This Week In Home Entertainment: Ride Along, Secret Life Of Walter Mitty And More
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-rayThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a long time in the making, with early prospects involving the likes of Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg. Ben Stiller eventually attached himself to the project and the wheels finally started turning. With The Pursuit of Happyness scriptwriter Steve Conrad on board and a small but integral comedic cast, including Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott, Walter Mitty had all of the makings of a warm and witty holiday movie. What is more surprising is the filmís beauty.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starts in the lush and well-laid out space of the magazine Life, which is about to go through historic changes via a new, online platform. For many of the staff, including the titular Mitty (Stiller), job descriptions from copy editor to negative assets manager are on the line. It doesnít help Mitty that he has a penchant for zoning out, daydreaming about his coworker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and various personas that might impress her. But when an important negative by photographer Sean OíConnell (Penn) goes missing, Mitty steps out of his shell and into the world of the living, traveling to Greenland and beyond to find the important photograph. It sounds like the traveling sequences would be some of the most lively and beautiful, but Mittyís imaginary world is so avid that the movie is graceful and engaging from beginning to end.
Delightful and charming but never too deep, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the perfect evening romp through parts of the world most of us can only dream of. You can find out for yourself by purchasing a copy over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainmentís set doesnít look like it is jam-packed with bonus content, but it actually is. The "Behind the Scenes" section constitutes a slew of short extras looking at Thurberís original short story and how the movie eventually came together for the big screen. Thereís some repeat between the segments and itís frustrating that there is no "play all" option, but I still enjoyed the extra, as well as the photography treatment given to the menu page.
Other Bonus Features:
Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes
Behind the Scenes
"Stay Alive" music video by Jose Gonzalez
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