Final BMW Films short now available along with DVD details
Head on over to the BMWFilms website and you will find Beat the Devil, the third and final short film of this years The Hire series, online and available for download. The series star Clive Owen is joined this time by talent including James Brown, Gary Oldman, Robert Rodriguez favourite Danny Trejo and the most unlikely addition to the cast, Marilyn Manson. Director (and series producer) Tony Scott has chosen the most offbeat story for his short that sees an elderly James Brown paying the Devil a visit, with whom it turns out he has a deal of some sort that in his elderly state is impossible to see through.
The driver of the series (Clive Owen) is effortlessly oblivious to the inane banter that is bouncing back and forth between his passenger (James Brown) and the Devil (Gary Oldman) until he is roped into a deadly game that of course involves a BMW Z4 racing through the streets. Slick direction, top performances and a bizarre story are polished off with great audio visual flare in what is easily the most innovative of the three shorts The Hire series had to offer this year, so make sure you head on over to the official BMWFilms website and grab it now.*
BMW have also set up a page where you can register interest in the latest DVD Edition of The Hire that will presumably contain the recent shorts alongside the various extra features that are available on the website. Unfortunately the request form states that this complimentary DVD offer is valid for US residents only, though a polite e-mail from interested International parties could go a long way?
*A technical note for those interested, if you log in to the European Server you will be presented with a 89mb Windows Media Player version of the film, whereas logging in to the US Server will provide you with a 108mb Quicktime version that includes optional Audio Commentary with Tony Scott. Both formats offer very good audio/video quality (considering the obvious restrictions of the formats) so you can feel assured that either version is worth your time.