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Blu-ray Shopping Bag: All is Lost

Who is this guy?

By Robert T. Trate     February 11, 2014
Source: Mania.com


All is Lost (2013)
© Lionsgate
This week’s pick is a tad unorthodox, Maniacs. Nothing really in our general genre, but too good not to share with you. I highly recommend picking up J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost. The tricky part here, Maniacs, is going into detail why I really enjoyed this film. I have to spoil it and there is the rub. You should discover the film for yourself and allow the story of “Our Man” to unfold. So if you liked Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away (2000), check out All Is Lost. Love (and I mean love) Robert Redford in either The Natural (1984) or The Sting (1973)? Again, see All Is Lost. If you are just that excited to see him in Captain America: The Winter Solider then, well, you get my point. 

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Survival movies are always appealing. Whether they be set during a Zombie Apocalypse or one man trapped on a deserted island. Many of us share the romanticism and thoughts of just ourselves against “the other”, whatever that other may be. All Is Lost takes a very stereotypical story and bends it on its ear, ever so slightly. Robert Redford plays a character simply titled “Our Man”. There is nothing throughout the film to give him a name, title, or occupation. So the brilliant part of the story is not just “Our Man” surviving, but the audience trying to figure out who this character is. A very similar thing happened in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, both the film and book. Who was “Man” (played brilliantly by Viggo Mortensen)? A doctor? A lawyer? We knew that he was a concerned father, but that was it. Here in All Is Lost we side with “Our Man” quickly because this is his story and his alone. How will he make it? Will he make it? The film is 106 minutes of pure cinema. 
 
When “Our Man” awakens to find his 39-foot yacht pierced by a shipping container, we think that is our catalyst to the story. His boat is going down and we journey with him as he tries to survive. Instead, it is all character building. With almost a non-reaction to what has happened, he quickly goes about repairing his boat. It is there that the story really begins and we see everything and nothing about this character. 

This might be my shortest column of the year about one of the best films I saw from 2013. The film really was snubbed at the Oscars this year with only one nomination for sound editing. Redford was also given the cold shoulder by the Academy. Never before have I cared so much about a character I knew so very little about. Then again, he could have been me in one of my wildest fantasies about being lost at sea. Truth be told, I don’t think I would have done half the job that “Our Man” did. 

Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. Sherlock: Season Three (Blu-ray)
2. All Is Lost [Blu-ray]
3. Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33)
4. Dc Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures 1
5. The Jungle Book (Two-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS

22 Bullets BD+DVD Combo [Blu-ray] Starring Jean Reno, Kad Merad and Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey and Aneurin Barnard

All Is Lost Starring Robert Redford

All Is Lost [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Redford

Counselor [Blu-ray] Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt

Counselor Starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt

Force Five (remastered widescreen edition) Starring Richard Norton, Joe Lewis, Master Bon Soo Han

How I Live Now Starring Saoirse Ronan

How I Live Now [Blu-ray] Starring Saoirse Ronan

The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)

Masquerade [Blu-ray] Starring Byung-hun Lee and Seung-Ryong Ryu

On the Job [Blu-ray] Starring Piolo Pascual, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez and Gerald Anderson

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon [Blu-ray] Starring Mark Chao, William Feng, Angelababy and Carina Lau

ANIME

Kamisama Kiss: The Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Tia Ballard, J. Michael Tatum and Sean O'Connor

Mm [Blu-ray] (2014)

Mm (2014)

Riot Starring Nick Nevern, Kellie Shirley and Jenna Harrison

Smokey & The Bushido

Strike Witches: The Complete Second Season S.A.V.E. (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Trina Nishamura, Cherami Leigh and Jamie Marchi

Strike Witches: The Complete First Season S.A.V.E. (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Jamie Marchi, Cherami Leigh and Trina Nishamura

CARTOONS

Dc Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures 1

The Jungle Book (Diamond Edition) Starring John Abbott, Bruce Reitherman, Sebastian Cabot

The Jungle Book (Two-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) Starring John Abbott, Bruce Reitherman, Sebastian Cabot

Khumba [3D/2D Blu-ray/DVD Combo] Starring Liam Neeson, Jake T. Austin and Steve Buscemi

Khumba Starring Liam Neeson, Jake T. Austin and Steve Buscemi

League of Super Evil, Season 1, Volume 1 Starring Lee Tockar, Scott McNeil and Colin Murdock

Looney Tunes Center Stage 1

Regular Show: Mordecai & Margaret Pack 5

Warner Bros Home Ent Academy Awards Nominees Pt. 2

CLASSICS

Drums in the Deep South Starring James Craig, Guy Madison and Barbara Payton

HORROR

A Night in the Woods BD+DVD Combo [Blu-ray] Starring Scoot McNairy, Anna Skellern and Andrew Hawley

A Night in the Woods Starring Scoot McNairy, Anna Skellern and Andrew Hawley

Chastity Bites Starring Allison Scagliotti, Francia Raisa and Louise Griffiths

Great White Starring Richard Keats, Terry Arrowsmith, CJ Morrow

Haunter Starring Abigail Breslin and Stephen McHattie

Haunter [Blu-ray] Starring Abigail Breslin and Stephen McHattie

Murder 11 Starring Autumn Federici, Richard Reid and Julienne Irons

Reel Zombies Starring Michael Masters, David J. Francis

The Returned Starring Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Pierre Perrier

The Returned [Blu-ray] Starring Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Céline Sallette

Reverend Starring Rugter Hauer, Stuart Brennan and Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Robbe-Grillet: Successive Slidings of Pleasure Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michael Lonsdale

Robbe-Grillet: Successive Slidings of Pleasure [Blu-ray] Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michael Lonsdale

Sorority Party Massacre Starring Kevin Sorbo, Marissa Skell, Yvette Yates and Eve Mauro

Stitch (Edward Furlong) [Blu-ray] Starring Edward Furlong, Shawna Waldron, Laurence Mason

MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY

Chicago (Diamond Edition Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) (2002)

SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY

Doctor Who: The Moonbase (Story 33) Starring Patrick Troughton, Michael Craze, Anneke Wills

Ender's Game (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] Starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld

Ender's Game (+UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld

Unidentified Starring Parry Shen (2014)

TV LAND

The Americans: Season One [Blu-ray]

The Americans: Season One

Dallas: Complete Second Season Starring Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster

Farscape: Season 2, 15th Anniversary Edition Starring Ben Browder, Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe

Farscape: Season 2, 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] Starring Ben Browder, Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe

Newhart: Season Two Starring Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston and Julia Duffy

Sherlock: Season Three Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

Sherlock: Season Three (Blu-ray) Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves

BOX SETS

Rocky Heavyweight Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers

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COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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hanso 2/11/2014 3:19:27 AM

I picked up The Jungle Book - Diamond Edition, can't wait to see it.  Btw, I think WalMart has it for $19.99 which is the cheapest I've seen, and a really good deal for a new Disney release.  The Diamond Edition includes the digital copy.

Want to see All is Lost, and Ender's Game.  I'm curious if All is Lost will hold my attention as I've read their is very little dialogue.  Redford better be doing some interesting things in that boat.

Also saw from this week's releases, Best Man Holiday.  That movie is doo doo, I didn't even remember it was a sequel to the The Best Man which I havent' watched, so I now I gotta watch that even though I don't really want to.

karas1 2/11/2014 4:28:10 AM

I've gotta pick up The Jungle Book for my niece.  It was the very first movie my parents ever took me to see when I was just 2 years old.  I very vaguely remember the magic of being in a movie theater for the first time (there were velvet curtains that opened and closed like it was a stage and everybody clapped when the movie was over).

I'm sure that wasn't the last time I saw it, they used to rerelease the old Disney movies every 10 years or so, so a new generation of kids could see them, long before VCRs, DVD or streaming video.  But I only remember bits and pieces of it.  I understand that parts of it haven't  aged well, being deemed racist by today's standards.  Still, Mowgli was Disney's first non white hero.

Davewriter 2/11/2014 7:27:17 AM

I'm still waiting for the Dimond Edition of "Song Of The South"  I've just about worn out the old version I have...

karas1 2/11/2014 2:26:09 PM

Don't count on Song of the South being rereleased in the USA any time soon.  I understand it's available in Europe though.

blankczech 2/11/2014 5:26:02 PM

 I never thought Redford was a great actor (considered him to be more of a pretty boy, matinee idol / leading man type).  I've heard mixed things about All is Lost  (even my friends who liked it,  a lot, didn't say it was their favorite film or that Redford was the best actor of 2013). Still I've enjoyed dozens of Redfords films, like the Candidate or Jeremiah Johnson...so I'll check it out.

A while ago when Maniacs learned Ender's Game was being made into a movie it created a lot of excitement because many loved the book.  Later we found out that Harrison Ford was going to be in it, and eventually Trailers were released and that excitement peaked ...many couldn't wait for the release of the film.  It opened to respectable if not glowing reviews...and proceeded to have an decent though unspectacular run (grossing about $112 million worldwide..so far).  Now the DVD has been released and Trate leaves it out of his Top 5 Picks of the week...for some, genre movies are like girlfriends...the next one is more exciting than the one you have.

RobertTrate 2/11/2014 6:37:05 PM

 I have it here and watched Blankczech... thoughts coming soon. Tim Janson reviewed the Blu-ray for us. We did not forget it. 

redhairs99 2/12/2014 9:57:23 AM

 Always disappointing about Song of the South and how down The Mouse House looks upon it.  I have a copy that was burned from a laserdisc.  Not horrible quality.  I have seen worse and no subtitles to speak of.  If they were really embarassed by it, I don't get why they would release the movie to theaters for years and years for anniversaries.  I luckily was able to see it in theaters when I was little for a release in the 80's.

It's not like Hollywood has stopped re-releasing other "questionably racist" films or films with those elements like The Jazz Singer, Gone with The Wind, Birth of a Nation, just to name a few.  Hell, Dumbo has probably the worst racial stereotypes of any of there other movies and that still comes out.

hanso 2/12/2014 10:35:01 AM

I don't even remember Song of the South but they should mos def release it.  They got Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom with those characters, not to mention you can meet in the park as well.

RobertTrate 2/12/2014 4:03:14 PM

 You can get it over seas. Time for a region free Blu-ray/ DVD player

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