While I didn’t find Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance to be the immense clusterf*ck that most of my peers did, I wouldn’t really recommend the film to anyone. That being said, if you’re already a fan of the film – or a Neveldine/Taylor completionist – then June 12th could be your lucky day.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced DVD ($30.99), Blu-ray ($35.99) and 3D Blu-ray ($45.99) releases of Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance for June 12th. The only extra material on the DVD release will be deleted scenes, and an UltraViolet digital copy of the film. The Blu-ray releases will include all that, plus a Directors’ Expanded Video Commentary, and a 6-part making of documentary (“Blazing a New Path”, “Patience Is Not a Virtue: Pre-Production”, “We Will Burn This City To Bitter Ashes”, “To Hell and Back: Production”, “Walking in Both Worlds: Moving into Post-Production”, “The Fires of Hell Will Purify You: Release”). The 3D Blu-ray will also include an exclusive 3D Featurette: “Riding Into Another Dimension”.
For those of you considering spending an extra 10 bucks on the 3D version, beware. It’s a post conversion.
Nicolas Cage is very Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D. I know some people take umbrage with some of the man’s more eccentric performance choices, but I’ve never found him less than interesting. It’s kind of fascinating how he can oscillate from great, character-based, stuff like Adaptation and Matchstick Men to something “big” like Con Air or Ghost Rider 2. And he certainly brings it big in Ghost Rider 2.
“In the successor to the worldwide hit ‘Ghost Rider,’ Johnny – still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.”
I recently had a chance to sit down with Cage in New York for a quick chat covering his new stint as Johnny Blaze, his upcoming thriller with John Cusack The Frozen Ground and what kind of deal he’d make with the devil. As per his reputation, he was a complete gentleman and gave some surprisingly open responses.
Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance 3D hits theaters on February 17th. It also stars Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido, Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.
Hit the jump to check out my interview with Cage as well as a quick few words with Johnny Whitworth, the film’s big bad guy. READ MORE
While Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor’s Gamer was a horrible film, it was hard to ignore the “interesting” filming techniques from the directors of Crank. UKPA caught up with star Nicolas Cage on his Season of the Witch promotion tour where he talked a bit about working with the duo on the now-filming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D. Cage explains that Neveldine and Taylor will continue using their “wild” techniques: “The director’s on rollerblades and hanging from wires with the camera, holding on to the motorcycle and it’s going to be really wild.” The star also promised the sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, would be quite different from the first film. “(It’s going to be) very different. A completely new experience and that’s how the directors choose to see it. I mean there’s even a new origin sequence.” We’ll see just how different it is on February 17, 2012.