Movie Review: A WRINKLE IN TIME (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

A WRINKLE IN TIME is based on Madeleine L’Engle’s young adult novel of the same name. The movie was directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell and stars Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña and Chris Pine.

The stunning story of an ordinary girl’s extraordinary adventure through time and space offers exhilarating entertainment and positive messages for the whole family—encouraging self-confidence, inclusion and pushing imagination to the next level. The big-screen retelling of this timeless classic takes audiences on a transformative journey, exquisitely illustrated through jaw-dropping visual effects, a stirring musical score and diverse, star-studded cast. Three celestial guides, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), come to Earth to share their wisdom and love with struggling eighth-grader Meg Murry (Storm Reid) as she journeys across dimensions with classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) and younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) in search of her father (Chris Pine), a world-renowned physicist who mysteriously disappeared four years ago.

The movie follows Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, who go on a magical adventure into the unknown universe to search for their missing father and joining them is her classmate Calvin O’Keefe. Their guides on this journey are three celestial beings known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which who show them that there’s much more to everything than just the planet they’ve been living on.

The children meet some unique characters during their journey and with each stop they get one step closer to discovering what actually happened to their father. They also get to witness the beauties that lie deep in the universe as well as the powerful horrors that lurk in it as well. What Meg ends up discovering is that this mysterious evil presence has been keeping her father prisoner all this time and it’s up to her to find the courage to save him and ultimately bring him home.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, A Wrinkle in Time sadly wasn’t as magical of a watch as the reading material is and that’s unfortunate because the movie had so much potential to be something grand. The movie is slow and a little boring at times but it does have a few emotional moments that help it out some. The story is interesting and I thought most of the cast did a good job with their characters. Storm Reid is the strong point of the movie because so many kids will be able to relate to her character that is simply trying to find her place in this universe and she ultimately builds up the courage to do just that. I will add that I was impressed by young Deric McCabe’s performance. The movie is full of impressive visual effects that look great on screen and are all well executed. So what went wrong? Well, you kind of have to blame it on Ava DuVerna’s directing because this live-action adaption had the classic source material to go by but it just fell flat in its execution and ended up being just an okay watch at best. Disney makes a lot of money at the box office and can afford to take chances like this because not every movie is going to be a huge billion dollar success. A Wrinkle in Time will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on June 5th.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Run Time: 115 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / EDA 2.0 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include an extended featurette, some audio commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers and two music videos.

  • A Journey Through Time – Take an up-close look at the making of this magnificent movie with Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, and the cast and crew. (30:28)
  • Deleted Scenes (with optional director audio commentary) (09:36)
  1. Ant on a String
  2. Aunt Beast
  3. Meg Learns About Calvin’s Dad
  4. Papergirl
  • Audio Commentary
  1. Director Ava DuVernay
  2. Producer Jim Whitaker
  3. Co-Screenwriter Jennifer Lee
  4. Production designer Naomi Shohan
  5. First assistant director Michael Moore
  6. Editor Spencer Averick
  7. VFX supervisor Rich McBride
  • Bloopers (01:36)
  • Original Songs/Music Videos (07:48)
  1. “I Believe” performed by DJ Khaled featuring Demi Lovato
  2. “Warrior” performed by Chloe x Halle
  • Digital Copy

 

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