The stunningly-imagined and blazingly original film by Director Jon Favreau was backed by top moviemakers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
It’s rare when Hollywood takes a chance on a genre-busting film, especially when it’s a Western, which is out of favor these days. But the gamble paid off.
Cowboys & Aliens Blu-ray Bonus Features
IGNITING THE SKY: A comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at the production that invites viewers on set to meet the filmmakers and cast as they create this one-of-a-kind action film.
THE SPECTACLE: A look at the team behind the camera for the film’s massive New Mexico shoot, as the stars ride horses, shoot guns, jump from explosions, and get yanked 80 feet in the air!
OUTER-SPACE ICON: A a closer look at the creation of a new, terrifying alien design from Legacy Effects and Industrial Light and Magic.
A CALL TO ACTION: A profile of prolific actor, writer and director Jon Favreau featuring on-set video diaries shot throughout the production.
ABSOLUTION: A look at the practical re-creation of a dusty Old West mining town
CONVERSATIONS WITH JON FAVREAU: Favreau hosts candid interviews with cast and crew, including: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof.
The film has grossed an estimated $99.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and another $66 million globally for a worldwide gross of $165.6 million.
Oddly, the movie was tepidly reviewed by critics, but it is action packed and mind twisting.
Craig leads an all-star cast that includes Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Ana de la Reguera, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine and Noah Ringer.
The movie is set in 1873 when gunslinger Jake Lonergan (Craig) stumbles into the Arizona town of “Absolution” with no memory of his past and a mysterious metal shackle encircling his wrist.
He encounters Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde (Ford), the autocratic town boss and they form an uneasy alliance when the town is swarmed by aliens from outer space.
With the help of mysterious beauty Ella (Wilde), he assembles a posse to fight against a common enemy, and slowly learns that he holds the key to defeating the aliens.
The DVD and Blu-ray combo pack will hit stores on Dec. 6th. The Blu-ray combo pack retails for $34.98, but you can pre-order it through TheImproper at amazon.com for $23.99 a savings of $10.99, or 31 percent. Just click the link at left.
The Blu-ray pack boasts an upgraded version of Universal’s Second Screen technology that allows viewers to simultaneously control and interact with the film and bonus material on a WiFi-connected tablet or computer as the movie plays on the television screen.
Universal’s exclusive feature that lets the viewer access bonus materials without leaving the movie.