We have to say we’re pleased with the massive list of special features for the home video release of Alita: Battle Angel, which was announced today. A lot of today’s movies don’t put nearly as much effort into their disc versions as they did in the glory days of the 2000s, but not Alita. Alita does it right, with a mountain of extras larger than the title character’s eyeballs.

Alita: Battle Angel Blu-ray™ Special Features

  • Alita’s World – get a deeper look into the world of Alita: Battle Angel with these dynamic motion comics.
    • The Fall – a look back at the terrible war that almost destroyed two planets and set the stage for the cyborg warrior Alita’s return 300 years later.
    • Iron City – Hugo gives a guided tour of the Iron City he knows, showing off its dark corners and broken-down neighborhoods.
    • What it Means to be a Cyborg – hunter-warrior Zapan tracks his mark across Iron City while musing about what it means to be a cyborg.
    • Rules of the Game – A high-octane “crash course” in Motorball, introducing the rules, game-play, and the top-ranked players and their arsenal of weapons.
  • From Manga to Screen – a behind-the-scenes look into the origins of Yukito Kishiro’s beloved manga, “Gunnm,” and the long road to bring it to life on the big screen.
  • Evolution of Alita – how Alita was brought to life, from the casting of Rosa Salazar, to performance capture, and final VFX by WETA Digital.
  • Motorball – go inside Iron City’s favorite pastime, from the origins and evolution of the sport, to rules on how the game is played.
  • James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and cast Q&A moderated by Jon Landau.
  • Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Cooking School: Chocolate – a cooking lesson on how to make delicious chocolate like that seen in the movie.
  • 2005 Art Compilation (2019) – James Cameron’s original compilation of concept art for the then-titled “Battle Angel: Alita,” presented with new voiceover and music.
  • Scene Deconstruction – view three different stages of the production – the original live action performance capture, the animation stage, and the final Weta VFX from four different scenes
    • I Don’t Even Know My Own Name
    • Just an Insignificant Girl
    • I’m a Warrior Aren’t I?
    • Kansas Bar

What more could you ask for? We actually have an answer, because there IS more — the only downside is that this material is not on the disc. It’s part of the digital version (which you get a code for when you buy the Blu-Ray) and presumably it will stream from your player’s wi-fi, but the fact that it’s not hard-coded into the physical release means this stuff will disappear at some point:

  • Streets of Iron City – Director Robert Rodriguez gives a set tour of Iron City, with cast and crew insights, and a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s creation.

    • Iron City
    • Scrapyard
    • Ido’s Clinic
    • Cathedral
    • Ambush Alley
    • Vector’s Office and the Factory
    • Kansas Bar
  • Allies and Adversaries – meet the allies and adversaries that Alita encounters in Iron City.

    • Zapan
    • Dr. Dyson Ido
    • Grewishka
    • Nyssiana
    • Romo
    • McTeague
    • Vector
    • Chiren
    • Hugo
  • Production Materials – explore the initial vision for the movie with art reels from 2005 and 2016.
    • 2005 Art Compilation (2019) – James Cameron’s original compilation of concept art for the then-titled “Battle Angel: Alita,” presented with new voiceover and music.
    • 2016 Art Reel – Lightstorm Entertainment and Robert Rodriguez’s 2016 compilation of concept art reflecting the design of the final film.
  • Theatrical Trailers

    • Alita – Official Trailer

    • Alita – Battle Ready Trailer

The last thing we have to share is the release date…..Alita: Battle Angel comes to DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray and digital July 23. You even get the 3D version, which they rarely both with anymore.

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