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The Force Awakens To Launch Africa’s First Ever 4DX Cinema Tomorrow

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Nu Metro Cinemas has confirmed that the highly anticipated 7th installment in the STAR WARS-saga has been confirmed as the opening title for the first ever 4DX cinema in Africa. It will open its doors to public at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa from tomorrow – Wednesday, 16 December 2015.

South Africans will be able to experience STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in the revolutionary 4DX-format exclusively at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront. This is the only cinema in Africa being able to screen the film in 4DX – giving fans an adrenalin-fueled, multi-sensory, digital 4D movie experience like no other.

Nu Metro Cinemas signed an agreement with ACJ 4DPLEX, creator of 4DX earlier this year – the world’s first 4D cinema technology for feature films – a partnership that will for the first time bring 4DX to Africa. 4DX, which uses motion, vibration, water, wind, lightning, scents, and more to provide moviegoers with a truly immersive experience, has been expanding at a fast pace and, with this deal, will be available in 182 auditoriums across 34 countries, with a goal to reach 300 auditoriums by the first half of 2016.

“Nu Metro Cinemas is very excited to open the first ever 4DX cinema for Africa. It is a strategic move, fitting our commitment to supplying customers with a fully immersive cinema experience, utilizing the best, most up-to-date world-class technology,” stated Nitesh Matai, GM for Nu Metro Cinemas. “4DX fulfills those expectations as the new 4D cinemas will involve all five senses for consumers to enjoy a cinema outing like nothing else they’ve seen, heard, or felt before. With the introduction of 4DX, Nu Metro Cinemas now joins an elite group of cinema chains using this technology, and showcasing popular blockbusters in this groundbreaking format.”

“4DX continues to outdeliver non-4D feature film performances around the world, as it expands into new markets, and now to its fifth continent,” said Byung Hwan Choi, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX. “Nu Metro Cinemas has recently been adding new features and expanding its reach, and we look forward to working with them as both companies continue to grow.”

Nu Metro’s Head of Technical was sent to Seoul for 3 weeks to specifically train for certified status to manage the installation of 4DX technology locally. A current cinema at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront is in the final stages of conversion to 4DX. The cinema’s catering, box office and Scene VIP areas have also been renovated and upgraded during this process. Nu Metro The Pavilion in Durban has been earmarked for the 4DX upgrade during the first quarter of 2016, with other sites to follow nationally.

The films screened in 4DX will be in HD/2D and Digital 3D on a silver curved wall-to-wall screen (9,7m wide x 5.2m high). Its audio system has been upgraded to a Dolby CP750 with 7.1 full surround sound. The Barco projector used in the cinema now also uses an upgraded lamp for brighter picture in both 2D and 3D.

“We had to install a complete new steel floor structure to be able to handle the 0.3G-force the unit moves with; as well as water, air and scent lines. The complete system uses 24 computers (1 in each of the 21 seats, motion PC, monitor PC and screen server). The ‘force’ utilises Servo motors and transducers, and not hydraulics, making the movement much smoother and more active. South Africa is in for a total new way of watching movies!” explains Johan van Staden, Nu Metro Cinemas: Head of Technical.

Additional features recently introduced by Nu Metro Cinemas include Scene Xtreme – which features Dolby Atmos/Auro 11.1 sound, RealD’s new PWS screens, world-class digital 3D technology as well as 4K Ultra High Definition projection – and Scene VIP – adding luxurious, recliner seating, a VIP lounge/bar and an à la carte menu to the cinema experience at select locations.

The movie ticket price for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS in 4DX at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront is R150.

It will be showing for a limited period in 4DX, exclusive to Nu Metro V&A Waterfront.

For bookings and other cinema info, call 0861-CINEMA (234362) or go to numetro.co.za

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305 Feature Films In Contention For 2015 Best Picture Oscar®

Three hundred five feature films are eligible for the 2015 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 88th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 88th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

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A Most Violent Year (DVD): Review

The Film

Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), a businessman in New York City 1981. An immigrant who is fighting to protect his family and his business. And we see his story during the most dangerous year of this city’s history. In essence, A Most Violent Year.

Abel is trying very hard to do everything honestly, building a business in fuel distribution. The business is trying to expand, and capitalise on opportunity, while all around decay and corruption drag them closer to ruin and trouble, threatening to destroy everything.

The various characters play off each other as their respective personalities clash, brought to life with the talented ensemble cast. One really feels for each character, loving them or hating them. The drama builds, as does the tension, as the story progresses, and while there is no overly complex plot to speak of, one is never quite certain from one moment to the next, what might happen. Might someone snap, cross a line, or will the law finally catch up to them. Worse still, who will make it to the very end of this tale. A well written story, that will keep viewer enthralled throughout.

A Most Violent Year is a mob film, well portrayed, and a joy to watch. Providing a small glimpse into the life of the time, where New York faced a dark hour. A glimpse into what life would have been life, in that point in the city’s long and colourful history.

This film is sure to keep many viewer entertained, with its stark delivery, talented cast, expertly written script, and frank delivery.

Disc And Bonus Features

As with most dics, this one is encoded at a high bitrate, keeping the image clear of artefacts. Viewers who so wish, would be able, with the right hardware or software, scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen.

Audio is presented in a 5.1 mix, adding depth to scenes, and expanding the on-screen action when necessary. With the film holding more drama than action, this will certainly not give the surrounds a huge workout, but does add to the viewing experience.

Menus are basic and static, saving space for a higher bitrate on the main feature.

There are no bonus features on the disc.

A Most Violent Year is available now, for purchase on disc, in South Africa.

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Pressure (DVD): Review

The Film

Pressure, a word with so many meanings, and many of those are aptly portrayed in this story of a group of men trapped in a submersible pod, deep down on the sea bed. Sent to repair an oil pipeline, they become separated from the surface ship, as a storm hits, and now must either wait for rescue, or make their own way to the surface, overcoming the many obstacles that now lay before them.

Pressure takes place in a stark setting. A setting similar to the starkness of the way in which is presents its moral choices. A stark look at humanity, and the instinct to survive. Sometimes this instinct overrules all other logic, and in that moment where a person is faced with death, they are often capable of anything, good or bad.

The mix of personalities both mix well, and clash. Leaving the viewer picking out who they’d side with, and who they’d be in opposition to, wondering how they might react given a similar circumstance.

While the actual plot itself is very basic, guessing the crews reactions is not as simple. No major plot twists, but enough moral surprises, that you would not be sure who would do what, right up to the very end. The story might be lacking some of the ‘edge of the seat’ tension, but there is no lack of nerves watching things unravel.

Pressure is a tense drama, and stark look at human nature, and a thrill ride to the bottom of the ocean.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a high bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on screen, even considering that many scenes have a lot of dark areas to them, given the setting of the film. It is possible to scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, give the right hardware or software.

There is a surround track, allowing the viewer to feel part of the on-screen events, and pulling them in to the claustrophobic space where all the characters are.

Disc navigation is very plain, and static. Likely preferring to keep the disc space for the main feature, and a higher average bitrate, rather than fancy menus.

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than some trailers advertising other titles, at the beginning.

Pressure is available now for purchase, in South Africa.

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Stretch (DVD): Review

The Film

Stretch (Patrick Wilson), a limo driver who has fallen on bad times, and indebted to the wrong people. Struggling to turn his life around, come clean, pay off his bookie, he battles to actually live up to his potential.

With bookies breathing down his neck, he takes on a crazed passenger in a bid to make enough in one night, to pay off all he owes. Yet said passenger has a much sought-after ledger implicating some dangerous criminals. No to mention there is an FBI sting operation looking to acquire the ledger.

As the night progresses, Stretch gets deeper and deeper into trouble, and now has his boss, rivals, the FBI, the police, bookies, and criminals after him, as things spiral more and more out of control. This is the manifestation of the snowball effect, layering more and more trouble on poor Stretch.

With all that is going wrong, as we follow this night out with Stretch, there is still space for some dry humour, and of course, some action. Nothing over the top, as far as either the action or humour goes.

Some fun, and some awkward laughs on the humour side. Especially with the very eccentric passengers Stretch picks up. On the action side, it’s all plausible, and believable. Both of these make for some fun entertainment, and an enjoyable romp, as we cheer for Stretch, hoping he will eventually sort out his life, get the girl, and move on to bigger and better things.

Disc And Bonus Features

As any disc should be, this one is encoded at a high bitrate. There are no visible on-screen artefacts. Users who wish to, and have the correct hardware or software, can scale the image up to a larger screen.

Sound is encoded in both a 2.0 and 5.1 soundtrack. There is ample use of the surround channels, to broaden the sound stage, and further draw the viewer into the on-screen action.

Navigation menus are basic, and static.

There are unfortunately no bonus features on the disc, except for some trailers to other titles, at the beginning.

Stretch is available for purchase now, in South African stores.