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Movie User Interfaces

Movie User Interfaces

Mark Coleran has a dream job dreaming up the future: he’s the man behind the often over-the-top, sci-fi user interfaces in movies like Mission Impossible, The Island, and Children of Men.

Team Edward T-shirt

Team Edward T-shirt

Because Admiral Adama kicks pasty white vampire ass any day: this Team Edward tee is a must for BSG fans (and any other sci-fi fans) tired of hordes of screaming teenie boppers.

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Samara Trailer: Mass Effect 2

Samara Trailer: Mass Effect 2

We don’t plan on featuring every character trailer for Mass Effect 2, but Samara is just too good to pass up: this elite Asari warrior is a biotic badass with a trick that’s literally high-flying.

Blu-ray: 9

Blu-ray: 9

Its plot may have been weak, but 9’s beautiful CG animation makes it ideal for home theater buffs; the film arrives on Blu-ray 12/29/09 and includes Shane Acker’s original short.

Multiplayer: Alien vs. Predator

Multiplayer: Alien vs. Predator

This Alien vs. Predator multiplayer trailer is literally gut-wrenching; gameplay includes sneaking up on marines and biting them through the head, predator hunt, and species death match.

Adept Trailer: Mass Effect 2

Adept Trailer: Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2’s Adepts get a mind-bending, matter-rearranging upgrade in this class trailer; new abilities including angling and curving shots around corners, plus a shockwave power.

Movie Trailer 2: Daybreakers

Movie Trailer 2: Daybreakers

There’s isn’t much new in this second Daybreakers trailer (watch the first one here), but it does introduce a major plot point regarding Ethan Hawke’s character: he’s a type O traitor.

Trailer: EVE Online Dominion

Trailer: EVE Online Dominion

EVE’s 12th free expansion, Dominion, gets an epic, nationalistic trailer; out 12/1/09, it provides more tactical gameplay, new doomsday devices, and improved territory control.

MST3K: XVI LE

MST3K: XVI LE

Relive Turkey Day ’95 in style with Mystery Science Theater 3000: XVI Limited Edition; it includes four shows (two hosted by Joel, two by Mike), four mini posters, and a Tom Servo figurine.

Matrix x Lego Stop-Mo

Matrix x Lego Stop-Mo

The result of 440 hours of work and a horde of Agent Smiths, Matrix’s legendary bullet-time scene gets reimagined with LEGO bricks; it was created to celebrate the movie’s 10th anniversary.

Magnetic-Plated Yamato

Magnetic-Plated Yamato

This 1:350 Magnetic-Plated version of Space Battleship Yamato is really silver-painted plastic, but it’s still 30″ of naval bling in our eyes; it includes remote controlled light and sound effects.

USB Alien

USB Alien

This USB Alien definitely scores points for xenomorphic scares; it would have been cooler if its second head/tongue had been the USB port, but it does light up in red.

2001: A Who Odyssey

2001: A Who Odyssey

TardisTimegirl combines two legendary (and similarly inscrutable) sci-fi classics into a single LightWave 3D symphony with 2001: A Who Odyssey; warning: naked Matt Smith in orbit.

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Avatar: Colonel Quaritch

Avatar: Colonel Quaritch

With Avatar’s 12/18 theater date almost here, this Colonel Quaritch video features our favorite Na’Vi crusher; we get a first glimpse at what happens when the plug gets pulled on Jake.

Watchers: Dark Void

Watchers: Dark Void

This Watchers trailer finally shows off Dark Void’s baddies; not only did we have a hard time stomaching how alien they are, but so did they: watch for the inside-out moment at 0:35.

Story Mode: Starcraft 2

Story Mode: Starcraft 2

We’ve seen several gameplay videos, but this latest Story Mode trailer for Starcraft 2 is our favorite; it shows off Zerg hordes, lava flows, a Protoss ambush, and the Yamato to save the day.

Trailer: Dino-D-Day

Trailer: Dino-D-Day

Due out 2010 as a full game, Dino-D-Day is available as a prototype Half Life 2 mod; it envisions an alternate WW2 with the Allies fighting Nazis literally armed to the teeth. Thanks, Chris!

BioShock 2 Special Edition

BioShock 2 Special Edition

BioShock 2: Special Edition packs in the physical goodies with a 13″x13″ box, three vintage Rapture posters, a vinyl 180g LP of the original BioShock score, an artbook, and BioShock 2.

Tactics: Star Trek Online

Tactics: Star Trek Online

We’ve enjoyed Star Trek Online’s Future Past series, but this Tactics trailer really lights up the LCARS with a detailed look at space combat, ship upgrades, and personnel choices.

Supreme Commander 2

Supreme Commander 2

It’s still in pre-alpha, but this Supreme Commander 2 trailer is both gorgeous and promising; we glimpse a vastly improved research tree, full 3D camera, and advanced pathfinding.

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Vanguard: Mass Effect 2

Vanguard: Mass Effect 2

This Vanguard trailer for Mass Effect 2 amps up the Adept/Soldier with a wicked dash/warp move (think Sonic meets Hadouken); also glimpsed: heat-sink discharge and on-suit meters.

Free Book: Shatnerquake

Free Book: Shatnerquake

Priceline Shatner would name his own price, but you can’t beat Shatnerquake author Jeff Burk’s offer: his bizarro-cool sci-fi opus about alt-universe Shatners will be free on his website 11/17.

Art: Aqualta

Art: Aqualta

New York and Tokyo go the way of Venice in Aqualta, a series of images that depicts the cities after sea levels rise; life goes on, albeit with blimps, ski lifts, catwalks, and gondolas.

Lights & Sound DeLorean

Lights & Sound DeLorean

Coolest Back to the Future toy, ever: the Lights & Sounds DeLorean packs 10 sound/light combos, gull-wing doors, and fold-up wheels, plus time circuits, a flux capacitor, and Mr. Fusion.

Eva 1.01: First 8 Minutes

Eva 1.01: First 8 Minutes

Watch the first eight minutes of Evangelion 1.01 courtesy of Funimation; it’s to promote its DVD release on 11/17, which is part one of a four-feature retelling of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Gameplay Trailer: C&C 4

Gameplay Trailer: C&C 4

This Mechanics trailer gives us our first substantial look at Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight’s gameplay; let’s just say “Mechanics” stands more for Mechs than Mammoth Tanks.

Blu-ray: District 9

Blu-ray: District 9

Available 12/22/09: District 9 on Blu-ray is a prawns and Poseidon two-fer; the two-disc set not only includes the film in 1.85:1 1080p AVC video, but a God of War III demo.

Blu-ray: Logan’s Run

Blu-ray: Logan’s Run

Its special effects are dated, but few can deny Logan’s Run’s impact on sci-fi; the Blu-ray version is a 1080p transfer with Dolby TrueHD and includes vintage trailers and a commentary track.

Book: Halo Encylopedia

Book: Halo Encylopedia

The Halo Encyclopedia is a gigantic, ring-sized, 352 page volume covering all Halo games; it packs in a detailed timeline, character profiles, ships & vehicles, and a MJOLNIR history.

Star Trek: Art of the Film

Star Trek: Art of the Film

With Star Trek on Blu-ray scoring perfect, Star Trek: Art of the Film is icing on cake: the 160 page book includes never before seen set pieces and details on the reimagining of the Enterprise.

Alien Autopsy T-shirt

Alien Autopsy T-shirt

This Alien Autopsy t-shirt depicts the aftermath of Earth’s battle against precisely five neatly organized rows of space invaders: dissecting our pixelated foes’ naughty bits and bytes.

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