Fans of Warhammer 40K have been waiting for the computer generated movie, Ultramarines, for a long time. Originally scheduled to hit Blu-ray and DVD back in 2010, Anchor Bay will now finally drop the movie into our laps. Are you ready? Do you care? Check out the trailer for yourself.
It’s hard to imagine that Ultramarines is going to be anything but terrible. First off, basing a movie on a game is a difficult feat to pull off. How many truly worthwhile movies have started out with that premise? Not many. And while it does have a better cast of voices than a movie like this probably deserves—including Terrence Stamp, Sean Pertwee, and John Hurt—it’s hard to believe the story will be all that stellar.
Though some of the imagery does look alright—the suits and spacecrafts are pretty cool—overall, the CGI leaves something to be desired. At best this looks like a video game, and watching a feature-length movie of that doesn’t sound appealing in any way.
A lengthy delay like Ultramarines has faced (though it has been available to the enterprising fan) rarely bodes well for any movie. And you get feeling this is going to be something best reserved for hardcore enthusiasts only.
This home release of Ultramarines will come with a bunch of bonus material that might attract some established fans. The disc will contain more than 45 minutes of extras, including the featurettes Into the Void: Making of Ultramarines, Between Chaos & Darkness: The World of the Space Marines, Creating the Daemon, and an “onscreen graphic novel.”
So, if Warhammer is your thing, you might want to check out the Ultramarines Blu-ray, which is now available for pre-order. If not, you might want to sit this one out.