Disney has announced that John Carter will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on June 5.
It will be interesting to see if, as many are predicting, the over-two-hour movie finds more of its audience on home video. It’s possible that this could become a perennial favorite, especially since science fiction fans who’ve seen it generally liked it. Here’s a release trailer:
The movie is pitched as “a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars)” in which Carter (Taylor Kitsch) joins in “an epic conflict” to help the civilization survive. The special effects, if nothing else, seem worth seeing, although I’m also curious about the performance of Lynn Collins (previously in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as the princess Dejah Thoris.
There are a number of options, starting with the high-end four-disc 3-D version (list price $49.99) that includes Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy. (The only way to get a digital copy included, by the way.) The Blu-ray special features include:
- Disney Second Screen. I talked about this feature when I reviewed Tron: Legacy; it’s an app that runs along with the movie on your tablet or laptop that provides additional background information. They’re promising in this version to “explore John Carter’s journal” and “extend the mythology of the movie.”
- Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Andrew Stanton.
- “360 Degrees of John Carter” — “Experience every aspect of the filmmaking process on one of the movie’s biggest production days.”
- Barsoom bloopers
Plus all the special features included on DVD:
- “100 Years in the Making” — “Follow the journey of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ story, from its origins as a pulp novel to its arrival onscreen.”
- Audio commentary
There’s also a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack ($39.99 suggested price) and a single-disc DVD ($29.99).