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Pacific Rim (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet]

Charlie Hunnam , Rinko Kikuchi , Guillermo Del Toro    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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If the prospect of two-plus hours of 250-foot mechanical men pummeling enormous alien creatures from another dimension is just what you've been waiting for, oh, boy, does Guillermo del Toro have a treat for you. The celebrated director--one might even say visionary--has pulled off the most elaborate B-movie heist ever with this huge-budget special effects extravaganza that revels in catchphrase cliché dialogue, a howlingly obvious script, and the most breathtaking homage to Japanese monster and mecha cinema, manga, and comic tradition. It's all by design, of course, and is a stunning spectacle that also acts as antidote to the bloated, self-important superhero genre and typical bombastic Hollywood tent-pole fare. Pacific Rim has plenty of bloat and bombast, mind you. But it's in the service of a wondrously geeky story that throws all logic and seriousness to the wind, transporting the viewer to a realm of childlike popcorn escapism no matter their age. A dense and breathless prologue dumps us into the near-future global warfare of Kaiju vs. Jaeger. Kaiju are reptilian monstrosities that emerge from deep in the sea through a portal that leads to a world where Kaijus are systematically bred to destroy. They annihilate coastal cities and claim millions of lives before the world's citizens band together to fight back. The humans build fantastic robots called Jaegers (German for fighters) that are able to vanquish the early Kaiju enemies by employing "pilots" who drive the mechanized behemoths in pairs, joining minds in a process known as the Drift. But as the years go by, the war has taken a toll on the humans and the Jaegers, both of whom are nearly defeated. From beginning to end there's really no point in asking questions or trying to calculate details about the outrageous goings-on in the world of Pacific Rim. This is a pure thrill ride ruled by del Toro, the wild visual flair of his artistry and his sheer delight for wallowing in tropes and genre chestnuts leading at full volume. The cast is mainly window dressing for the astounding computer images. The pilots Charlie Hunnam, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, and Rinko Kikuchi are merely types. The same goes for Idris Elba, but his glowering presence as the unwavering commander is the best real-life thing about Pacific Rim. A pair of nerdy scientists (Charlie Day and Burn Gorman) add to the plot (simple as it is), though their primary purpose is wacky comic relief. Del Toro favorite and Hellboy himself, Ron Perelman steals his few short scenes as a bootlegger in Kaiju corpses. His character says a lot about the movie's self-effacing attitude. Pacific Rim is deeply in cahoots with itself over the ridiculousness of the story, but also delights in the awesomeness of its invention. The action is both coherent and mind-blowing, which is why most people will find it such a kick. Just like driving a Jaeger, throw your head into the battle and hang on. --Ted Fry

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When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars robots vs monsters.... Jan. 4 2014
By Corpse
Format:Blu-ray
watching a bunch of giant robots fighting monsters is awesome. There is
no denying that. Pacific Rim embodies this notion. Pacific Rim is The
robot vs monster movie. That being said, everything else about it is
pretty damn terrible. The actors are all trying way too hard and it
seems that everyone involved was having a hard time taking the subject
matter seriously. Maybe because everything in this movie has been done
before. The whole plot is ripped from every aliens attack movie.
"Aliens attack and humans put aside their petty differences to work
together to destroy the attackers". Its so cliché its ridiculous. I was
constantly having flash backs to other movies. Most notably would be of
course Godzilla, Transformers and also Independence day. Even the
ending reeked of Indep Day. The black market for kaiju parts was
somewhat interesting but it was all way too Hollywood. The scientist's
were also vaguely interesting but watching them interact and grow as
characters made me want to puke. Jackson Teller just looks like he
hopped out of Sons of Anarchy and into a robot suit. Again, robots
fighting monsters will always be cool and the special effects are top
notch but everything else is unintentionally cheesy and cliché, its
very much similar to the Transformers series.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! I need a sequel! Aug. 5 2013
By Vegeta
Format:Blu-ray
Want to quench your thirst for mecha action? Can't find any mainstream Western giant robots to satiate your wants? I was in the same boat, that was, until legendary film writer/director Guillermo del Toro brought us this Japanese inspired mecha bout. It draws inspiration from Godzilla, Gundam, Robotech, Patlabor, and Golderak, and other mecha anime/mangas in Japan.

The movie was incredible, I was absolutely taken by the colors, the cute Japanese girl, and the electrifying atmosphere it had to offer.

It was like racing for the first time.

I hope this paves the way for a sequel, and more Japanese inspired mecha films in the West, heck more Japanese culture. God knows we could use more of that here.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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3D:

Pacific Rim (3D) arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. Although it was derived from post-conversion, director Guillermo del Toro took complete control of the conversion process, which took 40 weeks. The regular conversion time is usually 8-12 weeks. This meticulous work results in a completely thrilling experience. Depth and dimensionality is terrific, from devastated cities that spill into the distance to the Kaiju and Jaeger warriors, which loom larger than life. Blades extend outward, claws slash the screen, sparks and alien blood fly, storms swirl, buildings crumble and apocalyptic battles ensue, all in eye-popping 3D. The film's design carries strong characteristics for defining the grand perspective of the Kaijus and Jaegers. One aspect from which the 3D is better than the 2D is in the way that the image's depth offers even more emphasis on the grandeur. The subtle effects of slowly falling ash, as well as the not-so-subtle effect of constantly raining environments, show the strength of the film's 3D quality. My favourite of the 3D enhancers is within the Shatterdome setting. If you focus on the wet flooring, you'll see that even the reflections in the water are perfectly three dimensional. The picture is usually dimmer and less bright in 3D than 2D, but not in this case. The brightness in this 3D version is heightened, so that one can distinguish details in dark scenes. (5/5)

2D:

Pacific Rim (2D) arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. This 2D transfer is equally stunning and simply pristine in quality. Colours erupt on screen and pierce the night skies and shadows in dazzling displays of primary-gushing brilliance. Skin tones are warm and lifelike. Blacks are inky and deep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool action, amazing 3D March 5 2014
Format:Blu-ray
The blu-ray release for this movie is terrific. Both the 3D and 2D is terrific. The 7.1 (and 5.1) DTS HD-MA tracks are phenomenal as well. Both the picture quality and audio quality is reference grade. Lots of nice special features with this release as well (commentary, multiple featurettes, deleted scenes, etc.).

As for the movie itself, the robots fighting monsters were pretty cool; there are some REALLY neat action sequences. The storyline for this movie was pretty bad though and a lot of things didn't make sense (almost as if the script was written with little-to-no logic ). There's some pretty annoying characters in this as well. A lot of ideas and scenes in this movie were directly taken/lifted from Rolland Emmerich's Godzilla and (more noticeably) Independence Day; it's pretty obvious. However, if you like Transformers or are a big fan of these giant monster 'kaiju' movies, then you'll probably like this movie. Just don't go into it expecting a good, original storyline. Just leave your brain at the door and enjoy the action of robots fighting monsters!
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4.0 out of 5 stars $10 for BR/DVD/UV is a great deal April 4 2014
By ps3er
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent CGI and actions. Terrible writing and dialogue. Go in knowing it's just a popcorn, action packed, visually stunning thrill ride and you will enjoy. Don't expect anything "deep".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Robot Fun!
It was everything I expected! Giant robots meet giant monsters! I saw in the theaters originally but having it for my collection is amazing :)
Published 15 days ago by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the niche audience, but probably not for everyone
I enjoyed this movie for what it is: a love letter to fans of old Japanese giant robot cartoons, as well as the "man in suit" monster movies. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Christopher Poon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I hoped it would be
The robots were fine but the designs of the monsters is terrible. The shots of the monsters is short, you can't get a good look at them, especially when it's daytime, and 90% of... Read more
Published 29 days ago by mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked.
i'm always a fan of big monsters and big robots.
this one has both of them so they really killed two birds with one stone on this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Monster Brawler Movie!
I didn't grow up with the old monster movie of Godzilla, mothra so I never got to experience the monster brawling movies in the theatre until Pacific Rim came out! Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Kent T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, awesome DVD
I group up watching mecha fight giant robots. G-Force and Golderak were staples, but Sabre Rider, Voltron, Godzilla, etc. were all favorite cartoons (Robotech too). Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Volk
4.0 out of 5 stars Today we are CANCELING THE APOCALYPSE!
Giant robots fighting Lovecraftian monsters. That is all. GIANT ROBOTS FIGHTING LOVECRAFTIAN MONSTERS. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun to watch!
An all out adrenaline rush in glorious 3D. If you're looking for a deep story with excellent character development, keep looking... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chaddercheez
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific Rim. Good movie
I purchased this movie for my Grandson after taking him to see it at the theatre...I enjoyed the movie very much. And he loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Susan Affrunti
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and entertaining
Highly enjoyable sci-fi/fantasy flic. The special effects are flawless and the movie has a great cast. Only minor complaint I have is that it is too short!
Published 3 months ago by George H Meier
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