The Wild Life appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The image looked solid.
Sharpness worked well, as the movie boasted consistently detailed elements. No softness emerged in this tight, accurate presentation. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent. The flick also lacked any print flaws.
Given the tropical orientation, the film boasted a broad palette. and The movie showed these colors in a vivid manner and gave us lively tones. Blacks seemed dark and deep, while shadows appeared smooth and clear. Everything about the transfer pleased.
The movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack seemed less impressive, but it worked reasonably well. The most prominent scenes involved treacherous weather, so storms opened up the spectrum nicely. Other natural environments presented a good sense of place. Not a lot about the track impressed, but the mix gave us fairly positive localization and movement.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues. Music was perky and full, while effects appeared accurate and packed a nice punch. I felt this ended up as a “B” mix.
A few minor extras fill out the disc. A Wild World runs nine minutes, 23 seconds and features director/producer Ben Stassen, executive producer Eric Dillens, director Vincent Kesteloot, producers Mimi Maynard and Gina Gallo and writer/producer Domonic Paris.
“World” looks at story and characters, themes, design, cast and voice recording, animation and technical elements. It covers the basics and does no more than that.
During the 10-minute, nine-second Meet the Characters, we hear from Paris, Kesteloot, Stassen, Gallo, Maynard, and actors Yuri Lowenthal, Joey Camen and Laila Berzins. “Meet” focuses on characters, cast and performances. Like “World”, “Meet” seems superficial and without more than minor nuggets of information.
Tips for Your Trip lasts four minutes. It takes shots from the movie and offers a primer on how to survive being stranded on an island. It’s a passable way to promote the film.
Finally, we find Musical Adventure. It goes for three minutes, 15 seconds and just offers a melange of clips from the movie. I don’t understand its purpose and it becomes a forgettable piece.
The disc opens with ads for Shawn the Sheep, Norm of the North, The Adventures of Panda Warrior, Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs and Amazonia. No trailer for Wild Life appears here.
A second disc presents a DVD copy of Wild Life. It comes with the same extras as the Blu-ray.
An inexpensive European import, The Wild Life updates the Robinson Crusoe story in a forgettable manner. The film seems wholly mediocre and never threatens to develop into anything enjoyable. The Blu-ray brings us excellent visuals and good audio but lacks notable supplements. Wild Life comes and goes without any form of creative impact.