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two disc special edition of The Hitcher has been delayed by two
weeks, and is now due on July 14th.
as a cross between The Matrix and 1984, the
interesting-sounding Equilibrium will be released as a rental title
by Momentum on July 28th, following a very successful UK theatrical
release. Reviews indicate that the
film is terrific eye-candy, which seems to be supported by the film's
trailer. I'm told that the disc will be presented in it's original 2.35:1
theatrical ratio, with anamorphic enhancement. The title has a sell-through window of six
months, meaning that there won't be a UK version to buy until January
2004, but this might be the sort of film that it's better to rent before
buying anyway. The rental disc will have "interactive" trailers (ones
that can be skipped using the appropriate button, I presume) and
production notes, but there's no sign of the commentary track
or the short Making of... featurette that will appear on Buena
Vista's Region 1 release, which is due on the 15th of May. Anyway, here's a
picture of the UK sleeve art. If Momentum's recent releases are anything
to go by, their retail disc might well be worth waiting for...
are also releasing 29 Palms, one of those "we've just stolen a
bag full of the mob's money"-type comedy thrillers, on July 28th. The
film has an interesting cast (including Rachael Leigh Cook,, Chris
O'Donnell, Bill Pullman and Michael Rapaport), but I mention it mainly
because the disc will feature an unusual bonus feature: the pilot episode
of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It strikes me as a rather clever
move (assuming its inclusion won't be to the detriment of the main
feature, on what's otherwise a basically feature-less disc).
of the admirable things about the Film Score Monthly soundtrack label is
that they recognise that a film doesn't have to be popular to have a great
score. You could even go as far as to say that many of the scores they
release come from films that are downright obscure. The label divides its
releases into two eras, Golden Age Classics (music released before the
late 50s) and Silver Age Classics (from the late fifties to the early
70s). The Golden Age collection includes scores by many of the legendary
names, including Alfred Newman, Miklůs Růzsa and Franz Waxman. The
Silver Age collection includes scores by relative newcomers, like Jerry
Goldsmith, John Williams and Lalo Schifrin.
label's latest releases include one disc from each collection, each
containing music from two scores. The Golden Age disc contains music from
two MGM films, composed by Hungarian-born Miklůs Růzsa: Green
Fire and Bhowani Junction, both of which starred Stewart
Granger. The score for the 1954 film Green Fire has a vaguely Latin
flavour, and is typically lush and lyrical. His score for the 1956 movie Bhowani
Junction, is more atypical, but the composer's skill with ethnic
instrumentation shines through. The disc is limited to 3,000 copies.
Silver Age disc contains two scores by Alex North, whose reputation has
grown among collectors in recent years following the release of a lot of
his less familiar work on CD. Most fans will have been familiar with his
monumental scores for Spartacus and Cleopatra, but his work
for lesser films like Dragonslayer (1981), and his rejected score
for Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) have proved to be no
less impressive. His score for All Fall Down, an intimate family
drama starring Warren Beatty, and directed by John Frankenheimer, is quite
unusual. It's unlike his most famous work, and more similar to his
memorable score for Elia Kazan's 1951 film adaptation of A Streetcar
Named Desire. Film Score Monthly's new CD contains the entire score,
in stereo, complete with alternate takes. The disc also contains a suite
from the 1964 film The Outrage, a remake of Kurosawa's 1950 classic
Rashomon. The film is sparsely scored, and the CD contains all the music
North that wrote for it. The disc is a limited edition of 3000 copies.
discs are available from specialist retailers, or you can help support the
label by ordering directly from the Film
Score Monthly website.
will release the third season of Futurama on June 2nd. As before
the episodes are presented in the order they were produced, rather than
the order they were transmitted, so the four-disc set contains twenty-two
episodes which originally aired in the third and fourth series.
of the episodes is supported by a commentary track from an assortment of
cast and crew members, and there are deleted scenes from most episodes.
Easter eggs include an audio recording of a table reading (for A Tale
of Two Santas) and alternate show opening captions. Other bonus
materials include a still gallery, animatics for Anthology of Interest
II and a guide to drawing two of the characters. The episodes are
presented in 4:3 format, with 2.0 Dolby Digital soundtracks.
episodes includes are: Disc One - Amazon Women In The Mood, Parasites
Lost, A Tale of Two Santas, The Luck of the Fryish, The
Birdbot of Ice-Catraz and Bendless Love. Disc Two - The Day
The Earth Stood Stupid, That's Lobstertainmen, The Cyber
House Rules, Where The Buggalo Roam, Insane In The Mainframe
and The Route of All Evil. Disc Three - Bendin' In The Wind,
Time Keeps on Slipping, I Dated A Robot, A Leela of Her
Own and A Pharoah To Remember. Disc Four - Anthology of
Interest II, the Emmy-winning Roswell That Ends Well, Godfellas,
Future Shock and The 30% Iron Chef.
been asked to remove the 28 Days Later review, because Fox are
doing exclusive coverage with another website (the BBC, since you ask)
until nearer the release date. If you didn't see the review, that'll teach
you to check here more often! I'm sorry for any inconvenience it may
cause, but not as sorry as I am that I spent all day Bank Holiday Monday
To compensate, I've got some terrific news about two classic BBC drama
series coming to DVD later this year from DD Video, the company that
recently released a couple of Hammer discs.
up is Terry Nation's Survivors, the thought-provoking
series about a band of misfit humans struggling to rebuild their lives
after a pandemic has killed 95% of the population. (Hey. Danny Boyle
should make a movie of it!)
Survivors ran for three series, from
1975 to 1977. Two previous attempts to release the series (on VHS) both
stalled after the first season (the first time it wasn't due to poor
sales, it was down to a certain High Street retailer
dragging their feet while they decided whether or not they wanted the second series as an
exclusive). It's not surprising that the second attempt, a few years
later, by Sovereign, was thwarted by
poor sales, since most people who wanted to buy the tapes of the first
season had already done
Video will be releasing the three seasons in box set format, on both DVD
and VHS. The first season, of thirteen fifty-odd minute episodes, is
scheduled for release in October. Special features have not been
finalised, but the company hopes to include a photo gallery, new
interviews and commentary tracks by cast members (hey - let's not forget
those people who worked behind the cameras!) The release will also be
supported by "a
full colour guidebook to the series containing much exclusive material and
stills". Sounds great! Let's all hope that we're still around to buy
Winter DD Video will also be releasing season one of Oh Doctor Beeching,
which is more in keeping with the bulk of their catalogue, which is
train-oriented. Oh, and they're also going to be releasing season one of Secret
Army. As soon as I hear anything else, you'll read it here.
3:2 of The Tomorrow People, containing the three part story
Worlds Away will be released on June 23rd, with an RRP of £15.99. The
disc is already available as part of the Season 3 box set (which is
exclusive to MVC),. The
episodes are accompanied by a commentary track by cast members Nicholas
Young and Peter Vaughan-Clarke. The disc comes with a
free CD, containing Big Finish's audio adventure The New Gods.
of you with eagle-eyes may have spotted that I've made a few cosmetic
changes to the site over the weekend. A few banners have been tweaked, and
I've optimised some of the more commonly-used images so that they should
you've never seen Aardman Animation's Angry Kid, do yourself a
favour and scoot over to the official
website, and discover what all the cool dudes have been talking about
(requires Flash 6). You may think that now he's made the transition from
Internet cult star to appearing in his own BBC 3 series that his career is
in decline (sorry, small joke at the expense of the BBC's digital-only
channels there!), but the truth is that he's about to cross over into the
real world, courtesy of Pathť, who will be releasing a collection of all
twenty-five episodes on DVD on June 9th.
disc will also feature a making of... documentary (Inside Angry Kid),
three "foreign language" films, a director's cut of one of the
episodes, a teaser trailer for season two, an image gallery, and copies of
Angry Kid's school and police reports. The disc will arrive in special
interactive packaging, which features flaps that flip over, so that you
can change Angry Kid's expression. (I'm sure it will be a lot more
thrilling and interactive than it sounds!)
episodes will be presented in 4:3 format, with Dolby Digital audio of some
description and HoH English subtitles. RRP is £15.99.
have announced the addition of a couple of exciting titles to their £9.99
Classic Collection film range.
film version of Whoops Apocalypse and two classic David Lean
movies, Blithe Spirit and This Happy Breed, are
released on May 12th. Nicolas Roeg's devastating Bad Timing will be
released on June 16th.
titles in the range include Silver Dream Racer, Wombling Free,
Just Like A Woman and Carve Her Name With Pride. Hey - I
didn't say they were all exciting!
it absurd that the film version of Whoops Apocalypse has had
numerous home video releases since 1986, while the far superior TV series
hasn't been widely available for more than a decade?
far too little Roeg available, so Bad Timing is very welcome, (particularly if Carlton are going to release the film with an anamorphic
has posted a review
of the Region 1 version of Daredevil, more than three months before
it's release, on July 29th. As of yesterday, the plan was to release the
UK Region 2 version a few weeks earlier, on July 7th.
are releasing Red Dragon on DVD on May 19th (the same day as
Momentum release their two-disc Manhunter
exciting news is that the UK version will feature a DTS audio track,
making it a more attractive proposition than the US disc.
two-disc set will feature the film on disc one, with a commentary track by
director Brett Ratner and scriptwriter Ted Tally (who won an Oscar for his
script for The Silence of the Lambs). The film also has an isolated
score track, with commentary by composer Danny Elfman.
second disc will feature the following bonus materials: FBI
Profile: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer Hosted by John Douglas (8m);
The Burning Wheelchair (4m); A Director's Journey: Brett
Ratner's Video Diary (50m); Makeup (1m); Screen and Film
tests (12m); Storyboards to Final Feature comparison (8m);
Brett Ratner's (untitled) student film; The Leeds House Crime Scene (4m),
Red Dragon teaser trailer (2m) and theatrical trailer (3m); Additional
Scenes (deleted scenes, alternate versions and extended scenes) with
optional commentary (13m); Visual Effects (4m); The Hulk teaser
trailer (1m); Anthony Hopkins' Lecter and Me (4m); and the Making
of Red Dragon (14m).
the moment it seems that the bonus features for the Region 2 disc closely
match the Region 1 release, and may even better them. (The sleeve design
is certainly better!) Expect a full review here nearer the release date.
have been a few changes in Cinema Club's plans for their Granada TV
detectives series. Cinema Club have added several retailer-exclusive box
sets to the range.
you weren't planning on buying the full-series box sets, the new lineup
offers much more flexibility, and should enable buyers to build a
collection, while still taking advantage of multi-disc box sets.
HMV sets will be Digi-Packs, the MVC sets simply group Amaray-style
cases. All of the individual discs have an RRP of
is the current schedule:
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Master Blackmailer
Sign of Four
The Eligible Bachelor
The Last Vampyre
The Mazarin Stone / The Cardboard Box
The Golden Pince-Nez / The Red Circle
The Three Gables / The Dying Detective
The Illustrious Client / The Creeping Man
Shoscombe Old Place / The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Problem Of Thor Bridge / The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
Wisteria Lodge / The Bruce Partington Plans
following box sets contain three discs, either containing three
movie-length episodes or six fifty-minute episodes. For the sake of
convenience I'll refer to each disc by the title of the first
episode. RRP for these sets is £24.99.
Set 1 - Baskervilles / Master Blackmailer / Sign of Four (MVC
Set 2 - Eligible Bachelor / Last Vampyre / Mazarin Stone (MVC
Set 3 - The Golden Pince-Nez / Three Gables / Illustrious Client (MVC
Set 4 - Shoscombe Old Place / Problem Thor Bridge / Wisteria Lodge (MVC
Complete Sherlock Holmes Box Set (23 discs - RRP £159.99)
are releasing four box sets grouping together the episodes as they were
originally transmitted, season by season, adding the two short seasons
together to make one set:
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (6-disc Box Set - HMV Exclusive, RRP
Return of Sherlock Holmes (5-disc Box Set - HMV Exclusive, RRP £40.99)
Casebook & Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (6-disc Box Set - HMV
Exclusive, RRP £40.99)
Holmes Classic Feature-Length Episodes (5-disc box set - HMV
Club has re-authored the discs in the HMV season box sets, so that the The
Final Problem and The Empty House episodes are now split across
two three-episode discs (allowing each episode to appear in the correct
season box set). This means that there are only 22 discs in the five HMV
box sets, but this still includes all the episodes.
a picture of four of the HMV packs...
The Devil's Foot / Silver Blaze
The Man With The Twisted Lip / The Six Napoleons
The Musgrave Ritual / The Abbey Grange
The Priory School / The Second Stain
The Final Problem / The Empty House
The Greek Interpreter / The Norwood Builder
The Red-Headed League / The Copper Beeches
The Blue Carbuncle / The Resident Patient
The Crooked Man / The Speckled Band
The Naval Treaty / The Solitary Cyclist
A Scandal in Bohemia / The Dancing Men
following box sets contain three or four discs, containing six or eight
fifty-minute episodes. I'll refer to each disc by the title of the first
episode. RRP for these sets is £24.99.
Set 5 - Devil's Foot / Twisted Lip / Musgrave Ritual (MVC Exclusive)
Set 6 - Priory School / Final Problem / Greek Interpreter /
Red-Headed (MVC Exclusive)
Set 7 - Blue Carbuncle / Crooked Man / Naval Treaty / Scandel
Bohemia (MVC Exclusive)
can read my review of several of the Sherlock Holmes discs here.
Complete Poirot - 31-disc box set (RRP £199.99)
The Adventure of the Clapham Cook / Murder in the Mews
The Adventure of Johnnie Waverly / 4 & 20 Blackbirds
The Third Floor Flat / Triangle At Rhodes
Problem At Sea / The Incredible Theft
The King of Clubs / The Dream
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Lord Edgware Dies
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Peril At End House
- Parts 1 & 2
The Veiled Lady / The Lost Mine
The Cornish Mystery / The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim
Double Sin / The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
The Kidnapped PM / The Adventure of the Western Star
How Does Your Garden Grow? / The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
The Plymouth Express / Wasps' Nest
following box sets contain three discs, containing six fifty-minute
episodes. I'll refer to each disc by the title of the first episode.
RRP for these sets is £24.99.
Set 1 - Clapham Cook / Johnnie Waverley / Third Floor Flat (MVC
Set 2 - Problem at Sea / King Clubs / Roger Ackroyd (MVC exclusive)
Set 3 - Lord Edgware / Poirot's Christmas / Peril at End House (MVC
Set 4 - Veiled Lady / Cornish Mystery / Double Sin (MVC exclusive)
Set 5 - Kidnapped PM / Garden Grow / Plymouth Express (MVC
The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor / The Double Clue
The Mystery of the Spanish Chest / The Theft of the Royal Ruby
The Affair At The Victory Ball / The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb / The Underdog
Yellow Iris / The Case of The Missing Will
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman / The Chocolate Box
The Dead Man's Mirror / Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The ABC Murders
following box sets contain three discs, containing six fifty-minute
episodes. I'll refer to each disc by the title of the first episode.
RRP for these sets is £24.99.
Set 6 - Marsdon Manor / Spanish Chest / Victory Ball (MVC exclusive)
Set 7 - Egyptian Tomb / Yellow Iris / Italian Nobleman (MVC
Set 8 - Dead Man's Mirror / Affair at Styles / ABC Murders (MVC
Hickory Dickory Dock
Murder On The Links
Death In The Clouds
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Murder in Mesopotomia
Evil Under The Sun
following box sets contain three discs, each containing three or four
feature-length episodes. RRP for these sets is £24.99.
Set 9 - Hickory Dickory / Dumb Witness / Murder on the Links (MVC
Set 10 - Death in Clouds / One, Two... / Mesopotamia / Under The Sun
Complete Cracker - 10 DVD box set (RRP £69.99)
Mad Woman In The Attic
Say I Love You
Day A Lemming Will Fly
Be A Somebody
following box sets contain three or four discs, each containing one
complete story. RRP for these sets is £24.99.
Set 1 - Mad Woman / To Say I Love You / One Day A Lemming Will Fly (MVC
Set 2 - To Be A Somebody / The Big Crunch / Men Should Weep (MVC
Set 3 - Brotherly Love / Best Boys / True Romance / White Ghost (MVC
Prime Suspect box set (RRP £49.99)
Suspect 4 - Inner Circles
Suspect 4 - Scent of Darkness
Suspect 4 - The Lost Child
Suspect 5 - Errors of Judgement
should win some sort of award for this very classy looking sleeve for
their forthcoming two-disc version of The Hitcher (see news, 11th
a look at the sleeve artwork for the next couple of ClearVision titles: Out
and the box set of Taggart, containing volumes 34 to
37. (For more details, see 5th April, below).
Home Video is releasing episodes of three popular TV series on June 9th.
were three attempts to get a Wonder Woman TV series off the ground. The
first was a 1974 TV pilot movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby. Eighteen months
later ABC screened three TV specials starring former Miss World-USA Lynda
following year ABC launched a series of hour-long episodes which were
faithful to the character's comic strip roots, and set during World War
series was commissioned as a filler, a replacement for The Bionic Woman,
which had entered hiatus when its star, Lindsay Wagner, was injured in a
car accident. When ABC cancelled the show after twelve episodes, the
production company took the series to CBS, who made and aired forty-six
episodes between 1977 and 1979. The period setting of the ABC series had
made it relatively expensive, so the CBS series was set in the present
Home Video are releasing the first three episodes from the revamped CBS
series (titled The New Adventures of Wonder Woman): The Return
of Wonder Woman (the show's feature-length pilot episode), Anshluss
77 and The Man Who Could Move The World. Two of these episodes
appear to be from scripts developed for the ABC series, since they deal
with World War II themes (plans to clone Hitler in Anshluss 77, a
Japanese soldier bent on revenge in The Man Who Could Move The World).
The DVD will feature cast profiles, a photo' gallery and a look at some
Wonder Woman memorabilia.
Nightmares, the 1988 anthology show based on the Nightmare on Elm
Street films, and starring Robert Englund, is also being launched on
the 9th of June. Volume 1 contains the first three episodes: No
More Mr Nice Guy, It's A Miserable Life and Killer Instinct.
The DVD includes a look at Freddy merchandise, a photo' gallery and an
article on The Legacy of Freddy Kruger.
third series is The Dukes of Hazzard. Volume one contains
three episodes: Treasure of Hazzard, Officer Daisy Duke and Mason
Dixon's Girls, and has similar features to the Wonder Woman and
Freddy's Nightmares discs.
disc will be in the original 4:3 ratio, with mono sound, and have an RRP
will release a new two-disc special edition version of The Hitcher on
June 30th. The 1986 film was one of the first movies to become a huge home
video seller, gathering a loyal cult following long after it had ended its
new two-disc set will feature a new anamorphic transfer (in 2.35:1 ratio),
with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (contrary to what you might read elsewhere,
it does not have DTS audio). The first disc contains the movie, with a
full-length commentary track by director Robert Harmon and writer Eric
Red. It also has scene-specific commentary by Harmon, executive producer
Edward S. Feldman, Eric Red, composer Mark Isham, cinematographer John
Searle and stars C. Thomas Howell and Rutger Hauer.
second disc will feature a brand new forty-minute documentary, The
Hitcher - How Do These Movies Get Made?, which includes interviews
with all the key cast and crew members, with the regrettable exception of
Jennifer Jason Leigh. The documentary is in 1.78:1 anamorphic format. Disc
two will also contain two trailers, filmographies, script extracts
(including two deleted scenes), and two short movies: Robert Harman's 1980
debut China Lake (34m) and Rutger Hauer's 2001 film The Room (11m).
Both shorts are presented in non-anamorphic 2.35:1 ratio and have optional
director's commentary. China Lake has a 2.0 soundtrack, The
Room is in 5.1.
here to see a selection of menu
screens from the new disc. RRP for the new disc is £19.99.
review of Resident Evil has
been updated. Apparently the German 2-disc set does not, after all,
feature deleted scenes. It looks like the definitive Resident Evil DVD
has yet to appear...
a better look at the Taken box set, which is due for release on May
second - final - season of James Cameron's Dark Angel will be
released by Fox on June 3rd. The six-disc set will contain all twenty-one
episodes, including the feature-length finale Freak Nation.
Contrary to what you might read elsewhere (the press release is incorrect)
the episodes will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format (1.78:1),
with 2.0 Dolby Surround audio. The sixth disc will feature the set's only
bonus feature, a six minute featurette Seattle Ain't What It Used To Be.
RRP for the set is £59.99. Click here
to have a look at a selection of menu screens from Season 2.
Gilliam's fabulous dystopian black comedy Brazil - my stock answer
to the question "what's your favourite movie?", which may
explain why I'm still single - will be released by Fox on May 19th.
disc will have an anamorphic widescreen transfer (at 1.85:1), making it a
useful companion piece to Criterion's awsome three-disc Brazil Region
1 box set. The UK disc will have 2.0 surround audio, and will also
feature the very funny What Is Brazil? featurette and the film's
theatrical trailer. RRP for the disc is £15.99.
Columbia Tristar's June schedule
has been released, although details are thin on the ground. The label
is releasing two new versions of The Fast and the Furious on the
9th of June. One will be a new Special Edition (probably with similar
spec's to the "Tricked Out Edition" announced a few weeks ago In
the US). The other is a Superbit version (pictured, left), which strips away all the extras
and re-allocates that space to allow for better picture
quality. Also on the 9th is a Dan Dare DVD,
presumably episodes of the Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future CGI TV
series currently airing on Saturday morning on channel five.
the 15th sees the release of the 1960 Steve McQueen war romance movie The
War Lover and the 1966 Burt Lancaster / Lee Marvin action Western The
June 26th Columbia will release a Charlie's Angels box set (containing the first series of the 70s TV
show), the Eddie Murphy / Owen Wilson version of I Spy,
the anaemic James Caan TV movie Blood Crime, and Dana Carvey's box-office
of Disguise (great trailers, lousy film, by all accounts).
a line-up like that, the only Columbia Tristar disc I might consider
spending my money on in June is the classic Ray Harryhausen giant octopus flick It
Came From Beneath The Sea. The film is released on June 16th, and will
feature The Harryhausen Chronicles documentary and This
Is Dynamation featurette (for heaven's sake, Columbia, stop wasting
disc space on these - we already have half a dozen copies of each!) The film will
be presented in anamorphic widescreen ratio of 1.85:1, with mono audio.
Here's the front and back of the sleeve:
readers - which is all of you, right? - will have noticed that once or
twice I've added a soundtrack CD to the news lineup. I don't think you can
truly love films without an appreciation for film music, so I hope you
won't mind me mentioning one from time to time.
latest is the soundtrack for George Lucas's cold 1970 science fiction film
THX 1138. The music was composed by Lalo Schifrin, the man who
scored Enter The Dragon and four of the five Clint Eastwood Harry
Callaghan movies, among many others. (You may have seen him recently,
conducting the orchestra at the beginning of Red Dragon).
Schifrin's typically adventurous score has been given its first ever
commercial release by the good offices of Film Score Monthly magazine's
own label, joining dozens of neglected gems given a new lease of life
(including such essential purchases as Ron Grainer's The Omega Man,
music from three of the Planet of the Apes sequels, Jerry Goldsmith's The
Illustrated Man and Jerry Fielding's The WIld Bunch). The
label usually releases a couple of discs every month (this month the other
one is Bronoslau Kaper's 1960 score for Home From The Hill). Each
of the discs is strictly limited edition (a couple of discs by John
WIlliams have already sold out, as has The Omega Man). In the case
of THX 1138 this is a pressing of 3000 copies (as is Home From
The Hill). The discs can be purchased from specialist soundtrack
outlets, but it's probably easier to order them from the magzine's
website: Film Score Monthly.
have two new reviews for you today, both of memorable British TV
first is the latest title in the BFI's Archive Television series: Jonathan
Miller's dream-like BBC adaptation of Alice
In Wonderland, originally broadcast in 1966. The second is of
three discs containing early episodes from the superb Jeremy Brett Sherlock
Holmes series. The first batch of Sherlock Holmes discs,
and a box set containing the entire series, are due for release by Cinema
Club's on April 14th. The three discs under review are part of the batch
due on the 9th of June (but are included in April 14th's box set). For
more details on Cinema Club's release schedule, see the news updates for 25th
February and 3rd April (below).
Here's a picture of Cinema Club's forthcoming Poirot box set, which
is due on May 12th. The Sherlock Holmes box set (see news entry for
22nd March) was pugg-ugly, but the
Poirot one looks fabulous.
last of Columbia Tristar's Ray Harryhausen movies, It Came From Beneath
The Sea, will be released in the UK on June 16th. No further
information is available.
BFI's Alice in Wonderland, Year of the Sex Olympics and Bande
ŗ part discs have been postponed by a week, and will now be released
on the 28th of April.
batch of Taggart releases have been scheduled for release by
ClearVision Video on the 2nd of June. The four stories in question are Volume
34 - For Their Sins (a woman whose daughter died of a drug overdose is
suspected when there's a drugs-related murder on the local housing
scheme), Volume 35 - A Fistful of Chips (Ross vows to avenge the
murder one of his friends), Volume 36 - Fearful Lightning (a woman
working for a spiritualist is found electrocuted in a a church) and Volume
37 - Ghost Rider (a police officer is found dead in a burnt out car,
and the police suspect a convicted murderer). The four discs will be
available separately, with an RRP of £12.99 each, or as a box set for
are releasing writer Trevor Preston's terrific 1978 Euston Films / Thames
Television series Out, which starred Tom Bell as Frank Ross, a
hardened villain who's just spent eight years in prison for his role in a
bank robbery. Ross is completely disorientated when he's released, but
determined to extract revenge on whoever it was who grassed him up.
six episodes of the BAFTA award winning series will be released as a
two-disc set on June 2nd, with an RRP of £24.99.
Club will be releasing a collection of horror b-movies on July 14th,
including a number of Al Adamson titles.
collection comprises of Angel's Wild Women, Blood of the
Vampires, Horror And The Blood Monsters, Brides of Blood,
The Blood Drinkers, Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Satan's
Sadists, Dracula Vs Frankenstein, Brain of Blood, The Dynamite
Brothers and Raiders of the Living Dead.
Home Video has confirmed that the second Babylon 5 box set has been
delayed until May 26th.
spent all day today researching and writing a new review for you today, so
I hope you appreciate my efforts! The film in question is Manhunter,
Michael Mann's adaptation of Thomas Harris's first Hannibal Lector novel Red
Dragon. When you read the review you'll realise why it's taken me so
long. There have been several versions of the film released on DVD, so is
this one worth buying? Well, yes... and no. Read the
review to find out why this might be one of 2003's great missed
- The new Cinema
Club Sherlock Holmes sleeves can now be seen in the review
and November 2002