John Carter is quite likely to be the box office bomb of 2012 and yet something deep down tells Cinemart Andrew Stanton’s flick didn’t deserve the critical lashing it got, or the audience apathy. Some, however, really, really loved it and others thoought, quite rightly, ‘Who the hell is John ‘effing’ Carter when he’s at home?’ Disney really fumbled the marketing strategy all but denying it was a sci-fi opera set on Mars. The bland reason for the title change didn’t wash and can be said to have done a lot of damage.
This was a passion project for Andrew Stanton and he seemed both arrogant and delusional at the prospect that his baby would enter the world unloved. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ source material had haunted the director’s imagination since childhood and the writer also penned such classics as Tarzan and The Land That Time Forgot.
Stanton’s flick might get a second life on Blu-ray and DVD and we’ve got an assortment of clips, featurettes and a blooper reel from the movie for you to check out. Make no mistake JC was a total flop and it would have to shift millions of copies to make a profit. It might well be known as Disney’s Folly in a few years time. The Heaven’s Gate of Sci-Fi. It is released on 2nd July on Blu-ray and DVD.
From Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes “John Carter”—a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
UK Release Date: 2nd July