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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by Kevin Taft
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Thursday Apr 24, 2014
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One of the most underrated and underappreciated movies hits home video shelves for audiences to discover. Based on the James Thurber two-page short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is about a quiet, put-upon middle-aged guy who learns to actually "live" his life when he goes on a journey to find a missing film negative. Directed by and starring Ben Stiller and co-starring Kristen Wiig, this beautiful looking film is at times an over-the-top comedy, but mostly it’s a gentle and reflective portrait of a man who opens himself up to new experiences, and in doing so learns to appreciate himself even when those around him might not be able to. It’s a lovely film that sort of sneaks up on you at the end.

Special features are okay, but not the reason to buy the disc.

  • Deleted, Alternate, and Extended Scenes - There are a few scenes that add more to Mitty’s fantasy life that are interesting and looked expensive to cut. There are 16 minutes of new footage in total.

  • Behind the Scenes featurettes include: The History of "Walter Mitty," The Look of ’Life’, That’s a Shark!, The Music of Walter Mitty, Icelandic Adventure, Nordic Casting, Titles of Walter Mitty, Sights and Sounds of Production which includes Skateboarding Through Iceland, Ted-Walter Fight, and a Pre-Viz featurette regarding the aforementioned Ted-Walter fight in the streets.

  • Gallery: Reference Photogrpahy

  • Music Video: "Stay Alive" by Jose Gonzales who provided much of the music for the film.

  • Theatrical Trailer

    "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
    Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack
    $39.99
    www.foxhome.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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