March 21, 2013 | 2:14 p.m.
Disney has released the opening title sequence for Sam Raimi’s $200-million fantasy “Oz the Great and Powerful” online, and before you start mumbling, “Who the heck cares?” keep in mind that this is not just your run-of-the-mill title sequence. This is a work of art. Yu + Co, a design firm based in Hollywood that also created opening titles for “The Life of Pi” and “The Walking Dead,” was tasked with crafting the title sequence for “Oz the Great and Powerful,” drawing inspiration from the Theater of Perspective, a pre-cinematic form of 3-D entertainment, according to a post on its website. The credits are especially dazzling when seen in 3-D, but even without the additional perspective, they still capture the early 20th century sideshow magic that permeates the film. The most memorable credit sequences always do reflect the spirit of […]
Jan. 27, 2012 | 10:04 a.m.
The George Lucas universe returns to theaters on Feb. 10 when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opens in 3-D and it looks like he will be using every Jedi trick to get fans into seats on opening weekend. Some of the special offers and giveaways we’re hearing about so far: * At all RealD theaters, the Darth Maul glasses you see above will be handed out (while supplies last) to fans who buy tickets on the movie’s opening day. And now, you don’t have to break them in half at the end of the movie. * At all AMC Theaters, fans will get the all-new Hasbro “Star Wars” Fighter Pod with the purchase of each RealD 3-D ticket for “Episode I,” all weekend long, Feb. 10-12. The limit is one per ticket and the offer is good only while supplies last. * At […]
July 29, 2011 | 6:35 a.m.
Just like Severus Snape, Hugh Murray presented an ambiguous figure in the “Harry Potter” universe. In the end, would he be an unexpected hero — or just another 3-D bad guy? Hugh Murray, IMAX’s senior vice president of film production, performed his dark arts as the stereographer on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” guiding and filtering the 3-D conversion process for director David Yates. The stakes for Murray and Yates were high; the finale film in the Warner Bros. eight-film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s “Potter” epic was the first to be released fully in 3-D, and the demands of history — not to mention muggle fans all across the globe — put plenty of pressure on the team. “It’s always interesting and scary,” Murray said, “to wait and see what the world thinks.” The world seems pretty happy. The movie was released July […]
June 01, 2011 | 6:23 a.m.
On the heels of the announcement that the 1997 Oscar-winning blockbuster “Titanic” would be sailing into theaters next year in a 3-D edition, Walt Disney Studios announced that its 1994 Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning animated classic “The Lion King” would be returning to theaters Sept. 16 in a new Disney Digital 3-D edition. After the two-week theatrical engagement, Simba, Mufasa, Nala and the gang will make its 3-D and 2-D Blu-ray debut on Oct. 15. “The Lion King” has been a major cash cow for Disney. Disney is reporting that the movie — which features Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-winning score and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Academy Award-winning “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – is the bestselling home entertainment release of all time. Not only that, it also roared its way to a worldwide box-office tally of $783.9 million. The […]
May 24, 2011 | 10:36 a.m.
Keanu Reeves had every reason to sound tired but his voice was pulsing with an enthusiasm that was impossible to miss even across a crackling international phone line. “We just wrapped. It was our last day here in Hungary, we’re in Budapest,” Reeves said from the set of “47 Ronin,” the period-piece epic that’s due in theaters in November 2012. “We had about 34 shooting days here. Then off to England. It’s been amazing so far. Do you know the story of the ’47 Ronin’? It’s a story of honor, revenge and impossible love. It’s famous in Japan.” That’s an understatement. The saga of the 47 ronin is based on 18th century historic events but as the story settled at the center of Japanese consciousness — it’s been described by scholars as ”the national legend” – it was enlarged and embroidered to fit the needs of folklore. And […]
May 22, 2011 | 8:17 a.m.
When it comes to 3-D, Johnny Depp just can’t see the appeal — literally. The star of the new 3-D spectacle “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — as well as last year’s billion-dollar hit “Alice in Wonderland” — says that due to an eyesight defect, the stereoscopic effect of 3-D cinematic images is lost on him. “I’ve never seen the movies in 3-D,” Depp said. “I actually can’t see in 3-D. I’ve got a bum eye. So I’ve never been able to watch the movies and see what everybody else sees. “I don’t see things normally, I never have. I wouldn’t know what 3-D was if it hit me in the face. I’m more interested in 4-D and 5-D anyway. I’ll just bypass the 3 and go straight to the 4 and the 5.” The 47-year-old may have issues with depth perception but he doesn’t […]