Reflections on a Roller Coaster – the up and down ride of G.I. Joe: Retaliation

I’m not entirely sure why, but the topic of this post popped into my head rather suddenly as I really started thinking about the home release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  And in fact, I suppose it was the trailer that really did it.  I grabbed the trailer off of YouTube to embed it in my previous post about the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on Blu-Ray and DVD tomorrow, and it started playing…

…that first few seconds of music and The Rock’s little speech?  Yeah, it took me back.  I think I must have heard those words from him at least a hundred times as I watched the trailer over and over again and did screen caps, and just basked in the wonder of the G.I. Joe sequel, still not entirely sure it was really happening.

And then it wasn’t happening.

That got me to thinking about the last 24 months and what a crazy roller coaster ride the G.I. Joe fandom has been on since then.  True ups and downs, and pretty much every single emotion in between.  I thought it might be fun to take a little ride down memory lane and peek at what it’s been like for the past two years and maybe, just maybe appreciate the exciting road we’ve been on, even if it wasn’t always that fun.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below to check it out.

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The time is almost upon us… G.I. Joe: Retaliation is incoming on Blu-Ray/DVD!

Can you believe it?

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.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital – A Buyer’s Guide

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.

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Excellent video interview of Jon Chu on

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 and also embedded below.

In hand images of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Wave 3.5 Roadblock

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.

Some peeks into the behind the scenes featurettes from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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



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

San Diego ComicCon G.I. Joe News Recap

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.

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Director Jon Chu does the Cobra LaLaLaLaLa chant… the Internet can shut down now

While at San Diego ComicCon, Crave Online caught up with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu, and aside from making him do the CobraLALALALALA chant, they asked some very good questions surrounding the G.I. Joe film franchise and what direction the next movie might take.

Without question the highlight of the interview was a great conversation they had about the character of Scarlett, and her connections to Snake Eyes, and that there’s quite the possibility that she will make an appearance for G.I. Joe 3. The best part is, Chu didn’t make reference to earlier comments about “Scarlett” just being a rank and not the actual character, which leads one to think that perhaps he’s really talking about the character herself making a return.

He was also very specific to mention that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation universe was just one region in this larger world and that there is a likelihood that other avenues of G.I. Joe are up and running. Check out the full interview at Crave Online and embedded below.

Suddenly I have the urge to bust out my old school Nintendo

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.