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DVD SCANS - 'Nim's Island'

Category: Nim's Island News
Article Date: August 11, 2008 | Publication: The Miami Herald | Author: Rene Rodriguez

Posted by: stagewomanjen

The family adventure Nim's Island (20th Century Fox, $30 DVD, $40 Blu-ray) is exactly the sort of picture Jodie Foster used to make for Disney when she was a child, although she never overacted as badly as she does here, playing an agoraphobic novelist helping a little girl (Abigail Breslin) search for her missing father (Gerald Butler) on an island in the South Pacific.

Foster is a lot better on an ''adventure commentary'' track in which she and Breslin talk about the assortment of animals and creatures they shared the screen with and what filming was like on the island. Foster also says she made the film to have something to watch with her own kids, but this is not exactly the best example of what she's capable of as an actress.

At least Nim's Island gets an eye-popping transfer on Blu-ray (an A/B comparison with the DVD really shows you all the fine detail and stronger colors the hi-def format is capable of). Both versions get a healthy assortment of extras, including several making-of featurettes and some intriguing deleted scenes that hinted at a more fantastical version of the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features a picture-in-picture track that lets you watch the extras alongside the movie.


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