Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Dvd & Blu-Ray -

Turtley rub­bish

Re­lease Date: 16 Fe­bru­ary

2014 | 12 | Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Jonathan Liebesman Cast: Megan Fox, Will Ar­nett, Wil­liam Ficht­ner, Alan Ritch­son, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard

At one point

dur­ing Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles, Wil­liam Ficht­ner’s Eric Sacks de­clares, with­out a hint of irony, “We will drain ev­ery last ounce of their blood to get it… even if it kills them.” Savour the mo­ment, be­cause it’s the only mem­o­rable thing about this half- wit­ted re­boot.

April O’Neil ( Megan Fox) is a re­porter who dis­cov­ers the story of a life­time: an­thro­po­mor­phic ninja tur­tles living in the sew­ers of New York City. At the same time, vil­lain Shred­der is plan­ning to un­leash a chem­i­cal weapon on New York. Cue empty eye candy.

De­spite dispensing with the planned ex­tra- ter­res­trial ori­gins af­ter fan out­cry, TMNT still botches

Re­lease Date: 16 Fe­bru­ary

2014 | PG | Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Jorge R Gu­tier­rez Cast: Diego Luna, Zoe Sal­dana, Chan­ning Ta­tum, Ron Perl­man, Kate del Castillo

Less a movie,

more an an­i­mated cel­e­bra­tion of ev­ery Mex­i­can cul­tural cliché you could think of, The Book Of Life is a trad Dis­ney- style fairy­tale given a manic mari­achi makeover. Catholic nuns, Mex­i­can wrestling priests, a trou­ba­dour bull­fighter, mous­tache ob­ses­sions, ban­dits, the Day of the Dead, Mayan gods… they’re all cheer­ily thrown into a mix that’s spicier than an ex­tra- hot que­sadilla.

The tale of two friends who fall in love with the same girl, whose fates are bound to those of two bickering gods who can’t re­sist a wa­ger, this Guillermo del Toro- pro­duced toon looks stunning, with mar­i­onette char­ac­ters and a Tim Bur­ton vibe ( though with more re­pul­sive noses). It’s so beau­ti­ful at times, you won­der if direc­tor Jorge Gu­tier­rez Tur­tles lore to the point that the non­sen­si­cal story only serves to annoy. It pro­vides a thread­bare con­nec­tive tis­sue be­tween glossy but dull set­pieces and fights ren­dered in­com­pre­hen­si­ble by light­ning cuts and gym­nas­tic cam­er­a­work.

The CG Tur­tles lose all the charm of their car­toon coun­ter­parts, thanks to a grotty “re­al­is­tic” re­design and trite dia­logue. They’re ef­fec­tively in­vin­ci­ble too, leav­ing the film with­out any dis­cernible sense of peril be­yond the thought that you’ll never get those 101 min­utes back.

On Blu- ray ( rated): an ex­tended end­ing, 18 min­utes on the ef­fects, two fea­turettes, an odd mini- doc about real- life tur­tles and nin­jas, and a mu­sic video. The DVD has noth­ing. Jor­dan Far­ley Tur­tles co- cre­ator Kevin East­man worked as a con­sul­tant on the film and pro­vided an­i­ma­tion for the open­ing se­quence. has ac­tu­ally in­vented a cou­ple of new colours.

Tonally, it’s more Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky or The Lego Movie than Pixar/ Dis­ney – fast- paced, slap­stick and fizzing with ideas. It’s a shame, in this day and age, that the lead fe­male char­ac­ter – ass- kick­ing kung fu set­piece notwith­stand­ing – ba­si­cally sits around wait­ing for some­one to marry, but that aside, viva El Li­bro De La Vida!

The DVD has a direc­tor’s com­men­tary, “The Ad­ven­tures Of Chuy” ( a three- minute an­i­mated short by Gu­tier­rez), a com­pi­la­tion of mu­si­cal high­lights from the film ( 25 min­utes), a mu­sic video and gal­leries. The Blu- ray ( rated) adds three fea­turettes ( 29 min­utes). Dave Golder Fa­mous Span­ish tenor Plá­cido Domingo voices Skele­ton Jorge, a dead bull­fighter with a se­cret de­sire to be an opera singer.

Re­lease Date: 9 Fe­bru­ary

2013 | 15 | DVD Direc­tor: David Frazee Cast: Ty Ols­son, Pa­trick Gal­lagher, Michelle Har­ri­son, Christine Horne

Sur­vival Code

made its gog­gle­box de­but two years ago – ex­cept it wasn’t called Sur­vival Code then. The more al­lur­ingly mon­ick­ered Bo­re­alis was orig­i­nally a pi­lot for a never- pickedup Canadian TV se­ries that pitched it­self as a fu­tur­is­tic Dead­wood, or an earthly Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Now it ar­rives on this side of the pond, with an ag­o­nis­ingly generic Syfy movie- like ti­tle and a DVD cover that makes it look like Andy McNab has fi­nally gone genre.

Set in 2045, Bo­re­alis ( let’s call it that, okay? None of this Sur­vival Code silli­ness) fo­cuses on an Arc­tic town in an area where Rus­sians, Cana­di­ans, Nor­we­gians and the League of Na­tions are all try­ing to claim sovereignty. By this time the ice cap is melt­ing, and the town of Bo­re­alis is home to the last un­tapped oil, gas and min­eral de­posits on the planet.

There’s a lot to love in this one- shot, and a lot to mourn. It sets up a po­lit­i­cally com­plex world and lines up a gag­gle of morally grey and con­flicted char­ac­ters. It feels des­per­ately over­crowded though, with few of those char­ac­ters given enough space to make a firm im­pres­sion. No doubt a full sea­son would have filled them all out, but in a sin­gle 90- minute blast it feels a tad over­whelm­ing.

De­spite wear­ing its sci- fi lightly, Bo­re­alis is def­i­nitely worth a gan­der. Pre­pare to ask your­self, “What­ever came over the ex­ecs to put the ki­bosh on this one?”

None. Steve O’Brien Star Ty Ols­son says SPACE wanted to pick up the se­ries, but it didn’t hap­pen due to changes at the net­work’s par­ent com­pany.

It’ll drive you up the wall.

Yeah, but it’s not a Com­modore 64.

Maud’s cof­fee morn­ings got in­creas­ingly bizarre.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.