G.I. Joe: Retaliation Steelbook pre-order on Walmart.com

It wasn’t too long ago that a foreign Amazon site was reporting a Steelbook version of the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation film, and now Walmart.com has a pre-order listed to confirm this release.  The Steelbook comes with the 3D version, the Blu-Ray version, as well as a DVD and Digital copy of the film, all in one deluxe artistic case.  The presentation is awesome, using a lot of the same artwork we saw from the Regal Cinema’s Exclusive poster.  I’ll be putting my order in, that’s for sure.

Check out the pre-order link here, and the image below.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-Ray, DVD, and Blu-Ray 3D Pre-Order Announcement

Paramount has posted the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer on their YouTube page, with links to the Amazon.com pre-orders for the upcoming releases.  There is, as of yet, no indication of a “Directors Cut” but I think we’re all crossing our fingers on that point.

Check out the trailer again, and relive the glory of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, then hit up the Amazon links below to pre-order!

G.I. JOE: Retaliation Official Trailer

Coming Soon to Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital. Pre-Order Now!

“The greatest American Heroes are back”* and they’ve been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit. Now, the G.I. Joes must once again face their mortal enemy, Cobra, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government. When all else fails, one option remains: Retaliation. Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) leads a new team (including Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis) on this explosive adventure that critics are calling “unlike any action movie you’ve ever seen. A thrilling ride that leaves you wanting more!”† *Julian Roman, MOVIEWEB.COM †Raquel Baldwin, Talking Pictures (ABC/CW)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues worldwide domination – cruises past $320M

Even now, in it’s fourth week of release, G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues to dominate International markets, mostly thanks to its debut in China this past week.  According to The Wrap, the film generated nearly $40M in International revenue, boosted by China’s whopping $33M contribution for the debut.  That amount actually puts it as the number 1 film worldwide, with Oblivion coming in a close second.

Over on the domestic side, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has now topped $111M, with a combined International and American total of $322M.  This has catapulted the sequel past the original G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and considering the budget was significantly less, this is obviously good news, especially considering Japan hasn’t even opened yet.

Check Box Office Mojo for the latest numbers.  Great news continues to emerge for the G.I. Joe film franchise, let’s hope it’s not too little too late for toys at retail.  Thanks to SkotAlderman on Twitter for the heads up.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation trading cards are a nice old school surprise

A short while ago, thanks to skinny, GeneralsJoes broke the news of G.I. Joe: Retaliation trading cards being quietly released through Enterplay.  Even though the prices seemed a bit stiff, I ordered a few, and discovered that the pricing wasn’t nearly as bad as I had feared.

The list price for the Party Pack on the EnterPlay website, actually does mean “6 3-Packs”, which is a count of 18 cards.  I ordered a few and they arrived while I was in Indianapolis.  I cracked them open last night, and was pretty pleasantly surprised.  I’m not a huge trading card collector, but as someone who had his fair share as a kid, opening these packs brought back some very fun old school memories.  Each pack comes with three cards and a sheet of temporary tattoos, and even the tattoos themselves have some neat design aesthetics.

According to EnterPlay there are a total of 48 cards.  These include 39 cards of various scenes and characters throughout the film, and then 9 “character cards” which each have a segment of a movie poster on the back.  I didn’t get a complete collection with my purchase (which ended up being 3 “Party Packs” giving me 54 cards in total) but I was able to score a majority of the cards to complete the collection.  At $5.94 for 18 cards, it wasn’t all that cost-prohibitive either.

For you trading card collectors, or folks just looking to jog some old card collecting memories, I highly recommend picking up some of them from EnterPlay.  You even get some cool shots of obscure characters (like Clutch and Agent Mouse) and some more details behind some scenes that were cut from the final film (like the bar scene).  Check out my gallery of cards below, or if you want to buy some of the cards, hit up Enter-Play.com.

Then, once you get a bunch, let me know if you want to trade!  I need some, but I’m not sure I’m ready to make another $30 purchase.  :)

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Some great visual effects articles for G.I. Joe: Retaliation

A few more articles came through the Internet while I was in Indianapolis, and thanks to Twitziller for pointing them out.

On Flickering Myth, they take a massive and extremely in depth look at many of the effects used throughout the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film.  This is a huge article but has some really cool information about the film and what was required to get some of these visual effects  implemented.

On the Art of VFX site, they speak with Bill George who was the VFX Supervisor from Industrial Light and Magic.  They look mostly at the mountain battle sequence and London’s destruction, but there is some other insight throughout the article as well.

Good stuff here.

Great insight into Box Office Returns related to G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Cruising around the web on my post G.I. Joe Convention tour, I found a great article from Forbes.com speaking specifically about G.I. Joe: Retaliation and how well Paramount handled the marketing and development of the film.  While the person writing the article has no real love for the film itself, he provides some excellent insight into the box office so far, and lays out great groundwork for when a film really starts making money.

His perspective on the rocky road for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is very honest, very fair, and even though he’s not a fan of the movie, it sounds like Paramount made the right move in doing what they did, and the result has been fantastic financially.

Yes, we were all lamenting the nine month delay (believe me, I was among the most vocal) but turns out that 3D conversion and how it impacted the foreign market may have just salvaged the G.I. Joe brand and nearly guaranteed a third film.  Check out the article on Forbes.com.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues box office surge, topping $230M worldwide

As the G.I. Joe Convention winds to a close in Indianapolis, G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues to gain momentum world wide.  With a first weekend box office of a very healthy $132M, Paramount had already greenlit development 0n a third film.  Now, just over a week later, Box Office Mojo reports that the latest G.I. Joe motion picture has topped over $230M worldwide.

Hitting about $87M domestically and a whopping $141.2M internationally, G.I. Joe: Retaliation continues to provide a backdrop for the G.I. Joe mythology going forward.  Big props to Jon M Chu, Paramount, and everyone involved in the production, who gambled on a nine month delay, but evidently the gamble has paid off.

Check out the full report at Box Office Mojo.

Even more amazing looking G.I. Joe: Retaliation concept art

This artwork looks to be focusing mostly on characters and character costumes, but is just as awesome as previous artwork shown.  We see the origins of Cobra Commander, Flint, Snake Eyes, and many others through a series of great images from Constantine Sekeris.

Another big thanks to Twitziller for keying me into these.  Really gorgeous looking stuff, and some stuff that might have looked pretty darn awesome in live action form.

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Some fantastic concept art from G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Now that the movie has been released, some of the previously concealed concept art is starting to emerge, and holy cow is this most recent batch eye-opening and a little heart breaking.  First, we check out Joshua Min and Aaron Sim’s art for some scenery and set pieces, and HOLY CRAP COBRA ISLAND.

In all fairness, I don’t know for sure if that’s Cobra Island, but it certainly looks like it could be, and I’m loving the landing platform raising from the trees.  Some very cool shots here (and thanks to MSGIJoe Collectors Club for the link):

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Also, i09.com linked us to some equally cool concept art, mostly for characters.  I’m glad this wasn’t used in the film, just because it’s a bit “out there” but they are still exceptionally cool to look at.  Check out those images, also from Aaron Sims, with some additional artwork not scene above:

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Some awesome G.I. Joe: Retaliation FX Videos online

Warning, these do contain some spoilers, but they also contain a heaping helping of awesomesauce as well.

Kudos to Twitziller for locating these.  FXGuide.com has posted a series of special effects videos for particular scenes in the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film, and they look really cool.  I love seeing some of this behind the scenes action and see how these various shots develop.

The videos do not allow embedding, but there’s a ton of them anyway, so check them all out at FXGuide.com.