Review by Phillip Donnelly
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If you haven't seen the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra yet, what's keeping you? It really is a fun movie, though I suppose it helps if you divest yourself of prior continuities. Transformers fans have been doing it for years!
On Tuesday November 3, this movie came out to DVD and Blu-Ray. Now everyone has a chance to own their own copy of the movie that loves to destroy French landmarks!
So let's take a look at the 2-Disc Digital Copy Edition, shall we? If you have trouble discerning it from the single-disc of Blu-Ray releases of this film in the store, the 2-Disc set has a slipcase with Snake Eyes ready to shoot some holes in the cosmetics section across the aisles.
The movie itself is unchanged from the theatrical release, so thankfully there's no "unrated" extended cut out there with a bonus 3 seconds of Duke looking offscreen somewhere to hunt down.
Though I admit I am not as technically scrutizing as others may be, I did not notice any visible artifacting of degraded picture quality. The images seemed very clean and crisp, which really helped me get these lovely screen captures you're all admiring. (You are admiring them, aren't you? I put effort into this, confound it!)
But we've all seen the movie, Phil, what's new? Funny you should ask, voice-in-my-head-that-I-typed-down! For while this movie doesn't have a whole lot of extras, there is some great stuff to be found in here!
On the first disc is the feature commentary with Director Stephen Sommers and Producer Bob Ducsay. I always enjoy listening to the commentary, since I'm one of those people who is fascinated by how movies are made. Some directors put me to sleep, but Sommers and Ducsay keep the stories interesting and the dialogue is entertaining.
Previews of other Paramount releases can be found on the first disc, too. In this case, it's for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: Resolute.
On disc two is a half-hour documentary about the making of the film. This short actually goes pretty in-depth, starting briefly on the history of G.I. Joe and how the toy line concept could be brought to film. From there we get behind-the-scenes looks at the four segments of the movie, along with interviews with the cast and crew.
The second documentary is a 20 minute feature on the computer generated special effects. And for a film like G.I. Joe, there is a lot of shots to make in the computer! We're treated to detailed looks at how to make a helicopter crush like an accordian, glimpses at the motion capture process used for the Accelerator Suits, and see the scale of an underwater battle brought to life.
Along with these two documentaries, the second disc allows access to the digital copy of the movie. Follow the download instructions on the included insert, and you will soon have G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra on iTunes or Windows Media Player. I went with the iTunes option, myself. That way I can also transfer the movie to my iPod and bring the movie anywhere I go. Now your friends have no excuse for not seeing this movie!
There's one more thing to mention before I go! Once you've purchased your DVD, point your internet brower over to www.gijoeexperience.com. With a webcam connected to your computer and your DVD case at the ready, you can actually activate a small fighting game to play on the computer. The characters stand atop your case and change angles depending on the placement of the box. I got mine to work on a $13 webcam I picked up from Big Lots! It's fun, though I would suggest placing the DVD case on a flat surface. Playing the game really requires two hands!
While I would have preferred seeing deleted and extended scenes included, this DVD is still worth the buy. Not only do you get some great looks behind the creation of this film, you get a second copy to keep with you wherever you go, and the box can unlock a game! So what are you doing still sitting here reading this? Go out and pick up a copy!
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2-Disc Digital Copy Edition
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Images from the collection of: Phillip Donnelly with Paramount Pictures