NEWS - 8th to 15th DECEMBER 2003
third film in the American Pie series, American Pie - The
Wedding, will be released on DVD by Universal on January the
disc will contain a different version of the film to that seen in cinemas
earlier this year. It will contain eight minutes of new bachelor party
footage, and seventeen minutes of "spiced up" alternate takes.
The disc will also contain deleted scenes, outtakes, a wedding video, and
two commentary tracks (one by actors Seann William Scott and director
Jesse Dylan, the other by actors Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eddie Kaye
Thomas and Thomas Ian Nicholas). There are also four featurettes: Enter
the Dominatrix - Inside the Bachelor Party (10m), Stiffler Speak (a
profile of Seann William Scott's character), Grooming the Groom (behind
the scenes on the shaving scene) and Nikki's Hollywood Journey (former
Playboy model Nikki Schieler Ziering at the premiere party).
Films will release the first series of the Carnival Films / BBC action
series Bugs on February the 23rd. The series, which originally
aired in April 1995, stars Jaye Griffiths, Craig McLachlan and Jesse
three-disc set will contain all ten episodes (Out of the Hive, Assassins,
All Under Control, Down Among The Dead Men, Shotgun
Wedding, Stealth, Manna From Heaven, Hot Metal, A
Sporting Chance and Pulse), together with cast and crew
biographies, a photo' gallery, episode synopses and audio commentaries.
The set has an RRP of £24.99.
release the first story of the fourth season of The Tomorrow People on
February 23rd. The disc will contain the three episodes of the 1976 story One
Law, which introduced the character of Michael Bell (played by Michael
Holoway). The disc will contain new character biographies, a picture
gallery, fact files, and a commentary track, by actors Nicholas Young,
Peter Vaughan-Clarke and Michael Holoway. RRP for the disc is £15.99.
Films have announced that they'll be dubbing thirteen 'lost' episodes of
cult Japanese series Monkey, for release on DVD during 2004, the
show's 25th anniversary year.
episodes have previously only been released in subtitled versions.
Fabulous Films has tracked down all the original dubbing cast, including
David Collings, Andrew Sachs and Miriam Margoyles, and will even be using
the same studio and recording equipment in their quest for authenticity!
The only significant cast change is in the narrator: Bert Kwok replaces
the series' original narrator, the late Frank Duncan.
Pictures will release James Foley's scam thriller Confidence on
February the 23rd. The film, about a grifter who cheats a mob accountant
out of thousands of dollars, stars Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, Ed Burns
and Rachel Weisz.
disc will feature three commentary tracks (a director's commentary, one by
the writer, and one by the four main cast members); the Sundance
Channel: Anatomy of a Scene breakdown (27m); Cast interviews (37m);
and deleted scenes (5m, according to the BBFC - the US disc has 12m). The
press release says "16 x 9 widescreen", but doesn't otherwise
specify an aspect ratio. The disc will have 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. RRP
due from Momentum Pictures on February 23rd is Wisegirls
("These waitresses are about to turn the tables on the Mob"),
starring Mira Sorvino, Melora Walters and... err... Mariah Carey. The disc
will feature a behind-the-scenes featurette. No technical details were
released. RRP is £12.99.
Entertainment will release the serial killer movie Nightstalker (about
Richard Ramirez) to rent on January the 5th. The disc will feature the
trailer and deleted scenes, but no other details were available.
Pictures are releasing Owning Mahowny, the film based on the true
story about a Toronto bank vice president who embezzled more than $10m, on
February 16th. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver and
John Hurt. There are currently no technical details, or information about
for these three releases...
you've pre-ordered a copy of the Region 1 version of The League of
Extraordinary Gentlemen (due next week), prepare to cancel it!
$78m film, about a group of Victorian-era literary characters battling a
Fu-Manchu-style crime lord, got a rough reception from the critics, and
died a death in the US, but did pretty well with European audiences. The
movie, based on a terrific graphic novel, is an Avengers-style
mess, but it's a fun popcorn movie, with much more potential than Blade
director was able to bring to it.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing two versions of The
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in the UK: a single disc version,
featuring the film and two commentary tracks (one by producers Don Murphy
and Trevor Albert, and actors Jason Flemyng, Tony Curran and Shane West,
and another by costume designer Jacqueline West, Viual Effects supervisor
John E. Sullivan and miniatures creator Matthew Gratzner), and a two disc Special
Edition, which will also feature a group of
featurettes collectively known as Making The League (53m, split
into Origins, Attire, The Nemo-mobile, Making Mr
Hyde, Resurrecting Venice and Sinking Venice) and twelve
deleted scenes (15m). That much makes it the same as the single-disc US
UK version will also feature an additional five deleted scenes (an extra
fifteen or so minutes!).
BBFC has them listed as:
00:01:40:18 | INSIDE THE NEMOMOBILE
00:01:18:07 | OUTSIDE DORIAN'S PLACE
00:04:51:19 | GRAY'S LIBRARY
00:03:24:15 | SAWYER JOINS THE LEAGUE
00:00:41:22 | DINNER ABOARD THE NAUTILUS
00:00:23:09 | DORIAN'S STATEROOM
00:00:15:02 | JEKYLL'S OFFER
00:01:09:03 | TREACHERY
00:01:32:21 | PAST LOVERS
00:01:04:23 | THE BEAST WITHIN
00:00:41:21 | FLOODING THE ENGINE
00:00:37:12 | QUARTERMAIN & THE FANTOM
00:02:59:22 | THE CEMETARY
00:02:05:09 | A LEADER OF MEN
00:01:12:19 | MINA WARMS UP
00:00:54:18 | TO THE DEATH
two-disc Region 2 version also has an additional pre-production
featurette, Matters of Pre-Visualisation (10m), an extra
post-production featurette, Behind The Fantasy (18m), eight minutes
of footage from the film's Prague and London premieres, a stills gallery,
three trailers, twelve TV spots and posters.
it gets better - both UK discs will feature Dolby Digital and DTS audio
tracks (the US version is Dolby Digital only). The film will be presented
in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with English HoH subtitles. RRP for the
single-disc version is £15.99; the two-disc Special Edition is £22.99.
The release date is February the 16th.
content with keeping fans waiting for what seems like an eternity for the
final Buffy the Vampire Slayer DVD box set, Fox are going to taunt
fans of the series by releasing a series of themed discs titled The
Slayer Collection, each featuring episodes centered around one of the
show's leading characters. Nothing official has been released yet, except
for the rather smart sleeve artwork...
The Vampire Slayers fans may
also like to know that Fox are re-issuing the first six season box sets on
Boxing Day, in new (Amaray-style) packaging, with a new RRP of
BBC has formally announced its lineup for January. It includes one title
that was supposed to come out earlier this year, Wild West - Series 1,
and one title that's been announced and delayed so often that it will be a
New Year's miracle if it comes out when the BBC say it will: the Blake's
7 Series 1 box set.
Blake's 7 Series 1 box set will contain thirteen fifty-minute
episodes spread across five discs. Bonus materials include commentary
tracks for three episodes (Space Fall, by actors Michael Keating,
Sally Knyvette and director David Maloney, Seek-Locate-Destroy, by
actors Stephen Greif, Michael Keating and Jacqueline Pearce, and Project
Avalon, by Stephen Greif, Sally Knyvette and Jacqueline Pearce).
set will also include "two outtakes, a missing scene, 1 Robot, 2 Flat
Feet & a blooper"; a Blue Peter segment with Lesley Judd,
showing how to make a Liberator teleport bracelet, and nine character
introductions. It will also feature trailers for series two and Easter
Eggs. What's notable by its absence is the first part of Kevin Davies'
three-part documentary, which has fallen foul of the current Blake's 7 rights
holders. The set is due on 26th January - ha! - and will have an RRP of
first season of Simon Nye's rural sitcom Wild West is now due on
January the 12th, with an RRP of £19.99.
1982 Peter Davison Doctor Who story The Visitation will be
released on the 19th of January, with an RRP of £19.99. The set will
feature a commentary track, isolated music track, production subtitles,
5'32" of material discovered on the original film footage (including
extended and deleted scenes), a featurette about director Peter Moffatt, Directing
Who (26'13"), an interview with the story's writer in Writing
a Final Visitation (15'20"), an interview with composer Paddy
Kingsland, Scoring The Visitation (16'19"), a picture gallery
(5'12"), and Easter Egg. You can read more about this disc, and the
efforts that went into cleaning up the master tapes, at the
Doctor Who Restoration Team website.
a mark of how belated the official BBC Worldwide press releases are
distributed that the next Doctor Who DVD has been semi-officially
announced by the Doctor Who Restoration Team, the group who re-master the
episodes, and produce the bonus material. It's the 1975 Tom Baker story Pyramids
of Mars. The disc will feature a commentary track (by actors Elisabeth
Sladen and Michael Sheard, and producer Philip Hinchcliffe), a Making
of... featurette titled Osirian Gothic (22m), a featurette charting
the Hinchcliffe era of the show, titled Serial Thrillers (42m), a look at
exterior filming locations, in Now and Then: The Locations of Pyramids
of Mars (8m), a short Deleted Scenes package (taken from production
team viewing tapes), and a very popular comedy sketch, featuring the
story's villain, Sutekh, called Oh Mummy. The disc will also
contain a picture gallery (10m), production subtitles, and an Easter Egg.
You can read more about this release here.
Home Video unleash a collection of classic catalogue titles on the 16th of
February, under the Awards Winners banner.
films are Goodbye Mr Chips (Best Actor Academy Award, 1939), Grand
Hotel (Best Picture Oscar, 1932), Mrs Miniver (six Oscars,
1942), Mutiny on the Bounty (Best Picture Academy Award, 1935), The
Great Ziegfeld (3 Oscars, 1936) and Gaslight (Best Actress and
Best Art Direction: Interior Decoration, 1944). All these titles will be
presented in full-frame (1.33:1) format, with mono audio.
of the discs will include bonus materials: Grand Hotel will feature
the Checking Out: Grand Hotel featurette, newsreel footage, Just
a Word of Warning 1932 theatre announcement, and a Vitaphone short, Nothing
Ever Happens. Mrs Miniver will feature Greer Garson Academy
Awards footage, a photo' gallery, and MGM shorts Mr Blabbermouth and
For The Common Defence. The Mutiny on the Bounty disc will
include a featurette, Pitcairn Island Today, and footage from 1935
Award footage. The Gaslight DVD will include a Reflections of
Gaslight documentary, and Oscars for Movie Stars footage.
six discs will be available for £12.99 each, but will also be promoted as
part of a "2 For £20" offer, alongside other award-winning
titles: Dangerous Liaisons, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers,
Training Day, The Perfect Storm, The Wizard of Oz, The
Witches of Eastwick, Beetlejuice, Being There, Calamity
Jane, The Exorcist, Gorillas in the Mist, Gone With
The Wind, The Last of the Mohicans, All The President's Men,
An American in Paris, Woodstock, Gigi, The Time
Machine (1960, obviously), Ben-Hur, The Deer Hunter, Doctor
Zhivago, The Color Purple, Dog Day Afternoon, JFK,
LA Confidential, Goodfellas, Batman, Bullitt, The
Towering Inferno, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon and
promotion runs from the 19th of January to the 29th of February.
the face of it, this looks like a great offer for fans of vintage movies,
but note that the UK version of Gaslight apparently does not
include the 1940 film version as a bonus feature, which is offered by the
Region 1 version, and the Great Ziegfeld disc also seems to be
missing a couple of bonus features that will be on the US disc (released
on February the 3rd).
Bay UK has acknowledged the packaging problems with the Amicus
Collection box set, and will shortly be announcing how customers with
scratched discs can obtain replacements.
Amicus Collection box set competition was won by Mike James, who
knew that the Amicus film that featured Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing,
Jon Pertwee and Ingrid Pitt was The House That Dripped Blood, one
of my favourites. Congratulations to Mike, and my thanks to Anchor Bay,
for donating the prize. If you are picking up a copy of the nifty little
box set, my advice is to check the discs carefully, as there have been
numerous reports of the discs coming loose in the packaging, and getting
scratched. This seems to be a very widespread problem.
will be releasing a DVD of the second series of Bedtime on December
the 29th. The disc will feature all six episodes of the series, which was
written by Andy Hamilton, and featured a star-studded cast, including
Timothy West, Sheila Hancock, James Bolam, Doon Mackichan, Kevin McNally,
Alun Armstrong and Sienna Miller. The disc will feature 16:9 anamorphic
1.78:1 transfers, with Dolby Digital stereo audio. RRP is £19.99.
are also releasing the new series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and the
first season of the Robert Lindsay / ZoŽ Wanamaker sitcom My Family on
February the 9th. The Auf Wiedersehen, Pet set (presumably two
discs) will have an RRP of £24.99; My Family will be
seems to be some doubt that the Anchor Bay Hammer double-bill DVDs that
were due out this month will be coming out after all.
Bay's American division was sold last week (to a company called IDT
Media, part of the IDT Corporation). Retailers are reporting that the
Hammer discs did not come out as scheduled, and, since Anchor Bay's rights
to the Hammer titles will probably still expire - perhaps at the end of
this year - buyers might want to weigh up the risks of letting the individual
titles go out of print. Many - if not all - of them look likely to be
re-released by Blue Underground, but it's possible that the new discs will
be missing the Anchor Bay bonus materials (the practically worthless World of Hammer "documentaries", and, more importantly, the
commentary tracks). I'll be updating the Hammer
DVD Guide tomorrow to reflect this development.
Video will be releasing F.W. Murnau's 1924 masterpiece The Last Laugh on
DVD on February the 16th. The film has been filly restored and
digitally-remastered, and will be presented in full-frame ratio, with a
choice of Dolby Digital stereo or 5.1 audio. The disc will also feature a Making
of... documentary, biographies, facts and dates. RRP for the disc is a
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