30th January 2004
Home Video is releasing the ABC's six-hour 1994 mini-series based on
Stephen King's mammoth novel The Stand on April the 5th.
The Emmy-winning series, which starred Gary Sinise and Brat
packers Molly Ringwald and Rob Lowe, will be presented in 4:3 format, with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (the US disc, from Artisan, is 2.0 only). The
two-disc set will be supported by a commentary track (by author Stephen
King, director Mick Garris, and actors Ruby Dee, Rob Lowe, Miguel Ferrer,
Jamey Sheridan and editor Pat McMahon), a short Making of...
featurette, storyboard comparisons and make up effects gallery. RRP is
a look at the Region 2 sleeve for Columbia Tristar's Starship Troopers
2: Hero of the Federation DVD, which is due on April the 19th. No
further information is available.
I've updated the Hammer DVD guide, to add that Warner Home
Video will be releasing Region 1 discs of Frankenstein Must Be
Destroyed, Dracula Has Risen From The Grave and Taste The
Blood of Dracula (as well as a box set with these titles and Curse
of Frankenstein, [Horror of] Dracula and The Mummy)
on April the 27th.
29th January 2004
Eureka will release Fritz Lang's 1932
classic crime thriller The Testament of Dr Mabuse (Das Testament
des Dr Mabuse) on March the 15th. The film has been fully restored and
digitally remastered. The disc will feature optional English subtitles, a
documentary by R Dixon Smith and a photo' gallery. RRP for the disc is
As usual, it hardly seems worth reporting the latest press
release from the BBC, which covers their February titles at a time when
other labels are introducing product due in March and April. Since most of
this information has been already been culled from various retailers by
Ceri for the Incoming section, here's a
précis from the horse's mouth, so to speak...
Stephen Poliakoff collection - Three acclaimed
dramas from one of Britain's finest writers: Perfect Strangers
(2001), Shooting The Past (1999) and Caught on a Train
(1980). Each disc features a commentary track by Poliakoff and a
twenty-minute documentary. Perfect Strangers has an RRP of £19.99;
the other two are £15.99.
Only Fools and Horses - the 1996 Christmas specials.
These hour-long episodes will be available separately (with a
urine-extracting RRP of £16.99 each) or as a Christmas Trilogy box
set, with a barely-less staggering RRp of £34.99. For three hours' worth
of entertainment. The episodes are Heroes and Villains (the Batman
and Robin episode), Modern Men and Time On Our Hands (the
antique watch episode).
Charles II - The Pride and the Passion - commentary
by director Joe Wright, Producer Kate Harwood and writer Adrian Hodges.
Also contains the hour-long documentary The Boy Who Would Be King.
RRP is £19.99.
Jonathan Creek - Series 1 and 2 -
The BBC have ditched their plans for a much more
comprehensive - and more reasonably priced - box set containing almost all
the episodes to date, and will instead release a Series 1 and 2 box
set, containing "all eleven episodes from the entire first and second
series (including the pilot episode)". (I quote this because there's been
some confusion). The set will contain "some" additional features,
including an exclusive documentary, Long Hair and Duffel Coat and
"commentary by director Marcus Mortimer and David Renwick". Clear as mud.
RRP for the set is £39.99.
Old Grey Whistle Test - Volume 3 - Performances
include Bowie's Oh You Pretty Things (1972); The Bangles' Walk Like
an Egyptian (1986); Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild; Al Stewart's
Year of the Cat; BB King's When It All Comes Down; The Jam's
A Bomb in Wardour Street; King Crimson's Frame by Frame and The
Jesus and Mary Chain's In A Hole. Special features include
commentary by Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw, an artist's
gallery, and options to view by year, or view by presenter. RRP is £19.99.
Red Dwarf IV - with three hours of bonus material,
including cast commentary, deleted scenes, Smeg Ups, raw effects footage
and isolated score. Includes the episodes Camille, DNA,
Justice, White Hole, Dimension Jump and Meltdown.
RRP is £19.99.
28th January 2004
Video are releasing two Peter Greenaway films, A Zed & Two Noughts
and The Draughtsman's Contract, on February the 23rd. The director
has worked closely with the BFI on these releases, and has contributed
filmed introductions, commentary tracks and sleeve notes. Both discs will
also feature behind the scenes footage, the theatrical trailer (both
trailers are on both discs), and Easter Eggs. The Draughtsman's
Contract will also feature an interview with composer Michael Nyman,
on-set interviews, a featurette about the film's digital restoration and
deleted scenes. The A Zed & Two Noughts disc features fourteen
minutes of bonus material; The Draughtsman's Contract extras run
for forty-one minutes. Both films will be presented in 1.66:1 ratio, with
anamorphic enhancement. RRP for each title is £19.99.
Vista is releasing the very popular family adventure film Holes on
March the 22nd. The film, which features Sigourney Weaver, Patricia
Arquette and Jon Voight, grossed more than $65m in the US, and did pretty
well over here, too. The disc will feature two featurettes (The Boys of
D-Tent and Digging the First Hole); deleted scenes; a gag reel;
cast commentaries; a director's commentary and the D-Tent Boys music video
Dig It. The press release didn't include any technical details, or
mention the RRP.
Paramount are releasing The Fighting Temptations on
April the 5th. The film, about a con artist (Cuba Gooding Jr) who must
coach a local gospel choir to success in order to claim an inheritance,
with help from a nightclub singer (Beyoncé
Knowles). The disc will feature eight
extended music numbers, seven deleted scenes and the film's theatrical
trailer. The film will be presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The press
release did not mention any other technical spec's. RRP for the disc is
The winners of last week's A Very Peculiar Practice
DVD competition are M. Watts and Claudia Marcel, who both knew that Peter
Davison starred as a vet in All Creatures Great and Small. The
Michael Bentine's Potty Time competition was won by Ray Crawford and
Mike Arnold, who both knew that Michael Bentine starred in The Sandwich
Man. My congratulations to them, and thanks to Network for providing
27th January 2004
Apologies to regular visitors for the lack of updates last
week, which was due to problems encountered whilst re-building my PC. The
ground-up re-install has enabled me to get rid of several years' worth of
accumulated clutter, and has improved the PC's performance significantly.
I've also taken the opportunity to upgrade various software packages,
which means that there may be a few glitches to iron out over the next few
days, so please bear with me. I've also got a huge backlog of email to
tackle, so apologies to anyone expecting a reply. My thanks to Paul for
all his help and advice in getting the PC working again.
There are two new competitions for you to
enter today, should you wish, where you can win a pair of classic Ray
Harryhausen films (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and The Valley
of Gwangi), or a set of Carlton's Best of British New Wave collection,
which includes Hell Drivers, Seance on a Wet Afternoon,
Servant and The League of Gentlemen. Click on the banners
above, or here for
the Harryhausen competition, and
here for the
British New Wave competition.
The winners of last week's competitions
(for Michael Bentine's Potty Time and A Very Peculiar Practice)
will be announced either later today (if there's more news today I'll add
it to the site) or with the next News update (i.e.: later this week,
possibly tomorrow). Rest assured that no competition entries were lost
whilst the site was "resting" - all the entries were held on the server
until I was ready to download them!
Home Video will be releasing a two-disc edition of My Fair Lady on
April the 5th. The disc, celebrating the film's 40th Anniversary, will
feature a new hour-long documentary More Loverly Than Ever - The Making
of My Fair Lady; a commentary by art director Gene Allen, singer Marni
Nixon and restoration experts James C Katz and Robert A Harris (which is
on the current DVD); several galleries of production stills, documents,
drawings and costume sketches; Audrey Hepburn's original vocals for
Wouldn't It Be Loverly and Show Me (Marni Nixon re-dubbed
Hepburn in the film); footage from the Los Angeles premiere; Rex
Harrison's Golden Globe acceptance speech and 37th Academy Awards footage;
and "comments" from Martin Scorsese and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The disc will
be presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio, with optional English subtitles. The RRP is £19.99.
Thankfully Ceri hasn't been idle while the site was down,
and now offers you this update on what's new...
Hi everyone, a couple of new
titles, some date revisions and a shed load of information on extras in
this week’s update to the
page and more bargains included on the
First up, lets have a look at
the Film highlights to the
Planet Of The Apes - 35th Anniversary Edition from Twentieth
Century Fox is now showing for the 26th of April. The extensive extras for
this two-disc release are predominantly archive material (much of it
previously available on Image Entertainment's Behind the Planet of the
Apes two-disc R1 DVD), but there are some newly created features as
well, including two new commentary tracks: one by
Jerry Goldsmith and antoher by cast members
Roddy Mc Dowell, Natalie Trundy and
Kim Hunter, Producer Richard Zanuck and Make-up Artist John Chambers.
Other bonus materials include
entitled A Look Behind the Planet of the Apes which has a
runtime of 14 minutes; A Makeup Test with Edward G Robinson,
running to 9 minutes; 20 minutes of Roddy McDowall’s Home Movies; a
Dailies and Outtakes Reel, again lasting for 20 minutes; J. Lee
Thompson directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Don Taylor
directs Escape from the Planet of the Apes featurettes, running to a 1
minute and 8 minutes respectively; a NATO Presentation film from
1967, which lasts 10 minutes (that's the National Association of Theater
Owners, not the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation!); a
Planet Of The Apes - 35th Anniversary Edition
featurette at 5 minutes; the original theatrical trailers and teaser
trailer; film reviews; theatrical posters; photo galleries; and an Easter
The BBFC has
cleared some extras for Fox’s forthcoming Master and Commander
release on March the 22nd. These are a featurette called
In the Wake of
which runs to 21 minutes; some multi-angle studies running to 14 minutes;
6 deleted scenes totalling 23 minutes; a look at the model work in the
film in Model Ships, which lasts 2 minutes; and two trailers: the 2
minute, All on board with Russell
and the 3 minute, Behind the Adventure.
The BBFC has also
some extras for Columbia-Tristar’s S.W.A.T., again for the 22nd of
March. It will have two
tracks, from the director and cast; eight Deleted Scenes; three
featurettes: Anatomy of a Shootout, S.W.A.T., TV's original
Super Cops and Making of S.W.A.T.; a blooper reel; some
filmographies and the theatrical trailer.
here a couple of weeks ago, DD Video are preparing The Creeping Flesh
and Night of the Big Heat. These are now showing for the 22nd of
March and both have an RRP of £15.99. DD Video are also re-issuing some of
their previous Hammer releases as double packs. These are
Snowman/ X The Unknown,
Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell /Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter,
and The Quatermass Experiment/Quatermass 2 and are listed for March
the 8th, with an RRP of £22.99 each.
documentary Roger and Me, from Warner Home Video, has a revised
date of March the 15th.
the Film highlights, is Spike Milligan’s
the 1974 film starring Milligan and Peter Sellers and directed by Joseph
McGrath. The release is listed as Region 0 from Fabulous Films with a
commentary by McGrath and Robert Ross, with cast and crew biographies as
extras. It’s lined up for February the 9th and an £9.99 RRP.
Now the TV
lots of information added about the
extras for some of the forthcoming American TV box sets,
which are either being listed by the retailers or have been cleared by the
Angel – Season 4 box set has an Angel – Season 4 featurette
(39 minutes); Unplugged: Season 4 outtakes (3 minutes); Last
Looks: The Hyperion Hotel (6 minutes); Fatal Beauty and the Beast
(6 minutes); Malice in Wonderland: Wolfram and Hart (8 minutes);
Angel and the Apocalypse (7 minutes). Buffy The Vampire Slayer –
Season 7 box set has several featurettes:
Season 7 Overview -
Buffy: Full Circle (36 minutes);
The Last Sundown (9 minutes); Generation S (8 minutes);
Buffy 101: Studying the Slayer (14
Always Been About The Fans (4 minutes); Buffy Wraps (5
minutes); as well as an Outakes Reel (3 minutes) and an Easter
Egg (34 seconds). 3 featurettes so far
listed for the C.S.I. – 3.1
CSI moves into Season 3
(13 minutes); The CSI Tour: Police Station (9 minutes); The CSI
Shot: Making it Real (17 minutes). The Firefly box set has
scenes (12 minutes); Alan Tudyk’s Audition (1 minute); and a gag
reel (3 minutes). And lastly, the Roswell – Season 1 box set has
commentaries; deleted scenes with optional commentary; gag reel; an
Area 51 featurette (30 minutes); a Roswell High featurette (10
minutes); Actor Audition Segments (2 minutes); Tess and Isabel
Meet at Lunch (1 minutes) and a music video.
information on some of BBC Worldwide’s releases. Choices Direct are
listing the 26th of April as a revised date for The Day Today. This
delay is probably caused by work on the release’s special features. As
hoped Stephen Poliakoff’s Caught on a Train and Perfect
Strangers will have a commentaries from him and 20 minutes
documentaries, like his Shooting the Past release. All three are
due on the 9th of February. Trying to squeeze out more sales in the wake
of the series' success at the Golden Globes yesterday, there is a
The Office - Series 1 & 2 box set now
being listed for the 22nd of March with a £29.99 price tag. The recent
Christmas Specials are expected to be released around the same time.
Towards the end of last year a Top of the Pops – 40th
Anniversary release was being listed, but it then was pulled. It has
now re-appearred on Play.com for the 1st of March with a £19.99 RRP. The
third volume of BBC Worldwide’s The Old Grey Whistle Test
compilations, which is expected on February the 16th, will include newly
filmed interviews; a commentary by presenters Mark Ellen, David Hepworth
and Andy Kershaw; an artists' gallery and options to view by year or by
treat for music fans is a release of Channel 4’s 1980s music show The
is now listed for the 22nd of March from Universal-Island with an RRP of
£16.99. No word on what the actual content will be yet.
some revised dates for a couple of Acorn releases. The To Serve Them
All My Days box set and it’s single
volume Part 1 are now listed for the 15th of March, and the
Tenko – Series 3 box set now has a date of April 19th.
1980s British cartoon series Henry’s Cat, which was
previously reported as being cleared by the BBFC from label Delta, is now
being listed for March the 15th, with a retail price of £5.99. More
animation also due on March the 15th are further volumes of the American
series Spawn, the comic book creation of Todd McFarlane,
from label Medusa. Season 2.1, Season 2.2, Season 3.1
and Season 3.2 are listed, each with a retail price of £12.99.
added That Peter Kay Thing, Peter Kay’s Channel 4 series of pilots
that spawned Pheonix Nights, for the 25th of October (as listed by
Play.com) from label VCI. But it’s been on the schedule for around the
past 10 months and it’s continually being delayed, so when it’s actually
going to be released is anyone’s guess.
another date revision for a Michael Moore release – his Channel 4 series,
The Awful Truth – which is now listed for the 1st of March.
final TV round up: a Season 2 box set is showing of the New Zealand
children’s drama series, The Tribe, shown here in the UK on Channel
5. RRP for the set, which is pencilled in for March the 29th, is £29.99.
Fabulous Films are re-issuing their Monkey DVDs in box sets: Box
Set 1 covering the first half of series 1 (episodes 1 – 13) is listed,
again for March the 29th, with a £39.99 retail price.
quite a few bargains added to the
Offers page this week. Firstly, just a quick
note to say if you haven’t taken advantage of any of the ‘January’ sales
listed on the page do so soon, as they will be ending shortly. Thanks
for posting on Roobarb’s DVD Forum that Amazon have the Jeremy
Brett complete Sherlock Holmes Collection box set for £79.99
(£80.00 off). Benson’s World have started two new sales covering releases
from the labels Eureka and Kult / Contender. They are also offering
several Acorn titles, which are either recent releases or are available
for pre-order, at good prices.
These are A Family at War - Volumes 1-3,
Raffles - Volumes 1 and 2, To Serve Them All My Days - Part 1
and When The Boat Comes In - Series 2 - Part 1 all at £12.99
(£7.00 off). Red Dwarf – Series 4 and Tomb Raider 2 – The Cradle
of Life both have had their pre-order prices reduced to £12.99
at Blackstar (£7.00 off). Thanks to Ross Gowland on Roobarb’s DVD Forum
for posting that dvd.co.uk have Network’s The Adventures of Robin
Hood – The Complete First Series box set for £17.99 (£22.00 off), they
also have the 3 film Hammer Horror Originals box set at £17.99
(£12.00 off) and the 1943 version of Phantom of the Opera at £7.99
(£12.00 off). HMV have the new Mallrats – Special Edition for £9.99
(£5.00 off) and the Starsky and Hutch – Series 1 box set for £25.99
(£9.00 off). Finally, I’ve added a new retailer to the page –
Loaded247.co.uk. For those of you that missed Network’s forthcoming
Sykes – The First Colour Series on Play.com when it was offered for
£14.99, Loaded247 currently have it for that price. This 3 disc set
comprising all 16 episodes of the 1972 series, several of which are
extended, combined with loads of extras really makes the release a must
buy for any fan of archive television and this bargain price is £10.00 off
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