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Bones And All Blu-ray Review

Timothée Chalamet and Luca Guadagnino reteam for “Bones And All.”

Based on the novel by Camille DeAngelis, the 80’s set “Bones And All” revolves around a young woman (Maren) who finds herself out on her own after 18th birthday. Maren and her father spent their lives on the move due to Maren’s cannibalistic urges, but her father abandoned her. As Maren hits the road, she meets other cannibals along the way including the creepy Sully and a young man named Lee. She bonds with Lee and begins to travel with him as she learns more about cannibalism. She eventually even develops a relationship with him. As the story unfolds, there are key storylines involving both Maren and Lee’s families and the aforementioned Sully.

You have to admire anyone that can make a largely down to earth dramatic and romantic cannibal story convincing. Together director Luca Guadagnino and writer David Kajganich manage to do just that. While perhaps a bit too straight forward and self-serious for its own good, “Bones And All” is a surprising and sometimes eerie cannibal movie, love story and American road movie all rolled into one. On paper, that sounds like it would be a wild cult movie or a grizzly horror flick, but aside from a partially supernatural element, Luca Guadagnino has crafted a subtle, quiet, and straight drama film about acceptance, family, finding yourself, outsiders, and finding where you belong. Sure, there are moments of bloody cannibalism, but those moments are never excessive or over-the-top in ways you would traditionally see in a horror film. 

‘Bones’ boasts 3 superb performances by Taylor Russell, Timothée Chalamet and Mark Rylance. Taylor Russell (best known for the “Escape Room” films and the newer incarnation of “Lost In Space”) gives a genuine performance that makes you look forward to her acting future. Chalamet further cements his acting talents here as Lee. As for Mark Rylance, the veteran actor certainly had himself a banner year in 2022 with the criminally underrated “The Outfit,” the amusing “The Phantom Of The Open,” and “Bones And All.” In ‘Bones,’ he delivers a chilling performance as Sully. Without delving into spoiler territory, let’s just say this is a haunting cannibal character. 


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The often visual “Bones And All” shines in hi-def. 

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? This may not be the most audio intensive movie, but this Atmos track is perfection.

* Digital copy
* “A Look Inside”- Luca and the cast talk about the characters and story in this short featurette.
* “Luca Guadagnino: The Vision Of Bones And All”- Another super short extra that covers Luca’s directorial style and approach to the story.
* “Meet Lee” and “Meet Maren” character profiles featuring film clips, interviews and set footage.
* “Outsiders In Love”- A featurette on the romantic plot.


February 1, 2023 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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