Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tower Block commentary

When Tower Block was released on UK DVD and Blu-ray, for various reasons there were no commentaries. So, just like I did for Cockneys Vs Zombies, I've recorded my own commentary - you can download it, and play it with your copy of the movie.

As before, there are two versions - DVDs have a slightly higher frame rate, so movies end up being slightly shorter than their normal length. I recorded one for the DVD, and have digitally stretched a copy so that it'll fit the Blu-ray version - download whichever version you have, they're the same audio just different lengths.

You won't need to sync, it's the same length as the movie, and being a couple of seconds off won't matter. Just start the movie and commentary playing at the same time.

SERIOUS WARNING: DO NOT listen to this before you watch the movie for the first time. It will RUIN it - I talk about things before they happen, you'll miss all the dialogue, and it won't make any sense. This is ONLY for people who have seen the movie. Feel free to download it, but WAIT until you've already seen the movie before you do the commentary version. Or I will send SNIPERS.

If you don't have a copy of the movie, you can get it in most good shops, or from Amazon on DVD or Blu-ray, or Blinkbox, or iTunes. Have a look around for the best price, they vary quite a bit. It's not on Lovefilm Instant or Netflix *yet*, but should be soonish - and should already be a rentable DVD from Lovefilm etc. Other countries: it will be heading your way, don't worry - it's been picked up for US distribution (with an early screening in Colorado on May 4th), and is already out in Europe here and there.

Like the CvsZ commentary, it was recorded on a cheap headset so I could hear the audio, which means it's fairly ordinary sound quality. I've saved them as mp3 files, as that seemed easiest for everyone. Thank you again to Matt Goble for all the technical information about the different lengths/speeds of DVDs and Blu-rays.

Click here for the DVD version of the commentary.

Or click here for the Blu-ray version.

Thank you for all the support for the movie before and after it came out, I really appreciate it. Smaller UK movies live or die purely on word of mouth, so I'm very grateful that you've all been so lovely about this and CvsZ. Hope you like the next one!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

VS Comics issue 4 out now

Issue 4 of our ongoing monthly anthology comic is out now! VS Comics is the anthology me and Mike Garley have been working on, with loads of brilliant writers and artists taking part over 47 pages of goodness. We also have a new story starting this month, The Sentinel. Here's the VS blog post about the new issue.

My story, Day and Night, reaches a critical moment, as the surviving humans are pushed to breaking point - will they snap, or start to fight back? Here's a sneaky pic:

Still not sure? Have a read of the Chaos Hour review of issue 1 here, or the Reluctant Geek's reviews of the first three issues here, here and here.

You can buy issue 4 (and issues 1, 2 and 3) at our website here. Each issue is just £2, for a PDF copy with no DRM or region restrictions. Try issue 1, it's a bumper edition of 68 pages. You can't afford NOT to buy it! Don't think about the logic of that sentence, just do it!

It's easy and cheap to catch up right now, and we've got loads more cool stuff in the pipeline, so go and get stuck in.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cockneys Vs Zombies US release date

Americans! People near America! Non-Americans living or visiting America! This is for you! Cockneys Vs Zombies has a US release date: August 2nd. Or, to put it in American date format, Secgust Augcond.

The news is reported here and here, following on from the previous announcement that Shout! Factory will be the US distributor for that and Tower Block (no release date yet). It'll be a limited cinema release, followed by VOD, DVD, Blu-ray, and holo-cube implant. So keep an eye out for it at a cinema near you - there'll be a list of locations closer to the time.

If you can't wait, don't forget it's screening on April 12th and 14th (midnight and 10pm respectively) at the Florida Film Festival in, er, Florida.

It's also screening on Friday June 14th at the Southside Film Festival in Pennsylvania, for one night only. Get yourself a ticket for a mere $5, check out the website for details.

Update! There's a shiny new website for the movie's US release here, with a (de-swearified) trailer, press notes, and stuff. It should have details of the locations you can see it, when they're announced, so keep an eye on it to see if it's screening near you.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Tower Block in Colorado

Tower Block will be screening at the Stanley Film Festival in Colorado next month. The festival runs from 2nd-5th May, and takes place in the Stanley Hotel - the hotel that inspired the Overlook Hotel...

Needless to say, as a die hard Kubrick nerd, and a rabid Stephen King nerd, I am very, VERY excited about this.

And yes, I know The Shining wasn't filmed there. It inspired the book. But the connection is there. It's still very, very cool. And Tower Block even has a room 237 (it's Kurtis' flat).

The festival website is here (you'll be able to buy tickets and passes from April 8th), and there's a writeup about the festival here on Dread Central. It's a very nicely designed site, and the Tower Block page looks great (check out the Futura). Tower Block screens at 5.15pm on Saturday 4th May - Star Wars Day, if you like.

There are lots of other cool movies showing too, it looks like it'll be a fun event. So if you're in the area, or can get there, check it out.

Oh, and watch out for the ghosts. Yeah, the Stanley Hotel is haunted. Bring a torch.