Video from G.I. Joe: Retaliation Target Exclusive Blu-Ray

Anyone who has been paying attention (and even many folks who haven’t) are noticing that there are a ton of different variations of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray or DVD release.  Between Best Buy, Walmart’s Steelbook, and all regular mass release items, it’s been tricky keeping it all straight.

The Buyer’s Guide that I wrote up has been helping (I hope), but still the Target exclusive Blu-Ray has been a bit foggy.  Well, Paramount has kindly provided video, which I have embedded below.

“Brothers Beyond Blood” focuses on the history of the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow conflict and how that has translated into the film universe.  Check it out!

 

 

YoJoe speaks to Jon Chu about G.I.Joe: Retaliation Extended Cut and Third Film

A few days ago, I had a unique opportunity to speak with G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu and I really wanted to talk to him a bit about the Extended Action Cut, and of course also slide in some G.I. Joe 3 related questions.  This is a very short interview, but it gives some really nice insight into the thought process of the Extended Action Cut and also explained why some of the deleted scenes were not included even in the Extended Cut.  We also talk a bit about Scarlett and what might be in the works for G.I. Joe 3.

The interview is posted over on YoJoe.com go check it out!

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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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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 Collider.com

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.

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.

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.

Spoiler Alert – deleted scenes revealed from G.I. Joe: Retaliation!

Well, probably not that much of a spoiler, I guess at this point, but it doesn’t hurt to toss along that warning.

Paramount has started distributing their Blu-Ray screeners for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, including several of the reported deleted scenes that did not make the final theatrical release. While the mass release DVD offers these deleted scenes as an “extra” bonus feature, it appears from this article that the Extended Action set indeed takes this deleted footage and actually works it into the flow of the regular film.

Thanks to Elodie Yung (who plays Jinx in the film) on Twitter we see that French film site Ecran Large has broken down these deleted scenes/extended footage for us. They are reporting about 13 minutes of extra footage, which is a bit shy from what I heard, but in the same ballpark anyway. On the surface, those 13 minutes might not seem like a big deal, but from the looks of things, the flow of the film is altered drastically by this extra footage.

Here’s the only catch…the article is in French.  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the full details.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation “Extended Cut” Confirmed as Best Buy Exclusive

Over the past several weeks, multiple reports had referenced that the G.I. Joe: Retaliation home release would involve a special “Extended Cut” edition on Blu-Ray.

Several pre-orders had emerged, mostly through foreign sources at Amazon.ukAmazon.de, and Best Buy Canada. Paramount just sent an official announcement for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation home release, and included in that announcement is confirmation that a Best Buy exclusive will be the special “Extended Action Cut”!

Sources are revealing that this will involve almost an extra 20 minutes of footage, including the bar scene that was shown in several trailers, as well as other extended action sequences and dialogue. You might want to say it was the movie Jon Chu planned to make.

With an extra 20 minutes of footage, I suspect G.I. Joe fans will be rushing to their local Best Buy stores as soon as this bad boy is released, I know I’m extremely excited to see what’s new. Check out the image of the Paramount Announcement below:

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Jon Chu set to return to helm G.I. Joe 3

Well, that’s the rumor mill buzz, anyway, and considering Chu himself liked the post on Facebook with the comment “Let’s do this” I think we can consider it confirmed.

Deadline reports that Chu will indeed return to helm the third installment of the G.I. Joe film franchise.  Considering all of the obstacles the second film went through, and it still went on to gross over $360 million worldwide, I think this was a great decision by the powers at be at Paramount.  The article also goes on to say that there is a “short list” of four writers and a decision will be made shortly in that regard as well.

Check out the news at Deadline.com, and you can be sure GeneralsJoes will be right on top of this story.