Disney Announces John Carter Blu-Ray For June

Disney has announced 3D and 2D combo packs for the sci-fi action adventure film John Carter for June.

John Carter without a doubt was one of the biggest gambles on behalf of Disney. It’s gone down as one of the biggest flops in history and I don’t think the film should catch most of the blame. Disney did a horseshit job promoting the sci-fi adventure film by butchering the title down from John Carter of Mars to just John Carter and by filling most of the trailers and TV spots with clips of Carter running around an empty and sandy landscape.

Not once was the Mars setting given proper detail and not once did they even try to hint at the story. They doomed the film before giving it a fair swing and that really pisses me off, because aside from a few troubled spots, John Carter is a good film.

Most won’t agree with me, but I thought John Carter was a big-budget space love story that’s both unique and bold. It wasn’t afraid to get into some thick material from Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ novels and it certainly wasn’t afraid to clutch onto its sci-fi roots and express them loudly. Everything from the dialogue, tone and setting was given proper detail and care and I kind of feel bad for director Andrew Stanton.

John Carter was his chance to switch over to live-action, like fellow Pixar employee Brad Bird. Stanton did a great job, but the studios won’t be seeing it that way and most of the audiences probably don’t even realize what they’ve done by not supporting John Carter.

Get ready for a wave of sequels and reboots to films like Transformers and Battleship, because original sci-fi storytelling isn’t going to be poking its head in the mainstream after John Carter failed to land.

Our very own Lindsay Sperling had this to say about the film in her review:

Is John Carter worth seeing? Definitely! Watching an adventure of this magnitude on the big screen is without a doubt worth the ticket price and 2 hours of your time.

Disney will be releasing the film in a 4 disc 3D Blu-Ray/2D Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack and a 2 disc Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. The following special features will be included:

  • Disney Second Screen – Explore John Carter’s journal with this innovative in-world experience and uncover a trove of fascinating details that extend the mythology of the movie.
  •  360 Degrees of John Carter – Experience every aspect of the filmmaking process on one of the movie’s biggest production days.
  •  Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director, Andrew Stanton
  •  Barsoom Bloopers
  •  Plus all DVD features

John Carter will be released on June 5th, 2012.

Comments (8)

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  1. dangeersays:

    Yup, the marketing campaign totally pissed me off as well. This was a great film in my opinion, and I, for one, forked over the extra bucks to by the 4-disc set to show I fully support this film.

  2. Khanadasays:

    ” most won’t agree with me”. That’s because most didn’t see it and yep they go around dissing it anyway! Most people I know who actually saw John Carter would agree with you. I’m very miffed at how Disney handled marketing and I’m hoping that they will turn things around now that they dumped the guy in charge of marketing. Did you know about the fan campaign? http:// johncartertwo.com

    1. I did not know about the fan campaign. Thanks for the link!

  3. Thanks for your kind words about John Carter. It WAS a great movie and captured exactly the spirit and style of Burrough’s books. Its too bad many people will not see the movie simply because of the bad press and marketing but write-ups like yours may yet change that

  4. Jan Austinsays:

    John Carter was a magnificient film!  I’m very happy to be part of the fan-base trying to get word out about this film .  John Carter was a wonderful adventure with great direction, an incomparable cast, charatgers I fell in-love with, and a journey I want to take over and over again!  I hope everyone will join us and help TAKE US BACK TO BARSOOM! 

  5. JC Fan For Lifesays:

    This film was fantastic!  Thanks for for having the balls to actually think for yourself – to ignore the critical a-holes – and actually WATCH the film to form your OWN opinion.  Imagine that?  You are spot-on in your analysis. Hopefully, Disney’s ousting of Ross is a sign that the blame for the film’s failure was not the fault of the film. Maybe by the time the DVD is released, word of mouth will have spread and the TRUTH will win out – not the lies.  All fans need to buy at least 2 copies to support this franchise.  A sequel is a most.  Check out the growing fan support for this film on facebook – search “Take Me Back to Barsoom!” or the websites “Backtobarsoom.com” or “Johncartertwo.com”  Us fans will be heard. 

  6. Calinsays:

    Thi movie John Carter was terrific on the big screen (Lynn Collins did an especialy great performance) and I want to see it on Blu-ray as well. Thanks for the information about the DVD release.

  7. Steve Davidsonsays:

    sorry, but as one of those ‘older’ fans of Burroughs work – and particularly the Barsoom series – I for one am glad that the movie flopped.

    It was a bad movie on so many different levels that it just doesn’t justify the explanation except for this: if John Carter’s family had been killed during the Civil War, John Carter would have found out who did it and he’d have killed them AND their families AND their friends AND anyone who had smiled at them throughout their entire lives.  He (the real character from the books) would NOT have gotten all depressed and weepy-moany.

    The John Carter I grew up knowing and loving was an honorable fighting man who held courage in high esteem.  The movie turned him into a drunken bum.

    No one has yet explained to me why the city of Zodanga was rendered as a refugee from The Wild Wild West, why Helium lost its twin city, why the Jeddak of Jeddaks of Helium would CAVE to the demands of Zodanga (instead of fighting), nor can anyone explain to me why the Green Martians bothered to get involved in the red martian battles.  Great, they like how Carter jumped – big deal.

    What was missing was the transplanted culture Carter brought with him and gave to the Tharks, Tars Tarkas’ rise to become Jeddak, the back story that Sola was Tars’ daughter and that he KNEW she was (in contravention of all Tharkian custom);  that Carter’s presence gave Tars the opportunity to begin to mute the savagery of the Tharks (and btw – ‘THARKS’ is NOT the name for all Green Martians, its the name for one tribe of green Martians).

    No one can explain to me how, if the Tharks use a magic potion to teach their kids to talk, how the first green martian learned to talk – but that’s minor in the face of:

    a disjointed script
    poor to bad acting
    total disrespect to the main character created by ERB
    the same to Dejah Thoris and her father
    a really truly crappy and non-canonical portrayal of the Martian flying ships
    the absolute crime of turning Woola into a plush toy

    a waste of 250 million bucks

    The ONLY saving grace here for Disney is that for once in the 100+ year history of film, the suits got it right and pulled the plug on this one by not throwing another extra 100 mil on marketing a dud.

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