Disney had hopes of launching a movie series based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter of Mars" novels, but the box-office results and critical response may make this first effort the only entry.
Taylor Kitsch gets plenty of chances to show off his work with a physical trainer in the title role, a Civil War veteran spirited to the red planet in the hope he'll help the native inhabitants win a war. Lynn Collins plays the princess who entices him. Willem Dafoe gives a motion-capture performance in a cast that also includes Samantha Morton and Thomas Haden Church. DVD extras: "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by cast and crew. ** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times