14th February 2004
will release Hong Kong action pic Full-Time Killer
on March the 29th. The film stars
Internal Affairs' Andy Lau as a ruthless assassin. The disc will
feature a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, as well as a
behind-the-scenes documentary, trailer and filmographies. RRP is £19.99.
Tartan also have Olivier Megaton's
Red Siren (La
as another assassin, who teams up with a twelve-year-old girl who has
accused her mother of murder. The film, which stars The Big Blue's
Jean-Marc Barr, XXX's Asia Argento and Brit diva Frances Barber,
will be offered with a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 tracks, with
trailer and filmographies. Red Siren is also being released on
March the 29th, with an RRP of £15.99.
The Incoming page has
been updated to reflect a number of changes from VCI: date changes for
Cypher (now due March 29th). I've also added forthcoming film titles
Touching The Void, Death to Smoochy and A Decade Under
The Influence. The latter is a documentary about the great films of
the 70s, which features interviews with luminaries like Robert Altman,
Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Schrader and Martin Scorsese.
13th February 2004
Family - The Complete First Series has been formerly announced by VCI.
It will contain all eight episodes of the
first series, originally broadcast in 2000: Serpent's Tooth,
Pain in the Class, Droit de Seigneur Ben, The Last Resort,
Farewell to Alarms, Death Takes a Policy, Awkward Phase
and Much Ado About Ben. The episodes are expected to be in 4:3
format. There are no bonus features listed. The sleeve depicted here may
not be the final version. RRP is £19.99.
The show returns to BBC One with new
episodes on March the 6th, incidentally.
The West Wing -
The Complete Third Season
is being released by Warner Home Video on March the 29th.
The episodes will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. RRP
Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment has
added a few titles to their May schedule: a Muppet Movies Box Set
on May 3rd (containing The Muppet Movie, Muppets in Space,
The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Great Muppet Caper); and
Anatomie 2 and Ignition for May 10th. As Ceri mentioned
earlier this week, the Das Boot - Mini-series is now listed for May
The Umbrella Entertainment Thames Television comedy DVDs
featured yesterday (below) are now due on March the 24th.
Ceri is on holiday next week, so I've made a few amendments
to the Incoming page, and will
continue to tweak it until the next complete update. It looks like Fox has
moved the release date of the individual two-disc Alien series sets
back to April the 12th.
12th February 2004
Heavens to Betsy! Another new review?! Is it Christmas
already? Nope, it's a just a review of the Coen Brothers' latest comedy,
Intolerable Cruelty. The disc, from Universal, is released on
February 23rd. Click on the sleeve image, left, or
here, to read the review.
Umbrella Entertainment has updated their specifications for their
forthcoming Thames Television comedy series (which were featured in the
News column for the 15th of January).
The Man About The House - Complete Series Two disc
will feature commentary tracks by Sally Thomsett on While The Cat's
Away and Colour Me Yellow, and by Thomsett and Brian Murphy on
Did You Ever Meet Rommel?
George and Mildred - Complete Series Two will have
commentary by Brian Murphy on The Unkindest Cut of All and No
Business Like Show Business. The artwork for this disc has changed,
and is featured here.
Bless This House - Series 2 - Part 1 will feature
the first episode of Sid James' 1969 sitcom Two In Clover, which
featured Sid James and Victor Spinetti as two insurance clerks who give up
the rat race to run a farm. The second episode of the series will be
included on Bless This House - Series 2 - Part 2.
These discs will also feature production notes.
Father, Dear Father - Complete Series 1 and
Father, Dear Father - Complete Series 2 will feature biographies and
These discs, which are being released on March 10th, are
being discussed in
this thread at
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
first season of Danger Man will be released by Carlton Visual
Entertainment on April the 5th. The set contains thirty-nine thirty-minute
black and white episodes from 1960 and 1961 in digistack packaging.
Guest stars for the series amount to a
virtual Who's Who of character actors from the period, including
Hazel Court, Donald Pleasence, Warren Mitchell, Patrick Troughton and
Rupert Davies. The set will also contain "stills galleries, biographies,
original merchandise and booklets, programme trailers". RRP is £49.99.
11th February 2004
Century Fox Home Entertainment has confirmed that they'll be releasing a
four-disc DVD box set of the original Star Wars Trilogy on DVD on
September 21st, ending years of speculation, and months of leaks and
substantiated rumours. The films will been digitally restored and
re-mastered by the THX division of Lucasfilm. The four-disc set will
include a bonus disc of all-new behind-the-scenes material.
I'm sure I'm not the only person feeling a trifle under
whelmed, especially in the wake of Fox's epic nine-disc Alien
Quadrilogy set. Surely the Star Wars films deserve similar treatment?
The Phantom Menace merits a two-disc set, and The Empire Strikes
Back doesn't? Of course, it's all rather academic to the purists, who
won't be happy until the three films are released in their original
theatrical versions: no extra Jabba The Hutt, no Han shoots first, and no
cuddly Wampa. Has any other artiste ever been so wilfully dismissive of
the patrons who most admire their art? George Lucas can tamper with his
films to his heart's consent for all I care, but I would like to have
copies of the films I saw in the cinema available, for old time's sake.
The Digital Bits has prised
more details from Lucasfilm: the discs will be in Dolby Digital 5.1, and
will feature a commentary track by Lucas and cast and crew members. More
bonus materials will be announced later. The discs will feature the
1997 Special Edition versions.
was composer Jerry Goldsmith's 75th birthday, and he's still going strong!
Jerry's music has been the icing on the cake of so many great movies:
everything from Gremlins to The Omen, Planet of the Apes
to Chinatown and Alien to Star Trek - The Motion
Among his peers he's the most admired
composer currently working. John Williams (who's 72 this week,
incidentally) may have more currency as a household name, thanks to his
partnership with Spielberg, but Goldsmith is, and shall remain, The
If you've got ninety-quid or so knocking
around, you could do worse than consider buying Varèse Sarabande's
mouth-watering Jerry Goldsmith at 20th Century Fox box set, which
is being released in honour of his birthday (and marking a long and close
association with the label). The six disc set, which is limited to 1500
copies, contains highlights from his long association with the studio. The
set contains music from thirty-nine films, and includes a dozen films
whose music is being presented on CD for the first time, including much
sought-after scores like Damnation Alley, Von Ryan's Express
and the remake of The Vanishing. The set will come with a
sixty-page booklet, detailing Goldsmith's contribution to the studio.
Other highlights include unreleased material from Alien, and tracks
from several soundtracks released on Varèse's limited edition Soundtrack
Club imprint, including Magic. The set has an RRP of $130. Postage
to the UK is another $20 (and you may have to pay import duty and VAT on
top of that). The set is likely to sell out very quickly, and is bound to
become a hot Ebay item! You can find the track listings for the set and
more details at
Staying with film music for a few moments more, there are
two new releases from the Film Score Monthly label that deserve your
attention. They were released a few weeks ago, but arrived during the
recent spell of downtime, and I haven't had the opportunity to plug them
since then. Both of Film Score Monthly's new CDs feature music with a
Goodwin's music has been very popular on this side of the Atlantic, but
until now the original recording of his rich orchestral music for Where
Eagles Dare has not been available. (The contemporary MGM Records LP
and subsequent CD versions featured a re-recording). Film Score Monthly's
new disc presents the film's complete snare drum, timpani and brass
underscore in stereo (taken from original half-inch, three track safety
recordings), as well as the complete source music (i.e.: music not
composed especially for the film) and alternate cues. The two-disc set
also includes forty-five minutes of music from the 1965 film Operation
Crossbow. These have been sourced from the composer's own reel-to-reel
recordings. The audio quality isn't perfect, but it's entirely reasonable.
Score Monthly's addition to the their Golden Age Classics range is
typically lyrical, melodic
score for Fritz Lang's 1953 MGM
Cinemascope swashbuckler Moonfleet. The new CD features the entire
score in stereo, supplemented by alternate score cues and source tracks.
The film had a troubled production, and creative control was wrested from
Lang, allowing the studio to impose a new cut, complete with a cheerier
coda. This explains why the disc includes no less than three alternate
finale cues! the disc was mastered from the original three-track 35mm
As usual, both discs are limited editions (3000 copies of
each), and both come with extensive, lavishly-illustrated sleeve notes.
You can buy Film Score Monthly's CDs at specialist retailers, or directly
Score Monthly website.
10th February 2004
don't usually feature rental releases, but I know there are a few people
itching to see
Vincenzo Natali’s Cypher, the Director's first film since sleeper
in 1997. The film, a futuristic spy thriller, starring Gosford Park's
Jeremy Northam, Lucy Lui and Forever Knight's Brian Bennett,
will be released
by Pathé Distribution Ltd
to rent on March 29th.
The film will have a 1.77:1
anamorphic transfer, and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. There are no extras on
the rental disc (there should be some on the retail version), but if
you're desperate to see trailers for Gerry, In The Cut,
Good Bye Lenin, Spun, Miranda and It's All About Love,
you'll be very happy!
9th February 2004
Let's start with Ceri's weekly DVD news roundup, and
summary of the latest offers from the online retailers. Cue Ceri...
Loads of information added to
Incoming this week, but after the flurry of activity in the last
update to the
Offers page there are only a few new bargains.
As always we’ll begin with the additions
Incoming and there’s some particularly interesting new TV titles,
so let's start with those.
BBC Worldwide have several new releases
Arthur Mathews’ hit and miss BBC 2 sketch
show Big Train will finally makes
it video from BBC Worldwide on the 17th of May. It has a listed RRP of
£24.99, and at that price it should hopefully mean both series will be
included. Also for May the 17th are reissues of BBC Worldwide’s
Comedy Greats compilations -
Howerd, Les Dawson,
Spike Milligan, Tommy Cooper - they all have a £9.99 RRP.
The 24th of May sees another another Only Fools And Horses release.
This time the 1992 Christmas special, Mother Nature's Son, with an
RRP of £15.99.
series of ITV’s
Love Thy Neighbour
is released by Pegasus, as four volumes and a complete box set on the 19th
of April. The box set has an RRP of
£24.99, and the individual volumes are £7.99.
Alan Ayckborn’s three-part interconnected
play from 1978,
The Norman Conquests,
is listed also for the 19th of April, with an RRP of £29.99.
The three plays are subtitled
Living Together and Round & Round The Garden. They directed
by Herbert Wise and star Tom Conti, Richard Briers, Penelope Keith, David
Troughton, Fiona Walker and Penelope Wilton, and detail the events of a
weekend from the perspective of the different characters.
There are more escapades to be enjoyed in
Sherwood Forest as Network are preparing the second series
of Sapphire Film Productions’
The Adventures of Robin Hood.
It is currently listed for March the 22nd with an RRP of £39.99. Also for
March the 22nd is the volume two of Network’s Public Information Films
releases, Charley Says, with an RRP of £9.99. Some Network’s other
releases have revised dates: Peak Practice – The Complete Series 2
and Special Branch – The Complete Series 4
are both now listed for February the 23rd. The Ever Decreasing
Circles - Complete Series Box Set is now listed for the 15th of March.
We’ve also had word that Series 4 of Ever Decreasing Circles
won’t be out in February, so this may also be put back to the 15th of
March. In addition to that, some of the retailers are also now listing
Public Eye as being a four disc release. We expect to have
clarification of what this set actually contains this week.
Acorn are to release
Midsomer Murders - Killings At Badger's
Drift on the 19th of April with an RRP of £16.99.
The previously reported Jim Henson’s
Storyteller, for March the 22nd, is now listed by retailers as
Volume 1 and a Volume 2 is showing for May the 17th. Both are
to be release by Columbia Tri-Star with an RRP of £12.99 each. Columbia
Tri-Star are also to release the mini series version of Wolfgang
Petersen’s Das Boot, again listed for the 17th of May, with an
of £24.99 .
Eight episodes of the second series
of Secret Army have been cleared by the BBFC. The rest are
expected to be cleared as well as DD Video are rumoured to be releasing
the series as a box set in April.
The special features for Black Books –
Series 2 are now being listed on the retailers and cleared by the
BBFC. It will have a commentary; two deleted scenes, both of which run to
around a minute; 11 minutes of out-takes; a trailer and a stills gallery
lasting a minute and a half. This release has a date of the 15th of March
from Channel 4 Video.
We’ve had word on
some of VCI’s releases.
Double Take and Trigger Happy
US were planned but have been pulled and My Family – Series 1
has been revised to March the 22nd.
There are two volumes of the classic
American series The Lone Ranger listed for February the 16th. They
both have an RRP of £4.99, so I wouldn’t really expect much for the
quality to be up to much.
And finally for the television releases, a
round-up of animation: Revelation are lining up Volume 3 of
Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, which includes episodes 16-20,
for the 22nd of March with a £5.99 RRP; a Peanuts - Volume 1 is
also listed for the 22nd of March, again with a £5.99 RRP, featuring the
episodes It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown and Life is a
Circus, Charlie Brown; and there is Ulysses – Volume 1 showing
for the 24th of May with an RRP of £12.99. The only other information I
have for this release is that it’s rated U, which means it is possibly the
1980s series Ulysses 31. I’ll confirm either way when I have more
Now the Film releases.
As reported yesterday, the
three-disc Deluxe Edition of Sam
Raimi’s Spider-Man from Columbia Tri-Star is showing for May the
24th with an RRP of £24.99. The content is yet to be confirmed. The
Superbit version is listed for the same day with an RRP of £12.99.
This will have a DTS track. There is information on the special features
contained on Columbia Tri-Star’s Dark Crystal and Labyrinth
Collector's Editions. Dark Crystal will have deleted scenes,
a Making of... featurette, storyboards, a photo gallery, the
theatrical trailer and teaser trailer. Labyrinth has a Making
of... featurette, a photo gallery, filmographies, storyboards and the
theatrical trailer. They are both listed for April the 19th with £12.99
We now have information the extras
on Sanctuary’s special edition releases of the David Lynch classics,
Blue Velvet and Dune. Blue Velvet will have a
documentary entitled Strange Desires which runs to 35
minutes, featuring archive interviews with David Lynch and new interviews
with producer Dino De Laurentiis and star Dennis Hopper; an archive review
from the BBC's Moving Pictures series, with J.G. Ballard, and the
theatrical trailer. The extras for Dune are a documentary entitled
Impressions of Dune which runs to 45 minutes and includes
interviews with star Kyle MacLachlan, cinematographer Freddie Francis,
editor Anthony Gibbs, producer Raffaella De Laurentiis; an on-set
promotional film featuring director David Lynch; a BBC archive interview
with author Frank Herbert and the theatrical trailer. Both are listed for
April the 5th with £19.99 RRPs.
The Wild Geese – Special Edition
now has it’s extras being listed a – a commentary featuring Roger Moore, a
Making of... documentary and footage from the film’s charity
premiere. The extras for the film version of Dennis Potter’s The
Singing Detective, are showing as a Making of... documentary,
cast and crew interviews and the trailer. Both films are listed as
released by Warner Home Video during April, The Wild Geese – Special
Edition on the 5th and The Singing Detective the 26th.
The BBFC has cleared some more extras for
The Fog from Momentum. A documentary entitled Tales from the
Mist - Inside The Fog, which runs to 28 minutes and a storyboard
gallery which lasts for just over a minute. The release is currently
listed for the 5th of April with a £15.99 RRP.
Tartan are releasing two Ingmar Bergman
films on the 29th of March, Crisis from 1946 and 1951’s Summer
Interlude. Both have an RRP of £19.99.
Two of Spencer Tracey’s 1960s films are
being lined-up by MGM. Inherit The Wind and Judgment At
Nuremberg are both listed for May the 3rd with RRPs of
1965 tour of England was documented by the film,
Don’t Look Back,
and this is listed for March the 1st with an RRP of £17.99.
VCI’s release of the Jeremy Northam and
Lucy Liu film, Cypher,
is scheduled for March the 29th. Expect a modest array of bonus features.
Klaus Kinski’s Jack the Ripper,
which was due to be released last week by Anchor Bay, was pulled and there
is no new date showing at the moment.
And finally for the Film releases, there
are two volumes of the 1944 Zorro: Black
Whip chapter serial listed for February the 16th. Like The Lone
Ranger releases mentioned above, they have an RRP of £4.99, so don’t
The update to the Offers page isn’t
quite so extensive as last week. Amazon have another box set sale running
with at least 40% off, which includes the Prime Suspect Collection
for £24.99 (£25.00off), The Hornblower Collection for £39.99
(£30.00 off), MASH – Seasons 1 & 2 for £14.99 each (£15.00 off)
and Family Guy – Season 1-3 for £14.99 each (£10.00 off) – thanks
to Chris and JohnR for posting about some of the items in this sale on
Roobarb’s DVD Forum.
[Don't forget there's a nine-disc Family Guy Collection set due on
February 23rd, which contains an extra disc of bonus materials]. Amazon
also have the Angel – Season 4 box set for £54.99. Benson’s World
are offering some more good pre-order or recently released prices –
Cadfael – The Complete Series 1 for £9.99 (which is either £3.00,
£5.00 or £20.00 off, depending on what the RRP actually turns out to be);
three Network titles, Ever Decreasing Circles - Series 4 and
Press Gang – Series 1 both for £12.99 (£7.00 off) and Chancer –
Series 1 for £22.45 (£7.54 off); and the Shogun release at the
mis-price pre-order of £12.99. Both Play and Blackstar are now listing
Shogun at the full RRP, which could be £37.99 or £39.99, there’s still
some confusion. dvd.co.uk have the Buffy – Season 7 box set for
£53.99 (£26.00 off). Whereas, HMV have Angel – Season 4, Buffy –
Season 7 and The X-Files – Season 8 all at £54.99 (£25.00 off
each). And finally, MVC have The Best of One Foot In The Grave,
which contains six episodes and a documentary for £5.99.
I suspect there are a few titles in there that people will
be very happy to see listed. It looks like there are
all sorts of interesting things happening, and more than a few bargains to
be snapped up!
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