The blockbuster sequel Taken 2 will bow on Blu-ray and DVD January 15, 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment with a slew of extra features that look pretty enticing. The Blu-ray will include both the theatrical cut and a new Unrated cut. Other features include something called the “Black Ops Field Manual,” the interactive feature “Tools of the Trade,” deleted and extended scenes, a special effects featurette, and perhaps most intriguingly – a 20-minute alternate ending. Now that should be interesting.

The DVD version contains the theatrical cut along with the alternate ending and FX featurette.

Official synopsis: “Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife (Famke Janssen) hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one.”

Taken 2 was produced by Luc Besson, director of the original Taken, and directed by Olivier Megaton (Colombiana, Transporter 3). Fans of Bryan Mills and his “particular set of skills” (an audience that has pushed Taken 2 to a $360 million worldwide gross) will certainly want to mark their calendars for January 15, 2013. More coverage to come!

Photos: Twentieth Century Fox

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