NEWS - 15th - 21st DECEMBER 2003
Century Fox Home Entertainment will be releasing a special Family Guy
DVD Collection box set on February the 23rd.
set will contain all three series, together with two additional discs of
bonus materials, which would contain fourteen episodes with audio
commentary, twenty-eight deleted scenes, the Pilot Pitch featurette,
Series Overview, an Uncensored featurette and a
commentary tracks are for the following episodes:
1 - Death Has A Shadow, The Son Also Draws, Peter Peter
Caviar Eater and Holy Crap
2 - Fifteen Minutes of Shame, Let's Go To The Hop, He's
Too Sexy For His Fat, E Peterus Unum, and When You Wish Upon
3 - Death Lives, Mr Saturday Night, Ready, Willing and
Disabled, Mr Griffin Goes To Washington, and Brian Wallows
and Peter Swallows.
- if not all - of this material has been available in the two Family
Guy DVD box sets released in the US. It seems as if, rather than
re-authoring the Family Guy DVD Collection set from scratch, Fox
will simply be re-issuing the existing UK discs, and adding the bonus
materials on two new DVDs. This approach would make it easier for Fox to
make the two bonus discs available separately to the eager fans who have
already bought the existing sets, but it seems unlikely that Fox plans to
do this. RRP for the new set is £49.99.
has sent over the sleeve artwork for the three titles announced yesterday
(see below). Here they are...
have announced three new discs for January the 26th: the highly-acclaimed
animated feature Belleville Rendez-vous (a.k.a. Les Triplettes
de Belleville), Italian drama Respiro and Asia Extreme title
A Snake of June.
extras on the Belleville Rendez-vous disc include a Making of..
documentary, an interview with the director; an animation lesson; three
scenes with commentary; Belleville Theme by M and a trailer. There
are two chances to see the film in the next couple of weeks, incidentally:
on BBC 2 on Christmas Day at 7pm, and on the 28th, on BBC 4, at 11.40pm.
Respiro and A Snake of June discs will include a
three discs will all feature a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, 5.1 and DTS
5.1 tracks, and have an RRP of £19.99.
Jeepers Creepers 2 DVD review is back! You can find it by clicking
on the sleeve image, left, or here.
The disc is due on January the 19th.
are some menu screens for the 2-disc League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Special Edition DVD available, which can be seen by clicking here.
Details of the disc were released last week - you can find them here.
updated the Hammer DVD Guide
with updated comments on the AWOL Anchor Bay double-bill DVDs, more
details about DD Video's forthcoming titles, and adding Warner Home
Video's upcoming Region 2 version of Legend of the Seven Golden
Vampires, and the US release of One Million Years B.C.
has supplied details of the The Best of Buffy The Vampire Slayer DVD,
which will be released on March the 1st. Apparently 1.2 million people
voted for their favourite episodes in Fox's online poll between September
and October, and the result is a disc that contains Hush,
The Gift, Becoming Part I and
Graduation Day Part II.
be it for me to question the wisdom of including two episodes that each
form half a different two-part stories on the disc, especially as the disc
is presumably being targeted at casual fans of the show, but that's how
the voting went. It is, nevertheless, an interesting selection, but one no
doubt weighted by the fact that fans without satellite TV would not have
seen many episodes of the seventh series, which at that time had yet to be
aired by the BBC. Perhaps if Fox had included one of the seventh series
episodes, it might have given fans more of an incentive to buy it?! The
disc will include "some
extra special value-added material, including a preview featurette from
the forthcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 7 DVD
collection". RRP for the disc is likely to be £12.99.
Best of Buffy... disc will be joined on March the 1st by four discs
collectively titled The Slayer Collection, showcasing the best
episodes for Spike, Angel, Faith and Willow. Why
The Slayer Collection? Because Spike, Angel, Willow and Faith are
Slayers! Except for Spike, of course. And Angel. And, err, Willow. D'oh!
disc will contain four episodes:
- School Hard, Lie To Me, Lover's Walk and Fool
- Bad Girls, Consequences, Graduation - Part 1 and
Who Are You?
- Angel, Innocence, I Only Have Eyes For You and Amends
- Phases, Dopplegangland, Wild at Heart and New
disc will also feature a fifteen-minute profile of the character in
question, and a Buffy / Angel "trailer" (advert). We featured
the cover art for the Slayer Collection last week: you can find
them here. RRP for the
four discs is £12.99 each.
I won't be happy until I get The Principal Robin Wood Collection (a.k.a.
Pictures Video will release a new version of John Landis's seminal campus
comedy National Lampoon's Animal House on January the 26th.
materials on the disc include Where Are They Now - A Delta House Update
(10m), Did You Know That? (Trivia Pop Ups), The Yearbook -
An Animal House Reunion (48m), and the theatrical trailer. The disc
will also feature newly-upgraded audio tracks. RRP for the new disc is
first two series of A Touch of Frost are being released by
Universal Playback on January the 19th. There are two box sets: Series
1 is spread across three DVDs, Series 2 is on four.
1 comprises Care & Protection, Not with Kindness and
Conclusions; Series 2 includes A Minority of One, Widows
and Orphans, Nothing To Hide and Stranger In The House.
for Series 1 is £22.99, Series 2 is £24.99. Further sets
are promised, containing series three to five.
to the announcement reported here on December
the 14th, here are the sleeve images for three of Warner Home Video's Awards
Winners range, due on February the 16th...
Home Video has announced their intentions to delve deep into their
formidable archive in 2004.
worth repeating their statement in full, I think...
Home Video, owners of arguably the greatest film vaults in the world
announce their intentions for the year ahead to excite DVD enthusiasts
with special editions of sweeping classics and cult favourites in 2004.
The following titles are a mere teaser of the offering for the forthcoming
year from the pioneers of the DVD format. Many releases will be digitally
remastered where possible and stunningly repackaged and loaded with bonus
materials. Full details on each title will be released accordingly.
In January the legend of Robin Hood is explored with two contrasting
special editions in Errol Flynn's classic The Adventures of
Robin Hood and Kevin Costner's Robin Hood Prince of
Thieves - Extended Version. Classic movie lovers can expect an
exhaustive edition of Casablanca in time for Valentine's
along with two Humphrey Bogart box sets setting the
challenge for Bogart appreciation and discussion.
Award winners from the 1930's and 1940's making their DVD debut in
February are Mutiny on the Bounty, Mrs Miniver, Grand
Hotel, Great Zeigfeld, Gaslight and Goodbye Mr
Chips. With so many multi award winning epics in their library,
Warner Home Video will be offering a 2 for £20 offer across
32 DVD titles through the January/February awards season leading up to the
Academy Awards. Titles will include Batman, Ben-Hur, JFK, L.A.
Confidential, The Perfect Storm and many more. Choose from BAFTA,
Golden Globe and Academy Award Winners to build an enviable collection.
40th Anniversary of the smash hit musical My Fair Lady
starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison will be celebrated
with a special edition DVD release and coincides with an Audrey Hepburn
season at the NFT from March. To mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day,
Warner Home Video presents a collection of classics tackling the subject
of War at the end of May to mark the heroics of the nation's soldiers.
sees the release of six Westerns, from the classic The Searchers
to the hilarious Blazing Saddles Special Editions. Three
Godfathers, Mogambo and Shalako join
the gritty Wyatt Earp providing enough inspiration for yehaws!
The critically acclaimed science fiction classic THX-1138
made by film student George Lucas is due in June.
seasons of World Cinema greats from Akira Kurosawa, Luis
Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir,
John Cocteau, Jean-Pierre Melville and more
finally arise from the vaults of Studio Canal beginning in March and with
further sets in June and September.
July Michael Mann's critically acclaimed cult classic Heat
starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino gets even hotter on a
two-disc special edition. The most eagerly anticipated release of the year
however will surely be the two-disc special edition DVD of Goodfellas
with extensive input from Martin Scorsese alongside his
films After Hours, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
and Who's That Knocking at my Door? currently planned for
A season of monster mashing in June marks the arrival of Van Helsing on
the silver screen with The Hunger, Fearless Vampire
Killers and more from Hammer. Comedy fans are in for
a treat with Police Academy's 20th Anniversary Special
Edition along with The Complete DVD Box Set of all 7 films!
offers two discs to get your hips swinging if you visit Elvis at Jailhouse
Rock and in Viva Las Vegas. Beat your chest and get
ready to swing from the curtains with a Tarzan extravaganza
as Warner releases the classic Tarzan the Ape Man and a Johnny
Weismuller box set plus Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan
starring Christopher Lambert as the vine ape out of water in Edwardian
Tarantino's Bruce Lee influenced Kill Bill wowing audiences Kung Fu
gets even more lethal with a two-disc special edition of Lee's Enter
the Dragon plus a debut for Cleopatra Jones DVD Double
and Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires completing a bumper
summer in August.
hit a real purple patch in August with a trilogy of Prince musicals
including a two disc special edition of the mega-hit Purple Rain,
based on his best-selling album plus it's sequels Under the Cherry
Moon and Graffiti Bridge.
cult favourite vampire chiller The Lost Boys will receive
the special edition treatment in September.
are a few changes to note today.
like to welcome Ceri Laing to team Zeta Minor! Ceri will be writing and
maintaining two new pages: a list of forthcoming UK DVD releases ("Incoming"), and a
list of special offers currently being promoted by most of the UK's major
online DVD retailers ("Offers").
these changes, I've restructured part of the site,
so that all the DVD-related pages are accessible from one place: here.
You can also access the DVD main page using the "DVD" button,
left. This page will remain your first port of call for the latest DVD
news. We hope you'll find both of the new pages useful. If you have any
feedback, we'd appreciate hearing it: drop us an email using one of the
links dotted around the place!
new CDs might interest visitors to this site. The first is the second disc
in Silva Screen's "historic" series of Gerry Anderson CDs, this
one containing Barry Gray's music from the 1967 series Captain Scarlet.
The disc contains 79 minutes of music, taken from more than a dozen
episodes (as was usual at the time, not all the episodes had new music
composed for them: in the case of Captain Scarlet, Gray wrote music for
eighteen of the series' thirty-two episodes). Most
of the disc is mono, but there are one or two stereo tracks, including a
version of the Captain Scarlet Theme. Gray's scores, performed by a
small ensemble of between four and sixteen musicians, were primarily
designed for percussion and brass, giving the series a characteristic feel
distinct from the more-string-heavy Thunderbirds.
York-based record label TVT has released numerous discs of American TV
themes, including the virtually definitive seven-disc Television's
Greatest Hits collection. their latest release is NBC - A Soundtrack
of Must See TV. It contains fifty tracks created or programmes broadcast
by the network, including music by Mike Post, Henry Mancini, Miklos Rozsa
and Howard Shore. Highlights include the themes for Friends, Seinfeld,
Will and Grace, I Dream of Jeannie, Hill Street Blues,
Ironside, Dragnet, Law and Order, Alfred Hitchcock
Presents, The Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song) and The
Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The disc is being made available as an
import here, and can be bought from Amazon,
amongst other places.
some unseemly begging, Carlton has, somewhat reluctantly, sent over more
information on their Best of British New Wave DVD collection, which
is being released on January the 26th. The collection includes five
titles: All Night Long (1961), Hell Drivers (1957), The
League of Gentlemen (1960), Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
and Victim (1961).
details are still sketchy, but it seems that all the discs will be mono,
except for Victim, which is stereo. All the films except All
Night Long will be 16:9 anamorphic transfers, probably in 1.78:1
ratio. All Night Long is letterboxed. All the discs will
feature English HoH subtitles, as is Carlton's custom. The League of
Gentlemen disc will also contain the film's trailer, and Victim,
which is listed as a Special Edition, has "extra footage".
Scratching around various retailers listings indicates that the Hell
Drivers disc will include a trailer, a location report, and an
interview with Stanley Baker; All Night Long will have a trailer
and stills gallery; Séance on a Wet Afternoon will have
featurettes and an interview with director Bryan Forbes; and Victim will
have an interview with Dirk Bogarde and a stills gallery. RRP for these
titles is £9.99 each. As soon as Carlton announce the titles officially,
I'll pass on the full details.
for those of you with scratched Amicus Collection discs, here's
Anchor Bay's official statement about how you can obtain replacements:
behalf of ABUK we would like to express our bitter disappointment for this
packaging fault, which was out of our hands. In the event that you have
any damaged discs in your box please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your
name, address and in turn we will then ask you to send the faulty discs
back to ABUK. We will exchange them free of charge and reimburse you for
any postage. "PLEASE DO NOT THROW AWAY OR DESTROY THE BOX"
would like to apologise for any inconvenience
PO box address is as follows:
Bay Entertainment UK Ltd
PO BOX 4425
send your faulty discs (via normal post - recorded and registered items
cannot be signed for) with your name and address to the above address and
ABUK will exchange them and refund you for your postage and packing.
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