Transformers: Age of Extinction IMAX 3D – The DVDfever cinema review

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Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction is so-called because it involves the dinosaurs and, as the film begins, we see them being wiped out, circa 65 million BC, but this time it’s because an asteroid has hit the Earth and they’ve all been frozen in time with a metal relating to our robot friends and enemies, and that’s what preserved their structure for mankind to find in the future and for Steven Spielberg to make a film about this in 1993 (which could be the reason why he has a hand in this production).

Fast-forward to the present day and we have Mark Wahlberg as the ridiculously-named Cade Yeager – although, quite frankly, I watched the entire film not knowing the identities of the majority of the characters and it didn’t matter one jot. However, I can only assume that writer Ehren Kruger worked most of them out by drawing letters at random from a Scrabble bag.

The Last of Us – PS4 Remastered – Photo Mode video

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The Last of Us was easily my favourite game of 2013 and it’s due out this Friday on Playstation 4 with remastered 1080p graphics (yes, the PS3′s were only 720p if you hadn’t realised), and now there’s a new video which looks at the photo mode, which allows you to pause the action and rotate the camera through 360-degrees to get the perfect shot you want. This is quite incredible! Change the colour filter and frame your shot by moving the borders, i.e. making it look cinemascope. There’s many other effects described in the video too.

There’s also a photo competition pending…

And in a PS4 exclusive, Joel will be able to give Ellie a slap across the back of the head when she’s even being just the *slightest* bit annoying…. (I’m kidding)

Read our review of The Last Of Us here.

Check out the photo mode video below, as well as the full-size packshot:

Mad Max: Fury Road – Official Comic-Con Trailer – Tom Hardy Post-Apocalypse Action Movie HD

mad-maxMad Max: Fury Road is the resurrection of the franchise which saw Mel Gibson depict Max Rockatansky in the trilogy from the latest 70s to the mid-80s. The first two films were great, but the third was a bit rubbish. This new trailer looks promising.

This time round, it’s Tom Hardy in the driving seat, and it’s an apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order.

There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

Mad Max: Fury Road is again directed by George Miller, who also co-writes, and it also stars Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz and Nicholas Hoult, and it’s due for release on May 15th 2015.

Check out the trailer below, as well as the full-size poster:

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies – Official Teaser Trailer #1 – Peter Jackson Movie HD

The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the final chapter in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, and was originally going to be subtitled “There and Back Again”, but “The Battle of the Five Armies” is a better title. Sounds more cool!

In this final part, deemed “The Defining Chapter”, obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain…

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance…

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has a release date of December 17th in this trailer, but IMDB lists it as December 12th. I do hope it’s the 12th, as I’ve booked off the following Monday to go and see it!

The question remains, however – how long will this final part be? The Desolation of Smaug wasn’t quite as long as An Unexpected Journey, but both tipped over 160 minutes. This teaser only lasts 1:55. Will it translate to a 1hr 55min running time? Nah!

Interestingly, while the first two films were in 2.35:1 for all formats, IMDB hints that the final part will also include some scenes in 16:9 for IMAX 3D. Really? Digital IMAX prints only open up to 1.90:1 at most these days, and the days of opening up to 1.44:1 seem long gone because that required shooting on actual film, and such film stocks are depleted. It seems the last film that will be shot in 1.44:1 will be Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, due out later this year.

Check out the trailer below, and below that, the full-size poster:

Video Games Charts (All formats) – week ending July 26th 2014

week ending July 26th 2014In this week’s all-formats video games charts for week ending July 26th 2014, and once again there are no new entries, but there are two re-entries.

    1 (1) Watch Dogs (Ubisoft) (review)
    2 (2) FIFA 14 (EA Sports)
    3 (6) Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Microsoft)
    4 (5) Sniper Elite 3 (505 Games)
    5 (12) The Lego Movie Videogame (Warner Bros. Interactive)
    6 (7) Minecraft: PS3 Edition (Sony)
    7 (11) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar) (review)
    8 (8) Titanfall (EA Games)
    9 (3) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision) (review)
    10 (10) Battlefield 4 (Activision) (review)

UK Top 100 Music chart summary & my views w/e August 2nd 2014

August 2nd 2014Cheryl Cole – or is it Cheryl Giovanni-Ribisi? Or something. Anyway, she’s at No.1 with Tinie Tempah for the track Crazy Stupid Love, in the UK Top 100 Music Chart w/e August 2nd 2014, and it’s as bland as bland can be.

As such, Rixton drop to No.8 with Me And My Broken Heart, and despite the fact they come from Manchester, this is a pile of bland, boyband autotuned shite. It’s not exactly the Happy Mondays, is it?

There’s one other new entry, at No.6, for Charli XCX with Boom Clap, plus a chart entry at No.2, climbing from No.50 – MAGIC! with Rude.

If you must, here’s the Cheryl Cole track:

Sharknado 2: The Second One – Official Trailer #1 – Syfy Channel Sequel HD

sharknado-2Sharknado 2: The Second One is a new period drama about Wittgenstein and the origins of his philosophies… oh no, it isn’t!

It’s the film where a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin (Ian Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) can save the Big Apple.

Yes, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid! Remember them? They’re not dead after all, they’ve just clearly been in hiding.

Also starring Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath and Kari Wuhrer, Sharknado 2: The Second One airs on Syfy this Thursday at 9pm and it looks ace!

Check out the trailer below:

The Zero Theorem on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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The Zero Theorem is one of those off-the-wall films I wanted to see when it came out at the cinema, but my local Odeon criminally ignored it, and while I could’ve found somewhere in Manchester to watch it, the car parking situation is abysmal down there, so it’s a no-go.

Recent examples, for which I’ll also wait for the Blu-ray releases, are Cold in July and Boyhood.

In this film, Christoph Waltz (below) is Qoehn Leth, a man who’s not very well, and constantly refers to himself as “us”. Like Homer Simpson, he wants to get classified as disabled so he can work from home, on the Zip-T program, a graphics-filled program which is, intentionally, about as much fun to the end user as working in a call centre would be for anyone. Of course, to the viewer, it looks amazing, but when tied in with the 1984-style dystopian nightmare world, it’s just another element of hell for Qohen.

Nightcrawler – Teaser Trailer #1 – Jake Gyllenhaal Movie HD

nightcrawlerNightcrawler proves that Jake Gyllenhaal rarely chooses a conventional film.

It’s a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.

Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

Also starring Bill Paxton, Ann Cusack and Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler is due out in the UK on November 14th.

Check out the trailer below:

Mommy – Official International Trailer #1 – Xavier Dolan Drama HD

mommyMommy is a new French-Canadian drama about a widowed single mother (Anne Dorval), raising her violent son alone, who finds new hope when a mysterious neighbour inserts herself into their household.

Also starring Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Alexandre Goyette and Patrick Huard, this film is written and directed by Xavier Dolan.

It’s also filmed in an odd ratio, as it’s not quite 4:3, and it’s kinda like it’s been shot with a mobile phone held vertically, rather than horizontally (the proper way). However, it definitely looks worth a watch.

Mommy doesn’t yet have a UK release date, however, only getting a September 19th release date in Canada so far.

Check out the trailer below:

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