'Wolf Totem' [Blu-ray 3D]
(Ba Sen, Zha Bu, Shaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2015 / Sony Pictures)
Overview: In acclaimed director Jean-Jacques Annaud's film adaptation of Jiang Rong's best-selling novel, a young Beijing student is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads’ traditional enemies – the marauding wolves – to the north, humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world.
Blu ray Verdict: OK, I fully admit I knew nothing of either this movie or that of Jiang Rong's best-selling novel, but once it started, man alive, you couldn't pull me away from the screen for love nor money! Working with a estimated budget of just $38,000,000 (I know, right!), 'Wolf Totem' is both gorgeous and breathtaking in equal visual amounts.
'Wolf Totem' is the story of a city boy from Beijing sent to these realms by waves of the Cultural Revolution. The audience follows his adventures and drink in the beauty of the awe-inspiring grasslands, learn about the (sometimes cruel) facts of life and are drawn into the joys and woes of the Mongolian herding tribe. Fascinated by the wolves, the Han student rashly tried raising a wolf cub. His actions led to unimaginable consequences and irreparable damage as he found himself accomplice to ruining the Mongolian people and the grasslands he grew to love.
The camera work, the cinematography, has all been done so carefully, so creatively, so well. They have all done such an amazing job to show us the beauty of the Mongolian wildness. Through the lens, it pretentiously beautifies the tough livelihood of the local tribes, showed us the wonderful free spirit of those people. However, and in truth, is it true that the Chinese Communist Party would be that kind? When I watched this film, I have to remind myself that this film was NOT a documentary film, and so I had to watch carefully for those less-then-authentic parts of it, of course. Inclusive of a Blu-ray 3D version of the film, 'Wolf Totem' is one of the must-see visual films of the year, of that have no doubt. I simply cannot recommend it enough, so please go out and buy it today and experience this incredible film for yourselves. Your families will thank you afterwards, of that you can be sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
The Nature of The Wolf
The Director's Adventure
A Look at The Cast
Respecting The Environment