John Carter [Blu-ray + DVD]
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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.
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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)
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)
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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a great sci-fy movie based on a novel written before your grand-mother was born... Even though the story is really different from StarWars, I think the inspiration of George Locus... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This movie got bad reviews but, I loved it though... had a blast watching it; thought it was very creative, fun, and action packed... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John-Paul V Cuneo
I know this movie wasn't a blockbuster but I liked it for the affects and the science fiction aspects. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ray Mac