The folks behind the upcoming SF/horror flick Dark Skies have been responsible for some of the creepiest movies in recent memory. The film’s producers have worked on films such as Insidious, Sinister, and the ridiculously successful Paranormal Activity movies. While the quality of their movies has certainly varied, there’s no doubt that they have a proven knack when it comes to scaring the pee out of moviegoers. Now they’re applying that talent to the tropes and mythology behind supposed alien abductions. In this case, that means causing former Felicity actress Keri Russell to have some really, really bad days.
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Science fiction from various media has introduced us to a lot of iconic, unforgettable weaponry over the years. I’m talking here about the proton packs from Ghostbusters, Green Lantern’s power ring, the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device from Portal, or Star Trek’s phasers. Many of the most recognizable bits of SF weaponry are featured on the badass poster below, entitled simply “Famous Weapons.”
As somebody who isn’t a fan of 3D in the first place, this news at most prompts a slight shrug from me, but I’m sure there are fans out there who would have loved to watch a 3D re-release of Independence Day in theaters. Alas, it shall not be. Fox has canceled their plans for a 3D release of ID4, so I guess you’ll have to celebrate our Independence Day with your Blu-ray copy. If it makes you feel any better, put on some dark sunglasses and pretend it’s in 3D.
The 3D re-release was originally scheduled for July 3, 2013 — as you’d expect — but now it’s dead, for whatever reason. That reason will have to remain a mystery for now, because Fox didn’t include any explanation of why their plans were being scrapped. Presumably there’s either some problem with the 3D conversion or they just decided there wasn’t enough interest to justify the expense. That latter one seems unlikely, since Hollywood has been slapping the third dimension onto everything they can get their hands on, the better to raid the contents of our wallets with higher ticket prices. Maybe somebody in the cast only looks attractive in 2D? Maybe the mysterious cabal plotting against Randy Quaid squashed the project as part of their overall plan to ruin his life? Yeah, it’s probably that last one.
It’s also unclear what this cancellation will mean for the long-gestating Independence Day sequels. If Fox truly intends to resurrect the property with sequels, you’d think they’d jump on the chance to get the movie back in the public eye with a re-release.
I’ve had a strange craving to rewatch The X-Files lately, and I’ve nearly started it up on Netflix several times before getting distracted by other things. Now it sounds like I might want to hold off a bit, because rumor is that Fox will be bringing The X-Files to Blu-ray sometime in 2013.
The word comes from the always-excellent folks over at The Digital Bits, who say that their sources are saying that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is eyeballing a 2013 release for the X-Files Blu-rays. Even better, it sounds like they may be planning an ambitious polish and upgrade for the series, along the same line as what CBS has done with Star Trek: The Original Series and The Next Generation. I never would have thought those shows could look as good as they do, but CBS has proven both that it can be done and that the fans will jump at the chance to own high-def versions of their favorite shows from earlier decades.
The Bits folks don’t say if the 2013 date would mark the first of a season-by-season release for the show, as Trek has been doing, or if they’re planning to release the whole series at once. Given how much work a project like this entails, I’m guessing it will be the former. Don’t be surprise if the fanboy/fangirl in your life has The X-Files: The Complete First Season Blu-ray set on their Christmas list this time next year.
Remember the old days, before feline Christmas sweaters, when humans made animals do everything that was too dangerous for humans? How times have changed. I mean, I don’t even think monkeys can smoke 25 feet in front of their own trees anymore. And watch out canaries with dreams of being heroes, your time might be here soon…to live longer. Just over a week after it was announced that mine-detecting robots would be be replacing dolphins, the company SpectraFluidics has patented a chip that may one day render canine bomb detection unnecessary.
I’ve rambled at length here in the past about how cool it is that we’ve reached a level of tech where indie/low-budget science fiction movies can really pull off some amazing effects. Sure, the indie stuff may not be quite as mind-blowing as, say, del Toro’s upcoming giant robots vs. giant monsters flick Pacific Rim, but we’ve definitely advanced past the point where on-the-cheap effects are obviously on-the-cheap. Case in point: this trailer for the upcoming indie science fiction film 2088. Check it out, then we’ll talk more.