Monday, 30 March 2015

OUT NOW ON BLU-RAY AND DVD: 'INTERSTELLAR'

Image: WARNER BROTHERS.

Humanity's greatest adventure in the stars awaits, as Christopher Nolan's modern-day 2001, INTERSTELLAR, makes is spectacular debut on UK Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD, courtesy of WARNER BROTHERS.

Interstellar Trailer (Trailer #4) - IMDb

All of Nolan's films over the years have been must-sees, and INTERSTELLAR, which features a terrific and emotionally stirring lead performance from Matthew McConaughey as father and space pilot pioneer Cooper, is no exception. And it's a super warm-up whilst we await the space fantasy of the surely no less compelling EPISODE VII...

Check out the review here: KOOL TV REVIEW: 'INTERSTELLAR' (2-DISC BLU-RAY)

CLASSIC ART: A DISTANT GALAXY, A DARING MISSION!


The now immortal cover art by Ralph McQuarrie for that first Del Rey book publishing of STAR WARS, written by George Lucas (aka Alan Dean Foster) from December 1976 (the time period when the film was to have been originally released, before production and effects problems delayed it into 1977), showing us his exciting concepts for the saga's immortal main hero, Luke Skywalker, and villain with Darth Vader. The book swiftly sold out 125, 000 copies by February 1977, and was surely an exciting primer for the upcoming theatrical release in May. I'd love to know what people thought of the book at the time, before they saw the film...

I personally never saw a copy of the novelisation in the UK until after the film's December 1977 release (of which Sphere Books had the territory publication rights), but if anyone has any more info as to whether the US version book actually ever made it to the UK stores before then, please get in touch...

A look back at the classic novel and the differencies between it and the finished film: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B80ITjM31EVROUhFN3p2T1Fja2s/view?usp=sharing

Sunday, 29 March 2015

THE 'SITH' AT 10: DARK DEEDS AND DARKER PLANS


On the bridge of their Imperial cruiser, the triumvulate of evil that is Captain Tarkin, The Emperor and his henchman, Darth Vader, study the impressive work in progress that is the world devastator eventually christened Death Star, in this brief but memorable moment from from the finale of EPISODE III.

BACK IN UK CINEMAS: 'BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT'

Image: BFI.

BLADE RUNNER, the ultimate fusion of haunting film noir and unsettling science future warning, featuring Harrison Ford in one of his finest roles as the often coldly resilient, against the odds replicant-hunter Rick Deckard, soon finding that the targets he's pursuant of will prove more human than he is in many ways, is deservedly back in UK cinemas from April 3rd, via its The Final Cut restoration, courtesy of the BFI. And, if you've never seen this incredible and genuinely artistic triumph from visionary director Ridley Scott on the big screen where it belongs, then you genuinely owe it to yourself to track it down.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (New Trailer) - In cinemas 3 Apr | BFI release - YouTube
In cinemas: Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982/2007) | BFI

In London, the PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA is screening it in an exclusive run: Blade Runner : The Final Cut Screening

Saturday, 28 March 2015

STAR WARS REBELS: 'FULCRUM' REVEALED!

A different time, a different struggle for former Jedi Ahsoka Tano, in STAR WARS REBELS. Image: DISNEY.

Her return to the STAR WARS universe probably one of the behind the scene team's worst kept secrets- hell, co-creator Dave Filoni pretty much said she was coming back at CELEBRATION EUROPE II, before STAR WARS REBELS had even aired! - the revelation of Ahsoka Tano being the shadowy Rebel spy "Fulcrum" was warmly welcomed by THE CLONE WARS fans, giving the late series a welcome bridging with its animated successor. It should be very intriguing to find out what happens next, and just how far integrated Tano will be in future REBELS seasons and with its main group. Does she know that Darth Vader is Anakin Skywalker, and just how did she escape the galactic purge initiated in Order 66? Importantly, will she and Vader finally, and fan expectantly, clash lightsabers?

Season Two of REBELS looks set to expand the series format greatly, with new worlds, new heroes and new villains promised, whilst having a good time celebrating the adventurous era of the Classic Trilogy its set. Truth be told, the show, despite a fast springing and voracious core fanbase, has not yet made the kind of international ratings impact with general audiences that THE CLONE WARS did in its premiere year, but the upcoming changes and this next, longer episode run, will surely make amends...

▶ Rebels Recon #14: Inside "Fire Across the Galaxy" - YouTube
A Jedi returns in 'Star Wars Rebels' finale
| EW Community | EW.com
Interview: Dave Filoni on Star Wars Rebels, Part 3 | StarWars.com
Sarah Michelle Gellar joins 'Star Wars Rebels' in season 2 | EW.com
(Exclusive) Info on Sarah Michelle Gellars character in Star Wars: Rebels! | Star Wars Time
Star Wars Rebels Co-Creator on Season 1's Big Death and Big Return and Where Season 2 Will Go - IGN
Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 – Exclusive 5-page Preview | StarWars.com

Friday, 27 March 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO!


Above the treacherous Sarlaac Pit, Luke Skywalker flexes his Jedi muscles in combat against Jabba's lethal alien henchmen, as the battle to liberate his friends gathers momentum, during Return of the Jedi.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: WAR WOUNDS!


Taken out by the dark and powerful forces of the now Sith converted Count Dooku, the injured forms of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi can now only watch as Master Yoda confronts their new enemy, in this dark scene from EPISODE II.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

AN 'EMPIRE' AT 35: DON'T MESS WITH A PRINCESS!


She's lost her man, and boy is she angry! An at-her-best Princess Leia blasts a Stormtrooper as she and her hero friends make their way to the Falcon, for intended pursuit of Boba Fett and the Carbon-frozen Han Solo, in this classic moment of drama and action from The Empire Strikes Back.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CLASSIC IMAGE: JAR JAR MEETS THE DROIDS!


As the damage alarms sound on the Naboo Royal Cruiser- the vessel hit by Trade Federation blockade laser fire - the curious Jar Jar Binks (here played in human form by Ahmed Best) encounters Artoo Detoo and other worker Astro Droids, in this scene from EPISODE I.

Monday, 23 March 2015

BEHIND THE SCENES: OUT OF THE TRASH COMPACTOR!


Having narrowly avoided a life-threatening tight-squeeze inside one of the Death Star's Trash Compactors, and now in an adjacent and dusty, seldom used sub-corridor/hallway, our Star Warriors Han Solo and Luke Skywalker abandon their stormtrooper disguises and get another taste of Princess Leia's fiery attitude, in a classic scene from the original STAR WARS.

Image:Ann Skinner/BFI.
Image: Ann Skinner/BFI.

Ann Skinner's continuity Polaroids for this scene show Princess Leia near the abandoned trooper costume frames, whilst another shows her with Luke changed back to his farmboy duds and putting on a stormtrooper equipment belt- we're not sure if its a behind the scenes moment or a deleted one (likely the former, though Carol Titelman's script translation for THE ART OF STAR WARS does describes our heroes changing their clothes and strapping on their blaster belts- the end of their changing seen in the movie). Two other B/W Polaroids Skinner taken, sadly not included in last year's BFI exhibition but within their Special Collection, show the barely seen in the movie distance end of the set leading from the open hatch into the Trash Compactor- not the actual original studio set itself but a background fake perspective recreation set-dressed with lots of foreground junk pieces (pipes, grabage and assembled crushed-together items). Originally, from the 19th April 1976 script, the Dia Noga creature was to have banged a searching tentacle against the hatch, but in the final movie a sound effect of the creature exemplified its displeasure instead.

With thanks to Ann Skinner and the BFI Special Collections.
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