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'Return To The Wild'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)

Overview: Twenty years ago a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling book and movie 'Into the Wild'.

DVD Verdict: An incredible, and sad story from the off, 'Into the Wild' is where PBS undertakes to retrace Chris McCandless' steps to try to piece together why he severed all ties with his past, burnt or gave away all his money, changed his name and headed into the Denali Wilderness.

McCandless own letters, released for the first time , as well as new and surprising interviews probe the mystery that still lies at the heart of a story that has become part of the American literary canon and compels so many to this day.

If you read Jon Krakauer's book of the same name or saw the incredible Emile Hirsch movie, you will want to watch this for sure. Sad revelations and very creepy family dynamics. It was amazing and curious to witness his parents overwhelming denials, lack of any emotions, or confessions and self doubts. Very pathological! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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