NEWS - 6th to 12th OCTOBER 2003
Zoltan - Hound of Dracula disc has appeared. It's a bare-bones disc
(not even a trailer), but at least it has an anamorphic widescreen
transfer (at about 1.61:1). Click here
to see the menu screens.
of period drama might want to catch the first part of Henry VIII tonight
on ITV at 9pm. VCI is releasing the two-part series on DVD on the 27th of
October, and it looks like the disc will include a lot of bonus material,
including interviews and behind the scenes footage.
has changed the release date of the Upstairs Downstairs - Series 1-5 box
set, and it is now due to appear a week later than originally scheduled,
on the 3rd of November.
is Zeta Minor's first birthday. I'll say no more, other than to offer
thanks to the various DVD companies and their PR agencies who have offered
their support; to friends, family and work colleagues for their
encouragement and understanding; and to all the site's visitors.
Tristar has penciled in their lineup for January 2004. There are no
specifications available yet, so here's the skinny...
the 12th of January they'll release the classic 1971 Richard Attenborough
serial killer movie 10 Rillington Place; John Cusack's recent
sleeper hit Identity; family drama Big Girls Don't Cry; Ving
Rhames' straight-to-video cop revenge thriller Sin; flyweight
comedy There's A Girl In My Soup, which stars Peter Sellers and
Goldie Hawn; and a double-bill of tear-jerking wildlife dramas Born
Free and Living Free.
week later, on the 19th Columbia are releasing a trilogy of martial-arts
films: Double Vision (a.k.a. Shuang tong), about two mis-matched
cops who team up to hunt a serial killer in Taiwan; So Close (a.k.a.
Chik yeung tin sai), a high-octane thriller directed by The
Enforcer's Corey Yuen; and Returner, a science-fiction action
movie about an assassin.
26th of January will see the release of Vincent Gallo's critically-
acclaimed kidnap drama Buffalo '66 and heist thriller The Code (aka
La Montale). Columbia will also take their fourth crack at Jim
Henson's whimsical fantasy epic The
Dark Crystal (already available in a regular edition and Superbit
versions, it will also soon be available as a two-film set with Labyrinth).
There are no details yet, other than its description as a
"Collector's Edition". There's more from the late Jim Henson
with the third volume of The Best of The Muppets, and a disc of the
fondly-remembered 1980s children's series Fraggle Rock (hopefully
featuring material from the early series, featuring Fulton Mackay as the
Captain). Another disc of the Phil Cornwall and John Sessions comedy Stella
Street is also due on the 26th.
BBC has an impressive lineup for November - something for everyone. Once
again, most of the news has been leaked out in one form or another, so
here are the highlights, with details from the source.
the release are two classic comedy releases: Red Dwarf - The Original
Third Series and I'm Alan Partridge - Series 2.
two-disc Red Dwarf set contains the six episodes of the revitalised
third season, originally shown in 1988 (Backwards, Marooned,
Polymorph, Bodyswap, Timeslides and The Last Day),
and comes with more than three hours of bonus materials, not including the
cast commentary tracks (by Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules,
Robert Llewellyn and Hattie Hayridge). Other bonus features include: All
Change (a new, eighty-minute documentary); twenty minutes of deleted
scenes; Smeg Ups (outtakes); Hattie's DJ Diary (an hour-long
document of a 2003 Red Dwarf fan convention); Building a Better
Universe (a tribute to Red Dwarf's production designer, Mel
Bibby); Food featurette (about killer kebabs and curry monsters); Backwards
Forwards (the in-reverse episode, played backwards); Trailers; raw
special effects footage; isolated music cues; extracts from the talking
book adaptations (read by Chris Barrie); photo gallery; and Easter eggs.
RRP is £19.99. Red Dwarf - The Original Fourth Series will be
released in February.
Alan Partridge - Series 2 finds
Alan bouncing back from the humiliations piled on him in the first series.
He's living in a caravan alongside the building site where his new home is
under construction, with a much-younger Ukrainian girlfriend (Coronation
Street's Amelia Bullmore), and a regular slot on Radio Norwich. The
two-disc set contains all six episodes (The Talented Mr Alan, The
Colour of Alan, Brave Alan, Never Say Alan Again, I
Know What Alan Did Last Summer and Alan Wide Shut), and a good
selection of bonus material: Anglian Lives (a thirty minute documentary); Unused
Alan deleted scenes; cast and production commentary (sadly without
Steve Coogan, who was committed to other projects); Add On Alan
(10m of bonus footage); Alan Aid (highlights of the 1991 and 2001 Comic
Relief shows); Audio Alan (jingles) and Still Alan photo'
gallery. The disc, due on November the 10th, has an RRP of £19.99.
on the Shore, the
second part of the lamentable final Only Fools and Horses trilogy,
which was shown on Christmas Day last year, will be released on
November the 17th, with an RRP of £17.99.
new three-disc set of Fawlty Towers will be released on November
the 3rd, with a whopping RRP of £37.99. The set will feature all twelve
episodes ("all completely digitised and restored"), and will be
packaged with a limited-edition Corgi model of Basil's red Austin 1300,
and a scale figure of Basil about to beat the car with a branch.
features include interviews with John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew
Sachs; commentary by producer John Howard Davies (series 1) and director
Bob Spiers (series 2); Torquay Tourist Guide (a mini-documentary about the
Gleneagles Hotel, which inspired the series); artist and charactor
profiles; a 1979 Not The Nine O'clock News trailer introduced by
Cleese and an illustrated book.
Fast Show Farewell Tour
is released on the 24th of November, with an RRP of £15.99. The
110-minute programme is complemented by a 45 minute bonus documentary, The
Limp Was My Idea, which includes behind the scenes material and tour
bus footage, which has a filmed commentary by stars Paul Whitehouse,
Charlie Higson and Simon Day.
more Steve Coogan than you can shake a stick at in the Paul and Pauline
Calf's Cheese and Ham Sandwich DVD, which is due on November the 17th,
with an RRP of £15.99. The disc features a stage performance recorded at
the Neptune Theatre in Liverpool, marking Paul and Pauline's return to the
stage after an eight-year absence. The DVD will also feature an exclusive
fly-on-the-wall documentary, Making A Cheese and Ham Sandwich, and
all of Paul and Pauline's appearances on Jonathan Ross's variety show Saturday
November releases include Play Like Champions: The Official Manchester
United Training and Skills Programme and Doctor Who - The Three
Doctors (which was included in the News
entry for the 4th of October).
the release of Futurama - Season 4 set has been postponed by a
week, and will now be released on November the 24th. (For more details,
see the News entry for the
23rd of September, and the pack-shot, below).
will release the fifth season of Sex And The City on November the
17th. The season was only eight episodes long (to accommodate Sarah
Jessica Parker's pregnancy), making the set under four hours long, for a rather
outrageous RRP of £29.99.
Underground has issued a statement about the faulty copies of Circus of
Fear discs, which was mentioned in the News yesterday (below):
Underground has researched the Circus of Fear playability issue and
determined that there is in fact a replication problem. We are in
discussions with our manufacturer WAMO to decide the best plan to replace
customers' defective discs. Since this is the first time we've
encountered any manufacturing problems with our discs we need a few days
to sort this situation. We will issue a statement regarding the exchange
program early next week on our website (www.blue-underground.com) and to
all the major DVD forums.
be assured that this is an unusual situation since we quality check all
our DVD check discs at an outside facility on over 50 randomly selected
players as well as doing our own in-house check. This defect seems to have
occurred during the manufacturing of the commercial product.
appreciate your patience and ongoing support of Blue Underground.
can join in the discussion about the Christopher Lee Collection in this
thread over at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
has sent out a very swanky CD-Rom press kit which announces some of their
key titles for the rest of the year. Most of the information has already
leaked out in one shape or another, so there's not much here that would
qualify as news, but here is the hard info, straight from the source.
funny how you can have misconceptions about a film's success. For example,
Legally Blonde, the bubbly comedy about a sorority queen (Reese
Witherspoon) who becomes a lawyer, made quite an impression. It was an
$18m movie that grossed more than $100m. It seemed to me that the film's
sequel, Legally Blonde 2 - Bigger, Bolder and Blonder (Reese's
character becomes a congresswoman's aide) sunk without trace, but looking
at the box office figures, it made almost as much money as the first film
(unfortunately it cost more than twice as much to make!)
Blonde 2 will be released on the 1st of December, with an RRP of
£19.99. The disc will come with a booklet offering discount coupons for
various girly stuff, and will be packed with bonus material (more than the
Region 1 version, by the looks of things) :
Audio Commentary with Jennifer Coolidge, Alanna Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel
2 x Easter Eggs
We Can by LeAnn Rimes: Music Video followed by soundtrack spot
Welcome to Delta Nu: Interactive Quiz
Feature Length Trivia Track
SIMS 2 Preview
Pink: Design and Art
Stars and Stripes? Never!: Costumes
Apparent: Hair and Make-Up
Anthem: Music and Score
will release a collection of five of the Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies
on the 10th of November.
six-disc set contains The Pink Panther, A Shot In The Dark, The
Pink Panther Strikes Again, Revenge of the Pink Panther and Trail
of the Pink Panther. The sixth disc will feature three hours of bonus
Inside The Pink Panther - New documentary
That’s Panthertainment - Vintage 1978 special – includes outtakes and deleted scenes
Feline: Cartoon Phenomenon – New documentary focusing on the cartoon creation
Six of the best
Pink Panther cartoons including Academy Award Winner The Pink Phink
The Unknown Peter Sellers
– 60 minute documentary
The Commercial Peter Sellers - with Making Of
Exclusive highly collectible eight page booklet
Shots in the Dark
- photo gallery
set will also include a commentary track, by director Blake Edwards, on The
Pink Panther, which will also feature a trivia track. Trailers for the
films will also be included. As is usually the case with MGM, no technical
spec's have been announced. There's a discussion thread about this set
over at Roobarb's DVD Forum, which you can find here.
The set has an RRP of £59.99, and comes in a
fold out digipak designed by "hip artist of the moment" (okay,
if you say so!) Shag. The set does look very nice though, as you can see
from this picture...
odd coincidence I was watching A Muppet Christmas Carol this
morning - don't ask! - and now here's MGM's announcement of It's A Very
Muppet Christmas Movie, which will be released on November the 24th,
with an RRP of £12.99.
TV movie's another Muppet musical, this time parodying several Christmas
movies, like The Grinch and It's A Wonderful Life. The plot
involves the Muppets trying to save their theatre from a developer (Joan
Cusack) who wants to turn it into a nightclub.
guest stars include Whoopi Goldberg, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard,
William H. Macy, the cast of the medical sitcom Scrubs and a
certain wizened green Jedi. The disc will contain deleted scenes and a
trailer. There's no mention on the press release of the Inside Pepe's
Studio featurette, the Easter Eggs or the other less useful extras
that are included on the US disc.
looks like MGM's earlier announcement of Agent Cody Banks (see News
entry for the 27th of August) was a little premature.
release has now been upgraded to Collector's Edition status, and
the sleeve art (left) has now been updated accordingly.
UK disc will now feature most of the bonus materials that are on the
Region 1 version, which was released in August. Despite
this it looks like the UK disc is still inferior to the US version, which
contains a second commentary track, by the film's writers, that's
apparently not on the UK Region 2 release.
durations are taken from the BBFC website]
Audio Commentary with Frankie Muniz, Angie Harmon and
director Harald Zwart
2 x Easter Eggs
Creating Cody’s World
Developing Agent Cody Banks
Posting Cody Banks
special effects featurette]
Frankie Muniz Going Big
How to Talk to Girls
Cool Make-Up Tricks
from Hilary Duff
Storyboard to Film Comparisons
Agent Cody Banks 2
will release the recent Australian comedy The Man Who Sued God on
the 1st of December, just over three months after it's modest theatrical
release. No technical spec's have been announced.
film stars Billy Connolly as a former lawyer who battles against an
insurance company who refuse to pay for his fishing boat, after it's
struck by lightning, claiming it to be "an act of God". So,
taking the only logical course of action, he decides to sue God, which
puts the church is something of a quandary: if they deny liability, they
effectively admit that God does not exist, and if they pay the claim, it
will open the floodgates for thousands of similar claims. The film also
stars the estimable Judy Davis, as a journalist covering the case.
couple of consumer alerts, based on reports filtering in from various
copies of Doctor Who - The Curse of Fenric have two copies of one
of the discs, so if you're picking one up over the counter it's best to
check before you leave with it.
people are reporting problems with the Circus of Fear disc in Blue
Underground's Christopher Lee Collection box set. My copy was fine,
but others are locking up during playback.
a look at the box artwork for the fourth Futurama box set, which is being released
on the 17th of November. The set will feature commentary tracks, deleted
scenes, trailers and Easter Eggs. The four-disc set has an RRP of £39.99.
See the News entry for the
23rd of September for more details.
week's News entries can be found by following the link
September-5th October 2003