Peanuts '60s Collection on DVD, Plus Knowing, Push & The Undead on DVD/Blu-ray
Originally, director Paul McGuigan's intent was to use practical effects as much as possible, and minimize the use of visual effects. But as it often happens, the modest initial shot count grew to more than 400 vfx shots. Visual Effects Supervisor Kent Houston and VFX Producer Mary Stuart divided up the sequences between London-based Peerless Camera Co. and Digiscope in California. At Peerless, the project was shepherded by Digital Supervisor John Swinnerton, Digital Producer Marianne Speight, CG Supervisor Ditch Doy, 2D Supervisor John Swinnerton, and Animation Supervisors Tim Ollive and Jamie Tremelling.
The telekinetic fights presented some serious challenges, as characters had to be seen hitting walls, crashing into ceilings and falling down staircases in a most brutal manner. "We worked very closely with Second Unit Director and Stunt Supervisor Nick Powell to do as many of these effects as possible in camera," Houston explains. "We assisted where needed doing wire removal, painting out specially-prepared pieces of set, and enhancing bodily impacts where required. The stunts were very physical and extremely brutal. In some cases, the sets were built to yield slightly to prevent injury to cast or stunt crew. In post, we made everything look much more rigid by either painting out or replacing anything that appeared to give. This made the bodily impacts appear much more jarring. In general, the wire rigs were designed to be well concealed, in or above the set. We did do a lot of additional paintwork covering up the various slots, arms and wires, and favored this technique over construction of CG sections of the set. In the end, we didn't need any CG doubles for those scenes."
Special Features Include:
-- Commentary with director Paul McGuigan and actors Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning
-- Featurette: PUSH: The Science Behind the Fiction
-- Four deleted scenes with optional director commentary
THE UNBORN on DVD and Blu-ray
Enter a world of unrelenting evil as terror finds a new form in THE UNBORN, now on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Ent. From the producers of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and the co-writer of THE DARK KNIGHT comes this shocking supernatural thriller about a young woman (Odette Yustman) plagued by chilling dreams and tortured by a demonic ghost that haunts her waking hours. Her only hope to break the debilitating paranormal curse is in an exorcism with spiritual advisor Sendak (Gary Oldman). See what lies beyond the doorway of our world in this non-stop nightmare of the undead.
When it comes to eliciting oohs and ahs with vfx, broad strokes tend to do the trick, but to really scare an audience is another matter entirely. That's one of the key principles behind Nathan McGuiness and Mitchell S. Drain's approach to THE UNBORN, on which they served as visual effects supervisors through the Santa Monica-based effects house, Asylum Visual Effects.
"A lot of movies I've worked on have giant monsters stomping down the street or giant spaceships or that kind of thing," says Drain, "Myself, I'm a horror movie buff. For a lot of horror movies these days, it's more about gore and about limbs being cut off and about being tortured than it is about the subtle scare... To me, subtlety is the real art of visual effects."
DVD Special Features Include:
-- Deleted Scenes
Blu-ray Special Features Include:
-- Deleted Scenes
-- BD Live - Download Center
-- BD Live - My Scenes Sharing