Back in the summer I got the chance to see the movie Real Steel in a sneak preview. I was very impressed with this movie. It had elements of Rocky, Over The Top, Transformers and The Champ combined. The movie comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday January 24th. The movie is the story of Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) who was a professional boxer before the sport became dominated by robots because the audience demanded more and more action. Robots could deal out a tremendous amount of damage on each other that humans could not compete with. So now Charlie is boxing robots (using a sophisticated remote control), lives out of a truck and is a bit of a dirtbag. A loveable dirtbag but a dirtbag none the less. Charlie lies, cheats, steals.
Charlie’s world is turned upside down when his ex-wife dies and he is reconnected with his son. Charlie does not change his ways but rather he takes Max along with him to the seedy underground of unsanctioned robot fights. Luckily Max is pretty smart and he finds an old sparring robot, he makes a connection with the robot and fixes it up enough to begin having it fight.
Even though the robots are a huge part of the story they are a backdrop to a father/son story, personal redemption story and there is some boxing robots in the mix as well. The movie is a lot of fun and is filled with some great action.
The Blu-Ray has even more fun features to expand out the story. There is even a SECOND SCREEN that you can watch on your tablet device while enjoying the movie.
After the jump I have some exclusive videos about the movie as well as the official press release. But before you go there check out this slideshow of great photos from the movie.
Boxing, Bots & Human Co-Stars!
DreamWorks Studios’ Action-Adventure With Heart, “REAL STEEL,” Starring Hugh Jackman, Enters the Home Entertainment Ring on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand January 24, 2012
“It’s Rocky with robots…a heartwarming movie for everyone.”
—Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine
BURBANK, California, December 2, 2011—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)
REAL STEEL SECOND SCREEN
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
HIGH-DEFINITION & STANDARD DEFINITION DIGITAL
Sugar Ray Leonard: Cornerman’s Champ
PLUS All DVD Bonus Features
Balancing gritty action and emotional heart, “Real Steel” is an inspiring and visually stunning film that takes audiences on an action-packed journey. Washed-up boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) scrapes by as a small-time robot-fight promoter as he tries to make a comeback. Against all odds he eventually succeeds—at least in the eyes of his son Max (Dakota Goyo). “Real Steel” is spectacular family entertainment that will have everyone cheering again and again.
Those who would like to stay connected with the exciting REAL STEEL release are encouraged to:
- “Like” the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RealSteelMovie
- Follow us on Twitter at @realsteelmovie
- Visit the website at www.steelgetsreal.com
- View videos at www.YouTube.com/RealSteelMovie
- Connect with Facebook and Twitter via Real Steel Second Screen
About DreamWorks Studios:
DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The company recently released The Help, which has resonated with audiences around the country and earned over $100 million at the U.S. box office. Upcoming releases include Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. DreamWorks Studios can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DreamWorksStudios and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dw_studios.
REAL STEEL Bonus Clips
Dakota’s Stunt (Bonus)
Robo Alley (Bonus)
Boxing Promo (Bonus)
Fresh from the World Robot Boxing federation!
Get to Know Zeus
Zeus is the champ of the WRB. He is enormous. He is described as “The Death Star.” He is painted reflected black. He has piston-programmed punch mechanisms in his arms. Not only has Zeus never been beaten, but also, no other robot has even survived beyond the first round with him.
Get to Know Atom
Atom may not be in the biggest or the flashiest bot in the ring, but he is the most extraordinary. He is the “hero” robot.
Get to Know Twin Cities
With a block-shaped upper body, Twin Cities is a vicious two-headed robot!
Get to Know Noisy Boy
Noisy Boy is a former league bot. When he started losing fights, he was exiled to doing boxing exhibitions in South America and Asia. He’s now back, but he’s no longer league caliber, so he’s fighting in underworld venues.
Get to Know Midas
Colored in gold and red, Midas sports a mohawk. He’s a brawler. He follows no rules. He’ll use whatever means necessary to win a fight.
Get to Know Metro
Get to Know Ambush
Ambush is a low-rent circuit bot. The best fight that Charlie can arrange for Ambush is literally against a piece of livestock.
REAL STEEL Discount Offer
For a limited time, Dreamworks is offering $5 OFF the purchase of the Real Steel 3-disc Combo Pack. Those interested should visit http://www.steelgetsreal.com/, and click on the offer in the upper right corner of the page. Offer ends 1/29/12.
Disclosure: I was provided a 2 disc copy of Real Steel to watch and review. Opinions of the movie are 100% my own.
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