Archive for August, 2009

Tin man review

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Tin man is a new take on the Wizard of Oz. The technical details are:

  • Voices: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Dolby: 5.1
  • Playtime: 180 minutes
  • Type: Fantasy
  • Price tag: 12 Euro


Tin Man DVD

Tin Man DVD

The story is about DG who has some strange dreams for some time. At a certain moment she goes to the ‘other side’. Once on the there she meets some odd people. Someone whose brain was removed a kind of lion and someone who got punished by being locked up in a tin frame. Together they travel to fight the evil Azkedellia.  On the ‘other side’ you will see shape shifting people, robots, magic etc. Together it will keep it interesting for the full 180 minutes.

Although it refers to the Wizard of Oz it actually is a complete different movie than any Wizard of Oz I have seen. And that is actually for the better. I thought the acting was quite good and the animations and special effects very good. You can of course watch the movie in one go. I watched it in two parts though. It had a good pace and never got boring or anything.  If you like special effects and a fantasy setting then this is certainly movie to buy, just forget that it has anything to do with the Wizard of Oz.

Monster House review

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Monsterhouse DVD

Monsterhouse DVD

I bought monster house a while ago. I was an impulse buy in the supermarket and when I started watching it I thought for the first few moments that it was really aimed at kids and I wasted my money. However luckily I was completely wrong 🙂

Monster house is a DVD by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg according to the box.  The version I watched has the following details:

  • Voices: English/Dutch/Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English/Dutch/Hebrew
  • PAL
  • Dolby 5.1
  • Playtime 86 minutes
  • Extras: Documentaries/Trailers/Photo gallery
  • Type: Animation
  • Rated 6/horror
  • Price tag: I believe 8 or 12 Euros

The story is about a grumpy old man living in a haunted house. A boy at the other side of the street observed the house for a while and tries to convince other people that the house does actually live. Obviously nobody believes him, odd isn’t it? Anyway with the help of a friend and a girl, they just met, they are going to investigate the house and unravel its mystery, which I won’t reveal here.

The film is a 3D animation created using mocap which has resulted in amazingly realistic animations. The way the characters move is very lifelike even though the characters themselves are caricatures. The animation is quite polished. There is a lot of humor in the movie.  The horror aspect should of course be taken with a grain of salt, at least for adults.

if you like 3D animated movies then this is certainly one I can recommend.