Real Steel Will Hit Blu-Ray Hard In January
Despite Real Steel’s previews, which left many people -- or at least me -- wondering why an actor like Hugh Jackman would take a movie essentially about Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots, Real Steel came extremely close to earning a fresh rating (58%) on Rotten Tomatoes. More impressively, Real Steel made over $251 million dollars worldwide. I guess robots translate well into multiple languages.
I’d put money on director Shawn Levy, who has a knack for turning movies that should be disasters, like Night at the Museum, into films that are pretty fun to watch. It helps that Steven Spielberg was on board to produce, as well. In Real Steel Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a crappy dad who wants to get his robot boxing career and his relationship with his son back on track. If you haven’t caught it yet, Real Steel will hit Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital download on January 24th.
As far as special features go, DVD copies are getting the short end of the stick with this release. All copies will include a blooper reel, a “making of” featurette, and a “building the Bots” segment. Digital copies get a little more exciting, with the addition of “Sugar Ray Leonard: Cornerman’s Champ.” Blu-Ray copies will come with all of the aforementioned stuff, plus a bit about the character Charlie Kenton, as well as deleted and extended scenes with introductions from Shawn Levy, who apparently didn’t go out of his way to do full commentary for the film. Wise move, Levy. If only Family Album had gotten its shit together you would have had a pretty good year.
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