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4K Ultra HD Review: The Lost City

July 26, 2022

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum team up in the romantic adventure comedy The Lost City, and it’s an example of a film that is actually surprisingly kinda good, simply because it delivers exactly what we want.

Bullock’s Loretta Sage is a romance novelist, who has channelled her genuine interest in archeology and lost civilizations into wildly popular erotic adventure books following the exploits of her fictional proxy, Dr. Angela Lovemore.

Tatum’s Alan Caprison is the cover model for her novels, representing fearless adventurer and fictional love interest Dale McMahon. When we first meet Loretta in the film, she has been struggling to write following the death of her archeologist husband.

This makes her latest Dash and Lovemore adventure, The Lost City of D (an obvious play on words) a hot commodity, with her publisher (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) insisting on sending her out on a book tour with Dale, who is nothing like his fictional counterpart, to promote the book. But the tour gets cut short when Loretta is kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), an insecure billionaire who believes that she can help him find the real lost city and treasure that she wrote about in her book. Fairfax flies her to a remote island in the Atlantic where he has been excavating the ruins of an ancient civilization, and Alan goes after her, desperate to prove himself as more than just a pretty face.

The cast is a big part of why The Lost City is kept enjoyable to watch. The film marks Bullock’s long-awaited return to the rom-com genre, and the role is very much in her wheelhouse. Tatum is an affable comic presence who gets to do his dimwitted beefcake routine, while Radcliffe has fun chewing up the screen as the maniacal, possibly queer-coded villain. But it’s Brad Pitt who is the real scene-stealer. He practically walks away with the film in what amounts to an extended cameo as an ex-military tracker named Jack Trainer whom Alan hires to help him find Loretta, with his character springing into action during a well staged sequence set to Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.”

Directed by brothers Adam and Aaron Nee, starting from a decent screenplay that they worked on with writers Oren Uziel and Dana Fox, The Lost City mostly strikes a good balance between romance, comedy and adventure, with some more bittersweet moments along the way. It’s nothing major, but The Lost City delivers exactly what you pay for, and serves as an entertaining film carried by fun performances from its cast, with the 4K disc offering expected clarity on skin tones and foliage in the jungle.

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

The 4K disc boasts “over 50 minutes of hilarious bonus content.” A code for a digital copy is also included in the package, which ships with a standard slipcover.

Dynamic Duo (4 minutes, 42 seconds): The filmmakers and lead actors talk about making an escapist film, and balancing different tones.

Location Profile (7 minutes, 9 seconds): Cast and crew talk about the challenges and benefits of shooting on an island in the Dominican Republic, after having to move the production last minute from the Canary Islands due to COVID travel restrictions.

Jungle Rescue (6 minutes, 25 seconds): Looks at crafting two of the film’s set-pieces; a jungle rescue atop a moving vehicle with Tatum doing his own stunts, and Pitt’s big scene.

The Jumpsuit (3 minutes, 41 seconds): Costume designer Marlene Stewart discusses designing the bright, sequined jumpsuit that Bullock wears in the film, inspired by the star’s own love of jumpsuits.

Charcuterie (3 minutes, 32 seconds): How the production team went about using giant fans to blow around copious amounts of meat and cheese for Radcliffe’s big introductory scene.

The Villains of The Lost City (5 minutes, 29 seconds): Focuses on Radcliffe’s villainous role in the film, and the casting of his henchmen.

Building The Lost City (7 minutes, 23 seconds): An expanded look at shooting the entire film on location in the Dominican, including building sets. Features production designer Jim Bissell and set decorator Karen Frick.

Deleted Scenes (Play All – 8 minutes, 52 seconds): A selection of eight cut scenes. There are some good moments here, and I actually think all of them could have been kept in the film.

Spying on Fairfax (44 seconds)

Beth Looks for Loretta (1 minute, 23 seconds)

The Climb (14 seconds)

Allison’s Dance (53 seconds)

Hammock (53 seconds)

Navigates Drone (43 seconds)

Loretta Calls Nana (3 minutes, 26 seconds)

Trainer Has a Headache (32 seconds)

Bloopers (5 minutes, 33 seconds): A standard blooper reel.

The Lost City is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s 111 minutes and rated PG.

Street Date: July 26th, 2022

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