Friday, August 31, 2012

Movie Review: Total Recall (2012)

Right off the bat, before you even think about watching this, forget about the Schwarzenegger 1990 version of Total Recall, as this 2012 version starring Colin Farrell, aside from the same familiar characters, is more or less the same film in name only.

Yes there are a few nods to the earlier film, the three-breasted woman appears, and there are a few choice lines and situations, but by and large it may as well have been called something else. And probably should've done to stave off unfair comparisons to the original version.

I did read the the original source material before watching this, as I did before watching the film John Carter, but as 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale', which the film is based on is a short story, as with the 1990 film, a lot of it has been padded out. No mention of aliens though, as is in the book!

As a film though, I really enjoyed it. Director Len Wiseman has cooked up a decent, if maybe slightly generic science fiction film, that for me at least, in parts reminded me a bit of Bladerunner/Minority Report (fitting really, as those were adaptations of Philip K  Dick books as well) as well as the videogame Fallout 3.

The major players did their roles well, and there was enough story and action to keep me entertained throughout.

If you like science fiction films then I would recommend this. But, as with Prometheus earlier in the year, just go in with the expectation of a stand alone film and not a complete remake/reboot of a familiar film/franchise.

***1/2 out of 5

Movie Poster Art: The Lord Of The Rings - The Return Of The King (2003)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Cool Art: The Big Lebowski by Ghoulish Gary Pullin

The Poster Collective, have released the second poster in their The Loft Cinema Series, 'The Big Lebowski” by Ghoulish Gary Pullin.

It's a 18″ x 24″ screenprint and available in a regular 6-colour screenprint (limited edition of 100, $30) and a 5-colour metallic glow-in-the-dark version (limited edition of 25, $40).  

On sale today here.

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Cool Art: Princess Mononoke by Joe Wilson

As I have mentioned before in a previous post, Princess Mononoke was the first film to introduce me to Studio Ghibli, and will always be one of my favourites! I will always lap up any art from or inspired by the film as well, like this stunning print from Joe Wilson.

The poster be on display at Print Club London's "The Directors Cut" show today (31/8) and will be available for purchase to those attending the exhibit's opening. Any remaining prints will go up on the Print Club's site after the show.

The poster measures 500 mm x 700 mm, and is a limited edition of only 40, and costs £40.

You can follow Joe on Twitter @joe_wilson and visit joe-wilson.com. You can also stay up to date on Print Club London by following @PrintClubLondon and printclublondon.com.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cool Art: Totorwho? by James Hance

Pretty much building up to the launch of the new Doctor Who series on Saturday with more awesome artwork. This time it's a Doctor Who / My Neighbour Totoro mashup from the very talented James Hance.

Prints will be available from his website next week.

Cool Art: Doctor Who Sketches by Francesco Francavilla

During the last series of Doctor Who, one of my favourite comic book artists; Eisner Award Winning Francesco Francavilla, did sketches for every episode and the Christmas Special. And now, via his Twitter @ f_francavilla, he has confirmed that he'll be doing the same for this new series!


I loved those poster sketches, check his blog for the new posters and other awesome artwork. So until the new series starts (this Saturday by the way!), here are his sketches from last season, more after the jump.

S6 E01 - The Impossible Astronaut

Cool Art: Breaking Bad by Ken Taylor

Another awesome print from Ken Taylor.

This “Breaking Bad” print he did for the ‘Breaking Bad’ series was available today via Poster and Toys. But unfortunately it's already sold out, but you can still check it out below.

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Doctor Who Series 7 Wallpapers

What with the new series of Doctor Who kicking off on Saturday, the BBC have released wallpaper poster images of the first five episodes. Good to see them stoking the fires of anticipation for this new series. I can’t wait for Saturday!

Hit the jump to see the rest!


Movie Poster Art: The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers (2002)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Awesome Bat-Man Of Shanghai Animation Now Online

Over three minutes of awesome animation featuring Batman, Catwoman and Bane in 1930's Shanghai!


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Cool Art: Total Recall & Escape From NY by Rhys Cooper

As the Crazy 4 Cult: NY gallery draws to a close on September 1st, Gallery1988 will be releasing two new Rhys Cooper prints, the Total Recall inspired "Free Mars" and "Vivir Libre New York," inspired by Escape From New York, both 12 x 36 inches, $50 each and limited to only 50 copies, so act fast if you want a copy.

The gallery will open at 11am on Saturday, September 1st, in NY, with some in-store only deals and these new Rhys Cooper prints, so make sure to stop by at 64 Gansevoort St. and see the show before it's down for good (at 6pm), or just say good-bye at the last minute.

Hit the jump to see the Escape From New York inspired print.

Free Mars by Rhys Cooper

Movie Poster Art: The Lord Of The Rings - The Fellowship Of The Rings (2001)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mass Effect 3 DLC: Leviathan

Something lurks in the dark corners of space, something powerful enough to kill a Reaper. Shepard must discover the most closely guarded secret in the galaxy before the Reapers silence it forever.

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan expands upon the events of Mass Effect 3, with gripping and emotional storytelling, compelling new characters, and powerful weapons and upgrades. Discover more about the origins of the Reapers as you race across the galaxy to find the Leviathan. Travel to new systems, wield the AT-12 Raider Shotgun and M-55 Argus Assault Rifle, and unravel the dark history of the Reaper Race before it is too late.

On Aug. 28th there is no war, only the harvest.

Cool Art: The Batcave by JC Richard

Mondo are back with another limited print, The Batcave by JC Richard, a take on the comic-book location rather than specifically any of the Batman movies, complete with the animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, giant penny, oversized Joker playing card and the Jason Todd glass-case memorial and a very lonely Caped Crusader.

As usual, you have to be very quick with trying to grab this, as the 20" x 29" print, limited to just 500 copies, goes on sale Thursday for $50. Follow Mondo on Twitter to learn when the print is available.

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2012 Classic FM Movie Music Chart

I love the movies. But it's not just the visual part of movies, I see them as a sum of parts, from the art in the posters, the story, script and the soundtracks.

And so, over the Bank Holiday weekend, Classic FM revealed the Top 100 Movie Music Chart as voted by the listeners.

Last year, Howard Shore's The Lord Of The Rings score took the top spot. Click here to see if he holds on for another year and if there are any surprises.

The Art Of Journey Art Book

Ranging from specific artists (Charles Vess and Drew Struzan), to video games (Final Fantasy IX and the Mass Effect series) and mostly movies (John Carter, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Spirited Away, Prometheus and more), I love 'The Art Of' books and have quite a few on my bookshelf. And it looks like there will be an addition to the bookshelf with the release of 'The Art Of Journey' art book.

Released in September, take inside look at the art and inspirations that went into the award-winning Journey from developer thatgamecompany and Santa Monica Studio, and get a sneak peak at the premium hardcover art book with the trailer below.

The book, designed and written by and Matt Nava, art director on Journey, and in conjunction with BLUECANVAS Magazine provides an insider’s view into the stylistic influences, narrative functions, and game design goals that shaped the final look of the game.  Readers will discover how Journey’s landscapes, cut-scenes, and much-loved robed traveler came to be. The Art of Journey will come bound as an embossed hardcover book filled with gorgeous concept art, intricate pencil drawings, and 3D models printed in full color on art-quality paper, and will be accompanied by a voucher that will allow readers to download a free copy of the game’s soundtrack to their PS3.

Journey is available exclusively for PlayStation®3. Download it today on the PlayStation®Network, or pick up the Journey Collector's Edition disc bundle at participating retailers (US only).


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Doctor Who: Pond Life

With Doctor Who back on UK screens on September 1 at 7.20pm (9pm ET for US, Canada), here's the first of the short webisodes 'Pond Life' featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and some surprise familiar faces! En route to visit the Ponds the TARDIS' Helmic Regulator malfunctions, leaving the Doctor popping up everywhere in time and space. Will he ever make it back to them?

Part 2 is now up here and from Saturday you can catch the omnibus edition of all five webisodes.


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Star Wars: Detours

I liked the Robot Chicken Star Wars Specials and this looks like it's just as fun!

Star Wars Detours™ is an animated comedy that explores what daily life is like in a galaxy far, far away. There are no Empires striking back or attacking clones here. Instead, Star Wars Detours focuses on the universe's regular folks and their everyday problems... which, to be fair, do frequently involve famous bounty hunters, crazed Ewoks, and even a Dark Lord of the Sith.

Welcome to Star Wars: Detours: the other side of the stars, between the wars.


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Cool Art: Firefly by Jeff Halsey

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Firefly, designer Jeff Halsey, a die-hard Firefly fan, created this poster art.


And good news! You can own one of these for $19.95, as a print measuring 27" x 40", on 100-pound, satin-finish paper. Click here to grab a print.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

I'm Off On My Hols, Keep Calm And Think Of Ibiza!

I'll be jetting off on my hols today for a week of sun, sand, sea and fun in Ibiza! Been going there for the last few years now. This means I won't be able to post to this blog when I'm away, in fact I won't be near a computer for most of the time either - it'll be torture, but I'll keep calm and think of Ibiza!


So I'll leave you with some videos, after the jump, that I put together from my trip to Ibiza last year.

See you in a week!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Trailer: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

A playable Studio Ghibli game? Take my money now!!!

Here's the Gamescom 2012 trailer, for Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, which is Playstation 3 only, and now features a release date for both US (January 22) and Europe (January 25). Can't wait!


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Cool Art: 'The Eye And Hand Of The Queen' by Lantha-Noid

Here's some really cool Legend Of Zelda artwork by Lantha-Noid.

Loving the Persian style redesign, and does remind me a lot of the way the 2008 incarnation of Prince Of Persia looked on screen, a game that I thoroughly enjoyed - may have to dig that game out again.

Check out the other two images after the jump, and Lantha-Noid's Tumblr page for more awesome artwork!
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Movie Poster Art: The Last Starfighter (1984)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with 'The Last Starfighter'.

Trailers: 'Black Sunrise' by Nick Cross

Here's a couple of trailers for Black Sunrise, a feature length animated film by Nick Cross. I like the look of these! Check the other after the jump.
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Black Sunrise - Trailer from Nick Cross on Vimeo.

Final Official Trailer For ParaNorman

I loved 'Coraline' and I love stop-motion animated films in general, and so I'm really looking forward to seeing this.

ParaNorman is out in US cinemas today (August 17), but us lot in the UK will have to wait until September 14!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

ParaNorman: This Little Light

In the eighth and final #WEIRDWINS film, see how far the craftspeople at LAIKA will go to make every onscreen detail shine.

Check out the Weirdwins website for the previous ParaNorman behind the scenes videos and artwork. 


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Robot Chicken DC Comics Special

I love Robot Chicken and of course their Star Wars specials, now here comes the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special which kicks off the sixth season of the Emmy-winning Adult Swim series on Sept. 9

They have an all star cast for this one too with Seth Green as Batman, Robin and Aquaman, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane, Breckin Meyer as Superman, plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, Matt Senreich, Tom Root and Zeb Wells. Kevin Shinick serves as the narrator.

Check out the trailer.


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Movie Poster Art: The Iron Giant (1999)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with one of my favourite movies, Brad Bird's 'The Iron Giant'.

New International Looper Trailer

Here's the French trailer for the Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis time travel film, 'Looper'. It does look like it could be as interesting a concept as 'Inception'. And if it's just as good, happy days!


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Trailer: The Last Of Us Gamescom 2012

Check out the official The Last of Us Gamescom 2012 trailer.
Soundtrack; 'Alone and Forsaken' by Hank Williams, Sr.



The Last Of Us will be out only on PS3 next year.

Prometheus Bluray Deleted Scenes Listed

The BBFC have listed the titles of the deleted scenes along with the runtimes from the Prometheus Bluray/DVD.

I did enjoy the film on when it was in cinemas (my review), and liked 'The Art Of' companion book as well. It looks like the scenes are listed in chronological order too, so for those that got a little confused with the film, hopefully the addition of seeing these deleted scenes will help clarify things a little better. 

00:02:31:16 Arrival Of The Engineers
00:00:58:05 T'is The Season
00:00:42:08 Our First Alien
00:00:42:14 Skin
00:01:22:01 We're Not Alone Anymore
00:02:57:01 Strange Bedfellows
00:01:25:04 Holloway Hungover
00:00:23:12 David's Objective
00:03:27:07 Janek Fills Vickers In
00:03:40:12 A King Has His Reign
00:02:01:24 Fifield Attacks
00:04:06:06 The Engineer Speaks
00:05:30:04 Final Battle
00:05:05:19 Paradise

Prometheus will be out on Bluray/DVD October 8 (UK).
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Cool Art: “The Oldest and Most Mighty Race in The Universe” by Mark Englert

“The Oldest and Most Mighty Race in The Universe” is a Doctor Who inspired print by Mark Englert, just in time for the new series that starts in a couple of weeks!

It is available as an 18″ x 24″ Screenprint, with a regular edition of 150, ($65) and very limited glow in the dark (GID) variant edition of 50, ($65). They will be sold via LtDedition Gallery and prices include shipping worldwide!  

The Glow in the dark variant goes on pre-sale this Sunday, August 19th at 9pm UK (1pm PDT) HERE.

Regular editions will go on sale sometime early October, and Artist's Proof variant editions featuring hand-finishing will also be sold via Mark Englert at a later date.

Hit the jump for a peek at the Glow in the dark variant edition.
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Regular Edition

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cool Art: Scott Pilgrim by Glen Brogan

Scott Pilgrim vs The World is one of my favourite films and I love the original graphic novels by Bryan O'Malley too, and here's a poster inspired by both by Glen Brogan for the Gallery 1988's Crazy 4 Cult NY.

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Raiders Of The Lost Ark Comes To IMAX

The cinematic classic that introduced the world to Indiana Jones is ready to embark on a new adventure when director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas’ unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark is released for an exclusive one-week engagement in select IMAX theatres beginning September 7, 2012. The film has undergone a complete restoration for the IMAX exclusive one-week release and subsequent debut on Blu-ray. 

Tickets and a list of participating theatres are available starting today at www.imax.com



Check out the special IMAX edition poster by Mark Raats below.

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Movie Poster Art: The Goonies (1985)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with 'The Goonies'.

More posters and fan art below. Click to embiggen.

by Drew Struzan

The Sandman Movie Art by Jill Thompson

Now don't get too excited, Neil Gaiman has posted a link via his Twitter feed to these illustrations by Jill Thompson that were for a movie pitch which he showed to Warner Bros. back when The Sandman movie was in the very early stages of development.

As it happens I'm currently re-reading The Sandman 75 issue run, currently up to the 'A Game Of You' mini series (#32-37), and I recognise a few of the artworks, such as, Dream trying to reclaim his possessions after being imprisoned (Prelude and Nocturnes #1-8) and the Serial Killer Convention (The Doll's House #9-16).

Gaiman also revealed that they were pitching for three movies, hence the broad scale of the number of illustrations. And being a fan of the comics, I would've loved to have seen a movie (or even a TV series for that matter) adapted from the comics.

A selection of the illustrations after the jump too (click to embiggen).  

Click the link for more of the illustrations by Jill Thompson. They are also up for sale, if you have a few hundred dollars spare! 
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Trailer: Star Wars 1313 Gameplay Trailer

New gameplay trailer for the third person 'Star Wars 1313' hits the web. Impressive, most impressive!


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Movie Poster Art: The Fifth Element (1997)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with Luc Besson's 'The Fifth Element'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

Lego Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall

The climax to the end of Sherlock series 2 with the rooftop scene recreated with Lego. Obviously, if you've not seen one of the most talked about endings to a series (and if not, why not?!), there be spoilers ahead.


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Short Film: Batman: Puppetmaster

Directed by Bryan Nest and written by Chris Wiltz, this Batman fan film is set after The Dark Knight and focuses more on The Riddler than Batman, but that is no bad thing.

Someone's been letting inmates out of Arkham Asylum...

In the months following the death of Harvey Dent, Batman, still a wanted fugitive, is pushed to his limits as a new crime wave hits Gotham. Batman's search to find who's responsible leads him to a showdown with the masochistic serial killer Victor Zsasz.

Meanwhile Gotham's newest crime boss, a mysterious figure known as Scarface, has an meeting with Edward Nigma, an FBI agent, sworn to bring down Batman at all costs
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http://www.batmanpuppetmaster.com


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Trailer: Dragonball Z Teaser

Used to love the anime series when it was shown on Cartoon Network years ago.

And according to Anime News Network, the film “is set between the 517th and 518th installments of Akira Toriyama’s original manga. Specifically, it is set during the “lost decade” of story time after the end of the battle with Majin Buu. Kuririn, Piccolo, Vegeta, and other familar characters will appear in the film."

So, the film wont be a spinoff, but will still be a part of the Dragonball canon, and it's good to see that Akira Toriyama will be involved with the scripting as well!

The film will open throughout Japan on March 30, 2013


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Monday, August 13, 2012

Trailer: LEGO Lord Of The Rings

Based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, LEGO The Lord of the Rings takes players through the epic story events reimagined with the humour and endless variety of LEGO play.

Coming later this year on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, PS Vita, Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS.


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Movie Poster Art: The Dark Crystal (1982)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art, with Jim Henson's 'The Dark Crystal'.

More posters and fan art after the jump. Click to embiggen.

by Richard Amsel

Live Action 'Sleeping Dogs' Short Film

On the countdown to the GTA-In-Hong-Kong open world video game, 'Sleeping Dogs', Square-Enix got together with Pwnisher to create this short live action martial arts fight film to promote the game.

Sleeping Dogs is out on August 17 (UK) and August 14 (US)


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

'Halo: Landfall' Short Video by Neill Blomkamp

A bit old now, this was released in 2007, but still impressive and worth a post.

'Halo: Landfall' is a 7 minute short film directed by Neill Blomkamp (who directed District 9 and the upcoming Elysium).


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Movie Poster Art: Ponyo (2008)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, with 'Ponyo'.

More after the jump. Click to embiggen as always.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Movie Poster Art: Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, with 'Howl's Moving Castle'.

More after the jump. Click to embiggen as always.

Cool Art: Adventure Time by Suihara

Here's a cool manga take on Adventure Time by Suihara. Love it!

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Cool Art: Alien by Peter Gutierrez

Another quality Alien poster, this time from Peter Gutierrez. It was created for Mother Falcon’s Tribute to Alien show.

It is an 18″ x 24″ Screenprint available in two editions; 1-colour ($13) and 2-colour ($23). But quick, less than 3 copies of each edition are left!  
On sale now HERE.

"Alien" by Peter Gutierrez
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Movie Poster Art: Princess Mononoke (1997)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, and the film that introduced me to a whole new world of amazing animation, and one of my favourite films, 'Princess Mononoke'.

Short Film: 'After Aperture' by Zachariah Scott

Here's a nice short Portal fan-film by Zachariah Scott, who was inspired by the work of Emmy Cicierga, and specifically this page http://rain.nxe7.com/ of Chell sitting on the Companion Cube in the rain.

Music is 'Exile Vilify' by The National Chell.


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New ParaNorman Featurette And Posters

Check out this new featurette on the behind-the-scenes of the upcoming ParaNorman.



There's also some fan art popping up too. Check them out after the jump.
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Trailer For 'Inside HBO's Game Of Thrones' Book

HBO has released a trailer for the hardcover book 'Inside HBO’s Game Of Thrones' which is released on September 27th.

Watch how the world of Westeros was brought to life with interviews from executive producers, DB Weiss and David Benioff, costume and production designers and more.


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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Indiana Jones Bluray Extras Announced

Looking forward to getting this, already have it on pre-order!

Although the movie discs have been remastered and are in glorious 1080p HD and 5.1 DTS-HD audio, they only have the trailers as extras, but much like Lucasfilms' other big franchise bluray box set, Star Wars, it's jam packed with a plethora of juicy extras on the bonus disc.

On Set with Raiders of the Lost Ark (never-before-seen feature):
• From Jungle to Desert
• From Adventure to Legend

Making the Films:
• The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981 documentary previously unavailable on DVD)
• The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark
• The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
• The Making of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
• The Making of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (HD)

Behind the Scenes:
• The Stunts of Indiana Jones
• The Sound of Indiana Jones
• The Music of Indiana Jones
• The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones
• Raiders: The Melting Face!
• Indiana Jones and the Creepy Crawlies (with optional pop-ups)
• Travel with Indiana Jones: Locations (with optional pop-ups)
• Indy's Women: The American Film Institute Tribute
• Indy's Friends and Enemies
• Iconic Props (Crystal Skull) (HD)
• The Effects of Indy (Crystal Skull) (HD)
• Adventures in Post Production (Crystal Skull) (HD)
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Movie Poster Art: Porco Rosso (1992)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, with 'Porco Rosso'.

'Fist Full Of Rupees' The Legend Of Zelda Western

We've had the trailer, now here's the full three part web series from The Game Station starring TJ Smith, Lisa Foiles, and Rawn, with guest appearances by Dodger and Jesse Cox.

Parts 2 and 3 after the jump.

Fist Full Of Rupees: Part 1 - The Wisdom


Cool Art: Life On Mars by Francesco Francavilla

Inspired by NASA's Curiosity Rover landing on Mars, here's a couple of cool illustrations by Eisner Award Winner (Best Cover Artist), and one of my favourite artists, Francesco Francavilla.

Hit the jump to see the other one.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Wild Blue Yonder: A Kickstarter Funded Comic Series


Close to three years in the making, 'Wild Blue Yonder' is a Kickstarter funded project by Zach Howard, Mike Raicht and Austin Harrison, for a 5 issue full colour, limited series. It is set to hit shelves in 2013 and is meant for an audience Teen and up.

While navigating the dangers of a post-apocalyptic society in the sky, Cola, a teenaged girl fighter pilot and her family fight to protect The Dawn, their flying fortress and home. With the world in chaos, bullets dwindling, and fuel drying up, the few survivors in the sky must use anything at their disposal in order to survive. Battles rage from ship to ship as jet-pack warriors, planes, and crew members scratch and claw to claim the few crumbs society left behind.

Kind of sounds like a cross between, Mad Max, Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, and maybe a hint of Laputa: Castle In The Sky too, which is all very good in my opinion and why I pledged as a backer to this project.

Check out the preview trailer below


Hit the link for more including sample pages and artwork on this limited comic book series.
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Movie Poster Art: Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, with 'Kiki's Delivery Service'.

More after the jump. Click to embiggen as always.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Movie Poster Art: My Neighbour Totoro (1988)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, with 'My Neighbour Totoro'.

More after the jump. Click to embiggen as always.

Cool Art: The Mystery of True Love by Aaron Jasinski

From one of my favourite films, The Princess Bride! 'The Mystery of True Love' by Aaron Jasinski, is one of many artworks at the Gallery1988 show 'Crazy 4 Cult NY' and will open on August 9th, with an opening reception from 6-9pm, at 64 Gansevoort St. in the Meat Packing District.

The show will stay up in this location through September 1st, and will feature over 200 artists.

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Sunday, August 05, 2012

Movie Poster Art: Castle In The Sky (1986)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, and their first official Studio Ghibli film, and my favourite, 'Laputa: Castle In The Sky'.

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Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Since getting my Kobo Touch e-reader, I've been catching up on my reading, and have been really getting in to it!

My favourite author, mainly because of his The Sandman days, I thought I'd pick up Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.

The story of a boy, named Nobody or Bod, and his coming of age whilst living in a graveyard!

The book starts off with the murder of Bod's family, why, we learn over the course of the book, and his fortuitous escape to the graveyard down the road. There, he gets adopted by the Owens and under the protection of the mysterious Silas. Over the course of the book we visit Bod's coming of age via what seems like stand alone short story chapters every couple of years in Bod's life from toddler until he grows up and reaches 15 years of age.

From his run in the early 1990's of his The Sandman comic books and other comic books, I've really enjoyed the stories of Neil Gaiman. I've only briefly dipped into his novels so far, Stardust, American Gods plus his short stories anthology, Fragile Things, and seen the movie adaptation of his novel Coraline, so I wanted to read more.

I'd heard good things about The Graveyard Book, it has been well received and has won several honours, including the Carnegie Medal, Newbery Medal plus the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Novel, so I thought I'd give it a go - I was not disappointed!

By the time you reach the the end of the book and the climactic conclusion, you are emotionally wrapped up in Bod's journey to adolescence, that you might shed a tear when he passes through the gates of the graveyard for the last time.

Overall, despite the supposed macabre setting of the main character living in a graveyard, The Graveyard Book is a wonderful story that I can't recommend enough.

***** out of 5

Friday, August 03, 2012

New Judge Dredd Poster

A new Judge Dredd poster has been released in the wild!

Check it out below and click to embiggen.

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Brave 'Scotland' Trailer: Where legends come to life!

A couple of months or so after the US cinema release, Brave is released in Scotland, my home country, today, and then to the rest of the UK on August 13!

Visit here, to learn about Scotland, the country that inspired Brave, as well as a chance to win a 5-night trip to Scotland!

Movie Poster Art: The Castle Of Cagliostro (1979)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with a look through Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, starting with Hayao Miyazaki's first (although technically not Studio Ghibli as the studio was founded in 1985), 'The Castle Of Cagliostro'.

More after the jump. Click to embiggen as always.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Joy Of Movies by Harry Knowles

Love this series on the Nerdist Channel.

Following the tragic Aurora cinema shootings, Harry considers the positives of the movie theatre-going experience.


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Movie Poster Art: The Shining (1980)

Continuing my look at movie posters and fan art with Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'.

More after the jump, click to embiggen.

by Saul Bass

Fistful Of Rupees : The Legend Of Zelda / Western Web Series

Here is the trailer for The Legend Of Zelda / Western mash up 'Fist Full Of Rupees'. The three part web series will debut on The Game Station on August 7th.


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Doctor Who Series 7 Trailer



Check out the promotional image too, click to embiggen!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Cool Art: Robocop by Rhys Cooper

Another fine piece of pop-culture themed art for Gallery1988 by Rhys Cooper.

Gallery 1988 has quickly become one of the world's most talked about art galleries. Opened in 2004 on the famous corner of Melrose and La Brea, Los Angeles, by California natives Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp, the gallery has become the number one destination for pop-culture themed artwork and the premiere venue to witness the rise of emerging artists before they break.