New on DVD/Blu-ray: Pacific Rim (2013)

Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in Pacific Rim (2013) Movie Image

Okay, so maybe I was a little hard on Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” when I originally reviewed the theatrical release. Having seen the film a second time, I can safely say that I like it a heck of a lot more the second time ’round. It’s definitely one of those movies where you should not be constantly thinking about the writing, because honestly, the film’s script is still the biggest disaster here. If you can do that, “Pacific Rim” is one hell of a robot sock’em monster movie, and approached entirely with that mindset, it’s fun times indeed. “Pacific Rim” is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Giant monsters. Giant robots. Fight!

That’s essentially what “Pacific Rim” boils down to. Oh sure, there’s a plot and stuff going on in the background, but if you cared about that, then you’ll have to care that the script for “Pacific Rim” is a mish-mash of “borrowed” themes (and in some cases, whole scenes) from movies like “Top Gun”, “Independence Day”, and an obscene amount of other flicks. We’re not even talking all that great flicks, either, not that the script cares.

Like I said, the script is NOT doing the film any favors. Everything else, though? Ass-kickin’ fun. Del Toro clearly directed with an eye toward his favorite Japanese monster movies, and the results are pretty outstanding. Could the fights have been a little more clear and not always in the dark and sometimes hidden in inclement weather? Sure, but then again, the script could not have sucked, so that’s a moot point.

“Pacific Rim” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:

– Audio Commentary by Guillermo del Toro
– The Directors Notebook
– Drift Space
– The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
– The Shatterdome
– Focus Points
– Deleted Scenes
– Blooper Reel

“Pacific Rim” 2-Disc Standard Definition DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:

– Audio Commentary by Guillermo del Toro
– Drift Space
– The Digital Artistry of Pacific Rim
– The Shatterdome
– Focus Points
– Deleted Scenes
– Blooper Reel

Own “Pacific Rim” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download 10/15

Pacific Rim (2013) Movie Blu-ray Cover