3D, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin Merchandise

In less than one month Tintin will be on DVD and Blu-ray (actually, nowadays ¨Blu-ray and DVD” would be more proper), and the press release has come out giving us all the details as to what will be on it. I was a bit worried at one point because there were a lot of “making of” videos online, and I wanted some new stuff to be on the DVDs. Of course, I needn’t have worried. From “SuperHeroHype”:

 

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include over 90 minutes of special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes with Spielberg and Jackson to discover how the filmmakers brought the characters to life, learn about Tintin’s origins, delve into the design and animation processes, explore the creation of Tintin’s faithful dog, Snowy, and much more. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD. All Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc breakdown is as follows:

Blu-ray
-Feature film in high definition
-Toasting Tintin: Part 1
-The Journey of Tintin
-The World of Tintin
-The Who’s Who of Tintin
-Tintin: Conceptual Design
-Tintin: In the Volume
-Snowy: From Beginning to End
-Animating Tintin
-Tintin: The Score
-Collecting Tintin
-Toasting Tintin: Part 2

DVD
Feature film in standard definition

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes all of the above, plus a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray 3D includes the feature film presented in high definition and 3D.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Single-Disc DVD

The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition, plus The Journey of Tintin and Snowy: From Beginning to End.

Ninety minutes of extra features!!! I am SO buying this! Not sure what it plans on saying about Tintin’s origins…It’ll probably just cover the album’s history, not make up a background for Tintin. I’m looking forward to this a lot…I have always loved watching special features, and motion capture films and animation films (or however you want to call them) often have some of the most fascinating special features, in my opinion.  We even get a section on John William’s score!

Source:http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/169603-the-adventures-of-tintin-hitting-blu-ray-and-dvd-on-march-13

3D

It won’t be winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but that sure hasn’t stopped ”Tintin” from being quite busy winning awards lately. This Saturday it took home the Annie award for Best Animated Effects, which I think is WELL deserved, and also the award for Best music in a feature production. It recently got nominated for a similar music related Oscar award as well. I liked the soundtrack of the movie, especially certain sections, but I am surprised it has gotten so much attention from the awards, other than the fact that John Williams composed it. I haven’t seen most other movies that came out this past year to compare soundtracks, but I agree with Chris that I do wish there were some kind of a catchy theme that we were left humming months after seeing the movie. However, it was splendidly done, and I congratulate it for the award. At another event it was awarded a Lumiere statuette for Best Animated 3D Feature by the International 3D society. Added to the awards it already has, that leaves Tintin with quite a few accolades! With awards for best music, best 3D, best special effects and twice awarded best animated feature, the film has really covered all the bases. It’s kind of fun to think how that’s one award for every year this blog has existed up until the year Tintin came out in theaters. I’m really glad that after all these years, it’s winning awards. Congratulations, Tintin! I’ve very happy for you! I can’t wait to buy you on Blu-ray…

Sources:http://blog.bcdb.com/tintin-wins-award-animated-3d-feature-2928/ http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00047590.html

3D, Tintin Merchandise

Up until not that long ago, your only chance of seeing a cool 3D movie in 3D was going to see it in when it came out in theaters. With the exception of a few DVDs that used old fashioned blue and red 3D glasses that, if the 3D worked at all, made it hard to take the movie seriously, there wasn’t much in the world of 3D DVDs. Almost just within the past year all that has been changing with new 3D TVs that work with glasses just like you use at the movies and 3D Blu-ray players to play everything from Thor to The Lion King in 3D…in your living room. Lucky for Tintin fans, that change came just in time for Tintin to be released in a limited edition 3D Blu-ray disc. Click here to check out it’s page on Amazon.
Of course I should say that it´s lucky for Tintin fans with a 3D TV and a 3D Blu-ray player, as not all of us have the money to spend on something so expensive. But at least, according to Amazon, Tintin on 3D Blu-ray DVD will only cost 17.99 pounds, not that much more (if more at all) than it will cost on ordinary Blu-ray disc. On top of that, the box says it includes a 3D Blu-ray disc AND a normal Blu-ray disc. So if you´re thinking of buying it for Blu-ray, which if you can I would highly recommend, you probably want to pick up this ´´limited edition´´ copy. Even if you don´t have a 3D TV (like me) you´ll at least have a copy of it in 3D in case you ever do get one. Maybe some friends of yours have 3D TVs or might get one and you can watch Tintin at their house.In any case, it would be a pity to want it in the future and not have it and have to fall victim to the people on Ebay that could seriously overcharge you for this kind of thing. Or maybe (hopefully) the disc will hang around and be easy to buy in stores or at least online so that, when and if the year comes that we ALL have 3D TVs, Tintin is a part of our collection.
Of course, if you don´t like the 3D in the movie or just 3D in general this isn´t huge news for you. But maybe at least this will be: in France a special limited edition set of the blu-ray disc, DVD disc and a Snowy figurine will be sold in a box for 50 euros. The figurine is currently being sold at Weta´s site for 40 dollars, so you save…well, not all that much. But at least you can get it ordered from Amazon for probably lesser shipping costs. You can check out that page here.

3D, Uncategorized

Adventures-Of-Tintin-Poster-3

My favorite part of this new twist on the other versions of this poster is the way the motorcycle crashes through the picture. The whole poster automatically makes you think of action and danger, exciting scenes and exotic places. And while this poster (or any of them, for that matter) doesn’t yell out ”IN 3D!!!”, the way everything bursts out just shows you how impressive it will look on screen when you see it through the glasses. Sorry, I couldn’t find a higher quality pic. If you find one (and I have no doubt you will), I’d be happy to post it instead.

Source: http://www.bsckids.com/2011/09/movie-poster-for-the-adventures-of-tintinthe-secret-of-the-unicorn/adventures-of-tintin-poster-3/

3D, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, The Secret of the Unicorn

Empire just released not one but two incredibly awesome movie posters! They are so epic I hardly have to say anything about them. I will of course, but regardless they speak for themselves:

What’s worth mentioning?

  • Despite the lack of a subtitle, it is crystal clear that ”The Unicorn” is a ship, not a fantastical creature. The uninformed viewer will know the movie will be more like Pirates of The Caribbean in some scenes than ”My Little Pony”.
  • Snowy is not fat.
  • Tintin is not holding a gun. Spielberg made an epic movie poster without one.
  • The combination of dark shadows and blazing flames both on 16th century ships and 20th century seaplanes add the feel of mystery, action and adventure without any words needing to be said. In the first, the lighting is simply dark and mysterious, adding to the ”film noir”.
  • Tintin is obviously not really next to The Unicorn (unless the plot has been changed a lot…) in the first poster, so it may be too soon to assume that The Unicorn crashes in the desert. I think they just combined the sand and the water for dramatic effect and to add symmetry to the camels in the dessert on the left
  • Tintin himself looks incredible. If you look closely at his face I think you may actually recognize his expression and even his pose from a panel in the comics. I definitely think they made his face dark here only for dramatic effect, nothing more.
  • Hergé name is clearly mentioned before even the actor’s names. I’m sure he would appreciate that. I wonder if Moulinsart had anything to do with that…
  • The 3D format will be well worth a watch.
  • Finally, Spielberg and Jackson have done a magnificent job beginning their adverting campaign. I totally believe that even if I had never heard of Tintin I would gape in awe at these two posters. I just realized that Tintin is going to be that much more incredible and full scale than even I had imagined.

New trailer to come out tomorrow

At the end of empire’s post, they just threw in the info that the new Tintin trailer will not be released with Kung Fu Panda 2 but will actually in fact be on their site tomorrow morning! I am so excited! And after seeing these images, I am even more excited! These are definitely my favorite still images of Tintin released so far. I love every bit of them! I’m really hoping for another image of Haddock. I don’t know if I’m going to sleep tonight…

3D, Steven Spielberg, Tintin Movie Cast & Crew, Tintin Movie News

In a recent interview with Michael Kahn,the man in charge or editing ”Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”, Michael informed us that the Tintin Movie will be edited ”just like any other film”. Michael has been editing for Spielberg since ”Close Encounters of the Third Kind” in 1976 and this year celebrates his 75th birthday. He has edited such action packed classics as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park,and Saving Private Ryan.

The Tintin movie is the first movie Michael has ever edited for Spielberg using Avid (a digital way to edit movies) instead of the Moviola, an old fashion tool used to edit movies invented way back in 1924. But Michael assures us that the editing process of the movie is still the same. He said the videos still needed a few touch ups in the background and such since the shots themselves weren’t finished, but that would not affect the actual editing of the movie. The Tintin Movie will be put together just like any other film would.

Right now you might be asking yourself  ”So what? Why wouldn’t it be?” But actually this is important. Although there are now many more 3D movies then there were even just a few years back,it is still not uncommon to see movies where the directors constantly try to impress the audience by throwing things out of the screen…especially in films created by computer.  Granted the effect is a lot of fun,but not if it slows down the story of the movie. But when it comes to Tintin not only are the directors directing the movie like they would any other film, but even the editing process is the same as other Spielberg films. Not only can we have faith that Spielberg will not tie up the story of the Tintin Movie because he,for instance,keeps shooting the Unicorn’s cannonballs at the screen or something like that (that would be completely out of character for him). We can even have faith that Kahn will make decisions on what seconds of the movie to keep or get rid of based on what is best for the story and flow of the movie and what Spielberg has always expected from him, not on what ”looks cool in 3D”. Both men are professionals with many many years of experience. We could not have hoped for a better crew working on this movie.

I enjoy editing home videos and such things in my spare time and I know that editing is a very precise and time consuming job. I admit I had never heard of Michael Kahn before,but I now have a respect towards him and anybody else who has been editing such great work for so many years. He certainly deserves it. Special thanks to Proman for finding this information,and to all of you who find leads and videos. Keep up the good work!

Sources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjdOG-w0Zz4

picture found on http://www.edgarwrighthere.com/2011/02/21/michael-kahns-ace-lifetime-achievement-award-tribute-reel/

3D, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin, Uncategorized

This is an overdue post that keeps getting distracted by more recent news. Regardless of it being month old news , I believe it’s good news for those of us looking forward to see ”The Secret of The Unicorn” on the big screen. The screen just got a whole lot bigger.

Imax will be digitally re-mastering the upcoming movie up converting it to  the superior quality image and sound experience Imax as well as transforming it into Imax 3D.  I personally am a fan of Imax, but after doing some research online I discovered that not all share my opinion. I do not go to Imax often but the experiences I have had with it, especially in 3D, have been very good. What are the benefits and disadvantages of seeing the potential best film of 2011 on an IMAX screen?

Cons

Over the last few weeks I’ve read up on what people have to say about watching films in IMAX. There are a considerably large amount of complaints against it,and unfortunately, most are directed at films that were not originally shot using IMAX film.

The biggest complaint about watching the big IMAX screen is, ironically, that the screen is too big!  Nearly all viewers say it is much better to sit towards the back or in the dead center,or you could find yourself turning your head a lot. Don’t make the mistake of sitting in the front row. I always sit close to the back,near the middle of the row.

Another complaint is that IMAX 3D tires your eyes. Some will say this is true,other’s won’t. Personally I love the effect of things flying out from the screen and the illusion that things are closer or farther away than they really are. But the effect is not for everybody. Know your own limits on what kind of 3D is better for you. You may want to see it in good old fashioned 2D.  Again,seating is key: your eyes will do better if you aren’t watching the 3D from row number 3.

Some complain about the low quality of movies converted to IMAX that were shot on regular film,saying they are too blurry or grainy. For the most part people agree that the best IMAX movies are those that were MADE to be IMAX movies. I do not believe that Tintin will have this problem because of it’s digital nature. I’m no expert,but it should be much easier to upgrade a digital movie compared to upgrading a movie shot on film. An example of a digital film that was just released for IMAX is Disney’s new movie ”Tangled”. I have not seen this movie in IMAX so I have no idea what it’s like, and to be completely honest, I don’t plan to. The same process will be used on Pixar’s upcoming film ”Cars 2”

And then there is the age old problem that IMAX is expensive. Depending on where you go,it can be more than some would be willing to pay. But come on! We’ve been waiting forever for this movie! I’m willing to save a few dollars now to pay for the best experience possible. Now…is IMAX really the bext experience?

Pros

While some don’t like it, many will agree that it is very impressive to watch a movie on the IMAX screen.   The standard IMAX screen is  22 × 16.1 m,but can be larger! Rather than the screen being in the center of the wall, the screen practically IS the wall. This adds to the illusion that you are actually in the movie rather than just a mere witness of the events.  I think seeing the movie in Imax will pay off when it comes to watching those wide shots of the Sahara dessert or of the Unicorn sailing across the sea. It is truly an incredible experience to watch a movie on an IMAX screen.

The 3D makes the effect that much better. Imax has been offering an excellent 3D for years and continues to offer one of the best 3D experiences. Imax is known for making things look like they are popping out of the screen due to the screen’s huge size.

The IMAX sound experience culminates the effect. I have heard no complaints whatsoever about the incredible quality of the sound,the perfect synchronization with the image frame by frame,and the excellent positioning of the surround sound that especially helps make the 3D effect more believable. Keeping in mind that John Williams is doing the soundtrack for the Tintin Movie,I recommend watching the movie where you will be able to hear the experience best.

You still have time to decide how you will watch the movie. But best I can tell, watching the Secret of the Unicorn in IMAX Digital 3D will be more than worth it. I’ve been waiting for this movie for over 2 years now,and I am very excited that it will be available on one of the best experiences in the movie business,if not the best experience. I am constantly amazed at how well this movie is coming along. Tintin movie news just keeps getting better and better. I hope the fans will be pleased.

sources: http://www.imax.com/movies/m/the-adventures-of-tintin-the-secret-of-the-unicorn-an-imax-3d-experience/

image found on: http://www.giftsandfreeadvice.com/free_advice/imax-screen-size-by-theater-list-real-imax-and-fake-imax-screens/

3D, Jamie Bell, Tintin Movie News

In my last post I went into detail on the longest of two interviews with Jamie Bell,the well known actor cast as Tintin. Here I will review the second. There is no video of this one,and I am assuming there is more than I can find here but I haven’t found it yet. There is not too much I can say that isn’t stated there already,but there are a few thing’s worth mentioning and quotes from Jamie.

When Jamie Bell was approached with the project he was skeptical and clearly hadn’t worked with this technology before:

“What is it? That was my first thing initially. What is it? How do you do it? What does it require? How does it work? Does it even work? Let me see some evidence of it working. I watched some of those motion capture films, which were very early and primitive in terms of the technology. All props to Robert Zimeckis  for kind of spearheading the industry in saying that this is something we need to take note of.”

This quote is the biggest news from me. When he later talked about his first experience with motion capture he confirmed that he is a real fan of Tintin, as well as the fact that the new technology wound up being no problem at all:

“I knew everything about Tintin. I was already a Tintinophile or Tintinologist. I was very into that so it was literally trying to understand the mechanics of the technology. You want me to stand in a gray room and act as though I’m in a sea plane in the middle of the ocean, in the middle of the Sahara desert with nothing around me that informs anything about this character’s journey? Anything about anything in the physical world? That’s great because it just means that I can make it all up!”

That information complements the info from my previous post.  If any of us had any doubt about Jamie Bell,we shouldn’t now. He is a very good actor. But most important to me he is not going to do what many actors try and do in book or comic book based movies: try and put their own spin on a traditional character. That was one of my greatest fears about the Tintin movie. It’s one thing to take a character like Willy Wonka and twist him into something else or remake another Jane Eyre,but if such were ever attempted with Tintin the results would be disastrous. But Jamie Bell gives every indication that he did and will do his best to stay as true to the character as possible and to live up to Hergé’s work. That’s great news for all true Tintin fans!

Another possible issue was whether Tintin will appear to American audiences. I happen to be an American myself and I’ve asked myself this many times. A few people like my father knew about Tintin,but in general most people in the USA have never heard of him or confuse him with Rin tin tin. If the movie doesn’t go over well in the US that will definitely affect the final grossing and although this has no real source it might even affect the making of the sequels. This subject came up with Jamie as well:

“I think anyone who understands and appreciates Indiana Jones, understands Tintin and they don’t even know what it is yet. I feel like it’s not going to be difficult. I think the characters are great because they all have human flaws. The Tintin character is a very driven and ambitious guy. The structure of the story and the adventure is something we all know and love. There’s something at the end and they’ve got to get to it. There’s a very bizarre and quirky and exciting relationship in the center of it between these two guys. And there’s Steven Spielberg at the helm, who does this story incredibly well.”

The other day I heard somebody who had never heard of Tintin say that ”Tintin:the secret of the unicorn” was a funny sounding title. Had I not read the book or recognized the character,I probably would agree. But I think Jamie is right. The character’s are wonderful,the story is both entertaining and action packed,and I’m sure the huge amount of advertising that will be put out will get the American’s past the funny title. They may even see it just because Spielberg and Jackson made it.  That would be too bad if that were the only reason,but hopefully that will get Americans to know and love Tintin. As for myself,I can’t wait to see it and continue to wait anxiously for it’s premiere. These last two interviews are just two more reasons to look forward to opening night.

3D, Herge, Snowy, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Shooting Star, Tintin

The world has had a chance to digest the first Tintin images for a whole day now. So what is the world thinking?

Based on the comments on this web site, most Tintin fans are excited about it. With only one or two dissenting voices raising concerns about the nature of the animation. In the wider world, reaction is more mixed and seems pretty polorized with very negative and very positive comments in equal measure.

Wading Through the Bullshit

One of the problems with the internet is that people love to hate. The Trolls who live on forum and write blogs vent bile because it gives them a sense of purpose, not because they have anything interesting to say. Filtering out the nay-sayers from those with a genuine ability to analysis and criticise is hard.

Of those commentators and writers who can put together an articulate sentence, most appear positive.

What Do I Think?

Having run this web site dedicated to the Tintin movie since the films were first announced over 2 years ago, what do I think?

My personal feelings about the images is mixed but part of the problem is that the film’s producers / Empire magazine made a mistake.

By having the cover as a specially created image and basing it on an iconic Tintin image, they were only ever going to highlight the differences between Herge’s artwork and the film’s style.

The cover image itself is not that good either. The detail is amazing but most people don’t see the detail, they see something this size ….

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And it does the film no favours. Tintin looks a bit unnatural but Snowy look stuffed. An albino Scooby-Do was how one person described him and I’m with them on that.

It is in the stills from the actual film that we learn a lot more. Here, the context, the background and the story all come into play. They will also of had more time and attention payed to them than the cover.

This instantly recognisable scene is great because you can instantly recognize it. The world around the characters is wonderfully detailed and lifelike but…

… there is something about the posture of the three charaters, Haddock and Snowy in particular, that looks wrong. Snowy seems stuffed again and Haddock looks like he is suffering from a bad case of rag-doll physics.

Oddly, in this scene, the problem is reversed. I think this is from the first meeting of Haddock and Tintin and here the characters look wonderful. The real emotion on Haddock’s face is there for all to see. His hair and imperfect, aged skin really give a realism to the character.

However, the background could be fantastic but is mostly blotted out by the harsh light behind Haddock. This is a real shame as the sou’wester on the right looks great. The lightning in this still spoils it by distracting from the character and the background.

So What Have We Learnt From The First Images?

The visuals have had a mixed response but the film was always going to generate this sort reaction. Unless it looks 100% like the original artwork it is inevitable that people will complain. Personally I’m excited by them, trusting to the directors to make the look of the film work within the context of a 3d movie, not as a magazine cover.

What is far more important is wether the film captures the spirit of Tintin – the sense of adventure, the humour and above all, the characters. To answer these questions, we must wait another year.

3D, Steven Spielberg

Comments from Spielberg about filming in 3D.

“Every movie I made, up until Tintin, I always kept one eye closed when I’ve been framing a shot,” Spielberg told me. That’s because he wanted to see the movie in 2-D, the way moviegoers would. “On Tintin, I have both of my eyes open.”

Source: 3-D: The Future of Movies – Worth a read because of the 3D technology being used for Tintin.