This Week In Home Entertainment: The Heat, Pacific Rim, Vikings, Defiance And More

By Jessica Rawden 2013-10-15 12:19:14discussion comments
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Pacific Rim Blu-ray Combo Pack
At the outset, Pacific Rim offers fans everything a big budget summer movie should have, plus some. The film is big, bold, and full of fight choreography. It’s made up entirely of massive and CGI-necessary concepts, and it even sounds loud and explosive at home, thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s incredible DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and 5.1 surround tracks that keep battle noise at a maximum while still making the dialogue audible. As a bonus, the film is built around an entirely unique concept that nods at both monster and robot films. It falls a little short in a few areas, but mostly Giullermo del Toro’s film comes through in all of the best ways.

The film is set in 2025, during a time period when humanity is waging a war against alien creatures known as the Kaijus, who reached Earth via an interdimensional portal in the Pacific Ocean. To combat against these large monsters, humanity creates large robots manned by two connected pilots known as Jaegers. The events in the film largely follow a small crew of pilots attempting one last reckless plan to cut the Kaijus off from Earth for good.

The focus in this crew is on Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunman), a retired pilot who is asked by his former commander Pentacost (Idris Elba) to return to the front. There, he is joined by Majo Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), Herc Hanson (Max Martini), Chuck Hansen (Robert Kazinsky) and more to command the few remaining Jaeger machines as part of Earth’s last big defense. The whole premise of the plot is very serious, but luckily fans have Charlie Day’s scientist character Dr. Newton Geiszler and Ron Perlman’s Hannibal Chau to fall back on for comedy in the film.

Del Toro’s not immune from giving us some bland pep talks and longwinded scientific explanations. However, there’s no insipid but attractive female, there’s no ridiculous romance, and honestly, del Toro does so many things right with Pacific Rim that its few issues become less glaring. It’s a lengthy but enjoyable summer film, and it still holds up as fall rolls around.

You can order Pacific Rim over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: The Pacific Rim set is nicely put together and the regular Blu-ray even features some cool 3D cover art. There are several bonus features with the set, but the coolest is the interactive featurette “The Director’s Notebook,” which features plenty of sketches and notes del Toro created before the movie went into production. The segment is lengthy and it takes a while to peruse through, but if you navigate the set correctly you’ll get comprehensive notes along with video segments from the director explaining which portions of his original ideas did or did not make the film.

Other Special Features:
“Drift Space”
“The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
“The Shatterdome”
Deleted Scenes
Blooper Reel
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