John Carter (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
Studio: Buena Vista
List Price: $49.99
Release Date: Jun 5, 2012
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Running Time: 132 minutes
4.7 Stars (out of 5) - Rated PG-13
As a warrior lost on Earth, John Carter is magically transported to Mars, where the fate of the planet and its people ultimately rest in his hands. With surprising new powers, and epic battles, he rises to become the man he is meant to be and the hero he truly is.
Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Mark Strong, Ciarán Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston, Polly Walker, Daryl Sabara
Blu-ray Release Date:
June 5, 2012
English SDH, French, Spanish
Overall rating weighted as follows:
Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt
Audio 4.8 Stars (out of 5)
Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison
● Subwoofer – 4.5 Stars
● Dialog – 4.5 Stars
● Surround Effects – 5.0 Stars
● Dynamic Range – 5.0 Stars
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
John Carter has an audio performance that’s out of this world. Rear speakers stay active with sounds of whizzing bullets, soft falling rain, clanging swords, windy sandstorms, and chanting crowds. Dialog is usually good but, every once in awhile a line or two can be hard to hear. The subwoofer gets plenty of action with lots of deep couch vibrating explosions, rumbling aircraft, and tight gunshots.
Video 4.9 Stars (out of 5)
Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison
● Color Accuracy - 5.0 Stars
● Shadow detail – 4.5 Stars
● Clarity – 5.0 Stars
● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars
● Compression – 5.0 Stars
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Warm colors and low film grain help make this Blu-ray look great. Vibrant costumes, blue glowing alien technology, interesting landscapes, and splattering of navy blue Martian blood keep the screen filled with colorful things to look at. Some skin tones looked a little too red, but then I realized that Martian skin is supposed to be a little red. So with that in mind, skin tones look great. In dark scenes, some details get lost in the shadows. The clarity is clean and crisp enough to bring out the details in the red tattoos of the Martians, details on armor, loose hairs, and clothing textures.
Bonus Features 3.5 Stars (out of 5)
● Audio Commentary with Director Andrew Stanton and producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins.
● Disney Second Screen Interactive Experience
● Deleted Scenes with Optional Director's Commentary (HD, 19 minutes): Ten deleted scenes.
● 100 Years in the Making (HD, 10 minutes): A short featurette that tells history of Edgar Rice Burroughs' life and the success of the original "John Carter" book series.
● 360 Degrees of John Carter (HD, 35 minutes): A documentary style behind the scenes look at the making of John Carter.
● Barsoom Bloopers (HD, 2 minutes): A few unfunny bloopers and outtakes.
Movie – 3.3 Stars (out of 5)
John Carter is an entertaining movie that’s full of imagination and interesting characters. The story is so huge that may be hard to grasp in one viewing. It’s also hard to follow all the intricate plot details due to some of the clunky writing. The movie gain lots of mileage on set design, good acting, and a little humor. The action scenes are well choreographed and creative, but I wish there were more of them. John Carter cost Disney lots of money to make, and it don’t do well at the box office. This means there will probably be no sequel, which is a shame because I would have liked to see this huge story continued with a better script.
Posted by The HT Guys, June 22, 2012 7:57 AM
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