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Pacific Rim [Blu-ray] [2013]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2385 out of 2447)

    Special Features


    • Hours of bonus content take you inside the mind of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro
    • 14 featurettes provide in-depth look at Kaijus, Jaegers, sets, stunts, sounds, effects, and the mythology and making of the film
    • Also includes the Director's Notebook The digital artistry of Pacific Rim
    • Audio Commentary

    Synopsis


    Pacific Rim
    Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro teams up with Legendary Pictures to bring audiences a unique take on the monster film with this sci-fi production. Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) stars as a washed-out controller and pilot of a series of robots called Jaegers, which are put into production after Earth is invaded by a species of giant monsters, the Kaijus. The Brothers Bloom's Rinko Kikuchi co-stars as a trainee whom Hunnam is psychically paired with in order to pilot the last beacon of hope -- a decommissioned Jaeger assigned to stop the Kaijus once and for all. Thor's Idris Elba leads the rest of the starring cast, which includes Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky and Ron Perlman. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Charlie Hunnam
      Charlie Hunnam - Raleigh Becket
    • Diego Klattenhoff
      Diego Klattenhoff - Yancy Becket
    • Idris Elba
      Idris Elba - Stacker Pentecost
    • Rinko Kikuchi
      Rinko Kikuchi - Mako Mori
    • Charlie Day
      Charlie Day - Dr. Newton Geiszler



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2447 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Pacific Rim [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD B

      Posted
      reepa
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      Short summary: a portal to an alien world opens under the ocean and giant monsters come out. The governments of the world team up to battle them, eventually doing so with Jaegers, huge robots piloted by two psychically linked pilots who must act in tandem to control their war machines. For a while this goes swimmingly, but the money dries up and the monsters keep coming, and soon the fate of the world rests on crusty and intensely likeable Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) who runs the world's last 4 jaegers in an endless war against the monsters out of Hong Kong. Pentacost has a plan to destroy the portal that brings the monsters to earth but to do that he recruits emotionally scarred Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) who must copilot with the impetuous and vengeful Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) for one last big mission. Cue a ton of fighting and explosions. This film showcases a lot of newcomer actors to great effect. The burgeoning friendship between Mori and Becket is particularly well done (it is best described as a guy-girl bromance really) and the rest of the cast does science, runs from monsters, or is Ron Perlman (yes that's a role now) very effectively. Idris Elba gets to play to his strengths very well here and chew a lot of scenery as an AGING HERO with SAD SECRETS, and lest you think that del Toro will craft a strong black lead then stick him in an office like every other director, rest assured that Pentacost punches monsters in a big robot too. Of course the fights are the meat of the film and they do not disappoint. The robots and monsters convey a powerful sense of size and weight, as their enormous fists, tails, and jaws gnash and hit with weight and authority. Fights are almost wholly digital affairs and perhaps to save money they are usually in rainy darkness, but they are still exciting and tense. The multi-stage throwdown in Hong Kong at the film's peak is one of the best giant monster battles ever committed to film and I say that as a die-hard Godzilla fan. Some critics have panned this film for a lack of depth, but the truth is that it does what it wants to- deliver a summer blockbuster- and it does so with unprecedented depth. Its writing, performances, and effects easily put it on par with The Avengers as a smart summer action romp, and to disrespect this film because it's not another Pan's Labyrinth is sort of like saying a really good ice cream sundae is undeserving of your time because it's not a baked Alaska. Lest we overlook it too, Rim is also an ORIGINAL film in an industry plagued by remakes, sequels, and general unoriginality. You don't have to buy it (although I would) but you should absolutely see it in theaters or rent it at least once. Don't miss out. PROS -Endearing performances from a young cast (with help from some veterans) -Way, way better than Cloverfield -Blends Artsy del Toro's flair for eerie creatures and dream imagery with comic geek del Toro's love of SMASH POW BAM -Effective ear bug soundtrack will stick with you -Really good 3D if that's your thing CONS -Some of the other Jaeger crews are not very well developed -The very beginning crams a lot of exposition in pretty fast UPDATE 10/21/2013 So I received and watched the disk. The standard version of Rim comes in a handsome slipcase with a fun holographic cover that APPEARS to be removable (although a true collector won't want to of course...). The BD itself is easily navigable and all trailers are skippable. There is a whole other disk of special features which I have not yet watched. Overall this feels very premium, more like a collector's edition than a basic retail set. The case doesn't even have cutouts to save material as many BD cases do nowadays. Picture quality is outstanding overall. On the small screen, and without the slight softening effect of 3D, this actually reveals some sort of cheap-looking CGI in the first Kaiju encounter during the opening narration*. Thankfully, subsequent battles look great. The movie is free from excessive cleanup and boasts the odd bit of grain, making it look very filmic and natural, even when big monsters and big robots are clubbing one another with bits of dockyard. Audio is suitably bombastic and rich, with voices, music, and effects all mixed to a consistent, listenable volume range (I'm looking at you, first two Iron Man films on home video). Overall this is a great Blu Ray and watching it at home the film held up to my initial high opinion. * This is probably because much of this sequence was produced long before editing of the remainder of the film was completed.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good, if your solution to Godzilla is a face punch

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      Offandongamer
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      Pacific Rim is a movie about giant robots piloted by mind-melded humans struggling to save the world from Godzilla and friends by punching said monsters in the face. There are any number of things we can find wrong with that sentence, but if you can accept the premise or cheer it on, this movie might be a good fit for you. It's a visually strong movie. The design of the monsters and robots, sets, and the major action set pieces are the highlight of the film. Its premise is as straightforward as I first stated, and its archetypes are straightforward translations from adolescent adventure stories. This movie plays it straight without no irony, which I found refreshing compared to overwrought and often cynical scifi movies that came out in the same year. On the down side: This movie not only beats up on monsters, but also science, practicality, and subtlety. If any of these are your personal trigger, it might ring false to you. The human characters are with a few exceptions are defined by context that comes from the tropes they are meant to represent. While the movie devotes quite of bit of time to the human elements, it leaves a number of things hanging and what you get out frequently depends a lot on what you brought with you. Dialogue is not going to win awards, and many of the performances are not subtle at all. There's also a curious case of accent musical chairs, with the mismatch in nationalities of various actors and the characters they play, which does leak through at various points. Certain things the audience might have wanted to see, such as the exploits of other pilots or some additional action to break up the slow stretches get relegated to off-hand references. If the monsters and battles are the draw, there is a long stretch in the movie where there's not much of it. For me, this is sort of a guilty pleasure that I'm not particularly guilty about. It has spectacle, and yet I found that it wasn't done to excess for me. Its story is simple and its notes on camaraderie and self-sacrifice are hit pretty heavily, but I suppose I found the lack of cynicism that was so prevalent in other blockbuster movies to be a reason to find Pacific Rim likeable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A fun movie for fans of old anime or Kaiju films

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      BleakSeraph
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      Mecha and Kaiju (japanese for giant monster) fans rejoice, now you can see both duke it out in real life so-to-speak. I won't reveal any of the plot here but rest assured it is surprisingly good. The whole concept is written by the same guy that wrote Pan's Labyrinth and directed both Hellboy films. It has an interesting well thought out story and yet doesn't skimp on the action. Most of the characters are fleshed out very well with the exception of a few. Unfortunately every character is very interesting so you feel sad about knowing more about those few. The detail of every last bit of visual is amazing. Obviously Del Toro is a visuals master and it shows. The flesh of every monster reacts like a real animal. Muscle and bone seem to move under the skin and flesh jiggles slightly with every terrible step. The robots are even more amazing. you can see every part of the machines move and work as they fight off the Kaiju horrors. The sets too react with every movement. The effects at actor level are just as good. The sound of this film is astounding. I hope you've got surround sound so you can get fully immersed. If I had any real complaint it's thatthis movie fits a particular audience. If your not into Sci-Fi then you won't enjoy this much and if you love hard Sci-Fi then you won't like it either. It has a certain niche. That said, this is one film I will be giving to a friend then buying it on Blu-Ray just to have an even better looking copy. I'm said I didn't do it in the first place...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Blu-Ray Disc

      Posted
      Robert38

      I was not a big fan of this movie when I saw it in theaters. I did not dislike it per say just was hoping for a little more. The story and many of the scenes were predictable and bordering on "cheesiness." I was especially aware of these things when I saw it in the theater and it annoyed me. The second time I watched it here on the blu-ray I took it for what it was meant to be, a popcorn movie, and I enjoyed it much more. The first thing you will notice about this movie on a good home theater system is the huge audio. The narration at the beginning of the film comes across very loud, clear, and present in the room. With an uncompressed audio system you will hear the massive dynamic range this film's soundtrack has to offer from start to finish. The video is equally as impressive. I watched it on a 100 inch projection screen and it was amazing looking. The film was shot with the smaller 1:85:1 aspect ratio which means it fills up your whole screen with no black bars. This made the 100 inch screen experience that much better but it looks pretty awesome on my 58 inch Panasonic LED as well. Just a really, really good image here. There are also a lot of extras as well making this an outstanding blu-ray disc. If you saw it once and kind of liked it or loved it you should definitely get this. If you are looking for a home theater "show-off" disc this is a must have.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

      Posted
      Thom
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      MOVIE: A simple plot does not equal a simplistic movie. Guillermo del Toro builds a fully developed world and layers it with symbolic significance. The storytelling is succinct but effective, moving the character development and plot along at a brisk pace without ever rushing. Visuals are obvious astonishing, sound design and score are top-notch, and acting is excellent. VIDEO: Color is vivid and accurate, contrast is punchy without being overblown, detail is plentiful and extremely well-defined, no compression artifacts to be seen, just generally it's flawless. AUDIO: The main audio tracks are a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track and a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track. The 7.1 track is slightly quieter, but has better rear speaker activity (even on my 5.1 system) and, that one thing aside, is identical to the 5.1 track when volume is matched (just turn it up). Bass is room-shakingly powerful but tight and accurate, fidelity is perfect, everything sounds very real, The soundscape is fully realized, with all speakers active at all times and convincing cross-channel panning sounds. BONUS FEATURES: Entertaining and plentiful, moderately informative but not as in-depth as I'd like, and they don't last particularly long--I saw them all within 2 days. OVERALL: Excellent movie with incredible A/V quality, and a good set of bonus features.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Different versions of the SKU

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      Chris
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      Horrible experience ordering SKU 1770064 which should be for the BD+DVD+UV, at least that's what the receipts say. I only ordered this from Best Buy because it was on sale and I had a gift card. When I picked up today I opened up the box in my car and the UV card was missing to redeem the digital copy. Weird, so I go back to ask the store what happened. They don't know, but said I can exchange it for another copy in stock. There was one more copy. So I exchange and the SKU an UPC are identical. Open this one up and it had UV card but no DVD. Go back inside to deal with customer service. What I wanted was to take the BD/DVD combo and just take the card with it to get what I paid for. They wouldn't let me since they already marked it as returned. Even though the SKU and UPC are IDENTICAL they wouldn't budge. I know it wasn't any person at the stores fault but the manager wouldn't do anything to compensate me either. When Amazon does this, sending me a disc missing the digital copy, I get a refund and keep the movie. I tried calling to online support and they hung up on my after being on hold for 30+ minutes. Overall this is a reason Best Buy is failing and why I would never order anything from them unless I get a gift card.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Reference 4K Disc for Both HDR & Atmos

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      jikhead
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      I always enjoyed Pacific Rim in the past for its stunning visual special effects. The 4K disc was finally on sale recently and I picked it up and couldn't wait to finally sample the 4K. The video quality is outstanding and the HDR provides a ton of color pop throughout the film. I only wish it was available in Dolby Vision on disc. I think the Dolby Vision looks better than standard HDR, and you can get that on VUDU. However, I prefer discs over streaming sources. When watching on VUDU, you get some mild distortion around fast moving frames. It's not a huge deal, but it is noticable to me. Now to the sound, the Dolby Atmos is excellent. You can a ton of sound field effects in all your surround speakers including upper speakers. The base is pounding throughout. I love the base when the baby kaiju is being born. Overall, this is one of my top 4K discs that I would consider to be a reference disc for sampling for others. A definite recommended purchase for video & audiophiles.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      ROBOTS VS KAIJU STILL LOOKS AMAZING!!!

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      jaysonncee
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      Pacific Rim is one of those excellent huge-scale summer spectacles that has carried on since its release for mainstream audiences. Guillermo Del Toro's Giant Robot movie still remains a spectacular movie that ignites the inner 10-year old to any viewer, 18 & beyond! On Blu-Ray, it is highly recommended to purchase as the movie looks beautiful and stylish to behold on your television, playing on the ration quality like Avengers and Avatar for consumers to savor every detail in the movie with a stellar soundtrack of Monsters and Robots duking it out for the fate of the human race. Also, there are plenty of extras to behold; the combo pack offers over 2 hours of bonus features to last to your cinephile heart's content. Unfortunately, the UC code is not included since it has expired for some time now, but anyone who has Flixster, can convert the dvd into a digital copy to add for your UV library, though a small price is required. Go buy Pacific Rim, it's worth the money!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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