22nd April 2005
Warner Bros has released the first official
photo' of Brandon Routh as Superman. A much larger version is available
19th April 2005
another new Zeta Minor DVD review today! Contributor Tim Symonds
has examined the Two-Disc Extreme Edition of Alien Vs Predator,
which was released a few weeks ago.
Once again, the UK division of Twentieth
Century Fox Home Entertainment has created a much better offering than the
single-disc edition that those in the US are currently saddled with. Click
on the sleeve image, right, or
to read Tim's review.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
has delayed the release of Tru Calling... again. The set is now
scheduled for release on June the 27th.
HBO Video will release the second season of
Everybody Loves Raymond on the 4th of July.
The five-disc set will feature twenty-five
episodes. Two of them will feature commentary tracks by star Ray Romano
and series creator Phil Rosenthal. There will also be bloopers and deleted
scenes. The RRP is £39.99.
18th April 2005
Update: I've spoken to Warner Home
Video about the Hustle problem. Both they and the production
company are now aware of the problem.
I've also spoken to 2 Entertain about the
discrepancy between the original running time of State of Play, and
the running times on the BBFC website. They tell me that they're aware of
this, and have already re-submitted uncut versions to the BBFC.
More information as I get it.
What a shocker - we have a new review for
Zeta Minor contributor Andrew Smith
has taken a look at two bargain-basement discs featuring vintage episodes
of The Lucy Show, which you can read by clicking on the sleeve
image, right, or here. What's
more, there'll be another new review tomorrow! Yes, I know, my goodness
knows no bounds...
I've updated the
Hammer DVD Guide, with some
details of DD Video's Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense
Incoming nor the Offers pages
have been updated at all this week, for which I apologise.
And now some news...
Davies presents a new, eighty-four minute compilation, The Best of ITV
Wrestling, which will be released by Granada Ventures on June the 6th.
The disc will feature highlights from "all
the classic bouts", including the final grudge match between Big Daddy and
Giant Haystacks. Other wrestlers featured on the disc include "Mean" Mick
McManus, Catweazle, Pat Roach, Kendo Nagasaki, Gorgeous George and Mark "Rollerball"
Rocco. Presumably they'll be able to afford a colour sleeve image by the
time the disc is released... The disc has an RRP of £15.99.
Granada Ventures will release a "digitally
restored" version of the Stephen Fry / Hugh Laurie Jeeves and Wooster
series on July the 18th. This will supersede the existing set, from
VCI, which is now deleted.
The eight-disc Jeeves and Wooster - The
Complete DVD Box Set will feature all four seasons, and has an RRP of
There's trouble brewing about this week's
release of the first series of Hustle, from Warner Home Video. It
appears that the disc's producers have used heavily-edited copies of the
episodes, which are about seven minutes shorter than the televised
A similar problem may also afflict the
release of the BBC political drama series State of Play, which is
due on May the 9th. The episodes certificated at the BBFC run about
fifty-two minutes, well short of the hour they ran when the BBC showed it.
My thanks to John Riley and Michael Binks
for drawing this to my attention. A Roobarb's DVD Forum thread
discussing the Hustle cuts can be found
Anchor Bay UK will release Return to the
Batcave - The Misadventures of Adam and Burt on June the 20th (a
couple of weeks earlier than previously announced). The disc will tell the
behind-the-scenes story of the Batman TV series.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release
two half-decent comedies on May the 9th: the Bernie Mac vehicle Mr 3000
(about an arrogant baseball player who has been retired and living off
his reputation for nine years when it's discovered that his batting record
was miscalculated, and that he's actually three runs short); and the Alec
Baldwin / Matthew Broderick film Last Shot (based on a true story,
about the FBI mounting a fake movie production to enable them to expose
The press release doesn't mention any bonus
features, but it's likely that both discs will have them. (The US versions
of both have extensive supplements, including commentary tracks). The
press release was similarly bereft of any technical specifications, and,
for that matter, the RRP.
Here's Buena Vista Home Entertainment's
April 18th - Power Rangers: Day of the
Dino; Ella Enchanted
May 2nd - Garden State
May 9th - Tarzan: Special Edition
May 23rd - Power Rangers: Legacy of
May 30th - Alias - Series 3
June 6th - Ladder 49
June 13th - The Aviator
June 20th - Shall We Dance; Power
Rangers: White Thunder
June 27th - Scrubs: Series 1;
Golden Girls: Series 1; Home Improvement: Series 1
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