Monday, 24 July 2017

metropolis 90th

Eureka Entertainment to release a stunning new METROPOLIS Boxed Set, in celebration of the film's 90th Anniversary year, featuring Fritz Lang’s silent, sci-fi masterpiece. Limited to just 2000 copies worldwide, and illustrated with newly commissioned artwork specially for this release. The set features 2 x Blu-rays, 1 x DVD and a 100 page book all housed in a HARDBOUND SLIPCASE, Available from 25 September 2017 as part of The Masters of Cinema Series as a Eureka Webstore Exclusive.
With its dizzying depiction of a futuristic cityscape and alluring female robot, Metropolis is among the most famous of all German films and the mother of sci-fi cinema (an influence on Blade Runner and Star Wars, among countless other films). Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (MDas Testament des Dr. MabuseThe Big Heat, etc.), its jaw-dropping production values, iconic imagery, and modernist grandeur – it was described by Luis Buñuel as "a captivating symphony of movement" – remain as powerful as ever.
Drawing on – and defining – classic sci-fi themes, Metropolis depicts a dystopian future in which society is thoroughly divided in two: while anonymous workers conduct their endless drudgery below ground their rulers enjoy a decadent life of leisure and luxury. When Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) ventures into the depths in search of the beautiful Maria (Brigitte Helm in her debut role), plans of rebellion are revealed and a Maria-replica robot is programmed by mad inventor Rotwang (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) and master of Metropolis Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel) to incite the workers into a self-destructive riot.

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the film’s release, Eureka Entertainment is proud to present the definitive version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis in a Special Edition Boxed Set as part of The Masters of Cinema Series, containing the 150-minute reconstructed and restored version; Giorgio Moroder presents Metropolis – the 1984 re-imagining featuring a soundtrack by Moroder himself; and the original 2001 restoration that was considered the definitive version of the film before the discovery of additional footage which brought the film significantly closer to Lang’s original vision.
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SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET CONTAINS:
- A Limited Edition Boxed Set, illustrated with newly commissioned artwork specially for this release
- 150 minute reconstructed and restored 2010 version (including 25 minutes of footage previously thought lost to the world) on Blu-ray
Metropolis Refound – a 2010 documentary by Evangelina Loguerico exploring the rediscovery of the most complete print of the Fritz Lang masterpiece in an Argentinean film museum
Giorgio Moroder presents: Metropolis – the 1984 re-imagining of Metropolis featuring a soundtrack by Moroder himself and artists such as Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Freddie Mercury and many more
The Fading Image – Documentary which goes behind the scenes of Giorgio Moroder’s restoration and scoring
- Pristine HD transfers (1080p on the Blu-ray discs)
- The 2001 restoration that was considered the definitive version of the film before the discovery of the Argentina footage
- 2010 symphony orchestra studio recording of the original 1927 Gottfried Huppertz score in 5.1 (2010 version)
- Berndt Heller’s arrangement of the Gottfried Huppertz score (2001 version)
- Optional English subtitles as well as the original German intertitles
- Full length audio commentary by David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum (2010 version)
- Full length audio commentary by film historian Enno Patalas (2001 version)
Die Reise nach Metropolis (2010, 53 minutes), a documentary about the film
- 2010 re-release trailer
- A 100-page book featuring archival interviews with Fritz Lang; a 1927 review by Luis Buñuel; articles by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Karen Naundorf; extensive restoration notes by Martin Koerber; writing by Otto Hunte, Günther Rittau, Aenne Willkomm, Brigitte Helm and Rudolf Arnheim alongside a stunning array of rare archival imagery

DETAILS:

Label: Eureka!

Title| METROPOLIS [90th Anniversary] (Masters of Cinema) Limited Edition Boxed Set
Starring| ALFRED ABEL | GUSTAV FRÖHLICH | RUDOLF KLEIN-ROGGE 
Director| Fritz Lang

Blu-ray Cat. No.| EKA70273
Blu-ray Barcode| 5060000702736
Blu-ray RRP| £25.00

Release Date| 25 September 2017
Certificate| PG
Run Time| 150 + 84 + 118 minutes
OAR| Various
Picture| B&W / Tinted 
Genre| World Cinema / Sci-Fi 
Year| 1927
Country| GERMANY
Language| GERMAN (Intertitles)
Subtitles| ENGLISH (Optional)


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Sunday, 23 July 2017


stranger things season 2 ghostbusters

San Diego Comic Con was the place to be if you're a Stranger Things fan and lets be honest, who isn't?  The cast and masterminds behind the Netflix series were on stage for the hour long panel and a new trailer for season two was revealed to a roaring crowd.

The trailer is three minutes long and packed with 80's goodness as well as a heavy dose of horror.  Look out for Dragon's Lair (I hated that game.  Soaked up my money like it was a packet of Oreos.)  A Reagan/Bush '84 campaign sign, Michael Jackson's Thriller complete with Vincent Price and of course the Ghostbusters.  In fact Ghostbusters seems to feature heavily and a makeshift ghost trap seems to be the centre of attention in one scene.

Fans of Eleven will be relieved to discover that she is in the trailer.  Wait until the end.

Executive producer, Matt Duffer was eager to talk about the new series and how it all began “We’re big movie nerds — that’s what we wanted to do. We started to get into television as it became more cinematic.”

The brothers said they thought about “what would be the ultimate long movie — Spielberg directing a big, fat Stephen King book. That was the dream, that was the ambition,” Ross Duffer said.

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It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Season 2 premieres October 27, 2017.

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Saturday, 22 July 2017


The brand new trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One has been released today at San Diego Comic Con and boy is it a blast!  It definitely has a sensory overload feel about it.  There are so many geek references in the trailer and I've captured a few for you to check out.

ready player one atari bike
Look out for the bike that scrapes across the ground.  It boasts an Atari logo and we were informed by Paul Weller on our Facebook page that the bike is in fact Kaneda's bike from Akira.

delorean back to the future ready player one
Back to the Future is featured in the trailer.  Check out that Delorean retro fitted from Back to the Future II.

delorean inside ready player one

 And here's a quick glimpse inside the Delorean complete with time circuits.  Check out the dates.

columbus ohio 2045
This is Columbus, Ohio - 2045

Competition Pro Joystick ready player one
Check out that glorious Competition Pro Joystick.  I had one of those.

f1 car ready player one
Ready for the race, or is it a battle?  Someone got the pre-order exclusive F1 car by the look of it.

flying ready player one
Who fancies a flying dance?

iron giant ready player one
Feel a lot safer with the Iron Giant on my side.  Steven Spielberg says he has a significant part.

freddy kruger ready player one
Freddy Kruger in the dream?  Or nightmare?

101 ready player one
It has a Minority Report feel

harley quinn ready player one
Heroes are a plenty in this world.  Harley Quinn and Deathstroke are not joking around.

trackmania ready player one
Fancy a game of Trackmania anyone?

troll ready player one
This guy doesn't look friendly

scorpion ready player one
Be a superhero on a giant mechanical scorpion in 2045.  The future seems glorious.  Or is it?

The key to Ready Player One
The key to Ready Player One?

Update - Thanks to Tom Soliva for posting this one on our Facebook page.  Pure imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is played throughout the trailer.  Great spot.  I totally missed it.

More Updates -  The following four photos were posted on our Facebook page by the eagle eyed Mark Tetreault.

If you pause it just right you see that the "this guy doesn't look friendly" guy has Aech on his nametag! I'm wondering if these shots are showing Aech doing the arena combat that's mentioned in the book.

ready player one lara croft
In the shot with all the vehicles, look to the right. You'll see the A-Team van and what appears to be Christine next to it.

ready player one lara croft
I think that's Lara Croft leaning up against Christine.

ready player one mad max
 Is that Mad Max's Interceptor vehicle in the chase scene?


Did we miss any more?  Let us know in the comments below.  Here's the trailer for you to check out all those references.



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Steven Spielberg is in attendance at San Diego Comic Con to promote his latest project, Ready Player One and just appeared on stage.  He was joined by author and co-scribe of the film, Ernest Cline.  Cline had a lot of praise for Spielberg saying "“I learned to become a storyteller from this guy…his films are woven in my DNA.”

Spielberg equally had good things to say about Cline.  “When I read Ernie’s book, it was the amazing flash forward and flash back to the ’80s that I used to work in. The creation of a virtual world took two and half years of preparation...I read the book, and said ‘They’re going to need a younger director'”

Fans were also treated to the first proper trailer for Ready Player One and it looks fantastic.  There's so much to take in.  The virtual world in 2045 looks amazing.  Really, it does.  There are so many geek references in this trailer.  Look out for the Back to the Future Delorean.  What a world to live in.  Just look at all those micro-transactions.

What do you think of the trailer?

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Dive into the deep blue sea with Nat Geo WILD as they explore all things shark in their annual SHARKFEST! All next week Nat Geo WILD will bring you up close and personal with the most exhilarating and terrifying predators on the planet, with UK premieres each night at 7pm.

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Nat Geo WILD presents Sharkfest, an entire week of programming dedicated to all things shark – the ocean’s most iconic and feared fish. Every weeknight at 7pm, a brand new premiere takes viewers up close and personal with the most exhilarating and terrifying predators on the planet.

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Sharks have prowled the Earth’s seas, essentially unchanged, for 400 million years. Their size, power, and great, toothy jaws fill us with fear and fascination. And though sharks kill only a few people each year, media coverage and movie portrayals of attacks have marked sharks as voracious killing machines. But we know surprisingly little about them.

nat geo wild shark gif

Nat Geo WILD’s Sharkfest aims to change that, with a range of action-packed shark programmes to sink your teeth into. Highlights include Tiger Shark Terror, which aims to answer the age-old myth is it true sharks only feed at night? Attaching advanced camera systems to these mighty beasts, viewers will witness never-before-seen footage of night-time tiger shark activity.

nat geo wild shark gif

Shark Swarm is the stuff of nightmares – with twelve thousand blacktip sharks only a stone’s throw from the coast. The programme dives beneath the surface, exploring some of the largest and mysterious shark aggregations on the planet.
In When Sharks Attack, hear first-hand the true and terrifying accounts by people who looked Jaws in the eye and lived to tell the tale.

Don’t miss Sharkfest, every week night at 7pm from Monday 24th July on Na Geo WILD.



DID YOU KNOW?

There are over 465 known species of sharks. Due to overfishing, discriminatory killing, and accidentally getting tangled in nets met for other fish, at least a quarter of sharks may be headed for extinction.

· As one of the top predators in the ocean, sharks are an important part of the marine ecosystem, by keeping fish populations balanced, and cleaning the ocean of carcasses from dead animals

· Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish on earth. They can grow to an average of 15 feet in length, through specimens exceeding 20 feet and weighing up to 5,000 pounds have been recorded.

· Great white sharks are streamlined, torpedo-shaped swimmers with powerful tails that can propel them through the water at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. Their mouths are lined with up to 300 serrated triangular teeth arranged in several rows, and they have an exceptional sense of smell to detect prey.


· Tiger sharks are second only to great whites in attacking people. But because they have a near completely undiscerning palate, they are not likely to swim away after biting a human, as great whites frequently do.

· Tiger sharks will eat anything, including trash, which has earned them the nickname trash can of the sea.

· Whale sharks are the largest fish on the planet. They can grow up to 40 feet (12.2 meters) long.

· Whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to hitch a ride.

· The shortfin mako has evolved over 400 million years to reach top speeds of 45 to over 60 miles per hour.

· Many experts consider bull sharks to be the most dangerous shark in the world. These fast, agile predators will eat almost anything they see, including fish, dolphins, and even other sharks.

· Greenland sharks is the longest-lived vertebrate on earth. These animals can live at least 272 years – and possibly to 500.

· Thresher sharks are also one of the only species of shark that jumps completely out of the water, a behavior which is called breeching.

· Nurse sharks usually rest on the sea floor during the day in groups, sometimes as big as 40 sharks, piled on top of each other.


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Jeffrey Ding He

Jeffrey Ding He performs Star Wars - The Force Theme (Violin Cover.)  Recording himself multiple times and then splicing it all together results in a rather impressive rendition.  Special effects also included.



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DUNKIRK
Starring Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy, Jack Lowden, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan 
and Cillian Murphy
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan

Reviewed by Paul & Patrick Gibbs






Out of Four


Despite his repeated critical commercial success, filmmaker Christopher Nolan has yet to receive an Academy Award nomination for directing. But that is all but certain to change now with his latest film, the spectacular and innovative World War II epic Dunkirk. Brilliantly directed, gorgeously photographed and superbly edited, Dunkirk is a film that demands to be seen on a giant IMAX screen, and one which definitively demonstrates that television can never entirely replace the theatrical experience, no matter how good the shows or the home theater technology get,. The small screen simply doesn't have the same immersive power, or the feeling of a shared experience.

At once distinctly Nolan-esque and unlike anything he's done before, Dunkirk tells the story of one of the greatest moments of the second World War, when over 22,000 British soldiers were evacuated after being driven to the sea. The film follows three perspectives of the event, all taking places at different times until they eventually converge, cutting back and forth between them (a bit like the Return of the Jedi final battle formula, but spanning an entire film.).

The three are as follows:

1. The Mole
(this story begins one week before the evacuation)
The title for this story refers to the long jetty (made of stone and wood) at the mouth of the port to the sea, and the primary focus of this perspective is Tommy (Fionn Whitehead), a British Army Private on the beach, who is trying to avoid the dive bombers. It also covers Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh), the ranking Officer, who is desperately trying to get as many men evacuated as possible, as well as to keep his fellow officers calm, despite little support from high command.

2. The Air
(one hour before the evacuation)
This story follows Tom Hardy and Jack Lowden as Farrier and Collins, RAF Spitfire pilots who are trying to provide air support for the rescue ships that are supposed to arrive, dog fighting with German aircraft and keeping the bombers at bay so the ground troops can be safely evacuated from the beach. It features some of the most nail biting aerial combat sequences we've ever seen, not only because they a big and bold but because they are starkly real, and free of  any Top Gun style flourish or Pearl Harbor's embarrassing amusement park ride approach to warfare.


3. The Sea
(one day before the evacuation)
The third (and best) story follows Dawson (Mark Rylance), a British yacht owner and patriot who sets to sea with his son Peter (Tom Glynn-Carney) and Peter's friend George (Barry Keoghan) to answer the call for civilians vessels to help evacuate the stranded troops. More than anything else, this a side of war we haven't really seen before, and certainly not in a major Hollywood epic.

There's no question that Dunkirk is a director's film, from the first frame to the last. Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema  (Interstellar, Spectre, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) know how to paint a picture, and film editor Lee Smith is wickedly adept at making chaos flow seemlessly . The intricacy of the staging and attention to detail is literally overwhelming, and the only war film that compare in terms of sheer size and scope in recent memory is Stalingrad. But where Dunkirk triumphs over that film is that, regardless of what country produced it, Stalingrad was chock full of Hollywood bombast and suffered from soap opera plotting,. While Dunkirk has characters and stories, it is primarily a chronicle of an event and a reflection of that experience. It doesn't waste time with artificial drama when there is so much real drama taking place (and at 1 hour 45 minutes, it's Nolan's shortest film since Following. ). Nolan also makes the somewhat risky choice (at least from an Oscar bait standpoint) of leaving out the brutal, in your face blood and guts that has come to define the modern war epic since Saving Private Ryan. This could have been a major misstep had it detracted from the intensity, but truth be told, the competition to see who can give us the most unflinching grotesque moment in a war film is starting to feel forced, and Ingloriuous Basterds, skillfull as it wasmay have robbed bloody war violence of its sense of being a necessary touch realism by mixing it so heavily with a gleeful sadism. While Hacksaw Ridge managed to make it work because the story itself was about violence, that film (like any Mel Gibson movie) had an element of having its cake and killing it, too. Dunkirk manages to be perfectly effective without all of that, instilling us with a palpable sense of fear and imminent death coming from all sides without ever seeing a single head explode.


    Being a director's film defined so much by visuals aesthetics, it's easy to dismiss the actors, but the uniformly strong cast adds immeasurably to the proceedings. Mark Rylance is quietly effective and compelling that it's impossible to picture anyone else in the role, and Cillian Murphy (in a role that's sadly likely to be passed over for Oscar or other award nominations) is equally good in a portrayal that shows the horrors of traumatic stress and rash action in a non-judgemental way.  Kenneth Branagh has a small role but brings considerable presence and emotional weight to it  (and gets almost as much emotion from a single word line as Princess Leia did in Rogue One). Tom Hardy is once again stuck with a mask that muffles everything he says and limited to only sporadic bursts of dialogue, but he takes on the task of representing not so much a specific character but all of the pilots who risked so many dangers in one of the most glamorized but frightening jobs in the war. Fionn Whitehead makes an effective everyman, even if the character is deliberately ill defined.

    The unique story structure of the film is quite possibly the most innovative seen in studio feature since Pulp Fictionand may be a little difficult for some viewers to fully follow, but it's so enthralling that even those who don't will be swept up in the drama of the film and sitting on the edge of their seat for its entire runtime. Like Ron Howard's Apollo 13, this is a rescue and survival drama which loses nothing from the fact that we know how it turns out. Nolan has created several sequences here which rank among the most memorable of his illustrious career, included a nail-biter with a downed pilot trying to escape from his plane before it sinks, crosscutting with a group of soldiers huddled in an abandoned beached ship while it rapidly fills with water, to the moment of the evacuation itself. Even writing about them gets us excited enough that we can't wait to see the film again. (And

    The only noteworthy drawback to the film is that once again, while fighting to prove that film and theaters are where it's at, Nolan does make one major argument in favor of home video, namely the ability to turn on subtitles and clarify what someone just said. Nolan and his composer, Hans Zimmer, are all about that bass, and when you combine that with shells exploding, the earth shaking and a fair amount of mumbling, and far too much of the dialogue is lost. That's not as problematic here as it was in Interstellar because the story is so straightforward, and it's much less puzzling choice in his setting. Still, it is sometimes frustrating.

    Dunkirk is an extraordinary achievement, and its one of the few genuine "must see" films of the summer. It's tightly paced, heart-pounding and enthralling, and at times incredibly moving.  It ranks among the great war films of all time and demonstrates again that Christopher Nolan is among the most gifted filmmakers of his generation, and working in Hollywood today. And once again, we cannot overstate the importance of seeing it on an IMAX screen. This is a film that reminds us of what "big screen" means, and it needs to be seen on one to get the full experience.


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    Thursday, 20 July 2017

    ghostbusters skycraper

    Ghostbusters is a huge favourite of mine.  It's one of my favourite comedies.  1984 was a golden year for movies.  Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Karate Kid and Police Academy to name a few were released that year.

    Horror movies were in abundance too.  Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Gremlins and Stephen King's Firestarter were all out with one aim in common, to give me nightmares.  Thank goodness for Ghostbusters to relieve the horror with some comedy.  But wait!  What's this?  Some clever (sick) person has re-imaged a Ghostbusters trailer in the style of a horror movie and...it looks really scary.  I would watch it.  Of course I would.  Also I love the VHS quality, nice touch

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    Wednesday, 19 July 2017

    t-rex running

    "Well we clocked the T-Rex at 32 mph" said John Hammond enthusiastically to Doctor Grant in Steven Spielberg's 1993 dino-classic Jurassic Park.  We all remember that scene.  You know the one where we get the "Welcome to Jurassic Park" and then the glorious John Williams soundtrack.  Well scientists have gone and messed it all up with their science stuff.  It turns out the T-Rex was a slow coach.  A waddling giant that thought walking is better than running.  Perhaps Doctor Grant's advice "come on guys, it's not a race" was the philosophy originally adopted by the T-Rex.

    The BBC tell us:

    University of Manchester scientists used a new computer simulation to assess the speed of the massive biped.

    Based on T.Rex's muscles alone, the model came up with a maximum speed of 30km/h, but this dropped to 20km/h when skeletal strength was assessed too.
    Had it moved from a brisk walk to a sprint, the dinosaur's legs would have snapped under the weight of its body.

    "T.Rex is everyone's favourite dinosaur, and palaeontologists have been arguing for years about how fast it could run because this would tell us something about its hunting style and the way it caught its prey,'' said Prof William Sellers.

    ''This project used a highly realistic computer simulation to predict how T.Rex moved, and it shows that running would have been impossible because its skeleton just isn't strong enough.

    ''That means that T.Rex was actually quite slow and therefore not a pursuit predator.''

    I don't care what science tells me I'm going with the Jurassic World idea.  Lets say they created a better version, a faster version, a more bitey version.  One that would attract more guests.  That's what I'm going with.  That puts the film right in my eyes.  John Hammond's statement remains and that Jeep chase is totally legit.  Explains the lack of feathers too.  So there.

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    Tuesday, 18 July 2017

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets ilm


    Hybride is extremely proud to have contributed its VFX expertise to Luc Besson’s epic fiction action-adventure, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
    Joining forces once again with the team at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the studio delivered 300 shots—for a total of 17 minutes of screen time—for one of the biggest cinematic events of the summer. 

    Working closely with ILM visual effects supervisor Philippe Rebours, Hybride artists skillfully crafted VFX for the opening Big Market sequence on the desert world of Kirian. Based on the look development created by ILM’s art department, Hybride artists produced assets that include highly detailed slanted rock formations and mushroom shaped rocks for Kirian’s colorful and unique geology that can be seen outside of the arena market, as well as at the main gate and tower. 

    Hybride also produced massive desert set extensions and populated the desert arena with nearly 12,500 digi doubles based on a range of 250 leading characters using Horde — an innovative in-house proprietary crowd system. To stay true to the film’s highly colorful look, the studio recreated a specific wardrobe for the characters based on images received of the extras that had been filmed on set. 


    On Kirian, Valerian uses a virtual reality technology to travel to an enormous virtual market set in a double world. “The Big Market is actually located in a desert arena, with a million shops on five different levels”, said Hybride visual effects supervisor Joseph Kasparian. “When you’re in the first world, all you see is the desert. The shops appear when you put on your helmet and sensors on.” The final Kirian desert sequence shots were split between ILM and Hybride: the shots seen from the desert side were produced by Hydride, whereas the scenes inside the market were all created by ILM. 

    Since the clouds were a key aspect of the sequence’s look, Hybride used a sky
    set up system filled with multicolored clouds provided by ILM to customize the look of each shot. “The library contained a variety of clouds with frontlighting and backlighting, so we could change the colors and orientation depending on the shot,” said Hybride visual effects supervisor Joseph Kasparian. “We needed to make sure that each shot was esthetically pleasing and well balanced because the environments play a huge part in immersing the audience into this visually spectacular fantasy world.”  Hybride artists were also tasked with animating an alien creature created by ILM, which also meant sharing rendered backgrounds. Hybride also generated several shots for the bus sequence, delivering rendered backgrounds to ILM for scenes where the bus is attacked by a Megaptor — a ferocious beast with six stubby legs and a lobster-like carapace. Hybride’s contribution also includes motion designs for binoculars, market maps, helmet interfaces and UIs for teleportation devices. 

    “This was our 11th collaboration with ILM and another great opportunity to showcase our creative team’s talent and efficiency”, noted Pierre Raymond, President and Head of Operations at Hybride. The project was also a huge collaborative effort between the two Hybride locations. Everybody truly stepped up to the plate and made this show a tremendous success.”

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian et Laureline, written by Pierre Christin, illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières and published by Dargaud. 

    The film, written and directed by Luc Besson, stars Dane DeHaan (Valerian), Cara Delevingne (Laureline), Clive Owen (Commander Arün Filitt), with Rihanna (Bubble), Ethan Hawke (Jolly the Pimp), Kris Wu (Sergeant Neza), Rutger Hauer (President of the World State Federation). Produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, and distributed by STX Entertainment, the movie hits theatres July 21, 2017. 



    About Hybride 
    Hybride Technologies, a division of Ubisoft, specializes in delivering spectacular visual effects for the film and television industry worldwide. 

    Among some of its most memorable contributions to the film industry are several international mega-productions including Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Warcraft, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Arrival, The Great Wall and Kong: Skull Island. 

    www.hybride.com


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