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Mighty Joe Young [DVD] [1998]

Release Date:03/23/1999
Ron Underwood's gorilla movie comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. There are no subtitles accessible on this release. Supplemental materials include a theatrical trailer and a production featurette. This family themed film underwhelmed at the box office and this DVD does little to change its fate in the home video market.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (90 out of 95)

    Special Features

    • Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
    • Production featurette
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Chapter search


    Mighty Joe Young
    This 1998 version of Mighty Joe Young begins with a Gorillas in the Mist-type prologue and then jumps forward twelve years to find Bill Paxton leading a safari expedition to capture the legendary giant (two-ton) gorilla, the subject of the film's title. Paxton's intentions are admirable; he wants to remove the majestic beast from the imminent danger of poachers and set him up on a posh nature reserve in California. The x-factor comes in the form of Charlize Theron's beautiful jungle girl, Jill Young. Jill has been Joe's soul mate from birth and is the only human who can communicate with him. She is also the reason Paxton's maverick-on-the-run lingers at the reserve after his task is completed. From there, the plot is spurred on by the nefarious actions of a poacher with an Ahab complex and a battery of money hungry scientists who want to exploit Joe. Naturally, all of this puts a burr under the towering simian's skin, causing him to break free and go ape in L.A.'s concrete jungle. ~ Tom Meek, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Charlize Theron
      Charlize Theron - Jill Young
    • Bill Paxton
      Bill Paxton - Gregg O'Hara
    • Rade Serbedzija
      Rade Serbedzija - Strasser
    • Peter Firth
      Peter Firth - Garth
    • David Paymer
      David Paymer - Harry Ruben

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