29th April 2005
will release the London Underground-based slasher movie Creep on
DVD on June the 6th.
The film, which stars Run Lola Run's
Franka Potente, will be presented in anamorphic 2.33:1 ratio, with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps). The film will be supported by a director's
commentary track; a Q&A session from last year's FrightFest (11m); an
alternate beginning with storyboard and introduction (4m);
alternate ending with storyboard and introduction (4m); alternate
titles (simply a list of provisional titles); Make-Up Design
featurette (10m, called Making The Creep on the disc);
Production Design featurette (11m, called The Look of Creep on
the disc); a Making of... featurette (34m); trailer and TV spots (3m) and
an Easter Egg (click and drag to reveal):
alternate title sequence.
The disc also includes trailers for Hide
and Seek, Flight of the Phoenix and an advert for Fox's
Here are a couple of the disc's menu
In support of
their current Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith promotion, phone
company Orange has
launched a competition offering tickets to the film's celebrity gala
premiere, three nights in LA, and return air flights. Click
if you're interested.
Home Video is releasing the Batman animated feature film Mask of the
Phantasm on June the 13th, three days before the UK theatrical release
of Batman Begins. The press release doesn't mention anything about
technical spec's, and doesn't say anything about any bonus materials. The
RRP is £15.99.
There's no new entry on the BBFC's website
for the film, so it looks like we will probably be getting the same cut
version that was released in 1994 (the BBFC cut three seconds). Warner
Home Video will also launch a superheroes promotion on June the 6th,
offering "all" their superheroes DVDs at half price.
People's Nicholas Young stars in a "psycological" (sic) fantasy
thriller Explode, which will be released by Fantom Films in the
Autumn. The film, the first in s trilogy of stories titled Poltergeist,
marks Young's first screen role in twenty years. No doubt you'll find more
info' on their website,
Metro will release
all thirteen episodes of the 1980s animated TV series Inhumanoids
on DVD on June the 6th. The two-disc set will feature complete series
scripts, US Hasbro toy packaging gallery and a US Hasbro TV spot. RRP for
the set is £12.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release a compilation of creator Matt
Groening's favourite episodes of Futurama, titled The Monster
Robot Maniac Fun Collection, on May the 30th.
The set will feature the following
episodes: Hell Is Other Robots, Anthology of Interest 1,
Roswell That Ends Well and The Sting. The disc will feature
cast introductions to each episodes, and "an animated feature with crew
commentary". (No, I couldn't make any sense of it, either). The disc will
also feature animatic footage for Hell Is Other Robots, with
optional commentary. The disc will have 2.0 surround audio, and optional
English HoH subtitles. RRP is £12.99
Tartan has announced some of its June 27th
Asia Extreme titles, both of which feature a choice of Dolby Digital or
DTS 5.1 audio tracks.
They're kicking off with Lee Jong-hyuk's
serial killer flick H, which will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic
widescreen format, with behind-the-scenes footage, an alternate opening
and Easter Eggs.
Next up is Pak Ki-hyung's nightmarish
shocker Acacia. This disc will feature a director's commentary
track, a music video and trailer.
Other forthcoming Asia Extreme titles
include Heroic Duo (4th July), Infernal Affairs 3 and
Koma (both 25th July), Duel Project (Aragami / 2LDK)
(August 1st) and Battle Royal II: Revenge (2-disc edition) (August
Tartan's second Yasujiro Ozu box set is
also due on June the 27th. It will feature digitally re-mastered versions
of two of the director's more popular films, 1947's Record of a
Tenement Gentleman and 1952's Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice.
Both films will be presented in their original Academy ratio. Record of
a Tenement Gentleman will have a commentary track by film historian
Derek Malcolm. The set will have an RRP of £29.99. Future Ozu releases
from Tartan will include Tokyo Twilight, Equinox Flower,
Good Morning and his last film, An Autumn Afternoon.
Finally, they have a Tartan Terror title
that's also due on the 27th of June: Michael Davis's terrorized-by-trucker
horror comedy Monster Man. The film, which features Eric Jungmann,
Justin Ulrich and Aimee Brooks, will be presented on disc in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio
tracks. Bonus features will include an interview with the director, actors
and writers, a gag reel, and "animatic trailer". The film will have
English HoH subtitles. RRP is £15.99.
An Australian label, Hopscotch
Entertainment, will release the second of two discs of The Graham
Norton Effect on May the 11th. Unlike the UK, which got a "Best of..."
compilation, the Australian releases feature complete episodes.
The Series 1 - Part 1 set features
the first seven episodes, and includes the following guest stars: Sandra
Bernhard, Marlon Wayans, Julie Delpy, Jennifer Tilly, Alan Cumming, Paul
Rudd, Seth Green, Matthew Lilliard , RuPaul, Macaulay Culkin, Sharon
Stone, Mena Suvari, Joan Rivers and Shannen Doherty.
Series 2 - Part 2 features the remaining six
episodes, featuring the following guests: Anne Hathaway, John Waters,
Carson Kressley, Edie Falco , Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Jon Voigt, Toni
Colette, Jason Bateman, Chris Rock, Marilyn Manson, LL Cool J and Cyndi
Both sets will be packaged in foil-embossed
digipacks. The first one's out now, the second is due on May the 11th. RRP
is about £15 each.
The company will also release an Australian
version of Russell T. Davis's The Second Coming on June the 15th.
Billed as coming "From The Team Behind Doctor Who", the disc will
feature the same commentary, outtakes and deleted scenes (with optional
commentary) as the UK disc, which is reviewed
here. I am making enquiries
as to whether the disc will feature the original Mel C music, which was
substituted for the UK DVD (chances are practically zero, but it's worth
asking!) Here's the sleeve art...
25th April 2005
Let's get the routine admin stuff out of
the way first, shall we?
Ceri has updated the
Incoming page, which now includes
dozens of new titles, including many that have not been officially
announced yet. Whatever your taste in movies and TV, there's bound to be
something to tickle your fancy!
Fox has sent over a short interview with
Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, promoting the Family Guy -
Freakin' Sweet Collection DVD, which is available now (and comes
highly recommended!) You can find the interview
Now, here's some news that I know many of you
have been eagerly awaiting...Revelation will release the first season of
the BBC's time-travelling sit-com Goodnight Sweetheart on June the
Goodnight Sweetheart - The Complete
First Series (the first of six) will feature six episodes, which were
originally shown in 1993. (Subsequent series had ten or eleven episodes
each). The episodes will be in 4:3 format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
The disc will be Region 0 coded.
The disc will feature commentaries by
series creators and writers Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks; and
interviews with stars Nicholas Lyndhurst, Christopher Ettridge (who played
dopey policeman Reg Deadman) and David Ryall (Royal Oak landlord Eric
Bamford). The press release also reassures
that the disc will feature "all the original music from the TV broadcast". (This
is no mean feat, considering all the songs that Gary claims to have
composed in various episodes - Elton John's Your Song and My Way
in the first episode alone). Sadly, there will be no subtitles. You can see a larger
version of the sleeve by clicking
(opens in a new window).
A thread discussing the series and the DVD
release is in progress
here. The RRP is £14.99.
Revelation will release Dogtanian - The
Complete Second Series on DVD on June the 20th. The four disc set will
feature twenty-six episodes, along with a bouncing-ball-style karaoke
version of the theme tune; desktop wallpaper; and a bonus episode from
Dogtanian's first series.
The episodes will be presented in 4:3 format,. with Dolby Digital audio.
The four DVD-9 discs will be Region 0 encoded. The RRP is £19.99.
The British Animation Awards Children's
Choice 2002-winning animated film War Game will be released on DVD
by Revelation on June the 20th. The film, which won a string of awards
during its tour of the festival circuit, is about the football game
between English and German soldiers that took place during the Christmas
Day ceasefire of 1914. It was produced by the team behind the animated
versions of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman and Father Christmas.
The DVD apparently features 4:3 and 16:9
versions of the film (which is just under half an hour long), along with
interviews with the author of the book the film is based on, Michael
Foreman, producer Iain Harvey and director Dave Unwin. There are also
"commentaries" by Michael Foreman, Dave Unwin and Iain Harvey; An
Exclusive Look Into The Amazing Animation Process; a moving photo
gallery; a preview of War Boy; and a War Game trailer. The
disc will have "some" subtitles.
The Region 2 disc will have Dolby Stereo
audio, and an RRP of £12.99.
MGM's press releases usually turn up long
after the information has been given to the online retailers, so there's
little point in expending much energy on reproducing them here. Instead,
here's a quick summary of their June releases.
Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies
Triple Box Sets (£12.99 each):
Robert De Niro - Raging Bull,
Ronin and True Confessions
John Wayne - The Alamo, Red River
and The Horse Soldiers
Action - Rocky, Road House
and Blown Away
War - 633 Squadron, Bridge at
Remagan, The Great Escape
Stargate Atlantis - Volume 1.4
New York, New York Special Edition
The Adventures of Priscilla - Queen of
the Desert SE (£19.99)
The L Word - The Complete Series One
(4 discs, £39.99)
Dead Like Me (Series One, 4 discs,
Adrian Lyne's Foxes
Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly
Robert Altman's O.C. and Stiggs
Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us
Paul Verhoeven's Spetters
Paul Verhoeven's Flesh and Blood
Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me The Head of
Alfredo Garcia (£15.99)
Ken Russell's Gothic
Stargate SG-1 - Volume 42
(£19.99) [could be 30th May]
MGM is also running a promotion during May
and June, where a hundred of its "best" DVDs will be offered in a
three-for-£20 promotion. ("An MGM three-for-£20 deal?", I hear you
cry, "What a shocker!!").
Titles included in the new offer will
include recent hits like 21 Grams, Walking Tall, The
Passion of the Christ, De-Lovely, Die Another Day, and a
bunch of Special Edition titles, including The Good, The Bad and
The Ugly, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Rain Man,
Ronin, A Bridge Too Far, A Fish Called Wanda, The
Terminator, The Usual Suspects, Thelma & Louise,
Fargo, Some Like It Hot, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
third season of Alias will be released by Buena Vista Home
Entertainment on May the 30th. The six-disc set will feature twenty-two
episodes, including those with guest cameos by Quentin Tarantino, Ricky
Gervais and David Cronenberg.
Bonus features on the set will include
unspecified audio commentaries (there are four on the US set); Alias
Script Scanner (DVD-ROM); The Museum of Television and Radio:
Creating Characters (10m); The Animated Alias: Tribunal (7m)
Alias Up Close (56m); Burbank to Barcelona (10m); Blooper Reel
(8m); deleted scenes (7m); Team Alias (two adverts featuring cast
members); and an Easter Egg. Durations are taken from the R1
version. Assuming that the bonus materials are intact, it looks like the
UK version will be identical to the US edition.
The press release didn't reveal any
technical spec's, except to say that the episodes would have closed
captions. It didn't mention the RRP, either, but it's believed to be
Umbrella will release seasons three and four of the popular Thames drama
series Minder on DVD on May the 25th.
The sets will feature four and three discs
respectively, with thirteen episodes on Series 3 and twelve on Series 4,
including the special Minder's Christmas Bonus. Extras on the sets
Series 3 - audio commentary on
Dead Men Do Tell Tales by George Cole and writer Tony Hoare;
commentary on Back In Good Old England by Script Executive Linda
Agran and writer Andrew Payne; guest cast biographies; production notes;
image gallery; and original Thames story information, in DVD-ROM PDF
Series 4 - audio commentary on If
Money Be The Food of Love, Play On by George Cole and Tony Hoare;
audio commentary on Willesden Suite by Linda Agran and writer
; guest cast biographies; production notes; image gallery;
and original Thames story information, in DVD-ROM PDF format.
The episodes will be presented with their
original advert break bumpers intact. Both sets have an RRP of AU$69.95,
including local taxes (about £26 each).
The recent movie adaptation of Vanity Fair, which starred Reese
Witherspoon, will be released on DVD by Universal Pictures on May
the 16th. The disc will feature an audio commentary (by director Mira
Nair); deleted scenes; Welcome To Vanity Fair and The Women of
Vanity Fair (about the team of women who created the film). No
technical spec's were announced. The disc has an RRP of £19.99.
Home Video and MK2 will supplement their existing Chaplin Collection
series of DVDs with The Chaplin Revue on July the 11th.
The two-disc set will feature a collection
of materials from the Chaplin estate's vaults, digitally restored and
re-mastered. This set focuses on material made for First National between
1918 and 1923, and includes the shorts Shoulder Arms, The Idle
Class, The Pilgrim, A Dog's Life, A Day's Pleasure,
Sunnyside and Pay Day.
The disc will also feature an array of
bonus materials: deleted scenes from Sunnyside and Shoulder Arms;
a 1918 documentary, How To Make Movies (which shows Chaplin
building his new studio); a featurette, The Visitors
(behind-the-scenes footage of guests visiting Chaplin's sets); footage
from an uncompleted short featuring Chaplin and music hall star Harry
Lauder (1918); a WWI-era propaganda film, The Bond, featuring Edna
Purviance and Sydney Chaplin, as the Kaiser; an introduction by David
Robinson, Chaplin's biographer; film posters; photo' gallery; trailer for
The Chaplin Revue.
RRP for the set is £19.99
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