Film Review

Red 2 (BluRay): Review

The Film

Red 2, the second outing in the comedic action series with Frank Moses. Read the SAMDB Red 2 review of the cinema release.

BluRay brings this film to life, with the added detail and 7.1 sound, the only way to enjoy a fast paced action movie.

The Disc And Bonus Features

It’s great to see a title released that makes use of the added features and storage BluRay allows.

There are a host of added features, with deleted scenes, and a brief gag real. The fun and more informative section comes in the form of the documentary The Red 2 Experience, where we are given detailed background on the cast, with each actors take on their charater. There is a segment on all the weapons, and this being an action movie, will appeal to action and weapons buffs alike. Another segment details with the gadgets and spy-tech presented,  and not just that which we have become accustomed to, but the more bizzare items created by the slightly off-beat characters. Finally, a segment on the stunts of the film, although providing only a slight look at these.

The disc quality is superb, being encoded at a high bitrate, there are no artefacts on screen, and at 1080p the detail is fine and the colours vibrant. Sound is a 7.1 mix and makes full use of the surrounds.

A few of the added features did have small issues automatically navigating from one segment to the next, but with all the varied hardware available on which to watch the disc, this is bound to happen on a few players.

The Red 2 disc is available in stores now.

Film Review

The Mortal Instruments City Of Bones (DVD): Review

The Film

Clarissa Fray, played by Lily Collins, has her quiet life in Brooklyn turned upside-down when she starts seeing strange and impossible things. Noticing signs all over, drawing the same symbol, and then witnessing what she thinks is a murder.

When her mother disappears, Clarissa “Clary” learns she is descended from a line of warriors charged with protecting the world from demons.

The visuals in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones are stunning, adding the visual to an engrossing story of might and magic, as a young girl comes of age, and moves from the every day world into one of wonder and mystery.

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is a fun movie, with just the right amount of supernatural and action, while not concentrating on the romance as the main theme as far too many of this genre tend towards these days.

The Disc

The DVD is encoded at a high bitrate, so there are no artefacts visible on screen, and it can be scaled via software up to HD. The soundtrack is Dolby Digital, and makes good use of the surrounds to create the soundstage for the on screen action. There are no bonus features on the disc, and it is available now to buy in South Africa.


Academy Rescinds Original Song Nomination For “Alone Yet Not Alone”

On Tuesday night, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had mailed
members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.

The Board determined that Broughton’s actions were inconsistent with the Academy’s promotional regulations, which provide, among other terms, that “it is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner. If any campaign activity is determined by the Board of Governors to work in opposition to that goal, whether or not anticipated by these regulations, the Board of Governors may take any corrective actions or assess any penalties that in its discretion it deems necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.”

An additional nominee in the Original Song category will not be named. The remaining nominees in the category are:

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her” Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

The members from each of the Academy’s branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, musicians and composers nominate song and score.

During the nominations process, all 240 voting members of the Music Branch received a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Song category and a DVD copy of the song clips with film and song title only (additional information including composer and lyricist is not provided).  Members were asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five nominees in the category. A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Film Review

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Review

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and indeed it does, bringing the intrepid band of reporters back once again as we follow the next chapter in their story. This time they are in New York, and part of the beginning of the 24 hour news channels.

Bungling their way through their success, each is strugglling with their own personal issues and inner-demons, demons which make the characters, and seem to aide them on their journey, supply some awkward, some comedic moments throughout the film.

There is no denying this team of talented comics are masters of their game. With such skills, the game steps in to high gear for the climax as it’s a virtual who’s-who of film and television stars making their appearance on the battleground of reporting.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Coninues is a fun film, yet there is a heartwarming story at its core, and an intelligence to the humour and antics. It opens Friday 14 February2014 in South Africa.


Much Anticipated Afrikaans Film Premieres April

Die WindpompCape Town film producer Chris Roland asked the question, “What does the Afrikaans community want?” The answer was a “Hollywood” movie set in South Africa, and in Afrikaans. When Roland came across the story for Die Windpomp, he was instantly convinced it had the right elements to give the Afrikaans community what it wanted.

From the makers of Stander and Hotel Rwanda comes what many are already calling the best Afrikaans film ever made, starring Ian Roberts, Marga van Rooy, and Grethe Fox, and hot newcomers Leandie Du Randt, Armand Greyling and Sean-Marco Vorster.

Written and directed by Etienne Fourie, who also wrote Klein Karoo, Die Windpomp revolves around 20 year old Hendri’s (Armand Greyling) quirky, colourful story that happens one summer in his grandfather’s retirement village. Against the backdrop of garden ornaments, bingo nights and the weird and wonderful behaviour of the elderly, Hendri befriends a kind but nosey neighbour, Tannie Marietjie (Marga van Rooy) and her two closest mates, Rossouw and Miggie (Ian Roberts and Grethe Fox). It’s only when Hendri meets Margot (Leandie du Randt) and falls head over heels in love, thats this sleepy village starts to wake up. But all is not as it seems. There are secrets Hendri could have never imagined.

Die Windpomp releases on April 25th and is distributed by Times Media Films.