Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

‘Up’ Due to Land in SA

September 3, 2009

up-3d stillI’ve just seen Disney/Pixar’s ‘Up’ in 3-D (it opens in SA on September 11th). Bearing in mind that it’s easy to be disappointed with anything that’s seen this much hype, I was absolutely blown away.

Pixar has hit us with all the goods: we have high adventure, dastardly villains, cliffhanging suspense (often quite literally so), frantic comedy – and, most importantly, moments of drama that are so moving that only the coldest of hearts will fail to be moved.

The 3-D effects are interestingly quite underplayed – to the degree that I frequently forgot that I was watching a 3-D movie. Undoubtedly, the 3-D brings with it the underlying psychological effect of added realism – without resorting to showy, in-your-face effects.

The scriptwriters dealt with subjects – such as death – that aren’t frequently visited in Disney movies. As such, its one of the more “adult” family movies on the block.

I might be shot down by my peers for calling it “uplifting“, but it’s just that – one of the most sublime cinematic experiences you’ll have this year!

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MJ’s Swansong Goes Out in 2-D

September 1, 2009

Michael's 3-D footage stays under wraps

Michael's 3-D footage stays under wraps

Shortly after Michael Jackson’s passing, word went out from the Sony camp that they had footage of Michael rehearsing for his big This Is It tour of Europe. Tantalisingly, we were informed that much of it was shot using the latest 3-D technologies.

Somewhere between the promise and reality, however, fortune has burped – and left *us* with the after-taste. Fans of the King of Pop will undoubtedly still be storming the box office for tickets, although the 3-D geeks amongst us will be left nursing bruised hopes.

This Is It releases on October 28th in the States, and on October 30th in South Africa. 3-D fans will hopefully find consolation in the fact that The Christmas Carol (starring Jim Carrey) opens in SA the following week in 3-D. This is about the 15th time that the Dickens classic has been made into a film – if one considers variations such as the Muppets take on this timeless story. It is, however, the famed morality tale’s debut in three dimensions. I have, if you’ll pardon the awful Dickensian joke, great expectations…

[P.S. Disappointed fans who’d looked forward to seeing MJ brought back to life, so to speak, in 3-D, will be pleased to know that Captain EO, the spectacular 17-minute 3-D attraction that had wowed DisneyWorld visitors in the late ’80s, is going to be brought back by the theme park. And knowing the Disney organisation, which has always been in the forefront of technical innovation and quality (thanks to the lead of Uncle Walt), the film will probably be digitally tweaked and restored before its re-release, in order to bring it in line with current standards.]

‘X Games 3-D’ skates past South Africa

August 26, 2009

XGames_3Dmovie_1sht.inddThe X Games – for those of us who aren’t teenagers and/or don’t watch ESPN with religious fervour – is the American “Olympics”, so to speak, of the extreme skateboarding, motorcycling and motocross sector of the sporting community.

X Games 3D The Movie is just what it says it is: a 3-D souvenir of these gravity-defying wheel-burners.

Respected American film reviewers such as Roger Ebert have commented unkindly on the film’s sometimes haphazard approach to documentary film-making, and the cheesy voice-over spoken by Emile Hirsch.

No one, however, has been able to completely deny the appeal of such high-adrenaline antics on a big and unrestrained screen.

The film is a Disney presentation, and I was quite surprised to note that Ster-Kinekor Pictures, the local distributors of Disney product, don’t appear to have it scheduled for South African release.

I frankly believe that the distributors are missing out on a potentially very healthy chunk of box office here, if we consider the average age of South African moviegoers, their preference for action over dramatic content, and the fondness that the average South African has for sports.

We’ve contacted the local Disney representative at Ster-Kinekor, upon whom I can rely for prompt and informative feedback. I’ll report back ASAP… [ UPDATE: http://wp.me/pC1s6-6x ]


Open Up Them Golden Gates

August 18, 2009
Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome!

Welcome to our Active 3-D Community! With your enthusiasm and assistance, we can make this a gathering place for South Africa’s 3-D fanatics – a place where you’ll find news about the latest 3-D events and equipment, but also a place where you will soon be able to enjoy galleries of 3-D images.

Of course, 3-D fans from all over the world are welcome to drop by. Just tell us where you’re from – it’s interesting to know! I would simply request that community members keep the tone of their communications friendly and/or helpful – there’s enough anger out there already, and we’re here to concentrate on our similarities (i.e. our passion for 3-D). We’ll leave the political squabbles to other websites!

With those few words, let me cut the ribbon, and declare this house open for business, 24/7!