24th May 2007
DVD will release a comprehensive collection of short films by Czech
animator Jan Svankmajer on June the 25th.
The collection will feature nearly eight
hours of material spread across three discs, packaged in a "deluxe
digipack" with a fifty-four page booklet. Its release coincides with a
preview of Svankmajer's latest film, 2005's Lunacy, which
spearheads a Svankmajer retrospective at the BFI (Svankmajer himself will
be attending the BFI on Tuesday).
The set was prepared by Michael Brooke (who
was also responsible for last year's excellent Quay Brothers set).
Svankmajer - The Complete Short Films spans almost thirty years of the
director's output, starting with 1964's The Last Trick. The set
will include both versions of The Ossuary (including the version
with the banned soundtrack); the music video made for Stranglers front man
Hugh Cornell, Another Kind of Love; and two Art Breaks
created for MTV.
The third disc will feature bonus material,
including a bonus short, Johanes Doktor Faust (1958); the
fifty-four minute Channel 4 version of The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer
(1984, with a new introduction by the Quay Brothers); the French
documentary Les Chimères des Svankmajer (2001, 58m) and interviews
with Jan and Eva Svankmajer. It will also feature the trailer for
Lunacy, to bring things up to date.
The set will feature material in various
ratios, with a mixture of Czech, French and English dialogue, with
optional English and HoH subtitles (including extras).
The RRP is £29.99 (not £32.99, which is
what many etailers are basing their price on). The full press release
has been added to the disc's Incoming record.
information about Contender's
Company Collector's Edition DVD is now available. (It was
here, a few weeks ago).
The two-disc set features the film on disc
one (a DVD-9), in anamorphic 2.41:1 ratio, with a choice of Dolby Digital
5.1 (at 384kbps) and DTS 5.1 (at full-rate 1536kbps!) audio tracks, and
optional English subtitles. It appears, from watching a few minutes of the
film, that the film features the 'original' English-language burnt-in
captions (i.e.: not player-generated captions). The average bit-rate for
the film is a healthy 7.73Mb/s. The disc also features trailers for
Typhoon and Duelist.
The second disc (a DVD-5) features a
Making The Movie documentary (39m);
a 20 Years Later documentary (30m); footage from The Premiere
(9m); and five TV spots and trailers (grouped together in the menus
misleadingly as Behind The Scenes).
A selection of menu screens from the set
can be found here.
The disc is released on June the 11th. The RRP is £19.99.
can see menu screens for three forthcoming Optimum British horror films -
Beast Must Die and
The Beast Must Die and Ghost Ship
are both presented in 4:3 format (the former looks like an un-matted
transfer, with a fair bit of dead space at the top of the frame). Dr.
Crippen is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 format. A quick scan through
the film suggests that the framing is fine, and that the (apparently
re-mastered) print has good contrast. All three films are due on June the
will release the tight French thriller
Them (aka Ils) on DVD on July the 2nd.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.36:1 format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 French tracks,
with optional English or English HoH subtitles.
The film is supplemented by a Making
of... featurette (27m); a video interview with composer Rene-Marc Bini
(10m); a featurette on the filming of Clementine's Ordeal (7m); a
Police Press Conference With The Victim's Sister (2m); Footage
Recovered From The Original Location (a 1m trailer); The Awful
Truth text feature; and a Marketing Campaign Gallery (including
trailers and TV spots).
The RRP is £17.99. You can see menu screens
from the disc here.
Going To Pieces - The Rise And Fall of the Slasher Film,
an eighty-eight minute documentary, on DVD on June the 25th.
The documentary is presented in anamorphic
1.78:1 format, with 2.0 Dolby Digital audio and optional English HoH
The documentary features interviews with
numerous genre luminaries, including John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Rob
Zombie, Sean S. Cunningham and Tom Savini.
The disc features a commentary track by
producers Rachel Belofsky and Rudy Scalese, and editor Michael Bohusz;
extended interviews (33m); three quizzes; and a written Message from
author [of the book the documentary is based on] Adam Rockoff.
The press release also claims that the disc contains deleted scenes, but I
wasn't able to find them.
The RRP is £19.99. You can see menu screens
from the disc
Universal Playback is celebrating the
re-release of Xena: Warrior Princess on DVD with a photo'
opportunity in Golden Square, London W1 on Tuesday the 29th of May at 9am.
To quote from the press release...
Two top Xena-clad glamour models will take
to the mud wrestling ring in central London to celebrate the DVD release
of Xena: Warrior Princess, Seasons 1 & 2, courtesy of Universal
Pin-up favourites Emily Clark and Katie
Downes, will enter the ring as TV drama’s most popular female action hero
where they will get to grips with each other in one of the oldest forms of
unarmed combat …wrestling – Xena style!
21st May 2007
ZETA MINOR NEWS
There's a new DVD review on the site today!
Andrew Smith has examined the Dick Van Dyke Show - Season Two DVD
set, from Revelation Films. Buyers of the first set will probably need
little convincing to pick up the second, but Andrew's review should help
you if you're new to the series. Click
here to read the review.
There's loads of Optimum news today! So
much, in fact, that In many cases, I've added details directly to the
appropriate Incoming pages.
This includes details of their nine-disc
Harold Lloyd Collection; River Phoenix's last film,
Silent Tongue; stylish thriller
Unknown; Shane Meadows'
This Is England; the
Comic Icons - Alastair Sim set and the
Comic Icons - Will Hay set.
The line-up for the
Screen Icons - Dirk Bogarde set has finally been announced: it
will contain The Blue Lamp, The Sleeping Tiger, The
Servant, Accident, Victim, The Spanish Gardener
Optimum will release David Lynch's
Inland Empire as a two-disc set on August the 20th. Bonus features
will include (TBC) David Lynch Masterclass; David Lynch interview
at the Cartier Foundation; Guardian / NFT interview with David Lynch and
Mark Kermode; Film 2007 Interview with David Lynch; and an interview with
sound mixer Dean Hurley.
9th July - Visconti's Senso;
Antonioni's L'Eclisse; The Conquest of Everest; Gerad
Depardieu in Buffet Froid, Helas Pour Moi and Camille
Claudel; The Harold Lloyd Collection
23rd July - Silent Tongue; The
Jean-Luc Godard Collection - Volume 2 (Pierrot Le Fou, Une
Femme Est Une Femme, La Chinoise, Le Petit Soldat and
Detective); Screen Icons - James Mason; Screen Icons - Dirk
Bogarde; The Minus Man
6th August - Unknown; The Caiman;
Aprile; Jacques Becker's Casque D’Or, Le Trou and
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi
20th August - Inland Empire; Western
Classics Deadly Companions (Peckinpah), Canyon Passage
(Tourneur), Seminole (Boetticher) and The True Story of Jesse
James (Ray); The All Blacks rugby documentary
3rd September - This Is England; Sam
Fuller's House of Bamboo, Fixed Bayonets and Hell and
19th September - Patrice Leconte's My
Best Friend; French Classics Les Bronzes and Romuald
et Juliette; a Brotherhood of the Wolf Special Edition;
Comic Icons - Alastair Sim; Comic Icons - Will Hay;
Momentum have announced the details of the
CSI - Crime Scene Investigation - Series 6 - 6.13-6.24 box set,
which is due on June the 4th.
In addition to the episodes, the set will
include commentary tracks on Killer (with Naren Shankar, Kenneth
Fink and Dustin Lee Abraham) and Poppin' Tags (with Dustin Lee
Abraham and George Eads); Apparent Cause of Death featurette;
Gadgets and Gizmos featurette; Coroner’s Report featurette; and
Season Six Trajectory featurette. The RRP is £34.99.
HAMMER DVD NEWS
American label VCI has formally announced
the titles that will be featured on volumes six and seven of their
Hammer Film Noir Double Feature collection. Both discs will be
released on June the 26th.
Vol 6 will feature Terence Fisher's
The Black Glove (a.k.a. Face The Music) and Daniel Birt's
The Deadly Game (a.k.a. Third Party Risk). The Deadly Game
will be presented in "widescreen" format.
Vol 7 will feature two Terence
Fisher films: The Unholy Four (a.k.a. The Stranger Came Home)
and A Race For Life (a.k.a. Mask of Dust).
Both discs will feature Bios, trailers,
trivia and photo's. Vol 7 will feature an interview with producer Richard
Gordon and genre expert Tom Weaver. Each disc has an SRP of $14.99.
Hammer DVD Guide has been updated accordingly.
BFI Imax theatre has announced a new batch of After Dark screenings,
including a very tempting Alien Quadrilogy All-Nighter (where three
of the films will be screened from 70mm prints!) Here's the press release:
After the roaring
success of 300, which took over the late evening slot for the last
two months, After Dark at the BFI IMAX is back with an extra-special event
on Saturday 2 June - an all-night screening of the Alien Quadrilogy
with the added bonus of Alien, Aliens and Alien 3
presented in stunning 70mm. Also showing soon on the big screen on the
South Bank will be four current movie hits; Hot Fuzz, Sunshine,
28 Weeks Later and Curse of the Golden Flower.
For the first
time at the BFI IMAX since 2000, sci-fi and horror fans can not only see
Ridley Scott’s ground-breaking movie - one of the scariest films ever made
- back on the big screen again, but can sit in comfort, even with a
beverage or two and enjoy the three sequels. It’s a marathon SEVEN hours
of viewing to handle throughout the night, so remember…. in space no one
can hear you scream.
After Dark dates
and times are:
Fri 25 - Thurs 31
May at 8.45pm - Hot Fuzz (15)
Fri 1 - Thurs 7
June at 8.45pm (except for 6.45pm on 2 June) - Sunshine (15)
Sat 2 June at 9.00pm - Alien Quadrilogy
all-nighter - all four films showing back to back, with a 30-minute
break between each
9.00pm - Alien 70mm (15)
12 midnight - Aliens 70mm (18)
2.30am - Alien 3 70mm (18)
5.00am - Alien: Resurrection (18)
Fri 8 - Thurs 14
June at 8.45pm - 28 Weeks Later (18)
Fri 15 - Thurs 21
June at 8.45pm - Curse of the Golden Flower (15)
all-night event teas and coffees will be provided FREE, with snacks,
sweets and soft drinks available to buy and a range of alcoholic drinks on
sale at the bar.
All films with
the exception of Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 which are
the original 70mm versions, will be shown in their original theatrical
35mm versions (NB. not IMAX or IMAX DMR); the image will fill
approximately one third of the giant screen.
The BFI IMAX is
located at South Bank, London SE1. Nearest tube is Waterloo (2 minutes
walk). Tickets for the Alien all-nighter are £25.00 for Adults and £18 for
Concessions and can be bought either online from
www.bfi.org.uk/imax from the ticket desk in person or by
telephoning the box office on 0870 787 2525. Tickets for the other films
showing in May and June are £8.50 Adults and £6.25 Concessions.
Dark at the BFI IMAX
Created to offer an alternative during the
evening to the mainly family-friendly titles that generally comprise our
programme, After Dark is an opportunity for local residents south of the
River to see new releases on the big screen. Films are screened in their
original theatrical 35mm formats, unless otherwise indicated, using
standard projection (i.e. not IMAX or IMAX digital re-mastering); the
image fills approximately one third of the screen, making it one of the
biggest pictures in London. As the auditorium is designed as a sound
studio, sound quality is excellent. The BFI IMAX, two minutes from
Waterloo station, offers a perfect view from steeply raked seats.
Alcoholic drinks along with snacks, sweets and soft drinks are available
to buy. The After Dark programme changes regularly and customers are
advised to check our website or local listings for details.
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