Review: “The Hundred-Foot Journey” Blu-ray

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It seems like many of the movies I’ve been reviewing lately have been in the action/adventure/super hero genres, so it was a nice change of pace to watch The Hundred-Foot Journey. I’ve actually been looking forward to seeing this for some time, as the early reviews looked great, and it was on my list of movies to see over the Summer. Somehow, I managed to miss it at the theater. As such, I was even more excited than normal to watch The Hundred-Foot Journey Blu-ray and Bonus Features.

Much of the time, when I review a Blu-ray, I’ve already seen the movie at the theater. I know I’ve already mentioned that, but I like to compare the feeling of the theater verses watching it at home. This wasn’t the case for this movie, so this time around, I was a little more inclined to just sit back and enjoy. The film is presented in HD on Blu-ray in a theatrical aspect ration of 2.39:1, has excellent fine detail and colors alike. There are several locals that are prominent in the movie, and they all look fantastic. The main audio mix is 5.1 DTS-HDMA, and although you might not know it before seeing the film, the soundtrack includes a variety of enjoyable pop music that sounds great along with the dialogue and occasional sound effects. There are several additional audio options including French and Spanish tracks (both in 5.1), and an English 2.0 Descriptive Audio track.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey follows the story of a family that is trying to start a restaurant in France. The Kadam family has been displaced from their native India, and with Papa (Om Puri) leading the way, they settle in a quaint village in the south of France called Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. It’s a charming and picturesque area and they believe it will be a perfect location to open their restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. It so happens that with such a desirable location, their startup is located only a hundred feet from one of the best French eateries in the entire area. The owner of the competing restaurant, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), is obviously not keen on the idea of a restaurant right next door. As you’d guess, she does everything she can to make certain that the Indian restaurant is unsuccessful. Her tactics are quickly noticed, and it escalates into both restauranteurs attempting to sabotage their opposition. I’ll not give the exact details of how this ultimately plays out, as although I’m sure you can probably guess some of it, I don’t want to spoil it for you. Suffice it to say, the restaurants spend some time trying to shut each other down until something changes.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey has a simple and very effective story that is interesting enough to thoroughly enjoy. The cast does a great job throughout the film and it’s a movie that is perfect for your entire family. With the holidays upon us, it would also be a great movie choice for an extended family or get-together. I’m actually very happy that I didn’t have the opportunity to see it beforehand as I thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience at home and I’m sure you will as well.

The Hundred-Foot Journey Blu-ray Details

PRODUCERS: Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln,” “Saving Private Ryan”), Oprah Winfrey (“Precious,” “Beloved”) and Juliet Blake (TV’s “Border Wars,” “Farscape”)

DIRECTOR: Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules”)

TALENT: Helen Mirren (2006 Academy Award®-winning actress for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for “The Queen,” “Monsters University,” “The Debt”), Om Puri (“East is East,” “Gandhi”), Manish Dayal (TV’s “90210,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), Charlotte Le Bon (“Mood Indigo,” “Yves Saint Laurent”) and Farzana Dua Elahe (“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”).

WRITTEN BY: Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke”)

COMPOSER: A.R. Rahman (Two-time Academy Award®-winner in 2010 for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song in “127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”)

BONUS Features
Digital HD & Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Hundred-Foot Journey With Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey – Producers Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey sit down to discuss “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” What was it about the project that brought them together for their first collaboration in 30 years since “The Color Purple.” This piece is complimented with photography from the sets to give it an even more personal feel.

The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey – Enter the enchanting world of the film on set with director Lasse Hallström, producer Juliet Blake, author Richard Morais, cast, crew, chefs and composer A.R. Rahman. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” comes to life from the pages of the book, to stunning locations in the South of France, with a beautifully crafted story (and mouth-watering food) that will make you hungry for home and the spice of life.
On Set With Oprah Winfrey­ – Production designer David Gropman gives Oprah Winfrey a tour of the Maison Mumbai and the “Hundred-Foot Journey” to the Le Saule Pleureur.

Coconut Chicken – Learn how to make coconut chicken in this demonstration of a beautiful, Indian inspired dish with Chef Anil Sharma.

DVD:
The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 122 min.

RATING: Feature Film: PG in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF (Additional Bonus Features Not Rated)

ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1

AUDIO: Blu-ray = 5.1 DTS
DVD = 5.1 Dolby

LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

Bryan Moore

Bryan is a theme park and coaster enthusiast. He enjoys spending time at his favorite parks in Central Florida: Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In addition to theme parks, Bryan enjoys movies and gaming.

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