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SGC Dungarvan Cinema is proud to announce that our sound has been upgraded to the phenomenal 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound which gives more depth and greater realism for you at the movies.  Enhances audio definition, so individual sounds are clearer and more distinct.

A more rounded and robust sound that truly lets you feel everything that is happening on the big screen in front of you, leaving you fully enveloped into the world of the movies, be it a musical, action, adventure, drama or comedy.

Sound so encompassing you can feel every beat and every silence like never before, whether it’s the Booming vibrations of King Kong pounding his feet towards you, the subtle tiptoe passing a sleeping monster or the scrape of a horror movie maniac, the sound will pull you deeper and deeper into the world.  Movies never Sounded this good!!

 

Dolby Surround 7.1 increases the impact of surround sound by adding two audio channels. In the process, it improves the spatial dimension of movie audio and enhances overall audio definition for movie soundtracks.

 

Four Surround Zones

One of the innovations of Dolby Surround 7.1 is the creation of four distinct surround zones in the theatre. These surround zones provide filmmakers with greater control over the exact placement of each detail in their soundtracks.

The orchestration possibilities that Dolby Surround 7.1 introduces allow mixers and sound designers to more accurately match their audio to the visuals onscreen. This means more depth and greater realism for you at the movies.

In addition to improving the side-to-side panning of sounds and sound localization, Dolby Surround 7.1 enhances audio definition, so you hear individual sounds more clearly and distinctly. It also widens the listening “sweet spot”—in other words, the full power of Dolby Surround 7.1 is not limited to a handful of seats in the center of the theatre.

 

Dolby Surround 7.1 Benefits for our customers

 

Two Additional Audio Channels

With two new channels of sound, Dolby® Surround 7.1 extends the creative palette for filmmakers and enables movie sound that better matches the onscreen action.

 

Precision Sound Placement

Greater control of the sound placement allows filmmakers to better match the audio to what takes place onscreen.

 

Enhanced Audio Definition

Dolby Surround 7.1 enhances audio definition, so individual sounds are clearer and more distinct.

Better Sound for All Seats

Dolby Surround 7.1 improves the surround sound experience across the entire theatre by widening the listening “sweet spot.”

Léirmheas Logan

Scannán foréigneach, eipiciúil, ach daonna é seo thar aon rud eile, cé go mbaineann sé leis na sárlaochra sóite atá aithne mhaith ag mórchuid leantóirí X-men orthu. Neamhchosúil leis an chuid is mó scannáin X-men a tháinig roimhe, áfach, bhí Logan stiúrtha ar nós scannán Western clasaiceach – agus déantar tagairt díreach orthu siúd nuair a bhíonn na príomhcharachtair ag féachaint ar radharc Unforgiven, ag Clint Eastwood, i seomra óstáin. Ní chuirtear mórán béime ar chuimsiú sóisialta na “ndaoine difriúla” sa scannán seo toisc go bhfuil sé dírithe níos mó ar theaghlach, misneach agus an coimhlint idir an mhaith agus an t-olc.

Tarlaíonn scéal an scannáin seo sa bhliain 2029, agus baineann sé leis an t-aon duine sóite atá fágtha – Logan, a dtugtar Wolverine air. Tosnaíonn sé le radharc ina bhfeictear a chró fólaigh agus cuid dá shaol mar thiománaí meánaosta atá dobrónach, gan aird sa saol. Níl comhluadar aige ach Caliban agus Professor X, atá taomanna air chomh cumhachtach lena hinchinn neamhghnách. Nuair a bhualann Logan le cailín sóite a bhí faoi chúram bhanaltra Meicsiceach, áfach, faigheann sé cuspóir nua lena shaol – ach ní gan dúshláin a thagann an deis “tuistithe” sin: tá namhad sa tóir uirthi agus ar pháistí eile atá cumhacht osnádúrtha orthu. An eireoidh le Wolverine iad a chosaint?

Briseann Logan cliché a bhaineann le páistí san earnáil scannánaíochta: in áit daoine óga gleoite sobhriste, feictear sárlaochra atá ábalta tiomáint, foirgnimh a thógáil, agus nach bhfuil eagla orthu namhaid a mharú – ach is páistí iad fós, agus is féidir é sin a aithint anois is arís, go háirithe nuair a bhíonn Laura (páiste Logan) ag súgradh.

Is greannmhar na himeartais focail le cúrsaí reatha Mheiriceá sa scannán seo: úsáidtear “fake news” nuair a dúirt Laura gur féidir teacht ar Eden na ndaoine sóite i Meiriceá, agus ní chreideann Logan ar an scéal. Chomh maith leis, Donald is ainm leis an namhad nua atá ag na X-men. Is cosúil gur faisean nua atá ann do na scannáin sárlaochra amach anseo.

Logan by Natalia Ui Fhailain

5/5

Léirmheas Beauty And The Beast

Scannán beo-aicsin é so ar an mbeochan Beauty and the Beast (1991), a dhein Disney mar athinsint ar an bhfinscéal dárb ainm céanna. Is léir an ceangail idir an dá scannán, ó thaobh íomhá na gcarachtair, fuaimrian, agus dár ndóigh an chríoch shona. Scéal rómánsach ceolmhar é so a chuirfeadh ag taisteal ar ais in am thú le huaigneas… nó, más páiste thú sa lá atá inniu ann, is cinnte go gcuirfeadh sé gliondar i do chroí.

An chéad rud a thugtar fé ndeara sa scannán so ná: cé chomh díograsach is a bhí an stiúrthóir ag athchruthú radharcanna – agus ceol – na beochana 1991 ionas go mbeadh siad chomh dílis agus is féidir leis an chéad scannán. Go deimhin, is do-dhéanta gan cuimhniú siar ar scéal Belle agus a gúna gorm simplí, ag canadh timpeall an bhaile bídeach ina bhfuil cónaí uirthi, fé cé chomh bréan is atá sí de “shaol tuaithe”. Níl aon athrú sa bplota, rud a bhí déanta d’aon ghnó leis an gcuspóir sin thuasluaite. Tagann Belle ar chaisleán an ainmhí agus í ar thóir ar a hathair trasna na foraoise, agus glacann an ainmhí léi mar phríosúnaí ina áit. Le himeacht na haimsire, áfach, faigheann sí amach gur prionsa fé dhraíocht é an ainmhí i ndáiríre, ach ní bhrisfear an draíocht mura bhfuil sé in ann teacht ar fíor-ghrá.

Cé go bhfuil radharcanna áirithe sa scannán so iontach taitneamhach – mar shampla, an t-amhrán Be Our Guest, ina chuireann troscáin an chaisleáin dinnéar ar fáil do Belle agus déantar ceolchoirm mór millteach as an ócáid – is annamh go bhfuil an aird ar fad ar an príomhcharachtar sna radharcanna san. Ní mhothaítear an draíocht céanna nuair atá Belle lárnach sa scáileán, fiú i radharc an chéad rince leis an aimhí! Só d’aineoinn an t-atmaisféar taitneamhach cruthaithe ag na héifeachtaí speisialta, an ceol, agus na carachtair eile timpeall uirthi – gach rud beagnach foirfe – níl drámaíocht Emma Watson thar moladh beirte mar Belle. Tá díomá léirithe ag an-chuid leantóirí lena cuid drámaíocht leadránach le déanaí, agus anuas air sin, deirtear go bhfuil simpliú iomarcach déanta ar a gúna buí íocónach. Bhí sé i bhfad níos galánta sa mbeochan 1991 go deimhin!

Ar an taobh eile den scéal, áfach, caifear aitheantas a thabhairt do Luke Evans, a dhéanann an namhad Gaston sa scannán. Ní fhéadfadh leis bheith níos foirfe don ról sin, agus is ar éigean a chreidtear go bhfuil sé ina amadán naircisíoch i ndáiríre. Is fiú féachaint ar an scannán so mar gheall ar an gcarachtar san amháin!

by Natalia Ui Fhailain

4/5

Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly Review

Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” from Covent Garden,

 Thurs, March 30th at 7.15pm at SGC Dungarvan by Jim Ryan

Booking now open – http://bit.ly/SGC-MadamaButterflyBooking

                         Back in the dreary days of January, on a trip to Prague, I attended five operas, including a superbly sung “Madam Butterfly”, which was received with loud applause by an enthusiastic audience; as so often, they were moved by the fate of the ill-starred heroine. Puccini is one of the most popular of all opera composers and his operas are among the most performed worldwide every year. His ‘fans’ are in for a treat at the SGC, Dungarvan, with ‘Butterfly’ coming from the Covent Garden, one of the world’s greatest opera houses. Incidentally, followers of modern-day musicals will find a retelling of the opera in “Miss Saigon”. Of further interest to Irish Puccini-lovers is the fact that the composer himself in his assessment of singers of the heroine’s role, declared Mayo-born Margaret Burke-Sheridan (who died in 1958), to be “the only Butterfly”. Leontyne Price, Renate Tebaldi, Victoria de los Angeles and the great Callas have been among the greatest modern interpreters of this, one of the most coveted of all operatic roles.

‘Madam Butterfly’, Puccini’s 6th opera, was first performed on February, 17th, 1904, at La Scala, Milan. Despite having renowned principals (two all-time greats, tenor Giovanni Zenatello and the renowned baritone, Guiseppe de Luca – the latter’s ‘Traviata’ and ‘Rigoletto’ duet recordings with Amelita Galli-Curci are treasures), it was a failure; jeers and catcalls greeted much of its second act. Puccini withdrew it, revised it and only three months later, at Brescia on May 28th, it was greeted with approval and sustained applause. Soon it was an operatic smash hit and ever since it has remained one of the most performed of all operas. It was first performed at Covent Garden in 1905, with Caruso, Antonio Scotti and the peerless Czech soprano, Emmy Destinn – some said she has never had an equal as Butterfly (on a trip to Prague in January, I saw a statue of her in her native city).

My friend, Tommy O’Brien, of RTE Radio fame, was an ardent Puccini ‘fan’ and considered ‘Butterfly’ one of the greatest of all operas. I have written hitherto of how Tommy, playing recordings of the opera, often illustrated for me, at his home in Clonmel, the subtleties and beauties of the composer’s musical genius.

‘Butterfly’ was first performed at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, on Feb, 11th, 1907 – one of my favourite LPs has the recorded highlights of the Met’s first ‘Butterfly’ with Geraldine Farrar, Enrico Caruso, Antonio Scotti and Louise Homer – a cast for the ages! After hearing Caruso in the opera, a critic wrote: “What is he? He is not a singer. He is not a voice. He is a miracle”. Puccini wrote: “Caruso was magnificent, singing like a god”. The libretto is based on a play by David Belasco, which Puccini saw in The Duke of York Theatre, London, in June 1900. He realised the possibilities for an opera based on a clash of American and Japanese cultures.

The tragic tale concerns Cio San, the Japanese fifteen-year-old geisha girl known as Butterfly, who renounces family and religion to marry American naval lieutenant, Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton’. This faithless cad has no intention of making it a permanent marriage. The passionate duet in which they pledge their love, “Un Po di Vero C’e” is one of the most gorgeous duets in all opera. But, from then on it’s a moving story, with the ever-faithful girl being the loser. There’s some lovely music: there’s “One Fine Day”, one of the most loved of all soprano arias, and there’s the Flower Duet, just to mention but a few highlights.

‘Madame Butterfly’ is perennially among the top five in terms of performances annually. Any opera house manager who wants to make a few Euros need look no further than this opera. In the fifty years following its first performance at The ‘Met’ it was performed there an astonishing 360 times. It’s arguably the most popular opera ever composed and it will, no doubt, bring a big audience to The SGC, Dungarvan on March 30th.  (Jim Ryan)

Léirmheas Hidden Figures

Cuireadh fíorscéal i láthair ar bhealach taitneamhach sa scannán Hidden Figures, ach ní chiallaíonn sin gur rinneadh aon caint mhilis ar an taobh gránna den scéal – ciníochas. Dár ndóigh, pléitear fadhb na ciníochais go críochnúil ó thús go deireadh, agus is ar éigean gur féidir leis na lucht féachanna an t-idirdhealú sin a mhothú san atmaisféar agus trua a dhéanamh do na príomhcharachtair dá bharr. Caifear an cheist sin a thuiscint go hiomlán ionas nach mbeidh an t-idirdhealú sin riamh i bhfeidhm arís – agus rinneadh sár-jab sa scannán so leis.

Tá an scannán Hidden Figures lonnaithe sna Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá ag deireadh na 60aidí agus leiríonn sé saol Katherine G Johnson – páiste iontach sa mhatamaitic, a fuair scoláireacht mar gheall ar a scileanna neamhghnách leis na huimhreacha, agus post ar NASA mar “ríomhaire” mar thoradh air. Bean gorm a bhí inti, áfach, agus de réir is a fuair sí ardú céime san obair, d’éirigh an bhearna idir daoine gorma agus daoine geala níos soiléire níos damanta di. Cé is moite de sin, áfach, ní raibh a comhoibrithe geala ábalta ciníochas a thabhairt fé ndeara riamh seachas nuair a chuir sí é in iúil dóibh. Dár ndóigh, ba nós le mórchuid duine bheith dall don ciníochas a bhí taobh thiar de na dlithe Jim Crow i Meiriceá, agus d’éirigh leis an scannán é sin a thaispeáint gan stró. Ní fheictear mí-úsáid fisiciúil sa scannán, agus níl aon namhad sádach ann ag iarraidh daoine gorma a mharú nó aon rud mar sin. Ní fheictear troid ach oiread, toisc go bhfuil teachtaireacht i bhfad níos caolchúisí sa scannán – gan a bheith níos fánaí! S’éard a bhfeictear ann ná: gnáth-dhaoine ag déanamh talamh slán den pribhléid atá acu sa chóras oideachais agus san obair; gnáth-dhaoine ar nós mise agus tusa, ag maireachtáil i sochaí ina raibh rudaí ar nós “leithreas gorm” normálta – rud atá do-dhéanta sa lá atá inniu ann. Agus cuireann sé sin ag smaoineamh thú: is dócha go bhfuil rudaí i bhfeidhm inniu a bheas cuma ciníoch orthu sa todhchaí freisin – níl sé éasca pribhléid a thabhairt fé ndeara.

Cé go bhfuil béim ar scéal Katherine sa scannán, taispeántar beirt bhean gorm eile a bhí cairdiúil léi agus conas a d’éirigh leo a n-aislingí a thógáil i sochaí ciníoch. Ag tús an scannáin, bíonn Mary Jackson agus Katherine ag obair le chéile sa seomra na ríomhairí gorma faoi stiúir Dorothy Vaughan. Leanann siad proifisiúin éagsúla de réir a chéile áfach de réir is a théann an scéal ar aghaidh. Bíonn Mary ag aislingeacht le bheith ina hinealtóir cé go bhfuil constaic mór sa tslí uirthi: tá cúrsa in ollscoil “geal” ag teastáil uaithi chun a haidhm a bhaint amach. D’éirigh léi ar deireadh tar éis di óráid bheag a thabhairt os comhair breithimh agus é a chur ina luí air gurb é sin a dheis clú agus cáil a bhaint amach mar an chéad fear a bhris rialacha an idirdhealaithe san ollscoil sin.

I gcás an stiúrthóra ríomhaireachta Dorothy Vaughan, áfach, níor éirigh léi ciníochas a chur ina luí ar na daoine i gcumhacht chun an t-ardú céime a bhaint amach sa chomhlucht. Bhí uirthi scíl nua a fhoghlaim – leabhair fé cláreagrú a ghoid ó leabharlann “geal” (ós rud é nach raibh cead aici é a léamh ann mar gheall ar a cine) agus na ríomhairí uathoibríoch IBM a oibriú sula raibh seans ag éinne ar NASA an scíl a mhúineadh fiú. Ní raibh rogha ag na ceannairí geala ach í a fhostú mar chláreagraitheoir.

Dár ndóigh, léiríonn na scéalta sin an tábhacht a bhaineann le do dhícheall a dhéanamh agus gan éirí as – d’éirigh leis an triúir bhean sin cé go raibh an domhain ina gcoinne – ach thar aon rud eile, taispeántar sa scéal go bhfuair siad pionós ar rud éigin a bhí ó smacht acu. Ní raibh aon locht orthu gur rugadh siad gorm, ach fós féin, bhí orthu i bhfad níos mó oibre a chur isteach chun cothromaíocht a bhaint amach lena gcomhrádaí geala. Gan amhras, rinneadh áibhéal anso is ansúd – sa bhfíorshaol, ba nós le Katherine leithreas na ndaoine geala a úsáid ar aon nós, agus níor tharla an radharc sin ina gcuireann ceannasaí an chomhlucht deireadh le hidirdhealú leithris i ndáiríre – is drámaíocht sa bhreis é sin chun teachtaireacht beagáinín níos láidre a chur trasna. Ach ar iomlán, is fiúntach an mionchúntas ar shaol Katherine sa scannán. Baintear úsáid cliste as seanphictiúir sa scannán chun comparáid a dhéanamh idir na radharcanna athchruthaithe agus an domhain mar a bhí fadó. Cabhraíonn sé sin go mór ó thaobh na lucht féachanna a thumadh sa scéal, ar nós dá mbeadh gach éinne ag taistil in ama go dtí na 60aidí. Sárobair é an scannán so gan aon amhras.

By

Natalia Danzmann

Rating 5/5

Lion Review

Lion is a 2016 multi Oscar nominated movie which is based on Saroo Brierley memoir book A Long Way Home and was ghost written by Larry Buttrose and published in 2013. The Main filming for this movie took place in India and Australia with parts of it also shot in Tasmania. These  locations where used brilliantly by director Garth Davis who really uses his past experiences in cinematography along with his directorial skill to produce a visually spectator movie.

Nicole Kidman of course is the big name among the cast here but really the stand out performance has to be credited to Sunny Pawar who plays the younger Saroo Brierley for the first half of the movie before we skip forward 20 years and the role is then taken over by English actor Dev Patel.

The story starts in 1986 where we find a young boy named Sarroo who lives in a small Indian town called Khandwa. He lives there with his Mother and elder brother and sister, they are a very poor family and Sarroo’s mother has to try support her family by literally carrying rocks. Sarroo and his brother were trying to help the family one day by stealing coal from a freight train. It was at this time that Saroo found himself trapped on a train that took him 12 thousand miles away to Calcutta. Here they spoke a totally different language and the young boy could not communicate with the locals. Not knowing where he came from or how to get back, Sarroo finds himself alone at first on the dangerous street of Calcutta before eventually being taken into an orphanage and being adopted by an Australian Couple.  As he grows up Sarroo wants to learn who he really is and where he comes from.  He begin his investigations initially using google earth and the information he had before heading back to India to continues his search.

Lion is a very enjoyable movie to watch, it has an excellent story and was definitely very deserving of the Oscar nomination it received with many people surprised it didn’t do better at the academy awards ceremony itself.

Rating 8/10

Logan Review

After 17 years as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is back slicing and dicing one last time for this his supposed farewell performance as the Marvel Hero. Logan is of course the third instalment in the Wolverine series and the 10th overall in the X-Men franchise with early audiences predicting it to be one of the best of these movies so far.  The Movie was directed by James Mangold and shooting took place in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 2016. Along with Jackman we also see Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Professor X Charles Xavier and also very impressive performances from Richard E Grant as Zander Rice and especially 11 year old Dafne Keen who plays Laura who is a kind of mini me Wolverine produced from his own DNA.

Logan is set in the near future the year 2029 where we catch up with our hero’s Logan and the professor as they are long passed their primes. Logan is in terrible pains as his own body is being poisoned by adamantium in his body and the professor is suffering from a neurodegenerative disease. As Logan is trying to keep his head down and stay out of trouble in his aging years as he attempts to look after his own health and is also caring for the Professor while also working part time as a chauffeur. While on a job one day he comes across a young girl who he discovery’s  is the first mutant he has seen in over 25 years and his one of a group of children who have all been genetically produced from DNA samples taken from Mutants including from Logan Himself.

This is a very long movie with a very good storyline, there are dips in the action from time to time in the movie but that is to be expected in a movie of this length and certainly doesn’t take from the overall entertainment factor as Logan is a very well put together movie. It’s no secret High Jackman is hanging up his blades after this one but whether this also spells the end for the Logan character is most lightly one of the main reasons X-Men fans will be flocking to this one.

Rating 8/10

RIngs Review

Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and written by David Loucka Rings is the third instalment from the American franchise originally taken from the Japanese 1998 psychological horror movie Ringu. The first American remake was back in 2002 and certainly was one of the big horror movies of that year with people even refusing to have a TV in the bedroom after watching. Unfortunately the concept now seems a little dated at this stage and probably won’t have the same audience fear factor as before.  It definitely wouldn’t be a Rings movie without some classic VHS tapes and you won’t be disappointed as they do make a brief appearance before moving over to computer video files in an attempt to update the Rings franchise to the digital age.

This movie again follows the same concept as before except this time there is a Video within the video that nobody has noticed before. After a very disappointing open scene the plot opens up with the introduction of Holt and Julia, a college couple who are separated due to college commitments. They keep in contact via skype while apart until one day Holt just disappears without a trace. When Julia goes to her boyfriend’s college to try to find her him she meets up with his college science teacher Gabriel, played by Johnny Galecki who is of course Leonard Hofstadter in The Big Bang Theory. Gabriel had seen the famous video that causes the watcher to dies exactly 7 days after watching it.  After he started a club for people who had also seen it called “The Ring Experiment” they soon discover the video within the video that holds the key to stopping the 7 day curse.

Rings is not a hard movie to follow but definitely you need to pay attention to the plot or you might find yourself losing interest. There is a nice twist at the end which makes things interesting. Overall it’s not a bad movie.

Rating 5/10

By Bill Tubbritt

Léirmheas Ballerina

Scéal suimiúil saor ó na clichés, beochan inchreidte go leor agus carachtair gleoite atá pearsantacht chasta, daonna acu. S’éard atá i gceist leis an scannán Ballerina, atá cóiréagrafaíocht ag réaltaí an Opéra National de Paris ann.

Baineann plota an scannáin le scéal Felicie – cailín Briotánach a bhí i gcónaí ag aislingeacht le bheith ina bailéiríne go dtí go bhfuair sí seans amháin lena haislingí a fhíorú i dturas rúnda go Páras. Ní “laoch tipiciúil” í ar an scéal toisc go mbíonn sí dána anois is arís ar nós fíor-pháiste. Níos tábhachtaí fiú, cé gur scéal na n-óg é an scannán so, ní finscéal atá ann, agus dá bharr taispeántar air gur do-dhéanta an rud é teacht ar dhuine atá go hiomlán maith nó go hiomlán olc. Go deimhin, ní bhfuair sí deis freastal ar an scoil bailé i bPáras go dleathach – do ghoid sí aitheantas chailín eile, agus fuair sí pionós cuí dá bharr. Ní hea nár éirigh léi a sprioc a bhaint amach ar deireadh, ach bhí uirthi cloí leis an dlí agus rialacha áitiúla gan tuilleadh caimiléireacht. Is tábhachtach teachtaireacht mar sin a chur trasna chuig páistí: taispeánann sé dhóibh nach ann don “sióg máithriúil” agus caifear obair a chur isteach ar do chuid aislingí… Ach san am céanna, má bhíonn tú dána, gheobhaidh tú pionós.

Ballerina

Tá namhaid spéisiúil ag Felicie chomh maith. Níl Camille bheag go hiomlán olc, ach tarlaíonn sé go bhfuil an-chuid brú uirthi ag teacht óna máthair féin chun an sprioc céanna a bhaint amach. Múintear ceacht eile do na lucht féachanna óga le scéal Camille: níor rugadh éinne “olc”. Foghlaimítear droch-nósanna i rith an tsaoil. D’aineoinn sin, is féidir le haon namhaid maitheas a dhéanamh ar deireadh má thugtar cairdeas fírinneach di.

Ballerina

Is thar bharr an rince a bhfeictear sa scáthlán ó tús go deireadh an sárshaothair so. D’éirigh leis an bhfoireann beochana íomhá a chruthú atá tarraingtheach agus inchreidte san am céanna. Níl sé deacair duine a shamhlú ag tabhairt fé na céimeanna céanna sa bhfíor-shaol. Is mór is fiú féachaint ar an scannán so, is cuma más páiste nó duine fásta thú!

by Natalia Danzmann

5/5

 

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