Mortal Instruments City of Bones DVD Review: Shadowhunters Unite!

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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is part of a book series that has sold almost 24 million copies globally and fan interest is about to go much deeper. The film version arrived earlier this year and it did well enough to warrant filming the second Mortal Instruments book that will also star Lily Collins as a woman who discovers she is gifted with supernatural powers and will play a large role in a classic battle of good versus evil.

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones DVD

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones trailer shows that this is a visually stunning world, created by director Harald Zwart that surely will please the legions of fans of the book series by Cassandra Clare.

Collins stars as a woman who, as she arrives at a fateful birthday, sees things in the world around her that she never noticed before. Her mother (Lena Headey) has tried to shield her from this world, but now time has run out and whether mom likes it or not, Clary Fray (Collins) is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime filled with peril, passion and the supernatural.

Our Mortal Instruments: City of Bones review found the film satisfying and visually stunning. That aspect is not lost on the DVD and Blu-Ray release. And the bonus features for the home video release should also further fan the fire of that passionate Mortal Instruments fan base.

The Blu-Ray has an exclusive feature that we found simply stunning. Interactive Lineage Tracker allows viewers to deeply explore all of the characters in Clare’s world. For fans of the series, this is better than the best Christmas gift ever. It also shows the extent with which the author has given deep thought to her Mortal Instruments world and speaks to the power that is coming at fans with subsequent films.

The Deadly Attraction feature shows off why the casting of Collins and Jamie Campbell in his role as Jace Wayland could not have been better. The two discuss finding the balance of push and pull that is not only central to the plot of Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but the entire series as a whole.

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Jamie Campbell Bower Lily Collins

Bringing Them to Life is also a delightful feature where filmmakers and the entire cast talk about their characters and the role they play in the bigger picture of Clare’s world. Those members of the “cast” that are not human get the spotlight in the Entering The Shadow World bonus feature, which shows off the extraordinary talents of the movie's special effects artists in creating the creatures of Clare’s world.

We were thrilled with the addition of the Into the Shadows: From Book to Screen featurette. When a book is as insanely popular as The Mortal Instruments series is, having a look at how it made it to the big screen is essential. And with Into the Shadows, they achieve that and more.

And for those who want to delve deeper into just how filmmakers created those breathtaking action sequences, the Descendants of the Cup documentary is simply stellar. As this is a home video release geared towards the young and the young at heart, the music video Almost is Never Enough by Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes is like a cherry on top of a delicious sundae that is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones DVD and Blu-Ray. 

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is part of a book series that has sold almost 24 million copies globally and fan interest is about to...

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