NEWS - 10th to 16th NOVEMBER 2003
written a review of Momentum's new Region 2 Cutthroat Island DVD,
which is due on December the 1st. The disc boasts an impressive new
anamorphic transfer, a knockout 5.1 audio mix, and some worthwhile extras,
including a commentary track by Finnish director Renny Harlin. You can
read the review by clicking on the sleeve image, left, or here.
whet your appetite for the forthcoming Alien Quadrilogy box set,
which I hope to review soon, I've added a couple of articles about Jean-Pierre
Alien: Resurrection, which were published during
the film's theatrical release. They are a review
of the film, and an article
about the film's script, which included a radically different
fans should be thrilled to hear that Matrix Revolutions will
be shown at the BFI's IMAX theatre on the South Bank, starting on the 28th
July more than 50,000 people have seen Matrix Reloaded at the South
Bank IMAX cinema. During its four month run the film took more money at
the BFI IMAX cinema than at any other venue in the world. You can read our
review of a screening here.
can get further information
on tickets and show times by calling 020 7902 1234 or by visiting the BFI's
website, which offers 24-hour online booking.
are bucking the trend by releasing a bunch of catalogue titles on the 1st
of December, a month when the rest of the industry traditionally coasts on
the sales from one or two blockbusters.
Ride's Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks star in the R-rated May /
December romantic drama My First Mister. The disc will feature an
anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and a commentary
track by the film's director, former Chicago Hope star Christine
Lahti, (who won an Academy Award for her 1995 short film Lieberman in
Redford and Mia Farrow star in Jack Clayton's turgid 1974 adaptation of The
Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Great
American Novel", which was scripted by Francis Ford Coppola. The disc
will boast a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and a 1.78:1 anamorphic
Hopper and Kiefer Sutherland star in cult comedy Flashback, about a
young FBI agent escorting an ageing hippie to prison. The DVD will have an
anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Bakshi's ambitious, but flawed, 1992 mix of animation and live-action Cool
World, starring Brad Pitt and Kim Basinger, is also due on December
the 1st. The disc will have an anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer, and Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio.
Simon's 1970 comedy about a nightmarish journey to New York, The Out of
Towners, which features Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis, completes
Paramount's offering for December the 1st. The disc will have an
anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer, and mono audio.
1992 adaptation of Wuthering Heights, starring Ralph Fiennes as
Heathcliff and Juliette Binoche as Cathy, will be released on December the
22nd, with an anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer, and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.
for all these titles is £15.99. Many of these titles are available for
less than £10 in the US, so shop wisely!
will be honouring their pledge to release the entire series of Star
Trek - Deep Space Nine before the end of the year with the release of Season
6 on December the 1st, and Season 7 on December the 22nd. Both
sets have Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, Easter Eggs, and include more than an
hour of new bonus materials.
Trek V: The Final Frontier is generally regarded as the worst film in
the series, but that probably won't stop fans picking up Paramount's new
Special Edition DVD version on the 22nd of December.
two-disc set will feature a commentary track by Director and star William
Shatner, and his daughter Liz, who co-wrote Shatner's published diary of
the film's production. The disc also features a text commentary, gag reel,
deleted scenes and several behind the scenes featurettes adding up to more
than five hours of bonus materials (including a look at the notorious
aborted "rock creature" sequence). The film will have a 2.35:1
anamorphic transfer, and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. RRP is £24.99.
Bay UK's Amicus Collection box set has been postponed until
December the 1st.
Video will release Michel Ocelot's critically-acclaimed 1998
animated film Kirikou and the Sorceress (Kirikou
et la sorcière) on December the 1st.
film, based on a traditional West African folk tale, tells the story of a
young boy who confronts an sorceress. The disc will feature the original
French audio mix, with English subtitles, or an alternate English language
track. (It seems that these are separate presentations: the sleeve says
"2 x 70 minutes"). The disc is presented in full-frame format.
The film, which features a score by Youssou N'Dour, has an RRP of £19.99.
has announced that they'll be releasing Jeepers Creepers 2 on
January the 19th, with an RRP of £17.99. More details should be announced
later this week.
bare bones of Columbia Tristar's February schedule has also been released:
critically-mauled Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez movie Gigli will
be released on February the 2nd. A collection of episodes from the TV
series follow up to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Big Fat Greek
Life, is due on the 9th of February. The set will contain all seven
Willis is sent to rescue an American doctor (Monica Bellucci - sigh) from
advancing military forces in war-torn Nigeria in Tears of the Sun,
which is due on the 16th of February. Paul Schneider and Zooey Deshanel
star in the small-town romance All The Real Girls, also due on
February the 16th.
Tristar will also release special edition versions of the 1981 adaptation
of Annie and Roald Dahl's Matilda on February the 16th, but
there's no indication as to whether these will be the same worthless
pan-and-scan transfers that are soon to be released in the US.
Polanski's 1979 Thomas Hardy adaptation Tess is also due on the
16th (unless there's another film with that title). The film is currently
available on VHS from Pathé, so perhaps the film has changed
distributors, again. (It was originally released on the Thorn EMI label!)
The film, which made Nastassja Kinski an international star, is apparently
only available on DVD in Japan.
office smash Bad Boys 2 will be released on the 23rd of February,
along with straight-to-DVD sequel Wild Things 2, Lou Diamond
Phillips' dire shark thriller Red Water, something called Naked
Fish, and Trainspotting
wannabe Boston Kickout.
a look at the sleeves for two Warner Home Video titles that were announced
last week (you can read more about them by visiting last
week's News page).
a shame that Warner Home Video has gone with the same artwork for The
Valley of Gwangi as the US DVD, eschewing the fabulous original US
poster artwork. The DVD artwork makes the film look like a Roger Corman
knockoff. At least they kept the logo'!
the difference between the Memoirs of an Invisible Man DVD sleeve
(which features Chevy Chase's face) and the original European poster, used
to illustrate the News last week, (which doesn't). The DVD version is
based on the US poster design.
new DVD sleeves are on the left, the original poster designs are on the
Previous News entries can
by following this link.