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Blu-ray Review: Gold

May 9, 2017

By John Corrado

Loosely based on a true story, Gold follows Texas prospector Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) who is desperate for a big break and becomes convinced that he can strike gold in the jungles of Indonesia, teaming up with geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Remírez) to help him excavate and get their commodity on the stock market.

Although the film itself is somewhat flawed, Gold is still mildly worth seeing for Matthew McConaughey’s expectedly dedicated performance, moving through the scenes with a determined energy as he disappears behind his noticeable weight gain, balding head and fake teeth.  You can read my full review of the film right here.

The Blu-ray also includes commentary by director Stephen Gaghan, a pretty good five minute deleted sequence, as well as three featurettes.  First up is The Origins of Gold, focusing on the film’s lengthy road to production, The Locations of Gold touches on the challenges they faced shooting in the actual jungle, and Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells talks about the actor’s full-bodied transformation into the role.

Gold is an Elevation Pictures release.  It’s 120 minutes and rated 14A.

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