NEWS - 5th to 11th JANUARY 2004
is releasing the homegrown Aussie movie version of Ned Kelly on the
9th of February. The film, which stars Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom and
Naomi Watts, is a loose interpretation of the Ned Kelly legend (about a
small gang of young ruffians who were persecuted by a vindictive police
force, becoming folk heroes in the process).
Kelly has had an odd distribution history. It was released in Australia
back in March 2003 (and has been available on DVD there since August). It
was released to UK cinemas in September, but won't be released in the US
film is accompanied by a look at Ned Kelly in Popular Culture (14m),
a couple of trailers, Artist to Feature Comparison (storyboard-to-film
gallery), The Real Kelly Gang (photo gallery), and a Poster
press release neglected to include technical specifications, but the
sleeve image sports the DTS logo, so it looks like the UK disc will be
identical the Australian disc (which is coded for Regions 2 and 4), which
has a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, and a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS
5.1 audio tracks.
seventh season of Stargate SG-1 continues with Stargate SG-1
Volume 32, which will be released by MGM on February 2nd (postponed
from 23rd January). As usual, the disc will contain four episodes (Fallen,
Homecoming, Fragile Balance and Orpheus). Volume
33 (pictured) is due on February 23rd, and will contain the episodes Revisions,
Lifeboat, Enemy Mine and Space Race.
titles will feature the usual commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes
featurettes and trailers. RRP for the Stargate SG-1 discs is
MGM releases for February 2nd are Michael Moore's comedy Canadian Bacon
(£15.99), Exodus (£15/99), Allan Quartermain and the Lost
City of Gold, the Richard Chamberlain version of King Solomon's
Mines, The People That Time Forgot, Solomon and Sheba,
Mike Figgis's Liebestraum, David Mamet's House of Games, Scorpio
and Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye. None of the discs appear
to contain anything more than a trailer, and have an RRP of £12.99 unless
otherwise noted. MGM do not include technical spec's on their press
releases, and the details on their promotional sleeves are frequently in
error. Here are a couple of sleeves...
Video have announced that they will be releasing a number of vintage
British horror movies this year, beginning with The Creeping Flesh,
which is due in March.
titles will include Night of the Big Heat and The Curse of the
Crimson Altar. Christopher Lee, who stars in all three films, is
currently recording commentary tracks for The Creeping Flesh and Night
of the Big Heat, as well as video interviews. The discs are also
expected to come with trailers and the company's lavish 24-page booklets.
You can discuss this in this
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
has sent over copies of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Slayer
Collection DVDs (which were featured in the News
page for December the 19th). You can see some of the menu screens for
the set here.
first season of Irwin Allen's cheesy science-fiction series Lost in
Space, originally broadcast in 1965, will be released on DVD in the UK
on February 23rd.
eight disc set will contain all twenty-nine episodes, in their original
black and white format. The set will also contain the unaired pilot
episode, No Place To Hide (which doesn't feature two of the series'
most beloved characters: the robot and Doctor Smith), and the five-minute
presentation Allen created to sell the series to potential advertisers.
The set has mono 2.0 audio, is presented in 4:3 ratio, and carries English
HoH subtitles. RRP is £49.99. Click here
to see a selection of menu screens.
will release a two-disc Special Edition of Star Trek VI: The
Undiscovered Country on March the 1st. The set, which has an RRP of
£24.99, will be presented in exclusive slipcase packaging. Bonus features
include a commentary by Nicholas Meyer and screen writer Denny Martin
Flinn; text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda; six Making of... featurettes,
original cast and crew interviews, A Conversation With Nicholas Meyer;
Klingons: Conjuring the Legend; Federation Operatives (actors
from the film in other Star Trek roles) ; Penny's Toy Box (a
look at the original props); Together Again (interviews with
William Shatner and Christopher Plummer); The Perils of Peacemaking (a
look at the events of the film, and how they relate to real-life events in
the Soviet Union); trailers; 1991 Convention footage with Nicholas Meyer;
production gallery; storyboards and a tribute to the late DeForest Kelley.
Tristar has unveiled their provisional April release lineup, which will be
led by straight-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 2 and three-disc
Special Edition versions of Ridley Scott's harrowing Somalian war action
movie Black Hawk Down, and David Fincher's tense urban thriller Panic
are no details of any of the releases, but here's the lineup:
April - Dawson's Creek - Complete Season Two Box Set, For Da
Love of Money, An Evening With Kevin Smith, Laurel Canyon and
April - Annie Special Edition, Matilda Special Edition
April - The Missing Gun, Boston Kickout, Starship
Troopers 2 / Roughnecks Box Set, The Dark Crystal Collector's
Edition, Labyrinth Collector's Edition, Panic Room 3-disc
Special Edition, Black Hawk Down - 3-disc Special Edition
has unveiled an impressive lineup for February, headlined by Angelina
Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Special Collector's Edition of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of
Life will be released on February 2nd. The disc will feature a
commentary track by director Jan De Bont; seven deleted scenes and an
alternate ending (all with optional commentary); five featurettes on the
film's training, weapons and vehicles, visual effects, stunts and score;
music videos by Korn (Did My Time) and The Davey Brothers (Heart
Go Faster); Gerard Butler screen test; theatrical release website
archive, accessible via DVD-Rom. The film will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. RRP for the
Special Collector's Edition is £19.99. A box set containing both Tomb
Raider films and an exclusive Lara Croft postcard pack will also be
available, with the same features as the two individual releases. RRP for
this set is £26.99.
Levinson's fine period fantasy adventure movie Young Sherlock Holmes is
being released on February the 2nd (the press release also says the 16th,
so your guess is as good as mine at this point). The Steven
Spielberg-produced film, known here as Young Sherlock Holmes and the
Pyramid of Fear, pits Holmes and Watson in their first adventure,
against a malevolent Egyptian religious cult. The film made cinema history
for featuring the first computer-generated character in a feature film,
created by Pixar. You may have heard of them.
have a posse of Westerns on February 2nd, including Howard Hawks' American
Civil War classic Rio Lobo, one of the last great Westerns,
starring John Wayne. Wayne's 1971 Western Big Jake is also being
released on February the 2nd. The film paired the Duke with his Quiet
Man co-star Maureen O'Hara for the fifth time.
Western of a different breed, Little Big Man, is also being
released on February the 2nd. The film, which stars Dustin Hoffman as the
sole, 120-year old survivor of the battle of the Little Big Horn, will be
presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1
Silverstein's gritty 1970 A Man Called Horse attempted to redress
decades of films depicting cowboys wearing the white hats with a serious
Dances With Wolves-style attempt to show the other side of the coin.
Richard Harris stars as an English aristocrat who is captured by, and
adopted by, Indians. The DVD will have a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, and
5.1 Dolby Digital audio. RRP is £15.99.
Angelica Huston stars as Calamity Jane, alongside Melanie Griffith,
Gabriel Byrne and Peter Coyote in the 1995 TV miniseries Buffalo Girls,
which will be released on February the 2nd.
Paramount releases for February the 2nd include the uplifting drama The
Human Voices Wake Us (starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter).
Another compilation of episodes from the inventive CGI kid's series Jimmy
Neutron, Jimmy Neutron: Confusion Fusion, will also be released on
February the 2nd. You can make an appointment with Fran Drescher's The
Beautician and The Beast on February the 2nd. The film will be
supported by a commentary by Drescher (this gets a commentary, and Young
Sherlock Holmes doesn't?!?!... jeez...). John Cusack stars in the 1985
teen comedy Better Off Dead, and alongside James Spader in the dark
political thriller True Colours. Better Off Dead will be
released on February the 2nd; True Colours is being released on
February the 16th. Crocodile Dundee 2, the one where Mick
"Crocodile" Dundee visits New York, will be released on February
the 16th. The Carl Reiner-directed comedy Summer Rental, which
starred John Candy as a man who takes his family on an eventful Florida
holiday, will be released on February 16th, in 1.78:1 anamorphic ratio,
with 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. Peter Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller,
based on the Henry James novella, and starring Cybill Shepherd and Barry
Brown, will be released on February the 16th. Alan J. Pakula's terrific
paranoia thriller The Parallax View is being released on February
the 2nd, as an HMV exclusive.
for the feature films is £15.99. The Jimmy Neutron disc is
£12.99. Unless noted, the feature films will be presented in anamorphic
1.78:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mixes.
will be releasing the eight episodes of season five of Sex And The City
in a Valentine's Gift Set on February 2nd. The box will contain
a limited edition Sex And The City vest top and shorts in a
handbag-style plastic gift box. The set's RRP is £34.99. The discs are
presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
C'mon, guys, you can keep the lady in your life happy, plus you'll get to
see Kim Cattrall naked! You know it makes sense!
been rather remiss at not forging stronger links with Network Video, who
are releasing some terrific archive TV material. The company hasn't been
easy to keep in touch with. I'm happy to say that this situation is going
to change, and you'll be seeing much more from Network here this year!
add to the problem, Network are more susceptible than most companies to
last minute production delays, often as a result of the unusually complex
licensing agreements they're subject to. They're also a company that often
goes the extra mile to source content that other labels would simply let
slip through their fingers, and they'd rather delay releasing something if
it means adding a commentary or a rare clip, than release it without.
Their long-term plans have been widely reported, and has led to a degree
of impatience amongst fans of the various series that they have announced
they plan to release.
here are the official details for the titles due this month...
third season of the popular sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles will be
released on January the 19th. The disc will contain all six episodes from
the series, which was originally transmitted in 1986. The set will include
a 1989 Wogan interview with actor Peter Egan. RRP for the disc is
£12.99. Incidentally, Play.com has the first two series on offer at the
moment, for £6.99 each, so if you need to catch up, you know where to
Davies' terrific BAFTA-nominated black-comedy series A Very Peculiar
Practice, which recently spearheaded a season of the writer's work on
BBC4, is due on January the 26th. The series, about a naive young doctor
who joins the staff of a university, and encounters the strange characters
that populate the campus, starred Peter Davison, Barbara Flynn, David
Troughton and the incomparable Graham Crowden.
two-disc A Very Peculiar Practice - The Complete First Series set
will contain all seven fifty-minute episodes, each digitally-restored (a
phrase we allow to be used lightly on this site!) The set will also
include commentaries with Davies, Davison and director Andrew Tucker, and
two 1986 Breakfast Time interviews (with Peter Davison and co-star
John Bird). RRP for the set is £24.99.
are releasing the entire first series of Michael Bentine's anarchic Thames
TV series Potty Time on January the 26th. The two-disc set will
contain twenty-six digitally-restored episodes, most - if not all -
previously unreleased on video. The set will also contain two episodes of
the 1954 series The Bumblies (which featured the first ever
appearance of the Pottys); drawings and storyboards with a commentary by
Michael's son Richard; and a photo' gallery. The RRP is £14.99.
the sleeve art!
to be outdone Acorn Video have a good selection of titles for January,
beginning with the recent ITV war series P.O.W. The two-disc set
will contain all six fifty-ish minute episodes, in their original 16:9
ratio. The set will also contain a decidely modest selection of extras: a
P.O.W. hooch recipe (let me guess, turnips?), production notes,
filmographies, a P.O.W. slang dictionary and photo' gallery. RRP for the
set is £24.99.
1980 adaptation of Leslie Thomas' Dangerous Davies - The Last Detective
starring Bernard Cribbins, was one of the last programmes made by the
once-mighty ITC Entertainment company. The film, which also features Heartbeat
star Bill Maynard, Joss Ackland, Colin Baker, Bernard Lee, Frank
Windsor and Maureen Lipman, will be presented in 4:3 ratio. The disc will
contain cast filmographies, a Leslie Thomas biography and production
charming BBC version of Nina Bawden's classic wartime novel Carrie's
War, broadcast last week, is being released on DVD on January the
12th. The film features the currently ubiquitous Alun Armstrong, Geraldine
McEwan and Pauline Quirke, not to mention At Home With The Braithwaites
star Keeley Fawcett in the title role. The film will be presented in
16:9 ratio, and the disc will feature production notes, filmographies and
a photo' gallery. RRP is £16.99.
Family At War, the Granada Television series about the wartime
adventures of the Ashton family was one of the most popular shows of its
time, drawing audiences of more than 26 million viewers. The series, which
starred Colin Douglas and Shelagh Fraser, ran for three seasons, between
1970 and 1972. Doctor Who fans might like to know that Patrick
Troughton features in several episodes of the first season.
is releasing the whole of the first season - thirteen fifty-minute
episodes - across three two-disc discs on January the 12th.
one, The Facts of Life, contains five episodes: The Facts of
Life, To Die For Spain, Lines of Battle, The Summer
Before The War and The Gate of The Year. Set two, The Breach
in the Dyke contains The Breach in the Dyke, The War Office
Regrets, For Strategic Reasons and The Night They Hit No.8.
Set three, One of Ours, includes episodes ten to thirteen: One
of Ours, Brothers in War, If It's Got Your Number On It and
The End of the Beginning. These episodes take place between May
1938 and December 1940.The discs will contain a biography of series
creator John Finch, cast filmographies, production notes and quotes. The
three discs will be available individually for £19.99, or as a boxed set
with an RRP of £59.99.
are the sleeve images...
a piece of good news: the BBFC has introduced a new set of guidelines that
will allow distributors to release more than one version of a film with
different certificates, providing that certain packaging advice is given
to avoid consumer confusion. This new policy means that previously-cut
films can be re-released with a higher certificate than the original, and
that new versions of uncut films can be released even if the new version
would have a higher certificate.
releases that would have benefited from the new policy include the Indiana
Jones Trilogy box set (which contains a heavily-cut version of Indiana
Jones and the Temple of Doom), and the otherwise-excellent DVD release
of Cutthroat Island (click here,
or on the sleeve image, left, to read the review).
the move is generally to be welcomed, it brings with it one unfortunate
restriction: a stipulation that a new version of a film should have
appreciably different packaging from the previous release. This may
preclude distributors from using the film's theatrical key-art for the new
release, if it was used for the old version.
can read the BBFC's new guidelines on their website, here.
Visitors to the BBFC website are currently being invited to participate in
an online survey about their policies. If you have twenty minutes or so,
you might like to take part - visit the BBFC here.
to Ceri Laing, for his comprehensive weekly report containing all the news
that's escaped in the last seven days. Take it away, Ceri!
New Year everyone! To kick off 2004, there’s been an extensive update to
the Incoming page
and I've updated all the bargains to be had from the January sales, which
you'll find on the Offers
have a look at the highlights of the additions to the Incoming
page, beginning with a round-up of recent films making their way onto DVD.
In Video have the limp Kate Beckinsale vampires vs werewolves horror film Underworld,
listed for 9th
February. Momentum are listing Confidence, and Buena Vista will
release Seabiscuit on February the 23rd. Special features for Confidence
include commentaries by the director, writer and cast members, deleted
scenes, interviews and Anatomy Of A Scene featurette. Seabiscuit’s
extras include a director commentary and featurettes - The 1938
Match Race - Seabiscuit vs War Admiral, Anatomy Of A Movie Moment
and Bringing The Legend To Life.
March sees Cabin Fever from Warner, the remake of The Italian
Job from Paramount, and Robert Rodriguez’s Once
Upon A Time In Mexico from
Columbia Tri-Star. The special features for the latter include deleted
scenes with optional commentary, short film, trailers, multi-angle scene
evolutions and featurettes - Film Is Dead, Sneaking Into
Troublemaker Studios, The Anti-Hero's Journey and The Good,
The Bad And The Bloody.
March should see Peter Weir's Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The
World and S.W.A.T. being released. Most of the retailers are
also listing the revised date of 19th April for Kill Bill – Volume 1.
go back to the well once again for a
two-disc Battle Royale - Special Edition, on the 23rd of February.
Disc one includes the Special Edition of the film, with additional
footage, alternate ending and a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 sound.
Disc two has the extras, which include The Making of Battle Royale;
press conference material; audition and rehearsal footage; featurettes; a
documentary; rehearsal footage for the basketball scene; trailer; TV
spots; Director's statement and on-screen filmographies.
fans who were dismayed to hear the widely-reported news that Warner Home
Video was releasing two
volumes of Looney
Tunes - All Stars Collection
1 for 2nd
February and Volume
2 for 9th
February, both with commentaries, documentaries and featurettes) will be
relieved to hear that they will also be releasing the much more
Tunes – Golden Collection,
albeit as a
four-disc HMV exclusive. Details of the cartoons and special features
included in this release are yet to be finalised.
Vista has raided Disney’s archives to cover Mickey Mouse’s exploits
and Disney’s wonderful musical shorts in
two releases – Walt
Disney Treasures - Mickey In Living Colour and Walt
Disney Treasures - Silly Symphonies, both due on May the 3rd. These
are expected to closely mimic the infamous Region 1 releases, which have
become very collectible.
about BBC releases is always leaked to retailers before the press releases
are sent out, and digging around reveals that the special
features for the superb Shooting the Past include a commentary with
Stephen Poliakoff, Adrian Johnston and J. P. Kelly, a 20 minute
documentary and a photo gallery, which makes it’s RRP a bargain at £15.99.
As similar length documentaries have been submitted to the BBFC, hopefully
Poliakoff’s Caught on a Train and Perfect Strangers will
have the same treatment. All the Poliakoff titles are being listed for 9th
February. The Blake’s 7 - Series 1 and Monty Python box
sets have had their dates revised to 1st March, but only an idiot would
bet on them appearing then! There's been no word of the main content
of the four-disc Python release (indicating a Best of... or Series
1?), but recent submissions to the BBFC include the programmes
broadcast as part of BBC Two’s Monty Python Night from a few
years ago, so these could be being lined up as extras. A documentary about
Dennis Potter, which appeared on the R1 release of The Singing
Detective, has been cleared by the BBFC, so I hope extras that
appeared on the American release with be replicated on the UK version.
Finally, the BBC's recent two-part production of Charles II is
listed for 16th February: extras include a director’s commentary and
documentary (probably the same one aired by BBC4 on December the 7th).
of the retailers and DVD magazines are listing further TV releases by
Carlton during the first half of 2004. In addition to the previously
listed Danger Man – Complete Series box set the remaining
individual releases, Volumes 5 and 6, are also showing for
15th March. The Cadfael and Kavanagh QC releases continue
together, with their respective Series 2 listed for 5th April, Series
3 for 17th May and Series 4 for 21st June. No date yet
for the in-preparation Kavanagh QC - Series 5, but based on the
schedule of the other series, it may appear in July. Finally, there is
word of The Saint – Series 1 box set also for 17th May.
titles from Network have appeared. Hazell – The
Complete First Series, the series starring Nicholas Ball that first
aired in 1978, and Two In Clover - Complete Series, the Sid James
and Victor Spinetti back-to-basics comedy series from 1969-70, are both
listed for the 16th February. The final series of the Richard Briers
comedy Ever Decreasing Circles - Series 4, and a complete Ever
Decreasing Circles – Series 1 - 4 box set are being listed for the
23rd February. Like the other Network releases I expect these dates to be
label Prism has a couple of interesting film releases listed. The
Magnificent 7 Deadly Sins, the 1971 Graham Stark-directed comedy
anthology written by and starring a range of British comedy talent. The writers include Ray Galton and Alan Simpson,
Spike Milligan, Marty Feldman, Barry Cryer, and Graham Chapman. The actors
include Bruce Forsyth, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw, Roy Hudd, Harry
Secombe, Ian Carmichael, Geoffrey
Bayldon, June Whitfield, Leslie Phillips, Harry H. Corbett, Bill
Pertwee, Alfie Bass and Peter Butterworth. What’s Up Tiger Lily?,
Woody Allen's re-dubbed Japanese film also gets a re-release on DVD
courtesy of Prism. Both are listed for 2nd February and have a £5.99 RRP.
final round up: the 1980s American animated series Dungeons and Dragons
is listed for 22nd March, from Contender, as a box set of Volumes 1-3
and Volume 1 individually; Stephen King’s The Stand for 8th
March from Warner; and Michael Moore’s TV Series The Awful Truth
from Channel 4 Video for 2nd February.
also been some titles added to the In
the Pipeline section. Most notably, some rumours of releases by
BBC Worldwide and Acorn. As well as titles recently cleared by the BBFC,
which include A Family at War Volume 3 and 1980s British cartoon
series Henry’s Cat.
this summary to an end, the update to the Offers
page includes new sales from Amazon and Blackstar. The addition of new
retailers, Benson’s World (VCI, Cinema Club and Doctor Who sales
as mentioned Julian last week), DVDSource (who has some excellent
bargains, including Network releases) and Virgin (although these are
available in store, not online). In addition to this are
some releases with good prices that are not in sales – Public Eye and
Special Branch for £29.98 (£10.01 off) each on pre-order from
Amazon and Upstairs Downstairs – Complete Series 2 – 5 box sets
at £16.99 each from MVC.
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