Prometheus: The Art Of The Film by Mark Salisbury (2012/Titan Books/Hardcover)/Sector 7 3D (2011/Shout! Factory Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray)
Picture: B- 2D Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Book: C+ Film: C
Ridley Scott’s Alien arrived in
1979, it was a massive critical and commercial hit, a watershed film and all
around surprise; it immediately became one of the most imitated films
since. Before Cameron’s Aliens (1986) sequel arrived, hundreds
of imitators sprung up and they never truly stopped, even when four more
sequels happened. That only seemed to
increase the imitators.
our new digital 3D era, two more films in the mode of the 1979 classic have
arrived, including Scott’s own semi-prequel Prometheus and to go with that theatrical release, Titan Books has
released a heavy hardcover volume to tie in with the film called Prometheus: The Art Of The Film by Mark
Salisbury (2012). Though I was very
disappointed with what Scott came up with, the book shows how much artwork was
needed (they certainly had the budget) including having H.R. Giger‘s designs
revisited (though eh was not directly involved with this production, he at
least got credit) and the result is a mixed book.
revival of older designs seems tired and even unnecessary, much like the
theatrical cut I had to sit through, though I could also see some newer items
were not featured as prominently. The
newer art is more interesting, yet it also looks like more of what we have
already seen before and though the book is very thorough and printed on very
high quality paper in high quality print, this is for research purposes or fans
of the prequel only. Like the film, none
of the frames seem dark enough to build any suspense or terror. We’ll review the film soon.
might think Prometheus a is the
first Alien-like film to surface as
a 3D project in this new round of 3D, but it turns out the far less expensive
and more cheesy Korean effort Sector 7
3D (2011) beat them to it. Director
Kim Ji-Hoon has some directing skill, but this is far too humorous to be funny,
there is very little mystery here, it also imitates Cameron’s sequel and
Cameron’s The Abyss (1989) more than
it should and like many later Alien
imitators and despite an interesting cast, is everything we’ve seen before and
all also looks like a dated videogame.
on an oil rig are doing fine when mysterious like creatures that omit a little
of their own light turn out to not be as safe and of wonderment as they appear
when they turn out to be part of a strain that can grow and kill. Needless to say they can grow and one turns
out to be a huge killer creature that will cause havoc for all and much worse.
potential, especially since Korean Cinema tends to find its own way of doing
things, but all this can really do in the end is imitate Hollywood clichés and
formula to the point that you wonder why they were so broad and commercial
here. I thought this might get better as
it went along and the early moments were just typical set-ups you get from a
genre piece, but it was stuck on its course down the same road as hundreds of
other Alien imitators. The creature was very fake, no matter how
grotesque they tried to make it and like almost all releases that use too much
CG digital visual effects becomes an overgrown cartoon. Too bad, because the set-up was interesting,
even if it might remind one of two Alien-near-the-water
imitators: Deep Star Six and Leviathan, both of which The Abyss outclassed as they were
issued at the same time.
X 1, 1080p full HD MVC-encoded 3-D – Full Resolution digital High Definition
image and 2D versions are on par with each other, with the 3D version not
always working and also having shots that did not need to be 3D, while the 2D
can be dull and both have their share of shots with too much CG. Color can be limited and part of that is the
style chosen, in part to hide the limits of the visual effects anyhow. Very few shots stuck with me when all was
said and done. Don’t expect many demo
shots, though a few were at least amusing.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is sometimes weak in the way it was
recorded on location, while the soundfield may have its moments, but dialogue
and some sounds can be more towards the front speakers than I would have liked.
extra is a Making Of featurette.
- Nicholas Sheffo