Trailer Watch: Death Defying Acts, Mamma Mia!

Ain’t It Cool News brought the trailer for Gillian Armstrong’s Death Defying Acts to my attention. It’s a film British/Australian co-production about Harry Houdini at the finale of his 1926 world tour, in Edinburgh, and starring Guy Pearce (The Proposition) as the man himself, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Saoirise Ronan (Atonement) and Timothy Spall.

The way AICN is displaying the trailer, it’s cropping off the sides as if it were fullscreen, which is kind of mind-boggling. There is another, slightly different trailer in 2.4:1 at YouTube, which is more likely to be the theatrical aspect ratio, but unfortunately that version has fucked up sound (it’s out of sync). Although the shitty video quality at YouTube makes it hard to tell, that version gives you the strongest idea of how good the film will actually look, and it looks like cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos has shot a gorgeous film. But in the interest of watchability, here’s the less than ideal 4:3 version:

Death Defying Acts is out in Australia now and making its way through a few other countries in the next few weeks, but there is no US release date yet.

Haris Zambarloukos also shot the Abba musical, Mamma Mia!, which stars Amanda Seyfried (Mean Girls) as a woman who — on her wedding — wants her father to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day — except she doesn’t know who that is; she has, however, narrowed it down to three candidates, and… oh, Christ. Read the synopsis here if you actually like Abba. I have no interest in this movie; I only mentioned it because it’s coming out soon, and it’s the same soon to be in-demand cinematographer as Death Defying Acts. Meryl Streep headlines as Seyfried’s mother; Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper and Stella Skarsgård co-star as men. Mamma Mia! opens on July 18, 2008.

Posted on March 21, 2008 at 00:44 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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