Zathura-Space Adventure (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Jon Favreau Starring: Josh Hutcherson Jonah Bobo

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Family fun

by AC on 4/22/2012

If you liked Jumanji you will love this movie. Good script and well acted. My son and daughter both love it. Read More

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Product Overview

In Columbia Pictures' heart-racing sci-fi adventure Zathura, two squabbling brothers are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of their old house. On their fantastic journey, they are joined by a stranded astronaut and must survive meteor showers, hostile lizard-like aliens, a rocket-propelled robot run amok and an intergalactic spaceship battle. Unless they finish the game and reach the planet Zathura, they could be trapped in outer space forever.

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Studio Sony
SKU 221112122
UPC 043396381414
UPC 14 00043396381414
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/28/2011
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Brothers
Children
Family (General)
Outer Space
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Actor-turned-director Jon Favreau (SWINGERS, ELF) delivers another work of intelligent, charming family fare with this space adventure, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg (JUMANJI). Older brother Walter (Josh Hutcherson) and the younger Danny (Jonah Bobo) are constantly at war with one another, bickering over the mediating voice of their long-suffering father (Tim Robbins). When he has to go to the office to replace some papers the boys destroyed in their crossfire, he leaves them in the dubious care of older sister Lisa (Kristen Stewart), who is sleeping upstairs. When Danny discovers an old board game called Zathura stored in the basement, his excitement is lost on Walter, who has no time for such old, boring toys. Soon, however, the game becomes impossible to ignore, as the boys are transported into space, and one of them must win in order to make it home again. Each turn brings a new, often dangerous, surprise, and the boys are faced with a murderous robot, an explosive meteor shower, and lizard-like aliens, while poor Lisa is cryogenically frozen early in the game. The adventure yields some heartwarming, family-friendly life lessons, and Dax Shepard (IDIOCRACY) is unusually subdued in his role as a stranded astronaut.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "ZATHURA is a rarity: a stellar fantasy that faces down childhood anxieties with feet-on-the-ground maturity." -- Grade: A- 11/18/2005 p.103
New York Times "In the enchanted limbo between waking and sleeping, ZATHURA feels both real and unreal, like a dream you could shake off at any moment." 11/11/2005 p.E13
Sight and Sound "Favreau and his effects team have fun with the retro-futurist stylings of the game....The relatively restrained use of computer imagery is refreshing..." 03/01/2006 p.84
Directors
Jon Favreau
Actors
Josh Hutcherson
Jonah Bobo
Cast & Crew
Josh Hutcherson - Star
Jonah Bobo - Star
Peter Billingsley - Star
Dax Shepard - Star
Tim Robbins - Star
Kristen Stewart - Star
Derek Mears - Star
Dan Lebantal - Editor
Michael De Luca - Executive Producer
John Debney - Composer
Ted Field - Producer
Scott Kroopf - Producer
William Teitler - Executive Producer
Jon Favreau - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
UPC 00043396381414
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Zathura lacks the undercurrents of archetypal menace and genuine emotion that informed The Polar Express, a true classic that is being re-released again this year. But it works gloriously as space opera. We're going through a period right now in which every video game is being turned into a movie, resulting in cheerless exercises such as Doom, which mindlessly consists of aliens popping up and getting creamed. Zathura is based on a different kind of game, in which the heroes are not simply shooting at targets, but are actually surrounded by real events that they need to figure out. They are active heroes, not passive marksmen. Nobody even gets killed in Zathura. Well, depending on what happens to the lizards on the other side of the black hole.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, English, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Joe Utichi, FilmFocus Favreau again delivers that rare beast -- a family film that even childless adults can enjoy.
Luke Y. Thompson, New Times Pay attention, Disney: This is how you do a family film right.

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