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12th September 2008

HAMMER DVD NEWS

Further to the information, below, about the two Hammer films being released by Optimum on the 22nd, I've updated the Hammer DVD Guide entries for the two films, and the page of grabs comparing the various versions of The Vampire Lovers.


11th September 2008

CD NEWS

Mute Records has a treat for fans of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in November, with the welcome re-release of two rare (out of print) CDs, and a brand new 50th anniversary two-disc set, offering previously-unreleased material!

Here's the press release, and sleeve images...

Mute are proud to announce the release of a 50th Anniversary Retrospective double CD from the Radiophonic Workshop. This brand new compilation features classic, extremely rare and previously unavailable sounds and music by the legendary BBC organisation. Presented in chronological order, the CD includes works from stalwarts of the Radiophonic Workshop such as John Baker, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Elizabeth Parker, Desmond Briscoe, Paddy Kingsland, Peter Howell and Malcolm Clarke amongst others.

This Retrospective features more than a hundred pieces of music and sound effects from various BBC TV and Radio shows from 1958 through to 1997. Including work from Quatermass and the Pit, The Goon Show, The Secret War, Blakeís Seven, The Hitchhikerís Guide to the Galaxy, Salemís Lot, The Demon Headmaster, Michael Palinís Full Circle as well as the original full-length Doctor Who theme and the TARDIS effects.

Using reel-to-reel tape machines, early heroines such as Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire recorded everyday or strange sounds and then manipulated these by speeding up, slowing down or cutting the tape with razor blades and piecing it back together.

The pioneering techniques were created for and used on a myriad of programmes, with Doctor Who being their biggest client. The sound of the TARDIS in Doctor Who was a sound engineer's front door key scraped across the bass strings on a broken piano. Other impromptu props included a lampshade, champagne corks and assorted cutlery.

Ten years ago the workshop was disbanded due to costs but its reputation as a Heath Robinson-style, pioneering force in sound is as strong as ever, acknowledged as possibly the greatest influence on UK electronic music, influencing the likes of Jon Spencer, Aphex Twin, Daniel Miller, Add N to (x)Ö. The corporation initially only offered its founders a six-month contract, because it feared any longer in the throes of such creative and experimental exercises might make them ill.

Also released on the same day are the albums BBC Radiophonic Workshop and BBC Radiophonic Music, The BBC Radiophonic Music CD concentrates on the more musical output of the legendary organisation while BBC Radiophonic Workshop deals with the pioneering sound effects and methods used to achieve them.

These releases continue a series that began on The Grey Area of Mute with the release of Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1: The Early Years 1963-1969 and Volume 2: New Beginnings 1970-1980.

Track listing for the new disc:

DISC ONE

1. Amphitryon 38 (1958) 0'50" - Daphne Oram

2. The Ocean (Main Theme) (1958) 1'05" - Daphne Oram & Desmond Briscoe

3. Quatermass and the Pit (Effects) (1958) 0'36" - Desmond Briscoe

4. Major Bloodnok's Stomach (1959) 0'10" - Dick Mills

5. Outside (1959) 0'36" - Desmond Briscoe & Maddalena Fagandini

6. Science and Industry (1959) 0'29" - Phil Young

7. The Artist Speaks (1959) 1'26" - Phil Young

8. The Splendour That Was Rome (1960) 0'29" - Phil Young

9. TV March (1960) 1'56" - Desmond Briscoe

10. Interval Signal (1960) 1'37" - Maddalena Fagandini

11. Phra the Phoenician (1960) 0'49" - Desmond Briscoe

12. Full Circle - The Stick Up (1961) 0'48" - Desmond Briscoe

13. Time Beat (1961) 0'30" - Maddalena Fagandini

14. Music for a Magic Carpet (1961) 0'42" - Jenyth Worsley

15. Ideal Home Exhibition (1962) 1'02" - Maddalena Fagandini

16. Time On Our Hands (Titles and City Music) (1962) 2'01" - Delia Derbyshire

17. Arabic Science and Industry (1962) 0'21" - Delia Derbyshire

18. The Chem Lab Mystery (1962) 0'50" - Maddalena Fagandini

19. Know Your Car (Get Out and Get Under) (1963) 0'57" -
Delia Derbyshire (Maurice Abrahms, pub. Francis, Day & Hunter)

20. Doctor Who (1963) 2'19" - Delia Derbyshire (Ron Grainer, pub. Warner Chappell)

21. TARDIS (1963) 1'25" - Brian Hodgson

22. Choice (1964) 0'36" - John Baker

23. Hard Luck Hall (1964) 0'32" - John Baker

24. Westminster at Work (1964) 0'27" - Keith Salmon

25. Talk Out (1964) 0'24" - Delia Derbyshire

26. Science and Health (1964) 0'55" - Delia Derbyshire

27. Secrets of the Chasm (1964) 1'07" - Tony Askew

28. The Slide (Opening) (1966) 0'27" - Brian Hodgson and Bridget Marrow

29. A New View of Politics (1966) 0'39" - Delia Derbyshire

30. Radio Stoke-on-Trent (1) (1968) 0'19"

31. Radio Stoke-on-Trent (2) (1968) 0'30" - David Cain

32. Bobby Shaftoe (1968) 0'37" - John Baker (Trad. arr. John Baker)

33. The Lambton Worm (1968) 0'33" - John Baker (Trad. arr. John Baker)

34. Environmental Studies (1969) 0'29" - Delia Derbyshire

35. Chronicle (1969) 0'21" - Delia Derbyshire

36. Great Zoos of the World (1969) 0'35" - Delia Derbyshire

37. P.M. (1970) (1970) 0'15" - John Baker

38. Tros Y Gareg (Over the Stone) (1970) 2'48" - John Baker (Trad. arr. John Baker)

39. Dance from "Noah" (1971) 0'53" - Delia Derbyshire

40. Good Morning Wales (1972) 0'18" - John Baker

41. Sequence (1972) 1'24" - Paddy Kingsland

42. Martian March Past (1973) 0'28" - Dick Mills

43. The Changes (Suite) (1974) 4'49" - Paddy Kingsland

44. Thomas the Rhymer (1974) 1'17" - Dick Mills

45. Merry-Go-Round (1975) 0'21" - Peter Howell

46. Fanfare (1975) 0'21" - Dick Mills

47. BBC2 Serial (1975) 0'44" - Malcolm Clarke

48. The Plunderers (1975) 1'16" - Roger Limb

49. The Secret War (1976) 0'54" - Peter Howell

50. Quirky (1976) 1'29" - Roger Limb

51. Newton (1976) 1'07" - Paddy Kingsland

52. Contact (1977) 0'26" - Malcolm Clarke

53. For Love or Money (1977) 1'09" - Roger Limb

54. Mysterioso (1977) 1'07" - Richard Yeoman-Clark

55. The Astronauts (1977) 5'18" - Peter Howell, Drums - Howard Tibble, Timpani - Terence Emery

56. Moving Form (Main Theme from "The Body in Question") (1977) 1'45" -
Peter Howell, Flute - Sebastian Bell, Cello - Ross Pople

57. A Whisper from Space (1978) 2'12" - Paddy Kingsland

58. Land and People (1978) 1'13" - Peter Howell

59. Swirley (1978) 1'52" - Roger Limb

60. Greenwich Chorus (1978) 2'19" - Peter Howell

61. Hurdy Gurdy (1978) 1'27" - Malcolm Clarke

62. P.M. (1978) (1978) 0'26" - Paddy Kingsland

63. Broken Biscuit Club (1978) 0'39" - Paddy Kingsland

64. The Unseeing Eye (1979) 1'07" - Malcolm Clarke

65. The Milonga (1979) 2'00" - Malcolm Clarke

66. Mainstream (1979) 2'26" - Peter Howell (Attr. Henry VIII, arr. Howell)

67. Seascape (1979) 2'23" - Dick Mills

68. Yellow Moon (1980) 1'41"  - Roger Limb

DISC TWO

1. Brighton Pier (1980) 3'44"

2. The Whale (1980) 1'51" - Paddy Kingsland

3. Radio Blackburn (1980) 1'51" - Elizabeth Parker

4. Lascaux (1980) 3'15" - Peter Howell, Flute - Sebastian Bell

5. The Comet is Coming (1980) 3'59" - Malcolm Clarke, Horn - Kris Rusmanis

6. Macrocosm (1981) 2'09" - Dick Mills

7. Planet Earth (Scenes from "The Living Planet") (1981) 2'10" -
Elizabeth Parker

8. Catch the Wind (1981) 1'21" - Dick Mills

9. Fancy Fish ("Aquarium") (1982) 1'25" - Peter Howell and Dick Mills (Camille Saint-SaŽns, arr. Howell / Mills)

10. Houdin's Musical Box (1982) 1'09" - Jonathan Gibbs (A. Le Charpentier, arr. Gibbs)

11. Computers in the Real World (1982) 0'48" - Jonathan Gibbs

12. Believe it or Not (1982) 1'26" - Malcolm Clarke, Trombone - Eddie Lorkin

13. Armagiddean War Games (1982) 1'18" - Dick Mills

14. Dawn (1982) 2'08" - Jonathan Gibbs

15. Ghost in the Water (1982) 2'02" - Roger Limb, Cello - Hilary Jones

16. Radiophonic Rock (1983) 4'13" - Peter Howell / Roger Limb / Jonathan Gibbs / Malcolm Clarke / Elizabeth Parker / Dick Mills

17. Woman of Paris (1986) 1'11" - Jonathan Gibbs

18. Dandelion Countdown (Pictures In Your Mind) (1986) 2'09" - Dick Mills

19. Heart of the Matter (1986) 1'13" - Jonathan Gibbs, Sax - Nigel Nash

20. Dead Entry (Opening Titles) (1986) 0'55" - Richard Attree

21. No Easy Road (1987) 2'59" - Richard Attree

22. Slambash Wangs of a Compo Gormer (Titles and Space Theme) (1987) 2'04" - Steve Marshall

23. The Great Rift (1988) 2'21" - Peter Howell

24. Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon (Titles) (1988) 1'57"

25. Archery and Cranes (1988) 2'11" - Steve Marshall

26. Artwork (1989) 1'34" - Richard Attree

27. Jewel in the Sun (1989) 2'20" - Richard Attree

28. Techno (1989) 1'31" - Richard Attree

29. OK2 (You In Mind) (1990) 1'03" - Richard Attree

30. Doctors To Be (1991) 1'12" - Elizabeth Parker, Cello - Peter Esswood

31. Secret Nature (Titles) (1992) 0'43" - Elizabeth Parker

32. The Secret of Life (Cracking the Code) (1992) 3'53" - Malcolm Clarke

33. Salem's Lot (1992) 0'39" - Elizabeth Parker

34. Music from "The Sea, The Sea" (1992) 4'04" - Elizabeth Parker, Cello - Peter Esswood

35. Music from "The Demon Headmaster" (1995) 2'08" - Richard Attree

36. The Lost Gardens of Heligan (1997) 1'58" - Elizabeth Parker

37. Michael Palin's Full Circle (Main Theme) (1997) 1'31" - Peter Howell,
Trumpet - Steve Bentley

38. Assignment (Kofi Annan) (1997) 2'25" - Elizabeth Parker

39. Dance from "Noah" (stereo mix) (1971) 1'07" - Delia Derbyshire

The three discs will be released on November the 3rd.

 


9th September 2008

HAMMER DVD NEWS

We've had it listed in Incoming for a while, but, until now, I've not had any confirmation that Optimum are releasing a double-bill of The Vampire Lovers and Lust for a Vampire on September the 22nd.

There are still no details - Optimum aren't actively promoting the title - but I have now at least had assurances that it is coming out! A copy is in the post as I speak, and I'll release the technical specifications as soon as I get hold of it. It seems unlikely that the disc will feature any bonus features.

The company is also releasing another (non-Hammer) vampire double-bill on the 22nd: Blacula and Scream, Blacula Scream.


8th September 2008

DVD and BLU-RAY NEWS

It's been a quiet week for Incoming updates, but the following titles have been added, or have had press release details added: the 80th anniversary Masters of Cinema release of Marcel L'Herbier's masterpiece L'Argent, with some mouth-watering bonus features; the Forgetting Sarah Marshall Blu-ray; BAFTA-winning 60s favourite Charlie Bubbles (which features Doctor Who's Wendy Padbury in a small role); the second series of Saxondale; Jeroen Krabbe's festival favourite The Discovery of Heaven, which stars Stephen Fry, Greg Wise and Flora Montgomery.

There's also details of a good-value Doc Martin - Series 1-3 box set; the third season of Prison Break on Blu-ray; two new horror films, The Passage and The Entrance; the ninth season of London's Burning; the third season of Follyfoot, and a Follyfoot - Series 1-3 box set; a tenth anniversary special edition version of Thomas Vinterberg's Dogme classic Festen; a box set of three new zombie movies, collectively known as the Rise of the Flesheaters Zombie Box Set (containing Days of Darkness, Zombies, Zombies, Zombies and The Zombie Diaries); and, finally, official details for all three UK versions of Iron Man (the single-disc, two-disc and Blu-ray editions).

The Paul Merton in China DVD has a new release date - 27th October - and a new RRP of £24.99. Some etailers are still working on the basis that it has an RRP of £19.99, so if you're interested, get your pre-order in quickly!

The long-overdue release of Sarah Silverman's film Jesus is Magic has been brought forward a week, to coincide with her gig at the Hammersmith Apollo (on October the 19th).

There seems to be some confusion about who's releasing David Lean's 1944 classic This Happy Breed on DVD.

According to etailer listings, both ITV DVD and Network are claiming that they're releasing a re-mastered version of the film shortly (the ITV DVD one is due next week, the Network one on October the 12th).

Maybe ITV DVD are releasing a single-disc edition, and Network have a two-disc Special Edition?

Our Incoming listing is based on what the etailers are listing, so proceed with caution (with the proviso that you might be able to order Network's two-disc edition (pictured, left) for the price that ITV were going to charge for the single-disc edition!) It looks like the Network version will be well worth waiting for! Here's the listing.

BOOK NEWS

Our friend Stephen La RiviŤre, creator of the Supercar Story DVD (not to mention oodles of other wonderful DVD bonus features), has announced his long-awaited, eagerly-anticipated book about the Gerry Anderson puppet series, Filmed in Supermarionation: A History of the Future.

You can pre-order the book from Amazon. Stephen has created a Facebook page to promote the book, which you can find here.


Last week's Zeta Minor News can be viewed here.

Previous Zeta Minor News entries can viewed here.


   

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