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ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 122 minutes, featurettes, London Q&A, motion comics, art compilation, DVD, digital copy
VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (BR), English 5.1 Dolby Digital (DVD), English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 5.1 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 DD, Spanish 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Lightstorm Entertainment/ Troublemaker Studios
RELEASE DATE: 7-23-2018
Alita wakes up in a new cyborg body (with no memory) in Iron City, the last major city after the Fall (about 300 years after the Fall). Iron City lives under the last of the sky cities called Zalem. Alita searches for who she is as she wants to remember who she was. She has a father figure in Doctor Ido (Christoph Waltz) who has mysterious activities that he goes out for each night. She finds love in a young man named Hugo who wants to go to Zalem (and he robs cyborgs of their parts for the Motorball games). Many people in Iron City enjoy the sport of Motorball where a final Champion can be granted entry to Zalem. Ido also has a complicated life when his ex-wife Dr. Chiren (Jennifer Connelly) comes back into the picture and she wants him to work with her on the players for the Motorball games (as she dreams of getting back to Zalem).

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is a fun sci-fi action movie with many moments of drama. It is a movie I wished I had seen in theaters, but I hope a sequel is made (depending on how many copies it sells on DVD/ Blu-ray/ 4K UHD/ Digital since it did make $400 million at the box office which is closing on break even point when you factor in budget/ marketing/ cuts from various theaters in domestic and international markets). The movie has lots of world building and plenty of material that can be expanded on in sequels.

SPECIAL FEATURES;
ALITA’S WORLD- a series of four motion comics (THE FALL, IRON CITY, WHAT IT MENAS TO BE A CYBORG, RULES OF THE GAME) set to dialogue narration and pre-production art
FROM MAGNA TO SCREEN- a look at the journey from the magna to the almost three decade journey of James Cameron wanting to do a movie of it
EVOLUTION OF ALITA- a behind-the scenes look of casting Rosa Salazar, training her physically to do all kind o fighting, her motion capture performance along with eight other people who would handle various stunts, and the animation process of creating a near photo-realistic anime character
MOTORBALL- all about the game of Motorball in the movie and how it was created in the computer

LONDON SCREENING Q&A with actors Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, director Robert Rodriguez, co-writer/ producer James Cameron, and producer Jon Landau
10 MINUTE COOKING SCHOOL: CHOCOLATE- Robert Rodriguez shows you how to make your own special chocolate
2005 ART COMPILATION (2019)- set to dialogue and narration, this 14 minute art gallery tells the initial story of the movie before it was changed a little bit when Robert Rodriguez came on to direct the film adaptation

FINAL ANALYSIS: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL is awesome entertainment with fantastic action and cutting edge visuals. The extras show how much work went into making this movie and they are worth watching if you're curious. I hope a sequel gets made since this movie is only the start of a big universe.

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