30th AUGUST - 5th SEPTEMBER 2004
3rd September 2004
Home Video has announced the details of an Alfred Hitchcock - Signature
Collection box set, which offers several important films from the
director's catalogue, all making their DVD debut. However, the UK version
is not as comprehensive as the US set, released next week.
Their ten-disc set features three films not
included in the UK set: Foreign Correspondent, Suspicion and
Mr and Mrs Smith. This is probably a good thing as far as casual
Hitchcock fans are concerned, since these movies are certainly minor
works. In any case, the US set can be bought for less than the UK version,
so it's rather academic. The sleeve art here is the one offered by
Warner's PR company. It's the US artwork, but it'll probably be the same
as the UK version, once the BBFC certificates have been added.
The UK set features six classic Hitch
North by Northwest,
The Wrong Man,
Dial M for Murder and Strangers on a Train. Two of the films
are presented as Special Editions: North by Northwest and
Strangers on a Train. The set features the existing version of
North by Northwest (reviewed
here), but, although it features many of the same features, the
new Strangers on a Train special edition boasts a new transfer and
additional bonus material. RRP for the new set is £59.99. Strangers on a
Train will be released separately, with an RRP of £19.99.
Here's a breakdown of the special features:
Strangers on a Train - Special Edition:
two versions of the film (the preview (UK) version, and the regular US
version); commentary by Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Stefano, Andrew Wilson
and others; theatrical trailer; Strangers on a Train: A Hitchcock
Strangers on a Train: The Victim's P.O.V. (7m);
Strangers on a Train: An Appreciation by M. Knight Shyamalan (12m);
The Hitchcocks on Hitch (11m); and Hitchcock's Historical
Meeting (1951 archive newsreel, 1m).
Stage Fright: Hitchcock and Stage
I Confess: Hitchcock's Confession
- A Look at I Confess (23m); and Gala Canadian Premiere for I
Dial M For Murder: Hitchcock and
Dial M (23m); and 3D: A Brief History (5m)
The Wrong Man: Guilt Trip:
Hitchcock and The Wrong Man (20m); and a theatrical trailer.
North by Northwest: Destination
Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest (39m); commentary by
screenwriter Ernest Lehman; TV spot and trailer and production stills
gallery. This disc is featured in our Hitchcock capsule review roundup,
1st September 2004
Some Star Trek news...
As you may know, James Doohan (Scotty), is
not in good health. Last weekend he made his last convention appearance, at the
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel,
Los Angeles, at an event held as a celebration of his life and career. The
also coincided with the launch of the original
series on DVD (in
the shops now!)
has also been honoured by the presentation of a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, which was unveiled
on Tuesday. The event was attended by Doohan and his wife, Wende, members
of Doohan's family, friends and, from the
cast of Star Trek,
Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Grace Lee Whitney.
will be Doohan's last appearance, as he is retiring from public life.
Below are a couple of photo's
from the event. If you let you mouse pause over them, the captions will
appear, as if by magic!
Alberto Rodriguez, courtesy
Paramount is re-issuing Star Trek - Deep
Space Nine and Star Trek - The Next Generation as complete
series box sets on September the 27th and October the 18th respectively.
Each set is limited to a thousand copies, and each has an RRP of £449.99
(according to Play.com, which is selling them for £337.49).
Here's a look at the boxes! (Apologies for
the blurry DS9 image - that's how it arrived!)
Home Video will unleash Wolfgang Petersen's sword and sandals epic
on October the 25th - more than two months
before the film is released in the US!
The two-disc set will present the film in
2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and
English and English SDH subtitles.
The second disc will feature two
featurettes (In The Thick of Battle, about how the battle sequences
were created and Troy: An Effects Odyssey, about the special
effects), and a documentary (From Ruins To Reality, about how the
filmmakers recreated ancient Troy based on the city's ruins). The disc
will also feature a trailer and an Easter Egg.
None of these have been certificated by the
The press release for the US version of
Troy promised multiple Easter Eggs and a feature titled Gallery of
the Gods (a CGI tour of Mount Olympus): these apparently aren't
included on the UK version. RRP for the set is £22.99.
Buena Vista will release the Coen Brothers'
remake of Ealing comedy The Ladykillers on DVD on October the 25th.
The film, about a team of crooks planning to tunnel into a casino's money
vault, stars Tom Hanks (in the Alec Guinness role), Spider-Man 2's
J.K. Simmons (giving full vent to his comedic skills), and Marlon Wayans
(nowhere near as annoying as usual). Extras and technical spec's are TBC
(hardly worth announcing it at all, was it!)
Comfort and Joy,
Bill Forsyth's BAFTA-nominated 1984
film about the rivalry between two Glaswegian ice-cream vendors, on
October the 4th. The disc will feature a commentary track by Forsyth and
producer Clive Parson. RRP is £9.99.
It's looking likely that the UK release of
Warner Home Video's Scorsese Collection box set (News,
2nd of August)
may be delayed until next year.
The sound fault that apparently affects
copies of Network's The Lives and Loves of a She Devil DVD
(released this week) has been brought to their attention. All copies of
the two-disc set are incorrectly labelled - disc one is labelled as disc
two, and vice versa. It is likely that Network will be correcting these
faults - more information as it becomes available. A thread discussing the problem has been started over
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
VCI's forthcoming Elvis Costello DVD will
contain much more than just a comprehensive collection of pop videos. It
will also feature archive live appearances from programmes like The
Tube, So It Goes, Get It On and Whats In.
Another Scooby Doo DVD,
Scooby Doo and The Loch Ness Monster,
is being released by Warner Home Video on the 25th of October, and
apparently it's their "scariest mystery yet" (apparently these PR people
take their market research responsibilities very seriously).
By now you've probably seen the official
spec's of the UK versions of The Matrix box sets. They were leaked
all over the place after HMV listed the standard version of the set on its
website. Now they're official. You can find the verbatim press release and
A member of the Mobius Home Video
Forum has explained that the new German DVD version of Frankenstein and
the Monster From Hell (there known as Frankensteins Höllenmonster)
is a composite version that has restored some of the material missing from
the DD Video (UK Region 0) and Paramount (US Region 1) disc. There are
still a few frames (about two seconds) missing from the throat-slashing
scene, but some of the other missing material has been reinstated. You can
read his post
here. Amazon's German operation stocks the disc
- you can order it
Sleeve images for four of Fox's classic box
sets (which we reported on on
August the 23rd)
are now available...
30th August 2004
It's going to be a very laid-back update today,
because even website owners sometimes get to enjoy a lazy Bank Holiday. Ceri's
on holiday, so the Incoming and
pages won't be updated today.
Not everyone's slacking off this weekend,
thankfully. Mark Frost has reviewed Warner Home Video's recent
re-re-release of the Bruce Lee classic Enter The Dragon, which has
now been upgraded to a two-disc Special Edition. Click on the sleeve
image, right, or here to
read his review.
is releasing their two-disc Till Death Us Do Part DVD set today,
which contains all the episodes of the 1974 season (including the
never-repeated The Royal Wedding). The second disc features a bunch
of worthwhile bonus materials, including the only surviving portion of the
original Comedy Playhouse pilot episode, and the whole of the
series' first episode, 1966's Arguments, Arguments.
I'll be back tomorrow or Wednesday with
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