& NOVEMBER 2002
has signed the rights to the underrated 1997 BBC science-fiction series Crime
Traveller, and will release it as two 2-disc sets, beginning in March
2003. A box set containing all eight fifty-minute episodes will be
released in October. No extras have been announced.
series starred Michael French (recently seen alongside James Bolam in the
Sunday evening drama series Born and Bred) and Red Dwarf's
Chloë Annette. The series, about a detective (French) and a scientist
(Annette) who solve and prevent crimes using a time machine, was written
by Anthony Horowitz, who recently created the excellent Foyle's War.
updated the Scooby-Doo
review to note that it's been cut by the BBFC.
a Boy, a very appealing light comedy about a Hugh Grant sort of
chap who's chrome and Ikea breezeblock lifestyle is disrupted by the
arrival of a boy and his fruitcake mother, is the subject of our latest
review. The disc contains a featurette that seems to be exclusive to the
UK version (there's no word on the Region 4 spec's, but they're expected
to be similar, if not identical).
you entered our Ali G competition (above) yet? The response hasn't
exactly been overwhelming, so you stand a pretty good chance of winning
would you feel if you were arrested for a crime you hadn't yet committed? That's
the ethical conundrum underpinning Steven Spielberg's fabulous science
fiction action movie Minority
Report, starring Tom Cruise and angelic British actress Samantha
Morton. Fox are releasing a very nice two-disc special edition on December
2nd, which is examined in our latest in-depth review.
Big Trouble in Little China
review has been updated, to make note of the deletion of the superior
Region 1 version. Fans of the film might like to know that a range of Big
Trouble... action figures are now available from specialist dealers.
You can find more details here: Action-Figure.
haven't seen this picture of the Minority Report packaging anywhere
else, so I thought I'd share it with you folks. Lookin' good! (Especially
that cool DTS logo...)
wood, our review should be online by the end of this week.
also added a review of the UK Scary
Movie 2 disc. It's a good disc to watch on a Friday night with a
few buddies and your beverage of choice.
the link above to enter our Ali G Indahouse competition! Respect!
a fabulous treat if you're a fan of Star Trek, or composer Jerry
site is offering thirty-second MP3 samples of each of the tracks on
the forthcoming soundtrack album. A couple of them (The Knife, for
example) are too short to get a grip on, but others contain hints of some
very interesting themes. Each file is about 350kb.
G. You probably either love him or loathe him, but there's certainly no
escaping the impact he's had on our cultural landscape. Click here to read
our review of the Ali G Indahouse
movie. We'll soon be adding a competition where you can win an Ali G standee!
November 2002 - Another update!
of the things I wanted to do with this website was to provide reviews of a
few obscure or unusual DVD titles (like the French version of Cube,
or the bootleg Millennium
TV series box set), especially if there wasn't another web review that
potential buyers could consult. So I'm very happy to add another oddity, a
review of a Japanese ER disc
that contains both versions of an episode that was performed live.
a look at the UK sleeves for three forthcoming Columbia Tristar
Island is the last of Ray Harryhausen's movies owned by the studio.
Their Harryhausen releases haven't been universally greeted (there have
been complaints that some of the letterboxed titles, like The
3 Worlds of Gulliver and The
7th Voyage of Sinbad, have been over-cropped, and that some of the
US releases, which haven't been presented in widescreen format, aren't in
their correct ratio). It seems that whatever Columbia does, it can't
disc features the usual array of bonus material, as well as an exclusive
nine-minute Making of Mysterious Island featurette. Mysterious
Island is released on December the 12th, and will probably get
completely buried in the Christmas mêlée.
released on December 12th is the lavish 1971 historical epic Nicholas and
Alexandra, about the downfall of Russia's last czar, and his family. It
features my favourite actor, Lord Tom Baker as Rasputin ("the Mad
Monk", according to the Hammer version) The supporting cast
(including Michael Jayston, Harry Andrews, Timothy West, Jack Hawkins, et
al) isn't too shabby, either. The 2.35:1 anamorphic disc should be a
treat for anyone who's seen the film in pan-and-scan format over the
couple of decades, but it looks like Columbia are dropping the
contemporary eighteen-minute Making of... documentary (narrated by the
late Lynne Frederick) from the UK version.
week later Columbia are releasing the much maligned remake of Rollerball.
The film was released on DVD by MGM in the US, and that version contains a
couple of features that haven't been included on the UK release, (a
twenty-minute featurette on the film's stunts and a music video). The UK
disc will, however, feature the commentary track and the relatively
worthless Rollerball Yearbook interactive scrapbook. If only
Columbia had added a DTS soundtrack, they might have been able to tempt
potential customers away from the Region 1 disc...
new review! Here's our look at the Scooby-Doo
movie. I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for you pesky
kids. Zoinks. Etc, etc...
updated the review of the Millennium
Season One DVD Box Set to include screengrabs of the Japanese
subtitles, and of a couple of the menu screens, which
indicate that the set might not be entirely legitimate!
one new review today, but it covers three movies, so that counts as three,
right? Click here to read about The
Exorcist - DVD Trilogy box set.
updated the A Warning
To The Curious review to add The
Signalman, too. Cracking stuff! I've also amended the E.T.
- The Extra-Terrestrial review to mention the belated announcement of
a three-disc Region 2 version that will contain the original version of
the movie. There should be a few new reviews tomorrow... nothing too
sleeve for the next Tomorrow People DVD, The Doomsday Men is
available here. The disc is
being released on November 25th, and will feature a commentary track from Homo
Superiors Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughan-Clarke and Elizabeth Adare.
in time for its tenth anniversary, we present a review of the BFI's
disc. The programme whipped up a storm of controversy when it was
originally shown - will it's reappearance on DVD live up to its fan's
review a couple of favourite Ray Harryhausen movies today: First
Men in the Moon and Earth
Vs. The Flying Saucers join our DVD reviews. First Men in the
Moon is a terrific
adventure yarn, and one of the best science fiction films of the 60s, and Earth
Vs. The Flying Saucers is a terrific popcorn B-movie.
word of warning to those of you considering buying the Region 2 Suspiria
DVD, which was released yesterday. On some discs the DTS track is several seconds
out of sync.
their official statement:
have just been informed that there there is a technical fault on
Double Disc edition of Dario Argento's Suspiria which was
to a mistake by Anchor Bay's DVD authoring company Visart, the wrong DLT
master was delivered and some discs were replicated with an out of sync
DTS soundtrack. For those who have already purchased the DVD they should
return it (with their address details) to:
will be replaced free of charge with a newly authored DVD.
Bay UK sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.
the schedule for the rest of Carlton's Carry On... series:
On Up The Jungle
On At Your Convenience
On Up The Khyber
review of the BFI's first A Ghost Story For Christmas disc, A
Warning To The Curious, due for release on 25th November, has been
have announced that they're issuing seventeen of the Carry On... films
as Special Editions during 2003.
first batch, being released on 17th February, comprises of Carry On
Don't Lose Your Head, Carry On Doctor, Carry On Follow That
Camel, Carry On Abroad and Carry On Again, Doctor. More
titles are planned for May and July.
discs will include "star and cast profiles with stills, cast
commentaries, movie trivia, special documentaries on selected titles,
theatrical trailers, stills gallery and a collector's edition
booklet". The discs will have an RRP of £12.99. The discs will
also feature new, especially-created sleeve images.
off the presses, a review of the UK E.T. -
The Extra Terrestrial 2-disc set, due out on Monday.
terrific news for fans of 80s TV - Satellite channel Challenge? is
reviving two classic cult programmes, The Adventure Game and Knightmare
as part of a 'Christmas Cult Selection' strand. A handful of vintage
shows, also including Larry Grayson episodes of The Generation Game and
Henry Kelly's Going For Gold, will be shown between 2pm and 5pm,
and 9pm and 12am each day between Monday 23rd December and Wednesday 1st
January. VCRs at the ready!
promised, here's another
couple of new sleeve images, this time for two eagerly anticipated BFI
Archive Television releases, of two of the BBC's fabulous A
Ghost Story For Christmas plays: The
Signalman (adapted by Andrew Davies, from the Charles Dickens
story) and A Warning To The Curious
(based on the 1925 M.R. James tale). Both discs are being released on
November the 25th.
Some proper news! Here's the sleeve for the BFI's forthcoming Ghostwatch
should be some more new sleeves in the next day or two - stay tuned!
also added a review of the the fine Futurama
Season Two box set.
the aspect ratio of the Brotherhood
of the Wolf review screen-grabs. I thought they looked a bit
the last week I've added reviews for the Hammer version of Dracula,
David Fincher's taut thriller Panic
Room, the ground-breaking special effects movie Tron,
and the Canadian 3-disc version of Brotherhood
of the Wolf, one of my favourite films from the last couple of years.
been tweaking some of the pages, trying to improve the layout for users
working in 800x600, and hopefully making the navigation a bit clearer.
I've also dramatically reduced the size of some of the images, which
should help users with dial-up access. I'm still open to offers of
help, if you're an HTML guru with a little time to spare!
you have any comments on the site, or corrections, please drop me a line.
I know that there's someone out there... reading! There's an email link at
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for your continued interest and support.
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Please excuse the odd broken link or HTML snafu - frankly, I'm more
interested in content than in coding!
I apologise to those of you who are
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done my best to make things as compatible as possible, but the layout
might be a bit screwy.
Incidentally, if anyone's interested in helping
with helping out with coding, I'd love to hear from you! There won't be
anything in the way of financial remuneration (unless you count the odd
freebie DVD), but hopefully this modest site might lead to something
is where you'll find the latest announcements, and new DVD
sleeves. You can find the latest DVD reviews listed here.
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