John Carter Blu-ray, DVD Announced
May 20, 2012

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).

9 Responses  
Ralf Haring writes:  

The prices are astonishing! There is absolutely no chance I’d consider buying a bare bones dvd with no special features for $30($19 on Amazon).

Johanna writes:  

That’s standard list, but as you point out, no one pays that.

Ralf Haring writes:  

I was about to protest, but I’ve curtailed most of my dvd buying in the past few years. I took a quick look over the various Amazon top genre dvd lists and anything under $30 msrp was definitely an outlier. (Midnight in Paris and King’s Speech where two out of dozens and dozens) Interesting. That’s surely one way to get me to keep spending my money elsewhere!

Ralf Haring writes:  

And I guess I comment about the actual content of the movie would be in order … I enjoyed it despite the pre-release critical beating it received. Lynn Collins’ princess was a highlight, smart and strong in all the right ways, never losing agency or cast in as the damsel in distress.

Johanna writes:  

It does seem weird to me that, with so many options (Netflix, Redbox, others) available to see a movie without having to buy the DVD, that studios are raising prices at the same time they’re cutting back on special features (at least the ones I consider attractive). Maybe demand going down makes them think they need to price higher, but that seems like the beginning of a downward spiral.

I’m glad to hear that Collins’ role is one to watch for.

James Schee writes:  

I really enjoyed the movie. Reminded me a little in tone of the first Brendan Frasier Mummy movie, with its mixture of adventure and humor. Can’t wait to get the Blu-Ray, especially with those extras.

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Joe G writes:  

I really liked the movie. I went about 3 1/2 weeks into the theatrical release on a week night. I was surprised to see the theater about half full. From what i could tell, most seemed to enjoy themselves.

I’ll buy this on BluRay because I am old enough to be scared by not having a physical copy of the movie when I need/want it.

Jim Perreault writes:  

I enjoyed the film a great deal as well. I’ve no idea why it had such bad press.

I had never read any of the John Carter books, but I ended up reading the first couple before the movie came out. I thought they did a very good job of adapting the first one, keeping the spirit of the original while updating some of the out of date parts. I loved what they did with the Princess, who is pretty much a stock character in the novel.


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