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John Carter [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

Taylor Kitsch , Lynn Collins , Andrew Stanton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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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

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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. With stunning special effects, great characters and villains, JOHN CARTER is a heroic and inspirational adventure that will thrill you beyond imagination.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, fun adventure with a few screws loose June 5 2012
By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
It's no secret that John Carter was a flop. Chalk it up to a bloated budget, a woefully ineffective marketing campaign, or the title. In a twist of irony, John Carter is actually a pretty damn good film if one stops to see it for the Star Wars-esque fluff that it is. Where does John Carter shine, though, and where does it stumble? Let's take a look.

John Carter (played by Taylor Kitsch) is based on the first book in Edgar Rice Burrough's "Barsoom" series about a civil war captain who inadvertently finds himself transported to Mars. He soon gets caught in the middle of a war between the humanoid Red Martian cities of Zodanga and Helium, the former commanded by the villainous Sab Than (Dominic West) who is being aided by the mysterious Therns in an effort to control the planet. To further his agenda, he has offered a ceasefire in exchange for the hand of Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), the Princess of Helium. Dejah escapes Sab's clutches in an effort to work on the ninth ray, a source of infinite power that could turn the tide against Sab Than's forces. After being attacked by Than, the Princess is saved by John Carter, who possesses superhuman powers thanks to his Earth-based bone density and lighter Mars gravity. Carter soon becomes an unanticipated wild card in the war, and must decide whether to seek a way to return home to Earth, or stay on Mars and become its savior.

The film is all about visual effects. John Carter boasts a $250 million budget, and it's not hard to see why. Early trailers for the film seemed to indicate another Star Wars: Episode II, complete with poor and obvious compositing work. None of that here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
VIDEO:

This mega-flop movie arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The transfer is spot-on with inky deep black levels. Colour accuracy is perfectly in line with the movie's visual design. Colours are warm, sun-bleached and striking, with strangely earthy alien-desert browns and yellows, dazzling golds, blazing reds, brilliant blues and deep, cavernous blacks. Detail is extraordinary also. A typical wonderful Disney transfer. (5/5)

AUDIO:

This DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 is simply top-notched. Ships pass overhead, giant monsters smash their meaty fists on the ground, Tharks thunder across the Martian plains, arena spectators roar, energy weapons disintegrate aircraft, flying chariots whiz past... John Carter delivers a wealth of sonic wonders. Dialogue is distinct and perfectly intelligible. Balancing the thunderous rumble of battle with delicate, love-tinged dialogue sequences, this track has it all. Michael Giacchino's score has extraordinary fidelity to it, and surrounds never stop percolating. (5/5)

TRIVIA:

The movie's lead couple, Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins both starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Kitsch as Gambit and Collins as Kayla Silverfox.

The inscription over Carter's crypt - "Inter Mundos" - is Latin for "Between Worlds". Appropriate, since Carter uses the crypt to cross over to Mars and travel between worlds.

Carter advises his nephew Ned to go and write a book at the end. Ned's full name is Edgar Rice Burroughs, the same name as the writer of the entire Barsoom series.

FINAL THOUGHT:

I do not really understand why this movie should fail in the box office. It is an enjoyable movie with a story and lot of action, with fantastic CGI effects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST see! July 7 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The forerunner to ALL other Sci-Fi films, finally made, and done right! The stories are almost a century old and there are glimpses of more modern day stories all throughout the film. The series of stories that this movie is based on has influenced just about every Sci-Fi film producer since. I LOVE this movie :o)
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small step for Martians. A giant leap for Mankind April 12 2012
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I bought a ticket to another movie, but had to wait an hour, so I thought I would pass time watching John Carter.

As JC began I became swiftly swept up in it, forgetting the other movie entirely, being so transported.

If you're like me and like movies such Star Wars, I think you will love this movie. I'm not suggesting that it's better than Star Wars, but I certainly enjoyed it than some Star Wars movies.

Like many movies our hero John Carter starts out in the ordinary world, in this case, earth slightly after the civil war. Our hero, a former soldier now disillusioned, has lost his purpose. Now the army attempts to conscript him into service. Being resourceful he escapes custody, stealing the captains horse, survives a showdown with Indians, seeks shelter in a secret cave with walls of gold.

Something happens that transports him to a special world, Mars, with its own rules, where there is a power struggle, between two factions vying for control of the planet, which threatens the destruction of a group of giant indigenous green people, who ultimately become his allies.

Quickly, he is taken captive, but in this special world with its different gravity he has special abilities, which impresses his captors. Pretty soon he crosses paths with an extremely pretty princess, played by Lynn Collins, who has beauty, brains, and fighting skills. She definitely is not your typical damsel in distress. She also has an excellent suntan, sky blue eyes, and a most shapely figure.

Though worlds separate him from the princess, as he crosses the distance quickly, we come to understand the loss that fuels his reluctance, and when you watch you will discover the cause that fuels his purpose.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy, as shown
On time, no problems,very happy,as shown,5Stars thank you
Published 22 days ago by Tarrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I love the John Carter books and wish the movie was a little more faithful to them but overall the movie is still an enjoyable experience.
Published 1 month ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars 3D is awesome!!!
Enjoyed this movie better then it was reviewed.
Not saying its the greatest movie, but its beautifully shot and well executed, and acted ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KatoD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Fiction - I hope they have a seqel ...
Great Science Fiction - I hope they have a seqel - I have read the book - Chessman of Mars
Published 1 month ago by James Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie, had never read the book tho
I think in this case I would like the movie more than the book. In any case, great video effects, the people and creatures are amazing, wish I had gotten it in bluray. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sheamurai
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
Interesting idea behind the story. It's a dual story, on earth and on mars. The hero finally finds a meaning for his life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tornitons
5.0 out of 5 stars MARS
That travel to mars but mars that still breath impossible but great show I love to see pet from mars lol
Published 5 months ago by darrell feit
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Excellent sci fi, action adventure. Top quality production with outstanding effects and wardrobe. It is nicely drawn together with solid acting performances all around.
Published 8 months ago by Clinton Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars John Carter 3D
I don't understand why this movie apparently bombed at its theatrical release. Perhaps the timing of the release was at fault, or it first attracted audiences who thought it seemed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter Riedel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not the last of the series
The movie starts out with the great swashbuckling battles scene, however the sailing ships are in the sky and everything looks science fiction techie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bernie
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