- Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled,
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish
(Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated:Parents Strongly Cautioned
- Studio: Buena Vista
- DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
- Run Time: 132 minutes
1.)I passed on this movie when it originally released for whatever
reason, I think I was just too busy at the time to go see movies.
I decided to rent it from Amazon because I found out some of my
favorite designers were involved with this project, including Iain
McCaig, and I also learned of the IP's history, of the original
novel The Princess of Mars and thought it sounded incredibly
interesting. It amazed me that someone could come up with a story
like this in 1912.
This movie was no disappointment. I have no idea why when this
movie originally released in theaters, it 'bombed' relative to its
production budget. This is one of the best action sci-fi's I have
ever seen. The story is very good, the character, creature, vehicle
designs are amazing, the setting and atmosphere is fantastic, the
VFX is top-notch.... I really don't understand why it didn't do
well in the box office... Bad marketing? I'll be buying this on
Blu-Ray and re-watching it from time to time for years to come.
2.)Based on many negative reviews I have read, the ERB Purists are
upset with departures from the written Barsoom trilogy. And, in
this respect, the movie DOES fall short. Honestly though--speaking
for myself--I cannot recall even a single book-based movie over
which I did not prefer the book. A single movie cannot HOPE to give
visual life to all the details of even ONE story, much less
Which brings us to the realist--the one who, having read the
book(s), nevertheless appreciates the limitations of the motion
picture medium, and makes the best of it.
3.)I went in to "John Carter" filled with trepidation. I often
avoid these big, splashy CGI spectacles that never live up to their
promises and I was sure that this film was going to be nothing more
than lots of cinematic eye candy and short on substance. Added to
that there was a lot of lackluster critical reviews. Well, all I
can say is that this was a grand entertainment and I am so glad I
caught it on the big screen!
I've heard some critics say the plot was a mess and overly
convoluted. Really? My suggestion to them is "don't text while
watching a movie, you might miss something". I found the plot
fairly well done and actually made sense (if only the last Star
Trek film had that going for it) and was interesting to boot.
I also read that the look of Barsoom (Mars to you and me) was dull
and uninteresting. Hmmm, never been an admirerer of the stark and
raw beauty of the American southwest I guess. Personally I found
Barsoom to be beautiful, alien, exotic and familiar all at the same
time. After all, the Mars rovers have confirmed that the Red Planet
does indeed look like our American southwest and I for one happen
to think both places very scenic.