I am a huge Paul McCartney Fan I have seen him play nearly 10 times. I have a large collection of McCartney memorabilia albums and rare stuff. I have been collecting his archive releases so with much excitement getting the news Rockshow was coming out in cinemas and Bluray was a welcome one. This 1976 concert film of Wings at the absolute height of the powers, is a real treat. It has been fully restored from its 35mm print and judging by its trailer they have done a magnificent job.
For screening times world wide goto rockshowonscreen.com
On May 28th see’s the release of the Live album from the wings over the world tour.
It will come in many configurations .
and deluxe boxset
The box set is a stunner containing 4 books a dvd with a documentary about the tour and different merchandise reproductions from that tour. At US$140 it isnt cheap also considering the last box set in the series ram was under $100. But being the fan I am I cant resist it.
Wings over america Boxset
Les Mis Blu ray
I recently acquired the Blu Ray of Les Miserables. I am not going to go into the film as such as that has been covered elsewhere but what I can say is the transfer is very pretty. It was shot on film but retains that warmth and grain film presents without being soft. The detail is wonderful you can see pours in the actors skin finite hairs in beards. The transfer has a wonderful three dimensional quality to it. I would definitely describe this as a near reference disk . The disc also comes with some great extra material not seen before. These are basically documentaries covering the history of the piece . Life of Victor Hugo and various behind the scenes short features.
Life of Pi blu ray
Life of Pi took out best director and best film at this years Academy awards. Its different ,its deep and highly spiritual. Described as one of the best uses of 3D I was let down when I saw it at the cinema. The picture was flat and lifeless . Fast forward to the Blu Ray and the story is a whole different kettle of fish “excuse the pun” set on ocean moving on. Start the disk and immediately you are struck with a gorgeous 3d menu and from there it only gets better. As the viewer you feel like your in the picture. Gimmickry is rarely used and the effect is wonderful. This film was shot digitally with plenty of CG work in the ocean scenes . I actually feel here that the 3d helps to sell the fact the kid is on a real ocean. Note the whole thing was shot in a tank. The effects have life and depth. I dont know what was going on when I saw it at the cinema . Maybe it was not set up properly. The Blu ray presents an absolute reference quality transfer. As it was shot digitally its absolutely pristine and crisp. Detail is plentiful and black levels are fantastic.
The Disk comes with a documentary which runs over an hour going into innate detail about how it was made the process of casting the boy and the process of preparing him for the role.
Incase anyone was wondering I loved this film. I thought it deserved best picture . I saw all the other nominees and just felt there was a bit of daring in the film which made it stand out. As much as I loved Les Mis life of pi really connected with me. Lincoln was a so so film with a great performance that fact was recognised on Oscars night.
So you are going to a new 3D movie. Exciting hey?
What the cinemas never tell is how the 3D effect drops of the more off axis you are from the screen.
I recently went to see the Life Of PI as it was the first day of the film seating was limited.
We sat on the side aisle . So the film starts I could barely see any 3D depth.
Just consider for a second the theatres told you this was the case they would have to sell you the side tickets more cheaply.
I for one love 3D , but I am also a realist the technology is far from perfect. It doesn’t work for anyone with eye tracking problems.
It can hurt and even make you feel sick if your eyes are not rite. Yes you have to sit straight in front of it.
My 3D tv at home works in a very similar way the effect drops off when off axis. But when I am viewing from straight ahead its very strong.
My other tip is this. When deciding where to sit in a theatre for a 3d presentation , make sure that your field of view is covered by the screen.
Visual distractions can also ruin the 3D effects . Put simply sit back and not to far forward as being to far forward can induce motion sickness.
I have had my 3d TV now for over a months. I thought I would ad some further reflections on what I like and what I dislike.
Firstly 3D looks just terrible in light rooms. For it to really take effect the room must be pitch black.
My favourite 3D bluray is Peter Gabriel new blood concert in 3D
The 3D element is fantastic. I was at this concert for the shoot. The depth the lighting really gives you the feeling of being in the theatre. The music is sublime the mix fantastic. It is a true demo disk. I really feel live concerts are really suited to 3d . Where the New Blood concert also works , it avoids rapid cutting. I find rapid editing within the 3D realm can induce headaches. But no it doesn’t happen here.
My next favourite is HUGO.
Hugo was shot digitally using the 3D process. The 3D here is used to create space and give you a feeling of being in the small spaces within the train station Hugo inhabits. I feel the 3D here enhances the story rather than distracts from it.
These two examples are great ones. But I have seen some horrible 3D to.
Anything that is converted to 3D avoid at all costs . It doesn’t look any good it tends to look like multiple layers of flat card board cutouts .
As there has been so much upheaval in the television industry in the past few months I thought I would write a piece about where things are at and where things are going.
The Australian media industry are in a major period of change. newspapers ,books ,television and even radio are all caught up in this change.
Most recently the nine network barely staved of there creditors to survive and re capitalise . Then there is the case of network ten who have been reducing news staff nationally in an effort to reduce costs and become profitable. Major network personalities left the network in one week of staff sackings.
Why is this happening?
There are a few reasons. Advertising money is leaving traditional media forms. The global financial crisis has created an atmosphere where spending and downsizing has become common place. Traditional media is struggling to stay profitable . Demographics have also changed ,young people no longer read newspapers or watch tv they have long since departed to the digital realm.
Where is that audience. By the time the 6pm news rolls around the news is generally old by a few hours. The modern media consumer now has smart phones and tablets . They now have the ability to have that news instantly. Secondly who in 2012 is home at 6pm at night? . With this new technology one can consume the news when they want and how they want.
The next question is how do these organisations make money from this medium. The answer is it is not easy. One can get the latest news the latest films and dramas for free if you want to. The media outlets have to give a reason to want to subscribe or pay. This might come through added services or content. Advertising over news or video is something a lot of consumers wont tolerate as they find it intrusive to the viewing experience.
Newspapers are on there last legs . Both of the big players in Australia are suffering falling sales and advertising revenue. The survival of both companies will be in both of them diversifying into the modern media space. Both have quite a lot of applications for mobile . These deliver video ,news and various other content to iPads iphones and the like. But they have not solved the overwhelming problem with most of the content being free where is the future revenue going to come from.
My other question is how long can fairfax and news hold onto publishing a daily print product. News delivers a very good newspaper product onto tablets with its digital pass. For a minimal fee per week you get the paper on your tablet and the physical paper. Fairfax currently delivers there news for free. Why would I pay for something that I can get free elsewhere. This is the fundamental problem facing all media forms in Australia.