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The Shack admittedly isn’t my kind of movie but it’s perfectly safe and does have a positive message while not getting overly preachy compared with other religious movies that have inundated cinema in the last few years.

 

 

The Shack
(2017)

Genre(s): Drama
Summit Entertainment | PG13 – 131 min. – $39.99 | May 30, 2017

Date Published: 05/25/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Stuart Hazeldine
Writer(s): William Paul Young (novel); John Fusco and Andrew Lanham & Destin Cretton (screenplay)
Cast: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Abraham Aviv Alush, Radha Mitchell, Alice Braga, Graham Greene, Tim McGraw
DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 44.8 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips (SAM WORTHINGTON) spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa (OCTAVIA SPENCER). Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.75/5


This release comes with a glossy slip cover. Inside contains the DVD Copy and Digital HD redemption code.

Audio Commentary – Director Stuart Hazeldine offers his thoughts on making the movie and provides bits of information like filming in British Columbia taking place for Oregon (my home state).

Touched by God: A Writer’s Journey (10:05; HD) – Novelist William Paul Young talks about the origin of his best-selling book.

God’s Heart for Humanity (8:59; HD) is about the core theme of the novel/book.

“Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United (6:09; HD) looks at the music composed for the movie.

Something Bigger Than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack (13:03; HD) is a behind-the-scenes featurette that includes interviews with members of the cast and crew.

Premiere Night: A Blessed Evening (18:08; HD) – Radio host Delilah (didn’t know she still had a show) gives an intro that I guess was shown in theaters afterward.

Last up is a Deleted Scene (1:18; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.25/5


The Shack arrives on Blu-ray through Summit Entertainment and is presented with a 2.40 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. There’s a nice array here from the darker, and starker, elements of winter to the more colorful portions when Mack visits the trinity. Detail looks sharp and it has a clean, pleasant looking appearance.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The disc includes the basic but effective enough DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Given the vast majority if the film is dialogue-driven, it is more than enough and some depth is on display for the music/score as well as minor ambient noises coming through the rear channels.

 


OVERALL – 2.75/5


Overall, The Shack admittedly isn’t my kind of movie but it’s perfectly safe and does have a positive message while not getting overly preachy compared with other religious movies that have inundated cinema in the last few years. This Blu-ray offers good video/audio transfers and a fine selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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