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Pacific Rim’s Blooper Real Is One Giant Robot-Sized Barrel Of Laughs

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PacRimBloopWith the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases of Pacific Rim just around the corner, the first extra from the set, the blooper reel, has made its way to the Internet, and so we pass it on to you. I’m pretty sure we’d be showing you guys even if it was terrible, so it helps that its pretty funny and well delivered. (And no, it isn’t just a montage of Charlie Hunnam’s actual performance in the movie, so put your sarcasm to better use.)

As you might expect, there is a lot of Charlie Day seen here, as he is the obvious comic relief both in the film and in his normal TV gig on FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, one of the greatest series of all time. And though he isn’t sniffing glue or acting as if he can’t read or write, Day is still good for some chuckles here, and we can see just how much freedom director Guillermo del Toro may have given him for the more incidental dialogue.

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Guillermo Del Toro’s Simpsons Halloween Intro References Pacific Rim, World War Z, And Every Horror Movie Ever

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Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday. I’m a sucker for a good costume, and people generally have a lot more fun when they don’t look or act like themselves. I also eagerly await the end of October because of the consistently awesome Simpsons Halloween special. This year’s Halloween send-up may be the most anticipated ever, as “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” (what is this, the Superbowl?) was developed (at least in part) by none other than Guillermo del Toro, who also directed this freakin’ amazing opening sequence. Hells yeah!

Hitchcock would be jealous. Oh, right, he’s in the opening. Damn, I love The Birds. Who knew they could be so creepy? At least, before we knew about avian flu.

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Pacific Rim Is The Highest Grossing Original Live-Action Film Of The Year

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Pacific RimThere were definitely a handful of polarizing science fiction movies released this past summer, namely Star Trek Into Darkness and Pacific Rim. While Star Trek has decreased in quality after multiple viewings, conversely Pacific Rim seems to be a much better film after watching it again and again. You fall into the world Guillermo del Toro created and marvel as its amazing imagery and spectacle dazzles you. Although the film has yet to receive a sequel greenlight from Warner Bros., its increasing box office might make the movie studio reconsider.

As reported on ComicBook.com, Pacific Rim is the highest grossing live-action film based on an original story or concept in 2013. Year after year, we see the worldwide box office dominated by sequels, remakes, and reboots, so it’s refreshing to see an original movie perform so well with audiences around the world. As it stands, Pacific Rim received higher grosses internationally, with $305.8 million coming from foreign markets, while domestically it took in $101.4 million, for a worldwide total of $407.2 million.

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Pacific Rim Shows You How They Made That Kickass Intro

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim wasn’t the most celebrated science fiction movie of 2013. Critics gave the movie middling to lukewarm reviews, while audiences in the States generally opted not to watch it. The film wasn’t a total box office bomb, but its domestic grosses fell way short of expectations. Meanwhile, the film was a smash film overseas with countries like China, Japan, and Brazil contributing to its $406.7 million worldwide box office take. Love it or hate it, Pacific Rim is a spectacle tailor made for giant movie screens.

One element that helps deliver a believable experience is the film’s amazing visual effects and art direction. Del Toro sets the film in fully realized worlds full of moving parts and a great attention to detail. The video above, which also includes over 80 fast-paced visual effects shots, showcases what went into creating giant Jaegers and Kaiju featured in Pacific Rim. The production budget was a reported $190 million, and you can see every dollar spent onscreen. No matter how you feel about the movie itself; you have to admit this is jaw-dropping stuff.

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Pacific Rim Comes To Blu-Ray This October, Collector’s Set Comes With A Small Freakin’ Robot

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PacRimGuillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has been quite the roller coaster ride. And we’re not even talking about the movie itself (which was great fun), but rather the less-entertaining but still eventful business side of the equation. Although the flick was much-anticipated by many genre fans, and earned plenty of good early buzz, the naysaying kicked into a high gear in the weeks preceding its theatrical release. When it finally hit theaters, it opened soft here in the States, but then went on to do very well overseas, and in the last week of August it passed the $400 million mark worldwide, and it recently crossed $100 million domestically as well, meaning we might just get that sequel after all. In the meantime, you’ll just have to settle for the home video release of Pacific Rim, complete with a very snazzy Jaeger statue…assuming you opt for the Collector’s Edition.

Pacific Rim will hit shelves on October 15th, and as is typical with any major release these days, it’ll be available in multiple different versions and price points, the better to part you with your money. The big kahuna — or maybe big Kaiju is more appropriate — is the four-disc Collector’s edition 3D Blu-ray combo pack, which includes (deep breath) a 3D Blu-ray disc, a standard Blu-ray, a DVD, a digital download, and a bonus disc with bonus features. That monster lists for $64.99, but you can pre-order it via Amazon for $45.49 as of this posting. If that’s more than your wallet can stand, the standard 3D Blu-ray combo pack lists for $44.95, the Blu-ray combo pack lists for $35.99 and the DVD for $28.98 (currently going for $24.99 and $19.99 on Amazon, respectively).

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Concept Art Round-Up: Pacific Rim’s Monsters And Elysium’s Aircraft

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PR5One of the great things about science fiction in TV, film, or games is that there is inevitably tons of cool behind-the-scenes stuff to dive into. If you want to learn every little detail of how the movie was made, chances are you can do just that thanks to Blu-rays and the Internet. One of my favorite elements to pore over is concept art. It’s always fascinating to see the ways various elements of a property evolved as the story was being realized, both the dead ends and the ideas that made it all the way to the final product in one form or another. Today we’ve got a ton of cool concept art from two of the summer’s big science fiction releases: Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium.

First up, some early designs for Pacific Rim’s Kaiju — the giant critters who emerge from an interdimensional rift at the bottom of the Pacific. The movie’s tagline was “To fight monsters, we created monsters,” and artist Guy Davis was one of the people helping to create the film’s monsters. What’s cool to me about his work is that you can see ones that very obviously were approaching the final “style” for Pac Rim’s Kaiju, but there are also quite a few designs that don’t look anything like what we got in the movie. I particularly like the centipede-looking thing with the four tentacles around its mouth (at the top of this story). You can also read an interview with Davis about working on Pacific Rim over on Legendary’s website.