Films with real animal cruelty, there are many featuring animal abuse on film. I intensely dislike the very real abuse of animals that feature in some movies, to this end i have made this post to highlight the atrocious acts carried out by some filmmakers against animals while making their movies. The subject is far too wide to discuss at length in one blog post so i will concentrate on five movies that shocked me and that i know to feature abuse of animals onscreen.
Oz The Great And Powerful sets out to be a prequel to The Wizard Of Oz, it’s set twenty years before the events in that film. Oz was shot in 3D. Unlike North America, UK viewers will have a choice of viewing formats because we are able to buy a blu ray of Oz containing both the 2D and 3D editions of the film. The studio spent a fortune on the production and promotion of Oz and it will probably only go into profit after it’s home format debut.
Blu ray screencaps from Frankenstein. Frankenstein ran into censorship issues with it’s reissue after the Hays production code began in 1934 and Universal snipped footage from the original negative, luckily for us the cut scenes would be restored during the eighties and nineties and Frankenstein could once again be viewed as intended. The transfer to blu ray is good, this is an upgrade for those of you who have only seen the film on television, VHS, Laserdisc or on DVD.
The Star Chamber, it’s about a judge, played by Michael Douglas, who is forced to dismiss charges against a criminal who is guilty of a very bad crime, another judge who is his friend, can see how much anguish this causes him, and invites him to join a secret organization of judges who meet in private to pass sentence after court has ended, the judges hire hitmen to kill the criminals. The artwork for many blu ray releases seems to get worse, who are they hiring to do this, they should just give us the original artwork.
Blu ray screencaps from Dracula ( 1931 version ) I am pleased to say the first of the eight films that i will be providing screencaps for has been treated to a fabulous restoration, there is film grain present. When Dracula is handed a newspaper by Renfield early on in the film, you can make out text that was a blurry mess on the DVD, the extra resolution is visible throughout the film, so don’t let anyone tell you that older films don’t benefit from high definition blu ray releases.
Mede8er MED600X3D Media Player – What i like about this particular player is that the system is fully supported by it’s maker, ordinary members of the public are used for testing purposes and report the issues and bugs and they get fixed with firmware updates, the product looks good and comes with many neat features, it will playback 3D content with DTS HD Master Audio or Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtracks and includes subtitle support, there is also a built in web browser, the remote has a backlight and its a fanless design so should not be too noisy although that will depend on the hard drives you use with it, it’s also pretty cheap to buy.
Cleopatra was shot on 70mm film and it’s fabulous music score is by Alex North, it’s already had a blu ray release in the United Kingdom late last year, reviews were generally positive towards that blu ray but some people felt there were a few issues with the transfer, being a 70mm production it has the potential to look stunning and North American viewers will get the chance to view for themselves when it is released on blu ray on the 28th May 2013.
Imagine a remote control gadget that looks just like Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver, it’s made from high quality diecast metal and finished off with polished copper with a soft touch grip. Not only is a remote control but it’s a learning remote control, it can learn over 39 infrared commands from all the other remote controls in your house, the geeky part is that the device plays 13 different sounds from the Doctor Who universe.
Cool Gadgets – Water Dancing Speakers speakers that dance in tune to your music, they can be powered by the USB socket of your computer they are illuminated by 4 red, blue, green and yellow LED’s and will also connect to any device with a 3.5mm jack such as an MP3 player or mobile cell phone, groovy speakers for people who want to be stand out from the crowd.
Blu ray screencaps from Total Recall – This was made in the days of the R rated action flick, more violence, more profanity and more gore, just how i like my action flicks, the film is based on the short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick, a sci-fi writer who has contributed so much not only to the literary world but to the world of cinema.
Blu ray screencaps from Lawrence Of Arabia – Lawrence of Arabia is a classic film from 1962, this blu ray features the restored cut as undertaken by Robert A Harris and Jim Painten and supervised by David Lean, Lawrence Of Arabia has never looked or sounded as good as it does here, those with large screen systems will be over the moon.
Blu ray screencaps from Anastasia – Animated films tend to simplify stories and keep away from controversy, considering that Anastasia is based on a true story, i would have enjoyed a harder hitting animated film but at the same time i do recognize that they are aiming these films at a younger audience and the film cannot get too dark as it would alienate the core viewers they are marketing the movie at.
Blu ray screencaps from The Invasion. The Invasion is the third english speaking remake of Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, the original came out in 1956, a remake followed in 1978 and again in 1993, the 93′ edition was called Body Snatchers. This version of the film was released in 2007 and stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Veronica Cartwright appeared in the 1978 film and has a nice cameo in this one.