Movie Review: GRAVITY

GRAVITY movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Writers: Alfonso Cuaron & Jonas Cuaron Director: Alfonso Cuaron Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: October 4, 2013 Director/writer Alfonso Cuaron proves two things with GRAVITY. The first is he is one of a tiny band of directors – James Cameron being the patron saint of the group – who is actually use 3D in a manner that is integral rather than a fancy afterthought. In the midst of a terrifying sequence, a piece of metal comes flying off the screen and we’re so immersed in what’s happening that we actually flinch away from […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY 3D

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL WORLDS AWAY | ©2013 Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment

Stars: Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, Lutz Halbhubner Writer: Andrew Adamson Director: Andrew Adamson Distributor: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $54.99 Cirque Du Soleil always promises to produce a thrilling visual spectacle that will amaze the audience whether you are attending a live performance or watching in the comfort of your own home. For years the directors have been creating award-winning extravaganzas that enthrall the eyes and ears while pushing the boundaries of design in many fields. While the artists on the floor defy gravity the technicians in the background make set pieces that seem to defy the laws […]Read On »

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CD Review: SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D soundtrack

SILENT HILL REVELATION 3D soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

Just like every zombie-hardened heroine who inevitably gets pulled into a Japanese video game-turned-movie nether-realm, composer Jeff Danna has racked up enough points to start his own tour guide business after his contributions to RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE and SILENT HILL. Now six years after he abetted the original game themes of Akira Yamaoka, Danna returns to the town with SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D that dare not speak its name to give even more original musical meat to the eerie fairy tale bells that’ve stood for the franchise long before it became film. Danna certainly has his crash-bang percussion work cut […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DREDD 3D

DREDD 3D movie poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris Writer: Alex Garland, based on the JUDGE DREDD comic created by John Wagner and Carlos Esquerra Director: Pete Travis Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 21, 2012 Apart from shared comic book origins, DREDD 3D has nothing to do with the 1995 Sylvester Stallone starrer JUDGE DREDD (or the 1997 and 2003 iterations). This is a good thing, as the new version has a sense of internal coherence that helps us take it seriously on its own terms. Director Pete Travis makes good use of 3D and slow motion to […]Read On »

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Interview: BRAVE co-director and writer Mark Andrews reaches for the Highlands

Merida in BRAVE | ©2012 Disney Pixar

In BRAVE, the latest 3D animated offering from Disney/Pixar, we’re in the Scottish Highlands of the distant past, where clan loyalty is precarious and magic still affects mortal lives. Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, starts out rebelling against the future laid out by her strict but loving mother Queen Elinor (voiced by Emma Thompson), but winds up fighting for her family’s survival and peace in the kingdom when a spell goes awry and turns Elinor into a bear. BRAVE doesn’t look quite like any film that’s come before, which is intentional. Director/writer Mark Andrews (who shares directing credit with […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Yes, STAR TREK 2 will be in 3D, but post-converted according to J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams at the SUPER 8 celebrates the Blu-ray and DVD release | ©2011 Su Schneider

As J.J. Abrams fears up to direct STAR TREK 2, rumors of characters and plots have been bubbling to the surface, yet there is one thing that is concrete – the movie will be in 3D. J.J. Abrams spoke briefly about what’s happening with STAR TREK 2 while promoting his new show ALCATRAZ at today’s FOX TCA press tour. “The studio wanted to do [3D] and I didn’t want to,” says Abrams. “When I saw parts of the first movie converted though, I thought, ‘it’s okay with them doing it, as long as I could shoot the movie I wanted […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TRON: LEGACY

TRON: LEGACY and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC - 5 disc Blu-ray and DVD set | ©2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hudlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen Writers: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sterndahl, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird Director: Joseph Koskinski Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 (2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo), $49.99 (4-disc Blu-ray combo includes 3D Blu-ray version), $79.99 (5-disc combo includes both TRON: LEGACY in 3D and 2D Blu-ray and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC in Blu-ray) Credit has to be given to the TRON: LEGACY filmmakers for going […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC

TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray | ©2011 Disney

Rating: PG Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan Writers: Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird Director: Steven Lisberger Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 (2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo), $79.99 (5-disc combo includes both TRON: LEGACY in 3D and 2D Blu-ray and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC in Blu-ray) Perhaps the most anticipated film on Blu-ray this Spring  is not TRON: LEGACY, but rather TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC which is finally getting its long overdue Blu-ray treatment. You almost expected Disney to put out the Blu-ray edition of the original before TRON: LEGACY hit theaters this past December, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Where will TRON 3 go? Original TRON director Steven Lisberger reveals his thoughts on a third film – Part 2

Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund in TRON: LEGACY | ©2010 Disney Enterprises

When director Steven Lisberger created TRON in 1982, he had no idea he would be influencing a whole new generation (and foreshadowing the computer revolution that was on the horizon). Now 28 years after his seminal film, the sequel TRON: LEGACY finally arrived with Lisberger producing and Joe Kosinski taking the helm. The film finds Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) trapped in the computer grid of his own making and held hostage by a young, computer program version of himself dubbed Clu. It’s up to Flynn’s grown-up son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to enter the computer world to save him. TRON: LEGACY […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Original TRON director Steven Lisberger revisits his 1982 classic on Blu-ray – Part 1

TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray | ©2011 Disney

While much attention has been pointed toward the TRON: LEGACY reboot  that hit theaters in December and just hit Blu-ray this week, it’s time to remind people that the original TRON from 1982 was just as daring and ground-breaking. Co-written and directed by Steven Lisberger  (who also produced LEGACY), TRON was one of many landmark films to arrive in the summer of 1982 (THE THING, E.T., BLADE RUNNER, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KAHN and so on) and it utilized state-of-the-art techniques to create a digital world where User Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is sucked into a computer to […]Read On »

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