The Wild appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc/ Although this wasn’t the strongest transfer I’ve seen for an animated flick, it seemed satisfying.
Sharpness turned into a minor concern during wider shots. While most of the movie displayed solid delineation, some of these broader elements could feel a bit tentative.
Still, the majority of the flick presented fine clarity and delineation. Jagged edges and shimmering appeared absent, and I noticed no signs of edge enhancement. In addition, the movie suffered from no source flaws.
The Wild featured a natural and vivid palette that the Blu-ray replicated very well. Colors always came across with nice clarity and life.
Blacks also appeared deep and tight, while low-light shots were clean and smooth. This was a positive picture that fell short of greatness due to the occasional soft spot, a relic of its release during Blu-ray’s earliest days.
I also liked the Uncompressed 5.1 soundtrack of The Wild. Much of the movie favored the front channels, but the mix opened up well when appropriate. All the animal escapades gave us a lot of exciting sonic activity, and the soundfield matched the film nicely.
Music always demonstrated positive stereo imaging, and the effects created a realistic and involving sense of atmosphere. When the action heated up, the surrounds added a fine layer of material that contributed some lively and engaging audio.
Audio quality seemed very positive. Dialogue always came across as natural and warm, and I detected no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility.
Music appeared bright and dynamic, with concise highs and rich lows. Effects also were tight and realistic. Those elements betrayed no distortion, as they consistently appeared clean and accurate.
The effects provided some strong bass response as well. The track wasn’t quite active enough to enter “A” territory, but it was still a very good mix.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD version? The lossless audio showed a bit more kick compared to the lossy DVD mix.
As for visuals, they demonstrated superior delineation, colors and smoothness. Though the Blu-ray showed its age, it still looked pretty good – and much better than most circa 2006 BDs, as many of those don’t hold up well in 2021.
The Blu-ray repeats the DVD’s extras, and nine Deleted Scenes fill a total of nine minutes, 55 seconds. Note that the DVD included five of these, so we get four “new” clips on the Blu-ray.
I can’t claim any of these add much to the proceedings. However, they give us moderate amusement, so they merit a look.
We can watch these with or without commentary from director Steve “Spaz” Williams and producer Clint Goldman. They tell us a little about the scenes and the production as well as the reasons they chopped out these clips. Their comments remain informative.
Next we get a music video for “Real Wild Child”. Everlife does a remake of the Iggy Pop song with less than memorable results.
The video combines movie clips with some band shots. Yeah, the female members of the band are much more attractive than Iggy, but their version just redoes the song with that generic pop-rock tone so often found with Disney-friendly bands. It wasn’t ever much of a tune, but this edition renders it even less effective.
Two short featurettes finish the set. Eddie Izzard Unleashed goes for three minutes, 28 seconds and mostly shows the actor in the studio as he improvises.
He also gives us a couple of remarks about his work, but the recording shots fill almost all the piece. These are moderately fun to see.
The two-minute, 18-second Meet Colin: The Rock Hyrax shows lighting lead Colin Cunningham and has a laugh at his egotism after he gets the part as the movie’s hyrax. A few crewmembers talk about how his elevation to voice talent changed him in this amusing little piece.
A staple of early Disney Blu-rays, Movie Showcase delivers a form of chapter search. It lets you jump to any of three different action scenes. It’s a waste of time.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of The Wild. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray minus those four “bonus” deleted scenes.
An uninspired melange of stories borrowed from other flicks, The Wild can’t overcome its derivative nature. Few parts of it ever manage to bring the screen to life, and this leaves us with a fairly dull adventure. The Blu-ray offers mostly good picture and strong audio as well as a small smattering of extras. Kids might enjoy this lackluster flick, but those who hope for something more will leave disappointed.
To rate this film, visit the DVD review of THE WILD