John Carter: Blu-ray

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Poor Taylor Kitsch can’t catch a break. Between “John Carter” and “Battleship” he’s doing a lot of big movies that aren’t making big money. I’m really rooting for him come “Savages” time.

Despite all the hubub in the press, the reportedly $250 million epic has actually earned more than $282 million worldwide according to BoxOfficeMojo, and with good reason. Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic “A Princess of Mars,” the story has been around for nearly 100 years, and thankfully it’s in the hands of visionary director, Andrew Stanton.

As you will see in the special features, the production design was a two-year process and despite all the wonders of CGI, the actual shooting of the film was an incredible feat. Flying ships and alien beasts and gravity-defying stunts are all well and good, but this adaptation (thankfully) also has layered characters at its center so we can root for the people and the special effects.

The Blu-ray set includes the features: ‘360 Degrees of John Carter’ a production diary that follows cast and crew on one of the biggest days of the shoot in England, ‘100 Years in the Making’ with testimony from Stanton, Michael Chabon and Jon Favreau about why the book was destined to become a film, why it took so long to be realized, and why it’s such a key piece in the genre. Also, there is a blooper reel.

But really, it’s a great story and one that was perhaps dismissed too soon because of a box office misfire. It’s absolutely worth a viewing.

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Author: JP

JP SARNI is a producer and writer who holds a BFA in Media and Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. Producer credits include: "Heartland" (short / set to premiere at the 2007 San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Fim Festival), "The Launch" (short), readings of the rock opera "Utah's Crying" under his M├ętropole Ink production entity, plus "Play Ball! A Trilogy of Baseball Films" (associate producer) and "Flashback" (producer / showcase production) for Weird Sisters. For two years, he worked as a producer and on-air reporter for SIRIUS Satellite Radio (on programs including "The Judith Regan Show"). He has just finished line producing the feature-length documentary, The Pennhurst Project, for Radioaktivefilm NYC (The Ground Truth), and will next be line producing Charles Forbes' Minor Gods for the Summer Play Festival at Theatre Row. Additionally, he has worked for legendary publicist Bobby Zarem, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and numerous film production credits, including: Alfie, WTC View, and the upcoming P.S., I Love You.

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