Thursday, 27 January 2011
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Here's another DVD adaptation of a book, or in this case the first of a seven book series (or a trilogy in seven parts) - John Marsden's Tomorrow when the war began. The story is well known, it follows the journey of eight high school friends in a remote country town whose lives are suddenly and violently upturned by a war that no one saw coming. While on a weekend camping trip, the country is invaded. Cut off from their families, these eight teenagers must learn to escape, survive and fight back against a hostile occupying military force. While there is lots of action (hence the rating) it does delve into the emotions and convictions of the characters. I must visit the Luskintyre Bridge.
It is a fairly close rendition of the book, obviously lacking some of those thought processes that are easy to write but difficult to film.
The obvious question is what about filming the other books to, as this one has an open ending begging for a sequel/s.
The DVD includes special features: Collector's booklet; The extended interview with writer John Marsden; The making of the movie; Alternate movie ending; The books - John Marsden interview and passage readings; Character profiles; Audio commentaries; Behind the Scenes - How to blow up a bridge & VFX breakdowns. The feature has a running time of 100 minutes, and is rated M.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
It is not often that I'd say the film was better than the book, but this time it's true.
The DVD of Shaun Tan's "The lost thing" is heaps better, and more cheery than the book.
In a typical Shaun Tan-esque 'steampunk' world, while out collecting bottle tops at the beach, a boy discovers an enormous, bizarre and lonely creature that nobody else appears to notice.
Feeling sorry for it, he decides to find a home for his new friend, even as others warn that 'some things don't belong anywhere'. But is this reallty true? Can a thing be just plain lost?
A modern day parable and cautionary tale for all ages.
One of the best features is that it has Tim Minchin narrating the story, so so right for the role.
It is a DVD of 16 minutes, but you'd be doing yourself a dis-service if you only watched the feature - check out the audio commentaries by Shaun, and director Andrew Ruhemann, and the other Special Features.
And there aren't many DVDs which come with their own hard-back books. The 50 paged "What miscellaneous abnormality is that? : a field guide" is referred to in the story and is an illustrated depiction of some of the weird creatures which inhabit the film.
The book was an Honour Book in the CBCA 2001 Picture Book of the Year awards (which came with the note that some of these books are for mature readers).
Sound interesting - click here to place a hold