17th August 2006
Classics will release a new three-disc edition of Robin Hardy's horror
masterpiece The Wicker Man on DVD on September the 4th.
Two versions of the film will be included
in the set: the (edited) Original Theatrical Release ("84m") and
the (less edited, but still incomplete) Director's Cut ("99m").
The first disc will feature the Original
Theatrical Release, and a theatrical trailer. The second will feature the
Director's Cut, accompanied by a commentary track (with Christopher
Lee, Edward Woodward and Robin Hardy, moderated by Mark Kermode - the same
track as the last DVD edition);
two documentaries, The Wicker Man Enigma (35m - on the last DVD)
and Burnt Offering: The Cult of the Wicker Man (50m - a 2001 TV
documentary, new to DVD); and the original press book.
This means that some of the bonus features
that were on the last DVD edition will remain exclusive to that version
(some of them are also on the various US editions, of course).
The third disc is a soundtrack CD (it's not
known whether this is the Trunk Records or Silva Screen version, or
The film will be presented in anamorphic
1.85:1 format. The Original Theatrical Release will have Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio; the Director's Cut will be Dolby Digital mono.
The RRP is officially £20.99, but some
retailers are listing RRPs between £13.99 and £21.99, and pricing
accordingly - check out the various deals
here - the cheapest seems to be
Benson'sWorld - who have it listed for £10.99!)
HMV are listing an exclusive version, but
there are no details on their site.
A single-disc Wicker Man will
apparently be released in October, with an RRP of £12.99.
Pictures Home Entertainment has launched a Best Dressed Trekker
competition, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, on
September the 7th. The winner will win tickets to an exclusive dinner with
Next Generation star Brent Spiner, on September the 7th. The winner
and runners-up will also receive Star Trek goodies.
To enter, dress up in your best Star Trek
outfit, take a photo, and send it to
www.startrekuk.co.uk. Full details will be posted there from Monday.
4DVD will release the comedy series
Badly Dubbed Porn on DVD on September the 25th.
The series, from the makers of The
Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos, adds new dialogue to old
porn movies. It stars I'm Alan Partridge's Simon Greenall,
Tittybangbang's Lucy Montgomery, animation voice-over specialist Sally
Grace and "Scotland's answer to Rory Bremner" (lord help him) Lewis
MacLeod. It's written by veteran scribes Geoff Atkinson and Kim Fuller.
The two-disc set has an RRP of £19.99.
of the talented Ms. Montgomery, the poorly-received BBC THREE sketch show
Tittybangbang will be released on DVD by Contender Home
Entertainment on October the 23rd.
Tittybangbang - The Complete First Series will feature all six
episodes of the first season, supplemented by more than an hour of
exclusive extras, including audio commentary by Bob Mortimer (who writes
for the series, under the pseudonym Robert Renwick); outtakes;
behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes. The RRP is £19.99. A couple
of etailers are also listing a Tittybangbang "sampler" DVD, for
release on October the 9th, with an RRP of £2.99.
will release Marcos Siega's black comedy
Pretty Persuasion on DVD on October the 9th.
The film, which is regularly compared to
Heathers and Election, is about a fifteen-year-old high school
sophomore (Thirteen's Evan Rachel Wood) who persuades her friends
into bringing charges of sexual assault against their English and drama
teacher, Mr Anderson (Ron Livingston). It also features James Woods,
Ally McBeal's Jane Krakowski and Hellboy's Selma Blair.
The disc will feature a theatrical trailer
(that, at least, gives it the edge over the bare-bones Region 1 edition).
No technical spec's were announced. The RRP is £15.99.
Tartan has announced two Asia Extreme
releases for November the 13th. These are Chang-Jae Lim's Unborn But
Forgotten (about a television producer investigating the deaths of a
series of victims of a mysterious website) and Woo-cheol Lee's
supernatural thriller Cello (about a woman haunted by memories of a
Both films are offered with anamorphic
transfers, and a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS
5.1 audio tracks. Cello will feature a director's commentary; a
behind-the-scenes featurette; and a trailer. RRP is £19.99 each.
Bay will release Liliana Cavani's
Night Porter (Il Portiere di notte) on DVD on September the
18th. This is its first UK release.
The film will be presented with Anchor
Bay's customary choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
audio tracks, (no details of the aspect ratio were announced).
The disc will have interviews with Cavani,
co-writer Italo Moscati and star Charlotte Rampling. Criterion's
non-anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) Region 1 version has no bonus features.
The RRP is £14.99.
14th August 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
page has been updated. New information includes listings for a bunch of
new Network titles (including
Mayall Presents...) and, rather soberingly, a slew of Christmas
has released a new sleeve image for
Silent Hill, which is something like the one you can see here. The
disc is due for release on September the 4th (a week later than previously
The film is presented in 2.34:1 anamorphic
format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps). The average bit-rate is
6.5Mb/sec. The disc has optional English HoH subtitles.
Pathé has also settled on a set of bonus
features, which is somewhat depleted, compared to what's being listed by
some of the etailers. The main bonus feature is a forty-eight minute
documentary, Path of Darkness - The Making of Silent Hill, which is
broken down into segments titled Origins, Casting,
Set-Design, Stars and Stunts and Creatures Unleashed.
The disc also features a minute's worth of TV spots, and a theatrical
trailer (2m). There is no commentary track. Menu screens from the disc can
be found here.
Universal Pictures will be re-releasing
Tobe Hooper's original 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on October
the 2nd. The new release will have an RRP of £5.99.
Home Video will release the Emmy Award-winning Stephen King mini-series
Storm of the Century as a two-disc set on September the 4th.
Storm..., which stars Tim
Daly and The Chronicles of Riddick's Colm Feore, will be presented
in 4:3 format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. Running time is given as
255m. The RRP is apparently between £17.99 and £18.99.
Warner is also releasing a box set of six
King TV adaptations,
Stephen King Collection, which will include It, Salem's
Lot, Storm of the Century, The Shining, Rose Red
and The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer on September the 4th.
Play.com are listing
Curse of the Mummy's Tomb for release on October the 23rd. No
verification yet, but it could point to more of the Columbia Hammer titles
Network have added another two Hammer
titles to their forthcoming releases list (in addition to their
Countess Dracula - Special Edition, which is due on September the
11th). These are the other two Hammer features owned by Carlton:
Hands of the Ripper and
Twins of Evil. Both of these are listed as "Special Edition"
titles, but no further details have been announced. They're currently
scheduled for release on October the 9th.
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