Jumanji

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Overview

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....
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Overview

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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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2000
  • UPC: 043396117426
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 42

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
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 Taylor Original Story, Screenwriter
William Teitler Producer
Chris Van Allsburg Original Story, Screenwriter
David Willson Art Director
Tom Woodruff Jr. 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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Menu

Side #1
Play Movie
Audio Set-Up
   English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround)
   5.1 (Dolby Digital)
   SFX Crew Commentary
   Isolated Music Score
Subtitles
   English
   Subtitles off
   Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 01:44:01
Special Features
   Documentary & Featurettes
      Documentary: Making Jamanji- The Realm of Imagination
      SFX Featurette: Lions, Monkeys and Pods...Oh My!
      Production Design: Bringing Down the House
   Storyboards
      Bats
      Rhino Stampede
      Earthquake
   Photo Galleries
      Conceptual Art
         Alternative Title Treatments
         Creatures
         Production Design
      Production Stills
         Creating the Creatures
         Set Photography
         Production Design Photos
   Talent Files
      Joe Johnston (Director)
      Robin Williams
      Kirsten Dunst
      Bonnie Hunt
      Bebe Neuwirth
      Bradley Pierce
   Theatrical Trailers
      Jumanji
      Jumanji Teaser
      Madeline
      Matilda
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    order from one person and they find it from another, not knowing

    order from one person and they find it from another, not knowing what shape it's in but goes by what that seller said. Found movie in pour shape and sun faded and cracked, and wasn't rewound Crushed box it was in as sun dried out the box. Very upset as I normally rate things high.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not just for kids

    This is an action movie, not the Bruce-Willis-action kind, but action packed for sure. Robin Williams is always wonderful, and the 2 kids in it are good actors too, although I'd say this movie is not for really little kids, as it can be kind of scary for them. Not just a movie for kids, my husband and I really like this movie, or anything with Robin Williams for that matter. Awesome special effects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie BUT............

    I agree, great movie, not so sure it's the best FAMILY film ever... Kind of scary for my 4 year old, would not let her watch it alone, that's for sure...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great White Hunter

    I wonder why Jonathan Hyde is not mentioned? He played two parts: (1) the father of the two children, and (2) the Great White Hunter. He was quite brilliant and easily the best actor in the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most amazing family film ever made

    I think that this movie should be watched by the whole family especially the acting done by Robin Williams . He was amazing so I was told by a certain person that I know but I won't mention any names because the person told me not to mention her name .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2001

    Jumanji

    Jumanji was by far the best movie in the world if you want action apon action. It is filled with all sort of animals and great adventures that the kids and two adults have. This is by far the best movie ever so go rent it today.

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