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Today I have your first look at the very "blue" cover art for A.I. on Blu-ray as well as Amazon's pre-order link which reveals a low price of $17.99. For that price you'll get 9 featurettes, 2 trailers in HD and the A.I. Archives.
Click here to pre-order A.I.: Artificial Intelligence on Blu-ray at Amazon.
When the original “Tron” was released in 1982, its cutting-edge CGI animation and odd story about bits and users and data storage was a little ahead of its time for a populace whose majority had never touched a computer. It languished as a cult film for many years until Disney greenlit the splashy revival “Tron: Legacy,” which brings star Jeff Bridges back onto the gamegrid in spectacular fashion.
But if Disney is willing to fork over hundreds of millions for a direct sequel to an old underperformer like “Tron,” what’s to stop other studios from reviving cult sci-fi properties from two decades ago?
Nothing, really (unless common sense counts as something), so we compiled a list of our favorite underappreciated ’80s sci-fi titles along with our own fanciful ideas of how to expand them into a franchise.
9. ‘*batteries not included’ (1987)
Cute family of small sentient spaceships from another planet helping »
- Max Evry
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Inception The week's obvious top choice for purchase is Christopher Nolan's latest crowd-pleaser. I actually have the "Extraction Mode" from the Blu-ray release playing as I write this up, but haven't yet had a chance to take a look at the second disc. However, I am particularly interested in the 44-minute long "Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious" featurette on the second disc. This feature explores dream research and I would think in conjunction with the film would be rather intriguing.
I can tell you the image is exceptional and the DTS-hd soundtrack is equally up to task and should prove impressive on the right systems. If there's a 2010 film made for Blu-ray it's this one. I should have a full review soon. Cronos (Criterion Collection) This one I am almost done with my review already. I had never »
- Brad Brevet
Steven Spielberg's A.I. Artifical Intelligence starring Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law has been given a Blu-ray Disc release date of February 15, 2011 per retailers, marking the 10-year anniversary of when the film first debuted in theaters.
A.I. on Blu-ray will be presented in its original aspect ratio in 1080p video as well as 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features will include a slew of featurettes: Creating A.I.; Acting A.I.; Designing A.I.; Lighting A.I.; A.I./FX; The Robots of A.I.; Special Visual Effects and Animation: Ilm; The Sound and Music of A.I.l; and Closing: Steven Spielberg: Our Responsibility to Artificial Intelligence. Also included are two theatrical trailers in HD as well as the A.I. Archives.
Additional A.I. on Blu-ray information including cover art and pre-order information will be coming in the weeks ahead. »
Between them, they have nearly a century’s worth of TV programming experience, and were part of a generation of Home Box Office management which helped turn company into the premier subscription television service not only in the U.S., but in the world. Their longevity has given them the opportunity to live through their company’s change from a raucously-growing enterprise to a mature business, evolving from what had primarily been a movie service to a programmer just as identified with such acclaimed, high-profile original programming as The Sopranos, Band of Brothers, True Blood, and, most recently, Boardwalk Empire.
Still, they have spent most of their professional lives dealing with movies. A production executive at a major studio might deal with two dozen released films a year. Programmers at HBO (and its sister channel Cinemax) easily deal with over a thousand. They appraise them, try to understand what people »
- Bill Mesce
We here at TheMoviePool are obviously always trying to highlight the best that filmmakers like ourselves have to offer. Today that comes in the form of a very awesome trailer, mashed together from a multitude of films. This is what impresses me most about some of these trailers. They take scenes from several different films, but manage to mesh them together in order to form a cohesive story, which works visually as well. These things truly showcase the power of video editing and this particular video is made more awesome by the fact that it's for Ender's Game.
If you're unfamiliar with Ender's Game, be sure to go to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of it today. It's a phenomenal Sci-Fi book, penned by Orson Scott Card. It's a book I couldn't put down, and blew through it within a day. The story really lends itself to »
A long time ago in a magical galaxy far, far away, legendary director Steven Spielberg was in talks to direct a little film entitled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The La Times, in their piece, “A Hollywood History of the Harry Potter Property”, explains that Warner Bros., having just purchased the rights to J.K. Rowling’s novels (for only $2 million!) back when Potter was little more than an overseas sensation, contacted DreamWorks in the hopes of securing a financial partner. DreamWorks was reluctant at first, but jumped on board once the books became a worldwide phenomenon, and suggested that Spielberg direct the first film.
“I did think it would be worthwhile for Steven Spielberg to direct,” Warner Bros. president Alan Horn said. “We offered it to him. But one of the notions of Dreamworks’ and Steven’s was, ‘Let’s combine a couple of the books, let’s make it animated, »
- Jeff Ames
Animated filmmaker Sylvian Chomet follows up the great Triplets of Belleville with the Jacques Tati scripted The Ilusionist. The trailer to which seems to suggest at the rather sad comedic life of an ailing magician in the face of more modern day entertainments. To watch the trailer for the upcoming animated film, previously covered here, hit the jump.
One of the great bitter joys in a filmgoer’s life is seeing an unproduced film or screenplay by a deceased auteur finally completed by someone else entirely. On the one hand – it’s great to see their unfinished work in fruition, but on the other – one can’t help but wish it had been the late auteur them self doing the completing. The most recent examples of such a dilemma being Steven Spielberg’s A.I. (based on Stanley Kubrick’s work) or Tom Twyker’s Heaven (part of the great Krysztof Kieslowski’s incomplete Heaven, »
- Tommy Cook
Three previously undiscovered screenplays by master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa have been uncovered in Japan. According to Sankei Sports (via The Playlist), Tokyo University Media Professor, Yasuki Hamano found the screenplays while researching for his upcoming book series Akira Kurosawa Archives in which the scripts will be collected. Two of the scripts–Kanokemaru no Hitobito (The People of Kanokemaru) and Ashita o Tsukuru Hitobito (The People Who Make Tomorrow)—are for feature films while the third–Yoki na Kojo (The Cheerful Factory)—was for a radio drama. Hit the jump for details on these projects.
For those who don’t know, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most legendary and influential filmmakers of all time. His body of work features numerous classics including Seven Samurai, Ikiru, Rashomon, and Ran. Kurosawa passed away in 1998 at the age of 88.
The People of Kanokemaru centers on “sailors on an old transport ship who overcome »
- Matt Goldberg
Steven Spielberg is keeping himself busy. Dreamworks has confirmed that Spielberg will direct “Robopocalypse,” according to Deadline. The movie is a script adaptation of a Daniel H. Wilson novel of human survival during an “apocalyptic robot uprising.” This is an unpublished novel, which will be released in stores by Doubleday in June 2011. He also wrote, “How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion,” which was also announced to be on big screen with director Steve Pink and actor Jack Black. “'Robopocalypse' embodies an imaginative story of a robot rebellion unleashed against the human race,” said Mark Mourian, a producer on the project. “This is a project we immediately sparked to and with Steven directing it we knew it was in the best possible hands to bring it to worldwide audiences.” Spielberg’s other announced projects recently were “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, »
We’re here! It’s a week before Halloween, but the release of Paranormal Activity 2: Electric Boo!-galoo seemed like the perfect occasion to watch the 1982 ghosts-in-suburbia film Poltergeist. About a family being terrorized by a specter older than Arlen and scarier than Phil, the flick has given birth to endless quotable lines, childhood nightmares, and rumors of a curse. Directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Tobe Hooper, but kinda maybe really directed by 1941’s Steven Spielberg, it remains a classic of the genre and a good warning not to let your kids sit too close to the TV. »
- Darren Franich and Keith Staskiewicz
Steven Spielberg likes robots. He brought the world A.I., is the executive producer of the Transformers franchise and has also shepherded upcoming Hugh Jackman/robo-boxing pic Real Steel to the screen. And since he’s been watching Drew Goddard’s progress working on the script since at least March, we’re not entirely shocked to report he’s committed to directing technological terror tale Robopocalypse once work is finished on War Horse.The novel of Robopocalypse, written by Daniel H Wilson, follows mankind’s attempts to stay alive when the ‘bots we created to serve us do the expected thing and decide to take over. It’s prime material for Spielberg to explore humanity's relationship with machines once again (or just blow stuff up a la War of the Worlds), and has been churned out almost concurrently with the screenplay version, with Wilson handing in chunks of his manuscript for »
From the title alone, it seems like a brilliant idea. Or at least an idea that will see some large-scale destruction at the cold, metal hands of old-people’s-medicine fueled machines. After Tin Tin and Warhorse hit screens a little over a year from now, Steven Spielberg will dive in to production on Robopocalypse, based on the forthcoming novel from Daniel H. Wilson. Spielberg was excited about the project from before the book was even finished – watching as the author turned in pages to his editor and to screenwriter Drew Goddard for screenwrite-ification. That begs the question: how is this robot movie different than any other? Like, say, Terminator or A.I. for example. [Deadline Mansfield] »
- Cole Abaius
5 October 2010 10:01 PM, PDT | AMC Filmcritic's John Scalzi on Scifi | See recent AMC Filmcritic's John Scalzi on Scifi news »
So here's an interesting thought experiment: you have been given access to the government's top-secret time machine for the purpose of putting together the Best Science-Fiction Filmmaking Team of All Time. Whom do you choose? And why? Yes, these are the things I think about and not just because I write a column about science-fiction film. Although that does mean I get to tell you about them. Here are my choices.DIRECTORThis one's the easy one: if you've going to pick just one science-fiction director, you go with Steven Spielberg. He can do action (Jurassic Park, Minority Report), he can do heart (E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial), and occasionally he can do weird (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Artificial Intelligence: AI). He's had a science-fiction turkey or two (The Lost World: Jurassic Park), but his hit-miss ratio in science fiction is unmatched. Not picking him for your team would be like »
Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor is developing a new TV series for HBO called Year Zero. The new series is described as a grim and dark sci-fi epic that Reznor's chronicled in his music. He also wants to use Steven Spielberg's Alternate Reality Game from the movie A.I. for inspiration, the game was created by 42 Entertainment
He recently told The La Times the following,
We are in [the development phase of] pre-production with HBO and BBC [Worldwide Productions] to do a miniseries. It’s exciting. I probably shouldn’t say too much about it except that I understand that there’s a thousand hurdles before anything shows up in your TV listing. It’s been an interesting and very educational process and it cleared the HBO hurdle a few months ago and now we’re writing drafts back and forth. So it’s very much alive and incubating at the moment.
Reznor is »
Results of our latest poll here at Flickering Myth...
Firstly, thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in our latest poll (557 of you in all, giving us a new site record!), which we've been running to coincide with Trevor Hogg's fantastic five-part profile on legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, "Encountering Spielberg".
With such an exhaustive back-catalogue there was certainly plenty to choose from, so without further ado here are the results of our poll to find your favourite Steven Spielberg movie...
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - 108 (19%)
Jurassic Park (1993) - 76 (13%)
Schindler’s List (1993) - 53 (9%)
Jaws (1975) - 52 (9%)
Saving Private Ryan (1998) - 45 (8%)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - 34 (6%)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - 33 (5%)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - 19 (3%)
Catch Me If You Can (2002) - 17 (3%)
Duel (1971) - 17 (3%)
Hook (1991) - 15 (2%)
Minority Report (2002) - 14 (2%)
Empire of the Sun (1987) - 12 (2%)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - 11 (1%)
Munich (2005) - 9 (1%)
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory  was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita  was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »
One of the many charms of Comic-Con is the viral marketing. While films as far back as Spielberg’s 2001 opus, A.I. Artificial Intelligence have employed this technique, the advent of iPhone’s and web 2.0 technology has expanded these games from webrings to include real life citywide scavenger hunts. Possibly the best run and most exciting of which was at Comic-Con last year for Tron Legacy. Read all about it here.
Today, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time in order to participate in this year’s version. Read on for a summary of the fun and a peek at the swag.
To play, fans must follow a twitter feed that has been giving out locations all around the con where flyers with Tron images have been posted. With each twitter update the game turns into a mad dash as the players race to each stop, »
- Hunter Daniels
Haley Joel Osment was, for a brief but pivotal pop culture moment, one of the most famous child stars ever. He captured the zeitgeist with his gloriously freaked-out role in The Sixth Sense. Two years later, he starred in A.I., the long-awaited, much-debated, utterly bananas Steven Spielberg movie about a robo-boy who loves his mother. From there, Osment did a slow-fade from the public mainstream: voiceover acting for Disney, a token run-in with L.A. Law, and an initiation of the Jodie Foster Protocol (in which child stars attend top-tier East Coast universities; See also: Natalie Portman, Emma Watson.) But now: comeback alert! »
- Darren Franich
The story follows a college graduate who dreams of teaching high school Algebra. Due to budget cuts though, he ends up teaching sexual education - a bit of a problem as he's still a virgin.
- Garth Franklin
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