Dad of Divas' Reviews: Movie Review - Real Steel

Friday, January 13, 2012

Movie Review - Real Steel

About the Movie
DreamWorks Studios’ REAL STEEL, starring Hugh Jackman, muscles its way into the Home Entertainment arena on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand on January 24, 2012. This visually stunning action-adventure filled with heart and soul is a "must-add" to every home movie collection, delivering a premium in-home experience complete with knockout bonus materials that dive deeper into the action.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack, with its perfect picture and sound, delivers the ultimate punch, offering viewers a variety of supplemental bonus features that take them ringside with Director Shawn Levy on the making of the film. Exclusive features include a bare-knuckled exposé of the life story of Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman), deleted and extended scenes that go deeper into the film and storylines, and a riveting profile with legendary boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. Plus, the revolutionary Real Steel Second Screen app lets viewers sync their iPad™* or computer with the Blu-ray movie to peel back layers of effects with progression reels, check out 360-degree turnarounds of the robots, explore seamless branching pods that delve into the cutting-edge technology used to create the fights, and much more.

The #1 movie in the country for two consecutive weeks during its theatrical run, REAL STEEL is directed by Shawn Levy (Night At the Museum franchise, Date Night and What Happens in Vegas), produced by Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List), with a screenplay by John Gatins (Coach Carter, Summer Catch). Set in the not-so-distant future where boxing has gone high-tech and 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots have taken over the ring, the film stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men franchise, Australia) as Charlie Kenton, Evangeline Lilly (TV’s Lost, The Hurt Locker) as Bailey Tallet, Dakota Goyo (Thor) as Max Kenton, Kevin Durand (I Am Number Four, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Ricky, and Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau, The Hurt Locker) as Finn.

REAL STEEL will be available to own and for in-home viewing as follows:


3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray Disc + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy)
All 2-Disc Blu-ray Bonus Features
All DVD Bonus Features

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (1 Blu-ray Disc + 1 DVD)
Countdown to the Fight—The Charlie Kenton Story
Sugar Ray Leonard: Cornerman’s Champ
Deleted and Extended Scenes with introductions by Shawn Levy
—Extended “Meet Ambush”
—Deleted “Butterfly” Storyline
PLUS All DVD Bonus Features

1-Disc DVD (1 DVD)
Making of Metal Valley
Building the Bots

Sugar Ray Leonard: Cornerman’s Champ
PLUS All DVD Bonus Features

Boxing, Bots and Human Co-Stars!


Dakota's Stunt (Bonus)

Robo Alley (Bonus)

Sacrifices (Bonus)

Boxing Promo (Bonus)

My Take on the Movie
This was an amazing movie! I did not see this in the theater, but I was so happy to have seen it on Blu-ray. Not only did this movie have a great plot, but the interactions between the characters were strong and though you might guess where the movie is leading, you still will find yourself entertained. Also, as a father I was happy to see the strong message of fatherhood and redemption for a father. This message is one that you do not always see, so when I saw it here I was pleased. On top of some of the drama that was there, there was also some funny parts as well as some great action sequences. Thus, whether you like action, drama or science fiction, you will definitely enjoy this movie.

Outside of the movie itself, the blu-ray was filled with great extras. My favorite bonus was the making of the robots. I found this to be very informative and I was surprised to find that they used a mixture of real life robot puppets and graphic imagery to make this happen.

All-in-all, this was a great movie and one that I would highly recommend!

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1 comment:

gman said...

I also saw this movie and you reminded me of the most important aspect, the lesson! I grew up a Star Trek fan, and although I’m not by any means a “Trekkie” I do enjoy the pedantic explanations of how technology works as part of the premise of the plot. I was rather disappointed in the lack of technical “mumbo-jumbo” in the movie and it left me with questions at the end. I do remember though how great it is that Charlie starts the process of his transformation into a person that “cares.” The producers intend to make this a sequel and it definitely leaves us wanting for more. I saw this with my 13-year-old son and it couldn’t have been a more perfect movie for our one-on-one time. Normally I rent movies with our Blockbuster Movie Pass we get on our Dish service but this time we went to the theater. I will rent it though on Blu-ray since we get those included for the $10 a month and the whole family can watch it. What I like is that the streaming comes with it too, and they are adding 3,000 new kids’ titles in February, according to my work email (I work there too). I KNOW my son would love the special features on the Blu-ray.