Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
For the first time in a long stretch of DVD’s, this cover art doesn’t stimulate my ugh reflex. This is a ‘fun’ movie, clucks and chuckles with action adventure tossed in a thoroughly tongue and cheek manner. The cover and menu display that very vibe.
- 12 More Minutes Of Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Director Brad Silberling – Most of these deleted scenes are fine in or out of the final movie. There is a whole new introduction to the main characters, which I like better than the one they used, but that’s how it goes.
- Dr. Marshall’s Food Diaries With Commentary By Director Brad Silberling –Will Ferrell being Dr. Marshall on location in another dimension, chronicling his fondness for and absences of food (except for the hidden Twinkies he has stashed) sources for he and his travel companions.
- This Is Not A Routine Expedition: Making Of Land Of The Lost – A standard but not overly produced making of documentary style extra with interviews and behind the scenes clips. This is a good one, even though I wasn’t that interested to be honest, it was fun.
- Brad, Sid & Marty: A Conversation With The Kroffts – This is the best extra by far. A pretty lengthy interview with the dudes who brought my childhood such classics as Witchy Poo, Sigmund, Puff n Stuff, and more.
- BD-Live – Nothing, not an extra people!
- Deleted Scenes – More deleted scenes as per the first extra on this list.
- A Day In The Life Of A Big Time Movie Star – Ugh, Danny McBride behind the scenes with the cast and crew pretending that he’s a social pariah. Whatever.
- Devil’s Canyon Gift Shop Commercial & Tour – Danny McBride, once again, this time in character as the owner of the place the film crew is making the movie. Some ‘witty’ interaction with Ferrell and the showing of various strange objects for sale in his gift shop.
- Feature Commentary With Director Brad Silberling – I don’t find Silberling that interesting to be honest. He’s on a different plane from me in how he remembers the original Land of the Lost show. He’s laid back and does a good job of explaining things, but just a bit dry for me.
The Movie: 5/10
Blah blah blah, joke joke joke, Ferrellism Ferrellism, big special effects….that’s about the run down of Land of the Lost for me. I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s neutral. I need to say something though, I was a HUGE fan of the original Land of the Lost TV show in the 70’s and this ain’t MY show. It’s a “re imagining” for a new millennium, so my view is a bit askew. I know, I know, I shouldn’t judge it as if it were supposed to be the holy grail of TV to big screen treasures, it was just a slip of the brain and by the time I was a few minutes into the new telling the damage was done.
Ok, I’m not a huge fan of the movie. I laughed a few times. I did think the special effects were awesome for a comedy. I love the leading lady, she’s awesome. The look of many of the scenes really caught my eye, with cool dessert shots, dimensionally challenged motels, viking ships, and ice cream trucks. I guess it balances out for the most part.
The story is lame, too lame for me to retell the tale. Let’s just say everything in the script is a tool to get Ferrell into a strange scenario in order to capture some residual comedy.
Whoa, I sound a bit harsh. I’ll expand on my neutrality. I found my mind wandering to things like the sets, the backgrounds, the special effects, and anything else that was beyond the dialogue. This was just at times, not the whole way through. When I did like the scenes I was totally there, giggling, rolling my eyes in wonder at the balls it took to pull some of those things together.
The thing is I would watch it again. Weird isn’t it? I didn’t really like it, and yet it was a good time. That must prove or disprove some movie watching theories.
Audio & Video: 9/10 (By Ascully)
Land Of The Lost being a 2009 movie looks great on Blu-Ray. It’s one of those well lit detailed movies that really shines on the HD format. You could argue that some of the well lit scenes have a overblown white balance, but I think that was the directors intent. Overall the image is stunning enough that even if you do not like the movie you won’t be able to fault the transfer.
The DTS-HD Master Audio track is the highlight of the disc, from the first moment a dinosaur comes onscreen you know you are in for a treat sonically. Most comedy soundtracks are upfront and center. Land Of The Lost knocks that idea on its head and delivers some of the most enveloping surround sound you will have heard this year. From the murmur of whispering Sleestack to a blood thirsty mosquito the soundtrack delivers from the quiet to the extremely loud end of the spectrum. Overall I really enjoyed the movie. It’s not the best comedy ever, but if you check your brain at the door and sit down for a fun ride you will find something to like here.
I say rent it, therefore the price for the Blu-Ray isn’t going to register in my ‘buy it’ range. It’s a fun enough flick to spend a weekend evening indulging in, but don’t think I would spend the big bucks to have it on my shelf. The extras are pretty darn good, so it’s not a matter of value for money, it’s more of a non-memorable movie experience for me.
Overall Score 5/10