Jane’s Journey (DVD)

“A sense of calm came over me. I found myself thinking ‘This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.'”

The most surprising thing about Jane’s Journey is how much it revolves around family. It was pleasant to learn that Jane’s mother accompanied her on that first trip to Africa so long ago, and her son was born and lived his childhood among natives that most of us could never imagine. So many things aligned themselves in a particular way that let Jane end up doing what she does.

Jane’s Journey is more than merely helping chimpanzees survive threats to their existence, though a noble cause to be sure. I learned so much about Mrs. Goodall this documentary lends itself easily to recommendation. It’s the story of not just one woman’s life, but the things she cares about, the people she’s touched, and the legacy she’ll leave behind.

Presented in standard definition 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, Jane’s Journey is quite cinematic in nature. Even though there’s evidence of film grain, the visuals are strikingly beautiful. Some of my favorite moments are from Jane with her family and her early days in Gombe. The addition of family movies, though noticeably more degraded than the rest of the feature, lend a feeling of connectedness. The Dolby 5.1 surround mix is more than adequate, and the supplementary 2.0 stereo will suffice if that’s all your system can afford.

Bonus features include an in-depth interview with Angelina Jolie (who has known Jane for a very long time), a short feature on Jane’s youth project Roots & Shoots, and a filmmaker bio.

If you’re even the least bit into conservationism, chimpanzees, or Jane Goodall herself, Jane’s Journey is a no-brainer. It’s far from the standard recollection of facts one usually associates with biographical documentaries. The sheer number of exotic places we are afforded glimpses into, and the vast number of people Jane has connected with, makes it easy to stay captivated from start to finish.

THE VERDICT

Not guilty.

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Here are the top ten things we know: 1) She lives in Ohio 2) She is MWOC unless you count her two dogs 3) Believes Avatar was NOT the greatest movie ever made 4) Operates on a primarily nocturnal basis 5) Wants to write the screenplay for the movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle 6) Watches a variety of shows on television including, but not limited to: Castle, @midnight, Face Off, Sherlock and Whose Line is it Anyway? 7) Does not believe anyone will actually read this besides the editor (hello, Editor!) 8) Has attended more than one N*SYNC concert in her lifetime but only one NKOTB concert 9) Was in a car crash that would have killed her had she not been wearing her seat belt 10) Is in the process of catching up on Supernatural (incidentally would possibly leave her husband for either of the Winchester Brothers depending on the episode in question) and the bonus! 11) Enjoys reading, writing, laying on the beach (long walks tire her out) and assorted snack foods like frozen M&M's.
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