When news of a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 kaiju smash-em-up Pacific Rim surfaced a couple of years back, excitement among the film’s hardcore fans was palpable. Further news soon reached us that del Toro wouldn’t be returning to direct Pacific Rim prising, though, and we suddenly weren’t sure what to expect from the follow-up outing.
The new man calling the shots was announced to be Steven S. DeKnight, who had only previously helmed TV, including Daredevil, Smallville, and Angel. What would DeKnight do with the CGI-heavy world of del Toro’s Jaegers? We were very curious to find out.
In Uprising, previous star Charlie Hunnam was replaced with the arguably much more agreeable presence of John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack The Block) and he was joined by Scott Eastwood (the eerily uncanny-looking son of Clint). Returning Pacific Rim vets Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi and Burn Gorman rounded out the cast, along with newcomers Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) and Adria Arjona (Emerald City), and all of them – in this writer’s opinion – gave the whole thing a bloody good go, delivering a film that didn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but that did offer a surprisingly fun night out at the cinema, all things considered.
You’ll be able to grab a copy of Pacific Rim Uprising via 4K UHD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Steelbook on June 19 and digital some time before that. There’ll likely be a few different sleeves available across different retailers. As always, we’ll keep our hopes up for a possible lenticular cover here at Den Of Geek, if one’s available. They’re just cooler; that’s a scientific fact, people (please do not research this).
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Here’s the extra content you can expect to find on the discs…
Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Steven S. DeKnight
Hall of Heroes – John Boyega takes us through the awesome weaponry and cutting-edge enhancements of the latest generation of Jaegers featured in the film.
Bridge to Uprising – The cast and crew discuss how the world of Pacific Rim has changed in the ten years since the events of the original film.
The Underworld of Uprising – Humanity won the Kaiju War, but every war has casualties. John Boyega and Steven S. DeKnight give a tour of the coastal ‘Relief Zones.’
Becoming Cadets – Step into the Shatterdome, and learn the grueling physical and mental preparation required of the young actors who portrayed the PPDC cadets.
Unexpected Villain – Learn the secret reason that turned one of the most beloved heroes of the original film into a villain obsessed with humanity’s destruction.
Next Level Jaegers – The cast and crew discuss the amazing technological advances of the Jaeger program in the years since the events of the original film.
I Am Scrapper – Actress Cailee Spaeny shares the backstory of Scrapper, Amara’s incredible self-built Jaeger and its many unique abilities.
Going Mega – Filmmakers take us through the technical and creative challenges of creating the most deadly threat the Pan Pacific Defense Corp has ever faced: the Mega Kaiju!
Secrets of Shao – Meet the woman behind Shao Industries. Actress Tian Jing shares her insights on the enigmatic tech tycoon Liwen Shao.
Mako Returns – Actress Rinko Kikuchi and director Steven S. DeKnight explain the significance of Mako Mori’s return and her importance to the events of Pacific Rim Uprising.
Feature Commentary with Director Steven S. DeKnight
As always, we remind you that extra content can end up varying by format and retailer.