To mark the release of John Carter (John Carter of Mars) being released on DVD and Blu-ray this Monday 2nd July, Disney Home Entertainment have given us this exclusive featurette which talks about the influence that Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars books made on the world.
With interviews from Jon Favreau and Willem Dafoe, we get to see just how this story has impacted the world of film.
John Carter is based on ‘A Princess of Mars’,a story crafted by Edgar Rice Burroughs the creator of “Tarzan”. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (WALL•E and Finding Nemo) breathes life into the classic science fiction action-adventure that is set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars) for its first ever film adaptation.
With stunning special effects, great characters and villains John Carter is a rambunctious family adventure that will thrill audiences of all types of ages and beyond and has been described as “thrilling and visually stunning” (David Aldrige, BBC Five Live). John Carter is a war-weary, former military captain who’s inexplicably transported to Mars and reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict as the planet hovers on the precipice of collapse. With surprising new powers and forces, John Carter battles and rises to become a heroic warrior.
COMMENT: Yes, I know most (or maybe all) of this comes from the ERB “100 Years” Special Feature on the Blu-ray, but the significance is that they are using it here as a marketing hook to get people interested in buying the DVD. A novel idea, that.