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Dora And The Lost City Of Gold Blu-ray Review

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“Dora And The Lost City Of Gold” was the surprise of summer 2019.

After growing up in the jungle with her explorer parents who are searching for the lost Incan City Parapata, the curious and sometimes overly adventurous Dora (and her monkey Boots) is sent to live with her cousin Diego in L.A. Diego (who lived with Dora in the jungle in his youth) has become a different person and his familial bond with Dora seems to have soured. The two are forced to spend more time with one another, however, when they (along with fellow students Sammy and Randy) are kidnapped by mercenaries and sent to Peru. A man (Alejandro) who claims to know Dora’s parents helps Dora and co. escape the mercenaries (who are looking for Parapata for financial reasons only). Alejandro tells Dora that her parents are missing and they all decide to embark on a dangerous quest to find them. Of course, there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Cartoon to live-action films have a spotty track record at best but “Dora And The Lost City Of Gold” gets it right under the visions of director James Bobin and writers Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson. Despite the fact that the plot is almost weirdly identical to another recent Nickelodeon movie (“Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie”), ‘Dora’ is simply a fun time at the movies. Naturally, people who grew up with the animated series might get more out of this movie than others with all of the clever easter eggs (and even an animated sequence), but as someone who did not grow up with the show, I can say this film still has a lot of appeal due to its quirky humor, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” esque action-adventure scenes, fourth wall breaking, and winning cast.

On the subject of the cast, Isabela Moner continues her rise to stardom as the titular character. She brings such enthusiasm and charm to her role. She carries the movie with such ease. In fact, much of the cast turns in fine work here especially Temuera Morrison, Eugenio Derbez (who is clearly having a blast here), Eva Longoria, Danny Trejo, Madeleine Madden and Michael Peña. I hate to single out one cast member, but the actor who plays Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) is severely miscast here. Not only does he have zero charisma, but often times he’s a glorified background character or you don’t even notice him on screen because he’s that bland.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The colors really pop with this exquisite hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? A lively track that really comes alive during action scenes.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* Paramount trailers
* 11 deleted/extended scenes
* 2 minutes of bloopers.
* “All About Dora”- A featurette about the character’s big screen interpretation.
* “Can You Say Pelicula?”- Eugenio Derbez is the focus of this extra
* “Dora In Flower Vision”- A look at the animated sequence
* “Dora’s Jungle House”- A tour of the jungle house set

November 15, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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