Review: Kooky, Humble Bundle’s First Movie

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Also, the film even seems to take a practical, bare-bones approach to special effects.  In a big chase scene, one car flips and then both cars lose control,  flying over a snowy environment.  The cars are visible super-imposed on top of footage of the environment and looks similar to the way the snowspeeders are portrayed on planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.  These touches add to the charm of the film quite nicely.

The Ugly Part

While the film itself was great, I struggle with the quality of the encoding throughout the film.  The download provided is for a 720p encoding of the film.  I can understand the guys over at The Humble Bundle not wanting to offer a 1080p encoding of the film as a direct download, but there is a torrent available.  Why not offer a 1080p version to those who use a torrent client for downloading?  It’s all a matter of perspective of course, and mine was that of a person watching the film on a 27inch computer monitor 2ft away from the screen.  My experience was plagued with compression artifacts that I was unable to ignore.  Had I brought this film downstairs to watch on my 60″ DLP TV at 12′ away, I would have enjoyed it a little more.  Like I said, it’s a matter of perspective.  Even at 720p, the encode could have been much better.

Confusion

What exactly is this film doing in a Humble Bundle anyway?  When I started watching the film, I had on my indie-rose colored glasses.  After watching the entire film I thought to myself, “this film is a real achievement for independent film makers!”.  I was wrong.

This is probably not an independent film…

This film had a budget of 40 million CZK, which translates to $2.1M USD.  I would consider that budget, while not immense, outside of the boundary of independent. I am trying to find something on the Internet to prove me wrong, though I’m having trouble finding quality information on this film outside of its Czech heritage.

Conclusion

Judging soloey on the film itself, I have nothing bad to say.  No complaints whatsoever.  There is humor right where it needs to be, action and energy throughout, and a nice, calm energy to it that sets it apart and makes it feel unique.  I would recommend this film to anyone who would ever consider watching any type of movie.  The broadness of its appeal is endless.  I believe that the movie itself is worth the cost of the entire bundle at $9.  Go watch it!

 


Dean Howell

Dean Howell has over a decade of experience with Linux and nearly 2 decades of experience with computers in general. Currently, Dean is Editor-in-chief of The Powerbase and also works for one of the world's largest providers of Linux-based NVRs.

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  • http://mjanja.co.ke/ Alan Orth

    Yep, I bought the bundle over the average as well because I was impressed with how creative and unique Kooky looked. Going to watch it today! Super stoked!

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    Q: “What exactly is this film doing in a Humble Bundle anyway?”

    A: Jakub Dvorský (founder of Amanita Design and producer on Botanicula) was the Production Designer for Kooky. ( don’t know why Windosill was included in this bundle… though I once read that Dvorsky was a big fan of that game )

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  • Kniroid

    an indie film can have as much of a budget as it wants. in my mind, indie films and games are more for there artistic pleasure, and getting a message through to people, not making money. its considered indie if it was made by a lower scale company.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drasko.milosevic Drasko Milosevic

    There’s a pretty reasonable option of using latest linux build of air-sdk to run Botanicula. Works the same. Just download it off of Adobe website.
    And yes, Kooky is awesome.

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