America ground to a halt over the weekend so that half of its citizens could sit on a couch drinking beer, munching tacos and watching the SuperBowl. With so many people watching the event live on TV, advertising slots on that day change hands for sums approaching the GDP of a small third world country, and SuperBowl day often sees a spate of new ads being released. Amongst the usual suspects this year was a pair of new teasers for the "Tomb Raider" movie, starring Angelina Jolie as the amply imbued Ms Croft.
Due for release on June 15th in the USA, Paramount and Eidos are hoping that it will break the jinx that afflicts movies based on computer games. Let's face it, the likes of "Mortal Kombat" and the "Mario Brothers" movie are best forgotten. Tomb Raider sees Lara Croft trying to save the universe (again) by recovering an ancient artifact (now there's a surprise) called the Clock of Ages, in the process visiting a sequence of exotic locations (is this starting to sound familiar yet) from the jungles of south east Asia to a frozen wasteland. Along the way there will be plenty of gravity defying stunts (and we're not just talking about her chest) and tight fitting costumes for Lara to indulge in, which is sure to please fans of the series.
If you want a taster, head over to the Tomb Raider movie page on Apple's website, where you will find QuickTime versions of the original trailer as well as the two new teasers, all available at a range of resolutions depending on your bandwidth. Annoyingly there is no way to simply download the files and keep them on your hard drive; instead you have to stream them from the server, resulting in numerous missing frames and stuttering sound. Somebody give Apple a clue, please?