ARCHIVED NEWS - 19th to 25th JANUARY 2004
a note to let you all know that I'm doing a ground-up re-install of my PC
today, so if the site isn't updated for a while you know it all went
terribly wrong! Fingers crossed it will be business as usual tomorrow...
Video has postponed the release of the Hammer comedy Nearest and
Dearest, which was due last week because of a problem with the source
elements. It should appear later this year, probably in March.
are two new competitions for you to enter today, giving you the chance to
win copies of two new releases from Network: the much-loved Thames
children's series Michael Bentine's Potty Time and Andrew Davies'
campus comedy drama A Very Peculiar Practice. Click on the banners
above, or here for
the Potty Time competition, or here
for the A Very Peculiar Practice competition.
Goldsmith and 'Mephisto' are the winners of last week's DD Video Hammer
competition. They both knew that I Only Arsked! was a spin-off from
Granada's TV series The Army Game. Copies of the new Hammer discs
will be dispatched as soon as they're available. The winner of the
Battlestar Galactica DVD box set was Chris Anderson, who knew that the
human traitor in the series was Count Baltar. Congratulations to them, and
my thanks to DD Video and Universal, for providing the prizes.
now, over to Ceri Laing for his roundup of the week's DVD news, and a
summary of the most tempting offers from the online retailers....
everyone, following the mammoth update last week, it’s not such a large
one today – some film additions, but mainly TV, to the Incoming
page and more bargains added to the Offers
up let's have a look at the TV releases added to the Incoming
are several new Acorn releases listed: A
Family At War – Volume 3 – One Of Ours,
the final volume of the first series; a Tenko
- Series 3 (Box Set); volume two of Anthony Valentine and Christopher
Strauli’s Raffles, entitled
The Last Laugh; Monarch Of The
Glen - Complete Series 4, which includes an interview with
Susan Hampshire, picture gallery, cast filmographies and production notes;
Rumpole Of The Bailey - Series 6;
the second part of When The Boat Comes In - Series 2; and Series
2 of a show that’s one of the Top Ten in the BBC’s search to find
Britian’s Best Sitcom, The Good Life, all for the 15th
March. When The Boat Comes In -
Complete Series 2 (Box Set) is due on April 12th. The A Family at
War, Raffles and When
The Boat Comes In - Series 2 – Part 2
releases have an RRP of £19.99. The Good Life and the Rumpole
of the Bailey releases have an RRP of £24.99. Monarch
Of The Glen - Complete Series 4 is £39.99, Tenko - Series 3 is
£49.99 and When The Boat Comes In - Complete Series 2 is £59.99.
expected, some of Network’s releases have had their dates revised. Chancer
– Series 1, Press Gang – Series 1, Soldier Solider – Series 1
and Till Death Us Do Part – The First Colour Series are now
likely to appear next week, on January 26th. Peak Practice - Series 2,
Public Eye - Series 4 and Special
Branch - Series 3 are now listed for February 16th.
with a revised date of the 16th February is BBC Worldwide’s Jonathan
Creek - Series 1&2 (Box Set), but there are new titles being
listed from BBC Worldwide as well. March 1st will see The Big Dinosaur
Box, which will contain the previously released Walking with
Dinosaurs and The Ballad of Big Al, along with Land
of the Giants and The Giant Claw, both of which are new
releases. Bonus materials will include interviews and factfiles. RRP is £29.99.
Series 1 of the BBC’s fondly remembered version of The Borrowers,
starring Ian Holm and Penelope Wilton, is listed for 5th with an RRP of
£14.99 (with this scheduled and The Chronicles of Narnia,
can a Box of Delights release be far away?). Finally, two titles
for 26th April, the second series of Rob Brydon’s Marion and Geoff
and Sellers on Sellers, the recent BBC 2 documentary on Peter
Sellers which utilised his own home movies. Marion and Geoff has an
RRP of £15.99 and Sellers on Sellers is £17.99.
Clarke’s 1989 BBC play about gangs of football hooligans, The Firm,
starring Gary Oldman, is also being listed. Prism is releasing it on the
2nd February, with an RRP of £5.99.
8th March sees more Taggart releases from Clear Vision: Vol.
42 - Death Trap, Vol.
43 - Fire, Burn, Vol. 44 - Water Tight, Vol. 45 - The Friday
Event, and a box set of these four volumes. The individual volumes
will retail at £12.99 and the box set for £39.99.
on to American TV: there are more box sets coming – Buffy The Vampire
Slayer – Season 7 from Twentieth Century Fox, and C.S.I. –
Series 3.1 from Momentum. The Buffy release has an RRP of £79.99
and the C.S.I. is £39.99. Both are listed for April 5th. MGM will
release the Stargate SG-1 Complete Series 6 box set
on February 2nd and Stargate SG-1 Complete Series 7 on June 28th.
Volume 35 of Stargate SG-1 is pencilled in for May the 3rd,
and Volume 36 for June 28th. The Stargate SG-1 release schedule is
always in a state of flux, so don’t count on these arriving on time. The
box sets have an RRP of £59.99; the individual volumes are £19.99.
onto the film releases.
has lined up more Special Edition DVDs. As a follow up to last week’s
listing of the extras cleared by the BBFC for The Good The Bad
And The Ugly, a release date of the 26th of April looks likely. The
1969 film, The Battle Of Britain, starring Michael Caine, Trevor
Howard and Laurence Olivier is listed for 31st May. The BBFC recently
cleared the following extras for the release: A Film For The Few
(20m); Authenticity In The Air (22m); Recollections Of An R.A.F.
Squadron Leader (9m); Images From The Sky (4m). Finally, Peter
Sellers’ 1968 film The Party, directed by Blake Edwards, which is
being lined up for June 7th, though no word on the extras yet. All three
have an RRP of £19.99.
Phoenix and Ed Harris’s darkly comic Buffalo Soldiers is being
listed for the 22nd March from VCI. Extras so far include a short film, How
Democracy Really Works. The
RRP is £19.99. VCI will also be belatedly releasing Death to Smoochy,
which stars Robin Williams as an embittered and unbalanced children’s TV
host, and Edward Norton as his successor. The film was partly financed by
Film Four, and its disappointing box office performance played a factor in
the distributor’s downfall.
recent remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed for 22nd
March, from Entertainment In Video. To accompany it, The
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 – Leatherface
is also listed for the same day. Both have an RRP of £19.99.
Bay have added four more films to their slate, two of which star Klaus
Kinski:– Android and Jack The Ripper. Extras listed for Android
are a production gallery, Klaus Kinski biography, film notes,
theatrical trailer and DVD-Rom accessible features: film script and stills
gallery. Jack The Ripper’s presentation on DVD has been
supervised by the cinematographer, and extras listed are an audio
commentary from the producer, a behind the scenes documentary featuring
previously unseen footage, Film Restoration featurette, cast and
crew biographies, production stills and deleted scenes. Both films are out
next week on the 26th January. Also out next week is Santa Sangre,
which will feature an audio commentary from director Alejandro Jodorowsky
and film journalist Alan Jones, a deleted scene, La Constellation
Jodorowsky (which runs to 87 minutes), an interview with the director,
Echek: a short film directed by Jodorowsky’s son, stills and poster gallery, biographies and a trailer. Finally, A
Sense of Freedom, which is due 23rd February, with extras including a
biography of Jimmy Boyle and a documentary entitled Convict, Rage and
Reverie. Santa Sangre has an RRP of £19.99; the other titles are £16.99.
Wilder’s long sought after The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes,
starring Robert Stephens as Holmes and Colin Blakely as Watson, is being listed with an RRP of
£12.99, from Warner Home Video. The UK disc doesn’t appear to include the bonus features of the
Region 1 version, from MGM. Woody Allen’s debut film What’s New
Pussycat? is being released by MGM, with a £15.99 RRP. Both films are
due 7th June.
a final round-up of the films: Another Peter Greenaway release from the
BFI, his 1982 film, Draughtsman's Contract is listed for 23rd
February, with extras including an introduction and commentary by the
director, trailers, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes, an
interview with composer Michael Nyman. RRP is £19.99. Also for February
23rd are Volumes 6 and 7 of Laurel and Hardy’s Comedy
Shorts from Stonevision, each with a £19.99 RRP. Michael Moore’s
1997 documentary film The Big One has been listed for April the 19th,
with an RRP of £9.99.
has been updated, too. Like HMV, Amazon is now offering the E.R. –
Series 1 box set at £29.99 (£15.00 off). There are two bargains from
Benson’s World – Two In Clover – The Complete Series at a
pre-order price of £16.99 (£8.00 off) and Family Guy – Series 1
at £12.99 (£12.00 off). Thanks to David Piper-Balston on Roobarb’s DVD
Forum for posting that CD-Wow have Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights –
Series 2 for £9.99 (£10.00 off). Choices Direct are listing Lost
In Space – Series 1 with an RRP of £34.99 and are offering
it at a pre-order price of £26.42 (that’s £23.57 off the full
RRP of £49.99). This looks like a mis-price, so take advantage of it
while you can, if you’re interested. There’s no guarantee that Choices
Direct will honour the price if it is a mistake, of course. Finally,
dvd.co.uk have Network’s excellent Edward the Seventh release at
£17.99 (£22.00 off).
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