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ALL IS LOST

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 105minutes, audio commentary, featurettes, previews

VIDEO:  

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  Roadside Attractions/ Before The Door/ Washington Square Films/ Lionsgate

RELEASE DATE:  2-11-2014

ALL IS LOST is the tale of one man fighting against the sea in this perilous tale of survival which is beautiful and suspenseful.  It is like a meditative action film with the whole movie resting on the shoulders of Robert Redford who barely says a word in this film.  The other two stars are the visuals and the sound design.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary with Writer/ Director JC Chandor, producer Neal Dobson, and producer Anna Gerb

 

THE STORY- a featurette on the story that the director wrote with Robert Redford to star in it

THE FILMMAKER: JC CHANDOR- cats and crew talk about the director and how it is to work with him.   This featurette has a mix of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage

THE ACTOR: ROBETR REDFORD- an interview with the star of ALL IS LOST

THE SOUND OF ALL IS LOST- all about the sound and sound design as the director wanted the sounds to be all too real and from the point of view of the character in the story

BIG FILM, SMALL FILM- a look at the prep and production of ALL IS LOST which is the little film that pulled off so much on a small budget with filming done in an outdoor tank and against a green screen (in another tank) in Mexico.

PREPARING FOR THE STORM- Director JC Chandor gives a commentary to the four stages of making the film from storyboards to preproduction filming to the production to the visual effects which were a combination of practical and computer effects (which they blended pretty well) in this eight minute featurette

 

Previews for MUD, MARGIN CALL, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, EMPEROR, and THE CONSPIRATOR

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  ALL IS LOST is one of those films that works due to the visuals, sound design, and the nearly wordless performance from Robert Redford who brings in one of his best performances of his career.  I wish the featurettes were longer, but the sound design one is the best one to watch along with the Preparing The Storm featurette.

 

This blu-ray review is 2-14-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com