BMW Films 2002 now online

For those that are unaware BMW funded a series of short films to advertise their ’01 range of cars. So what I hear you mutter, well these were no amateur films as they enlisted A-List talent with directors such as Wong Kar-wai, Ang Lee, John Frankenheimer and Guy Ritchie on board, while the acting talent included Forrest Whittaker and Madonna. I digress though as you can find out more about the first season of films via our DVD Review of The Hire, a collection of the short films that BMW made last year.

The reason for this news story is to inform you of the second season of films that promotes BMW's ’02 range of cars that is now being made available online, and this time the talent on board is even more impressive. The first film to makes its way online, Hostage, is directed by John Woo and runs for a little over 9-minutes and can be downloaded in high quality video formats*. The film itself stars Clive Owen, the main star from the first series of films, and sees him racing against the clock to save a woman from a watery death. The plotting is nothing special though it does manage to create a fairly tense atmosphere. Fortunately the direction and camera work contain flourishes of that typical John Woo flare which makes the high speed driving on offer a lot of fun to watch, making it well worth the fairly large download.

The next two short films are due on the 7th and 21st November and will be directed by Joe Carnahan and Tony Scott respectively, while the acting talent includes Don Cheadle and Gary Oldman. All of the films are executive produced by Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Jules Daly.

If you’re interested then pop over to the BMWFilms website and get downloading, and of course hope for a second The Hire DVD containing all of these films in the new year.

*A technical note for those interested, if you log in to the European Server you will be presented with a 65mb Windows Media Player version of the film, whereas logging in to the US Server will provide you with a 101mb Quicktime version that includes optional Audio Commentary with John Woo. 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.

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