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John Carter (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy) Review

12 Jul 2012



Rating: ★★★★☆


After all the panning and all the put downs on this film I finally decided to take a gander for myself and see what was so bad about it. So I decided to get the 3D / Blue Ray Version and check it out.  I have to tell you my expectations were lower by all the negative reviews that floated around so when I sat back and watched I kept saying to myself. This is not the worst movie I have see. Matter of fact it was not to bad at all. I enjoyed some of the scenes. The effects were top notch and there was those few spots where I even laughed. So whats the big deal about this film that made people reject it right away. Grant it the budget was way way to much for it and as always with these films they had some creative licensing. But all in all the film was not painful to watch. Rather it was the opposite for the most part.   And it seems I am not the only one. When I went on Amazon to purchase it the reviews for the most part was positive . In fact when I went to check the ratings and the review for this post  I found that the spread was even more in favor of the movie then when I originally  purchased it. there was 484 that gave it 5 stars , 134 for 4,  37 for 3 , 23 for 2 and 35 for 1. As for the extra features I have not fully delved into that yet . Just a brushing over them to see what was what. It pretty much has your standard extra features as listed here.


• Blu-ray 3D (TM) Feature Film  (Fantastically done)
• Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus
• DVD Feature Film+ Bonus
• Digital Copy of Feature Film
• Disney Second Screen  (Pretty cool feature)
• 360 Degrees of John Carter
• Deleted Scene with Option Commentary by Director Andrew Stanton
• Barsoom Bloopers ( good for a couple of chuckles)
• 100 Years in the Making
• Audio Commentary with Film Makers


All in all it is worth a purchase and is not a waste of money. Now the question is why was it panned so much. I have one theory. They hype was more then the film where I was expecting much less then it really was.  Either that or some critiques need to chill bait and learn to take things as they are.


Plot from Wikipedia


After the sudden "death" of John Carter, a former American Civil War Confederate Army captain, his nephew Edgar Rice Burroughs (whom Carter called "Ned") attends the funeral. As per Carter's instructions, the body is put in a tomb that can only be unlocked from the inside; his attorney hands over Carter's personal journal for Ned to read, in the hope of finding clues explaining Carter's reason of death.

The film flashes back to the Arizona Territory, where Union Colonel Powell arrests Carter; Powell, knowing about Carter's military background, wants his help in fighting the Apache. However, Carter escapes, with the guards in pursuit. In an ensuing chase both Carter and Powell find themselves in a cave in which Carter had been looking for gold. A Thern appears in the cave at that moment; Carter kills him and, with the help of his medallion, is unknowingly transported to Barsoom (Mars). There, because of his different bone density and planet's low gravity, Carter is able to jump high and perform feats of incredible strength. He is captured by the Green Martian Tharks and their Jeddak (meaning "king") Tars Tarkas.

Elsewhere on Barsoom, the Red Martian cities of Helium and Zodanga have been at war for a thousand years. Sab Than, Jeddak of Zodanga, armed with a special weapon obtained from the Therns, proposes a cease-fire and an end to the war by marrying the Princess of Helium Dejah Thoris. The Princess makes an escape and is saved by Carter. Carter, Dejah and Tarkas' daughter Sola embark on a quest to get to the end of a sacred river to find a way for Carter to get back home. There they find information about the ninth ray, a means of utilizing infinite energy and also the key to understand how the medallion works, but they are attacked by the Thern leader Matai Shang and his minions, the Green men of Warhoon. After the attack, Carter is captured and is taken back with Dejah while Sola is able to escape. The demoralized Dejah grudgingly agrees to marry Sab Than, then gives Carter his medallion and tells him to go back to Earth. Carter decides to stay back and is captured by Shang, who tells him the purpose of Therns and how they manipulate the civilizations on different planets. Carter is able to make an escape and he and Sola go back to the Tharks and ask for their help. There they discover Tarkas has been overthrown by Tal Hajus. Tarkas, Carter and Sola are put on trial in a gladiatorial battle with two vicious ape-like creatures. After defeating them and killing Hajus, Carter becomes the leader of the Tharks.

The Thark army charges on Helium and defeats the Zodangan army by killing Sab Than. Carter becomes prince of Helium by marrying Dejah. On their first night, Carter decides to stay forever on Mars and throws away his medallion. Seizing this opportunity Shang banishes him back to Earth. Carter embarks in a long quest, looking for clues of the Therns' presence on Earth and hoping to find one of their medallions; after several years he appears to die suddenly and asks for unusual funeral arrangements – this is consistent with him having found a medallion, since his return to Mars would leave his Earth body in a coma-like state. He made Ned his protector, giving him clues about how to open the tomb. The film reverts to the present, where Ned runs back to Carter's tomb and opens it only to find it empty. Matai Shang suddenly appears, having followed Ned all the while, but as he prepares to kill Ned, Carter appears and kills him, then tells Ned that he never found a medallion; instead, he made a scheme to lure Shang out of hiding. Carter takes his medallion, whispers the code, and is finally transported back to Barsoom.






Transformers Dark of the Moon 3D and Limited Edition Collector’s Trilogy

02 Jan 2012

Transformers Dark of the Moon 3D and Limited Edition Collector's Trilogy will both be out on January 31, 2012. The 3D version will be a combo of Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UV Digital Copy and will have a total run time of 154 Minutes . Though I can not find any special features on this one from any of the sites that you can pre order it from. On the other hand there will also be a a box set of the Transformers series including a 3D version of Dark of the Moon that will be out on the same date. This one will include all three Transformers movies on DVD and Blu-ray and Transformers: Dark of the Moon on Blu-ray 3D , it will be Loaded with over 10 hours of bonus features and packaged in exclusive trophy display packaging, have a movie plaque signed by director Michael Bay with images from all three films and it will be a limited edition. "This Blu-ray 3D of Dark of the Moon will blow you away.” Michael Bay said at a press release "If you've been waiting for the right time to get a 3D television, this is it. For fans who've been waiting patiently to bring Dark of the Moon home, this Ultimate Edition release delivers the goods.".

Amazon preorder link via the Scifiology store for both the 3D and Box set

Preorder Box Set
Preorder Dark of the Moon 3D


Pat Tallman’s Babylon 5 Multimedia Memoir

14 Sep 2011

I just saw this on Fans of J.Michael Straczynski Facebook page and thought I pass it on to all those B5 fans that occasionally grace this blog of mine. Patricia Tallman   who played the character  of "Lyta Alexander" in the series Babylon 5  is releasing a book of her years on the set of Babylon 5 called "Pleasure Thresholds". The title comes from one her quotes on B5 which  Lyta  says to G'kar " Oh, and you mentioned wondering what my pleasure threshold is. I just recently found out ... I don't have one. Have a very, very nice day, G'Kar ". Besides her good looks and acting ability she probably got a boost in popularity  from her fans  with that line.

From what I can see it is truly a must have item of Babylon fans to have. It's a monster of a project it looks like  it is jammed packed with tons of features, photo's personal notes, video clips and more. I have pasted the book summery  below that I found on her site to give you an idea of what it contains. And its a pretty long one. Right now for a limited time there is a 20 dollar discount until September 27th and there is a little notation after that in the books website that states this book will never be discounted again. It is a 362 page book that contains  a disc with 9 videos, 2 audio features an autographed by Pat Tallman and J. Michael Straczynski plus the quote postcard. The book will sell for 69 dollars but if you preorder it by the time stated you can get it for 49 dollars.

Link to book site


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Star Wars Complete Saga on Blu-Ray

12 Sep 2011

This is a featured pack release of all the Star Wars films. For the first time ever you get to watch all those movies without any commercials all in a row at your leisure. Pretty cool. Add some 40 hours of bonus features and you have the most in debt collectors series to date. Since the package has so many extras I just copy pasted the main info from Star Wars. com ( Heck almost every other site has.

To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments -- in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

Feature list from


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Septembers DVD Releases

01 Sep 2011

Here is a new added feature I would love to add and hopefully stay with is the Monthly DVD releases.  I will try to only keep with titles that have to do with the Sci Fi , fantasy , horror, and the like genres.

September 2011 Major Releases DVD  Descriptions and Features
September 6 Fringe: The Complete Third Season (2010) Special Features
Duality of Worlds: Four featurettes exploring The Other You, Visualizing an Alternate World, A Machine of Destiny and The Psychology of Duality
Animating the “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” Episode
Constructing an Extrasensory Soundscape
Experience “Os” (Episode 316) in Selectable Maximum Episode Mode with Pop-Up Experience-Enhancing Commentaries and Featurettes
Commentary on “The Plateau” with Monica Owusu-Breen, Jeff Pinkner and Timothy Good
Commentary on “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide” with Jay Worth, Luyen Vu, and Tanya Swerling
Unusual Side Effects: Gag Reel, trailers
September 9th X-Men: First Class Available on Blu-ray and DVD, The Blu-ray version of X-Men: First Class will showcase the following bonus features: 10 Marvel “X-Men” Digital Comics with exclusive “X-Men: First Class” Backstory Comic More than two hours of never-before-seen extras, including: Cerebro Mutant Tracker: The complete interactive Mutant Database with interactive videos giving fans the ability to learn about their favorite mutants in the X-Men film franchise Children of the Atom: An eight-part behind-the-scenes featurette, charting the film from pre-production through post-production, including visual effects techniques and cataloguing “X-Men” transformations through prosthetic make up and costume design “X” Marks the Spot: An interactive feature allowing viewers the opportunity to learn more about specific scenes with talent interviews and behind-the-scenes footage Extended and Deleted Scenes BD-Live Portal with additional Cerebro Mutant Tracker profiles Composer’s Isolated Score Theatrical Trailer
September 13 Thor Blu-Ray and DVD , Special features include the following: - Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh - 4 Deleted Scenes with optional commentary - Road to the Avengers featurette - Additional deleted scenes (Blu-Ray only) - Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant featurette (Blu-Ray only) - Trailers (Blu-Ray only) - Digital copy of the film (Blu-Ray only)

Other releases for September of 2011. I tried my best to get them all in I might of missed some releases and I apologize for 5that. If I keep this list going I will find wayt o refine it so it is more efficient. A lot of these DVD's are re-releases or Blu-Ray converted but are note worthy titles none the less.


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