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The Batman V Superman 4DX-Experience Now In Cinemas

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

The highly anticipated BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is now showing in the revolutionary 4DX cinemas at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront (Cape Town) and The Pavilion (Durban).

Movie fans in both cities will be able to experience BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE in the fully immersive 4DX-format from today (Thursday, 24 March) – exclusive to Nu Metro The Pavilion and V&A Waterfront. It promises to give cinemagoers an adrenalin-fuelled, multi-sensory, digital 4D movie experience like no other.

4DX will be expanding to other regions in South Africa during the next two years, with an agreement in place to eventually have a total of five 4DX cinemas being launched locally at Nu Metro Cinemas.

Nu Metro Cinemas signed an agreement with CJ 4DPLEX, creator of 4DX last year – the world’s first 4D cinema technology for feature films – a partnership that for the first time brings 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.

Apart from 4DX in Cape Town and Durban, the film is also showing in all other Nu Metro Cinemas nationwide (2D and 3D). It is also the new release for the Scene Xtreme cinemas at Nu Metro Menlyn Park (Pretoria; Dolby 7.1 sound), The Glen (Johannesburg; Dolby 7.1. sound) and Clearwater Mall (Johannesburg; Dolby ATMOS) – featuring superior all-around sound and enhanced 3D visuals projected via RealD’s Precision White Screen-technology onto large-format screens.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is touted to be one of 2016’s biggest blockbusters – featuring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the leading roles, with an impressive supporting cast including names such as Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, who was also responsible for 300 and MAN OF STEEL.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Get ready to be wowed with impressive action scenes, awesome special effects and intense, suspenseful drama when two of the most well-known superheroes clash. The film is based on the original DC Comics characters.

“Nu Metro Cinemas would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the thousands of customers who have supported 4DX with sold out-shows in Cape Town during the past few months. We wanted to give South Africa a truly immersive cinema experience, and it has been embraced as such,” stated Nitesh Matai, GM for Nu Metro Cinemas. “4DX fulfilled those expectations as the new 4DX cinemas involve all five senses for consumers to enjoy a cinema outing like nothing else they’ve seen, heard, or felt before. We are now very excited to have opened the 2nd 4DX cinema in Africa at our state-of-the-art cineplex in Durban’s The Pavilion shopping centre. Get ready KZN, it is going to exceed your wildest cinematic expectations!”

“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. Existing cinemas at Nu Metro The Pavilion and V&A Waterfront have been converted to world-class 4DX cinemas. This process involved the installation of cutting-edge screen and sound technology, special seating pods and other equipment required for the 4DX sensory overload. The installation employed local contractors to complete the process.

The films screened in 4DX are in HD/2D and Digital 3D on a silver curved wall-to-wall screen. Its audio system has been upgraded to a Dolby CP750 with 7.1 full surround sound. The Barco projectors used in the cinemas now also use 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, a motion PC, a monitor PC and a 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 at its other sites in South Africa 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.

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

Direct links for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: numet.ro/batmansupman or book for 4DX at numet.ro/bvs4dx.

Premium pricing apply to both 4DX and Scene Xtreme; loyalty discounts are not applicable. Standard pricing and discounts apply to normal 3D and 2D cinemas.

Read the SAMDB Review of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice here.

Read more about 4DX-Cinema here.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Review

The much anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming to South Africa, and has fans all excited. The eagerness to see Ben Affleck will fare as Batman, the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, and then there’s Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Everyone has their favourite from those who have have handed over the reins for these characters in the past. Will they measure up?

Batman takes on Superman (as the title suggests). Fearing that the man of steel is left to his of devices, and in times of crises he answers to no-one. The world is unsure of the type of hero it requires, and now with Batman and Superman fighting each other a new evil emerges. Created by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Doomsday poses a grave danger to all.

Can the two set aside their differences, and come to some sort of understanding, so they can work together, along with Wonder Woman, to quell this new threat?

The story does take its time in the beginning, jumping between the two main characters, and giving the audience a background on their origins. By now, most anyone who has heard of the two knows how it all began, so this is probably unnecessary, and more time could have been spent on the issue at hand. With all the looking back, the film does tie in to, and reference events from previous films, however those who have not been keeping up with all the releases will not be left in the dark.

We do get to see another side to the personalities of both Batman and Superman. It’s a pity the story didn’t dwell more on these (and Wonder Woman, for that matter). However, personal preferences aside, the cast bring talent to the roles. And while we follow the two heroes, we get to see yet more of the lives of those in their home cities, Gotham and Metropolis.

There are several other characters, making smaller, or very brief appearances. Blink and you will miss them. With that said, most fans are going to see the film more than once. so make one of those visits an Imax, as sadly the 3D in many cinemas is still far too dark. South African cinemas need to either upgrade the lights in their projectors, or upgrade their projectors. Perhaps more cinema audiences should bring this to the attention of the various cinema complexes, and then change will finally happen.

Batman v Superman, a fan dream come true, and a film that is going to excite many an audience. Pick your team, suit up, and see one of the biggest showdowns in super hero history.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens 24 March 2016 in South African cinemas.

 

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Interview

Q&A With Director Gavin Hood – Eye In The Sky

Eye In The Sky, a film about a commander in England, drone pilots in The United States, terrorists located somewhere in Kenya. Do they have the authority to strike at these high value targets on foreign soil? How far can they take this action, and what are the stakes. All these are weighed up in this thriller about remote warfare.

Eye In The Sky

SAMDB had the opportunity to do an Q&A with director of Eye In The Sky, Gavin Hood (writer / director Ender’s Game and Tsotsi, director X-Men Origins: Wolverine to name but a few).

Eye In The Sky

What inspired you to become a film director?

I was an actor before I became a director. There were very few films being made in SA when I started in the industry in the mid 80’s. Mostly dreadful B action movies for the US straight to video market. I realized at some point that if I wanted to do better work I needed to generate my own work and I started working hard at my writing. Directing followed from writing my own scripts.

Films such as Eye in the Sky are shot and set in many varied locations. How to you approach such a project, and prepare yourself to realise the written story in a visual format?

That’s a very broad question. But it all starts with a great script. I then spend a lot of time gathering visual references and ideas online. Then I put together mood boards that indicate camera, lighting and color palette ideas and I do rough sketches of how I think I might layout the floor plans of sets to best stage action and be able to accommodate camera moves etc. Finally I take these initial ideas to my team – production designer, cinematographer, pre-vis and story board artists etc and with the help of many talented people it all slowly comes together.

Being from SA, and being able to shoot various films here (including Eye in the Sky), do you try bring a piece of your SA heritage to each project?

My emotional and political experiences growing up in SA definitely influence the way I see the world and the themes I’m drawn to.

Film or digital? And why?

Digital. It’s come so far. Cameras are lighter and you can shoot for longer in way less light. Get over film. For all practical purposes you can achieve any film effect you want in post. And I love the digital intermediate process where you have so much control over the image.

Any advice for aspiring film directors?

Make short films to practice your craft. That’s where you learn in a safe environment. Don’t make a feature until you’re sure you are ready. I’ve seen so many bad first features. Remember, there’s only one thing harder than raising money for a first feature film, and that’s raising money for a second feature if your first one was bad.

What’s next for you?

That depends on what audiences think of Eye in the Sky!

We are grateful, and thank Gavin for sharing his experiences, and journey with us.

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Interview

Q&A With Megan Gill – Eye In The Sky

Eye In The Sky, a film about a commander in England, drone pilots in The United States, terrorists located somewhere in Kenya. Do they have the authority to strike at these high value targets on foreign soil? How far can they take this action, and what are the stakes. All these are weighed up in this thriller about remote warfare.

Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell
Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell

SAMDB was fortunate enough to catch up with the film’s editor Megan Gil for a Q&A, who’s credits include the Oscar winning Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Spud and several others that will be familiar.

Eye In The Sky

How did you get your start in the film world, and what made you focus on editing?

I had taken a year off from university and done some travelling and was waitressing when a friend asked me if I would like to help out on a TV series she was working on. So I started as an apprentice in the cutting room on Agter Elke Man, got a third assistant job on a feature straight afterwards and never went back to university. I assisted on mostly features for neary 10 years before I started cutting.

Do you have a software preference for edit work?

Over the years, I’ve worked on 5 or 6 different systems. They all ultimately do the same thing once you learn the quirks of each system. At the moment, I prefer working on Avid. It has become really affordable. It’s the most reliable and I find it the most intuitive. Probably because it was one of the first systems I learnt to use.

Talk us through your edit workflow, and how you approach editing a feature film. It must be a very collaborative process?

I approach each film slightly differently, depending on the way it has been shot, the story etc. Eye in the Sky was particularly difficult because each character/location was shot separately because of budget constraints. For example, all of Helen Mirren’s scenes were shot first and Gavin played all the characters she interacted with on the set to feed her lines. Then we shot Aaron Paul and Gavin played all the Helen Mirren parts to him. So it was really like cutting one long phone conversation. I couldn’t cut many of the scenes until all the film had been shot because I had to wait for all the pieces of the puzzle before I could complete it. Once I have a full first cut, then the collaboration with Gavin begins. We obviously stay in touch during the shoot, to make sure we both feel like things are working, but the real work begins once I have a full cut that we can begin to pull apart and rearrange.

You’ve worked with director Gavin Hood a few times in the past. Have you found that the familiarity makes the work easier?

Yes, definitely. I understand his sensibilities, he understands mine. We have a shorthand that comes from working together so often. We don’t always agree but we always find a way through that, borne out of our respect of each other. He always says if one of us isn’t happy, then there’s something wrong and we need to find a way to make it work.

A film is made three times; when writing the script, when filming, and then when editing. Is it often that you would find the story changing in any major way?

Yes and no. Editing, I think, is where you find the essence of the film. It is where you throw out the stuff that doesn’t serve emotion or story. Often stuff is written or shot that over explains. Hopefully, editing is where you keep the essentials and leave behind the superfluous without losing the emotional journey.

What advice would you have for any aspiring film editors?

See lots of films, read lots of books, watch lots of people. Our ability to tell stories comes from our understanding of the world and the way humans exist in it. If we only live in the vacuum of film, we start talking to ourselves. Novels are where I got my love of storytelling. Knowing how people react and live in the world helps inform a sense of reality in the storytelling. And film is only that, another medium for telling stories.

What’s next for you?

Well, I have just finished working on Shepherds and Butchers for Oliver Schmitz, which premièred in Berlin, so I’m taking a bit of a rest. After that, I’m not sure. I am waiting to hear about a couple of South African projects I’m very excited about. And then, hopefully, Gavin’s next movie, which will probably be next year.

We are grateful, and thank Megan for sharing her experiences, and journey with us.

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Byzantium (DVD): Review

Film

Two woman, Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), running from terrible events, seek refuge in a run-down coastal town. Soon, Clara befriends lonely Noel, who offers the girls shelter in his deserted guest house, the Byzantium. While there, young Eleanor befriends Frank, and as the two grow closer, she shares her story with him, that her and Clara were born 200 years ago, and survive on human blood.

While the premise of Byzantium is that of two ageless girls, turned into vampires, and always on the run to escape both humans who exploit them and the order of vampires who seek to destroy them, the heart of the story is merely one of young Eleanor looking to belong, and Clara looking to live.

It is not long until one grows attached to Eleanor, her child like ways, her morals, and care of others. However, she is a loner, and never lets anyone too close, for know what she really is, she dreads having to harm another.

Clara is almost the opposite pole to Eleanor, running a brothel, recruiting other girls on the pretext of saving them from the streets.

And then, as is always the case, the past catches up with the girls. The order of vampires forbid the turning of a female, or for a female to turn another. They seek to destroy the girls. The local authorities are out to remove Eleanor from Clara’s care, as they believe her entire story to be a fictitious cry for help, from a girl in a family situation that abuses her.

As all these story threads intertwine, and reach their somewhat predictable climax, we are treated to some absorbing acting talent, in a story that could apply in many ways to the lives of many, save for the fact that the girls are vampires.

Byzantium is a sweet tale of want, as the two girls seek their place in the world, and wish to live better lives, free from enslavement, abuse, and with the ability to prosper.

Disc

Byzantium is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate, with no visible artefacts on screen. Users with the necessary hardware or software can scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, if so desired. There is no colour bleed, and the image is steady.

Audio

The soundtrack is presented in a Dobly 5.1 mix, and while not excessive, it does make some use of the surround channels, further drawing the viewer into the on-screen events, and expanding the story world. Audio is clear and crisp.

Navigation

The disc menu system is a simple, static one, but is easy to use and follow.

Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, other than a few previews at the beginning.