“G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” DVD Review

{mosimage}DVD review of the to-be released "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" on November 3, 2009! Like your Joes and Cobras? Like the toys both sides got to play with? Like to see how things got made and destroyed in "RoC"? Like to hear the background and histories of the franchise? Pop the DVD (and subsequently Blu-Ray disc) into the player once it comes out! Hop on over here to see the aftermath of the Accelerator Suits from Stan Winston Studios!

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Whether you are a military fan, a student looking into the special effects industry (be it actual props or computers), or a GI Joe fan who likes learn more from the behind-the-scenes material, then the DVD/Blu-Ray release of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will certainly fit the bill. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), is certainly not your parents or grandparents’ GI Joe of nearly 40 years ago, nor your older siblings or cousins’ Joe during its cartoon and comic run over 20 years ago. Like Transformers that came out in 2007, Rise of Cobra is a modern take of the conflict between the titular Joes and the organization Cobra.

When a weapons delivery of four nanotech-based warheads by a US Special Forces convoy turns deadly, surviving members Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) subsequently joins up with G.I. Joe after circumstances has Duke revealing that he knows one of the people who had attacked his convoy, the Baroness (Sienna Miller). Weapons expert James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston) is later revealed to be the one selling his products to much of NATO and the Joes, as well supporting Cobra on creating a new world-order. When Paris is later learned to be a target for one of the warheads, Duke and Ripcord goes through a baptism by fire as they and four other Joes – Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Scarlett (Rachel Nichols), Breaker (Saïd Taghmaoui), and Snake Eyes (Ray Parker) – attempt to stop the Baroness and Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) from taking out the Eiffel Tower. Although the Joes fail to stop the Eiffel Tower’s destruction, they are able to locate Cobra’s main headquarters, leading to an all-out fight in air, on land (metaphorically speaking), and in the water between the two groups.

What’s enjoyable of the behind-the-scenes features is learning (or re-learning) the history of the franchise and what things that were tweaked or changed throughout the filming process, be it Breaker being French-Moroccan instead of being from Tennessee but keeping his love of bubble gum as a nod to the Marvel comics (for the more knowledgeable fans), or a variation of how McCullen earns the name “Destro” alongside his head being covered in metal. The Accelerator and Camo suits may seem ludicrous at first glance but there is a sense of reality behind them as some ideas are in actual development in various fields – from the crew, G.I. Joe is a realm where some of those concepts are taken several steps further and are made real. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and comic writer Larry Hama helps give insight behind the lore of the franchise for those that might not quite understand the background or characters (there are still cases of people that wrongly assume "G.I. Joe” refers to a singular character, rather than a Special Forces-like team). Fans wanting to get into the special effects industry can see the process of blending reality with C.G.I., such as the digital Eiffel Tower being destroyed amidst real shots of Paris. Throughout the features, cast and crew will recount anecdotes of the filming process, from silly events that occur unexpected to stunts that came a bit close (Miller and Nichols were both injured during their fight sequence for one example).

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra comes out on November 3, 2009, on DVD and Blu-Ray disc formats.



$140+ Million Domestic Smash Debuts November 3, 2009 in Two-Disc Sets Boasting Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, a Digital Copy and More

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.  – The ultimate elite fighting force hit the big screen to defend the world and ended up conquering it in the worldwide smash hit G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra, which earned over $280 million at the global box office. The action-packed, visually arresting adventure based on Hasbro’s immensely popular action figures including DUKE, SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW and the BARONESS makes its eagerly-awaited Blu-ray and DVD debut in two-disc sets and a single-disc DVD on November 3, 2009 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy), G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra stars a hot young cast including Channing Tatum (Public Enemies), Marlon Wayans (Dance Flick), Sienna Miller (Factory Girl), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer), Rachel Nichols (“Alias”) and Ray Park (X-Men), as well as veteran actors Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point) and Christopher Eccleston (Gone in Sixty Seconds).

The G.I. JOE team travels the world from the Egyptian desert to the polar ice caps and the streets of Paris in a high stakes pursuit of COBRA, an evil international organization threatening to use a technology that could bring the world to its knees.  Armed with the coolest hi-tech gadgets and weapons, including jaw-dropping accelerator and camouflage suits, G.I. JOE is the last line of defense against those intent on world domination.

The G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra two-disc Blu-ray and DVD include a digital copy of the film, commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay, “The Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE”, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes for a look at how the filmmakers turned the perennially popular action figures into a summer blockbuster and “Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE”, which showcases the incredible work that went into creating over 1,650 visual effect shots and the challenges the filmmakers faced in bringing the world of G.I. JOE and COBRA to life.  The film also will be available on a single disc DVD, which includes the commentary.

The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray packages will also feature augmented reality technology that will allow owners to participate in an exclusive 3D holographic G.I. JOE combat experience, utilizing their webcams and a special website.  Fans will be able to choose between SNAKE EYES and STORM SHADOW, two of the most popular G.I. JOE and COBRA characters, and battle against their enemies one-on-one in an immersive 3D video game.

Two-Disc DVD & Blu-ray:
The G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra two-disc and single-disc DVDs are presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles.  The two-disc Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.  The following special features are in standard definition:

Disc 1:
•    Feature commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay

Disc 2:
•    Digital Copy

•    The Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE— Join the G.I. JOE team as they set out to "Sommer-size" the summer action epic and bring G.I. JOE to the big screen.

•    Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE— With over 1,650 visual effect shots, G.I. JOE was a truly massive endeavor. Showcasing the hard work and creativity of the film’s effects and design team, this piece looks at the unique challenges of bringing the world of G.I. JOE and COBRA to life, while immersing viewers in the incredible thrills and various FX challenges of the film’s major action sequences.


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G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra
Street date:  November 3, 2009
Runtime:      117 minutes
Pricing:         $19.99 (Single-disc DVD)
                   $24.99 (Two-disc DVD)
                   $29.99 (Two-disc Blu-ray)
U.S. Rating:    PG-13 for strong sequences of action violence and mayhem throughout
Canadian Rating:   14A for violence