Even though this 3D Blu-ray version of ‘Conan the Barbarian’ came out in the latter part of 2011, I am taking the time to review it now as it actually plays better on a 3D HDTV than the movie did in theaters.
A large part of the reason it played better for me at home was because my new viewing experience was actually enhanced by my Samsung 47-inch HDTV screen, as opposed to the lackluster, much dimmer movie theater screen image I viewed ‘Conan 3D’ in when it first came out.
I can see why U.S. movie audiences just don’t feel they are getting their money’s worth when being charged an extra $4: theatrical 3D movie screens are not nearly as bright as they need to be. I’ll be bringing up this glaring issue in later blog posts, so keep this blog bookmarked for future reference.
This 3D revision of the old ‘Conan’ movie starring Arnold Schwartzenegger starts off with a very young Conan watching his father (Ron Perlman) getting murdered by the leader of an opposing clan, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang). Seeking revenge for his father’s death, the now grown Conan (Jason Momoa) begins his quest to find Zym and kill him by any means necessary, though the means is usually with a huge sword.
Conan kills everyone in his path during his bloody quest and comes across a young woman who is being hunted for her magical powers by Zym and his daughter Monique (Rose McGowan). The movie’s third act is all about Conan attempting to protect this young woman by eradicating both Zym and his daughter.
Though the plot of this 3D Blu-ray movie is less than satisfying, the movie’s director, Marcus Nispel, really cranks up the action sequences by using slow motion film techniques while Conan proceeds to chop his victim’s heads, arms and legs apart with his heavy sword.
Definitely not for the weak-hearted, these bloody and violent film sequences really jump out at you while viewing the 3D Blu-ray DVD on your HDTV. So if you like the bloody stuff in your 3D movies, I would have to recommend this movie for your growing 3D Blu-ray library as there really is not a wide variety of adult-oriented 3D titles out on Blu-ray as of yet.
This movie’s main weak points comes from McGowan’s dismal acting ability while playing the role of Monique. She has a way of grating on the viewer in every scene that she is in because of her whining and sniveling while trying to suck up to her evil father as they attempt to locate and slaughter the young woman with supernatural powers they need to become immortal.
But, if you can overlook McGowan’s pitiful performance and if you can find this 3D movie on Amazon for less than $20, you really should consider purchasing the 3D Blu-ray DVD right away.
Jennifer Lawrence is primarily known for her amazing portrayal of Katniss in the mega-blockbuster ‘The Hunger Games’. But for people in the know, she is also well regarded for her ability to portray a white trash girl looking for her no-good father in the equally compelling ‘Winter’s Bone.’
In that movie, Lawrence’s uncanny ability to make the audience feel for her every time she was endangered by her father’s drug-dealing friends while trekking through one crack-infested home after another, brought her huge acclaim by movie critics (including me) world-wide.
Her latest movie, ‘The House at the End of the Street’ is to be released on September 21st of 2012, and is quite a departure from ‘The Hunger Games’ but will make fans of ‘Winter’s Bone’ pleased, as Lawrence is bringing that same type of visceral ‘impending horror’ type of acting to the forefront yet again.
The movie has a bit of a twist in the plot, as the movie works it’s way backwards while showing the audience the bloody aftereffects of a brutal killing that has taken place in a fairly typical American suburb. Even though this movie has a lower budget than any other movie I’ve written about for Cutting Edge Movies, the plot has a cutting edge that should make fans of ‘Winter’s Bone’ and it’s ilk seek out the movie when it’s released in a few months.
When director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) decided to develop a modern monster movie that resembled the type of Saturday afternoon monster flicks of his youth, such as “Mothra” and “Godzilla”, he came to the conclusion that the movie should be filmed with modern-day sophisticated cameras, but without all the fancy CGI graphics used in such films as “Transformers”.
The way he avoided using heavy CGI effects was by building entire movie sets out of hydraulics and by telling the model creators that he wanted full-scale movable robots on the set at all times so his actors could react against the real villains of the movie while acting out their scenes.
The plot of ‘Pacific Rim’ evolves around a future Earth in which huge monsters from the sea must be destroyed by robotic weaponry using gigantic robots known as Jaegars. These robots are manned by military personnel whose duty it is to blow these creatures out of the water before they can hit land.
Talking on the set of his movie, del Toro discussed the emotions behind these robots who are fighting for the free world, ”I wanted each robot to have a personality and for you to feel when the robot gets hurt, or when the robot wins,” said Del Toro. “I want to make the audience feel for those machines as much as they feel for the humans — and also, frankly, for the kaiju.”
The more emotional impact of this movie occurs between one of the robot pilots played by Charlie Hunman, a washed-up military veteran and his interactions with a young Japanese robot pilot, played by Rinko Kikuchi (Babel). These two must work together to fend off the destructive monsters while working out there distaste/love for each other.
It appears as though old-fashioned monster movies in the 1960′s vein of Japanese imported flicks will be making a big comeback in 2013, if this movie as well as the re-boot of “Godzilla” has anything to say about it. ‘Pacific Rim’ will be released in July of 2013.
In my estimation, modern movie 3D is still in its infancy when it comes to bringing exciting new visuals to more adult-oriented fantasy epics. But it looks like the new movie based on Frank Baum’s original novels in the ‘Oz’ series, “Oz-The Great and Powerful” will breathe new life into the ‘Oz’ series as it is being shot in native 3D.
Just take a look at the newest picture of this insanely colorful future movie and check out the deep, rich textures that director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, SpiderMan) has created for this movie, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams.
The only sad part of this new movie being made for modern audiences is the fact that the producers do not have the rights to use the major characters from the Judy Garland ‘Oz’ in the new one. This means that the iconic ‘Oz’ characters like Tin Man and Scarecrow will not be seen.
The new 3D epic will be based on Baum’s first three ‘Oz’ novels and it features a small-time magician named Diggs (Franco) who comes to Oz from Kansas via a tornado (sound familiar?). After landing at Oz, Diggs runs into three witches played by Williams, Kunis and Rachel Weitz.
Some of these witches are good, some are bad and it is up to Diggs to use any magic he has available in order to figure out how to increase his magical powers in order to escape the clutches of the bad witches. Disney, the studio producing this new film, is betting that the name of ‘Oz’ will bring new and old audiences to the movie. The movie is due to hit theaters on March 8th, 2013.
If you have not yet seen the true 3D preview of Ang Lee’s upcoming fantasy 3D film entitled “Life of Pi”, you really owe it to yourself to find a way to view it ASAP. Before I viewed the 20th Century Fox 3D feature, “Prometheus”, I was lucky enough to see the preview for “Pi”, which consisted of a ten-minute segment featuring a young man with a tiger in the middle of the ocean. (see a photo of the clip below)
The huge Siberian tiger is trapped on a very small boat with the young man and we see the man attack the tiger with the boat’s oar in order to catch some of the flying fish that leap out onto the boat very early in the small segment I viewed.
This amazing sequence really shows the world exactly how proper 3D film making techniques can imbue a fantasy movie with a real cutting edge vibrancy, effectively creating ‘true’ magic while letting the audience explore the made-up fantasy world for themselves.
‘Life of Pi’ is based on the very dense book of the same name and will deal heavily with spiritual themes, different religious views and all other sorts of thought provoking moral conjectures and theories on human existence. Very heady stuff, indeed, and I am very glad to see a 3D movie made for the adults out there who would prefer to see an uplifting Oscar-worthy 3D film over another ‘Avengers’ super-hero type of movie.
The movie opens on December, 14th, 2012 in both 2D and Real 3D movie theaters.
Written by Rob Mead
Not only is the word coming out of media/journalism entertainment world very favorable when it comes to early reviews on the latest Batman flick, “The Dark Knight Rises”, the movie is also shattering the lame rumors that have plagued Christopher Nolan’s final film in the Batman trilogy as well.
The first rumor to be dispelled was the problem actually hearing the main dialogue coming out of the mouth of the film’s main villain, Bane, played by Tom Hardy. Some of the initial film footage shown at fan events such as ComicCon included some scenes in which Bane’s voice was a little muffled, but Nolan re-dubbed some of Hardy’s dialogue into the movie at a later date, thus eliminating this problem from occurring.
Another rumor was that Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, would look ridiculous in her catwoman suit, and her cat ears, but this seems not to be a problem at all, as most reviewers love the way Hathaway has made this role her own, regardless of her new garb.
If the critics have anything bad to say about the movie at all, it’s the way in which Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) keeps intertwined with his new romantic affiliations in the movie, including Hatthaway’s character and Marion Cottillard’s Miranda Tate. These relationships don’t make much sense in the grander scope of the movie, so Nolan really needed to flesh out these relationships to a deeper degree than we see in the final cut.
Overall, this movie is turning out just like Nolan and the film’s producers wanted it to turn out like: well respected by the top film critics in the world and serving as a great example on how to re-boot a failing movie/comic-book franchise. They achieved this by using top-notch movie technology and creating a great story arch, along with utilizing superior actors in roles that they were born to play. Great job, all around.
Written by Rob Mead
It seems that ‘Star Trek 2′ co-producer Damon Lindelof (Lost) and his producer pals are keeping mum on a lot of details concerning their very highly anticipated 3D sequel to their successful re-launch of the venerable Star Trek movie franchise.
They are still playing with a lot of different titles to their sequel, but Lindelof is very sure that he wants to stay away from any numbers in the title, mainly because “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” was such a great sequel to the original movie, released way back in 1982.
No colons either, as in “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”, mainly because Lindelof and the other team of producers working on the creative side of the movie sequel think it’s getting way too trendy to use colons in every future movie sequel.
Actor Karl Urban, who is slated to star in the Star Trek sequel stated in a recent interview that actor Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing telekinetic lunatic Gary Mitchell, a character that original Trek Captain Kirk had a run in with in the original series. As the producers of the sequel were keeping any mention of the movie’s villains to themselves, this slip of the tongue was not exactly approved beforehand by Lindelof.
How much actual truth is in this revelation, Lindelof will not reveal, but he did have this to say, ”I don’t begrudge Karl or anything that he said because this is his story too, but I will not confirm or deny anything that he said.”
The last time Peter Jackson showed footage of his highly anticipated 2012 Christmas release of “The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey”, he allowed film theater owners at Cinema Con 2012 to check out how six minutes of the movie would look in 3D, along with how the footage would look when projected at a much faster frame rate (48 frames per second).
That presentation did not go over with the crowd very well at all, as almost everyone that saw it said it looked ‘too real’, if such a thing is possible. Most people were not that surprised,then, when Jackson decided to show ComicCon fans “The Hobbit” in 2D, at regular film speed (24 frames per second).
Turns out he made the right decision as the full twelve-minutes of footage from the film went over huge with the fans at ComicCon, even though I am now wondering how invested in his decision to shoot “The Hobbit” movies in 48 frames per second Jackson actually is.
As 3D has taken off into the stratosphere with the ridiculous success of ‘The Avengers” and the big success of ‘The Amazing Spider Man”, it’s a no-brainer that Jackson made the right decision to film his two “Hobbit” movies using RED 3D motion picture cameras.
But since theater owners will be asked to spend upwards of $40,000 per projector upgrade in order to show “The Hobbit” in its native 48-frames per second, Jackson’s decision to film his “Hobbit” movies that way is a big, looming question mark as of now. Even without seeing “The Hobbit” footage in 3D, most fans loved the footage showing a comic interlude between Bilbo and Gollum, along with the huge moment when Bilbo Baggins first discovers ‘the ring’.
I suppose Jackson’s intention of showing non-3D/non-48-frames per second film footage of the first “Hobbit” movie is to allow the fans to savor revisiting their favorite characters in a new series of “Ring” movies without the added pressure of showing how the new ways of filming the “Lord of the Rings” will actually breathe new life into the cinemas worldwide.
As the name of this site is “Cutting Edge Movies”, I would LOVE to screen new footage of “The Hobbit” and critique it for the many readers of this blog, but only if I could see it the way Jackson is shooting it: in native 3D along with the 48-frames per second projection. I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of how 3D grabs a hold of you and won’t let go, as long as the filming techniques are done right and the story is already compelling.
“The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey” is due to arrive in theaters December 14, 2012, with its follow-up due to hit theaters in December of 2013. It will be hard to find these movies projected at 48-frames per second, but as I live in Las Vegas, I am lucky enough to have access to a lot of high-tech movie theaters, so I WILL write a full review of these movies when I see ALL of Jackson’s latest filming technologies at work. You can count on that!
After the $100 million world-wide box office success of the first “Silent Hill” movie based on the very popular video game, we now see that “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” will bring even more horror-filled scenes of faceless nurses to the 3D cinema marketplace. With a plot based on the game ‘Silent Hill 3′, this new 3D horror flick is being directed by Michael J. Bassett and the script was written by him as well.
The latest movie, which will be released on October 26th, 2012, follows the story of a young girl named Heather Mason. Her father, played by returning actor from the first movie, Sean Bean, goes missing after Heather’s 18th birthday, so she must own up to her own paranormal abilities and begin looking for him with the help of her psychic abilities. These abilities lead her to an alternate universe, bringing abject horror to her search.
While viewing the above picture of the faceless nurses on the set of this horror movie, you get the feeling that adding 3D cinematography to this franchise can only be a good thing, as 3D is known as a great way to really scare the hell out of the audience when done properly. I don’t have huge hopes for this flick as the last one was not really worth watching, but as long as the screenplay drives the characterization of the main actors into the depths of extreme ‘r’-rated horror, it should be worth your time.
Looking to turn a fading comic book franchise into a gold mine, Lion’s Gate is doing the right thing in making sure that their newest movie based on the Judge Dredd comic book series will never be confused with the poorly received Sylvester Stallone movie that was released back in 1995. The new movie, entitled “Dredd 3D” will instead offer fans of the series a very violent and bloody 3D spectacle that should make the ill-conceived Stallone flick all but disappear from the history of cinema.
Showing footage to comic book fans at 2012′s ComicCon, Lion’s Gate delivered the film’s main star, Karl Urban, to the fans, along with the world premiere of the movie itself. Urban had this to say before beginning the film for the rapt audience, “I want to apologize to anyone who’s a fan of Lycra and gold codpieces,” he added with a smile. “You’re just going to have to wait for two hours.”
The movie, which will be released in mid-September, stars Urban as the main title character, Judge Dredd, who takes it upon himself to be both judge and executioner in a Dystopian look at a future America in which crime has run rampant after a large nuclear explosion has decimated most of the U.S.
The movie’s cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle (28 Days Later), shot the film in native 3D and also used a slow-motion technique to convey when a character is injected with a narcotic in the movie known as “slo-mo”, which makes the actions of the user extremely slow.
Overall, “Dredd 3D” looks to up the ante on how best to save/revive a failing movie franchise, at once delivering superior cutting edge 3D imaging while also injecting a much more visceral and gritty tone into the franchise itself.