Movie Review: DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD is based on Nickelodeon’s popular animated television series Dora the Explorer. The live-action movie was directed by James Bobin from a screenplay by Nicholas Stoller and Matthew Robinson and stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Jeff Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria and Danny Trejo. The music is composed by John Debney and Germaine Franco.

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her biggest challenge yet – high school. When her parents mysteriously disappear while searching for the Lost City of Gold, Dora must swing into action and lead a group of ill-equipped high schoolers on a wild quest to save them. Hold on for a high stakes mission as Dora and her new friends navigate the jungle, outrun treasure hunters, and solve ancient puzzles to unlock the mystery of the fabled city.

The story for Dora and the Lost City of Gold follows Dora (Isabela Moner) who leaves her parents, Cole (Michael Peña) and Elena (Eva Longoria), and the comforts of her home in the jungle to go to high school with her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg) who lives in Los Angeles. She doesn’t really fit in because she’s never really been around other humans and the rest of the students kind of pick on her but she plays it off like it doesn’t bother her even though it really does.

What happens is, when Dora and a few other students end up on an unplanned field trip full of adventure and danger the tables turn and it’s up to the young adventurer to lead the way and keep her friends safe. Her parents have gone missing plus there’s some sleazy mercenaries after them. They also befriend Alejandro Gutierrez (Eugenio Derbez) who claims to be a friend of her parents but this guy is full of surprises. This is all about the hidden Inca city Parapata that Dora and the others ultimately discover but the city has its protectors and not everyone is worthy of passing through. In the end, Dora ends up reuniting with her parents and shows her new friends how awesome she really is.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front 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, Dora and the Lost City of Gold ended up being a fun adventure (with Latina flavor) that the entire family can sit down and watch together without worrying about being offended by any kind of agenda or controversial subject matter. The movie is definitely geared towards a much younger audience but that doesn’t mean big kids (and adults) can’t enjoy it becuase it’s an exciting watch that comes with laughs, action, several silly characters and a few exotic creatures. Sure it gets cheesy but that’s part of its charm. I liked the story that’s very Indiana Jones-like and thought the cast did a really good job with their characters. By the way, Isabela Moner is spot on as Dora the Explorer! The movie also has a lot of stunts and some visual effects to go along with it. All in all, it’s hard not to like a charming little live-action movie like this from the world of Nickelodeon and it’ll make a great stocking stuffer since the holidays are right around the corner. Dora and the Lost City of Gold will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) on November 19th.

Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment

Run Time: 102 Minutes

Rated: PG

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1)

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

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a blooper reel, eleven deleted / extended scenes, character spotlight, actor spotlight, animation featurette, set visit and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Bloopers – Take a trip to the wild side with hilarious bloopers of the cast’s funniest on-set mishaps.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes – Journey deeper into the jungle to find the “lost” scenes not shown in theaters.
  • All About Dora – Discover how Isabela Moner transformed Dora into a jungle-savvy teenage adventurer for a new generation.
  • Can You Say Pelicula? – Unlock the mystery of underwater stunts and surviving quicksand with Eugenio Derbez.
  • Dora In Flower Vision – Explore the movie’s playful animated sequence, a treasure trove of nods to Dora’s cartoon origins.
  • Dora’s Jungle House – The adventure continues with this behind-the-scenes tour of Dora’s jungle house, part museum, part laboratory, and always a place for family.
  • Digital Copy

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