Wild [DVD] [2014]

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  • Release Date: 03/31/2015
  • Rating: R
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92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (593 out of 645)

Special Features


  • The real Cheryl Strayed
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Audio commentary
  • Expericncing the Pacific Crest Trail: a special message from Cheryl Strayed
  • Gallery
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Wild
Adapted from Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir of the same name, director Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild stars Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as a self-destructive divorcée who seeks to conquer her demons by hiking 1100 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl was just 22 years old when her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) died of cancer in 1991. As children, Cheryl and her brother watched their mother endure intense suffering at the hands of their mentally and physically abusive father, and Bobbi was just getting her life together when she fell gravely ill. The loss was too much for Cheryl to take, and before long she sank so deeply into heroin addiction that it destroyed her marriage. Four years later, Cheryl has hit rock bottom. She knows that unless she makes a change, the future she had once hoped for will slip permanently out of reach. Later, as Cheryl begins her arduous journey through the wilderness, those painful memories come flooding back as she encounters numerous dangers and disheartening setbacks. However, the kindness of strangers helps her summon the courage and endurance she'll need to stay the path. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Reese Witherspoon
    Reese Witherspoon - Cheryl
  • Michiel Huisman
    Michiel Huisman - Jonathan
  • W. Earl Brown
    W. Earl Brown - Frank
  • Gaby Hoffmann
    Gaby Hoffmann - Aimee
  • Kevin Rankin
    Kevin Rankin - Greg



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 645 reviews

92%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No stronger performance than Reese Witherspoon

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    MichaelO
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    In a recent interview, actor Reese Witherspoon said something to the effect that she started her own production company in order to make films she and her partners wanted to make and that they would have a strong female influence. If "Wild" is any indication of what will come, I can't wait. This film is based on the memoir, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed and was scripted by Nick Hornby. With Witherspoon as Cheryl, the film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallee ("Dallas Buyers Club") with drama, humor and a deep look into the soul of the troubled woman. The film opens with a hilarious scene of neophyte hiker Cheryl trying to attach her over-stuffed backpack to her shoulders. The backpack is literally as big and heavy as the woman. The film manages to go back and forth between events on the trail and those that led up to the woman attempting such a daunting test. That is, to walk a 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to Oregon. During the 3 month journey we learn how earlier events in her life led to a failed marriage, drug addiction and random hookups. Seeing a brochure in a store, Cheryl decides to strike out on her own on the hike to Oregon where she has decided to settle. Along the way, she meets strangers, some friendly, some not. The journey is painful, both physically and emotionally, for both Cheryl, and I suspect Ms. Witherspoon. There is a strong supporting performance by Laura Dern as Cheryl's mother Bobbi, but Witherspoon carries the weight, literally and figuratively in this award-worthy film. I can think of no stronger performance this year. The film is beautifully shot, using locations in Oregon and Washington. Cinematographer, Yves Belanger mixes the ruggedness of the wilderness with its natural beauty. Witherspoon and her business partner Bruna Papandrea were also heavily involved in this year's "Gone Girl." They are off to a terrific start. I love this film.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous Setting and Decent Acting.

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    drtb75
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    Based on Cheryl Strayed’s real life experience, this movie is full of beautifully shot scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest – absolutely gorgeous. This is an epic hike of over 1,000 miles, but more than that, it is a soulful journey of discovery, healing and the inherent transformation of this woman as she discovers who she is. The many flashbacks throughout introduce us to her life - her ex, her mother, etc., and give us the very clear and understandable "why" of the story. Reese Witherspoon is amazing as the heroine in this, and it is easy to forget she is acting. While she is still not my favorite actor, she has definitely jumped up the list, she has shown some great talent in this movie. There are a few cringe-worthy points in the movie, as well as some comically appropriate points, which all flow together naturally and never give the impression of staged or forced. I loved this movie, and I think almost everyone can identify and relate to this journey, even if only recognizing the desire to do something similar at some point.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reese does a commendable job as a woman in search

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    horsesarefun
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    Reese Witherspoon in a serious role? Could she possibly do a commendable job, and what was all that buzz about Oscar caliber? I seriously doubted she could get my attention in such a role. I mean, I really enjoy being entertained by her humorous sort of immature roles in past movies. But, much to my surprise, I was mesmerized by her role in this movie of a woman in search of her reason for being. There are numerous subplots, one being the relationship she has with her brother. This is similar to many sibling relationships. But, after the death of her mother, she is left wondering what is next. I don't want to tell too much of the story, but in addition to a moving story line, the scenery in the areas traveled to is wonderful making me, as a viewer, want to go to some of the areas.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Its a love-letter to the Pacific NW.

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    CWLW
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    The cinematography is a love-letter to the Pacific Northwest catching truly remarkable desert vistas of Theachapi Pass, CA, the Modoc Plateau, CA and the Nevada High Plains Desert that adjoins the Trail, the “Boot Loss” Incident with Mount Hood in the background, the west rim of Crater Lake, Oregon and the Bridge of the Gods where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River from Oregon to the State of Washington. This is a story of a “mixed-up” woman’s rediscovery of her self-worth – her 94 day 1100 mile trek ultimately allowed herself to seek mush needed self-redemption, and escape from her wild and “lost” past. The end is a wishful flash-forward that in time she would remarkably experience. Even though the film is a “bit-rough” it does contain a wonderful uplifting message. Caution: This film is for “mature” Adults only.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful scenery/entertaining movie

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    tallpine
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    I bought this movie in the blu-ray version and that is the only way you should purchase a dvd now days. It is that much better. It only costs a little more. The movie is based on a book of a real life adventure of Cheryl Strayed. Reese Witherspoon plays this character and the mother of Cheryl is played by Laura Dern. Both women were nominated for awards for their performances. They are good. The movie/book is about a hiking journey of self-discovery and emotional healing from past life experiences and unhappiness for Cheryl. Beautiful scenery as you would expect on a hiking journey across southern California. Great music accompanies the movie. There are flashbacks to Cheryl's earlier years and the problems and unhappiness that she experienced. A very enjoyable and entertaining movie to watch.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Fascinating Walk Toward forgiving yourself

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    Phil
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    After seeing Wild, I read the book, which is something I rarely do especially on autobiographies. The movie interweaves Cheryl Strayed's 1000 mile walk over the PCT and flashbacks to her life to explain why she decided to do the walk. The pacing kept me interested and awake (I fall asleep during movies sometimes ever since I turned 65). Ms Witherspoon's performance was very believable with her face gradually showing all the exhaustion of the walk and her life until she forgives herself. Even though the extras were short, they are very interesting and worth while watching, especially the scenes of the actual Cheryl Strayed on the set watching Ms Witherspoon nailing one performance after another. Her tears were heart felt.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Discovering Inner Strenghth movie

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    OrangeXPM
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    I've seen this movie sometime ago, but when it came out in 4K, and I have since purchased a 65" 4K Samsung TV, I had to buy it. Based on a true story, Reese Witherspoon gives remarkably honest performance. Faced with much failure in her life, through much fault of her own, she sets out on a 1000+ mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, with no survival experiences under her belt. I think, more to punish herself to feel the pain until finally it makes her stronger for finishing the challenge. A very good movie for outdoor enthusiasts. I enjoyed watching it again, and in 4K.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I was really wanting to enjoy this movie...

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    foxhoundftw
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    And I would say that I did?? I think?? When watching Wild I could see exactly why Reese Witherspoon was nominated for awards and the movie has acclaim...great cinematography. The scenery throughout her journey is gorgeous. But also at the same time I kept thinking...is this another Into The Wild...or is it another Cast Away?? Really l, its neither of those...her journey is more of a self realization and cleansing one which is admirable and beautiful to be honest...but, just like those last two I mentioned I found to be very boring. Wild made me realize this type of flick is not my speed...that being said this movie has quality to it and I will always recommend something that has obvious quality.

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