Psycho-sexual chills abound as the year’s most disturbing and exciting television series American Horror Storyarrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 15 October from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
American Horror Story revolves around the Harmons; a family who move from Boston to Los Angeles to escape a troubled past. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott, Steel Magnolias), his wife Vivien (Connie Britton, A Nightmare On Elm Street) and their troubled daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) uncover far more anguish in their new home, however, a place of unfinished business for former residents both dead and alive…
As the family becomes more and more embroiled in the house and its murky past, new terrors begin to close in, with sinister neighbor Constance (Jessica Lange, Cape Fear), devious housekeepers, and even Ben’s new patients all vying for control of the family’s heart and soul – at any cost.
Created by Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee), American Horror Story Season 1 includes stellar guest appearances by Denis O’Hare (True Blood), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek). Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD takes the horror to a whole new level with a tour of the infamous murder house, an in-depth look at the house’s undead residents and a making-of featurette.
Step across the threshold if you dare with American Horror Story Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD this autumn.
Important Star Trek announcement from Play.com Star Trek XI (Yes thats right the NEW 2009 Star Trek Movie) will be available from Play.com on pre-order from the 3rd of July on both DVD and the fantastic experience of Blu-Ray.
If it is not yet the 3rd of July and you cannot yet pre order the DVD or Blu Ray of the new Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg, then check out our review of the Cinema Experience of the new Star Trek movie and subscribe to our news feed via email (see right) you will automatically be alerted when you can preorder your very own copy of StarTrek Blu Ray or DVD in the UK.
I always dreaded this film from the moment I first heard that Matt Damon was being considered as Kirk. But then something happened to make me think that this film was a good idea. That something was that I finally saw the movie.
Star Trek is an institution (asls known as the ‘franchise that will not die’). It has a whopping 40+ years of history, 4 TV series, hundered of episodes and 10 movies. That is a lot of baggage and it is why an origins story must have been tempting to all.
The big danger with an origins story is that it would require a franchise reboot. If you had read my blog on teh Scifi Channel website you would know what I think about reboots, reimaginings etc.
The next challenge that the film was set was to make it accessable and not too geeky for people who would say “I don’t like Star Trek, but I like this film” (makes me grumble – this film IS Star Trek) but also make it relevant for those who love the show and its rich history.
So in comes the young cast, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg out go Klingons (aside from passing references), the villian of the film is Romulan, much cooler than Klingons. The ship stays the same (yah) and the characters and charactariations are actually given more depth, quicker in this film than in any other stage of Star Trek.
For the geek there are many little moments and references that point ‘back’ to the original series and movies, but most importantly there is a big factor of continuity. This has been very cleverly done. This film is not so much as a reboot or reimagining – but sticks with the rules of Star Trek past and becomes a genuine part of continuity with the other series. All the previous series dabbled with other universes and parallel existances, well this movie just exploits that fact and presents it in a genuine way that should tick most boxes for everyones perception.
In this review I haven’t spoken about the films style, humour, special effects or content. That has been done to death in other reviews and in general it is a fantastic film with good all of the above.
Green Tree, Pennsylvania is a suburb of Pittsburgh with a population just north of 4700. Like many small towns, their neighborhood paper likes to cover ?local boy does good? so when Zachary Quinto got cast in the television series HEROES, they were the first to do a feature on him. When the actor was queried if there were any roles that interested him, he humbly stated that he was glad to have just gotten this job but he understood that there was to be a new STAR TREK film and it would be kind of cool to play Spock.
Like a shot heard round the world, every subsequent interview the actor gave, the question arouse about his supposed dream role. Luckily for him, when casting did commence for the feature film, the powers that be were aware of his desire and brought him in to read for the part.
STAR TREK, directed by JJ Abrams, is the latest incarnation birthed out of the landmark 1966 television series; however unlike the ten other films or five television adaptations, this version takes audiences back to the beginning. We witness the formation of the now infamous team of Captain Kirk, Sulu, Uhura, Chekhov and Spock; how these young Star Fleet cadets morphed into their leadership roles aboard the USS Enterprise.
Abrams believed that casting the iconic Spock would prove his hardest challenge, but when Zachary came into the audition, he was struck by how much the young actor looked the part. ?I knew his acting but when he walked into the room, I was struck how much he looked like Leonard Nimoy, whom I already knew was going to be in the film. We needed someone who could be the younger version of Spock and his talent, his look and his eagerness for the role just made his selection a no brainer.?
For any actor, steeping into a role so identifiable with another actor could be a daunting task and Quinto was well aware of the spotlight that would be cast upon him. Luckily he had someone in his corner who made the transition comfortably easy. Attending the 2007 edition of the Comic Con Convention in San Diego, Quinto found himself riding in a crowded elevator with Nimoy. Silently standing next to each other, no words were spoken on the ride up, but when the doors opened, Nimoy turned and simply stated, ?You have no idea what you are in for.?
Subsequent encounters between the two lead to a friendship that afforded Quinto some in depth insights not only into the background and psychology of Spock, but the aura that surrounds the legend of the character that stereotyped Nimoy. ?Leonard has spent forty years with this character and you can see the ways in which it has really shaped his life. But I know him to be a man with no regrets,? attests Quinto. As to his own concerns, ?I am just looking at this opportunity as an incredible launching point and I am eager for a diverse, extensive experience as an actor.?
The experience began when a few physical changes were necessary to transform him into the half human, half Vulcan who espoused the philosophy to ?live long and prosper.? It meant a new set of ears, shaved eyebrows and a bowl haircut. ?It was a momentous occasion when I put the ears on for the first time,? he recalls, a process that took the make-up team two hours to apply each day. That appendage is the quintessential image that most people have of the character and although they made a noticeable physical difference, Quinto admits that after a while he didn?t even notice they were there. ?Acting is truthful behavior in imaginary circumstances so all of the costumes and props were just about commitment. And as for the ears, my body sort of got used to it.?
Getting used to things has been something Quinto had to learn to deal with from an early age, as his father died when he was only seven. Channeling the grief into his new love for theater, by age eleven he was appearing in productions by the regional music theater company, Pittsburgh Light City Opera. In high school, he received his first artistic honor, the Gene Kelly Award for his role in PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Deciding that theater would be his career, he attended the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, graduating in 1999. Moving to Los Angeles the next year, after waiting on his fair share of tables, he quickly was cast in such TV shows as CSI, SIX FEET UNDER and 24 before landing HEROES, a recurring role as the show?s complicated villain Gabriel ?Sylar? Gray.
What has pleased the 31 year-old actor is that this take on the STAR TREK saga continues the optimistic tone that creator Gene Roddenberry first implemented in the original series. ?They dealt with problems and themes back then that people had trepidation to talk about, like racial, social and political issues. It was so ahead of its time. What I love about our film is that it?s about friendship and family. That is our heart and while we might have action and drama and comedy, it is ultimately a very moving and touching film.?
Just got the new approved version of the Star Trek Movie trailer. is JJ Abrahams going to weave his magic, or is he going to kill a classic, we will just have to wait and see.
Not a sequel as I am sure you are aware, but a ‘remake’/’reimagining’ (or whatever buzzword they want to attribute to this) of the classic Sci-Fi Series STAR TREK. We are taken back to the early days of James T. Kirk (the middle name is Tiberius – I am sure we all know that) and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members during their time at Starfleet Academy. Star Trek is a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, featuring a young new crew venturing boldly where no man has ever gone before.
Starring Chris Pine as the youthful James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto (Sylar from Heroes) as Spock, Simon Pegg (Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz) as Scotty, Eric Bana (Hulk, Troy) as Nero and Karl Urban (LOTR, DOOM and possibly TRON 2 aka TR2N) as Dr McCoy
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Also below we have some official images from Industrial Light and Magic.
Also below see a full cast list
Chris Pine … Kirk
Zachary Quinto … Spock
Eric Bana … Nero
Simon Pegg … Scotty
Winona Ryder … Amanda Grayson
Zoe Saldana … Nyota Uhura
Karl Urban … Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy
John Cho … Hikaru Sulu
Bruce Greenwood … Christopher Pike
Ben Cross … Sarek
Anton Yelchin … Pavel Chekov
Leonard Nimoy … Spock