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Nim's Island

Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster & Gerard Butler

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Special features include two feature commentary tracks: one by Foster and Breslin and the other by Director/Writers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett; the following featurettes: Nim's Friends (six minutes), Abigail's Journey (seven minutes), and Working On Water (six minutes); three deleted scenes; two public service announcements; and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 252752
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For mild adventure action and brief language
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/05/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Nim (Breslin) lives on a deserted island in the South Pacific, along with her marine biologist father Jack (Butler), where they spend their days exploring and carrying out scientific experiments. One day Jack sails to a local atoll to gather nano-plankton, leaving Nim behind to care for some newly hatched sea turtles. A sudden storm disables Jack's boat, leaving poor Nim with only her faithful animal friends to comfort her. In desperation Nim reaches out via e-mail to her literary adventure hero, Alex Rover (also Butler), and pleads with him to travel to Nim's Island to help find her dad. What Nim doesn't know is that Alex is actually Alexandra Rover (Foster)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a sharp picture, with fine detail delivered well. There is a good sense of dimension to the image, brought on by very good shadow delineation and nicely balanced contrast. Black levels are deep and the movie is filled with bright, bold colors, which are saturated nicely. Fleshtones look natural and have good distinction between various hues. Occasional compression artifacts are noticeable, as is edge enhancement, but neither is overly distracting. (Danny Richelieu)