NEWS - 7th to 14th September 2003
pack shots for Warner Home Video's Hammer Horror Resurrected and Horror
Classics DVD box sets are now available:
Distribution Ltd are releasing a two-disc Special Edition of Luc Besson's
outlandish 1997 science fiction action movie The Fifth Element on
November the 24th.
new disc will have 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital audio tracks; an anamorphic
2.35:1 transfer (let's hope it's more like the R1 Superbit version from
Columbia Tristar than the current Pathé disc) a commentary track by the
special effects team, Elements of Style (a featurette about
Gaultier and Jean Giraud); Discovering the Fifth Element (a
making of... documentary); Imagining the Fifth Element (special
effects featurette); The Art of the Fifth Element (with designer
Jean-Claude Mezieres); An Audience with Diva
Plavalaguna featurette; trailers and TV spots; footage from the Cannes
opening night party; storyboard and production notes and The Sixth
Element essay. RRP is £19.99.
screens for Warner Home Video's forthcoming Hammer Horror Resurrected box
set have been added to the site. You can see them here.
Specifications for the new discs have been checked, and have been added to
the Hammer on DVD guide. As
expected, none of the discs in the box set have any bonus features. Aside
from the fact that buying the new Frankenstein Created Woman disc
will avoid any problems associated with the American disc (from Anchor
Bay), the Resurrected box set will also tempt fans with an
anamorphic transfer of Quatermass and the Pit.
company Umbrella will be releasing a six-disc DVD box set of episodes of
popular 60s ITC series The Saint on November the 11th.
have been digitally remastered, and will be presented uncut. The set will
also include some bonus material, including an exclusive commentary track
(on the first episode, The Talented Husband) by star Roger Moore, Producer
Robert S, Baker and Production Supervisor Johnny Goodman. The set also
contains a reproduction of an original ITC publicity booklet, rare ITC
publicity and memorabilia files, production notes, rare archive footage,
image galleries, The Saint on Film text feature and trailers for
other ITC series. The episodes will also be accompanied by isolated music
and effects audio tracks! The discs are coded for all regions, and will be
playable on all UK DVD players. RRP for the set is AU$119.95 (about £49).
set will contain the first twenty-four episodes, including the whole of
the first season: The Talented Husband, The Latin Touch, The Careful Terrorist,
The Covetous Headsman, The Loaded Tourist, The Pearls of Peace, The Arrow of God,
The Element of Doubt, The Effete Angler, The Charitable Countess, The Golden Journey,
The Romantic Matron, The Man Who Was Lucky, The Invisible Millionaire, The Gentle Ladies,
The Ever-Loving Spouse, The Saint Sees It Through, The King of The
Beggars, The Benevolent Burglary, The Fellow Traveller, Marcia, The Bunco Artists,
Judith and The Work of Art.
can discuss this release in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
a small but significant update today. I've added a new page here
comparing Hammer DVDs from the UK and US. There's been a flood of Hammer
discs recently, and there are a lot more on the way, (from Warner Home
Video and Momentum: see the News
entry for the 5th of September for details). There are a surprising
number of Hammer titles available now, but there are a lot of important
gaps, too. Hopefully the guide will evolve into a definitive guide to
Hammer on DVD. If you have any comments about the guide, including
corrections or additions, please get in touch, either via the email link
(left) or in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
Century Fox Home Entertainment and Pathé Distribution expands its range
of £5.99 titles on the 6th October with nine titles new to DVD: Office
Space, A Troll in Central Park, Body Shot, No Escape (aka
Escape From Absolom and The Prison Colony), Bushwacked,
Johnny Dangerously, Larger Than Life, Polish Wedding and
Red Sun Rising.
help visitors with slow connections, and to tame spiralling bandwidth use,
I've made a few changes to the News section. Basically instead of
accumulating the news for an entire month, there'll be a separate
page for each week. You can access previous News pages by clicking on the
News Archive button, left.
you're interested in vintage television, be certain to pick up a copy of
the latest boutique publication from the Mausoleum Club website, The
Illustrated Gazette - Issue 2.
magazine is already shaping up to be an invaluable resource of information
about archive programmes. The latest issue contains coverage on Rudolph
Cartier's 1968 Theatre 625 play The Fanatics; a
previously-unpublished interview with Van Der Valk star Barry
Foster; a new interview with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy star
David Dixon; articles on the Late Night Horror episode The Kiss
of Blood; a 1971 play, Prisoners, starring Edward Woodward and
Warren Mitchell (with contributions from its author, Don Taylor) and the
1965 Play of the Month: Lee Oswald: Assassin. While you're there,
you should also check out the site's other publications, which include the
first issue of The Pictorial Compendium (which provides extensive
episode guides for TV series like Target and Dead of Night)
and a special publication about Jackanory in the 1960s. You can get
full details from the Publications section of the Mausoleum