ULTRAMARINES: A WARHAMMER 40,000 MOVIE – Special Edition Collector’s Set

TERENCE STAMP                           JOHN HURT                       SEAN PERTWEE

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ULTRAMARINES: A WARHAMMER 40,000 MOVIE EDITION SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR’S SET

available NOW for pre-order exclusively from

http://www.ultramarinesthemovie.com

Release date:  29 November 2010

For the first time ever, a feature film based on Games Workshop’s phenomenally popular Warhammer 40,000 science fantasy universe has been bought to screen – a cause for celebration for British film makers Codex Pictures and dedicated Warhammer 40,000 fans worldwide.

Employing a rich, atmosphere-laden CGI animation style, ULTRAMARINES: A WARHAMMER 40,000 MOVIE is available now as a two-disc special edition collector’s set in a striking original SteelBook™ case, including bonus features and a specially commissioned graphic ‘prequel’ novel. This presents a unique opportunity to own the film as a collectable DVD ahead of its limited theatrical run in selected UK cinemas and retail distribution later next year.

Based on Games Workshop’s internationally successful tabletop wargame Warhammer 40,000, the screenplay for ULTRAMARINES has been written by one of their best-selling Black Library authors Dan Abnett, who also writes for 2000AD, Marvel Comics and DC Comics.  The suspenseful story follows a raw squad of Ultramarines investigating an urgent request for assistance from the remote shrine-world of Mithron. Mithron is defended by a full company of Imperial Fists, a fellow chapter of Space Marines who, for countless generations, have stood guard over the planet and its Imperial Shrine. What dreadful fate could have overcome them that they had to activate the distress beacon? On arriving, the squad discovers that a terrible battle has taken place and some great evil has been unleashed. As unseen dangers close in around them, the newly promoted battle-brothers have to mount a tense and deadly insertion to find any surviving Imperial Fists and the reason behind the emergency signal…

The movie’s prestigious voice cast is led by Terence Stamp (Superman, Valkyrie), John Hurt (Alien, Hellboy) and Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon, Dog Soldiers) and also includes Steven Waddington (Last of the Mohicans, The Tudors), Donald Sumpter (Being Human) and Johnny Harris (This is England ’86).

The film has been directed by Martyn Pick, animation director on The Age of Stupid, who has drawn upon the rich tradition of Games Workshop’s art and design to deliver a tense, action-packed journey into the world of the 41st millennium’s greatest warriors.

Commenting on ULTRAMARINES, Paul Lyons, Games Workshop’s head of licensing, says: ‘We are extremely pleased with the movie that Codex have produced, and excited at the prospect of Warhammer 40,000 fans being able to see the universe in a 76 minute animated film for the first time. One of our criteria in granting a licence for a film based on our long-standing property was that it should appeal very directly to the fanbase. We have been approached many times by studios over the years but it was in Codex that we found a partner who for the first time we felt could be entrusted with bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to life in a motion picture’.

Alan Merrett, head of intellectual property at the company, says: ‘The very cool thing with ULTRAMARINES is that it actually tells a really powerful story about the characters in the 41st millennium. It’s not just shooting and killing, although there’s plenty of action. It’s a really great story there. At the heart of the film is a fantastic plot that draws you along. I think that all 40k fans will love it.’ Meanwhile, Games Workshop art director John Blanche adds:  ‘This movie is a big, big thing for me, Seeing the universe come alive, moving and reacting, rather than just still images… 30 years of my life have become reality.’

ULTRAMARINES has been produced by UK independent production company Codex Pictures in association with Good Story Productions. The team behind ULTRAMARINES were producers of the original trilogy of highly successful and multi award-winning BIONICLE® DVDs, made for the LEGO Company. The film has been financed by Aramid Entertainment BV, POP6 Medias Inc and the Wales Creative IP Fund. The Canadian co-producer is POP6 Studios.

In a movie ‘first’, Codex Pictures raised the finance for both the production and the initial distribution of the movie. As producer David Kerney explains: ‘This is a new business model for movie production and distribution, and, in this respect, we are commercial pioneers. As an independent production company with enormous passion and creativity, we wanted to produce a movie that would not only do justice to Games Workshop’s iconic property but also resonate strongly with enthusiasts of futuristic stories everywhere. Its success – and that of the future Warhammer 40,000 movies we would love to make – depends to a large degree on the fans supporting it by buying it from our website.

www.ultramarinesthemovie.comwww.codexpictures.comwww.games-workshop.com

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PRODUCT DETAILS

Title: ULTRAMARINES: A WARHAMMER 40,000 MOVIE – Special Edition Collector’s Set (DVD)

Release Date:       29 November 2010 – exclusively from the official website

Studio: Codex Pictures Ltd

Format: 2 x DVD in a SteelBook TM case plus specially commissioned hardback graphic novel written by

Dan Abnett and pencils by David Roach

Cast:                      Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Sean Pertwee, Steven Waddington, Donald Sumpter, Johnny Harris
Director:               Martyn Pick

Screenwriter: Dan Abnett
Certificate:          15 (UK)
Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian
Subtitles:               English (HOH), Swedish, Polish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Format:                PAL
Aspect ratio:        16:9
Running time: 76 minutes approx
Price: £25.99 including p&p (UK)

Graphic novel: English only

DVD bonus content:

  • The Legacy – bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to the screen
  • The Blueprint for Battle – creating the script for ULTRAMARINES
  • The Squad – about the cast
  • The Art of War – design and artwork for the first-ever full-length Warhammer 40,000 movie
  • The Soundscape – explore the creation of the sound effects and musical score

Source: CODEX

GS Reporter: Matt

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2 comments

  1. markdj /

    I ordered mine as soon as I received the update saying they were available.

    I.Cannot.Wait for it to arrive 🙂

  2. I’m looking forward to the Blu-ray release in June!

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