fidelity appears natural, and fleshtones have a believable hue. While pixilation is not overly problematic, there are times when shimmering can be noticed. Edge enhancement is also noticeable over the high-contrast transitions. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby