FOX has released the latest family entertainment film based on a children's novel, "NIM'S ISLAND." Abigail Breslin, Gerard Butler and Jodie Foster star in this family-adventure themed film, and while it's probably slightly skewed more towards moms and daughters, children of all ages, and most adults should enjoy it.
A father and daughter live on an island paradise, separated from civilization, save for satellite feeds, while the father does his research. The little girl, Nim, isn't alone though, as she has a menagerie of wild life to play with, be amazed at, and bond with. She and her dad also enjoy reading adventure novels revolving around the adventures of a hero named Alex Rover. When the father becomes lost at sea, it's up to the daughter and the novelist behind the adventure stories(Jodie Foster) to overcome many obstacles, while uncertain of the father's demise.
One of this reviewer's favorite films as a kid was "SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON" and at times, "NIM'S ISLAND" evokes memories of that film, without the pirates, of course. While not a classic like that film, "NIM'S ISLAND" is entertaining, and re-watchable, as the youngsters proved viewing this one several times over a two day period!
FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. It's an outstanding high-def presentation! Colors are extremely rich, except for the few scenes in an apartment setting wherein they're intentionally drab to contrast with the exotic details of island life. Scene after scene offers the kind of resolution that jumps off the screen. Deep blacks provide stunning depth in darker moments. A WONDERFUL TRANSFER,FOX!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless 5.1 mix. While not aggressive, the mix is still quite remarkable, offering some great surround moments and a fair share of more subtle ambient effects. When an action sequence unfolds, count on an immersive experience. Not up there with "MASTER AND COMMANDER," but a fine demonstration disc during some select scenes, especially during a storm sequence.
There are plenty of extras, including a so-so commentary, great looking trailers(in high-def), deleted scenes(in standard def)and a great number of featurettes, and PIP extras as well.