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1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Best Animated Film, Wall-E, 2008) comes John Carter -- a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's classic novel, John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who's inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict. It's a world on the brink of collapse, and Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Stunning special effects, great characters and villains -- and complete with extraordinary bonus features -- John Carter is a heroic and inspirational adventure that will thrill you beyond imagination.
2.) Special Features
100 Years In The Making -- Follow The Journey Of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Story, From Its Origins As A Pulp Novel To Its Arrival Onscreen|Audio Commentary With Filmmakers
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 multiple stories.
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.
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