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Win Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie Edition Special Edition Collector's Set

Ultramarines

Preview by Jack Foley

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 from November 29, 2010, 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: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie, 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.”

Win Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie sets

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