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The Lost City Of Z Blu-ray Review

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I’m sure I’m not the first one to make this joke, but the Lost City of ZZZZZ would be a more accurate title for this film.

After embarking on a successful survey mission for the Royal Geographic Society, a British soldier turned explorer (Percy Fawcett) decides to travel through the Amazon jungle to find the titular lost city of Z. Note: The film is based on a true story and on the novel by David Grann.

For a film about exploration and journeys, it’s shocking how little happens during the slow paced 140 minute runtime. One would think “The Lost City Of Z” would be mostly comprised of adventurous and perilous expeditions, but that’s not the case. Most of the film is about Percy’s belief in the lost civilization, his never ending desire to search it out, his family squabbles, and dry drama with Royal Geographic Society. What IS shown is so reminiscent of other exploratory films we have seen before and that’s a major problem. Aside from an intriguing ending and the real life story element, ‘Z’ doesn’t bring much new to the table.

One thing everyone can agree on, however, is that the cinematography is downright dazzling. Even though watching this old fashioned film may test one’s patience, it’s certainly something to look at from a visual perspective with all of the lush scenery.

It should also be said that there is a lot to like here performance wise. Robert Pattinson continues to impress in his post “Twilight” career as Corporal Henry Costin. He’s completely unrecognizable here and really becomes the character. Tom Holland (the new Spider-Man) shows off more range as Percy’s son Jack. Sienna Miller also shines as Percy’s devoted wife Nina. Angus Macfayden also gives a memorable turn as the slimy James Murray.Lastly there is Charlie Hunnam as Percy himself. Personally, I have mixed feelings about his performance. On one hand, this is easily Charlie’s best acting. On the other hand, I am still not convinced by his acting.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is a bit fuzzy for my taste but it’s still solid.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track is very lively in every aspect.

Extras: * “Adventure In The Jungle”- A short featurette that contains cast and crew interviews and discussions about the shoot and the film’s themes. * “From Novel To Screen”- Author David Grann and others talk about the real story of Percy and the novel. * “Expedition Journal”- Behind-the-scenes photos and stills. * An informative commentary by writer/director James Gray who talks about film adaptation, the cast, the shoot, and more.

Overall Thoughts: There’s a good movie buried in here somewhere, but it’s not in the final product.

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July 7, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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