The Audi and the Alien

The Moonrover Audi Lunar Quattro celebrates its film debut in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi blockbuster “Alien: Covenant” this week, ahead of its impending mission to the Moon next year.

The Audi lunar Quattro has been developed in cooperation with Berlin-based start-up Part-Time Scientists. Over the past two years, the automobile manufacturer has worked with a team led by Robert Böhme – founder and CEO of Part-Time Scientists – in developing the rover, by supplying all-wheel drive technology, expertise in lightweight construction, experience in developing vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid motors (e-tron), and with design optimization.

Director Ridley Scott has integrated the Audi lunar quattro into “Alien: Covenant,“ the latest instalment of his ground-breaking “Alien” franchise. In its film debut, the rover is an integral part of the Covenant mission; deployed to help navigate and assess the challenging, unknown terrain of a new planet.

Incorporating the Audi lunar quattro into the film is part of a collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox and Audi – allowing filmmakers to incorporate authentic, leading-edge technology into their futuristic worlds. As part of the collaboration, a short film was also created by Twentieth Century Fox, 3AM and Audi. Captured on one of the movie’s biggest sets, it depicts the rover patrolling the Terraforming Bay when it detects an unidentified lifeform and goes to investigate what lurks in the dark. 

Watch “Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro” here: http://youtu.be/5fEmCnSt gac

Check out the Audi Rover in some new footage from ‘Alien: Covenant’ via the link below:


 Additional information:

The Audi lunar quattro is 85% aluminium
The majority of its components have been produced using a 3D printing method at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt

High-strength lightweight construction has resulted in developers reducing the weight of the exploration vehicle by 23% to just 30kgs

A 60-degree pivoting 100W solar panel supplies the rover with energy and powers its efficient e-tron motor

For more on the story of the Audi lunar quattro’s origins visit http://www.audi.com/mission

Jonathan McEvoy 

Hot Toys First Order Jakku Stormtrooper – Sideshow Collectibles Exclusive (2017)

Straight away, you can see the reason Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles are so sought after. Everything about both companies just shows you that the people who make these wonderful collectibles, are just as a much of a fan as we are. 

Everything is squared away so neatly that it’s almost a shame to disturb it. It’s like I want to savour it and not let it be tainted by outside air. It’s very well protected too, and I’ve yet to hear of anyone who purchases a sixth scale figure, receiving it damaged.

The detail is nothing short of incredible. Honestly I cannot believe it. Under the white armour, there’s a faux leather that covers the hips and thighs. You can remove sections of the armour with ease, and replace it just as easily too. The stitching around the shoulder harness is immaculate and really well put together. 


The backpack is magnetic and clicks on with ease. No awkward shoving into holes like the G.I. Joe toys of old, which is a nice change. The sculpting on the Stormtrooper is spot on, and it looks exactly like it does in the movies. Everything about the armour is immaculate, and the brilliant white just glisten. 

Included with the stormtrooper are a small laser pistol and rifle, plus binoculars. The binoculars can fold away and the rifle has a buttstock that can be altered. There are 3 pairs of hands plus the ones that are on the stormtrooper. They allow you to have clenched fists, hold the guns or binoculars, or just have open palms.


The base has wonderful detail, and two indents where the stormtrooper can place his feet. The plaque is a nice touch too. 

I would like to thank the wonderful folks at http://www.sideshowtoy.com for providing me this item to review. It is available to order now with free shipping inside the U.S. To order click on the link below:

https://www.sideshowtoy.com/collectibles/star-wars-first-order-stormtrooper-jakku-exclusive-hot-toys-902579/

Jonathan McEvoy 

Steelbook Sale!!! 


So the time has come for me to clean house. I’m having a huge steelbook clearance sale, all titles listed below. 
*UPDATED LIST*

List of steelbooks for sale. Please note none of the steelbooks have backing cards, and a couple may have very slight scratches, but mostly they are in great condition.

All prices include free postage inside the UK only, but PayPal fees are *NOT* included. Pictures available on request of individual titles. 

Team America – £10
The Road – £10

Godzilla (1997) – £10

Only God Forgives – £10

The Martian – £15

La Haine – £10

Training Day – £10

I Am Legend – £15 (REGION A LOCKED)

Poltergeist – £10

Money Monster – £12

Tombstone – £12

Seraphim Falls – £10

Paul – £15

Teen Wolf – £10

The Mermaid *Stephen Chow*- £15

’71 – £10

Scanners – £15

The Matrix – £15

Rise of the Footsoldier – £5

The Game – £15

A History of Violence – £10 (REGION A LOCKED)

2 Guns – £12

Manhunter – £12

Anchorman – £10

Predestination – £10

The Raid: Redemption *POP ART* – £15 (REGION A LOCKED)

The Raid 2 – £17

Miller’s Crossing – £10

The Conjuring 2 – £15

Tron: Legacy – £30

Tron – £20

Beverly Hills Cop – £10

Re-Animator – £15

Robocop (2014) – £10

Olympus Has Fallen – £10

London Has Fallen – £15

Gone in 60 Seconds – £20

Goldeneye – £20

Seven Samurai – £15

Ted – £12

Nightcrawler – £15

Moon – £10

E.T – £20

The Omen – £10

Dead Rising: Watchtower – £10

The Mutant Chronicles *Steelpak German release* – £25

Planet of the Apes *ORIGINAL* – £10

Taxi Driver – £15

Unknown – £10

Creed – £15

Lockout – £10

Pan’s Labyrinth – £20

Divergent – £15 (REGION A LOCKED)

Insurgent – £15 (REGION A LOCKED)

Legend *Tom Hardy* – £20

Face/Off – £12

Iron Sky *EXTENDED CUT* – £12

The Equaliser – £12

The Gunman – £10

Alpha Papa – £7

There Will Be Blood £25

The is Spinal Tap – £15

The Wolf of Wall Street – £15

The Guest – £12

The Green Hornet – £15

30 Days of Night – £10

A Streetcar Named Desire – £10

Iron Man Trilogy *FRENCH RELEASE* – £30

Transformers – £25

Transformers: ROTF – £15

Transformers: DOTM – £15

Transformers: AOE – £15

Apocalypto – £10

Seven Psychopaths – £10

Byzantium – £10

White of the Eye – £10

Black Sunday – £10

Theatre of Blood – £10

Star Trek Into Darkness – £15

Star Trek – £10

Vanishing Point – £10

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid – £10

28 Days Later – £15

28 Weeks Later – £15

End of Watch – £10

The Amazing Spiderman 2 – £12

Straight Outta Compton – £20

Dr Strangelove *POP ART* – £12

The Great Gatsby – £10

Batman vs Superman 3D Extended Cut – £25

The Entity – £15

Krampus *GERMAN RELEASE* – £20

Young Guns – £12

A Nightmare Before Christmas – £20

Bronson – £15

Mask of Zorro – £12

The Untouchables – £29

Man With the Iron Fists – £12

The Hurt Locker – £15

Clerks – £10

White House Down – £10

Sunshine – £10

Total Recall *Colin Farrell* – £15

The A-Team – £10

The Last Witch Hunter -£10

Faster – £10

Looper – £15

The Bourne Legacy – £7

The Ultimate Bourne Collection *TRILOGY* – £30

The Town – £12

Oblivion – £10

Gone Baby Gone £10

The Deer Hunter – £10

Independence Day – £10

Brick – £10

Die Hard – £15

Die Hard 2 – £15

Die Hard with a Vengeance – £15

Die Hard 4.0 – £15

A Good Day to Die Hard *extended cut* – £15

Odd Thomas *German release* – £15

Jurassic Park – £15

The Lost World – £15

Jurassic Park 3 – £15

Spider-Man Trilogy – £30

Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2 – £20

Brazil – £12

The Princess Bride – £15

Taken 2 – £12

The Wicker Man – £15

Sin City – £25

Sin City 2 *German release* – £20

Good Will Hunting – £15

Hellboy – £15

Hellboy 2 – £20

Frankenweenie – £15

The Lone Ranger – £15

Wild at Heart – £15

Fargo – £15

Pitch Black – £15

Ninja: Shadow of a Tear *German release * – £20

Nosferatu – £15

Beck: Vol. 2 (2016) (TV Series) 

The Scandinavians really do know how to make thrilling drama. With the likes of Trapped, The Killing, Borgen and many others, they have thrilled UK audiences. Beck is another jewel in that crown. 

Peter Haber plays the brilliant Martin Beck, a Swedish detective who hunts down all sorts of criminals. He is called back into action when a journalist is found beaten to death in his home. Various fingerprints are found which may allude to the killer’s identity, but the further Beck and his team dig, the more they realise that things may not be as straightforward as they seem. 

However that is only the first case in this series. This wonderful procedural weaves through different grisly cases, whilst simultaneously delving into each of the characters lives. It does a great job in really investing in the characters and making you care for them. The acting really is first class.

The stories are thoroughly gripping too. The writing is intelligent and there are various twists and turns keeping you on the edge of your seat. The supporting cast are fabulous, and you never get the feeling like any one character feels redundant in their role. 

If the Scandinavians can continue to produce awesome television such as this, then I think we will always have something decent to watch. Even more than once. BECK – THE SERIES VOLUME TWO is released on DVD on Monday 10th October by Nordic Noir & Beyond.

5/5

JM

OThe Out-Laws (2016) (TV Series) 

The Goethals have always been a tight bunch. 5 sisters who have always relied and trusted each other. After the premature death of the their parents, their bond only grows stronger.

However their lives are thrown into disarray when one of the sisters marries a devious and manipulative man by the name of Jean Claude, the other 4 sisters realise they need to take drastic measures to restore order. 

The sisters begin a plot to murder Jean Claude, but things go awry from the get go and only proceed to get worse from there. Everyone is on top form, and the blend of comedy and thrills is really well handled. There were moments where I wasn’t sure if I should be laughing, but it couldn’t be helped. The Out-Laws has been doing very well in its home country of Belgium, and I am certain that success will carry on in the UK. 

The Nordic Noir label has been distributing some absolute belters, and ‘The Out-Laws’ aka ‘Clan’ is no different. It took an episode or so to get going, but by the end you will want more. The wonderfully named Dirk Roofthooft shines as the scheming Jean Claude, and I hope to see him in more things in the future. 

THE OUT-LAWS is released on DVD on Monday 19th September by Nordic Noir & Beyond
 5/5

JM

The Z Box

The Z Box from Zavvi is a great monthly box of goodies, ranging from books, keyrings, clothing and other great bits. Every month is a surprise, and you can cancel your subscription at any time. The Z Box costs £16.99 and the contents either equal or greatly exceed that amount. 

Also sometimes, one lucky subscriber can win contents like the ones in the picture above. You can’t lose. So what are you waiting for? 

Want a £5 for your first Z Box order? Then click my handy discount link below! 

http://www.zavvi.com/referrals.list?applyCode=JONATHAN-R2M&li
Enjoy! 

JM

Jon Polito 1950-2016

Very sad to announce that the wonderful character actor Jon Polito has died age 65. Jon was a favourite of the Coen Brother’s and starred in many of their movies such as ‘Miller’s Crossing’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’, and also recently had a small guest role on ‘Modern Family’. He also showed up as a supporting actor in many other movies through the years, with over 200 credits to his name. Jon is survived by his partner of 16 years, Darryl Armbruster.

JM  

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

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We can thank writer Seth Grahame-Smith for mashing up Jane Austen’s classic ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with the undead. It’s something that shouldn’t really work, as it’s two wildly different ideas being melded together. That said, it does work, and work quite well.

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The story really is just the standard tale of love between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, with hordes of the shuffling undead thrown in. Lily James is fantastic as Elizabeth, really getting into the fights, with the dashing Sam Riley playing Mr. Darcy, fighting by her side. Director Burr Steers said that most people couldn’t really figure out how to film the movie as they weren’t sure what direction to take it in. Burr Steers said he took the job because he was just going to film it like he would if it didn’t have zombies in it. Everyone plays it so straight and it makes it a very funny movie because of it.

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The gore is not bad, not as gory as I was expecting, considering we have flesh eating zombies on the prowl. The fight choreography is very well put together, and everybody seems to be throwing themselves into their roles. The supporting cast of Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Jack Huston and even Doctor Who actor Matt Smith are all cast brilliantly in their respective roles.

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The film does lag in the third act, which I was a little disappointed about, as that is exactly when it should be firing on all cylinders. The movie is released on Blu Ray and DVD on 27th June.

3/5

JM

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Angel (1982)


Danny is a saxophonist with a jobbing band that play in various cheap locations. One late night after a gig he goes outside the venue to get some air and speak to a girl that has taken a shine to him. Shortly after he witnesses the murder of his band manager and an innocent girl in the wrong place at the wrong time. The violence he witnesses sends Danny on a quest for revenge, which will change his life forever. 


Swapping a saxophone for a machine gun, Danny works his way through terrorists that had a hand in the murder of his manager and the destruction that followed. At the same time he tries to keep some semblance of normality in his life, and continues playing with the band and trying to form a meaningful relationship with the lead singer, Dee. However Danny’s journey is fraught with peril and threatens to ruin the relationship he has with his band, plus fail to give him the closure he so desperately seeks. 


Moody and dripping with atmoshphere, this was Neil Jordan’s first directing gig and contains themes (troubles in Northern Ireland) that would echo through his following movies. Stephen Rea is brilliant as Danny, fumbling his way through his quest in seeking retribution for the deaths he has witnessed. The police follow and question Danny, but their motives are vague to say the least. You’re never quite sure just what they are trying to achieve and Danny usually finds himself arousing no suspicion whatsoever. The film leaves you with the feeling that revenge is a fruitless endeavour no matter how you go about it. Some things just have a way of going their own way, no matter your efforts to change the outcome.


The acting is great from everyone involved, and the movie displays a dreamlike quality at times, with the music from Danny’s saxophone playing in the background. It’s one I recommend, though it isn’t the bloody revenge type thriller you may be expecting. 

4/5

JM

Manhattan Baby (1982)


When an archaeologist, Dr. George Hacker (Christopher Connelly) opens a tomb in Egypt, he unleashes an evil spirit which latches onto his young daughter. Upon the family’s arrival in New York, a series of grisly murders and strange occurrences begin to take place. 

An amulet which is give to the young girl may hold the secret to the identity of the spirit and how the family can free themselves from its clutches. This is certainly a strange movie, and it looks very dated. The effects are certainly ropey in places, which I believe was down to the production company not getting all of the budget they requested. 


Lucio Fulci had a good few movies out during the 80’s and a lot of them are cult classics like The Beyond, The New York Ripper and Zombie Flesh Eaters to name but a few. Sadly this is not up there with his greatest hits. That’s not to say it isn’t entertaining, because it is, but it’s just not as memorable. It’s nice to see Lucio Fulci use proper locations to tell the story, rather than wooden sets, and the cast give 100% in every scene.   

There is some decent gore on offer, one place where Fulci has always delivered in my humble opinion. I did notice that it stars that annoying blonde kid from Fulci’s other great horror ‘The House by the Cemetery’, and he has an encounter with some scorpions which was hilarious to watch. There is a lot to like about these Italian horrors though. I love the dodgy dubbing over each actors original voice, and the hammy acting on display always makes things fun to watch. The effects are fun too, like the dodgy stuffed birds dangling on wires. 


Manhattan Baby is certainly worth a watch for fans of Lucio Fulci’s work, but it’s sure to divide those that love his other movies. Manhattan Baby is available now on DVD from the fine folks over at Shameless Screen Entertainment:

http://www.shameless-films.com/shop/Manhattan-Baby.html

3/5

JM