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G.I. Joe: Retaliation [DVD]

Dwayne Johnson , Bruce Willis , Jon M. Chu    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Walton Goggins
  • Directors: Jon M. Chu
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,157 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

“The greatest American Heroes are back”* and they’ve been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit. Now, the G.I. Joes must once again face their mortal enemy, Cobra, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government. When all else fails, one option remains: Retaliation. Roadblock (Dwayne Johnson) leads a new team (including Bruce Willis) on this explosive adventure that critics are calling "unlike any action movie you've ever seen. A thrilling ride that leaves you wanting more!"**

*Julian Roman, MOVIEWEB.COM,
**Raquel Baldwin, Talking Pictures (ABC/CW)

Special Features:
  • Commentary by Director Jon M. Chu and Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura
  • The True Face of Evil
  • The Sound of Silence
  • Brothers Beyond Blood


For everyone who rolled their eyes even as they were secretly digging 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra as a guilty pleasure (not to mention giving it big box-office clout), this rejiggered sequel will probably prove irresistible. Hasbro and Hollywood have successfully created a franchise based on toy action figures that were introduced almost 50 years ago, now featuring all the guns, glory, and apocalyptic politics of the modern age. Along with that come the heights of preposterous circumstances and childish fantasy that any $200-plus million action movie requires. The video game quality and action figure/comic book childishness notwithstanding, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is anything but childlike with its incalculable body count, physical carnage, and extreme fetishisation of violence and techno armaments. Feeling cocky from their vanquishing the evil Cobra organisation in the first movie, the Joes are all the more ready to save the world from itself, making clandestine forays into North Korea and Pakistan with deadly precision. (The dizzying assault on a Pakistani weapons base is genuinely spectacular.) What they don't know is that Cobra has been lying in wait, and that the free world's Commander in Chief (Jonathan Pryce, having a fine time) is being impersonated by the nefarious Cobra operative Zartan (Arnold Vosloo). In the guise of a benevolent leader seeking world nuclear disarmament, "President" Zartan discredits and wipes out all but three of the Joe force. Fortunately Dwayne Johnson is among them, and every moviegoer knows he's pretty much an army of one. The script is so whiz-bang fast and full of impossibly extravagant CGI-enhanced eye-poppery that any synopsis would be akin to, well, 10-year-olds smashing three-inch action figures into each other and making up a narrative to go along with their guttural sound effects. And isn't that a pretty good description of escapism? Mention must be made of an incredible sustained set piece staged on sheer Himalayan cliffs where sword-wielding ninjas soar on ropes in an elaborate choreography that is as inventive as it is thrilling. The finale explodes at historic Fort Sumter, of all places, where the faceless Cobra Commander showdowns with the revivified Joes during "The President's" bogus disarmament summit. The cast is adequate in portraying good or bad real-life action figures with funny names and unbreakable bodies. Bruce Willis seems very happy chomping in to a glorified cameo as the retired Joe commander. Though the Joes carry the day and glory can be claimed, it should be noted that a sequel is teed up perfectly, especially in light of the fact that Cobra pretty much succeeds in its world-domination plan by obliterating the whole of London and its eight million inhabitants. It is the most extreme of money shots, rendered with loving detail; but don't worry, kids, it's only a movie. --Ted Fry

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome action movie 6 Sep 2013
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Love this film; great special effects and fight scenes a bit of humour and buckets of ninjas!
I've been into G.I. Joe since I was a kid and it was called "Action Force" in the UK and the films really build on the nostalgia with a healthy dose of action movie goodness.
Definitely succeeds on its own terms though don't expect much in the way of deep insight or character development; that said it's a quality cast who really commit to the film and is beautifully put together.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read before you buy - for your enjoyments sake! 17 Aug 2013
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If your reading this then you might just have made a lucky escape, why the drama you ask it's just this don't buy this version of the movie. In all honesty you need to get the Blue-ray extended addition, "Why?" because this version is a chopped up or chopped out hatchet job. I was lucky enough to see the Extended version first at my friends house not knowing that what it was, when I bought this one I was like "WTF! Where's all the rest of the movie and the good bits!?!"

Trust me when I say it's well worth the few extra shekels. Directors cuts are usually always better.

This version is only worth 3 stars, the extended version gives it the full 5 stars in my opinion.
A shame they don't have a extended version on regular DvD but meh you can't have everything.

As for the movie itself, if you liked GI Joe as a kid you'll love this movie, if you love action movies then you'll love this, it takes the mistakes made by the first one and fixes them all very nicely.
I'm now looking forward to the next one, if they keep it in the same vein and style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Four ACTION-PACKED Stars! The 2nd edition of the G.I. Joe series of movies, following "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" is full of action, adventure, and GREAT special effects starring the G.I. Joe Elite Team of "Duke", "Road Block", "Lady Jaye", "Flint", "Snake Eyes", "Mouse", "Ship Wreck", and others, taking place after the Nanomite War. Terrorist leader "Cobra Commander" and "Destro" are already in captivity; "Storm Shadow" and "Zartan" are still at large. The story begins with the "Joe's" involved in a rescue at the North-South Korea DMZ and later during another mission they are ambushed, which sets the stage for an international conspiracy. The rest of the story is pure enjoyable, entertaining Sci-Fi fun, improbable scenarios, plot holes, lots of fights and explosions, while keeping the audience guessing who is on which side.

But it also features one of the most marvelous swashbuckling ninja fight sequences at the 55 minute point at a mountain stronghold, away from the main `Joe' group, featuring amazing CGI, `wire' fu, great fight and stunt coordination, and breathtaking matte landscapes that rival the likes of the Matrix Reloaded and is definitely worth the price of admission for this 7 minute sequence alone. I have watched that sequence alone a dozen times.

Great action, adventure fun in an expensive-looking movie. Starring Duane "The Rock" Johnson, Channing Tatum, Jonathan Pryce, Byung-Hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Elodie Yung, Luke Bracey, and Arnold Vesloo, with an extended cameo from Bruce Willis, it brought in $375 Million at the box office: with the preceding film bringing in $300M. Directed by Jon M. Chu. Four ENJOYABLE SCI-FI Stars! (Amazon Prime Video; Time-1:50)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better In Extended Action Cut 29 Dec 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase

1)Extended cut adds 17 minutes of unseen back into the movie & ups the ante in the action department which are a little more violent than it's theatrical cut.
2)Ray Park as Snake Eyes always good..
3)Dwayne Johnson ups the ante & firepower in this movie as Roadblock.

1)Non returners Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols,Joseph Gordon-Lovett,Christopher Eccleston, Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans, Why?
2)Channing Tatums extended cameo & apparent pointless death messes up the plot of the original somewhat.
3)Bruce Willis phoning in his performances again.

Blu Ray Info.
Running time 123 minutes approx, Deleted scenes,G.I.Joe declassified documentary.

1)Paramount stated that most of the new cast in this sequel is they wanted to do a mini reboot but not alienate fan's of the original, I say they didn't succed very well.
2)Rumours of Channing Tatums character demise maybe a decoy as it's rumoured he is returning in the third G.I.Joe movie.
3)Jon Chu has hinted he wants Channing Tatum in his Masters of the Universe reboot as He-Man Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!
4)Destro was writen out of the sequel as Christopher Eccleston refused to play the character again, No surprise there then, He never baths in the same water twice apparently.
5)Cobra Commander was not played by Joseph Gordon-Lovett this time around & is played by Luke Bracey.
6)Adrianne Palicki filmed a pilot for a potential Wonder Woman tv series as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman but it was never picked up as a series.

As sequels go it's not the best I've seen nor the worst & if i was reviewing this on it's theatrical cut it would get a 2*star rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie 18 Oct 2013
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Pure escapism... we've waited so long for this to come out after the last move.
Loved it!
Now waiting for the next one.
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