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‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Director Pleased With 3D Blu-ray

31 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

(L-R): ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ actor Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and director Jon M. Chu.

BURBANK, Calif. — It’s rare that veteran actors geek out over working with other veteran actors, but you can’t blame G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Ray Park. It is “The Rock,” after all.

“I’m a big fan of Dwayne Johnson,” said Park (Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, X-Men) who plays Snake Eyes in Retaliation. “To hear he was going to play Roadblock … He’s one of those actors I’ve been following and always wanted to work with, and then I get to do it. I get to be Snake Eyes with him. I was nervous.”

Out now on Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray, DVD and VOD from Paramount Home Media Distribution, G.I. Joe: Retaliation has a lot more than “The Rock” in its arsenal, with Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, D.J. Cotrona and Jonathan Pryce on board. The film took in more than $371 million worldwide.

“I get the pleasure of sitting in the seat and watching these amazingly talented people do their thing,” said director Jon M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 3D), who pointed to Retaliation’s mountain fight sequence as his favorite stunt-heavy portion of a stunt-heavy movie. “I’m not in the mask, not able to breath and move, so I commend them for dealing with all that craziness.”

For bonus features, Paramount includes deleted scenes, a commentary, a featurette covering pre-production, pre-visualization and storyboards, a featurette covering the Snake Eyes and Jinx characters, highlights of the villains and heroes of the film, and in-depth featurettes on the monastery, Fort Sumter and desert sequences.

“I’m so excited there is a home video market because we actually get to put all the extra stuff, the extra work we couldn’t fit in the movie, [the stuff] that didn’t necessarily serve the story to its fullest, [on disc], so the people at home can see the behind-the-scenes features,” Chu said.

Park wants viewers to make special note of the bonuses covering the stunts and especially the work he did as arguably the most popular character in the “G.I. Joe” universe: Snake Eyes.

“Everything was a challenge, but it was a good challenge,” Park said. “It was a lot of fun, wearing a new suit for the first time. I had to adapt. Being a martial artist, it’s OK to do it shirtless or in shorts, but wearing the Snake Eyes suit changes things up a little bit.”

Chu expressed gratitude that the film is seeing a 3D Blu-ray release and noted that extra work goes into making 3D work for the home.

“It’s a different medium, honestly, from the big screen 3D to the smaller screen, so we have to adjust. We go back in and adjust everything for the home viewing environment,” Chu said. “I love 3D. It’s a big part of the language of our movie, so we wanted to make sure it was perfect for the audience at home too.”

Click here to see images of Park, as Snake Eyes, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent Oakland A's game, commemorating the home video release of Retalitation.

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