“Cowboys & Aliens” Blu-ray Giveaway [ENDED]


To celebrate release of “Cowboys & Aliens”, Media Mikes would like to giveaway FIVE copies of the film on Blu-ray. If you would win one of these great prizes, please leave us a comment below or send us an email and let us know your favorite film by Jon Favreau. This giveaway will be open until Monday December 19th at Noon, Eastern Time and is only open to residents of the United States. Only one entry per person, per household; all other entries will be considered invalid. Once the giveaway ends, Media Mikes will randomly pick out winners and alert the winners via email.

This summer’s movie event becomes the holiday season’s must-own Blu-ray as a lone gunslinger leads an uprising against an alien threat in the explosive, stunningly-imagined film, Cowboys & Aliens.   A blazingly original, cross-genre adventure from acclaimed director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) and top moviemakers Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, Cowboys & Aliens features heart-pumping action, spectacular visuals and a first-rate cast. Arriving in stores December 6th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, the Blu-ray Combo Pack edition of Cowboys & Aliens bring all of the thrills and fun home with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound and includes a never-before-seen extended version of the movie, over two hours of exclusive bonus features, and a DVD and digital copy of the film that can be viewed anywhere, anytime on an array of devices including laptops, tablets, Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes. The Blu-ray also boasts an upgraded version of Universal’s Second Screen—a groundbreaking new technology that enhances the viewing experience by allowing viewers to simultaneously control and interact with the film and bonus material on a WiFi-connected tablet or computer as the movie plays on the television screen.


  • Digital Copy of Cowboys & Aliens – Theatrical Version
  • Second Screen
  • Conversations with Jon Favreau
  • Igniting the Sky: The Making of Cowboys & Aliens
  • Feature Commentary with Director Jon Favreau
  • D-BOX / BD-Live / U-Control / pocket BLU App

Film Review #2 “Cowboys and Aliens”

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Rated: PG 13
Running time: 1 hour 58 mins

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

An action, sci-Fi Thriller set in the Wild West, “Cowboys and Aliens” surprises with a plot that combines both the wild west genre with the sci-fi genre while sticking true to the expectations of both styles.

The movie grabs your attention right away with Jake Lonergan, played by Daniel Craig, waking up in the middle of the desert with no memory, a photo of a pretty girl, and a strange metal brace on his right arm that he can’t remove. The story moves on in to your typical wild west story of man against man for self gain and then surprises you with the sudden introduction of aliens in the wild west, swooping in and boldly abducting people. Enemies join together for a common goal, to get their family and friends back and save the world as they know it. And of course what movie wouldn’t have the few surprises along the way.

Daniel Craig is perfect playing the bad boy turned hero Jake Lonergan, Harrison Ford is bold and brilliant as the rich Cattle Rancher and local bully Woodrow Dolarhyde, and Olivia Wilde is alluring as the svelte Ella Swenson.

Although the movie lacks in a memorable soundtrack, the music fit well. “Cowboys and Aliens” makes up for it in its spectacular acting and well delivered lines. This definitely surpassed my initial expectations. The cinematography was beautiful, casting was absolutely perfect, and the story worked well combining two completely separate genres.

Film Review “Cowboys and Aliens”

Starring:  Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde
Directed by:  Jon Favreau
Rated:  PG 13
Running time:  1 hour 58 mins

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

Let me say at the beginning that the film title is not just a clever name.  “Cowboys and Aliens” is about, well, cowboys.  And aliens.  I’m sure the pitch for it was “John Wayne plus “Dances With Wolves” meets “Alien.”  However it came to be, it’s one hell of a movie.

On a desolate trail three men stumble upon another laying on the ground.  They tell him that they are looking for absolution.  Are they looking for salvation or is that just one of those cool old western town names?  Before we can find out they observe that the man appears to have been shot and is wearing a heavy metal shackle on his wrist.  “Must have escaped from the hoosegow,” one replies.  Thinking him to be an escaped convict, the trio decide to take his clothes and money.  Well, at least they try to.

In the town of Absolution (question answered), Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano), the spoiled son of the town big shot, is drunkenly bothering some of the town folk.  He encounters our desert wanderer (Craig), who has no time for alcoholic hijinx.  Circumstances land both of them in the local jail.  Percy has shot a deputy while the man, who claims to not know who he is, has been identified as Jake Lonergan, who is wanted for robbing a train full of gold.  Percy’s daddy’s gold.  Only Jake doesn’t remember anything.  And what about that funny bracelet on his wrist?

As beautifully shot as an old John Ford western with the action one would expect from the director of “Iron Man,” “Cowboys and Aliens” is a perfect merger of two of the most popular genres ever.  With a list of behind the scenes producers that includes Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, “Cowboys and Aliens” is a great companion piece to this year’s earlier “Super 8,” as both films were made by directors who love the medium they’re working in and are happy to pay homage to the films that came before them.

Craig has a perfect face for a western.  If this were the late 1960s he would be Lee Van Cleef (the “bad” part of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”).  In fact, with this performance and his recurring role as James Bond, Craig may be the baddest man on the planet.  To paraphrase a popular joke, Daniel Craig is so bad that Chuck Norris has his poster on his wall.  As Colonel Dolarhyde, Harrison Ford is equally well cast.  When we first meet him he’s a combination of Bernard’s father in “Billy Jack,” Ben Gazarra in “Road House” and Gene Hackman in “The Quick and the Dead.”  Yet as the film progresses, and Percy and others are snatched up by the title aliens, he begins to realize that life isn’t just gold and power.  Wilde seems to have come from another film, as if the filmmakers realized that they needed a woman on screen in case those in the intended audience brought a date.  Some great actors fill the supporting roles, including Keith Carradine as the town sheriff, Clancy Brown as the local preacher, Sam Rockwell as the owner of the saloon and Adam Beach as a member of Dolarhyde’s crew.  And to give the film a connection to the westerns of the past, Brendan Wayne, grandson of the Duke himself, also appears.

The special effects are well done and the title aliens are pretty darn creepy.  Credit director Favreau with keeping the alien technology as “primitive” as possible.  One of my biggest problems with the second “Star Wars” trilogy was that the ships and weapons were more technologically advanced then the ones in the first trilogy, even though it was earlier in the time line.  As the summer begins to draw to an end, this is certainly one of the films to see before it does.

Check out our review from guest author Desiree Yates, here.