11th August 2008
As mentioned last week, Graves has added
hundreds of new (forthcoming) DVD and Blu-ray releases to the Incoming
database over the last few days. There should be something there for
Browsing the new titles, a couple of things
seemed worth making note of...
The first is that several Granada titles,
formerly released by 2 Entertain, are being released by ITV DVD soon. ITV
DVD is (initially) pricing these titles as new releases, rather than the
hoary old catalogue releases they really are. Some etailers are still
listing the previous versions, which are generally considerably cheaper.
These include box sets of Cracker, the Jeremy Brett Sherlock
Holmes series, and Inspector Morse.
I suppose there's a chance that these new
sets might be re-mastered (Cracker and early episodes of
Inspector Morse, particularly, sorely need re-transferring from
the original film elements), but I think it's unlikely. Fans have been
waiting patiently for years for someone to re-visit Cracker, and
issue the original episodic versions, which would finally allow whoever
releases it to stop using the analogue tape masters which have been used
for about a decade now (the existing masters are probably at least three
generations away from the original transmission tapes, let alone the
original film elements!)
ITV DVD have apparently brought forward the
DVD release of its ludicrous archaeology action series
Bonekickers, which seems to have caught out a few of the etailers,
who have it listed for release later this year. Luckily those etailers
that are listing it are offering a chunky discount on the set's £24.99
RRP, and are offering it for £17.99 (which takes it under the limit for
Notable titles with additional information include
Blu-ray versions of the Sci-Fi Channel's re-interpretation of The
Wizard of Oz, Tin Man;
Boston Legal - Series 4; and the Blu-ray edition of the terrific
Spielberg-produced WW2 mini-series
Band of Brothers (HBO's first UK Blu-ray release).
4DVD are re-releasing eight more titles for
£4.99 each on September 1st. They are: Crush (Andie McDowell,
Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor); The Debt Collector (Billy
Connolly, Ken Stott, Francesca Annis); The Winter Guest (Emma
Thompson, the directorial debut of Alan Rickman); Dancing at Lughnasa
(Kathy Burke, Michael Gambon, Meryl Streep); Kama Sutra: A Tale of
Life (Torchwood's Indira Varma and Lost's Naveen
Andrews); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996 version with Lindsay
Duncan as Titania and Public Eye's Alfred Burke as Egeus); With
or Without You (Christopher Eccleston, Bonekickers' Julie
Graham); To Kill A King (Civil War drama with Tim Roth and Dougray
Kaleidoscope have announced the details of
their next archive TV event, which will take place on September the 6th.
Here's their announcement:
Saturday 6th September 2008, 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Amblecote Room, Stourbridge Town Hall,
Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK
* 12:00 pm Z Cars - Family. James Ellis and Douglas Fielding
this episode of the BBC's groundbreaking police series, directed by John
* 1:00 pm Rime of the Ancient Mariner
- John Ryan animation in the
style of Captain Pugwash, made for Associated-Rediffusion.
* 1:30 pm Izeena - an untransmitted
episode of this rare Anglia
wildlife show with Fenella Fielding, designed by Robert Fuest.
* 1:45 pm Break
* 2:00 pm Designing Direction - our guests
for today are veteran
directors Darrol Blake and John Bruce. John Bruce has been behind the
camera on many popular and acclaimed series, including Crown Court,
Strangers, Second City Firsts, Tales of the Unexpected,
Play for Today and more recently The Bill, Casualty
and Agatha Christie's Poirot.
Starting out as a designer, Darrol Blake
created the original Blue Peter
set and worked on Quatermass II and Adam Adamant Lives!; as
a director his credits include Coronation Street, Paul Temple,
The Onedin Line, Doctor Who, Doomwatch, Ace of
Wands, Crossroads, Tucker's Luck, Brookside and
The Tomorrow People. Appearing together on stage, our guests will
provide a fascinating insight into directing popular
television through the decades.
* 3:30 pm Afternoon Tea
* 3:55 pm Preview: Blue Peter Goes
Gold! - a sneak peak at our
forthcoming event celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of a children's
television institution. The event takes place at BAFTA in London on
Saturday 25th October 2008.
* 4:00 pm Director's Choice - Darrol Blake
has brought along a
favourite piece of his work, what is it?
* 5:00 pm Wolfshead - a pilot based
on the legend of Robin Hood, made
by LWT but never shown in the UK.
* 6:00 pm Raiders of the Lost Archive - a
unique chance to see another
episode of the series which remains untransmitted by ITV. Episode 2
features material from Bill Oddie, Morecambe and Wise and Ronnie Corbett.
* 6:30 pm Shadows - The Other
Window. John Woodvine heads the cast
in an episode of the much-loved supernatural anthology series, produced
by Pamela Lonsdale and directed by Darrol Blake.
* 7:00 pm Closedown
SECOND VIEWING AREA
* 12:00 pm Terra Nova - play about
Scott and Amundsen's race for the
South Pole, adapted and directed by John Bruce.
* 1:30 pm Armchair Thirty -
Alfred Potter's Story - play starring
Arthur Lowe and Ian Ogilvy, directed by Darrol Blake.
* 2:00 pm Some Day Man - A West
Indian Fable by Barbara Angell,
producted and directed by John Bruce for TSW.
* 3:00 pm The Adventures of Sherlock
Holmes - The Dancing Men. John
Bruce directs Jeremy Brett's definitive Holmes in this fine episode of
the Granada series, adapted by Anthony Skene.
* 4:00 pm Leap in the Dark - The
Fetch. Rescheduled from our June
event, Juliet Harmer and future Doctor Who companion Lalla Ward star in
an episode from the seventies anthology series.
* 4:45 pm Goodbye to ABC (Midlands
Version) - Last time we screened
the just recovered Northern Version, now see the other variant of this
farewell celebration of the work of ABC Television.
* 5:00 pm Just Another Little Blues Song
- play starring Adam Faith
and Gwen Taylor, directed by John Bruce.
* 6:00 pm Not Quite Cricket -
Anthony Milner, John Salthouse and
Elaine Donnelly feature in this play directed by John Bruce.
* 7:00 pm Closedown
All material at Kaleidoscope events is
screened with the permission of
the copyright holders. Programmes and timings may be subject to change
before the day. Guests appear subject to professional and personal
In 2008 Kaleidoscope is supporting the
Royal National Lifeboat
Institution once again.
Full details of this event and
Kaleidoscope's other activities can
always be found on our web site:
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can be viewed here.
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