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Battle Angel Video Details How The Villain Was Created For The Film

"It was truly a unique experience."

Adapted from the manga series of the same name, Alita: Battle Angel is the story of a cyborg whose looks are deceiving. She may be small, but she has the ability to rip out your spine if need be. The feature-length film released back in February, and next month, the movie will get a home release loaded with special features.

On July 9, Alita: Battle Angel will get a digital release and on July 23, physical copies will arrive on 4K, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Each version of the movie is packed with special features. In the video above from the "Allies and Adversaries" section--which details the creation of each of these characters for the film--the cast, production, and director talk about adapting the movie's villain, Grewishka, for the big screen, from digitally mapping him to actor Jackie Earle Haley playing the part. "Coming here, and doing performance capture, playing a 9-foot-tall cyborg that's completely CG, and It was truly a unique experience," explained Haley.

The digital edition of the movie has the most bang for your buck, containing everything that is in both the DVD and Blu-ray version of the movie, in addition to coming out a couple weeks before the physical release. Some of the highlights contained within the special features are James Cameron's original concept art from back in 2005 with new voiceover, the previously mentioned "Allies and Adversaries," and an in-depth look at Motorball, Iron City's favorite sport.

Below, you'll find the full list of special features for each version of the home release of Alita: Battle Angel. If you want more on Battle Angel, check out our interview with director Robert Rodriguez about his cameo in the movie, as well as his explanation of why the main character's eyes are so big.

DVD/Blu-ray/Digital Features

  • Alita's World Featurette: The Fall, Iron City, What it means to be a Cyborg, and Rules of the game
  • From Manga to screen feature

Blu-ray/Digital Features

  • Evolution of Alita
  • Motorball
  • James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez, and cast Q&A
  • 2005 Art Compilation
  • Scene Deconstruction: I don't even know my own name, Just an insignificant girl, I'm a warrior, aren't I?, and Kansas Bar

Digital Features

  • Musical Themes
  • Tour of Streets of Iron City: Iron City, Scrapyard, Ido's Clinic, Cathedral, Ambush Alley, Vector's Office and the Factory, and Kansas Bar
  • Allies and Adversaries: Zapan, Dr. Ido, Grewishka, Nyssiana, Romo, McTeague, Vector, Chiren, and Hugo
  • 2016 Art reel
  • Theatrical trailers
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