updated The Shield - The Complete
First Season review with more details of the commentary tracks and
other bonus materials.
spent all day watching stuff from Fox's excellent Region 1 The Shield -
The Complete First Season box set, and have updated the review of the
Emmy promo' DVD to include two other promotional The Shield discs,
and a capsule overview of the First Season box set. I've also added
some screen-grabs showing the differences between the two different
versions of the Pilot episode. Click here
to go to the new page.
Here's a blast from the past. I barely remember Arthur and the Square
Knights of the Round Table. There's precious little information on the
series on the web: enough to stir some vague recollections, but not enough
to prompt anything substantial. I do remember it was a fun little series.
Well, we'll have a chance to get reacquainted again soon, as Revelation
release four episodes (running 220 minutes???) on DVD on February 24th, at
the very reasonable price of £9.99 (it's also being released on the
'other format' for £7.99).
the same day they're also releasing two complete stories from the 1983 BBC
adaptation of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons Forever! novels.
The books were always twee for me, but my interest in the TV series was
sparked because it featured a fine cast, including John Woodvine, Colin
Baker, Julian Fellowes and Patrick Troughton. The disc will feature a
Ransome biography, and has a RRP of £15.99.
can see the sleeves for these two titles by clicking here.
second season box set of The Tomorrow People goes on general
release on February 24th, too, along with the third individual disc, The
is also releasing a six-disc box set of the anime series Star Blazers (Series
One - The Quest For Iscandar), which will include all twenty-six
episodes, deleted scenes, trailers, character biographies, hardware
blueprints and an exclusive viewer's guide booklet.
don't have much interest in the genre, but I do remember how impressive
the series looked when it was featured in the first couple of issues of Starburst
magazine (when it was a released theatrically, as Space Cruiser
Yamato). RRP for the set is £59.99.
had a good look at two of Carlton's new Carry On... discs, Carry
on Doctor and Carry
on Again Doctor. There's some good news, and there's some bad
news. Click on either title to read the combined review.
more fabulous news for Carry On fans - I've received a copy of the
new Carry on Again Doctor disc, and can now reveal something that
Carlton's press releases forgot to mention: the disc contains a complete
episode of the 1975 ATV series Carry On Laughing (in this case, One
In The Eye For Harold)! The disc also contains a commentary track (by
Jim Dale), a theatrical trailer, an animated stills gallery
and a trivia quiz.
back in a day or two to read a complete review! Until then, feast your
eyes on this screen grab of the main menu screen!
small treat for us Carry On fans today, as we reveal the rather
snazzy sleeve designs for Carlton's new disc releases, (I'm sure many
fans will be glad that they've chosen to use the original poster images!)
The first batch (Carry
On Don’t Lose
Your Head, Carry On Doctor, Carry On Follow That Camel,
Carry On Abroad and Carry On Again Doctor) is being released on February 17th. We'll be reviewing a couple of the new
discs very soon!
BFI are releasing two landmark BBC documentaries on January 27th, as part
of their Archive Television imprint: Peter Watkins' Culloden (recreating
the last battle to be fought on British soil) and the harrowing The War
Game (about the after effects of a nuclear attack).
originally screened in December 1964, dramatised the 1746 battle very
effectively on a shoestring budget, with an astonishingly small number of
extras, and minimal equipment.
War Game was made in 1965, but was suppressed by the then Director
General of the BBC, Sir Hugh Greene, under pressure from the government.
It did, however, find an audience thanks to a limited theatrical release
in Europe and in the US, and was rewarded by an Academy Award (Best
Documentary Feature, 1967), a BAFTA Award (Best Short Film, 1967) and the
Special Prize at the 1966 Venice Film Festival. It was eventually aired by
the BBC in 1985. Even now, almost forty years later, the film has lost
none of its power.
discs will be supported by commentary tracks (although not by Watkins,
sadly) and short films made by the director. Culloden will also
feature some colour behind-the-scenes material. You can see the sleeves
for these discs by clicking here.
Days and 40 Nights, a film about a young man who decides to give
up sex to give himself a break from a string of unsatisfactory
relationships, is a notch above the usual teen-oriented sex comedy, and
crosses quite comfortably into the romantic comedy genre. Read our review
of Universal's Region 2 disc.
to Betsy! Has it really been more than a week since the last update?
Well, yes, frankly. The video industry virtually shuts down during
December, (although you wouldn't know it if you've had to struggle through
the milling throngs of miserable-faced shoppers in the last couple of
weeks!) Any title that's worth stocking needs to be on retailers
shelves at least three weeks before Christmas if it's to achieve its full
potential. Minor releases almost invariably avoid the Christmas rush,
since they risk being completely lost as retailers clear space for their
most popular titles.
don't know how I missed out on the news that there are two new Bill Hicks
CDs on sale: Flying Saucer Tour and Love, Laughter and
was the most incendiary stand-up comedian of our generation. I don't know
how many times I've listened to the original four Rykodisc discs (Dangerous,
Relentless and the two discs that were released after his death, Rant
in E Minor and Reckless). Suffice to say, if it's possible to
wear out the grooves on a CD, there's a good chance it won't be long
before I have to buy another set. For the uninitiated, there's a pretty
good compilation disc available: Philosophy - The Best of Bill Hicks.
Braver souls should leap straight into the confrontational Rant in E
the sleeve notes, it seems that these two discs herald a new series of
discs that will comprehensively chronicle Bill's distressingly brief
career. Both discs contain new material, but also routines that have
already been aired on the first four discs (but from different
performances). It's unlikely that Bill's many fans will mind: the minor
variations and tangential deviations from the familiar are fascinating,
and often as funny as anything else on the discs. There's more
information, audio samples (in the horrible Real Media format) and track
lists on Rykodisc's
Bill Hicks page.
you can't find them in your local Our Price / V-Shop /
Whatever-The-Heck-They're-Called-This- Week store, Amazon have both
listed, at a very reasonable £11.99 each. Tell 'em I sent
to Trevor Ewles, who's won our Ali G Indahouse competition. Five
runners up will receive posters.
have announced the UK Region 2 retail release of Dog Soldiers, the
very entertaining flick that pits a bunch of soldiers on a training
exercise against a pack of werewolves. As expected, the disc is
substantially improved over the Region 1 version released a few weeks ago.
The film will be presented in 2.35:1 ratio, enhanced for 16:9
presentation, with 5.1 audio. Bonus features include a
"hilarious" commentary track (by stars Sean Pertwee, Liam
Cunningham and Kevin McKidd, writer/director Neil Marshall, co-producer
Keith Bell and cinematographer Sean McCurdy), six deleted scenes, a Making
of... featurette, a gag reel, photo gallery, B-roll footage,
storyboards and theatrical trailers. The disc is released on February 17th
(if you can't wait, a bare-bones version is currently available to rent).
and November 2002