Jumanji
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Jumanji

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Director: Joe Johnston

Cast: Joe Johnston, Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst

     
 

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Fans of Jumanji who own the original DVD release might want to sell off that old copy and look for the newer special edition. Once again, the picture is outstanding, maybe even reference quality. It is alive with color, while the dark scenes look perfectly natural, without any noticeable grain. The sound is problematic, as the dialogue is recorded lower thanSee more details below

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Fans of Jumanji who own the original DVD release might want to sell off that old copy and look for the newer special edition. Once again, the picture is outstanding, maybe even reference quality. It is alive with color, while the dark scenes look perfectly natural, without any noticeable grain. The sound is problematic, as the dialogue is recorded lower than the music and sound effects. This means continuously raising and lowering the volume. For the most part, however, the extras make up for any inconsistencies. Though far from the best, they are plentiful. First up is an audio commentary track, not from the director or actors, but from the real "stars" of the film -- the visual effects crew. They create a track about the technical details while trying to keep it as uncomplicated as possible. In addition, there are three featurettes. The longest, a 20 minute "making of" documentary, has some interesting interviews, but little behind-the-scenes footage. The other two, one on the visual effects and the other on the production design, are shorter, but still appealing for those interested in an effects-laden picture such as this. A small storyboard section allows the viewer to look at drawn images of specific scenes while watching a smaller window with the final results. A brief photo gallery rounds out the main supplemental material. There are talent files and theatrical trailers for this film as well as for Madeline and Matilda. While certainly not the greatest special edition ever produced, this will no doubt please fans that enjoyed the film.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The imaginative children's novel by Chris Van Allsburg becomes this successful, if a bit too sour, big-budget action-adventure. The basic idea of Jumanji (1995) is certainly an inventive and exciting one: a board game in which a player can be literally drawn into a savage jungle world upon a losing roll of the dice. Where the film seems to go wrong is in having its milquetoast hero disappear for so long, only to reappear as a physically tougher but emotionally wounded adult played by Robin Williams. What this story needs is a sense of joy, of a small-minded town too concerned about appearances and normalcy getting its comeuppance. Instead, an underlying sense of tragedy (parents undone by a child's disappearance, other kids orphaned, childhood scars holding adults back from moving on in life) scuttles the whole endeavor. Director Joe Johnston has all the trappings just right, and the computer-generated critters are sufficiently frightening, exciting, and realistic. It's the film's somber emotional content that saps what should have been a wild ride of the giddy vibe that should have been fueling the trip.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2000
UPC:
0043396117426
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
3,221

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Animated menus; Isolated music score; Audio: English 5.1 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby surround]; Subtitles: English; "Making-of" documentary; Production design documentary; Storyboards; SFX featurettes; SFX crew commentary; Talent files; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Photo galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Alan Parrish
Bonnie Hunt Sarah Whittle
Kirsten Dunst Judy Shepherd
Bradley Pierce Peter Shepherd
Bebe Neuwirth Aunt Nora
Jonathan Hyde Van Pelt/Sam Parrish
David Alan Grier Carl Bentley
Adam Hann-Byrd Young Alan
Patricia Clarkson Carol Parrish
James Handy Exterminator
Gillian Barber Mrs. Thomas
Lloyd Berry Bum
Malcolm Stewart Jim Shepherd
Darryl Henriques Gun Salesman
Robin Driscoll Paramedic
Peter Bryant Paramedic
Laura Bell Bundy Actor

Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director,Producer
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Lynne Carrow Casting
Sandy Cooper Makeup
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Robert Dalva Editor
Ted Field Executive Producer
Nancy Foy Casting
Larry Franco Executive Producer
Jonathan Hensleigh Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Scott Kroope Producer
Scott Kroopf Producer
Betsy Magruder Asst. Director
Stan Parks Special Effects
Glen W. Pearson Art Director
Stephen L. Price Special Effects
Ken Ralston Special Effects
Martha Snetsinger Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Strain Original Story,Screenwriter
Greg "Fingers" Taylor Original Story,Screenwriter
William Teitler Producer
Chris Van Allsburg Original Story,Screenwriter
David Willson Art Director
Tom Woodruff Makeup Special Effects
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [6:31]
2. Digging out the past [5:33]
3. A really weird game [1:48]
4. In The Jungle [4:29]
5. Bats in the attic [4:27]
6. Drumbeats [2:46]
7. A Tiny Bite [:47]
8. Monkeys [1:50]
9. His Fangs Are Sharp [1:51]
10. "I'm back!" [16:07]
11. Madam Serena [4:07]
12. Much Faster Than Bamboo [4:48]
13. Van Pelt [3:13]
14. It Isn't Thunder [6:13]
15. Peter cheats [1:52]
16. Panic [1:56]
17. Sir Sav-A-Lot [2:50]
18. Peter vs. Van Pelt [2:11]
19. At the crossroads [1:18]
20. Peter's tail [3:39]
21. Monsoon In Your Lagoon [3:07]
22. Opening the flood gates [1:49]
23. Quicker Than The Sand [2:19]
24. Need A Hand? [1:50]
25. Ground Begins To Quake [3:18]
26. Jumanji [3:54]
27. Burial at sea [1:01]
28. Christmas 1995 [8:12]

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