THE LOST CITY was a hit when it came out earlier this year, which in a way was a relief as it wasn’t a sequel, a remake or a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Most people don’t see movies that even rely on star power much anymore, but there was a lot of good reaction here in this ROMANCING THE STONE-like comedic caper starring Sandra Bullock as Loretta Stone, a romance writer who gets to live one of her own book adventures with Alan (Channing Tatum), the lunkhead of a cover model who accidentally gets into the action when a crazy billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) kidnaps them both.
Throughout, THE LOST CITY is a comedy of errors with a lot of funny adventure and a strong chemistry between Bullock and Tatum, who each have different comedic talents but blend together well. Filmmakers Adam and Aaron Nee have a lot of fun with the two and keep the comedy and action pretty tight throughout. I only feel that LOST CITY didn’t work for Daniel Radcliffe’s somewhat strange performance. He’s not the greatest bad guy and he has quite a few uncomfortable moments especially towards the end, but the overall adventure comedy vibe shines through. It’s bright, colourful and solid escapism in its nearly two hour run time.
About the 4k Release:
Paramount has done a good job with this 4k disc and it’s especially recommended to disc collectors. For the transfer, I compared this a bit to the Apple TV version and found quite a bit more resolution, especially in the opening sequences. Only in a few interior sequences does the digital photography wane a bit, but that’s more of the original photography. I saw this theatrically in a very good visual presentation, and it’s very close to that presentation. The Dolby Atmos soundtrack is perfectly suited for the material with some strong surrounds and bass at times, but nothing to really demo your home theatre with.
The bonus features include quite a few deleted scenes and bloopers, along with a couple of the usual behind the scenes features. Nothing really blew me away with the features here, and I always seem to desire an audio commentary with the filmmakers (or imagine a Bullock/Tatum track?).
Oddly enough this is a release where the features are on the 4k disc and there is no separate Blu Ray included. It appears that Paramount is starting to go this way with some releases. As per usual, there is a Digital Copy included which redeems to Apple TV with the same 4k transfer. It’s all presented in a nice case with the usual sleeve making for a really nice physical media release.
THE LOST CITY is now available on 4k Blu Ray and Digital. Our thanks to Paramount PR for sending along a copy for review.