Big Hero 6, Disney’s first animated Marvel Comics flick, is certainly striking a cinematic chord with moviegoers across the pond. Although the film squared off against another comic book adaptation at the box office, it managed to retain the top spot.
Directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), Big Hero 6 tells the story of a kid who befriends an inflatable robot named Baymax. Since this is a movie based on a Marvel property, it doesn’t take long for our hero and his buddy to form a squadron of like-minded individuals to take down some villains.
Disney’s endeavor earned a highly respectable $218 million at the box office in the United States; as of this writing, Big Hero Six has earned approximately $505 million around the world. Considering the flick is still going strong in the UK, that total is sure to grow before its theatrical run officially comes to a close.
Big Hero 6 certainly faced some stiff competition at the overseas cineplex. Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, an adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic book series The Secret Service, snagged second place at the box office. Meanwhile, The Guardian points out that James Franco and Seth Rogen’s controversial comedy The Interview barely managed to crack the top 10.
If you missed Big Hero 6 during its jaunt through theaters in the U.S., you’re in luck. The box-office hit is presently scheduled to hit Blu-ray and DVD on February 24. Judging from the review of the Blu-ray posted at Geeks of Doom, those with high-quality home entertainment systems are in for a serious treat.
“Big Hero 6‘s rich color palette reveals itself in magnificent form here, crisp and wonderful. The quintessential flight scene shows this off most rewardingly. Most any scene feels immersive due to the meticulous sound editing and well-realized world that the crew produced here. Henry Jackman’s A-level soundtrack may become even more apparent and appreciated upon listening to it while watching the movie from the comfort of your couch.”
For those who have cast off the shackles of physical media, Big Hero 6 is also available for a plethora of VOD services, including iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. Of course, you’ll have to forego all the nifty special features found on the Blu-ray, but that’s the price you pay for ability to watch the flick across a wide range of mobile devices.
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