Thursday, April 01, 2010

"Alternate Realities"

"Alternate Realities" from Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, is a new, classic science fiction film collection, to be released on several DVDs, beginning April 6.

In director Aaron Lipstadt's 1982 feature "Android", starring Klaus Kinski, Bree Howard and Norbert Weisser:

"...Somewhere on the outskirts of deep space, orbits 'ULZ-53', a forgotten research station manned only by intense scientist 'Dr. Daniel' (Kinski) and his lonely android assistant 'Max 404' (Don Keith Opper). When three escaped convicts-including a beautiful woman- arrive aboard, Dr. Daniel finds the missing element to his outlawed experiments while Max discovers his own forbidden urges. Can a turned-on robot turn off his human insticnts and still get down to earth?..."

In "Astro Boy Greatest Astro Adventures", directed by creator Osamu Tezuka :

"...In the first ever 'Astro Boy' series created in full color, brilliant robot engineer 'Doctor Boynton' loses his son 'Toby' in an accident. The dedicated. heartbroken scientist then uses his technical skills to construct a robot in the boy's image. But hope was lost when he realized the robot could never fill the void left in his heart..."

In "Black Moon Rising", the 1986 action feature starring Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Hamilton and Robert Vaughn :

"...Master thief 'Sam Quint' (Jones) is hired by the government to steal top-secret data from a criminal organization, then hides the stolen information in an experimental supercar, called 'The Black Moon'. But when the car is stolen by high-tech auto thief 'Nina' (Hamilton), Quint must pull off the most daring heist of all: break into an impenetrable skyscraper and steal it back..."

In the 2009 feature "Chrysalis", directed by Julien Leclercq :

"...In Paris, circa 2025, a tough cop is haunted by a murder he could not stop and a young woman is scarred by a dark secret from her past, in a city where sleek technology meets a conspiracy of violence and corruption..."

In producer Roger Corman's 2009 period feature "Cyclops" starring Eric Roberts, Frida Farrell and Craig Archibald :

"...As a terrifying 'Cyclops' terrorizes the Roman countryside, the corrupt emperor 'Tiberius' sends in 'Marcus', his strongest general. Soon the monster is captured and brought to the great city to fight as a gladiator, but the tables quickly turn on Marcus who must fight as well..."

In "Dead Space: Downfall", the 2007 animated prequel to the 2008 EA "Dead Space" video game :

"...When a deep space mining operation discovers a mysterious alien 'Marker', they believe they have found evidence of man's creation. But the removal of the Marker unleashes a horrific alien species, which had been entombed within a remote planet and a desperate fight for survival ensues..."

In "Lightspeed", the 2007 feature from "Spider-Man" creator Stan Lee, starring Jason Connnery, Lee Majors and Nicole Eggert :

"...the covert world of government 'Ghost Squad' agent 'Daniel Leight' (Connery) comes crashing down when he is critically injured in a building collapse triggered by the genetically mutated terrorist 'Python' (Daniel Goddard). When Leight's subsequent radiation treatments are sabotaged, he discovers he has the ability to move at 'hyper speeds', risking potentially fatal metabolic damage..."

In the 2007 feature "The Man From Earth", based on the works of author Jerome Bixby, starring David Lee Smith, John Billingsley, William Katt, Ellen Crawford and Tony Todd :

"...On a cold night in a remote cabin, 'Professor John Oldman (Smith) gathers his most trusted colleagues for an extraordinary announcement. He is an immortal who has migrated through 140 centuries of evolution and must now move on. Is Oldman truly 'Cro-Magnon' or simply insane? Now one man will force these scientists and scholars to confront their own notions of history, religion and humanity, all leading to a final revelation that may shatter their world forever..."

"The Masters Of Science Fiction", the 2007 science fiction anthology TV series, lensed in Vancouver, includes all six episodes from the series, including the 'lost' episodes "Little Brother" and "Watchbird" :

"...Join host Professor Stephen Hawking for six expeditions into the outer realms of scientific imagination, starring Sam Waterston, Judy Davis, Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell, John Hurt, Brian Dennehy and James Cromwell..."

"The Philadelphia Experiment" the 1984 time-travel feature from producer John Carpenter, directed by Stewart Raffil, stars Nancy Allen:

" In 1943, a top secret experiment is underway to make US Navy ships invisible to enemy radar...but something goes horribly wrong and the 'Battleship Eldridge' disappears..."

In "Recon 2020", the 2004 film directed by Christian Viel:

"...'The Caprini Massacre' follows the squad on a recon mission to a remote planet, investigating recent reports that defy rational explanation. Once deployed on the planet surface, they begin to experience bizarre nightmares, from vampires to threee-headed 'Hydras'. But these are no ordinary bad dreams...these nightmares can kill.."

In "Recon 2022", directed by Viel in 2007:

"...The 'Mezzo Incident' chronicles a mission to an ice planet whose perils are more dangerous than just blinding snow and constant cold. The squad encounters a city of 'cyborgs' while contending with giant 'snow worms' and other blood-thirsty alien entities. 'Galactic Marines' are well-drilled warriors, but on the planet Mezzo, they can also be prey..."

In "Sands Of Oblivion", a 2008 film, directed by David Flores, starring Adam Baldwin and George Kennedy:

"...In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille constructed a replica of ancient Egypt in the California desert for his epic movie 'The Ten Commandments'. When filming was completed, he mysteriously ordered the entire set buried...until the set is uncovered unleashing an ancient horror..."

Sneak Peek "The A-Team"

Sneak Peek the new poster AND trailer supporting the Vancouver-lensed feature "The A-Team", adapting the classic TV series to the big screen, from director Joe Carnahan ("Narc").

The new film will be released in North America June 11, 2010 by 20th Century Fox, from producers Sir Ridley and Tony Scott.

The plot involves a shift from Vietnam to the Middle East, with Jules Daly and series creator Stephen J. Cannell also involved in the project.

According to writer Michael Brandt, the adaptation is more gritty in its depiction of violence, in the vein of "Die Hard" and "Casino Royale".

As in the original series, "The A-Team" follows the adventures of three US soldiers who were arrested for a crime they did not commit. After managing to escape from military prison, the three join forces with 'Captain H.M. Murdock', their reconnaissance pilot, as a team of soldiers of fortune.

Cast includes Liam "Darkman" Neeson as 'Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, Bradley Cooper as 'Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck', Quinton Jackson as 'Sgt. B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus', Sharlto Copley as 'Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock', Jessica Biel as 'Lt. Carissa Sosa', Patrick Wilson as 'Lynch' and Gerald McRaney as 'General Morrison'.

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Hyde Park Believes In "The Persuaders!"

Hyde Park Entertainment continues to develop a feature film version of the British TV series "The Persuaders !", produced by Ashok Amritraj, for director Peter Howitt ("Johnny English"). The feature will be the first to be produced in association with Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

"The Persuaders !" 1971 action/adventure series was produced by ITC Entertainment for broadcast on ITV and ABC, considered at the time, "the most ambitious and most expensive of Sir Lew Grade's international action adventure series", starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

The show ended after one season, running from September 1971 to February 1972, releasing Moore to star as 'James Bond' in a series of big budget features.

Despite its focus on the British/American markets, the show was popular throughout Europe, with both Moore and Curtis decorated in Germany and France for their acting.

The character of 'Danny Wilde' (Curtis) is described as a 'rough diamond', educated and moulded in the back slums of New York City, who escaped by enlisting in the US Navy, later becoming a millionaire in the oil business.

'Lord Brett Sinclair' (Moore) is a Harrow/Oxford educated English aristocrat and ex-racing car driver.

The globe-trotting playboys, meet on holiday in the French Riviera, instantly disliking each other and destroying a hotel bar in a fist-fight. Arrested, they are delivered to retired 'Judge Fulton' who offers them the choice of spending ninety days in jail or helping him to 'right errors of impunity'. Grudgingly, Wilde and Sinclair agree to help solve Fulton's initial case. He then releases them from any threat of jail. The duo are soon stumbling into more adventures, sometimes by chance, sometimes due again to Judge Fulton.

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All Aboard The "GravyTrain" - April 23

"GravyTrain" is a new Canadian feature, written by Tim Doiron, directed by April Mullen, starring Mullen, Doiron, Jennifer Dale, Colin Mochrie, Kyle Schmid, Peter Keleghan, AC Peterson, Ryan Tilley & Tim Meadows. Executive producers are Michael Mullen and Michael Sparaga.

...'Charles Gravytrain', a hapless 'Private Dick' from 'Gypsy Creek', believes in three things: Truth, Justice, and slapping the no good crook 'Jimmy Fish Eye' in the slammer for life!

"And with the help of his foxy new partner, big city cop 'Miss Uma Booma' he may do just that. But in a town that has more stinky secrets and slippery surprises than a tin of rotten sardines the only question is...Where's the Fish?!..."

"GravyTrain" opens April 23.

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