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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)


Released:  Thursday, February 14, 2019  
Length:  122 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Rating: Alita: Battle Angel is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Alita: Battle Angel Synopsis

Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

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Free Screenings Offered for Alita: Battle Angel  1/29/2019 2:14 PM EST
Twentieth Century Fox is inviting fans across the country to be the very first to experience the highly-anticipated action-adventure epic ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL from producers James Cameron and Jon Landau (AVATAR) and director Robert Rodriguez on Thursday, January 31 at 7 PM EST/PST/C.  Fans at selected theaters will get to see a conversation with the filmmakers and cast including James Cameron, Jon ...  More>>

Alita: Battle Angel 4K Review

Alita: Battle Angel 4K Review
Alita: Battle Angel is a film that was a long time in the making. James Cameron first read  Yukito Kishiro's Manga, Gunnm, twenty years ago. He wanted to make this into a film but due to his "Avatar" projects, "Alita" was put on the back burner. As time went on Cameron knew that he just couldn't fit the film into his schedule and handed the project off to  Robert Rodriguez (Machete). Finally, on Valentine's Day 2019, the film was released and went on to become Rodriguez's highest-grossing film ever with $404 million worldwide. Now, you can enjoy "Alita: Battle Angel" in the comfort of your home with the release of the 4K Blu-ray, out now.

The film takes place in 2563, 300 years after "The Fall", an interplanetary war that devastated Earth. We meet Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz; Inglorious Basterds), a scientist who still lives on Earth. He comes across a disembodied cyborg with a functional head with an intact brain. He brings her back to "life" after fitting her with a new body in his clinic and names her Alita (Rosa Salazar; Divergent Series: Insurgent). After she comes to, they realize that she has amnesia; however, she has flashbacks of a battle. They also realize that she knows the ancient art of Panzer Kunst. These new mysterious realizations bring her to explore the game of Motor Ball. 

Dr. Dyson Ido used to create Motor Ball champions, and though Alita enlisted his help with the sport, he was reluctant because one of his creations went awry, killing his daughter. In the meantime, Alita works as a Hunter-Warrior, which is Sky City's way of keeping law and order on the ground. She is also beginning to remember more from her past. She discovers that she was once an enemy hunting Nova, who is the ruler of Sky City.

Rosa Salazar played the role of Alita with ease, bringing humanity and warmth to her character. Christoph Waltz is always a favorite, and this film is yet another example of his talent. Keean Johnson also gives a good performance as Alita's love interest, Hugo, and Mahershala Ali (Green Book)  masterfully portrays Vector. The cast is rounded out by  Jennifer Connelly (Only the Brave) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool).

The 2160p high definition video offered on the 4K disc is the perfect format to view this film.  The details are incredibly sharp allowing the view the ability to appreciate how much has gone into creating the people and machinery presented.  The Dolby Atmos audio has a depth and range that gives the audience a truly layered auditory treat.  

The following extras are included in this title:

*Alita's World is comprised of different animated shorts about the characters and storyline.

 - The Fall 
 - Iron City 
 - What It Means to Be a Cyborg 
 - Rules of the Game

*From Manga to Screen  - This feature shows how the manga story is brought to the big screen.

*Evolution of Alita - A look at the title character.

*Motorball - A look at the game in the film.

*London Screening Q & A - footage of the screening featuring James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, and Jennifer Connelly.

*10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate 

*2005 Art Compilation (2019) - This feature highlights paintings along with a narrated story.

*Scene Deconstruction 

 - I Don't Even Know My Name

 - Just an Insignificant Girl

 - I'm a Warrior, Aren't I?

 - Kansas Bar

While the cast was impressive, the script wasn't quite up to par. There were many questions left answered, which could be an opening for a sequel, but I felt like the film was a bit rushed. However, even with this criticism, I still really enjoyed this film and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. This will make a great addition to your home entertainment collection.

Grade: B


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