Pure popcorn 4 Stars

Disney’s Jungle Cruise is a fun yet forgettable adventure yarn that makes good use of its three leads, Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jesse Plemons.

Jungle Cruise (2021)
Released: 30 Jul 2021
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 127 min
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramírez
Writer(s): Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Plot: Based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.
IMDB rating: 6.6
MetaScore: 50

Disc Information
Studio: Disney
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 7.1 DD+:Spanish 7.1 DD+, French 7.1 DD+:French 7.1 DD+, Other
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Other
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 Hr. 7 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: 2-disc UHD keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 11/16/2021
MSRP: $39.99

The Production: 3.5/5

Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her brother MacGregor (Jack Whitehall) are in search of a magical tree in the jungles of South America that legend says has healing powers. After stealing the arrowhead that could lead them to the tree, they charter a run-down boat captained by the down-on-his-luck Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson). Hot on their trail is Prince Joachim (Jesse Plemons) in his WWI German submarine. Who wants the powers of that tree to help him win the war. That is pretty much the plot of Jungle Cruise, but as thin as it is, it is one of the better Disney theme park attraction-inspired films to come out of the studio (not quite the level of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, but infinitely better than The Country Bears). Johnson and Blunt have great chemistry together, and Plemons does what he does best, playing a character who is trying to keep his craziness under control but lets it slip subtly through his way of delivering lines (Breaking Bad, Game Night). The movie, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (who has worked almost exclusively with Liam Neeson up to this point on Unknown and The Commuter, and reteaming with Johnson on the upcoming Black Adam), is a mix of Romancing the Stone and Pirates of the Caribbean, with an obvious homage to The African Queen.

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

Jungle Cruise was an all-digital production which I assume was completed as a 4K digital intermediate, with Dolby Vision high dynamic range for its premium theatrical and streaming engagements. Disney’s UHD disc release contains a wonderfully cinematic HEVC-encoded 2160p transfer with HDR10 high dynamic range. Compared to the very good Blu-ray edition (included in this set), the UHD is noticeably darker overall with better contrast and highlights, providing deep blacks and excellent shadow details. Colors are more natural with its wider color gamut, vivid without appearing overly saturated. Fine detail is also excellent in regards to facial features such as beard stubble and beads of sweat, fabric textures, etc.

Audio: 5/5

The disc’s default Dolby Atmos track is proof that perhaps Disney is learning how to mix these tracks for home use. Once we arrive in South America, the track becomes incredibly immersive, with jungle sounds emanating in front, above, and behind you. LFE is strong, emphasizing crashes, explosions, and roaring rapids. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 3/5

As typical for a Disney release, there are no special features to be found on the UHD disc, but can be located on the included Blu-ray edition of the film. These amount to the usual EPK-style featurettes.

Expedition Mode: When hitting PLAY on the Blu-ray disc, the viewer is given the option to watch the film with or without a trivia track.

It’s a Jungle Out There: Making “Jungle Cruise” (1080p; 12:58): Typical EPK-style behind the scenes look at the film with its references to the famous theme park ride.

Dwayne and Emily: Undoubtedly Funny (1080p; 5:10): The two stars gush over working with each other.

Creating the Amazon (1080p; 15:14): A look at the many different ways the filmmakers brought the Amazon to life.

Once a Skip, Always a Skip (1080p; 14:00): Skippers from the Disneyland ride share their experiences.

Deleted Scenes (1080p; 15:56): Eleven scenes are included – MacGregor Drives the Boat, MacGregor Water Skis, Joachim and Nilo on the Dock, Frank Talks to Proxima & Lily’s Nightmares, Sub Gets Stuck, Proxima Surprises MacGregor, Frank Gets the Cold Shoulder, Trader Sam and Lily Walk in the Jungle, MacGregor and Trader Sam Say Goodbye, Frank Makes Tea for Lily, and The Backside of Water.

Outtakes (1080p; 2:25): Typical gag reel.

Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital copy in UHD on Movies Anywhere.

Overall: 4/5

Jungle Cruise is two-hours of forgettable fun, with a scene stealing performance by Jesse Plemons.

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Johnny Angell

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We just watched it on Disney + and thoroughly enjoyed it. Johnson and Blunt provide all the charisma and make the viewer (at least for me it did) over look how ludicrous the plot is. I think it borrows heavily from Brendan Fraser’s Mummy, which ain’t a bad thing.
 

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I liked it but thought there was ZERO chemistry between Blunt and Johnson.
 

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Ok, some of you enjoyed it, but beyond that, has this film any merit? I am guessing there was a 3D conversion of also, which we'll never see on physical media.
 

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Ok, some of you enjoyed it, but beyond that, has this film any merit? I am guessing there was a 3D conversion of also, which we'll never see on physical media.
Is it going to be nominated for best picture? No. But people enjoyed it and I think that has merit.
 

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The 3D for of this movie was really good! I thought it was an entertaining popcorn flick. As usual with Disney movies of the last 15 years or so you can tell the spent a fortune on it—and much of that ended up on the screen.
 

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Glad to see a Disney blu-ray audio track that rates highly. They've put out so many underwhelming releases.
 

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Caught part of it at a friend's place. The few scenes that I saw (like the boat headed for an imminent crash into protruding tree branches) just cries for a 3D release!