15th February 2006
couple of weeks ago I promised you more Serenity interviews - and
today I'm making good on that promise. (If you missed the interviews with
Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite and Gina Torres, or Summer Glau and Sean Maher,
they're still available:
Today it's the turn of Nathan Fillion (Mal)
and Morena Baccarin (Inara), and of creator / director Joss Whedon. You
can find the new interviews
thanks to Universal for letting me reproduce them here.
The Serenity DVD is released on
February the 27th. You can find more details about the disc
here. Menu screens from the disc can be found
here. A trailer
for the DVD release can be found
Entertainment will release 13 (Tzameti), which won the 'Lion
of the Future' best first feature film award at the Venice Film Festival
2005, and the Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival 2006, on April the
The movie was directed by twenty-six
year-old Gela Babluani, son of acclaimed Georgian director Temur Babluani.
The film is about a young man who assumes
the identity of the man who's roof he is fixing, not realising that he's
about to take part in a deadly game run by sinister criminal underworld
The disc will be supplemented with
interviews with cast and crew members. No technical details were
announced. The RRP is £19.99.
Arrow Films / Fremantle Home Entertainment
is releasing two new two-disc George Romero Special Edition DVDs on March
the 27th: Day of the Dead and Martin.
Both films will be presented in 16:9
anamorphic widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1
Bonus features on Day of the Dead
include a world exclusive commentary track (by the special effects team of
Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger, Everett Burrell and Mike Deak); a new
documentary called The Many Days of the Dead; Day of the Dead -
Behind The Scenes; filmographies; photo' galleries and original
theatrical trailers for all three films in the original Romero zombie
Martin will feature a commentary track (by
Romero, special effects artist Tom Savini, director of photography Michael
Gornick and composer Donald Rubinstein); Making Martin documentary;
notes on Martin by George A. Romero; US theatrical trailer; TV and
radio spots; and poster and stills galleries.
Both discs have an RRP of £15.99. Here's
the sleeve art...
Not to be outdone, Tartan have announced
the release of two trash classics, Paul Morrissey's Flesh For
Frankenstein (1973) and Blood For Dracula (1974), for April the
The films will be presented in anamorphic
1.85:1 format, with mono audio. Bonus features include commentary tracks
by Morrissey; screen tests; and production stills.
The two films will be released together as
a box set. They'll be Region 0 releases, with an RRP of £29.99. There's no
word yet on whether Flesh For Frankenstein will escape the censors
scissors this time - all previous UK versions have been cut.
Other Morrissey films are being prepared
for release by Tartan, including Women in Revolt, Madam Wang's
and Mixed Blood.
13th February 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Andrew Smith has written a review of the
Buster Keaton Collection, which you can find by clicking on the sleeve
image, right, or here.
The set is released today, with an RRP of £29.99.
Ceri has updated the
Offers page. There are some great new
bargains, including lots of Network titles, like the two-disc edition of
The Sandbaggers - The Complete First Series for £5.99. That's one
of the Network bargains from an etailer we're adding to the listing this
week: The Hut. Other notable bargains includes
the first season of
The A-Team for less than £10
and the nine-disc
Powell and Pressburger DVD set for £17.99.
Asia has announced details of their next two Studio Ghibli releases:
Kiki's Delivery Service and Laputa: Castle in the Sky.
Both discs more-or-less follow the template
set by Porco Rosso and
Pom Poko. Both films are
offered with a choice of Japanese or English Dolby Digital 2.0 (at
224kbps) audio tracks, and English or English HoH subtitles. Kiki's...
is presented in 1.82:1 ratio; Laputa... is windowboxed to 1.77:1
(both are 16:9-enhanced).
The main bonus feature on both is an
alternate angle feature which carries the film's storyboards. Both also
carry trailers for the film in question, and trailers for other Studio
Kiki's... also includes a 2m clip
showing Ursula's Paintings (2m). Laputa... offers textless
versions of the opening and closing title sequences (5m), and a short
History of Laputa featurette (2m).
Both disc will be released on February the
27th, and both have an RRP of £19.99. Menu screens for the two discs can
be found here.
Optimum Asia will also release Kiyoshi
Kurosawa's 2001 horror film Pulse (aka Kairo) - a film
widely regarded as an inspiration for Hideo Nakata's Dark Water -
on March the 27th.
The film is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1
ratio, with Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 (at 224kbps) audio. Note that the
film has burnt-in English subtitles (which implies that the source
elements used aren't as good as they could have been). The film is
supplemented with a Making of... documentary, Terror From The Internet
(41m) and a theatrical trailer (2m).
RRP for the disc is £15.99.
second season of Lois and Clark (a.k.a. Lois and Clark - The New
Adventures of Superman, if you're a programme scheduler) will be
released by Warner Home Video on April the 17th.
The six-disc set will feature twenty-two
episodes, which were originally broadcast in 1994-95.
Bonus material includes commentary on
Season's Greedings, by star Dean Cain (who also wrote the episode). It
will also contain two short featurettes: Lois & Clark - Secrets of
Season 2 and Marvelling Metropolis - The Fans of Lois & Clark,
a look at the relationship between the fans and the cast and crew members.
This seems to tally with the contents of the R1 edition. The press release
says the episodes are in "16 x 9 widescreen" - probably a mistake. The RRP
MIA is releasing Simon Sprackling's 1994
horror film Funny Man on disc on March the 27th.
The film will be "digitally remastered" in
widescreen format. Bonus features include Sorted - The Making of Funny
Man; an audio commentary by star Tim James and writer / director
Sprackling; a theatrical trailer; a short film. The Hand of Fate; a
pop promo'; Men In The Street (three short films by Sprackling
starring James); Funny Man In Cannes; stills gallery and Funny
Man - The Diary.
No further technical spec's were announced.
The RRP is
2 Entertain will release another volume of
Thomas and Friends on March the 20th. The disc, Tales From The
Tracks, features six new stories, and an interactive game. The RRP is
Footballers Wives - The Complete Fourth
Series will arrive on DVD on March the 27th, from 2 Entertain.
The three-disc set will contain all nine
episodes of the 2005 series, which sees the cast joined by guest stars
Anthony Worrall Thompson, Richard Arnold, Peter Andre, Lionel Blair, Neil
Fox and David Seaman.
The disc will feature an exclusive photo
gallery. Big whoop.
RRP for the set is £24.99.
Here are the sleeve images...
The final season of Six Feet Under
will be released on DVD on April the 10th, by HBO Video.
The set will feature twelve "one-hour"
episodes, six of them with bonus audio commentary (# 55 aith Alan Poul and
director Craig Wright; # 57 with Frances Conroy and writer Jill Soloway; #
58 with director Joshua Marston; # 60 with director Daniel Minahan; # 62
with Lauren Ambrose and Michael C Hall; # 63 with Alan Ball). There are
also three thirty-minute documentaries: Six Feet Under - 2001-2005 Part
1 and Part 2, and Life and Loss - The Impact of Six Feet
Technical spec's were not announced. The
RRP is £49.99.
A Six Feet Under - The Complete DVD
Collector's Edition box set will also be released on April the 10th.
The twenty-four disc set includes all five series (sixty-three episodes),
and has an RRP of £159.99. It will feature "all bonus features that appear
in Series 1-5", including commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes,
deleted scenes and "music tracks".
Both sets are clad in identical packaging
to the R1 editions.
Warner Home Video has amended the spec's
for their Special Edition release of Dog Day Afternoon,
which is released today. They have omitted the Based On A True Story
documentary. The disc will now be a whopping seventy-two minutes less
Special than planned. Ouch! The American version isn't due on sale
until February the 28th. I have no idea if the documentary will appear
on the Region 1 edition.
The Nanny McPhee marketing people
have created a nice viral website for the film, which you can experience
here. The DVD is
Film Score Monthly magazine has released
another two discs in their series of Golden Age (late 50s and
earlier) and Silver Age (late 50s to early 70s) soundtrack CDs.
Golden Age release offers two of George Duning's best scores, his
compositions for the fine 1958 fantasy movie Bell, Book and Candle
and the relatively-obscure Mr Magoo animated feature 1001 Arabian
The disc is another that makes use of the Colpix Records library, and
the first CD presentation of either score.
Bell, Book... was a great showcase
for Duning's talents, and it would become his personal favourite. It's a
heady concoction of romantic melody and jazz (several cues - those written
for the witches club, the Zodiac - feature the Candoli Brothers on
trumpet). It also found the composer experimenting with tape manipulation
techniques, to reflect Kim Novak's character's witch powers (sadly, little
of this is included in the soundtrack presentation).
Bell, Book... is remixed in stereo
from the original three-track half-inch album masters. Previous releases
(the original 1959 LP, and the subsequent 1976 and 1980 Citadel
re-releases), were mono. A later 1980 pressing was in stereo, and included
a bonus track at the end of side two (Conjuring a Surprise - given
its correct title, The Cat Again / Shep Whammied / You're
a Fool, on the new disc, and re-instated to where it would have been
placed if it had been included in the Copix original).
1001 Arabian Nights was the first
theatrical release for UPA Pictures: an ambitions $2m vehicle for the
well-established character Mr Magoo, directed by Disney veteran Jack
Kinney (whose credits included Dumbo and Pinocchio).
Duning's score is suitably exotic, offering
an array of melodic themes (it features instruments named the Boo Bams,
Crotales, Rhythm Logs and Oriental Ceremonial Bells!). The disc was
prepared from the quarter-inch stereo album master tapes. If only the
re-issue of the score would spur someone to release the film on DVD. If
the idea of Mr Magoo is mind-boggling, then consider that the original
plan was to place him in a movie adaptation of Don Quixote.. from a
script by Aldous Huxley!
The Bell, Book... score runs for
just over forty-one minutes; 1001 Arabian Nights is thirty-one
The sixteen-page booklet features new
extensive track-by-track notes, as well as reproductions of notes from the
Silver Age Classic release is a two-disc set that pairs two MGM scores:
Oliver Nelson's ZigZag (1970)and Jerry Fieldings The Super Cops
Oliver Nelson, who died in 1975 aged 43, is
probably best known from his music for The Six Million Dollar Man.
He also found success as a saxophonist, and as an arranger, (on scores
like Last Tango in Paris and Alfie). He scored few movies,
so this one, for a complex mystery-thriller starring George Peppard, is a
rarity. ZigZag is probably better known in the UK as False
Witness (it was released on VHS under that title here).
Nelson also worked on evergreen favourites
like Columbo and Ironside, and there are hints of those
series in his percussive, pulsing, big-band jazz-tinged score for
ZigZag (which is his only score ever to have been released on LP).
The CD features the premiere presentation
of the complete original score from the film (26m), taken from the 35mm
three-track masters. It also contains the original LP presentation of
ZigZag (a mish-mash of re-recordings, jazzed-up tracks and vocal
versions (28m)), and seven vocal tracks, performed by Gene Krupa singer
Anita O'Day (who appears in the film). Two of these standards (Cole
Porter's I Concentrate on You and Adamson / Lane's
Everything I Have Is Yours) ended up in the film, as source cues. That
completes disc one!
The second disc is devoted to Jerry
Fielding, and The Super Cops, the 1974 film based on the true story
of two crusading New York City policemen. Think Serpico, The
French Connection and Dirty Harry, and you'll have a pretty
good idea of the type of movie that was popular at the time.
Fielding's score isn't one of his best, but
does offer some nice urban textures driven by big band horns. The disc was
remixed from the three-track 35mm 'dub down' mixes made for the film.
The thirty-nine minute score is
supplemented by a collection of Fielding tracks from other projects. There
are five tracks (28m) representing the composer's work for the short-lived
James Stewart TV series Hawkins (Jerry Goldsmith's contribution to
the series has already been released on disc by FSM). Finally, there are
four tracks from The Outfit (which could not be fitted on FSM's
release of the score), and an alternate cue from The Super Cops (totalling
The disc's twenty-four page booklet
features detailed notes on all the music, and contains three great pieces
of kinetic poster artwork.
Both of this month's releases come highly
recommended. You can order them from FSM's online trading partner, Screen
Archives Entertainment (here
here), or get them from specialist soundtrack retailers. You can find
more information about the discs at the
Both of these CD's come with reversible
booklets, which allow you to choose which of the featured films you prefer
(there's a choice of spine titles, too). If you roll your mouse over the
sleeve images, above, you'll see the alternate versions.
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