Channing Tatum is getting pretty good at this action hero thing and his latest, White House Down, has arrived on DVD and Blu-Ray further proving this point. Previewed in the White House Down trailer, Tatum is an aspiring secret service agent who has taken his daughter to the titular building for a tour after an interview to achieve his dream job. The meeting did not go so well, and as you can guess the tour doesn’t go so great either.
Terrorists have hit the White House and Tatum winds up saving the president (Jamie Foxx) as the two navigate their way through a bullet and bomb-ridden “America’s House” in an effort to restore the building to American hands and bring justice to those who wish to do her harm.
The best part of the film, as stated in our theatrical White House Down review, is the brotherly and comedic chemistry between Tatum and Foxx. And just behind that in the quality department with this flick is the direction of Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow). The man knows his genre and wields his camera in his usual frenetic pace that truly fits this particular action film.
Given Tatum and Foxx’s penchant for comedy, particularly the latter’s, the gag reel is an absolute joy. Sometimes in action films on home video, the gag reel feels forced, but given the talent in this film, we cannot imagine a DVD and Blu-Ray release without it!
The Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack that Movie Fanatic received contains over an hour of bonus features that are broken down in nine behind-the-scenes featurettes and the aforementioned gag reel.
Given the electric scene that features the presidential limo known as the Beast, the bonus feature The Beast is one of the best. When President Obama took office, he received a similar limo and it’s truly fascinating to get an inside look at this vehicle that is almost another character in White House Down.
Clearly, filmmakers did not shoot in the real White House, and the doc VFX Boundaries Down is a delight in how it shows how Emmerich and his team used blue screens and virtual sets to capture the Washington, D.C. building.
For those who have appreciated the history of the Oval Office, the bonus feature Crashing The Oval Office should be an added treat. In it, filmmakers show how they constructed a complete stunt set of the president’s main office and then sent a massive SUV speeding right through it!
Then, three featurettes truly got our attention above all others, and they all have to do with the talent behind the film. A Dynamic Duo takes viewers inside the chemistry between Tatum and Foxx, while Men Of Action explores budding action hero Tatum’s desire to perform his own stunts and delves deeper into how he trained to execute them. Lastly, a filmmaker who is known for pushing the boundaries of action gets his close-up in Roland Emmerich: Upping The Ante.