Title: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc / Two Disc Set
Video: 1080p / AVC
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish & Portuguese
Run time: 110 minutes
Region Coding: Region Free
Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock
Jonathan Pryce as President
Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow
Elodie Yung as Jinx
Ray Stevenson as Firefly
D.J. Cotrona as Flint
Adrianne Palicki as Jaye
Channing Tatum as Duke
Ray Park as Snake Eyes
Luke Bracey as Cobra Commander
Walton Goggins as Warden Nigel James
Arnold Vosloo as Zartan
Joseph Mazzello as Mouse
RZA as Blind Master
Directed by Jon M. Chu
In 2009 the world witnessed a rather lukewarm introduction into Hasbro’s G.I. Joe universe with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. It failed to turn a profit at U.S. box offices, but yet in 2013 we have witnessed a sequel entitled G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Both are extremely reminiscent of something Michael Bay would direct as neither one has any real character development. Couple that with a cringe worthy script and what you have is an embarrassment to film.
We first see Duke who has not paired up with a man named Roadblock, who is a heavy weapons operator and is second-in-command. When G.I. Joe is falsely accused of war crimes and mysteriously exterminated it is up to its few lone survivors to find out what Cobra is up to and stop them.
With the aid of Storm Shadow, Firefly, and Zartan the Cobra Commander has a grand plan involving the eight nuclear armed nations of the world. However, crippled G.I. Joe is running thin on resources and must capture one of Cobra’s elite to find out the evil plan and stop it before it’s too late.
It’s a paper thin plot and that would be forgivable if the script wasn’t geared toward a 13 year old boy. If you don’t care about the actual quality of a film and just want eye/ear candy by all means buy this one. As for the rest of you with some logic and sense either be sure to rent this one or simply skip it altogether.
As most of you probably expected G.I. Joe: Retaliation is absolute eye candy on Blu-ray. Shot on Super 35mm the film looks incredibly vivid with colors saturated just how they should be. Flesh tones are also accurate. There is a thin layer of grain that remains consistent in both bright and dark shots. Fine detail is superb as textures, hairs, and individual pieces of dirt are all clearly visible. There is also no evident of any digital manipulation such as DNR or EE. G.I. Joe: Retaliation sports an impeccable Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track that emulates the Dolby Surround mix that was used in its theatrical showing. Dialogue is crystal clear in the center channel even during the films numerous louder action packed sequences. The fronts and surrounds are almost constantly engaged with various effects as well as the film’s musical score. There’s an excellent balance to the mix so there’s never really an issue with it becoming overpowering. Be prepared for your sub to work as this film is loaded with plenty of crashes, explosions, and gunfire to send it into overtime.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation arrives on Blu-ray with a fair assortment of supplements. First up is a feature length commentary with Director John M. Chu and Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, which is mildly entertaining with various bits about the shooting of the film. Next up is a collection of three deleted scenes that run about four minutes. Rounding out the extras are a set of seven features that are each entitled G.I. Joe: Declassified. These features include: Mission Briefing, Deployment, Two Ninjas, The Desert Attack, Cobra Strikes, The Lone Soldiers, The Monastery, and Fort Sumter. Each feature runs anywhere from seven to 12 minutes and features some interesting facts about the various aspects of the film. Finally, there is a DVD copy on a second disc as well as an Ultraviolet Digital Copy code insert.
Final Word: A Rental At Best