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John Carter [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy]

Release Date: 
06/05/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: PG-13
Star Rating: 
5 out of 10

Not nearly as bad as the box office numbers would have you believe.


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The Pitch: A civil war cavalry man (Taylor Kitsch) is magically transported to Mars, plopped in the center of a war between the two ruling societies as well as four-armed green warrior guys. Oh, and he has the ability to jump really far and high.


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What It Really Is: A heavy mix of Avatar and Prince of Persia with insanely epic special effects. Director Andrew Stanton, who had nothing but success at Pixar, receives his first major movie-making head-kick when it comes to live action. But it’s not really his fault. The marketing for this movie, from the title to the conventional trailers, did a shitty job of selling this movie. It’s also too long and tries to accomplish way too much. But on a technical and action level it’s just as good as those overrated Pirates movies without a Jack Sparrow for kids to get all stupid over. Plus, Lynn Collins is super sexy as the Martian princess.


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Why Are We Being So Nice? Because there are much worse movies out there and we feel bad for Kitsch, who was cool on Friday Night Lights but headlined 2012’s biggest box office bombs so far: this and Battleship.


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Guess What? British actor Mark Strong plays a bad guy for the 900th time in the past two years.


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Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “Get Carter!” --Maxim.com


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Does Blu-ray Make a Difference? Yes. The look and sound is, pardon the pun, out of this world! (Ok, don’t pardon the pun.) You can tell the hundreds of millions of dollars went into making sure it looks virtually perfect. Even though some of the monsters are more weird and cheesy than cool and realistic.

 

Special Features: Commentary with the filmmakers, Disney second screen, “360 Degrees of John Carter,” deleted scene with optional commentary by director Andrew Stanton, Barsoom Bloopers, 100 Years in the Making, DVD copy of the film

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Who’s It For: People who wanted to see it in the theater two month ago but blinked; young boys and girls; Crazy folks who think life exists on Mars

Studio: Buena Vista/Disney

Maxim Related Videos:  Interview with Lynn Collins | Interview with Taylor Kitsch | Interview with Willem Dafoe | Interview with Andrew Stanton