20th February 2004
the release of the first series on DVD imminent (it's released on Monday),
what better time to announce the release of Bugs: Series 2?
Revelation's three-disc set will contain
all ten fifty-minute episodes (What Goes Up..., ...Must Come Down,
Bugged Wheat, Whirling Dervish, Black Out, Gold
Rush, Newton's Run, and three episodes written by Stephen
Gallagher: Schrodinger's Bomb, The Bureau of Weapons and A Cage
For Satan), which were originally broadcast in 1996.
The set will also contain biographies,
Series 2 background information, including Allies, Villains and Shadowy
Organisations. RRP for the set, which is being released on April the 26th,
Other forthcoming Revelation titles include
Around The World With Willy Fog - Volume 3 (Episodes 11-15), on
April the 26th; Dogtanian and the Three Musketeers - Volume 3, on
March the 22nd; Oktober on March the 22nd; and The Tomorrow
People: 4-2 - Into The Unknown on April the 26th.
fourth season of Babylon 5, subtitled No Surrender No Retreat,
will be released in the UK on April the 19th.
The six-disc set will contain twenty-two forty-two minute
episodes. Bonus features include introductions and commentary by series
creator J Michael Straczynski and cast members Bruce Boxleitner, Jerry
Doyle, Peter Jurasik and Patricia Tallman; a music suite created
especially for the DVD, and a featurette on its composer, Christopher
Franke, titled Celestial Sounds; TV promo's; character and series
facts and a gag reel. As usual, the episodes will be presented in
1.78:1 ratio, and have new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mixes. RRP for the set
fans will be pleased to hear that Warner Home Video is releasing a
collection of classic Tom and Jerry cartoons on April the 5th. Whilst not
cause for celebration to the same degree that their recent collection of
Looney Tunes was (the new set seems to be aimed squarely at kids), Tom
and Jerry Classic Collection Volume 1 will nevertheless contain three
hours of vintage animation mayhem. The Collection will include Tom
and Jerry's first appearance, in Puss Gets The Boot, plus
twenty-three other toons: The Midnight Snack, The Night Before
Christmas, Fraidy Cat, Dog Trouble, Puss 'n' Toots,
Yankee Doodle Mouse, Sufferin' Cats, The Bowling Alley
Cat, Fine Feathered Friend, The Lonesome Mouse, Baby
Puss, The Zoot Cat, The Body Guard, Puttin' on the
Dog, Mouse Trouble, The Mouse Comes To Dinner, Mouse
in Manhattan, Tee For Two, Flirty Birdy, Quiet Please,
Springtime For Thomas, The Milky Waif and Trap Happy.
RRP is £12.99.
Home Video will release a Special Edition two-disc version of Space Jam,
the 1996 blend of animation and live action, on April the 5th. The new
disc will contain a trailer, a featurette titled Jammin' With Bugs
Bunny and Michael Jordan, Seal's Fly Like an Angel music video,
the Monsters Anthem Hit Em High music video and Bugs Vs Daffy -
Battle of the Music video stars. The press release doesn't mention the
commentary track or five Looney Tunes animated shorts that are on the
Region 1 release. Neither does the new disc contain one of the extras on
the old DVD, R-Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly music video. Neither
does the press release contain any technical specifications (an anamorphic
1.85:1 transfer with 5.1 audio is expected). RRP is £15.99.
Warner Home Video is releasing a 67m documentary about the
life of Bruce Lee on April the 19th. Bruce Lee - Martial Arts Master
will contain interviews, demonstrations and footage from Lee's
greatest fight scenes. The disc will feature a 50-picture Enter The Dragon
photo' gallery, and two text features: 30th Anniversary of Bruce Lee
and The History of a Martial Arts Master. RRP is £12.99. Warner
is releasing a two-disc Special Edition version of Enter The Dragon
Visual Entertainment has formerly announced the details of two two-disc
Special Edition discs: Blue Velvet and Dune. Both films will
feature re-mastered picture and "new" 5.1 soundtracks (make of that what
you will - their
existing Dune disc
has a 5.1 track). Both discs are due on April the 5th.
The Dune Special Edition will
feature a new forty-minute documentary, Impressions of Dune, which
will include interviews with Kyle MacLachlan, producer Raffaella De
Laurentiis, cinematographer Freddie Francis and editor Antony Gibbs),
Destination Dune (never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage and
on-set interviews with David Lynch and Frank Herbert), a short BBC
interview with the late Frank Herbert, cast and crew profiles, the trailer
and a 32-page booklet. The new version will have a choice of 2.0 and 5.1
audio, and an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer.
Blue Velvet disc will feature a new anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer
supervised by David Lynch, and a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1
audio. The disc boasts a new thirty-five minute documentary, Strange
Desires, which includes archive interviews with Lynch, and brand new
(2003) interviews with Dino De Laurentiis and Dennis Hopper. It will also
feature an archive review from the BBC series Moving Pictures, with
J.G.Ballard: The Best Film of the 80s. Ther disc will also contain
a theatrical trailer.
Initial copies of the disc will come in a
velvet slipcase! The set will contain an 16-page booklet which will
include two exclusive essays, written by Screencraft: Directing
author Mike Goodridge.
RRP for both discs is £19.99. The press
release notes that these will be Region 0 (PAL) discs.
18th February 2004
4 Video has confirmed the details for the Black Books Series 2 DVD,
which is due on 22nd March (that's a week later than previously
The disc will contain all six episodes of the second series
(The Entertainer, Fever, The Fixer, Blood,
Hello Sun and A Nice Change).
Bonus materials include audio commentary by stars Dylan
Moran (Bernard Black), Bill Bailey (Manny) and Tamsin Greig (Fran);
outtakes (11m); stills gallery, trailer(s), hidden deleted scenes (2m) and
a Black Books puppet show with look-a-like dolls, written and
produced by Dylan Moran. RRP is £19.99.
are a few bits and pieces that were gleaned from recent updates to
Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment's trade website....
There are still no details for the
Fraggle Rock DVD, due on the 5th of April, but this sleeve image is
Oddly, Tim Burton's escapist fantasy Big
Fish, which was listed for release on May the 24th, has vanished from
their schedule. Conversely, the specifications for the Region 1 disc,
which is being released on April the 27th, have been issued. The disc will
include seven featurettes, which will be available separately, or via a
branching option; b-roll moments with Tim Burton; interviews; a behind the
scenes tour with special effects maestro Stan Winston; from page to
screen; circus footage, and other bits and pieces. It sounds like a great
disc. It will also feature a commentary track by Tim Burton, so it's not
all good news.
The 10 Rillington Place DVD, due on
March the 29th, has been upgraded to Special Edition status.
The 1971 film, about British serial
killer John Christie, will appear on DVD with
an introduction and exclusive interview with Sir Richard
Attenborough (who played Christie), and a commentary
track by co-star John Hurt (who played Timothy Evans, the new owner of the
flat where Christie hid the bodies). The disc will also contain fact
files, vintage lobby card gallery and filmographies. No technical
specifications have been released yet. RRP is £12.99.
Labyrinth Collector's Edition disc, due on the 19th of April, will
feature the excellent Inside the Labyrinth behind-the-scenes
featurette, photo and poster galleries, storyboards, trailer and
filmographies. From those spec's it doesn't look like there's much on the
Collector's Edition that it'd make it worth owners of the
existing disc (which also has the
Inside the Labyrinth documentary on it) upgrading.
As has already been noted here in the
Incoming section, and by various online
retailers, Columbia has updated their database to officially acknowledge
that they're going to split Jim Henson's Storyteller TV series
across two discs, the first due on March the 22nd.
Finally, Columbia has listed Sea of
Souls - Volume 1 - presumably the current BBC paranormal investigation
drama series - for release on the 19th of April.
17th February 2004
Distribution Ltd will release the drug-addled comedy Spun to buy on
DVD on April the 5th. The film, which features Mickey Rourke, Brittany
Murphy and Rushmore's Jason Schwartzman, will feature a two
commentary tracks, (director Jonas Åkerlund
and star Mena Suvari on one, Åkerlund
and screenwriter / producer Creighton Vero on the other), a Making
of... featurette, five deleted scenes, MTV premiere "spy-cam" party
footage, the Cooking Show and UK theatrical trailers, and poster
and on-set stills galleries. (None of these have turned up at the BBFC
It seems from the press release as if the UK version is
missing some TV spots and a music video that are on the US version. (This
is probably no great loss, since the US disc apparently doesn't even
bother to identify the title or the artist). The MTV premiere party
footage and the Making of..., which aren't on the Region 1 version,
should more than compensate. Pathé's disc will feature a 1.78:1 anamorphic
transfer, and 5.1 audio. RRP is £19.99.
sixth (penultimate) season of the Thames courtroom drama series Rumpole
of the Bailey, which was originally broadcast in 1991, will be
released on DVD by Acorn Video on March the 15th.
The two-disc set will contain six
fifty-minute episodes (Rumpole a la Carte, Rumpole and the
Summer of Discontent, Rumpole and the Right to Silence,
Rumpole at Sea, Rumpole and the Quacks and Rumpole For The
Prosecution), and will also feature an exclusive interview with
creator John Mortimer, QC, CBE. There'll also be a Rumpole book list, and
filmographies, which probably took Acorn at least a couple of minutes to
put together. RRP for the set is £24.99.
Acorn Video will also release Andrew
Davies' 1980 BBC serialisation of
R.F. Delderfield's 1972 novel
To Serve Them All My Days on DVD on
March the 15th. The thirteen-part series (
a young soldier, played by John Duttine, who's invalided from the army and
sent to teach at a public boy's school)
is being made available across three two-disc sets (with an RRP of £19.99
each), and as a complete six-disc box set, which has an RRP of £59.99. The
only extras are biographies and filmographies.
The Good Life - Series 2 is also
being released by Acorn on March the 15th. The two-disc set will contain
all seven episodes of the 1975 BBC series (Just My Bill, The
Guru of Surbiton, Mr Fix-It, The Day Peace Broke Out,
Mutiny, Home Sweet Home and Going to Pot?), a well as an
exclusive interview with writer Bob Larbey, filmographies and biographies.
RRP is a whopping £24.99.
Here's a look at the rest of the Acorn
Bay's UK division will release Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes Part 2
on March the 29th. It will feature an anamorphic 1.85:1
transfer, with a choice of stereo 2.0, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio
tracks. After the terrific job they did with the The Hills Have Eyes
DVD, the lack of bonus materials for the sequel is very disappointing.
The US disc from Image Entertainment is mono, and presented in full-frame
format, so hopefully the UK version will be a significant improvement. (It
does, however, feature the trailer, which isn't listed as being on the UK
release). RRP is £16.99.
Archetypal slasher movie Bloody Birthday is also
being released by Anchor Bay UK on March the 29th. The 1981 film will be
presented on disc with a choice of 2.0 stereo, or Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1
audio tracks, and will feature an interview with Executive Producer Max
Rosenberg, and a biography of director Ed Hunt (which, looking at his
shouldn't trouble Anchor Bay unduly). No other technical
details have been released.
Tartan Video has confirmed that it will be
releasing two more Ingmar Bergman titles on March the 29th. These are
Crisis (from 1946, Bergman's first movie) and Summer Interlude
(1951). No technical details were announced. Bonus materials will be
filmographies and trailers. (Note to Tartan: "scene selection" is no more
of a DVD extra than "play facility" and "pause capability"). RRP for
each disc is £19.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment has formerly announced the release of the
first of the standalone two-disc sets drawn from the Alien Quadrilogy
Alien - The Director's Cut - Special Edition will be
released on the 15th of March, with an eyebrow-raising RRP of £22.99.
The set will feature the original 1979 theatrical version
of the film, as well as the digitally-enhanced 2003 Director's Cut
version, which features footage that wasn't used in the original movie,
including the infamous Dallas Cocoon scene. The re-mastered version
of the film features a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio tracks.
The two-disc set should be practically identical to the two Alien
discs in the Quadrilogy set, which include a commentary track,
numerous featurettes, screen test footage, artwork and photo galleries and
deleted scenes. (None of the Alien-related material on the
Quadrilogy set's bonus DVD will be included).
Alien Resurrection will also be
released as two-disc Special Editions, on April the 12th. These, too, will
have an RRP of £22.99.
Speaking of all things Alien, I'm indebted to David
for pointing me towards a new Lance Henriksen interview, which has
appeared at fan site
Lance Henriksen Magic. Lance has some interesting things to say about
the future of the Alien franchise, as the long-awaited Alien Vs
Predator movie lurks in the wings. You can find the interview
a period of relative inactivity, pioneering Euro-cult specialist label
Redemption are poised to return with a vengeance with a new selection of
titles, due on March the 22nd
Forthcoming titles include three films by
Jean Rollin (
Night of the Hunted
(1980), which stars Brigitte Lahaie,
Demoniacs (1973) and
Lips of Blood (1975)
), Black Magic Rites
(1973, a.k.a. The Reincarnation of Isabel),
The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance (1975) and 'Luigi Batzella's 1974 "sleaze
masterpiece" Nude for Satan. Extras on the discs include
trailers, stills and poster galleries and (unrelated?) music videos.
Redemption are also releasing a series of films
under a new label, Sacrament, which will feature titles from Japan's
so-called 'Pink Cinema' erotica genre. Their first Sacrament releases will
be Snow / Woman (2000), Despite All That (1999), Empty
Room (2001), Raigyo (1997) and Tokyo X Erotica (2001).
Neither the press release, nor the sleeves
themselves, included any details about technical specifications.
16th February 2004
Ceri is on holiday this week, so you'll have to make do
with my sporadic updates to the Incoming
page this week, and the bargain hunters will have to go cold turkey until
Offers is brought up to date. If anyone has
any particularly good tips, they can always contribute them to the
appropriate thread in The High Street section of
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
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