The Assassin’s Creed movie comes home

On New Years Day this year, Assasssin’s Creed hit cinemas in the UK. Reuniting the creative team behind 2015’s Macbeth (well, some of them – Shakespeare wasn’t available) the film featured Michael Fassbender – or as I like to call him, “The Fass” – as both Callum Lynch and his 14th Century ancestor Aguilar de Nehra. Also starring the A-list likes of Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling and possibly not Danny Wallace (sorry Dan), the film is a glossy, high-adrenaline look at the fight between Assassins and Templars over the mysterious Apple of Eden.

Total Film described it as “Ambitious and stylish, it’s a loving recreation of certain elements that make the series so popular.” Empire praised the fact that it was “Inventively choreographed and beautifully executed, its game-inspired brand of wushu-meets-parkour delivers some genuinely awe-inducing feats.” IGN said, “[..] Kurzel has done a superb job at lifting the giddy, vertical action from the games and applying it credibly to screen,” and praised the films “glorious action sequences.”

Chased by a giant robot arm attached to a VW Tiguan, Aguilar escapes on horseback.
Chased by a giant robot arm attached to a VW Tiguan, Aguilar escapes on horseback.

Anyway, the movie comes home in the UK over the next couple of months, with a digital HD streaming release on the 28th April, followed by DVD, Blu-Ray and 4k Blu-Ray on May 15th.

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The home version of the movie comes with 90 minutes of extras too, including, it says here:

Take the Pledge: Behind the Scenes of Assassin’s Creed – Join the Brotherhood as you go behind the scenes of Assassin’s Creed in a five-part documentary:
Legacy of Assassin’s Creed: Justin Kurzel, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard discuss the legacy of the iconic video game franchise and the original story created for the film
Becoming an Assassin: Michael Fassbender and the rest of the cast explore the training required to become master assassins
Tools of the Trade: The filmmakers discuss the inspiration behind the design of the costumes, hoods and weapons, as well as the signature hidden blades
In the Realm of Realism: The Assassin’s Creed cast and crew discuss the recreation of 15th century Spain, as well as modern-day Abstergo
Swift Moves and Stealth Maneuvers: An inside look at the incredible team behind the film’s action sequences, defying gravity with parkour and “leap of faith” stunts
Deleted Scenes Conversation with Justin Kurzel & Christopher Tellefsen: Director Justin Kurzel and Editor Christopher Tellefsen look back on the scenes that didn’t quite make the cut
Deleted Scenes Conversation with Justin Kurzel: Join Director Justin Kurzel and his key collaborators on Assassin’s Creed as they look back on the process of crafting the film
Gallery & More!  Photos from the set, concept, costumes and weapons art

For more on Assassin’s Creed, stay tuned to UbiBlog and check out our previous stories!

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Assassin's Creed (movie)

Release date — January 1st, 2017
Starring — Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Directed by — Justin Kurzel
Studio — 20th Century Fox
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
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Phil is so incredibly old that his earliest gaming memories involve those late-70s TV Pong clone machines made by Binatone, typing BASIC games into the one-piece keyboard of a Sinclair ZX80 from magazine listings, and the static burble of Commodore 64 tape loading. He does Marketing things in Ubisoft's Guildford office. He's been at the company for 18 years. The numpty.