The Ark – The DVDfever Review

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The Ark – characters talkling in broad Mancunian accents – led by David Threlfall, children defying their parents and gallivanting the night away, and the whole thing filmed in a 2.35:1 cinemascope-style widescreen ratio to make it look like a biblical epic.

Yes, The Ark had it all… all those things you never asked for. It started at 8.30pm. Well, in the loosest sense of the word. In fact, it never actually felt like it got started. All of Noah’s children had the dream of the present day which was to own their own house… except in olden times with desolate landsccapes and no estate agents, you actually had to build it. A roof was an optional extra.

Jurassic World TV SPOT – The Park is Open – Chris Pratt Movie HD

jurassic-worldJurassic World takes place 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park, where Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.

And now, a TV spot has been released, which includes footage already seen in the trailer but some new content too. And the widescreen ratio has also changed from 1.85:1 to something close to 2.35:1, which would be the first time a Jurassic Park movie has ever been shot in that format, if that’s the case. IMDB is listing a ratio of 2.00:1. I suspect, if that’s the case, then that will be the IMAX ratio, with the otherwise regular cinema ratio being cropped to 2.35:1.

Note that digital IMAX films can be shot at a ratio opened up to a maximum of 1.90:1. IMAX shot on 70mm film can open up to 1.44:1 (a la Interstellar), and since the film stock is depleting, Laser IMAX is coming, which may also allow that ratio.

Halo 5 Guardians – Master Chief and Spartan Locke adverts

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Halo 5 is being released exclusively on Xbox One later this year, and now Xbox have released the new Master Chief and Spartan Locke adverts.

In this next evolution of Halo Combat, peace is shattered when colony worlds are unexpectedly attacked. But when humanity’s greatest hero goes missing, a new Spartan is tasked with hunting the Master Chief and solving a mystery that threatens the entire galaxy.

Also, enjoy a brand new multiplayer that looks back to Halo’s illustrious past while updating it with the power of next gen.

Halo 5 is released on October 27th.

Click on the packshot for the full-size image, and enjoy the new adverts below in the meantime:

Maisie Williams to star in Doctor Who Series 9 – as The Doctor’s new assistant?

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Maisie Williams, star of Game of Thrones and Channel 4′s one-off drama Cyberbully, will be appearing in series 9 of Doctor Who, broadcaast this autumn, but as who and in what capacity? Hopefully as a new assistant.

Yes, I loved Jenna Coleman when she started, but her star is big and she’ll soon be spreading her wings, no doubt, just as Karen Gillan did when she left to star in Guardians of the Galaxy and Oculus, amongst other projects.

Hence, that’s why I’m hoping she’ll be the new assistant.

Terminator Genisys – Help Spot – Paramount Pictures UK – new trailer

terminator-genisysTerminator Genisys is due out this summer and now a ‘help spot’ has been released which is what this latest clip/trailer/thingy is about. Enjoy…

Arnold Schwarzenegger (right, sort-of) is back!… in his original role, which was a T-800 Terminator. IMDB just lists him as “The Terminator”, while fitness-trainer-to-the-stars Aaron V. Williamson is listed as “T-800″. The reason for that, in a hastily-deleted tweet from the latter, is that Williamson is playing a younger T-800.

Other cast members cast include Jai Courtney (best known for the god-awful
A Good Day To Die Hard) as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke (Malcolm in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as John Connor, British actress Emilia Clarke (no relation) playing Sarah Connor, John’s mother – but Ms Clarke is almost 20 years younger, Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow in the terrible G.I. Joe: Retalliation), Courtney B. Vance (ER, FlashForward, Revenge) as Miles Dyson, an as-yet-unnamed character for Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and it’s directed by Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World and Game of Thrones).

The Will Ferrell Challenge – Kermode Uncut – My entry is…?

The Will Ferrell ChallengeThe Will Ferrell Challenge is the latest subject from film critic Mark Kermode as part of his Kermode Uncut vlogs, and centres around the fact that people told him online that they assumed he would hate the new Will Ferrell movie, Get Hard, where he plays millionaire James King, who is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, and then turns to Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) to prep him to go behind bars.

In a film that tries to make light of racism and homosexual rape, yes, he didn’t like it and while I haven’t seen it yet myself, I would be staggered if anyone enjoyed it, and you can hear Mark’s thoughts in full on both his Radio 5 Live show with Simon Mayo and also the BBC News Film Review alongside Gavin Esler, the latter of which is on iPlayer for almost a full month to come.

Also, big thanks to both Mark and Gavin for retweeting my tweet on Friday, in reaction to their exchange on the Film Review:

Furious Minions – Minions Invade The Fast & The Furious – HD

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Furious Minions is a mash-up of the new Minions prequel as well as the new The Fast & The Furious movie, Furious 7.

Minions are yellow henchmen, who have existed since the beginning of beginning, evolving from a yellow single-cell organisms into beings who have only one purpose: to serve the most ambitious villains. After their masters were destroyed, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica.

Sometime in the 60s, the lack of a master drives them into depression, so bravest minion and two other volunteers set out to find a new one. They arrive at a villain convention, where they compete for the right to be henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, a stylish and ambitious villain determined to dominate the world and become the first female super-villain…

Cassetteboy – Emperor’s New Clothes rap – new mash-up video

CassetteboyCassetteboy have many strings to their bow including making mash-up videos, and their latest is Emperor’s New Clothes rap, mixing many elements of Prime Minister David Cameron’s and George Osborne’s conference speeches, plus a segment from UKIP leader Nigel Frange, into one 2-3-minute bite-sized video.

This is a great video, and I enjoyed it, but then…. Russell Brand appeared. That “I have never voted” blowhard who stopped being funny many years ago and pretends to be political but just comes across as shouting a lot.

I can’t think of political party who will be the answer – and we’ll most likely end up with another coalition situation, but whoever you vote for – and for whatever reason everyone is entitled to their vote and opinion – do go to the ballot box, even if it’s only to spoil your ballot. 

I make a number of videos myself on my DomSezXL Youtube channel, but haven’t made a new one in a while. I need to get back into those.

Check out Emperor’s New Clothes rap from Cassetteboy below:

Coalition – The DVDfever Review

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coalitionCoalition is a Channel 4 drama based on the week following the 2010 UK general election, as Labour came to the end of a chequered 13-year term in government, with the Tories snapping at their heels.

It begins during the time of the first leaders’ debate, but we don’t get to see them actually doing that. It’s more about the back-room scenes, along with, as is confirmed at the start, segments which are effectively made up for dramatic purposes.

Super Siblings – Avengers: Age of Ultron – OFFICIAL | HD

Super SiblingsSuper Siblings is what this new video focuses on in the promotion for Avengers Age of Ultron, the sequel to 2012′s Avengers Assemble, often referred to as Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, just in case anyone might confuse them with the camp performances from Patrick Macnee and Emma Rigg from the ’60s.

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans…

The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Paul Bettany, Andy Serkis, Stellan Skarsgård, Stan Lee, Don Cheadle, Thomas Kretschmann and Lou Ferrigno as the voice of the Hulk!

Avengers Age of Ultron is written and directed by Joss Whedon and is out on May 1st 2015, and it looks from the trailer like he’s changed the widescreen aspect ratio from 1.85:1 to 2.35:1 since the last film. Obviously, this one will be in 3D again, and according to Real or Fake 3D, like Avengers Assemble, it has been filmed in 2D and had the all 3D done in post-production.

Check out the Super Siblings video below and click on the poster for the full-size image:

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