are re-launching their range of Thunderbirds DVDs on July the 19th,
to coincide with the release of Jonathan Frakes' dodgy-looking theatrical
The company will be running a Buy One, Get One Free
promotion, which will feature eight individual discs and two four-disc
Digi-stacks. RRP for each individual disc is £15.99. The two four-disc
packs are £63.95 - a saving of one whole penny over buying them
separately! Don't all rush at once.
There's no indication that the content of the new discs
will be different to the existing discs, which do not feature the original
mono audio tracks. They will, however, feature "fantastic" new packaging,
so fantastic, in fact, that it apparently can't be conveyed by the power
of the Internet alone. Hmmm, sounds like a job for... International
News about the next Doctor Who DVD
has begun to leak out, courtesy of the BBC Online website. As expected,
the September release will be the 1989 Sylvester McCoy story Ghost
Light (the last story made, although not the last one shown). The disc
will feature a commentary track; an optional Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
remix; an isolated score; Shooting Ghosts (behind-the-scenes
footage); extended and deleted scenes package; featurette about Sophie
Aldred's character, Ace and a Q&A session with the story's writer, Marc
Platt, recorded at the 1990 Panopticon X convention.
Universal Playback are releasing
a three-disc box set of the Michael Elphick / Angela Thorne
BBC sitcom Three Up, Two Down on Monday, with an RRP of £24.99. We
missed it from the
probably because the company involved sent out the press release only four
days before it was released...
is releasing a two-disc Special Edition version of Monty Python's
Meaning of Life on May the 17th.
The disc will have a choice of DTS and
Dolby Digital audio. Bonus features include a commentary track, by Terry
Gilliam and Terry Jones; The Meaning of Making the Meaning of Life
("a programme that gives a whole new perspective on the film with
contemporary interviews, original EPK materials and clips with all six
members of the Python team", 49m); Re-Mastering a Masterpiece (8m);
Song and Dance (interviews about the film's musical sequences, with
choreographer Arlene Philps and dancer Jane Leeves); Selling the
Meaning of Life trailers and TV ad's (11m); a Prologue
by Eric Idle (1m); Educational Tips (an especially-produced
educational video preparing you for life in the real world, written and
performed by Michael Palin and John Cleese, 6m); Un Film de John Cleese
Cleese-centric trailer (2m); Snipped Bits deleted scenes (18m);
Virtual Reunion (3m); What Fish Think (comments from the
tank's point of view, 16m) and a alternate Soundtrack for Lonely People.
Terry Gilliam's sublime short film The Crimson Permanent Assurance
is also featured. The discs also feature the screenplay, script extracts
for two deleted scenes, song sheets and Mr Creosote's The Joy of Fat
cooking tips and recipes, on a DVD-Rom section (which also includes
crappy InterActual software).
Here are a few menu screens...
29th April 2004
Home Video will release Michael Anderson's 1956 adaptation of Around
The World in Eighty Days on July the 5th, presumably to tie in with
the new Disney version (which stars Steve Coogan and Jackie Chan).
Warner's two-disc set will include a
commentary track, by BBC Radio contributor Brian Sibley; a featurette
about the film's producer, Around the World of Mike Todd, featuring
contributions from Elizabeth Taylor, Gypsy Rose Lee and Ethel Merman;
excerpts from the 1957 Madison Square Gala, celebrating the film's first
anniversary, from Playhouse 90: Around the World in 90 Minutes;
1957 Academy Awards ceremony highlights; outtakes; photo gallery; and the
original 1956 and 1983 re-issue trailers. The film will be presented in
2.20:1 ratio, with 5.1 audio. RRP will be £19.99.
The 2003 Oscar-nominated romantic comedy
Something's Gotta Give, which stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton,
will be released on June the 14th. The disc will feature two commentary
tracks (one by Writer, Producer and Director Nancy Meyers, Keaton and
Producer Bruce A. Block, and a second by Meyers and Nicholson); deleted
scenes (there's only one deleted scene on the US disc, so this might be a press release
typo); Hampton House Tour (with co-star Amanda Peet); a trailer,
and a featurette titled
Something Romantic About The Story that isn't on the US disc. RRP is £15.99.
28th April 2004
added a new review to the site which should be of particular interest fans
of vintage TV comedy, and fans of Sid James in particular. It's a review
of Network's two-disc Two in Clover DVD, which contains both
seasons of the Thames Television sitcom, which James made between
George and the Dragon and Bless This House. Click on the sleeve
image, left, or
to go to the review. Two in Clover is released next week, and has
an RRP of £24.99. There'll be a chance to win a copy here starting on
Amazon has reduced its pre-order price for
Star Wars Trilogy DVD box set, to
£26.99, making it equally as cheap as Streets Online. The
has been updated to reflect this. Thanks to Jack De Voil for spotting
Optimum Home Entertainment has announced
the release of two award-winning titles on DVD during May, starting
with John Huston's 1956 adaptation of Melville's Moby Dick, which
stars Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. The only bonus feature is an
"extensive" gallery of behind-the-scenes stills. The disc is due on May the 10th, and
has an RRP of £14.99.
The company will release Bernardo
Bertolucci's Oscar-winning epic The Last Emperor on May the 24th,
as a Director's Cut that reinstates more than fifty minutes' worth
of material which wasn't in the 1987 theatrical version. (The original
version was 156m, the Director's Cut is 209m, or 227m, if you
believe the press release). Optimum's two-disc set will present both
versions of the film, along with a commentary track by the Director,
Producer Jeremy Thomas and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Other bonus material
on the discs include an "in-depth" documentary about the making of the
film; trailers, and a featurette shot by Bertolucci when he was scouting
locations for the film, Postcards From China, with optional
commentary. RRP will be £19.99.
Neither press release gave any technical
details. Here are the sleeve images...
26th April 2004
Buena Vista will release the film version of Starsky and
Hutch on DVD on July the 19th. The disc will feature a commentary
track (by Director Todd Philips and stars Ben Stiller an Owen Wilson);
Driving Safety Public Service Announcement (aka Driving School With
Starsky and Hutch); Fashio Fa Shizzle Wit Huggy Bizzle (fashion
advice from Huggy Bear); Vince's Bit For The Kids; Last Look
Special (documentary spoof); deleted scenes; gag reel and trailer. RRP
Home Video has announced the UK release of the second seasons of ER
The second series of Smallville will
be released on July the 19th. The twenty-three episodes will be
supplemented by commentary by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Jeph Loeb, Tom
Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenaum and Greg Beeman (the UK press
release isn't specific, but the US set has commentary on two episodes:
Red and Rosetta). There will also be deleted scenes, a
featurette on guest star Christopher Reeve, and a featurette, Faster
Than A Speeding Bullet: The Visual FX of Smallville. One of the
features that's on the US set, The Chloe Chronicles, isn't
mentioned by the press release, so has presumably been dropped. No
technical details were released.
RRP for the set is £54.99.
A box set combining the first two seasons
will also be released on July the 19th, with an RRP of £79.99.
The ER - Complete Season 2 set will
be presented on a four-disc set, which also contains commentary on two
episodes, ER Specialists - Anatomy of a Scene (on the episode
Hell and High Water, 10m); On Call: Life as an ER Doctor (10m);
Outpatient Outtakes (7m); a gag reel (5m) and an Easter Egg
[Benton / Carter
(2m)]. The episodes will be presented in
1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. RRP is £44.99. Release date is July
there are quite a few things happening here this week!
We begin with the site's first film review (well, the first
while the film is still in cinemas, anyway!) This takes the form of Lee
Medcalf's review of Kill Bill - Volume 2, which can be found by
clicking on the image, left, or by clicking
here. Lee has some interesting things to say about the
recent trend of making two films back-to-back. We hope you'll participate
in the discussion about the film by joining the thread already in progress
over at Roobarb's DVD Forum (the link is at the end of the review).
We also have a new DVD review for
your reading pleasure today, a look at Optimum Home Entertainment's very
cool Region 2 American Splendor DVD. Their disc is quite different
from the American version. Although there's not much to encourage people
who already have the US disc to switch to the UK disc, the UK version
certainly has the edge in terms of bonus materials. There's a fly in the
ointment, though, but to find out what it is, you'll have to read the
review, which can be found by clicking on the sleeve image, left, or by
here. The disc is
released on May the 24th.
Don't forget that Universal's
Peter Pan DVD is released today. You can read our review of the
disc by clicking on the sleeve image, left, or by clicking
And now, over to Ceri, for his weekly roundup of news and
offers from the online retailers!
The additions aren’t that extensive this week, but there are some
interesting bits and pieces for
along with some more good bargains, and a new retailer has been added to
Also now showing from Buena Vista is Peter
Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, which stars Kate Winslet and Melanie
Lynskey. It has a release date of August the 2nd and an RRP of
£15.99. No word on any extras yet, or whether it will be the theatrical
version or the extended edition.
Second Sight are preparing a release of Rex Harrison’s 1948 film,
Unfaithfully Yours, which was directed by Preston Sturges. The extras
for the release are two featurettes: Be Vulgar, By all means!
(Terry Jones on Preston Sturges) and Faithfully Yours (wife Sandy
Sturges on Preston Sturges), together with a reading by Sandy Sturges from
the autobiography Preston Sturges on Preston Sturges. It has an RRP
of £19.99 and is showing for the 21st of June.
There’s a 14 disc Sherlock Holmes
box set being listed for June the 14th, which presumably is a collection
by Orbit of their Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce releases. It’s better to
avoid Orbit’s releases and go for MPI’s Region 1 versions instead. The
Region 1 versions have had cleaning, restoration and some have special
features. Both companies have put one film on each disc, presumably to
justify the price, which is a bit cheeky, since most of the films are only
about an hour long. If you insist, the Orbit box set has an extortionate
RRP of £129.99.
For further information have a look
Roobarb's DVD Forum,
which discusses the releases.
is listing five new special editions for August the 30th -
Amityville 2, Amityville 3, Conan The Destroyer, Firestarter
and Trick Or Treat, which we think are probably from
Entertainment. There is no word on the
content of the releases, but all have an RRP of £19.99. Of course, once we
know anymore information on these releases we’ll let you know!
More extras have been cleared at the
BBFC for Warner Home Video’s Marx
Brothers Box Set:
Groucho Marx on The Hy Gardner Show (5m21s)
and Remarks on Marx (22m57s) will accompany A Night At The Opera,
and two archive shorts, Cavalcade of San Francisco (8m51s) and
The Milky Way (7m54s), both from 1940, are destined for either Go
West or The Big Store. The set has a date of August the 23rd
and a £59.99 RRP.
Boris Karloff stars as Chinese detective
Mr. Wong in three b-movies being released by Instant Vision: Mr. Wong,
Detective (1938), Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939), The Mystery
of Mr. Wong (1939). So far these have only been cleared by the BBFC,
and haven’t been listed yet by any of the retailers.
And now the TV releases…
The special features for Doctor Who –
The Leisure Hive had been cleared by the
BBFC (the figures refer to
minutes: seconds: frames):
30:17:08 | A NEW BEGINNING
09:12:20 | SYNTHESIZING STARFIELDS - REDESIGNING THE TITLES
14:18:16 | FROM AVALON TO ARGOLIS - WRITING THE LEISURE HIVE
06:46:22 | JUNE HUDSON'S LEISURE WEAR - SUMMER 1980
03:55:09 | BLUE PETER
03:34:22 | EASTER EGG NO. 1
05:58:17 | PHOTO GALLERY
The release has a date of July
the 5th and an RRP of £19.99.
Granada Media are preparing another
Poirot release: ITV’s recently broadcast Death On The Nile. It
is listed for June the 21st with an RRP of £12.99.
the 21st of June are two box sets. Anchor Bay are releasing a
four-disc set of the 1986 US mini series
Shaka Zulu, which starred Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard,
Fiona Fullerton, Christopher Lee, Roy Dotrice and Gordon Jackson. It will
also feature interviews with Dudu Mkhize (who played Nandi), Henry Cele
(who played Shaka) and director William C. Faure, along with a stills
gallery and some publicity material. It has an RRP of £29.99.
epic, Mahabharat, which was adapted by Indian televsion during the
late 1980s is receiving a complete release of all 94 episodes by Arrow
Film Distributors. The condensed version, running to 15 hours, was
previously released in a 5 disc set. This unabridged version runs to well
over 4000 minutes and is presented on 16 discs. The set has an RRP of
series of Channel 4’s comedy drama, Teachers, from VCI, is now
being listed for November the 8th, presumably as a tie-in with
the broadcast of series four. No word of any extras yet, but the first two
series had a Making of… / interviews featurette on their releases,
so something similar may appear on this one. It’s RRP is £29.99.
of the Planets complete set has been put back to May the 24th,
but extras are now being listed for it: the movie; a featurette; a new
2004 animation promo; an art gallery featuring original drawings;
biographies of the voice artists; and the original script for the pilot
episode. The set has an RRP of £89.99, but Amazon have mis-priced it, and
have the excellent
pre-order price of £53.99 (that’s £36.00
And finally for the TV releases,
Marion and Geoff -
Complete Series 2, from BBC Worldwide, has had its date revised to
June the 14th.
it for the changes to
now to Offers...
I’ve added a new retailer –
PriceStorm – they’re a Guernsey based
retailer who only ship to the UK and Ireland, but delivery is free. Their
prices are similar to Play.com's, although at this point, they’re a
obviously much smaller operation, with an unproven track record!
PriceStorm have a main sale, called DVD Deals, with a
variety of things on offer for £4.99 and above. They are also currently
running a FilmFour sale, where everything is £5.99, including
The Supergrass, from The Comic Strip team. You can discuss the
company and the service they offer in
DVD Forum thread.
added quite a few new bargains from Amazon. After being put up by around
£8.00, the Blake’s 7 – Series 1 re-pressing is now back at £29.99.
Some of BBC Worldwide’s forthcoming releases which retail for £9.99 – the
four Comedy Greats re-issues and the three Cushing Sherlock
Holmes – are being offered at £7.49 (£2.50 off). Also from BBC
Worldwide, The Day Today (which is out today!) is at £11.99 (£8.00
off). They’ve also got the recent Firefly – Complete Set at £24.49
(£10.50 off), and three of
Warner Home Video’s double features of
TV-programmes-turned feature-films – Steptoe and Son / Steptoe and Son
Again, Sweeney! / Sweeney 2 and Up Pompeii and Up the
Chastity Belt – all at £7.97 (£8.02 off). Play.com also has these on
offer, but at £8.99. As previously mentioned, they also have the mis-price
Battle of the Planets - Complete Box Set.
Benson’s World has Cadfael -
Series 2 and Series 3 at £10.99 (£4.00), which is not as good
as the price they were offering Series 1 for, which was a pound
cheaper, but still the best around. Upstairs Downstairs – The Black and
White Episodes and the two volumes of Thomas and Sarah are also
at £10.99 (£4.00 off).
Thanks to The Sweeney (aka Wayne) and
Analogueman for spotting that Blockbuster have Cagney and Lacey –
Series 1 at £9.99, Minder - Series 1-5 at £14.99 each, and the
first four Special Edition versions of the Star Trek films at
Don’t forget, if you spot a bargain
which isn’t listed in the
Offers page, please let us know by
The High Street
Roobarb's DVD Forum, or by contacting
me directly, by
email. Blockbuster also has the complete box set of Michael
Gambon’s Maigret at £18.99 (£11.00 off) and Agatha Christie's
Partner’s in Crime at £14.99 (£10.00 off).
Smith has the recent Buffy – Series 7 box set at £49.99 (£30.00
That’s it from me!
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