We confirmed yesterday, thanks to a Paramount e-mail, that there will indeed be a G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Extended Cut” Blu-Ray released in the US, and it will be an exclusive to Best Buy stores.
Some questions came up in regards to this, and YoJoe Forum Member NateBryant1985 stepped up to answer them. As an employee of Best Buy, he gave the following information about the promotion:
“The push will start on 7/16 as pre-orders will be made available in stores and should be in the Best Buy Circular ad as well (I’m an employee). You put at least $14.99 down and starting that day you can watch the Theatrical Cut on Best Buy’s Cinema Now streaming service. The Extended Action Cut will then be available on 7/30 alongside the regular version as well as the Theatrical 3D version.”
So the word is that pre-orders will start on 7/16 (Tuesday) and that it will also appear in the Best Buy circular. Sounds like there are some incentives to pre-order, as you’ll be able to watch the theatrical version online immediately, then get the “Extended Cut” on the 30th with all other releases.
Excellent. From what I’ve heard about the Extended Cut, there are some significant additions of footage (including the bar scene seen in several tv spots and trailers) and significantly more footage (combat and otherwise) in the final battle as well.
Great news, and hopefully this makes for a more cohesive film for home release. Thanks to NateBryant1985 for the info.