There is a distinct silver lining to the beginning of the new working week. It comes in the shape of Source Code, which will be available in all imaginable formats from Monday morning across the UK. So whether you fancy a DVD, a blu ray, a combo pack, a double play blu ray, and/or a steelbook, tomorrow you can become the happy owner of a film that topped every chart on its release in the US last month.
Just as it did on its theatrical release, Source Code is receiving more top reviews to mark the occasion. To quote but three…
Mark Kermode: ‘Working from a playfully thoughtful script by Ben Ripley, Jones confirms his status as an adroit storyteller with a flair for succinct visuals and a firm grasp of narrative cohesion.’
The Telegraph: ‘This romantic, touching film about changing life’s pre-written scripts seems feelgood, but, as with Jones’s previous film, Moon, implies a darker vortex of proliferating realities and outcomes.’
Total Film: ‘Source Code is lean, keen and, ironically, bears repeated viewing’.
The DVD release also means more press and there is an ENORMOUS article and interview with Duncan Jones in – and I apologise – the Mail this weekend, accompanied by some rather good photos of the man himself.
A particularly good interview this weekend has come from DIY Films and Becky Reed. This includes some hints about Duncan’s next project: ‘I can say that it is a science fiction film, and potentially… I’ll take a break from sci-fi after this film. Moon was done at a tiny budget and we really squeezed everything we could out of it. Source Code was a chance to work on a bigger budget with name actors, but on a project that wasn’t my own. Hopefully, this third film will be the kind of sci-fi I want to make, on a budget where I can afford to do it as I see it in my head. After that, I’ll change genres.’
Intriguingly, Duncan mentions that he and his producer travelled to New Zealand to visit Peter Jackson’s WETA company and saw Andy Serkis complete some of his human motion capture magic for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Another hint, perhaps?
‘I feel I would be privileged to get the chance to work with WETA so hopefully that will happen.’
But while we wait for more news of the coming project, may I suggest that you grab yourself a copy of Source Code this week. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try and spot those Duncan Jones Source Code secrets.
Unkle Rupert is currently on his well-deserved hols and I’m delighted and honoured to once again be holding the fort. I will endeavour to keep the place tidy and leave some milk in the fridge for his return.