I remain unconvinced of the longevity or the validity given the softer images it provides and the variable quality of the ones I have seen to date…
Shrek Forever After, the fourth installment in the saga of the green CGI ogre, failed to meet even the “cautious expectations” of its producers at the weekend box office. Although the 3D film earned $71.3 million this weekend, its predecessor, Shrek 3, scored a much more imposing $122 million opening — without the benefit of inflated 3D ticket prices. Could Shrek Forever After’s under-performance indicate that movie-goers are over Hollywood’s transformative new technology?
Not the biggest surprise ever, the film is a visual treat which is likely to scorch the DVD/Blu Ray sales figures in a similar fashion no doubt..
Avatar’s worldwide takings in just six weeks stand at $1.859bn (£1.15bn), versus Titanic’s $1.843bn (£1.14bn).
Win7 comes with WMP12, against my better judgement (all the previous versions were awful) I’ve been experimenting with it simply so that I do not end up cluttering the hard drive with extra apps (Winamp in this case). There are a couple of annoyances in the way that it works, but the one that sends me in to an incandescent rage is the fact that my mouse scroll wheel does not turn the volume up & down. A cursory search finds requests for this function but no plugins that I have detected so far…
Movie playback with the appropriate Win7 64-bit codecs is good, and the player interface is not too offensive, though very similar to that of the iPhone. Sadly most of the decent visualisations I have come across are ported from Winamp and are commercial variants.
The library interface is confusing at first, however, as I store my media logically, the Folder option seems to work best. I will soldier on some more for now, but I suspect Winamp/Media Player Classic will resume their usual homes on my system in the long run.
As opposed to the people who do vote usually bizarrely for films people tend not to watch…
Those, at least, are the indications from a tally of 21 groups that have announced prizes for the best films and performances. The critics’ choices are often early indicators of the Oscar vibe. And if they’re wrong, no big deal. It’s not even Christmas yet.
Took the family yesterday to see James Cameron’s long awaited Avatar. The film is a tad lengthy but it packs in a lot and the story is as predicable as expected, clearly not helped by the amount of coverage already given it. Dances with Wolves in space sums it up in five words. That said, I love DWW and Avatar is a visual feast, with the next generation CGI clearly breaking boundaries again.
The 3D specs they use in the cinema don’t appear to use the old red/green lenses, I’m not sure if they are polarised or what, there’s no information I can find on them at present, however, suffice to say the effect is impressive. The 3D wasn’t overused in the film but does add to the whole depth of Pandora’s beautiful vistas. The trailers before the film clearly show that 2010 will be chock full of other 3D cinema releases ensuring that there will be content for the home as there are plenty of stories covering 3D TV at home:
Presumably they are keen to kick-start something as the after effects of the blue-ray HD-DVD war have not made blue ray the DVD killer the industry expected. A shame really, given the massive difference in image and sound (with the right equipment) it offers.
The film is a roller coaster ride full of eye candy and nods to plenty of other films which would appear to be deliberate be that product placement check out the T-shirts, of the ships looking like those from Aliens.
Ultimately, you simply have to ask yourself were you entertained, and for that I would give it 4/5 stars…:thumbsup:
Quite a nice read on what on the background to, promises to be an eye opening re-visit to the 80s classic…
We tried to make it independently, but we didn’t have the money. We ended up going broke trying to make it. We had it storyboarded and scripted. We had sample computer animation from a couple of guys at MIT. We were ready to go. We just needed the money. TRON represented a new world. It represented a new frontier — a chance to get to this place… cyberspace, first. It was great.