Nov 042014

David Hewlett’s latest movie Debug was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK yesterday (November 3rd) after doing the festival circuit, distribution deals for other markets are ongoing so hopefully everyone that wants to watch the movie will get a legitimate option. Anyhow this is a spoiler free kinda review of the movie, can’t really go into a huge amount of detail but I can certainly offer a few comments so here we go. First off kudos for making any Star Wars space ship opening shot look short, as the camera flies down the length of the freighter Amphitrite you really understand how big it is and the CGI is beautiful, not over the top almost spartan but exactly what’s needed for this movie. The interior of the ship is very nice but doesn’t really suit the mothballed status of the ship, I would have expected something obviously well used which you do see in some of the nuts and bolts (warehouse shots used for the heart of the ship in the same way Trek 2009 used a brewery). Now the crew, in any movie where you expect most of them to die during the story you have to be invested in them and that isn’t alway the case but amongst these convicts, yes they are cybercrime prisoners working off their sentence by doing these deep space operations some I liked and some I wasn’t overly keen on. Of course as a Stargate fan I was more interested in Jason Momoa and Adrian Holmes but the rest of the cast  all played their parts well with Jeananne Goossen leading by example and I suspect the younger actors in the business these days are far more comfortable working green screen and CGI heavy productions. There were some nice twists and turns with certain members of the crew which while not directly feeding the plot helped to build and expand the characters, it’s always important to balance plot, character and action and Debug I think did pretty good although it’s by no means a fast paced movie. I suspect that for many the pacing of the movie may be considered a little slow but I feel it fell into the same style as Alien, Sunshine or Event Horizon and no doubt a few others I can’t remember right now in that the build up was maybe more important than the payoff or the payoff only really works if you’ve lived with these people for a time.

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Debug ultimately is a tale about human intelligence versus machine intelligence, a terrifying possible future as our  civilian and military aims may diverge with safeguards and regulations not always in place or required as results become more important than potential consequences. I’m not going to claim Debug is a great movie, it isn’t but it is good and I enjoyed every minute and it certainly stands head and shoulders above it’s roots having made the most of the production budget and talent pool open to the producers via the Canadian media market and of course it doesn’t hurt to have a relationship with actors who have become “names” in the global market. A solid cast combined with an interesting story, very good CGI and VFX with an understated but good score results in something David and everyone else involved can be proud of, Debug was not a lets gets everyone together and make a movie like A Dog’s Breakfast (funnier movie but nowhere near as complex) and shows a significant progression in David’s movie making and lets hope the distribution deals can all get sorted as shelf life can be short even for mainstream movies these days.

One negative and this isn’t an issue with the movie but the UK release, these days a Blu-ray or DVD should have extras, I was rather surprised to see nothing and to be honest I would love to hear David do a commentary for the movie with a technical slant or not, who knows the rights open to other distributors may indeed include supplementary material but lets hope we don’t get this smaller budget movie looking to exploit fans by selling “extras” via the likes of itunes.

Oct 112014

I watched Ferocious Planet a couple of years ago on the Syfy channel and I saw it listed from a third party on Amazon so I bought myself a copy on DVD. Joe battling dinosaurs what could be better:)



Sep 282013

MS_DVDSo you know how it is when browsing Amazon, their algorithm can throw up a few treasures and these three movies were all going for a pittance so what they hell, time for a Michael Shanksathon, one of them might even become a bonus show.

Aug 032013

I haven’t watched A Dog’s Breakfast recently and a post on the twitter feed tickled my fancy so I thought it was about time I watched David Hewlett, his sister Kate with pals Paul, Rachel and Christopher have fun in this low budget comedy. You’ll spot many familiar names in the credits as well but I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, I doubt there are many Stargate fans that have not watched this movie.



The movie follows the slightly warped Patrick as he gets to grips with his sister (Marilyn) bringing home her fiancée (Ryan) a Scifi tv star. After over hearing a phone call which indicates Ryan is planning to kill Marilyn he then plans to kill Ryan, fun and games commence.

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Jul 302013

The Demented is out now on DVD and VOD/OnDemand etc. The movie features our own Michael Welch who played young Jack O’Neill in the Stargate SG1 episode “Fragile Balance” as well as Luke Girardi in Joan of Arcadia. The story involves a group of teenagers out for a good time and being center stage at a biological terrorist attack, the plot is generic but it makes a change from a psycho killer or bigfoot:)

The movie also stars Kayla Ewell (Vampire Diaries).


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Mar 012013
Kristina Harmsworth ( @SciFiKriss ) picked up The Bouquet Michael Shanks latest movie, she kindly put together some screen caps for the fans which you can find on her Photobucket site:)
The movie also stars Danny Glover and Kristy Swanson.
SciFiKriss's The Bouquet album on Photobucket
Jan 062013

The Bouquet is Michael Shanks latest movie, alas not a theatrical feature but a family friendly straight to disc/ondemand and television but there is a market for that and all actors want to work even if it’s not stretching their talents to the max. The movie stars Kristy Swanson and Danny Glover and tells the tale of a struggling family florist whose wayward daughter/sister returns to the fold to save the family and it’s business. Amazon US  Best Buy

Jun 112012

Amazon in the US are currently offering the 10 season DVD boxset of Stargate SG1 for a great value $54.99 with their usual deals on free p&p and prime status. If you don’t already own the series on DVD and already have the two movies or not that bothered then under $6 a season is a bargain.

I can not see any time frame for this offer but prices change often on Amazon.

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Aug 232011

Stargate Universe – Complete Season 1-2 [DVD]:

Not an overly attractive price at £56.99 but MGM are doing a Paramount/CBS number on SGU fans in terms of pricing and of course what is totally unforgivable is the lack of a Blu-ray boxset or even a season 2 Blu boxset. In this day and age and with this production the lack of a HD offering barring broadcast and itunes is simply not on and well surely giving the customer what they want is preferable to making pirated options more attractive?

Mar 102011 Stargate SG-1: The Complete Stargate SG-1 Series Collection (54-Disc) (Widescreen): TV Shows.

I’ve no  idea how long the offer is on but for now you can pick up the DVD boxset for an amazing $79 which is a good deal. Thanks to Kevin who tweeted and Scott or retweeted so I could see the offer and post it here.

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Aug 302010

The full series boxset which includes the two TV movies is currently (as of August 30th) being offered for a very attractive price of £79.99 from multiple online retailers here in the UK.

Jun 182010

Amazon UK are offering the complete series boxset on DVD for a mouth watering £61.97

It’s not the first time this set has been this cheap but if you are a fan and don’t already own the series it’s a bargain. I’ve no idea how long this price will last but the fact the lead time is now a few days at least says that Amazon are continuing to source stock and maintain this price point rather than reduced demand by putting the price back up.