David Arnold on Casino Royale

David ArnoldCasino Royale is out now on DVD and to coincide with the release I recently spoke with composer David Arnold about his work on the film.

We spoke about a number of things, including his involvement with cinema’s longest running franchise, the decision to hold off from the signature tune and where 007 might be headed next.

Listen to the interview here:
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You can also download it an as MP3 here

Casino Royale is out on DVD today from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

> The official site for Casino Royale
> Buy Casino Royale on DVD from Amazon UK
Have a listen to interviews I did with the cast and crew of Casino Royale back in November
> Find out more about the next Bond film at Wikipedia
> Visit David Arnold’s official website

 

Interview: Alfonso Cuaron on Children of Men

Since coming to prominence in his native Mexico with Sólo Con Tu Pareja (1991) Alfonso Cuarón has shown himself to be a remarkably versatile director.

His films have ranged from The Little Princess (1995), a beautifully crafted adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s novel to the exuberant road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002).

After the international and critical success of that film he made Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), the third – and so far, best – instalment of the series.

Film & Artwork © 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Children of Men was another shift in subject matter and tone, as he adapted P.D. James’ dystopian novel about infertility in a futuristic England.

Released in the UK last September (and the US in December) it garnered lavish critical praise and award recognition, winning 2 BAFTAs and 3 Oscar nominations.

It was richly deserved, as it remains one of the best films of last year.

It functions as a riveting thriller, but also explores contemporary issues with an intelligence that is rare in mainstream movies.

It also features some truly stunning cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, who has helped create images and sequences that will live long in the memory.

I recently spoke to Alfonso about the forthcoming release on DVD.

He was articulate, passionate and keen to discuss many aspects of the film, including:

  • His approach to the original novel
  • The documentary on the second disc called ‘The Possibility of Hope’
  • Filming during the London bombings
  • The narrative style of the film
  • Why he wanted it to be the ‘anti-Blade Runner
  • The visuals
  • How they shot some of the long takes
  • The importance of Clive Owen as a collaborator
  • What he thinks the film is ultimately about.

You can also download here it as an MP3 (just right click on the link and save it to your computer)

The Children of Men 2-disc Special Edition is available on DVD from 19th March, courtesy of Universal Pictures

(Film & Artwork © 2006 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.)

> Buy Children of Men on DVD or the Blu-ray from Amazon UK
> IMDb entry for Alfonso Cuaron
> Reviews for Children of Men at Metacritic
> Dana Stevens of Slate on why Children of Men is the ‘movie of the millenium’

Interview from the Archives: Emily Blunt

The Devil Wears Prada is out on DVD today so here is a chance to have a listen again to the interview I did with Emily Blunt about her role in the film.

Amongst other things she told me about her character she plays, how she got the part and why she was afraid of giving Meryl Streep a cold.

Listen to the interview here:

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> Find out more about Emily Blunt at the IMDb
> Buy The Devil Wears Prada on DVD at Amazon

DVD Pick for Monday 22nd January

Little Miss Sunshine is the real word of mouth success of the past year. Since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival (almost exactly a year ago) it has won audiences and critics over with its charming brand of bittersweet comedy. It follows a dysfunctional family from Albuquerque as they drive to California in order to take their young daughter (Abigail Breslin) to a beauty pageant. A pushy father (Greg Kinnear), a stressed mother (Toni Collete), a depressed Proust scholar (Steve Carell) and a foul mouthed grandpa (Alan Arkin) all form the rich bag of misfits in the film.

First time directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris manage to create a genuinely charming comedy whilst avoiding easy cliches and schmaltz. It also neatly breaks a taboo of US pop culture in that it actually celebrates losers, rather than turning them in to bland success stories. Watch out for it at the BAFTAs and Oscars – it might not be this year’s Crash but it could certainly be a strong dark horse candidate.

> Check out reviews of the film at Metacritic
> Buy the DVD from Amazon

Side-by-Side Comparison Shots of Changes Made to The Empire Strikes Back

In case you weren’t aware, the original versions of the Star Wars trilogy are being released on DVD for the first time. The revamped versions that were released theatrically in 1997 and on DVD a couple of years ago so I have mixed feelings about it.

Are fans that keen to see the original versions? If they were that good, then why did Lucasfilm redo them in the first place? That said I’m sure they will sell by the bucket load when they get released next Monday. Anyway, if you are curious this image gallery compares the 1980 version of The Empire Strikes Back to the 2004 DVD release. (Link via Digg)

> Official Star Wars site explaining the new DVD releases
> Wikipedia on the changes in the different releases of the Star Wars films