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Blu-ray Review: A Wrinkle in Time

June 5, 2018

By John Corrado

Based on Madeline L’Engle’s classic 1962 novel of the same name, which has been brought to the screen by director Ava DuVernay, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg Murry (Storm Reid), an adolescent girl who has to travel across the universe in order to rescue her physicist father (Chris Pine).

Although it didn’t do that well at the box office, and was met with a mixed response, I think A Wrinkle in Time actually deserves better than the treatment it got.  Carried by solid performances from the young leads, this is an entertaining and even heartfelt film, that was clearly a passion project for Ava DuVernay.  It’s not perfect, but it’s an enjoyable and mostly faithful adaptation of the book, that is worth giving a first (or second) look on Blu-ray.  For more on the film itself, you can read our three reviews right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a fine selection of bonus material, starting with a commentary track featuring Ava DuVernay, producer Jim Whitaker, co-writer Jennifer Lee and other members of the crew.  There’s also a half-hour featurette entitled A Journey Through Time that features interviews with the cast and crew and offers a wide-ranging look at different aspects of the production; a short blooper reel; and the two music videos “I Believe” by DJ Khalid and Demi Lovato, and “Warrior” by Chlose x Halle.

The disc notably also comes with the four deleted scenes Ant on a String, Aunt Beast, Meg Learns About Calvin’s Dad, and Paper Girl, which show some classic moments from the book – some of which were glimpsed in the trailers – that were cut from the final film, but help flesh out parts of the story and would make an interesting addition to a director’s cut sometime down the road.

A Wrinkle in Time is a Walt Disney Home Entertainment release.  It’s 115 minutes and rated PG.

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