17th July 2004
Ceri has spotted that some
of the retailers have now put
up the special features for three of Network’s August titles.
Cops – The Complete Series
boasts a fantastic set of extras. The list includes three commentaries by
writers Chris Boucher and Philip Martin. Series creator Chris Boucher
contributes commentary to
An Instinct for Murder
and Little Green Men and Other Martians (the first and last
episodes of the series) and Philip Martin supplies one for his episode
This Case to be Opened in a Million Years. Also included are a Making
of… featurette; The Career of Chris Boucher featurette;
Designing The Future featurette, about the models and effects; a
P.M.'s Question Time; over thirty minutes of discontinuous studio
recordings; unused takes and behind the scenes footage; original intro's
and outro's; a trailer; something listed as Miscellaneous Information;
and an extensive photo gallery. The disc will also contain print-based
material presented in PDF format, only accessible via a DVD-Rom drive.
These are the Radio Times front cover and the accompanying feature;
Radio Times listings of the series; and a feature from Starburst
magazine on the show’s costumes. The set retails for £39.99. Amazon have
it it at £29.99. Click
here if you wish to order it.
The Complete 1974 Series of Till
Death Us Do Part will feature the The Royal Wedding
episode, which has not seen since its original broadcast, as it only
exists on VHS. The disc will also include the surviving footage from the
Comedy Playhouse pilot of 1965; Arguments Arguments the very
first episode, from 1966; a clip from the Royal Variety Performance
of 1972; a Late Night Line Up profile of Johnny Speight from 1972;
and a Script in PDF format. The double-disc set has an RRP of £14.99.
Amazon have a pre-order price of £11.24 – click
here to order it.
The Life and Loves of a
She-Devil – The Complete Series
is listed as featuring an 1986 episode of the BBC 2 programme Bookmark,
on author Fay Weldon, entitled Dilemma of a She Novelist;
two Breakfast Time interviews (one with Dennis Waterman and the
other with Juliet T Wallace); and finally a London Plus clip of Fay
Weldon reading extracts from her book. The release has an RRP of £19.99.
Amazon have it at £14.99 – click
here to order it.
Star Cops – The Complete
Series and The Life and Loves of a She Devil
– The Complete Series are both currently listed for August the 30th,
with Till Death Us Do Part – The Complete 1974 Series listed
for a week earlier on August the 23rd. Network’s PR company was unable to
confirm any of these dates yesterday, so take them with a pinch of salt.
Alternatively you could blindfold yourself, and throw a dart at a
calendar: that would probably be just as accurate!
Tartan Video has revealed its full Autumn
lineup, starting with their titles for September the 26th: the John Holmes
biopic Wonderland (which will feature a commentary track by
director James Cox, deleted scenes and production photo's); the Australian
romance Japanese Story; Kim Ki-duk's lyrical Spring, Summer,
Autumn, Winter...and Spring; a three-disc Yasujiro Ozu Collection
(containing Tokyo Story, Late Spring and Taste of
Green Tea Over Rice); a Hard Boiled Collector's Edition
(digitally-re-mastered with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, with both
dubbed and subtitled versions offered); the six-disc Heimat box set; and
Delphine Greuze’s Carnages.
Tartan's October 25th schedule is headlined
by the acclaimed comedy The Cooler, which stars William H Macy, who
is employed by casinos to spread back luck among the punters. Also due on
October the 25th are Takashi Miike's dark yakuza comedy Gozu; a
four-disc The Ring Trilogy box set, which will contain the original
three Ring movies, and a fourth disc of Hideo Nakata's early TV work; a
new British comedy featuring Hywel Bennett, One For The Road, on a
disc that will also contain director Chris Cooke's short film Shifting
Units; and Joy of Madness, a documentary from the world's
youngest filmmaker, fifteen-year old Afghan Hana Makhmalbaf. October also
sees the release of some early titles by Wong Kar-War, to coincide with
the release of his new film, 2046. Tartan will be releasing As
Tears Go By and Days of Being Wild. They've also pencilled in a
Truffaut box set, which will include Domicile Conjugal.
Tartan's 15th of November titles are the
Asia Extreme release A Tale of Two Sisters and Richard Jobson's
gritty Edinburgh-based drama 16 Years of Alcohol (which stars
Kevin McKidd, the divine Laura Fraser and Susan Lynch) - now you know
"whatever happened to Richard Jobson"! Other November the 15th titles
include War (aka Vojna), Aleksei Balabanov's film about two
Brits kidnapped and ransomed by Chechens; and Julian Richards'
festival-worn British horror film The Last Horror Movie.
The sixth of December will see Tartan
releasing more titles in The Truffaut Collection (Tirez Sur le
Pianiste) and The Bergman Collection (The Rite and
Torment). On December the 27th Tartan will unleash the smash-hit Hong
Kong action thriller Internal Affairs 2.
Can you believe we're already talking about
titles due in 2005? Tartan will release the Korean Asia Extreme ghost
story Phone, the Oscar-nominated documentary My Architect,
the Icelandic Keith Carradine film Falcons, and a two-disc Special
Edition version of
Gaspar Noé's shocking rape
Warner Home Video has put back the release
date of the Babylon 5 movies box set to September the 27th. They've
also moved the first season box set of Without A Trace from August
the 30th to an unspecified date in late September or early October.
Warner Home Video has announced the UK
release of The Lost Boys, Tarzan The Ape Man and
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes.
two-disc Special Edition version of cult favourite The Lost Boys
on September the 13th. The disc will feature a re-mastered version of
the 1987 film, which stars 24 star Kiefer Sutherland as the head of
vampire motorcycle gang. The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format (it should be about 2.35:1), with 5.1 Dolby Digital
The disc will feature
a commentary track by director Joel Schumacher; deleted scenes, a new
documentary titled The Lost Boys: A Retrospective (which features
contributions from Schumacher, executive producer Richard Donner, actors
Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Edward Herrmann
and Jamison Newlander, cinematographer Michael Chapman, and make-up
effects designer Greg Cannom).
Inside The Vampire's Cave
seems to be a featurette broken down into four segments
(A Director's Vision, Comedy v. Horror, Fresh Blood: A
New Look at Vampires and The Lost Boys Sequel?) There's a
featurette about the make-up effects (Vamping Out: The Undead Creations
of Greg Cannom); The Vampire's Photo Gallery (sub-section:
The Return of Sam and the Frog Brothers); Haimster and Feldog: The
Story of the 2 Coreys; Multi-Angle video commentary with Corey Haim,
Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander; the Lost in the Shadow music video by
Lou Gramm, and the theatrical trailer. The RRP is £19.99.
The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes will be presented in 2.40:1
widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will feature a
commentary track by director Hugh Hudson, and associate producer Garth
Thomas. The press release says it's an "extended version" but doesn't
elaborate on that. A bit of digging reveals that a version of the film
that was six minutes longer than the theatrical version was released on
video in the US in 1992, so that's presumably what this refers to. The
details of the differences. The
press release says "131m", which is the running time of the old version.
The new version hasn't passed through the BBFC yet, so there's a bit of
confusion! The disc's RRP is £12.99.
Derek's saucy adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's timeless classic,
Tarzan the Ape Man, gets precious little respect from Warner
Home Video, with only a theatrical trailer as bonus.
The film, which showcases Bo Derek as Jane,
and features Miles O;Keeffe as Tarzan and the late, great Richard Harris
as Jane's father, will be presented in 1.85:1 widescreen format, with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
The sleeve image supplied by Warner Home
Video and the press release both quote a U certificate, but that probably
isn't right! The film had an AA certificate when it was released
theatrically, and was certificated as a 15 by MGM for video in 1987. RRP
16th July 2004
Clemens' 1970s horror anthology series Thriller comes to DVD on
September the 20th, from Granada Ventures (formerly Carlton).
Thriller Series 1 will feature ten
feature-length episodes: Lady Killer, Possession, Someone
At The Top of the Stairs, An Echo of Theresa, The Colour of
Blood, Murder in Mind, A Place To Die, File It Under
Fear, The Eyes Have It and Spell of Evil. Guest stars
for these episodes include Robert Powell, Donna Mills, Judy Carne, Maureen
Lipman, John Le Mesurier, Sinead Cusack and Diane Cilento.
The three-disc set contains just under a
quarter of the forty-three episodes, and will also include "the original
credit sequence cut for the TV broadcast". The press release didn't
include the RRP. You can discuss this release in
this thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
Ventures is re-releasing Patrick McGoohan's classic ITC series The
Prisoner on September the 20th, as a five-disc digipack. The set will
include the existing standalone The Prisoner 35th Anniversary Companion
DVD, so it it looks like the existing five-disc set will be re-jigged
in some way - the existing five-disc set features four discs containing
four fifty-minute episodes each, and a final disc with the final episode,
the alternate version of The Chimes of Big Ben and The Prisoner
Unless The 35th Anniversary Companion
can be squeezed onto this final disc (perhaps dropping the old
Companion documentary?), it's hard to see how Granada Ventures is
going to cram everything onto five discs.
It's also not clear whether or not
the series will finally receive the re-mastering it so desperately needs.
The current discs are plagued by compression artefacts, and generally look
lacklustre. (There seems to be no reason why The Prisoner couldn't
look as good as some of Carlton's later releases, like UFO, which
set the quality benchmark for filmed TV series, if it was given a
long-overdue new telecine transfer).
The press release speciously claims that
The Prisoner 35th Anniversary Companion "contains a wealth of
information previously unavailable". That may indeed have been the case
when the 35th Anniversary Companion disc was originally released,
in 2002, but there seems to be nothing on the new set that adds to it,
(despite more material subsequently appearing on the Australian DVD set,
RRP for the new set is £59.99.
You can discuss this release in
this thread at Roobarb's DVD
Home Video will release 1985 children's favourite The Goonies on
DVD on October the 4th. The disc will feature The Making of the Goonies
(7m); The Goonies 'r' Good Enough music video by Cyndi Lauper;
deleted scenes (7m) and a trailer. It seems that the UK disc is missing
the commentary track, which reunited director Richard Donner with
some of the original cast members. The film will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Surround audio (the Region 1 disc
has a 5.1 mix). RRP for the UK disc is £12.99.
I've made a couple of minor corrections to
yesterday's list of bonus features for the Doctor Who - Lost in Time
Collection DVD set, clarifying who's doing the commentaries for which
episodes, and being less specific about the duration of the revised
Missing Years documentary.
Metrodome is releasing the latest slice of
Michael and Mark Polish small-town weirdness, Northfork, on
September the 6th.
The film, about a Montana community being
relocated to make way for a new dam, stars James Woods, Nick Nolte, Daryl
Hannah and Claire Forlani. The disc will feature a commentary track by
Michael and Mark Polish, Bare Knuckle Filmmaking - The Construction of
Northfork featurette (40m), a 24 Frame News segment about the
film (5m), interviews with the brothers, a theatrical trailer and photo'
gallery. There's no word about the disc's aspect ratio (the retailers are
suggesting a 2.35:1 transfer), but the disc will have 5.1 and 2.0 audio
tracks, and SDH subtitles. RRP will be £19.99.
new version of George Lucas' 1971 feature debut THX 1138 is being
released by Warner Home Video on September the 13th.
The film is being re-presented as a
digitally-enhanced and restored George Lucas Director's Cut, in
2.4:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with a new 5.1 audio mix. The film
will appear on a two-disc set, which will feature two new documentaries:
the hour-long A Legacy of Filmmkers: The Early Years of American
Zoetrope (about the pioneering independent studio founded by Francis
Ford Coppola, featuring interviews with luminaries Martin Scorsese, John
Milius, Matthew Robbins, Walter Murch, Caleb Deschanel and others), and a
half-hour documentary about the making of the film, Artifact From The
The disc will also feature a commentary
track by Lucas and co-writer and sound designer Walter Murch; Electronic
Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB, the award-winning short Lucas made as a student at
the University of Southern California; an isolated sound-effects track (Theatre
of Noise); a production featurette titled Bald, and branching
video that showcases the film's pioneering sound design. The set will also
feature Master Sessions with Walter Murch, and a trailer. Sadly the
original theatrical version of the the film, the version that fans have
admired for the last thirty-odd years, will not be included on the new
DVD. Lucas' revisionism strikes again!
There's going to be a single-disc edition
available in the US, but it looks like the UK will only get the two-disc
version. RRP for the set is £19.99.
15th July 2004
BBC Worldwide America has announced full details of
the Doctor Who: Lost in Time Collection, the three-disc set
containing many of the so-called 'orphan' episodes of Doctor Who, which
are from stories that are incomplete in the BBC archives.
The set will contain eighteen episodes from
the William Hartnell (1965) and Patrick Troughton (1967-1969) eras of the
William Hartnell episodes -
1. The Crusade - The Lion (Episode 1)
2. The Crusade - The Wheel of Fortune
3. The Daleks' Master Plan - Day of Armageddon (Ep.2)
4. The Daleks' Master Plan - Counter Plot (Episode 5)
5. The Daleks' Master Plan - Escape Switch (Episode 10)
6. The Celestial Toymaker - The Final Test (Episode 4)
Patrick Troughton Episodes -
7. The Underwater Menace - Episode 3
8. The Moonbase
- Episode 2
9. The Moonbase
- Episode 4
10. The Faceless Ones
- Episode 1
11. The Faceless Ones
- Episode 3
12. The Evil of the Daleks
- Episode 2
13. The Abominable Snowmen
- Episode 2
14. The Enemy of the World
- Episode 3
15. The Web of Fear
- Episode 1
16. The Wheel in Space
- Episode 3
17. The Wheel in Space
- Episode 6
18. The Space Pirates
- Episode 2
The set is divided into one Hartnell disc,
and a pair of Troughton discs.
The Hartnell disc will include two episodes
tracks: on The Crusade episode three (by guest star Julian Glover),
and on The Daleks' Master Plan episode two (by guest star Kevin
Stoney, actor Peter Purves and designer Raymond P. Cusick). The
commentaries are moderated by Big Finish head honcho Gary Russell).
Other bonus features include surviving clips from episodes 1, 3 and 4 of
The Daleks' Master Plan; Hartnell clips from a reel of 8mm
off-screen cine film, matched up with the appropriate audio; surviving clips from The Tenth Planet;
surviving clips and behind the scenes material from The Smugglers;
introductions to the two episodes of The Crusade (and afterword); and audio versions of the two lost episodes of The
Crusade (episodes 2 and four).
The Troughton discs will include four
episodes with commentary tracks. Star Deborah Watling will provide
commentary for Evil of the Daleks episode 2 and
The Abominable Snowmen episode 2. Ms. Watling is joined by script
editor Derrick Sherwin for a commentary on The Web of Fear episode one.
Sherwin and director Tristan de Vere Cole provide commentary for The
Wheel in Space episode six.
Other bonus materials include
a trailer and surviving clips for the first
Troughton story, The Power of the Daleks; Troughton clips from the reel of 8mm
off-screen cine film, matched up with the appropriate audio;
existing scenes from The Wheel in Space, The Highlanders, The
Underwater Menace, The Web of Fear, The Macra Terror and The Abominable Snowmen;
location footage from The Abominable Snowmen; colour 8mm footage
shot in the studio during Fury From The Deep, and raw film trims
from the climactic battle in episode six;
film inserts from The Space Pirates;
a behind-the-scenes featurette on the filming of the last episode of
Evil of the Daleks, titled The Last Dalek? (with commentary);
film inserts from The Space Pirates; and two audio episodes (the other episodes of The Moonbase).
The third disc will also feature a revised
version of the 1998 The Missing Years
documentary, explaining why episodes of the series are missing, and
exploring the story behind the recovery of some of the episodes in the
The set will also feature a couple of
surprise Easter Eggs!!
The set, which is released in the US on
November the 2nd, will be available for around $50,
and each individual Doctor has his own separate release, for about $25.
The UK version is expected on November the
22nd, to coincide with the show's 41st anniversary.
Play.com are currently taking orders for a release on November 1st,
for £23.99 (RRP £29.99). Our advice is wait and see what the other
retailers will offer it for. Play.com aren't always the cheapest for box
sets like this!
You can discuss this release in
this thread over at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
14th July 2004
Byeong-cheon's epic Korean science-fiction drama Natural City is
being released on DVD by Optimum Releasing on August the 23rd. The disc
will feature a Making of... featurette, deleted scenes, a location
tour with Min Byeong-cheon, a trailer and TV spots. RRP is £19.99.
Optimum are also releasing two classic John
Ford titles on August the 23rd: 1939's Drums Along The Mohawk,
which stars Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert, and 1935's
Steamboat Around The Bend, which features Will Rogers. RRP is £9.99
Optimum Releasing is releasing Blind
Flight, a film based on the abduction and imprisonment of Brian Keenan
and John McCarthy, on August the 23rd. The film stars Backbeat's
Ian Hart as Keenan, and The Wings of the Dove's Linus Roache as
McCarthy, and marks the directorial debut of Johnny Furse. The disc will
feature interviews with Hart and Roache and Keenan and McCarthy (TBC), as
well as a trailer. RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Video has updated their release schedule, and has made some changes to the
specifications of some of their forthcoming releases: Heimat Series One
has been rescheduled for release on 27 September. Delphine Greuze’s
Carnages is now due on 27 September. The Eye Collector's Edition
is now going to be a single-disc, re-mastered with DTS-ES 6.1
Discreet Surround and Dolby Digital
soundtracks; and will be encoded at optimum bitrate for the highest
quality playback. The disc will also include a trailer for The Eye 2.
Three, which was due to be part of a two-disc box-set with The
Eye, will now be released separately at some point in the future. Julio
Medem's documentary The Basque Ball will now
include a commentary by Spanish cinema expert Robert Stone (who has just
completed a book on Julio Medem) and journalist Paddy Woodworth (author of
Dirty War, Clean Hands, which offers an overview of the Basque
Tartan's August 23rd line-up will now be:
Battle Royale 2, Twilight Samurai, The Eye - Collector's
Edition and The Basque Ball.
Home Video has been digging through it's extensive back catalogue for
European arthouse movies.
They've already released Visconti's
Death In Venice and The Damned, and Antonioni's Blowup,
and now they're Fellini's Amarcord on September the 27th. The film
will be presented in 1.85:1 ratio, and has an RRP of £12.99.
In related news, Warner Home Video has
delayed the release of John Schlesinger's adaptation of Far From The
Madding Crowd. The disc, previously due on August the 2nd, will now be
released on September the 13th. Here's the sleeve art, along with the
covers of the three Director Triple Feature sets we featured in the
News entry for the
17th of June.
Anchor Bay have announced that Don
Coscarelli's cult favourite Bubba Ho-Tep will receive a UK
theatrical release on October the 8th. Our review of the Region 1 DVD can
Films are releasing the supernatural-tinged cowboy movie Blueberry
on July the 23rd.
The film is a loose adaptation of the
long-running comic book series by influential artist
Giraud, and stars
Brotherhood of the Wolf's
Vincent Cassel, Juliette Lewis and Michael Madsen. Click on these links to
view a Quicktime trailer in
Varèse Sarabande's UK distributor has
announced the release dates for a batch of forthcoming soundtrack CDs:
The Chronicles of Riddick (Graeme
Revell) - 2nd August
The Clearing (Craig Armstrong) -
Godsend (Bryan Tyler) - 5th
The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein -
re-mastered) - 12th July
I, Robot (Marco Beltrami) - 9th
The Lion in Winter (2003 TV movie,
Richard Hartley) - 12th July
Salem's Lot (2004 TV mini-series,
Christopher Gordon) - 16th August
third season of ER will be released by Warner Home Video on October
the 11th. The set will feature more than an hour of bonus materials,
including ER Specialists: 'Fear of Flying', a featurette, The
Nurse's Station, Outpatient outtakes (deleted scenes) and a
Cuttups gag reel. There'll also be an Esater Egg, titled Blood Work.
Two episodes will feature commentary tracks: Union Station and
Whose Appy Now? (participants unknown). As usual, the episodes will be
presented in 16:9 anamorphic format, with Dolby 2.0 audio and English
subtitles. RRP for the set will be £44.99.
HBO Video will release Iron Jawed Angels,
a TV movie about the American suffragette movement in first quarter of the
twentieth century, on September the 2nd. The film, which stars Hilary
Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond and Anjelica Huston, will be
supported by a commentary track by director Katja von Garnier and writer
Sally Robinson. A featurette that's listed as being on the US version, due
on September the 7th, wasn't mentioned in the press release for the UK
version. No technical details were released (the US version is in
anamorphic widescreen format, with 5.1 audio). RRP is £15.99.
Twentieth Century Fox's UK division has
revamped their website, which now offers film news, trailers and
competitions. You can find it
Fox have been very supportive of this site, so please check it out!
Limited Edition box set of cyberpunk OAV anime series Bubble Gum Crisis
will be released by MVM on August the 2nd.
The set will contain all eight episodes,
along with a bonus fourth disc which contains thirteen pop videos,
including three live track by Hurricane, who provided the songs for the
The set is limited to 1000 copies. RRP is
12th July 2004
customers who haven't yet picked up a copy of Alejandro González
Iñárritu's excellent thriller 21 Grams may be rewarded for their
patience when MGM release their Region 2 disc on September the 13th. The
UK disc will feature a making of... featurette, 21 Grams in Fragments,
which isn't on the widely-imported US or Hong Kong R3 versions. However,
this may come at the expense of the DTS audio track that's on those
versions: the UK press release - typically for MGM - does not contain any
details about the disc's technical spec's. The disc will also feature a
theatrical trailer. RRP is £19.99.
Ceri has been extra busy this week, but has
still managed to wheedle out some very interesting news snippets from his
trawl of the retailers, and various other semi-official sources. There are
a few new bargains, too! So, without further ado, I hand you over to
Hi everyone, there's a bit of a box set frenzy in both the Film and TV
additions to Incoming this week, as
well as the usual bits and bobs which have been added to the
think we’ll start with film releases this week…
kick off with a special edition box set from Anchor Bay of Clive Barker’s
first three Hellraiser films – (Hellraiser, Hellbound:
Hellraiser II and the poorer, more Americanised, Hellraiser III:
Hell on Earth, which starred a pre-Deep Space 9 Terry Farrell).
The box set comes in a standard version (at an RRP of £29.99) and a
limited edition Lament Configuration special packaging version (at
£34.99). As well as the three films the box set also includes an exclusive
bonus disc featuring two early
Clive Barker short films -Salome (1973, 18mins) and The
Forbidden (1978, 36 mins) - in addition to interviews with Clive
Barker, Pete Atkins and Doug Bradley, discussing the early short films.
Here’s the breakdown of the three special editions of the films:
will feature two audio commentaries: one from Clive Barker on his own and
one with him and star Ashley
Laurence; an Under The
Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser featurette; Resurrection
featurette; an on set interview with Barker; storyboards; TV spots;
poster and stills gallery; theatrical trailers; a Hellraiser
merchandising promo; and scripts (in PDF format) accessible via DVD-ROM.
Following a similar format Hellbound: Hellraiser II will feature
two audio commentaries: one from director Tony Randel and writer Pete
Atkins and the other from Randel and Ashley Laurence; another Under The
Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 featurette; a Lost In
The Labyrinth featurette, produced by Clive Barker; another on-set
interview Barker; more on-set interviews with Barker, Tony Randel, Claire
Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Imogen Boorman and Kenneth Cranham; a Behind the
scenes montage; poster and stills gallery; script (in PDF format)
accessible via DVD-ROM; TV spots; and theatrical trailers.
3 - Hell on Earth
commentary from director Anthony Hickox and star Doug Bradley; Doug
Bradley on Hellraiser 3 - Hell On Earth featurette; Raising Hell On
Earth: an interview with director Anthony Hickox; poster and stills
gallery; and the theatrical trailer
three special edition versions will also be available individually at an
RRP of £14.99 each. The two box sets and the individual releases have at
date of September the 13th. Joining them on this date (but not included in
the box set), Anchor Bay is also releasing
Hellraiser 4 – Bloodline,
which has the potential to be the most interesting disc of the Anchor Bay
series. It again has an RRP of £14.99, but there is now information on any
special features yet.
are releasing a collector’s edition of
with it’s special features listed as a director's commentary; period inspired packaging; four
collector's postcards with vintage photographic effect; and family tree
poster. It has an RRP of £17.99 and is also showing for September the
Special features for Paramount’s special edition of The Untouchables
have been put up on some of the retailers. These include:
The Script, The Cast; production stories; Reinventing the Genre; The Classic;
The Men; and the theatrical trailer. It has a date of September the
6th and an RRP of £19.99.
Metrodome’s director’s cut release of Donnie Darko on October the
4th will be a two-disc set. Disc two just replicates the original DVD
release, with disc one featuring the new cut (running to
133 minutes); an all-new commentary specific to the
new cut; the Sundance Channel documentary: Anatomy of A Scene; a
Donnie Darko Production Diary documentary; The Cultural Impact of
Donnie Darko in the UK featurette; the Mad World music video;
and Director's Cut trailer. One of the most significant changes to
the film is that it now features the music tracks that Richard Kelly
wanted to use for the film, but originally couldn’t afford to license. The
new disc will have an RRP of £19.99.
Coppola‘s 1982 film, One from the Heart, will be released by Buena
Vista Home Entertainment on the 6th of September for an RRP of £15.99. It
seems unlikely that the disc will feature the extensive bonus materials as
Fantoma’s two-disc Region 1 edition, which was obviously a labour of love.
will be released by Twentieth Century Fox on the 6th of September for an
RRP of £15.99. Special features already cleared by the BBFC include
deleted / extended / alternate scenes with optional commentary (totalling
7m26s); an outtakes reel (2m27s); and two easter eggs (totalling 47s).
extra has been cleared at the BBFC for the
Lost Boys - Special Edition:
Vamping Out: The Undead Creations of Greg Cannom (running to 14m0s). Warner Home Video is planning to release
the film on the 6th September, with an RRP of £19.99.
are re-issuing their full-screen, commentary-free release of Hammer’s
on the 16th of August. It’s RRP remains the same, £4.99. Joining it on the
16th of August is the Spanish 1973 film The Vampires' Night Orgy (aka
La Orgía Nocturna de Los Vampiros) from label Hanzibar Films. The
release will also include a stills gallery and cast & crew biographies,
for an RRP of £12.99.
lining up two of
Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1960s horror movies for the 27th of September:
Blood Feast (from 1963) and The Gruesome Twosome (1967). No
extras are listed and they both have RRPs of £9.99.
the films, Universal’s
Backbeat – Special Edition
has been taken off the schedule in the US and here in the UK a couple of
the retailers are now listing it for the 3rd of January 2005. Hopefully
the problems (at a guess, getting clearances from The Beatles’ rights
owner’s Apple) will be eventually resolved so this great film will see a
release on DVD.
the TV releases…
Umbrella continue their fantastic releases of archive British TV with the
second The Saint box set on July the 21st, featuring the next
twenty-four black and white episodes, uncut and digitally re-masterd. The
six disc set, as ever, will include some juicy special features:
exclusive audio commentaries
with Sir Roger Moore, Robert S. Baker and Johnny Goodman on The Saint
Plays With Fire and director Roy Ward Baker and guest star Sue Lloyd
feature on Luella; there’s an interview with Sir Roger Moore; an
original ITC pressbook (text feature); isolated music and effects tracks
on selected episodes; memorabilia; original ITC story information;
production notes; cast and crew profiles; extensive image galleries. The
RRP of the box set is AU$119.95 with the cheapest import price being offer
by Family Box Office. They currently have it at £39.66, but this will go
up as it gets closer to the release date. If you are interested (you have
to log in to see the full discounted overseas price – unless you’re from
Austrailia, of course, as you don’t get this discount) - click
onto some more box set releases for Twentieth Century Fox…
Originally listed on some of the retailers last year, before disappearing
The X-Files – Season
re-issues have reappeared for the 4th of October. These include all 9
seasons and have a much more palatable RRP of £39.99 each.
going to be a busy month for Fox as a week later on October the 11th sees
Season 3 of Roswell. Joining it on that date is a complete
box set of all three seasons of the series.
A week after
that, on the 18th of October is
of Murder One with a complete Seasons 1 & 2
And for the
final Monday in October, the 25th, is Season 3 of
again joined by a complete Seasons 1-3 box set.
three individual season box sets for
Millennium have RRPs of £39.99 each. The two 3 season complete box
sets are at £89.99 each. Murder One’s two season complete box set
is at £69.99.
There is more franchise flogging from Fox with a box set collecting
together three of their Buffy The
Vampire Slayer Collection releases
– Willow / Spike / Angel. It has an RRP of £19.99 and a date of the
6th of September
Worldwide have had a clearance at the BBFC for their One Foot in the
Grave – Series 1 release. The untitled newly-produced item(s) features
Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie and runs to 13m 28s. The release has a
date of August the 2nd and an RRP of £15.99. Sendit.com is currently
offering it on pre-order for £10.99. If you are interested – click
re-release of David Attenborough’s
for September the 27th from BBC Worldwide. Listed as a Full Version,
presumably the original release was edited in some way, it has an RRP of
The House of
box set has been confirmed as being from Acorn, with a Part One
joining it on the same day of release – the 13th of September. The box set
has an RRP of £59.99, with the Part One at £19.99.
series of the recent ITV drama
Murder Investigation Team
being listed for November the 1st, possibly tying up with the broadcast of
Series 2. It is unknown who will be releasing the 3 disc box set
(possibly VCI), but it has an RRP of £24.99.
Definitely from VCI is
– his original series of pilots for Channel 4 which spawned Phoenix
Nights. This was originally listed for late last year, it was
initially put back to February of this year, after which it disappeared
from the retailers (apart from Play who listed it for October the 25th
2004). It suddenly has now reappeared on some of the other retailers for
October the 4th (with Play also moving it to this date as well). So, it
may be back on, possibly to coincide with the broadcast of the much
vaunted spin-off from Phoenix Nights, based around Paddy and Max.
We shall see…
VCI are also
planning a complete box set of all three series of Channel 4’s comedy
The box set has an RRP of £59.99 and a date of November the 1st. The same
date as the individual Series 3 release, which has an RRP of
DD Video has had the BBC 1 costume drama serial
Fall of Eagles
cleared at the BBFC. This epic thirteen-part serial was originally
broadcast in 1974 and detailed the
collapse of three of the
grand European dynasties - the Romanovs, the Habsburgs and the
Hohenzollerns – up until the end of the first World War. It features a
fantastic cast and amongst the directors is legendary Rudolph Cartier. So
far, this release isn’t being listed by the retailers.
A couple of
date changes for Network titles…
Cloppa Castle – Series 1
is now listed for the 26th of July; Dick Turpin - Complete Series 2
is now the 19th of July; Special Branch – Series 4 is the 2nd of
August; with The Sweeney – Series 3 a week later on the 9th of
August; and Season 3 of Third Rock
From The Sun now has a date of the
23rd of August. Perhaps we should start holding a sweepstakes each week?
Now onto the highlights of the additions to the
now listing Network’s Star Cops – The Complete Series at £29.99
(£10.00 off). They have an exclusive
Thunderbirds Complete Series Digipack 9-Disc Box Set
£48.97 (£76.02 off!) This set also includes the bonus DVD featuring The
Thunderbirds Companion documentary, which is missing from the re-issue box set
at the other retailers. They also have the two mini collection box sets
(containing four volumes each) at £22.97 each (£41.02 off!).
Thanks to Roobarb’s DVD Forum member Aleebee for posting that Play have
Rob Brydon’s Director’s Commentary at £7.99 and Analogueman for
posting that Play have started a Star Trek: Deep Space 9 promotion
with all the season box sets at £44.99 each. (Some of the Deep Space 9
sets are available from HMV – only a couple of them currently appear
online, but there seems to be a full selection in their stores).
Benson’s World have mis-priced the recently released Elvis Presley -
`68 Comeback Special at £19.99 (£10.00 off).
[Note: Choices Direct were offering
Lovejoy - Series 1 for £20.99 until this morning, but the price seems
to have gone back up. Might be worth keeping an eye on, though, if you're
I’ve not had time to go through all the additions to the Offers
page this week, so take at
look at the
Offers page itself to see the rest.
That’s it from me – more next week as
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