- Where the Wild Things Are DVD 2010
- Actors: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper
- Directors: Spike Jonze
- Format: Color, DVD, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
- Run Time: 101 minutes
- UPC: 085391189930
"Let the wild rumpus start!" Nine-year-old Max runs away from home and sails across the sea to become king of the land Where the Wild Things Are. King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters--but being king may not be as carefree as it looks! Filmmaker Spike Jonze directs a magical, visually astonishing film version of Maurice Sendak's celebrated children's classic, starring an amazing cast of screen veterans and featuring young Max Records in a fierce and sensitive performance as Max.
Adults who remember this book from their childhood and older children will enjoy this the most.
"The spare, starlit desert/forest/ocean imagery of Sendak's drawings is lovingly, even painstakingly preserved, and just as lovingly and painstakingly sifted into the action so that it never draws attention to itself as an effect per se."
Film Comment - Kent Jones (09/01/2009)
"Spike Jonze is just the visionary talent to nurture Sendak's tale of a boy who creates a fantasy world full of wild things that embody his own fears bout the real one."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/17/2009)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is a fiercely innovative film with surprising texture and nuance. It captures the joy and exuberance of childhood without shying away from its very real pains and woes."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (10/16/2009)
"[A] beautiful adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's book....[An] intensely original and haunting movie..."
New York Times - Manohla Dargis (10/14/2009)
3 stars out of 4 -- "The voice actors and the f/x artists give their fantastical characters personality....
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (10/14/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Jonze not only remembers the emotions of youth, he makes us feel them....WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is so patient and non-judgmental that you're welcome to simply bliss out on the visuals."
Box Office - Amy Nicholson (10/12/2009)
"Like the hero of the book, this Max projects a fantasy world from his yearnings, fear and anger. But the movie invests those projections with such intense and genuine wildness as to make their creator a veritable Wizard of Id."
Wall Street Journal (10/16/2009)
"Fleet of foot, emotionally attuned to its subject and instinctively faithful to its celebrated source, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE earns a lot of points for its hand-crafted look..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (10/11/2009)
"Whether the action is grand and exciting...or simple and human....it all feels genuine to the actual experience of childhood in ways that children's movies generally don't." -- Grade: A-
A.V. Club - Josh Modell (10/15/2009)
"Spike Jonze not only respects the original text but also honors movie lovers with the same clarity of vision. This is one of the year's best."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (10/23/2009)
"[A] film that manages to create its own reality and meaning, even while it bring's Sendak's visual world to life with startling accuracy."
Washington Post (10/16/2009)
4 stars out of 4 -- "[A] visual and emotional tour de force....The brilliant songs, by Karen O and the Kids, enhance the film's power to pull you in..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (10/29/2009)
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "The Best Films Of The Year" -- "[T]he filmmaker is in perfect harmony with the same wild things Sendak first identified for wise children over 45 years ago."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (12/25/2009)
Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2009" -- "All the joy and misplaced rage that goes into being a kid is in this movie."
Rolling Stone - Roger Ebert (12/24/2009)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Jonze] reminds us that the simple pleasure of childhood is running around and screaming with abandon."
Uncut - Michael Bonner (12/07/2009)
"On a technical level, this movie is simply brilliant. The boots-on-the-ground/documentary feel mixes nearly perfect cinematography with real cool monsters in giant suits."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] a childlike sense of awe, rage, delight and dislocation....It's true to Sendak's spirit and the night Max wore his wolf suit..."
Empire - Nick De Semlyen (06/01/2010)
This DVD is in like new, near mint condition, and includes the original case. It has only one or two faint surface marks on the disc...was viewed once.