Finding Neverland

Featured In Issue 120, May 2007

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Marc Forster
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When James M. Barrie (Depp) happens upon the Davies family in a park one day, he is enchanted by the widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Winslet) and her children. After spending time with the family, his creativity is awakened, and he begins to take steps into Finding Neverland by writing Peter Pan...a play that will crack the slump in his career and become his most famous work. Based on the book The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. (Suzanne Hodges)

Special features are the same as those found on the DVD reviewed in Issue 96 and include audio commentary with Director Marc Forster, Producer Richard Gladstein, and Writer David Magee; a 16-minute Magic Of Finding Neverland featurette; a three-minute look at Creating Neverland; a brief glimpse On The Red Carpet of the premiere; three deleted scenes with optional commentary; and a six-minute outtake reel. There is also a Movie Showcase included and up-front ads.

Bold reds and blues and deep blacks are the highlight of the 2.32:1 Blu-ray Disc. Details are generally resolved well, but there are times when they can look slightly soft. Greens can look slightly too pale. In fact, much of the presentation can look rather pale, with fleshtones looking rather pallid. (Danny Richelieu)

The uncompressed linear PCM 5.1-channel encoding provides pristine fidelity, with articulate bass and well-recorded dialogue. The mix is enjoyable at times, but there are moments when the surround channels are noticeably underutilized. (Danny Richelieu)