Del Toro and Nolan on Memento

Earlier this year Guillermo Del Toro sat down with Christopher Nolan to discuss Memento in Los Angeles.

It was after a screening at the Egyptian Theater to promote the restored Blu-ray release of the film and was a fascinating discussion between two of the best directors currently working in Hollywood.

Although it looks like it was officially filmed for future release, Michael Midnight was in the audience and managed to capture edited highlights of the conversation.

Amongst the things they discussed were:

  • The influence of Jorge Luis Borges on Nolan’s writing
  • Why Nolan has never watched the ‘chronologically correct’ version
  • Distribution chief Bob Berney (who masterminded the release of Memento and Pan’s Labyrinth)
  • Why seeing Memento connect with audiences inspired Inception
  • The importance of ‘restless’ actors like Guy Pearce
  • The mix of emotion and genre
  • How Nolan’s brother Jonathan persuaded him to never reveal the truth about the ending
  • Nolan’s stripped down approach to dialogue
  • Casting Guy Pearce and Carrie Anne Moss
  • The IMAX film camera

> Christopher Nolan and Guillermo Del Toro at Wikipedia
> Visual representations of Memento

DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 25th October 2010


Back to the Future Trilogy (Universal): The time-travel comedy trilogy gets released on Blu-ray for the first time and Universal have put together a package which does full justice to these inventive and much loved films.

A lot of viewers will be pleasantly surprised how good a job Universal has done with the audio and visual transfer (screenshots can be seen here) and it certainly gives them an added kick if you haven’t seen them in a while. But for most people the reason for getting this box set will be the huge array of extras detailing the production. [Read the full review here]

Alien Anthology (20th Century Fox): Although this is essentially a Blu-ray upgrade from the previous Alien Quadrilogy boxset, that was one of the best boxsets in living memory.

However, the HD transfers for Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) have been done with considerable care and attention and there is extra material which will be of interest to fans of the series.

James Cameron personally oversaw the new transfer of Aliens, the audio for Alien 3 has been upgraded with Charles Dance and Lance Henriksen recording new dialogue and there is a previously unreleased ‘Alien 3′ documentary which features visual evidence of the nightmare David Fincher had on the set of his directorial debut. [Read the full review here]

The Guillermo Del Toro Trilogy (Optimum): Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro is recognised as one of the world’s most visually inventive directors, balancing a career torn between films such as Hellboy with smaller, personal projects such as the three films brought together in this collection – The Devil’s Backbone (2001), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and his debut feature, Cronos (1993).

Special Features include:

  • UK Exclusive interview with Guillermo Del Toro
  • Exclusive pages from Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain Trilogy
  • Brand new interviews
  • Featurettes
  • Motion Comics
  • Early short film Geomtria
  • Sketches and storyboards
  • Galleries
  • Trailers


13 Hrs (High Fliers Video Distribution) [Blu-ray / Normal]
8 Mile (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
A Nightmare On Elm Street (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / with DVD and Digital Copy]
Baby Mama (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Billy Madison (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Bulletproof (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
D-Tox (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Dante’s Peak (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Dead Silence (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Dinosaurs Alive! (Cornerstone Media Int.) [Blu-ray / with 3D Version]
First Blood/Cliffhanger/Lock Up (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Happy Gilmore (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Hard Rain (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Iron Man 1 and 2 (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Iron Man 2 (Paramount Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Killers (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Leatherheads (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Make Way for Tomorrow (Eureka) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Mercury Rising (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Scent of a Woman (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Smallville: Season 9 (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Spirits of the Dead (Arrow Films) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Star Wars – The Clone Wars: Season 2 (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Taking Woodstock (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Break Up (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Express (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Game (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Holiday (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Interpreter (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Jackal (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Skeleton Key (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Total Recall/Raw Deal/Red Heat (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
True Legend (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Waist Deep (UCA) [Blu-ray / Normal]
We Own the Night (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Wild at Heart (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (Eureka) [Blu-ray / Normal]
You, Me and Dupree (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]

> The Best DVD and Blu-rays of 2009
> UK Cinema Releases for Friday 22nd October 2010 including Paranormal Activity 2, Easy A and Carlos


Guillermo del Toro is no longer directing The Hobbit

After numerous delays to the upcoming film of The Hobbit, director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that he is departing the project.

In a nutshell, the ongoing financial problems at MGM – who share the rights with New Line/Warner Bros. – meant that the delays had become overwhelming and were preventing him from making other films.

He made the official announcement through the long-running Lord of the Rings fansite The One Ring:

In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming “The Hobbit,” I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures.

I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed.

The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.

Producer Peter Jackson also said:

We feel very sad to see Guillermo leave the Hobbit, but he has kept us fully in the loop and we understand how the protracted development time on these two films, due to reasons beyond anyone’s control – has compromised his commitment to other long term projects…

The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn’t feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years. Guillermo is one of the most remarkable creative spirits I’ve ever encountered and it has been a complete joy working with him.

Guillermo’s strong vision is engrained [sic] into the scripts and designs of these two films, which are extremely fortunate to be blessed with his creative DNA. Guillermo is co-writing the Hobbit screenplays with Philippa Boyens, Fran Walsh and myself, and happily our writing partnership will continue for several more months, until the scripts are fine tuned and polished…

New Line and Warner Bros will sit down with us this week, to ensure a smooth and uneventful transition, as we secure a new director for the Hobbit. We do not anticipate any delay or disruption to ongoing pre-production work.

Back in 2008 I spoke with Del Toro and he seemed thrilled about tackling the project. You can listen to the interview here.

With MGM’s financial situation delaying this project as well as the latest Bond film, it would seem imperative that they get them sorted out as soon as possible.

> One Ring fansite
> The Hobbit at the IMDb


Interesting The Daily Video

The Daily Video: Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro González Iñárritu & Guillermo Del Toro

Charlie Rose hosted a very interesting roundtable discussion in 2006 with Mexican directors Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo Del Toro.

They discussed their respective films from that year (Children of Men, Babel and Pan’s Labyrinth) as well as their careers and friendships.

Cinema Interviews Podcast

Interview: Guillermo Del Toro on Hellboy II: The Golden Army

This week sees the UK release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the sequel to the 2004 movie adaptation of the character from Dark Horse Comics, originally created by Mike Mignola.

I recently spoke with director Guillermo Del Toro about the latest film and we also discussed different aspects of his work – which has included such films as Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II and Pan’s Labyrinth – and his next project, the eagerly anticpated prequel The Hobbit.

Listen to the interview here:

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You can also download it as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Watch the trailer here:

Hellboy II: The Golden Army is out now at UK cinemas

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Guillermo Del Toro at the IMDb
> Official UK site and IMDb entry for Hellboy II: The Golden Army
> Reviews at Metacritic
> Webchat with Guillermo and Peter Jackson about the upcoming Hobbit film

[[All images © 2008 / Universal Pictures]