Academy Award winners James Cameron & Jon Landau, and visionary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez brought fans ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this discarded cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. When deadly and corrupt forces come after Alita, she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.
The action-packed film, also starring Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keenan Johnson has scored $405 million at the global box-office.
Now, as 20th Century Fox brings the DVD and Blu-day release of Alita: Battle Angel fans of the manga turned film are treated to 2 hours worth of bonus material. Thanks to the studio we were provided an advanced copy to review them for you!
Alita: Battle Angel Blu-ray™ Special Features
Alita’s World gives fans a deeper look into the world of Alita: Battle Angel with these dynamic motion comics.
– The Fall gives a look back at the terrible war that almost destroyed two planets and set the stage for the cyborg warrior Alita’s return 300 years later. Jeniffer Connelly narrates the history accompanied by still images of events from the war. We also get to see the making of Alita and how she became a high value military asset. We see the destruction of the planet earth and how Alita survived the wreckage.
– Iron City is a guided tour led by Hugo which shows off the dark corners of the city and broken-down neighborhoods. We are introduced to Motroball Arena which takes a point of focus in the film.
– What it Means to be a Cyborg has hunter-warrior Zapan tracking his mark across Iron City while musing about what it means to be a cyborg.
– Rules of the Game is a high-octane “crash course” in Motorball, introducing the rules, game-play, and the top-ranked players and their arsenal of weapons.
From Manga to Screen gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga, “Gunnm,” and the long road to bring it to life on the big screen. the director and producer discuss the origin story of this girl who grows from someone insignificant to a hero. Yukito Kishiro explains his journey from aspiring cartoonist to achieving success with the story of Alita. We slow see how James Cameron fell in love with the character and decided to option for the rights to distribute the film. After working for 5 years on a script, in 2005 pre prediction began. This overlapped with the filming of Avatar which Cameron chose to work on first in order to get a better idea of the technology that could be used to film Alita. Eventually, Cameron handed off he director chair to Robert Rodrigues with an edited script that stayed true to the chore of the manga it was inspired by.
Evolution of Alita is a fantastic featurette that shows how Alita was brought to life, from the casting of Rosa Salazar, to performance capture, and final VFX by WETA Digital. Fans get to see bits of her screen tests and how she was truly made for this role. The dedication to he role can be seen throughout her training for the various facets of Alita which included openhanded combat and sparring.
The producers also go through the various facets of Alita’s body and the evolution from child to warrior. They go into a very detailed explanation of the CGI used to incorporate the design of the actor playing he character into the design of the character to have the emotions show.
Motorball takes us inside Iron City’s favorite pastime, from the origins and evolution of the sport, to rules on how the game is played. We see how the visual effects team takes the detail of the motorball from the manga and recreated it for the fast paced action sequences in the arena.
James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and cast Q&A moderated by Jon Landau. Here we get to see the cast and crew answer fan questions regarding the adaptation of Alita from manga to screen as well as what it was like to create this amazing story.
Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate This is a fun cooking lesson on how to make delicious chocolate like that seen in the movie.
2005 Art Compilation (2019) This featurette shows us James Cameron’s original compilation of concept art for the then-titled “Battle Angel: Alita,” presented with new voiceover and music.
Scene Deconstruction lets us view three different stages of the production – the original live action performance capture, the animation stage, and the final Weta VFX from four different scenes. Fans will be thrilled to be able to toggle between the three stages of the speciation of some of the scenes as they play. Going from the original live action performance to the animation stage and then the final look. The scenes that get this special treatment are:
– I Don’t Even Know My Own Name
– Just an Insignificant Girl
– I’m a Warrior Aren’t I?
– Kansas Bar
Overall, the bonus features give fans everything they hoped for. Showing how the film remained true to the original manga and giving a mind blowing look at the creation of the character from page to CGI. Fans of the original manga and new fans alike won’t want to miss any of the fantastic footage.
Add ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is now available on Digital, 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™.