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ARCHIVED NEWS - 17th to 23rd NOVEMBER 2003

22nd November 2003

There's a new review on the site today, for Pathé Distribution's Region 2 DVD of Victor Salva's Jeepers Creepers II. Click on the sleeve image, left, or here to read the review! The disc is due to be released on the 19th of January. 

21st November 2003

Pathé Distribution will release Robert Schmidt's Deliverance-style hillbilly thriller Wrong Turn on DVD on February the 2nd 2004. The film, which features The Hole's Desmond Harrington and Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku, will be presented with an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps).

The disc will feature a commentary track (by Schmidt, Harrington and Dushku), three deleted or extended scenes (7m), a poster gallery, and four featurettes (The Making of Wrong Turn (4m), Eliza Dushku: Babe in the Woods (4m), Fresh Meat: The Wounds of Wrong Turn (9m) and Stan Winston (5m)). The disc also has optional HoH subtitles. RRP is £15.99. You can see a selection of menu screens from this disc here.

20th November 2003

Tartan has released details for two forthcoming titles: Black Christmas and Secretary.

James Spader and Donnie Darko's Maggie Gyllenhaal star in Steven Shainberg's Secretary, a film about a disturbed young woman whose life changes when she's employed by a young lawyer with a penchant for sadism. Tartan's long-awaited DVD, due on January the 4th, will feature a 1.77:1 anamorphic transfer and a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS soundtracks (the Region 1 release is in stereo only). The disc will feature a commentary track (by Steven Shainberg and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson), interviews with Shainberg, Spader and Gyllenhaal (these appear to be exclusive to the UK disc, and will probably be sourced from the EPK), eight TV spots, a trailer and DVD-Rom content. RRP is £15.99.

Bob Clark's terrific 1975 stalk-and-slasher thriller Black Christmas, which stars Keir Dullea and Olivia Hussey, is being released on December the 15th, but Tartan's disc appears to be missing several features found on the Region 1 version. The UK disc will feature a commentary track (by Clark, who later made Porky's, incidentally), two behind the scenes documentaries (Black Christmas Revisited and All Through The House), alternate title sequences, TV and radio spots and trailers. The UK disc will apparently not contain the US disc's second commentary track (by actors Keir Dullea and cult icon John Saxon), or the episode of the Dark Dreamers TV series, which also features Saxon. It will, however, have a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix (the US disc is stereo only), and an 1.77:1 anamorphic transfer (the US disc is not anamorphic). RRP is £12.99.

19th November 2003

We begin today with the sad news that Michael Kamen, one of Hollywood's leading film music composers, has died, aged 55. He was one of the industry's most respected composers, and one of the few whose influence extended outside of Tinseltown. His skills as an orchestral arranger and music director were much in demand, too, from acts as diverse as David Bowie and Metallica. 

He'll probably be best known to most people as one of the people who wrote Bryan Adams' Oscar-nominated and Grammy award-winning song Everything I Do (I Do It For You), which was written for Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves. To film fans he's the man who scored favourites like Die Hard, Highlander and the Lethal Weapon series. He also scored two movies for Terry Gilliam: providing a heart-wrenching score for Brazil (with a little help from Kate Bush), and the delightfully-comic The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Other favourites include The Iron Giant, The Dead Zone (for director David Cronenberg), a collaboration with Orbital on Event Horizon, and another collaboration with Eric Clapton for the BBC series Edge of Darkness. He recently wrote the music for Steven Spielberg's critically-acclaimed TV mini series Band of Brothers.

Pathé Distribition Limited has announced full details of their forthcoming Jeepers Creepers II DVD, which is due on January the 19th. The disc will feature a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track (at 448kbps), and an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer. Bonus features include two commentary tracks (one by Writer and Director Victor Salva and most of the cast members, and another by Creeper actor Jonathan Breck, storyboard artist and Creeper designer Brad Parker and makeup effects supervisor Brian Penikas); deleted scenes (15m); a photo' gallery, TV spots and trailers. There are also a handful of featurettes: Lights... Camera... Creeper: Making Jeepers Creepers II (14m), A Day In Hell (26m), Creature Composer (9m), Creeper Creation (12m), Digital Effects (4m) and The Creepers Lair (storyboards for a sequence that wasn't filmed - 4m). RRP for the disc is £15.99. You can see the sleeve art for the disc here.

17th November 2003

The Hammer DVD Guide has been updated, to reflect new information about Anchor Bay's plans for their Hammer Double-Bill discs (i.e.: that this is a last-gasp re-packaging before their rights expire, and it's likely that another company - Blue Underground - will be re-issuing them, possibly without the existing bonus materials), and news that three more Hammer titles are rumoured to be in the pipeline from Warner Home Video (Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and Taste The Blood of Dracula). 

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