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May 14, 2012 by crew
Ok guys we’ve kidnapped John to get another video out of him, and what we set him too is the Ultramarines special edition DVD box set.
come back to us John!! we miss you, oh and thanks for the review
Want to have John back and this other guy. What was his name again…? It have bee sooo long.
Yes it has been to long. And I think the other guy is Warren, and yes it has been too long since we have seen him as well.
Warren will be returning to your screens at the end of the month. He stepped down for a while when he became a new Dad.,. but we’ve managed to tempt him to return for something pretty special… stay tuned!
Great news ! Congratulations to him and the lucky mother !
This are great news. So Warren is now doing his own Miniature Range. ))))
Congratulations Dad Warren.
Saw it yesterday and really enjoyed it, it was dark and gritty with decent action, good story and really good voice acting. The CGI could have been better, but comparing it to something Pixar or Dreamworks would do is not possible, those companies are soo much bigger and with budgets that are several hundred times bigger.
The movie is a must for any 40k fan, and those of you sulking becuase its centered on Ultramarines, grow up.. The smurfs might not be the most exciting chapter in the 40k fluff, but the are the most iconic and when doing a movie such as this you need instant recognision. And as John says in the video, the Smurfs lack of super duper “special” fluff secrets makes them an easy group to work with when you got some 80min of screen time to fill without leaving the viewer with more questions than answers. /End of rant..
I was a little let down by the movie. I was hopeing for something more heart tugging. Like a love story. Just picture it, Space Ork falls in love with genestealer. They are forever separated due to the waring races, but passion thrived!
Just think of it. This could have been one of the classics like Gone with the wind, Casablanca, the Quiet Man, the Adventures of Pluto Nash. It brings tears to my eyes…
it was a great movie well made and i hope they will be able to make more . i have u toped john i have watched it 25 times .
I don’t think it was a great film but it was nice to get a movie, and of course it was going to be about the ultramarines, but that doesn’t make the film deserving of hate on those grounds.
Anyway I’ve said my opinion elsewhere. Thanks for the review John, had a haircut?
Great to see you back John, and a great review. Will have to order that Special Edition after all!
I didn;t really enjoy the fact that the marines seemed so fragile. You knew that if someone got hit, they would die. The armour didn;t seem to take a single hit!
The story was entertaining none the less and actually felt a lot better after I read the comic book in the collectors set. I was thinking half way through “How could marines in the second company never have seen battle before?” but the reason given in the comic does pull it together.
Thank you, John, for coming back to us ! Insightful video… As per usual.
great to see you again John. Were have you been? Are you coming back?
It’s pretty rubbish really. Animation is worse than the cut screens in PC game, the plot is as transparent as glass and there is no character definition in the ‘cast’, no one you could identify with. The film incites no immotion whatsoever, you just sit there staring at the screen. Its worth a wath but not worth the asking price – wait till it’s £5 on ebay.
absolutly right. the only real good thing i can found is the musik. i watch it sometimes only to hear it. ok i dont read the comic but from my view its the really worst script dan abnett wrote: jihaaww an whole !!!!! Company !!!!!of the Imperial Fist died and only a Squad of Ultras save the day? And where is the feeling of Danger? Where the threat? come on. The Ghosts of Tanith novels thats a really good piece of writing. In comparement with the banned Movie Damnatus i have to say epic fail . There was a story no one can forseen. But like ever GW always look for our best… our money. So i have to say the movie has one or two cool moments, but you should really think about to buy it for a full prize. So sorry John its a very cool unboxing but my oppinion differs from yours
i still need to pick this one up.
This is THE Greatest film I have seen, The story is Brilliant as are the animations. I recommend buying this film as you probably will never become bored of it.
I thought the movie was pretty good. The graphics were actually better than I thought they would be. I watched it with two friends,one who was a big 40k fan and another who doesn’t know too much about 40k and they both thought it was good. The only problem I would have with the movie is that it seems a little short and the Chaos Marines seem to die a little to easy but I would recommend it.
im loving the “love it or hate it” comments. Of course its not what everybody wanted. But we are spoiled with Pixar and Dreamworks. But this movie had a limited budget and no financial support from Games Workshop. So what were you really expecting? The voice acting from terance stamp and john hurt is what made it for me. I want this to do well so they will do a second movie.
“So what were you really expecting?” With two words: cool story I expect an true Dan Abnett feeling with looses you care about and brotherhood between battlebrothers fighting against an rising darkness and iam really sad about this. And you can make a very cool Movie with low budget as i said many times before watch the Damnatus trailers on youtube that was a jewel of Moviemaking in my oppinion with lower budget than this crew had.
I totally Agree as well! Seeing John Hurt Scream out “BURN HERETICS!” is what made it for me!
*Head shake* are you guys really satisfied with this ? @Exile are these two words really enough to please you? *irony on*Well then i have to correct myself GW has done it right Hurray for the Ultramarines *irony off* I feel a deep void rising in my heart and i fear the future when more of this in my oppinion empty movies will produced but why should i mourne about this. i have the choice to watch them or not and so i will do. i wish you all a good day.
With the modest budget they did better than most theater fare. I can only wonder what they could have come out with if they had Avatars budget. One can only dream.
Hooray! John, you’ve been sorely missed in these quarters, so I’m glad to see you back, even if for a single video. I hope you can be back for more!
As for the movie. I really liked it. Yeah, there were some problems here and there, but overall, for a first go at a true feature film, it was well done. As everybody says, the voice acting was top notch, and the sound was incredible over the digital home theatre.
A few days after watching this, we watched an older movie with John Hurt, and my wife said “Where do I recognise him…was he in Ultramarines?” I was impressed that they got the likenesses fairly well, and the voices brought life to the characters.
The picture, while not always prefect, was good enough, and on the large HD screen still had enough texture and grittiness that you could sort of feel yourself get pulled in.
The story was a bit predictable, but at the same time, the beats made you think about the what if consequences. It also threw in a surprise here and there as my initial predictions were wrong, so had me considering a bit longer.
Most importantly, the story had a good pace and a good beat. The overarching theme was obvious, but the underlying moral was quite a bit more subtle, if one chooses to look for it. If you aren’t worried about moral and plot, then it’s a pretty good action movie on its own right too.
I hope this movie does well, as I hope to see more like this.
Ive got to say the movie was not very good. The animation was watchable but clunky and unpolished. The storyline was dull and considering the sheer amount of background material available to the writers it was pretty unimaginative.
This movie was set 38,000 years in the future and what did we see? Brown. Brown everywhere. and smoke. Brown dirt, brown smoke, brown mountains and blue Ultramarines. Boring boring boring.
The voice acting was good, although good is a relative term. Why didnt they tell the story of the Ultramarines fighting the Tyranids? Or Roboute Guillamon (no idea for spelling) founding the chapter? The more I think about it the more I think how poor this movie was and how good it might have been….
Well i liked the movie, yes its cheessy in parts but that makes it fun to watch and for those who continue to complain about the animation, i have stated in other topics on this forum that for high quality animation, requires a huge budget and shown proof of this, which codex didn’t have so they did the best they could. Your average pixar or dreamworks film will cost between 60 – 200 million to make. Codex had to finance this by them selfs at an estimate of 6 to 9 million (that amount of money gets your 3 minutes of Dawn of war intro, i know this as this was my chosen subject at uni about the costs of cgi). Games Workshop did not contribute any finacial help to codex which to me is stupid, you would think that they would want to make sure the film is well done and would help towards it. So i agree totally with John, that Pixar and Dreamworks have spoiled us and thats the problem a lot of people expect all cgi to be of that quality these days, its the same for games and special effects in tv shows.
Also it really had to be the Ultramarines as they are the standard basic marine chapter that don’t have a complicated history etc, try explaining the Dark angels, blood angels even the blood ravens history in a 70 minute film would be impossible as john says in the review, also it had to be chaos or even the orks to give dialouge to the vilians otherwise it would be a really boring film like starship troopers.
It was a really boring film though…
Sorry all. I’m not sure who the movie is designed for ? – 40k gamers will pick it to bits and non gamers wont understand it.
For me i spent more time pointing out ‘Fluffy’ errors …like Captain Severus has 1 Service stud which either denotes 100yrs or 50yrs service who looks ancient, the Apothecary Pythol with 2 Service Studs who looked positively decrepit, a company banner (not sure if 5th or 2nd Company ) given over to a ‘just out of Scout armour’ squad and don’t get me started on the Thunderhammer they gave their oath too!!! , oh hold on…. whats up with a full company of Imperial Fists (Thats a 10th of the Chapter) Marines!!!) protecting a Shrine?
Sorry, for me it could have been Great, but its Just ok, i can see Games Workshop distancing themselves from it ..
thanks john i went out and bought it right after this video so thanks
Great voice actors and that’s about it really. It’s a 40k universe yes but I was hoping to be able to drawn inspiration from it and enjoy the setting alas, I just couldn’t. I found it very mediocre and stale in the end.
I think we all want and know how amazing a proper GW universe based film could be, though I think the appetite/market is there, it’s just this movie right from the get-go looked really bad and must have put off a ton of people from buying it.
I don’t know how they’ll make a second film, I hope GW would support them or a foreign design studio (which would be miles cheaper) and get a second movie going with more depth and a larger setting.
I WANT this!
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