ARCHIVED NEWS -
Coltrane returns to our TV screens tonight at 9pm, in a new two-part drama
series called The Planman. He plays a successful, brilliant
Glaswegian QC who idly kills time by planning the perfect crime, but is
horrified to discover that one of his colleagues, a former DC (Vincent
Regan), has been paying close attention...
great to have Coltrane back, and in something that he's really able to get
his teeth into. This is his first major role since Cracker. The
series' other delights include the great Graham Crowden playing a judge,
Lord Belford, who has a courtroom run-in with Coltrane's character in the
first episode. Carlton will be releasing the series on DVD on May 12th.
second box set of the ITC action series The Protectors is currently
scheduled for release on May 12th. More details as I get them...
US division of MGM have announced a new batch of classic horror movies
that will be released in August.
are: a double-bill of two early 70s Hammer movies, starring Ingrid Pitt, The
Vampire Lovers and Countess Dracula. Both films will be
presented in widescreen format (1.66:1 for Countess Dracula, 1.85:1
for Vampire Lovers), and will apparently be uncut (Vampire
Lovers will contain all the restored footage from MGM's VHS edition,
plus a full-frontal nude shot of Pitt emerging from her bathtub). A
day-for-night scene that was accidentally left unfiltered in MGM's
previous VHS release has also been corrected. Countess Dracula will
have a commentary track by director Peter Sasdy, writer Jeremy Paul and
star Ingrid Pitt. The Vampire Lovers will have a commentary track
by director Roy Ward Baker, scriptwriter Tudor Gates and star Ingrid Pitt.
are two Roger Corman / Edgar Allen Poe releases for fans to add to their
collections. The first contains the sublime Comedy of Terrors and The
Raven, both in new 16:9-enhanced 2.35:1 transfers. The disc will
contain interviews with writer Richard Matheson and director Roger Corman,
and a presentation of a rare flexi-disc LP used to promote The Raven.
The second disc will contain a new 16:9, 2.35:1 transfer of The Tomb of
Ligeia and Vincent Price's 1972 TV special An Evening With Edgar
Allen Poe. The Tomb of Ligeia will have two commentary tracks,
one by Roger Corman, the other by British star Elizabeth Shepherd and film
historian David Del Valle (which previously appeared on the laserdisc
promised last year that if their bare-bones release of Joe Dante's sly
1981 werewolf movie The Howling was a success they'd consider
releasing a Special Edition version. Well, in August they're honouring
that pledge by releasing a disc containing a 16:9-enhanced 1.85:1 transfer
of the film with 5.1 audio. Extras include a great commentary track (by
Dante and stars Dee Wallace-Stone, Robert Picardo and the late Christopher
Stone, ported over from the old laserdisc version), deleted scenes,
outtakes and a brand new 48-minute documentary.
1923 Boris Karloff film The Ghoul has never had a decent home video
release, something that MGM's 70th Anniversary Restored Edition will
hopefully rectify. The disc will contain a new transfer made from elements
held by the BFI, and subjected to extensive digital restoration.
titles in the new batch include an uncut version of Raw Meat (perhaps
better known here as Deathline); an uncut, widescreen Squirm, with
commentary by director Jeff Lieberman; Burnt Offerings, with
commentary by director Dan Curtis, scriptwriter William F. Nolan and star
Karen Black; the controversial 1988 Victor Salva flick Clownhouse;
a widescreen I. Madman (aka Hardcover); the Jim Carrey,
Lauren Hutton vampire movie Once Bitten; a Poltergeist II: The
Other Side and Poltergeist III double-bill (presenting The
Other Side in it's original 2.35:1 ratio) and two fun double-bill
discs containing Ghoulies and Ghoulies 2 and Troll and
a look at the sleeves for a new Norman Wisdom DVD collection, coming from
Carlton. They are, from left to right: The Bulldog Breed / One
Good Turn, On The Beat / Man of the Moment, The
Square Peg / Follow A Star, Trouble in Store / Up In
The World, A Stitch in Time / Just My Luck and The
Early Bird / Press For Time. These double-bill discs will be
released in May (tentatively May 12th). Four of the films (The Early
Bird, A Stitch In Time, On The Beat and Trouble In
Store) will feature commentary from Wisdom himself. There'll also be a
box set containing all six discs. Click on the image for a larger version.
updated the My Little Eye review.
Early test discs were a bit buggy (something I noted in the review), but
I'm happy to report that Momentum seems to have ironed out the glitches
for the finished discs. I've also been able to replace the review's
pictures, now that I'm able to access the movie disc.
of Rutger Hauer's The Hitcher might like to know that a Region 2
special edition disc is being prepared at the moment, and is tentatively
penciled in for release on July 14th. A week later Momentum will
release the UK version of the Terminator 2: Extreme Edition DVD
a tip for owners of Momentum's existing Region 2 Manhunter disc,
who are planning to upgrade when the two-disc edition is released (see
27th and 28th March, below). The first disc in the two-disc set is going
to be exactly the same as the current single-disc version, so if
you were contemplating getting rid of your current copy (but were worried
that it would contain something that wouldn't be on the new version)
you're safe to do so.
today's your last chance to enter our three current competitions. We've
got copies of Cube 2:
Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Signs
to give away! There'll be a new competition tomorrow!
sorts of goodies for you today, starting with a look a look at the new Manhunter
DVD (announced yesterday)...
BFI have three terrific titles lined up for April 21st. We featured the
sleeve for the 1966 BBC adaptation of Alice In Wonderland earlier
this week (on March 24th, below), but now the disc's bonus features have
been formally announced. They are: a commentary track by director Jonathan
should be fascinating, whether he remembers much about the production or
not!); eight minutes of footage of Percy Stow's 1903 version of Alice
In Wonderland; a stills gallery, and biography of Jonathan Miller
(where, no doubt, the BFI will be taking the opportunity to plug their wonderful Whistle
and I'll Come To You DVD).
Kneale's prescient 1968 play The Year of the Sex Olympics (which
features a vision of the future where Big Brother-style reality TV
shows are used to sedate the libidos and appetites of the masses) will
arrive on disc with an introduction by the estimable Kim Newman, a
full-length commentary by Manhunter star Brian Cox - hey! synergy!
- a ROM version of Kneale's original script, and a biography of director
Michael Elliott. Here's the sleeve:
here to see some of the Year of the Sex Olympics
Godard's fabulous 1964 hard-boiled pulp thriller Bande à Part is
being released by the BFI in full-frame (1.33:1) ratio, in French with English
subtitles. Bonus features include a "comprehensive A-Z guide
including a specially commissioned video interview with Anna Karina,
Quentin Tarantino on the dance sequence, clips, stills, on-set footage and
commentary by Dr Roland-François Lack, lecturer in the Department of
French at University College London". The disc also features an
interview with cinematographer Raoul Coutard, the film's original
theatrical trailer and a Godard biography. Here's the sleeve image:
for each of the three BFI discs is £19.99.
Boyle's post-apocalyptic zombie horror flick 28 Days Later will be
released by 20th Century Fox on disc on 19th May. The disc will feature the film in its original
1.85:1 ratio, with anamorphic enhancement, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Bonus features will include a full-length commentary track (by director Danny
Boyle and author Alex Garland); the storyboards for an alternate ending;
eight deleted scenes with optional commentary; the Pure Rage making
of... documentary; Jacknife Lee's Taxi: Ave Maria music video; a
stills gallery (45 images); a Polaroid gallery with commentary (95 images);
animated storyboards and theatrical trailers. The disc will have an RRP of £19.99.
Here's a peek at the sleeves for four forthcoming Superbit titles, coming
from Columbia Tristar during May...
been notified by the BBC Worldwide press office that the next Doctor
Who DVD, the Tom Baker story The Talons of Weng-Chiang will be
released on April 28th, as previously scheduled.
are releasing a special edition of Michael Mann's stylish 1986 thriller Manhunter.
The new two-disc set will be sharing shelf space alongside its remake, Red
Dragon (the title of Thomas Harris' novel, which was the source for both
films) on May 19th, when both are released. The new set will feature
the theatrical version of the film on the first disc, supported by two
"in depth" documentaries (it's likely that these will be the
same featurettes (totaling 27m) that feature on the current disc). The
second disc features a new Director's Cut of the film, running
119'06" - more than two minutes longer than the longest version
previously certificated by the BBFC). The Director's Cut has been
sourced from a new, colour-corrected, hi-definition master, approved by
director Michael Mann, and "including missing scenes from the
theatrical version" (I think that means "scenes missing from the
theatrical version"!) The disc features a commentary track from the
notoriously tight-lipped Mann, which will certainly give the director's
fans an added incentive to upgrade from one of the previous releases. I've
had a cursory skim through a copy of the Director's Cut disc, and
it looks very promising indeed. One small concern is the lack of 5.1
audio, which will probably feature on the forthcoming Anchor Bay Region 1
version, due later this year. The Director's Cut has 2.0 Dolby
Digital, (at 224kbps). RRP for the new set is £19.99. Check back in a
couple of days for a review, but in the meantime, have a look at the groovy
new disc menus.
BBFC have added an impressive list of bonus materials for the forthcoming
William Hartnell Doctor Who DVD release, The Dalek Invasion of
Earth (which hasn't even been officially announced yet). Here's the
breakdown of what amounts to more than two hours of bonus material (not
including the expected commentary track and production subtitles).
figures on the left refer to hours:minutes:seconds:frames for each
| THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH
00:00:35:23 | TRAILERS - DR. WHO
00:01:03:08 | TRAILERS - DOCTOR WHO
00:01:10:15 | CGI FEATURETTE
00:01:03:20 | CGI SEQUENCE A
00:01:49:12 | CGI SEQUENCE B
00:00:57:13 | CGI SEQUENCE C
00:01:38:01 | CGI SEQUENCE D
00:00:25:24 | EASTER EGG 1
00:00:46:02 | EASTER EGG 2
00:00:30:01 | EASTER EGG 3
00:07:51:20 | BLUE PETER
00:14:03:22 | WAYNE & SHUSTER
00:10:28:05 | TALKING DALEKS
00:00:22:22 | EXTRAS DISC INTRO
00:06:57:05 | NOW AND THEN
00:45:21:00 | FUTURE MEMORIES
00:17:46:18 | FUTURE VISIONS
00:06:01:10 | SCRIPT TO SCREEN
00:01:41:07 | REHEARSAL FILM
00:03:44:01 | PHOTO GALLERY
the sleeve for the BFI's forthcoming Alice In Wonderland DVD, which
is being released on April 21st. The disc contains Jonathan Miller's
terrific adaptation of Carroll's novel, which was originally broadcast by
the BBC on December 28th, 1966.
play features a starry cast, including Peter Cook (as the Mad Hatter),
Michael Gough (as the March Hare), Peter Sellers (as the King of Hearts) and
John Gielgud (as the Mock Turtle). Anne-Marie Mallik played Alice, in what
seems to have been her only TV acting role.
mark the halfway point in their series of Minder releases, when
they release The Complete Series Six on May 5th. The set will
contain all six episodes on two discs, including creator Leon Griffith's
final contribution to the series, Waiting For Goddard. The other
episodes are Give Us This Day Arthur Daley's Bread, Life in the
Fast Food Lane, The Return of the Invincible Man, Arthur Is
Dead, Long Love Arthur and From Fulham With Love. A host of
familiar faces appear in the series, including Blake's 7's David
Jackson, George and Mildred's Norman Eshley, Jan Francis, Rula
Lenska, Ronald Fraser and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) star
Kenneth Cope. The set will include trailers for season seven, a Primetime
magazine interview with Leon Griffiths (who died in 1992), and a guide to
the season extracted from Brian Hawkins' book The
Phenomenon That Was Minder. RRP for the set is
£24.99. Here's a look at the sleeve for the set, and a shot of one
of the menus. I think you'll agree that the sleeve looks much better with
the photo' the right way round...
have this picture of the Cinema Club Sherlock Holmes series box
set. Dull. Thanks to 'Ade R' over at Roobarb's
DVD Forum for the pointer.
the plots never vary much, I've always been a sucker for Mummy movies (and
yes, that includes the two recent Stephen Somers blockbusters!) What you
might not know is that those two movies have also spawned a spin-off
animated TV series, also called The Mummy (hey, if it ain't
broke....) Universal is releasing a feature-length DVD compilation of the
first three episodes of the series on April 7th, subtitled The Quest
For The Lost Scrolls. The series' animation is crude, and the scripts
are thin, but if it gets kids interested in the great Universal Mummy
movies of the 'thirties and 'forties, I'm all for it.
disc will come with a free gift (a LEGO
Expedition product, whatever that is - sounds groovy, though!), and
an array of child-friendly bonus features, namely a Trivia
Challenge game, Egyptology text information, character files and The
Mummy Animated trailer.
submissions to the BBFC include bonus material destined for the Ghost
Ship DVD (a featurette on prosthetics and a "club reel");
more than an hour's worth of stuff for Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can disc;
twenty minutes of extras for David Twohy's neglected supernatural thriller
set on board a submarine, Below; a couple of minutes of deleted
scenes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; almost forty
episodes of the Richard Greene ITC series The Adventures of Robin Hood;
a quarter of an hour of deleted scenes and a forty-minute documentary
about the making of Red Dragon, titled A Director's Journey;
eighty minutes of material for a MGM's forthcoming A Bridge Too Far Special
Edition DVD; a quarter of an hour's worth of introductions to episodes of Law
& Order from creator Dick Wolf; twenty minutes of deleted scenes
and a forty-five minute documentary for the Star Trek: Nemesis disc;
Val Guest interviews for DD Video's delayed Quatermass Experiment, Quatermass
II and The Abominable Snowman discs; episodes of The West
Wing and ER (possibly destined for VHS, of course); an audio
commentary for Paul Schrader's fabulous version of Cat People; an
hour-long Posthumerous Tribute to Peter Cook; the John Lithgow and
Bob Hoskins TV movie version of Don Quixote (inexplicably twenty
minutes longer than expected) and Fox's Cinemascope epic Journey To The
Center of the Earth.
Screen Records are re-releasing the soundtracks for the first three
Hellraiser movies in a classy-looking CD digipack, which folds out in the
shape of a cruciform. The discs themselves have artwork showing aspects of
the Lament Configuration box.
Young's richly orchestral music for the first two films (Hellraiser and
Hellbound - Hellraiser II) is widely regarded as some of the best
music ever written for horror movies. Collectors should note that the Hellbound
- Hellraiser II disc no longer contains music from Young's 1984 movie Highpoint.
The three-disc set will be limited to 3000 copies, and is released on
April 22nd. RRP is likely to be about £20.
there's no news of any significance, but we do have the promised review of
Pathé's Region 2 Resident Evil disc for you today. There's perhaps
been more speculation about this title than any other recent release, so
the question is, is the UK version an improvement on the Region 1
release? Read the review
to find out!
another competition for you to enter today, where you can win one of three
copies of Mosaic's excellent Cube 2: Hypercube DVD (which I
reviewed here). The disc is now
available to rent, and will be released to buy on April 21st, (when it will
be exclusive to Virgin Megastores and branches of Virgin Express).
back in tomorrow for a review of the UK version of Resident Evil,
and a substantial news update.
small update to Thursday's Buffy The Vampire Slayer news (below). DVD
Times has got hold of the official press release, and this has tipped
me off about two additional Easter Egg features on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- Season 6 DVD Collection (stop reading now if you
want to find them for yourself!) On disc two there's a short (1'50")
report on Joss Whedon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Amber Benson signing
copies of the Once More With Feeling CD at a branch of Tower
records. You can find it in Once More With Feeling's audio setup
menu. The other Egg is on disc four, and is a reproduction of a call sheet
for Normal Again. This is a DVD-Rom feature, and I couldn't find a
way of accessing it from the menus (OK, so I gave up after a couple of
minutes... anyone would think that Fox wants you poking around in
their VOB and IFO files...)
I'm shocked - a press release has lied to me! I've just received the Buffy
The Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling disc, and - surprise,
surprise - it does not have a 5.1 remix.
The good news is that Fox has
finally fixed a picture glitch that's been in every previous version (in
the scene where the demon's messenger delivers the message that his master
has kidnapped Dawn). Before you ask, yes, it is the extended forty-eight
minute version, and, yes, it is in anamorphic widescreen!
also received the discs, but no notes, on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- Season 6 DVD Collection. I've had a trawl through the discs, and this is
what you're gonna get...
episodes, with anamorphic (1.78:1) transfers and Dolby Digtal 2.0 audio,
at 192kbps. There are subtitles in English for the hard of hearing,
Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish.]
tracks on: Bargaining (Parts 1 and 2) (by writers Marti Noxon and
David Fury); Once More With Feeling (by writer / director Joss
Whedon, "This is pornography!"); Smashed (by Drew Z. Greenberg); Hell's Bells (by
director David Solomon and writer Rebecca Rand Kirshner); Normal Again
(by director Rick Rosenthal and writer Diego Gutierrez); and on Grave (by
director James A. Contner and writer David Fury).
Goes To Work (5'03") - a documentary to accompany Doublemeat
Palace, this features interviews with cast and crew members who
recollect some of the jobs they had before embarking on their chosen
Fury's Behind The Scenes of Once More With Feeling (28'17")
- a terrific documentary that does what it says on the tin. Spend half an
hour watching the cast rehearse their dance moves, record their vocals,
and generally having a blast. This is the best bonus feature on any of the
Buffy sets so far - although, shamefully it still doesn't have any
tangible contribution from Dame Sarah Michelle of Gellar.
Is My Verse, Hello!" - Buffy Karaoke - three songs from Once More
With Feeling, with on-screen lyrics so you can sing along at home.
[The original soundtrack is intact, so it's not 'proper' karaoke. The
three songs are I've Got A Theory / Bunnies / We're Together, I'll
Never Tell and Walk Through The Fire. See the picture
of Anya for an example of what the karaoke feature looks like]. Not
just for nerds with no real life, oh no.
- well, try as I might, the only trailer I could find here was the one
for the Kristy Swanson movie. Sure, there were loads of adverts here for
other Buffy and Angel DVD box sets, but no other trailers...
TV Arts and Science Panel Discussion (59'30") - a lengthy Q&A
session with several key cast and crew members, including Joss Whedon,
Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendan and Michelle Trachtenberg. It's very
dark and murky, but no doubt this will be a triumph of content over
presentation, and was definitely worth including.
Is The Big Bad - Season Six Overview (30'23") - the usual
retrospective blend of clips and yapping heads.
- much better presented than the ones that have appeared on the other
recent sets, but still sanitized, and, at less than three minutes long,
definitely something that leaves you hungry for more.
With A Bite (43'06") - an A&E documentary about the
series, probably broadcast in the US between the sixth and seventh
seasons. Lots of clips, plenty of interviews, including
contributions from - gasp - Sarah her good self.
incidentally, Bargaining is presented as one eighty-five minute
episode. [According to one of my correspondents, the two-part version of
the Bargaining omits some footage, including a scene at the
parent-teacher day where Buffy (ahem) is looking at the city of the future
model. This scene is definitely on the DVD. There's been no attempt to fix
an awkward edit in the scene where (SLIGHT SPOILER) Willow kills the
The version of Once More With Feeling is the same as
the one that's on the standalone disc. [Two To Go and Grave,
which were originally transmitted as a single episode, are presented
in all, this looks like a very, very solid set. Fans will get a real buzz
from David Fury's Once More With Feeling documentary, which takes
viewers behind the scenes with unprecedented frankness.
for the set is £79.99. The release date is the 12th May.]
that I've updated this since it was first uploaded, to answer a couple of
frequently asked questions.]
here to see some screen-grabs and menu screens from the Buffy... discs.
has also announced that they're to release a couple of classic TV series
on DVD in the UK: M*A*S*H and NYPD Blue.
first series of M*A*S*H will be released on May 19th, on a three
disc set featuring all twenty-four episodes of the 1972-73 season. The
episodes will be presented in their original 4:3 format, and, according to
the press release (see above) they'll have "4.0 Surround" audio
tracks. The discs will have a choice of sound mixes, with or without the
God-awful laugh track. The RRP is £29.99 (almost twice the price of the
Region 1 set from a retailer like play.com)
groundbreaking first season of NYPD Blue is also being released on
May 19th. The six-disc set will feature all twenty-two episodes from the
1992-93 season, and will carry an RRP of £44.99. The episodes will be in
4:3 ratio, and will have surround sound audio (the press release says
"4.0", but I'd be surprised if it's not simple 2.0
set will also contain a number of bonus features, including commentary
tracks on True Confessions, Personal Foul, Oscar, Meyer,
Weiner, Steroid Roy, Black Man Can Jump and Guns N'
also an hour-long Making of Season One documentary, a Love on
NYPD Blue featurette (12m), a short documentary on the casting
process, Cast Blotter (11m), cast and crew biographies and script extracts
from four scenes from the Pilot episode (with an option to play the
got another great competition for you today: we have three copies of Tobe
Hooper's seminal slasher flick The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to give
away. I haven't had a chance to examine the new disc yet, but, from what
I've read, it sounds like an essential purchase (it contains a brand new
feature-length documentary). Look out for a full review later this week,
but, in the meantime, click on the banner above to enter the competition.
Steven Spielberg-produced aliens-are-among-us mini-series Taken is
being released on DVD on May the 5th. The six-disc box set will contain
all ten episodes of the £26m, Golden Globe-nominated series, and
exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. The series will be released
here before it is in the US, with an RRP of £49.99.
Club has moved the release date of the first batch of Sherlock
Holmes DVDs (including the 23-disc box set) back to April 28th.
version of Oliver Twist being released by Cinema Club on May 12th
is not, as previously reported, the 1999 Renny Rye version: it's the 1982
adaptation starring George C. Scott as Fagin, and the estimable Tim Curry
as Bill Sikes.
Club's press release for their second quarter titles doesn't list
technical details of any description, but I can report that their version
of Brimstone and Treacle features a new anamorphic transfer with
stereo audio that promises to be a significant improvement on the
previous UK discs, from Arrow and Prism.
a selection of sleeves for forthcoming Cinema Club discs:
don't plan on making a habit of propagating unsubstantiated rumours, but
this report comes from a reliable source. I hear that the forthcoming
Region 2 release of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (you did
know it was coming, didn't you?) might well be subject to the same
BBFC-enforced edits as the original 1984 tape.
BBFC has recently allowed many, many titles with minor cuts to be
re-certificated, and released intact (including former so-called
"video nasties"), so this stubbornness seems uncharacteristically
petty. I wonder if the BBFC has offered to reinstate the missing
1'06" (shots from the barbaric human sacrifice sequence) if Paramount
will agree to an upgraded "12" certificate, and that it's
Paramount who is unwilling to compromise. Would Paramount gain more sales
from being able to promote the film as "finally uncut" than they
would lose by making sure only those over 12 are able to buy a copy?
Presumably they'll also have to factor in all the sales they'd lose from
well-informed customers boycotting a cut UK release in favour of an
unedited version from another region...
with the BBFC, thirty-one minutes of "Production Material" has
been certificated for the BBC's forthcoming remastered Edge of Darkness
DVD, along with a fifty-minute documentary for a new Monty Python's
Life of Brian disc, and almost two hours of stuff for CSI - Season
| CSI S2 DVD EXTRAS - LOOK BACK WITH ANTHONY ZUIKER
00:34:34:03 | WELCOME TO MIAMI
00:02:55:12 | BURKED - MINI FEATURETTE
00:19:19:03 | ELIZABETH DEVINE: SCUBA DOOBIE DOO & CAGED - EXPLAINED
00:08:00:10 | ELIZABETH DEVINE: & THE REAL CSI
00:09:51:00 | GEORGE EADES ON NICK STOKES
00:11:08:20 | JORJA FOX ON SARA SIDLE
00:11:38:06 | INTERVIEW WITH GARY DOURDAN
here's a surprise, a horror film that's not afraid to carry an
18-certificate! My Little Eye is an entertaining horror flick,
about a small group of young adults who are competing to win a million
dollars by staying in a house monitored by dozens of cameras, broadcasting
to the internet. Momentum's DVD version, due on April 21st, has really
gone to town with the film's premise, to create an elaborately interactive
two-disc set. Read our review of the disc here.
sleeves for the four Warner Home Video double-bill discs (see our news
item for February 27th) are now
here's a review that I know a lot of you have been waiting for! (The rest
of you will just have to wait another day or two for something new,
our review of ClearVision's Quatermass
box set. For those of you who haven't been playing along at home, this
set, due on April 7th, presents the four part 1979 mini-series Quatermass,
as well as the cut-down theatrical version, titled The Quatermass
an astonishing list from Network Video, of TV series that they intend to
release in the next year or so, taken from an apparently bona fide posting
at The Mausoleum Club's Available
Archive Stuff thread.
the Seventh (ATV)
The Goodies (BBC)
The Sweeney (Thames/Euston)
A Very Peculiar Practice (BBC)
The High Life (BBC)
Michael Bentine's Potty Time (Thames)
Till Death Us Do Part (BBC)
Brand - World Theatre (BBC)
Ace of Wands (Thames)
Special Branch (Thames/Euston)
Public Eye (Thames)
The Adventures of Robin Hood - 39 series one episodes (ITC)
Ever Decreasing Circles - Series three and four (BBC)
Ripping Yarns (BBC)
Strange Report (ITC)
Star Maidens (Portman)
Soldier, Soldier (Central)
The Life and Loves of a She Devil (BBC)
Star Cops (BBC)
Chancer - Series 1 (Central)
Press Gang (Central)
that's like having all your Christmases at once, aint it? A few of these
have been rumoured for a while (The Sweeney, for example), or have
already been listed by retailers (The High Life and The Goodies),
but many are genuine surprises. The range of companies Network has
licensed material from is impressive, especially when you consider what
doors that might open (the ITC archive, which Carlton now seems intent on
ignoring, for example).
it's disappointing that a couple of series that Network released on VHS
don't seem to be scheduled for DVD release (hello, Catweazle?),
there are some great series there, many of which seemed destined to
languish in the vaults forever. There are a couple there that I've not
seen, but am very keen to catch up with (everyone raves about Press
Gang and Ace of Wands). Terrific news... if only my bank
manager was as keen on archive television as I am!
details of Fox's Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More With Feeling disc
have been announced. The disc, due on 14th April, with an RRP of £15.99,
will contain three featurettes: Buffy: Inside The Music (13m),
Angel Season 1 Overview (11m?), Dark Angel Interview
with Jessica Alba (4m), trailers for all six seasons of Buffy,
the three seasons of Angel, and for Dark Angel season
episode itself will be presented in anamorphic 1.78:1 ratio, and,
according to the press release, with have 5.1 Dolby Digital sound!
(Frankly, Fox's press releases have so often been wrong about the sound
format in the past, that I won't believe it until I hear it!)
Home Video will release the second season of Babylon 5 - The Coming of
Shadows, on 19th May. The set will include all twenty-two episodes,
and will also contain a new introduction by series creator J. Michael
Straczynski, two documentaries (Building Babylon - Blueprint of an
Episode and Shadows and Dreams - Honours of Babylon), and The
Universe of Babylon 5 Audiovisual Archive (which allows access to Data
Files, Personnel Files, Tech Files, Historical Timelines and Episode
Previews).. There will be commentary tracks on three episodes (two from
Straczynski, and another by three of the series' stars). As before the
episodes will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic ratio, with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio. The RRP is £54.99.
Home Video is also releasing the 1986 Little Shop of Horrors remake,
on May 26th, but fans will be very disappointed to hear that the UK disc
will merely mirror the currently-available US disc, which no longer
includes the fabled alternative ending, which appeared on the original
American release (the disc was withdrawn shortly after it was released,
and re-issued without the footage, making the original version one of the
most sought-after DVDs among collectors). The UK disc will feature
an commentary track by director Frank Oz, an isolated score track,
outtakes, a making-of featurette, the theatrical trailer and two TV spots
(Fearless Hero and Cast/Revised). The film will be presented
in 1.85:1 ratiom with anamorphic enhancement, and will have Dolby Digital
5.1 audio. RRP for the disc is £12.99.
April schedule is shaping up nicely, headlined by the long-awaited Fargo
Special Edition DVD, on 21st April. The company is also releasing four
interesting World Cinema titles, Fellini's Roma and Satyricon,
Ken Loach's 1990 political thriller Hidden Agenda and Jim
Jarmusch's Mystery Train, on April 28th. Aside from theatrical
trailers, there are no additional features.
Stargate SG-1 Season 5 box set is released on the 28th of April,
gathering together the existing six discs, which contain the twenty-two
episodes, and all the attendant goodies that MGM habitually stuff the Stargate
SG-1 discs with. RRP is £59.99.
SG-1 Volume 27 is being released on 28th April, too, and will contain
the next four episodes of the seventh season: Nightwalkers (marking
the return of you-know-who), Abyss, Shadow Play (which
features a guest role for Quantum Leap's Dean Stockwell) and The
Other Guys (which features Enterprise's John Billingsley).
Bonus materials include commentary tracks, two further Director Series featurettes
(on Shadow Play and The Other Guys), a Season 6 stills
gallery, promo' trailers, and a fan spot (I'm sure that's not going to be
as disgusting as it sounds!)
starting the month with a clean slate (last month's news is archived here),
and with a brand new competition.
time we're offering you the chance to win one of five copies of M. Knight
Shyamalan's remarkable blockbuster Signs, courtesy of Buena Vista
Home Entertainment, who would, no doubt, like me to remind you that the
film is being released on March 31st (see the news column for 27th
February). The film may not have had quite the impact of The Sixth
Sense, but it does contain several textbook suspense scenes, and one
of the most chilling moments seen in recent years. The competition ends on
also have a new review for you, of Lost
in La Mancha, the heart-breaking documentary about the making and
unmaking of Terry Gilliam's long-cherished movie The Man Who Killed Don
Quixote, which was abandoned after less than a week of filming, and is
currently languishing in a tangle of red tape. The disc is from a relative
newcomer to DVD, Optimum Releasing, so check out the review to discover
whether they're a company to keep an eye on, or another fly-by-night hack
outfit in search of a quick buck.
congratulations to Chris Arnsby, Pat Lennox and Rob Hunter - you've just
won a copy of Dog Soldiers, courtesy of Pathé. Sean Pertwee was
the son of Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee. Our Dark Angel competition
was won by P. Montague. The series was set in Seattle.
and November 2002