How is this possible? When the film was delayed for 9 months it felt like the end of the G.I. Joe fandom at large…but instead the film rebounded strongly and ended up grossing nearly $400 million worldwide.
Now we stand on the precipice of the home release, and any one of us will be able to watch G.I. Joe: Retaliation any time we want. But that’s not all. For folks who are interested in such a thing, the Best Buy exclusive “Extended Action Cut” will feature nearly 13 minutes of additional footage, giving many G.I. Joe fans the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film they were expecting in theaters.
One might think that 13 minutes of a 90 minute film really doesn’t make much of a difference. I respectfully disagree. I think most folks will find that the additional footage spent on sequences building up the major plot points of the film really help the film feel more cohesive.
Yes, G.I. Joe fans, the film hits all of your local stores tomorrow. Are you excited?
Expect some interesting reflections and commentary once the film hits, as I dive head first into the Extended Action Cut and give my opinions on the changes and what the end result means for us and for the upcoming sequel.
I couldn’t be more excited! Bring it on.
Meanwhile, make sure you check out the DVD/Blu-Ray Buyer’s Guide to figure out which version you’re picking up tomorrow. Or in my case, which versionS. Also, check out the review of the Blu-Ray theatrical cut with all special features right here on GeneralsJoes.
Over the past several weeks many folks have been inquiring about what particular versions of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation home release they want. The film hits all formats and all platforms next Tuesday, July 30th, and I figured it was a good idea to outline exactly what versions are out there and what folks should be looking for.
This is a long list, encompassing DVD, Blu-Ray, 3D, Store Exclusives, and digital formats. Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check out all the details.
Big thanks to Twitziller for giving me this idea…hopefully it helps some folks out.
While in San Diego, Collider caught up with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu and interviewed him about the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray and of course about how things are proceeding with G.I. Joe 3. I swear, I could watch interviews with Jon Chu all day… he’s obviously very enthusiastic about the brand and excited about continuing the G.I. Joe franchise and playing his role in the film.
He also comes very close to confirming that both Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for the third film and does a lot of skirting around the issue of release dates.
It’s a very entertaining interview, check it out at Collider.com and also embedded below.
The time is getting near for the “super wave” of G.I. Joe: Retaliation to hit our shores and the fine folks over at AC Toys have started getting their stuff already. We’ve seen several in hand images of previous figures from this assortment already, and now they’re giving Roadblock his due.
I have to say, this upcoming Roadblock isn’t getting nearly the amount of love that I expected. Certainly, the Battle Kata Roadblock already represents a pretty decent movie accurate version of the character, but this new version is better in almost every way. More accurate uniform colors, no more huge oversized holsters, and a ton of awesome accessories. I am loving the looks of this upcoming Roadblock, even more than the Battle Kata version.
Check out the images on AC Toys, and I’ve mirrored some below as well. Thanks to The Terror Drome for spotting this.
As we get closer to the retail release for G.I. Joe: Retaliation (less than a week to go!) more behind the scenes clips are emerging that showcase some of the extra features that are on the Blu-Ray. Keep in mind that these video clips are just excerpts from the special features and there are several more minutes of great stuff on the Blu-Ray itself.
You can see my review of the Blu-Ray right here.
Over on Crave Online, they look at some of the martial arts training that Ray Park and others had to go through in preparation for the movie.
Meanwhile, USA Today has posted a very cool look at the Ninja Mountain battle with some great behind the scenes commentary from director Jon Chu.
These are both some excellent features, giving a great perspective to the development of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and just a small part of the awesome Blu-Ray offering of the film. Check ‘em out…I’ve also embedded them below.
G.I. JOE FAVORITE SNAKE EYES TO THROW OUT CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH AS THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS TAKE ON THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS AT OAKLAND COLISEUM ON JULY 30TH
Blockbuster Hit Film G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Debuts on Blu-ray™ & DVD July 30th
and on Digital July 16th
WHAT: To celebrate the July 30th Blu-ray and DVD debut of the worldwide hit G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, SNAKE EYES, one of the original and most popular members of the G.I. JOE team, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Oakland Athletics host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 30th. In G.I. JOE: RETALIATION SNAKE EYES is portrayed by actor and martial arts expert Ray Park, whose additional credits include Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, X-Men and the television series “Heroes.”
Based on Hasbro’s popular G.I. JOE brand, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION stars Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis as the original G.I. JOE. The heart-pounding thrill ride will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo fully loaded with declassified special features, as well as on Blu-ray 3D, Digital and VOD.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 30th, 6:55 p.m.
WHERE: Oakland Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621
We are neck deep in ComicCon now, and G.I. Joe news has been somewhat sporadic, but it’s certainly been there. I’ve seen some folks throughout the Internet questioning where all the news is and what’s going on with our favorite brand.
The answer appears to be “not much”. But I’ll recap what we know from each segment. Click the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below to check the details from this year’s show.
If only all movie-licensed games were this accurate for the old 8-bit Nintendo video game system.
I can’t even hazard a guess as to how this was done, but over on YouTube, CineFix has posted a fantastic 8-bit homage video to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and how the licensed game for that film might look on your old Nintendo Entertainment System. The results, as one might imagine, are spectacular, and amazingly accurate. From the looks of it, they cobbled together some existing game footage and tweaked the visuals to match the film look and feel. Pretty awesome.
Watch game play as either Duke, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, or Joe Colton. Unfortunately this is just a video and not an actual playable game, but even as a video, it’s pretty amazing. Check it out on YouTube and also embedded below. Thanks to the Regeekery Podcast on Twitter and Comic Book Movie for the heads up.
I was a lucky recipient of a screener copy of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray release, and took the opportunity to review it. I know the “Extended Action Cut” has been getting the bulk of the attention (as it deserves) but I do believe there are still things to enjoy and appreciate about the mass retail release as well.
It is the theatrical cut, so the additional footage from the Extended Action Cut is not included…this is the movie we all saw in theaters. But what makes this release special is all of the bonus content. With three deleted scenes (that are different than the additional footage from the Extended Cut) and over an hour’s worth of behind the scene features, there is a ton of entertainment crammed into this small package.
Most folks have had their eye on July 30th for the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but folks who are antsy to get their mitts on the film and watch it again for the first time since March, your prayers will (or already have been) answered today!
G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be released digitally today on July 16th. Folks who pre-ordered the film should have access to the digital version through Ultraviolet, and Apple’s iTunes store, as well as the Google Play store has the film ready to download right now. Check out the theatrical release in SD for $14.99 or HD for $19.99.
Congrats, G.I. Joe fans, we officially live in a world where we can watch G.I. Joe: Retaliation any time we want to! Doesn’t it feel good?