Tooo-marrow, tooo-marrow, I luv ya, tooo-marrow, you’re only a daaaay, aaaawaaay. It’s been 30 years since Annie first erupted onto cinema screens, and now it’s back in HD form. On its initial release it got rather mixed notices, which was partially due to the fact that after huge amounts of hype and vast amounts of cash were spent on making the film (including a then record $9.5 million paid just for the rights to the stage show), it had huge amounts to live up to. When it was just a pretty fun film and not the second coming of Jesus on celluloid, it came in for a bit of stick from critics, even if audiences quite liked it. [Read more…]
If movies were judged purely on how pretty they look, Ridley Scott’s 1985 movie Legend would undoubtedly be considered one of the greatest films of all time. As you’d therefore hope, it looks utterly amazing on Blu-ray, to the point where some scenes are truly mesmerising.
The plot and other aspects of the film sadly remain somewhat problematic. However, with the European Theatrical Cut included on the disc beside the more recently rediscovered Director’s Cut version, you do get a hint that Legend could have been something truly special on all counts, but whether due to the script, story or studio interference, it never quite made it. [Read more…]
You’d have thought that after Arthur Christmas the British animation industry might have wanted to steer clear of festive flicks for a while, but Gateway Films, the company behind Adulthood & Shank are planning one called Saving Santa.
The voice cast has now been revealed, via Variety, with Martin Freeman, Noel Clarke and Tim Curry, alongside the likes of Joan Collins, Pam Ferris, Craig Fairbass and Chris Barrie. Freeman is set to play a clumsy elf who has to rescue Santa’s HQ when its location is discovered by a nasty villain. Ricky Roxburgh has written the script and Leon Joosen is directing.
Gateway is now looking for a studio partner to handle distribution rights.
Seymour Duckstein, aka Queer Duck, leaves his lover, Openly Gator, and attempts to become straight with the help of a Christian fundamentalist preacher horse, becoming entangled with the Norma Desmond-esque Ms. Buzzard in the process. [Read more…]