Snubbed by the Oscar nominating committee, “All is Lost” should have been to Robert Redford what “Cast Away” was for Tom Hanks. Charged with carrying a film alone with a short paragraph’s worth of dialogue set in the middle of nowhere, Redford appoints himself well and sophomore writer/director J.C. Chandor conjures up just the right amount of claustrophobia and despair. On the flip side, the narrative is somewhat static and occasionally plays out like a “how to fix your boat” instructional video. Chandor also steals much of his own thunder with a totally avoidable opening voice-over that gives away far too much way too soon.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/2.40:1), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1) Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), subtitles: English and Spanish.

Special features include:

• Commentary

• HD/UV digital copy

• First edition slipcover case

• 6 making-of featurettes

Lionsgate, $26.98