The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013

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A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.

Starring:
Ben Stiller, Patton Oswalt
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Ben Stiller, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
Director Ben Stiller
Genres Comedy
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 20 June 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Russian, Ukranian
Subtitles Finnish, Estonian, lithuanian, Russian, Norwegian, latvian, Swedish, Danish, Ukranian
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Ben Stiller, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
Director Ben Stiller
Genres Comedy
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 20 June 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles Icelandic, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Norwegian, Romanian, Danish, Japanese, Turkish, Polish

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Ben Stiller, in arguably his career-best performance, plays Walter Mitty.
Walter is a single, 42 year old guy, who's unprepossessing, morose, bored with his life, and too scared to pursue the girl of his dreams, his attractive work-colleague Cheryl. He's a member of the dating website e-harmony, with nothing to write in his life experiences box. He works for Life Magazine as a "negative asset manager", which is fitting, because he treats his life like a big negative. However, and more interestingly, he's a daydreamer, a fantasist, who's able to escape his mundane reality into a World where he can be a superhero and win Cheryl's heart.
Walter's profile manager at e-harmony, Todd, is a voice in his ear at certain parts of the movie, a guy with whom Walter can bounce ideas around.
Slowly, but surely, the introverted Walter emerges out of his life-long shell, primarily because of a life-changing sequence of events spawned by a missing photo negative...
A renowned photographer named Sean O'Connell (played by Sean Penn), sends Walter a box of negatives, but one is missing, called "Quintessence of Life". Walter then feels compelled to go on a quest to track down the missing negative, which sees him embark on a thrilling real-life escapade which mirrors his amazing fantasy life. He ends up in locations including Greenland, Iceland and Afghanistan.
The film is a very beautifully shot, visual treat, especially once Walter gets over to Iceland. The later scenes of the Himalayas are stunning to behold. It's both moving and satisfying to watch the character of this shrinking violet blossom, as he gradually stops living vicariously inside his head, and discovers an appetite to experience the wonders of life for himself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Walter Mitty' lives in a world of fantasy always daydreaming of things
he'd like to be doing or saying.
He works for the 'Life' magazine, he develops the pictures for publication,
an instruction to use the 25th negative on a role sent in by 'Sean O'Connell'
however whlist all the negatives appear to be on the photo frame, the 25th
is missing.
The Magazine executives want the picture, 'Walter's' department is under pressure
to produce the photograph that is to front the cover of 'Life'
It turns out that the Magazine is to go on-line and the picture is to front the
magazines last issue.
With his job under threat along with co-worker 'Cheryl's'( who he'd like to
have the courage to ask out,) 'Walter' decides to finally take control of his
life and decides to go in search of the elusive 'Sean O'Connell'
His journey takes him to Greenland onto Iceland in the search, he seems
to be one-step behind, when returning home, another clue surfaces.
This time he sets off for the 'Himalayas' the adventures he's embarking on
is helping 'Walter' find himself, no longer needing fantasy's to enrich his
life.
'Ben Stiller' both directs and stars in this truly enjoyable movie, the film often
pretty amusing, a bit of feel-good does nobody any harm.
Among the actors involved -'Kirsten Wiig' (Cheryl Melhoff) 'Sean Penn' (Sean
O'Connell) and 'Shirley Maclaine'' as 'Walter's mum.
Good Picture and Sound Quality throughout.
Special Features -
* Deleted, Extended and Alternative Scenes.
* 7 behind the scenes featurette.
* Sights and Sounds of the production.
* Pre-viz (animated Story-book) Ted Walter' fight - early version.
* Gallery- Reference Photography.
* Music Video, 'Stay Alive' by 'Josh Gonzo'lez'
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty features Ben Stiller as the eponymous Walter Mitty, a negative asset manager at Life magazine. He regularly day-dreams about incredible situations where he is the hero, often at the cost of his attention in the real world meaning people treat him as a fantasist. When it actually comes down to filling out his eHarmony account, he actually hasn't done much in life, a point drastically underlined by his empty 'experiences' box. However, when veteran photographer Sean O'Connell sends him a package saying that one of the negatives contains the 'Quintessence of Life' Walter is keen to see it. However, it is the only one missing from the reel. This propels Walter on a quest to track down notoriously hard-to-find adventure-photographer Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn) to get the negative which will grace the cover of the final issue of Life. The pursuit sees him travel to Greenland, Iceland and Afghanistan amongst other places, during which Walter needs fewer and fewer of his fantasies as his life is providing them for him and he is finally living his life and not merely surviving his existence. Will Walter ever find Sean and the negative?

Walter Mitty is a fantastically well shot-experience, this is evident from the get-go as we see the preliminary credits wrapped seamlessly around the locales (graffiti on the wall of his apartment building gives us the director for example) and this stylisation of text really continues into the film (the text message displayed on the mountain by rock-slides) - this really is a great touch and I thought enhanced what was already a well directed experience - credit to director & lead actor Ben Stiller.
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