April 15, 2012
Jam
Music
Movies
Television
Video
      DVD Reviews
      Actors A-Z

Theatre
Books
Country
Celebrities



Video Gallery
RSS Feed

SJP

Bird tried hard with 'MI4' DVD
By Bruce Kirkland, QMI Agency


Like many filmmakers, Oscar-winning director Brad Bird is torn between preparing his movies for big-screen theatres, including in spectacular IMAX, and giving in to the home entertainment experience.

"Ultimately," he says in a Sun Media interview, "I make films for the theatre. I think that's probably the best way to see them -- with an audience when there's no pause button and the phone is not constantly ringing and all of that. That said, and it's been this way since movies began, I recognize that their time in the theatre is relatively short and they will spend an eternity where people can watch them in the confines of their homes."

With his $145 million live-action movie debut, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Bird gets the best of both worlds. Ghost Protocol did not just generate $693 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo, it revitalized 49-year-old Tom Cruise's career as an action hero. Its success guaranteed that the Mission: Impossible movies will continue despite their expensive budgets.

Meanwhile, Ghost Protocol debuts Tuesday as a stand-alone DVD, as a two-disc combo pack with DVD and Blu-ray and as a three-disc combo pack combining DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy. It is also available on-demand and as a digital download.

"You can have a really amazing experience at home if you want to," Bird says of watching Ghost Protocol. "So I think we worked really hard to make the Blu-ray great and, if you have a good system, it will just rock it! I don't take that lightly. I want it to sound as great as it can sound and to look as great as it can look.

"We also worked hard on the special materials (the Blu-ray extras). I didn't want it to just be where the studio has an EPK crew (for electronic press kits) that they always assign to these things, where they just do it by the numbers."


Instead, Bird insisted on hiring Anthony Giacchino, brother of Michael Giacchino, the movie's music composer. Bird had worked with Anthony Giacchino on both The Incredibles and Ratatouille, the Pixar animation that earned him his two Oscars for best animated feature and two other Oscar noms for screenwriting.

"He came and shot all that special material and was with us when we were doing of lot of this stuff -- and his point-of-view is the point-of-view of a filmmaker. So the extra materials are wonderful little films of their own. Again, I didn't want to take it for granted."

That means that you get to see exactly how the death-defying Cruise did his own stunt work on the now-famous, breathtaking sequence on the outside of Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower, the world's tallest building. More than 140 storeys up, Cruise swung out on cables pretending to do his Spider-man routine. Cruise even gave Bird a scare during his joyous and seemingly reckless practice runs, especially one in which he yelled like a supernova Tarzan.

"Great!" Bird says now of the memory. "It's my first live-action film and I thought I had killed my leading man!"

bruce.kirkland@sunmedia.ca

 




HOT VIDEO HEADLINES
'Man of Steel' shakes things up
Low-budget horrors a scream
Landau, 'Cleopatra' survivors
Abrams embraces 'Trek' history
Spring 2013 DVD highlights
Movie rentals disappearing quickly
Cult movies are all but dead
Baseball films worth revisiting
'40' star Mann 'just happy to work'
10 great movie magicians
More Headlines
DVD set shows Warners' gritty past
'Skyfall' lands on DVD, Blu-ray
'Peter Pan' flies onto Blu-ray
'Frankenweenie' makes history
'Total Recall' new on DVD
Renner's 'Legacy' blasts onto DVD
DVD gift sets perfect for giving
'Dark Knight Rises' dazzles on DVD
Makeup wiz Baker talks 'MIB 3'
Ailing Sharif talks 'Arabia' DVD

Latest videos
See more videos


DVD column
Toronto Sun writer Bruce Kirkland gives you his take on the latest DVD releases.
Who's coming and when
Want to know when your favourite band is coming to town? Check out Clive, JAM Music's extensive Canadian concert listings.

Movie Listings
Find out what's playing at a theatre near you.
TV Listings
Wondering what's on tonight? Check out our TV listings for the complete schedule in your area.






Do you think Kanye West should have the book thrown at him for fighting with a photographer?
Yes
No


Results | Story