Pacific Rim was one of my favorite films of the summer. The movie was a blast, that rare cinematic outing that knows exactly what it wants to be and then puts every last ounce of energy and gusto into being that thing in the very best way possible. Pacific Rim is like eight-year-old Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham invited us over to their house to play robots vs. monsters, but their parents gave them a $200 million “afternoon fun” budget. That should put a giddy little smile on your face, and as I’ve often said, if you can’t find joy in giant robots punching giant monsters, then you, my friend, are already dead. Pacific Rim is, succinctly, a blast.
If you didn’t check Pacific Rim out in theaters, it hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital formats today. In addition to the movie itself being a damn good time, the combo packs include an audio commentary with del Toro, a ton of behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and a blooper reel (you can actually see some of that right here). Hell, the collector’s edition even comes with a replica of Gipsy Danger’s the Jaeger piloted by Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Make Mori (Rinko Kikuchi). Sadly, it’s not life-sized and functional, but that’s what you people get for not going to see it on opening weekend and driving up the box office. I did and they gave me mine, but then the police confiscated it after I tried to pilot it solo and flattened a neighborhood birthday party.
Bring on the rocket punches!