28th February 2004
seventh and final season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer will be
released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on April the 5th. RRP
for the set is £79.99.
The six-disc set will contain all twenty-two episodes,
in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital
2.0 audio. The discs also contain several bonus
features, including commentary tracks for seven episodes: Lessons
(by Joss Whedon and David Solomon), Selfless (by David Goddard and
David Solomon), Conversations With Dead People (by Nick Marck, Jane
Espenson, Drew Goddard, Danny Strong and Tom Lenk), The Killer in Me
(by David Solomon and Drew Z. Greenberg), Lies My Parents Told Me
(by David Fury, Drew Goddard, James Marsters and D.B. Woodside),
Dirty Girls (by Drew Goddard and Nicholas Brendon) and Chosen
(by Joss Whedon).
Other bonus features include a DVD-Rom Demon Guide
(which appeared on the Region 1 Season 5 set);
It's Always Been About The Fans featurette (5m), Season 7
Overview: Full Circle (36m), Buffy 101: Studying the Slayer
featurette (14m), Generation S featurette (8m), The Last Sundown
featurette (9m), outtakes reel, Buffy Wraps featurette (5m) and an Easter
Egg [click and highlight to reveal what it is:
The Gift montage]
You can see a selection of menu screens from three of the
new discs here.
Menu screens from the new Special
Edition version of David Lynch's Dune can be seen
27th February 2004
page has been substantially updated, with
snippets of information about loads of interesting new releases.
Weir's seafaring adventure Master and Commander: The Far Side of the
World will be released on DVD on April the 5th. The film, which is
nominated for ten Academy Awards, stars Russell Crowe as the captain of a
British navy ship during the Napoleonic wars.
The film will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, and will have a choice of Dolby Digital and
DTS 5.1 mixes.
Special Edition is stacked to the gunwales with more bonus
materials than you can shake a yard arm at.
The second disc will feature a Making of...
featurette, The Hundred Days (68m); Peter Weir on Directing - In
The Wake of O'Brian (21m); Special Effects documentary - Cinematic
Phasmids (30m); Sound Design documentary; HBO First Look
special (25m); six deleted scenes (23m); The Last Battle -
Multi-angle studies (camera setups and split screen vignette, 50m
approx); stills galleries; and Cannon Sound - Interactive Sound
Recording featurette (20m).
The set will also include an Inside Look
featurette about the studio's forthcoming Isaac Asimov adaptation I
Robot on disc one, running just over two minutes.
RRP for the Special Edition is
£24.99. There'll also be a single-disc version available, which has a
different cover (pictured below), so be careful to get the one you want!
few weeks ago we reported that Warner Home Video will release Luchino
Visconti's Death in Venice and The Damned, and Antonioni's
groundbreaking Blow-Up on April the 12th. More details are now
Death in Venice will be
presented in 2.40:1 ratio, with mono audio. The disc will also contain a
nine-minute featurette titled Visconti's Venice, an A Tour of
Venice photo' gallery and the film's trailer.
Blow-Up will be presented in
1.85:1 ratio, with mono audio. The film will be supported by a commentary
track by author Peter Brunette, and the disc will have an isolated music
track and trailer.
The Damned will be presented in 1.85:1 ratio, with
mono audio. The disc will also contain a Visconti featurette (9m)
and a trailer.
Warner Home Video continues to honour their pledge to
exploit their rich back catalogue of titles with the release of six films
which will make their UK DVD debut on April the 19th.
Heading the list is an exciting double bill of two
adaptations of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The disc will contain
Rouben Mamoulian's 1931 version (for which
won the Best Actor Oscar) and the 1941 version, which stars Spencer Tracey
and Ingrid Bergman. Both films will be presented in 1.37:1 ratio.
Other titles are the original 1946 version of The
Postman Always Rings Twice (starring John Garfield and Lana Turner,
1.37:1, mono audio); Blake Edwards' Days of Wine and Roses
(starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remmick, 1.85:1); Walter Hill's 1978 crime
thriller The Driver (starring Bruce Dern, 1.78:1) and Where The
Boys Are (starring George Hamilton and Delores Hart, 2.40:1). These
six films will all have mono audio, and an RRP of £12.99.
Curtis' directorial debut Love... Actually will be released on
March the 19th.
The disc will feature an audio commentary
by Curtis, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy and youngster Thomas Sangster, deleted
scenes and storylines, presented by Curtis (37m), the Christmas is All
Around music video and "music highlights" introduced by Curtis (8m).
The disc will also contain something called The Storytellers,
which, according to the BBFC, is nine minutes long. Fans of the film might
like to know that the Region 1 disc features a different music video:
Kelly Clarkson's video for The Trouble With Love Is. RRP is a hefty
Fox will be releasing Martin Scorsese's biting satire
The King of Comedy, which stars Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis, on the
19th of April.
The film will have a 1.85:1 transfer, with 2.0 audio.
The disc will also contain a featurette, A Shot
at the Top: The Making of The King of Comedy (18m), two deleted
scenes, a theatrical trailer, a Canadian TV spot and a stills gallery. RRP
Also due from Fox on April the 19th is the unflinching
South London-based drama Nil By Mouth, which stars Ray Winstone and
Kathy Burke. The film will be presented in 1.78:1 ratio, with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. RRP is £15.99.
There have been a few changes to VCI's
schedule. The Director's Commentary DVD is down for release on the
22nd of March. The disc will feature a Best of... compilation of material
from the series, with substantial bonus materials. Buffalo Soldiers
has been moved to the 15th of March. The RRP of Death To Smoochy is
now £14.99; To Kill a King will now be released on £17.99. The 2003
Joaquin Phoenix / Claire Danes romance It's All About Love will be
released on May the 10th, with an RRP of £19.99. This disc should feature
some bonus material.
are filtering through from various retailers that BBC Worldwide will be
releasing several more long-awaited Dennis Potter DVDs on the 31st of May,
(in addition to The Singing Detective, which is due on March the
It looks like they'll also be releasing the original TV
version of Brimstone and Treacle (starring Foyle's War's
Michael Kitchen in the role that Sting played in the later film
adaptation), the superb Pennies From Heaven and, rather
surprisingly, Potter's 1971 six-part serial Casanova, which stars
Frank Finlay. As usual for the BBC's classic drama titles, the discs are
priced very reasonably. Between them, Play, Blackstar and the BBC Shop
have them listed for about £15 each.
Tartan Video is releasing Lucas Belvaux's
One, Two and Three trilogy as a specially-designed
four-disc box set on April the 26th. The set will feature a choice of
Dolby Digital 2.0 and Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio tracks,
commentaries; sequential scene comparisons, deleted scenes, hidden extras
and filmographies. The set has an RRP of £39.99.
details about the Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation DVD
have been released by Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment.
The disc, which is due for release on April the 19th, will
have 5.1 Dolby Digital audio, and will feature a director, writer and
producer commentary, two featurettes (From Green Screen to Silver
Screen and Inside The Federation), a photo gallery and a
theatrical trailer (presumably it's getting a theatrical release...
somewhere!) RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Finally, Here's a look at a couple
more sleeve images: the single disc version of Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World, Columbia Tristar's
Dark Crystal - Collector's Edition disc and
Jim Henson's The Storyteller - Volume 1. The
Storyteller disc will feature five episodes: Hans My Hedgehog,
Fearnot, A Story Short, The Luck Child and The
Soldier and Death. Curiously the sleeve art features at least one
image from an episode that isn't on the disc (the Joely Richardson picture
is from The Three Ravens).
24th February 2004
hit Out of Time will be released on DVD by Momentum Pictures on May
the 10th. The thriller, which stars Denzel Washington, Eva Mendes and Dean
Cain, was directed by Carl Franklin, who has at least two minor classics
to his credit (One False Move and Devil in a Blue Dress).
The disc will feature a director's
commentary track, outtakes, an EPK-style featurette titled Out of Time:
Crime Scene (11m), screen test footage for actors Sanaa Lathan and
Dean Cain, character profiles and a theatrical trailer. No technical
details were announced, but expect a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer and Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. RRP is £19.99.
follow up their release of The Testament of Doctor Mabuse with the
film that started the series, Fritz Lang's 1922 classic Doctor Mabuse -
The Gambler (Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler
two-disc set will contain the complete 270-minute version of the film,
restored and digitally-re-mastered, with the original German intertitles
and optional English subtitles.
materials will include a three-part documentary, Mabuse's Motives,
Mabuse's Music and Norbert Jacques, a photo' gallery,
biographies, facts and dates. The set will be released on May the 24th,
with an RRP of £24.99.
23rd February 2004
Ceri is still on holiday, so there are only
sporadic updates to the Incoming and
Offers pages. If you spot something
interesting that hasn't been listed, or an outstanding offer, you're more
than welcome to email me, or contribute it to the High Street
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
has pointed me towards a few interesting things which have passed through the BBFC
in the last week or so.
It looks like the BBC has finally got around to
certificating the material in their Oscar Wilde Collection box set,
which was released back in January last year. (Often the BBFC will issue a
provisional certificate, but a title apparently won't be formerly added to
their database until their paperwork is complete, and their invoice paid).
It looks like you can still get the Oscar Wilde Collection from
Blackstar. A similar set is available from the US.
Acorn Media has certificated all thirteen episodes of the
excellent Granada TV detective series Cribb, which was made by much
the same team as the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series. It
starred Alan Dobie as a dour Victorian detective, aided by the bluff
Detective Sergeant Thackery (played by Heartbeat's William Simons).
Six episodes of the series - the first season -were released on DVD in the
US by BFS Video in 2002, but there's been no hint that the rest will
follow. A complete UK DVD release from Acorn would be most welcome.
Acorn have also submitted the 1978 LWT romantic drama
Love For Lydia, which featured Jeremy Irons, Peter Davison and Mel
Blackstar and Anchor Bay's website are listing Peter
Newbrook's tame 1972 horror movie The Asphyx for release on April
the 26th. There are virtually no details on the Anchor Bay site,
apart from a note that it will be presented in its original 2.35:1 ratio. Blackstar,
however, are listing it with a running time of eighty-two minutes,
about seventeen minutes shorter than the restored version released in the
US by Allday Entertainment (you can read a brief review of the US disc -
which is now out of print,
Anchor Bay has also recently submitted the recent
Italian-financed mini-series adaptation of Dracula, which stars
Patrick Bergin as Vladislav Tepes,
Jr as Jonathan Harker and Stefania Rocca as Mina Harker.
DD Video has certificated
three Christopher Lee interviews: one about his
experience working with Boris Karloff (24m), one about Peter Cushing (27m), and another about director
Terence Fisher (24m). These are presumably destined for their forthcoming discs
of The Creeping Flesh
(which co-starred Cushing),
Night of the Big Heat
(which was directed by Fisher) and
The Curse of the Crimson Altar
(which co-starred Karloff). These
titles were announced in the
News entry for January the 8th)
The BBFC has certificated a forty-eight minute behind the
scenes documentary titled Down at Fraggle Rock, which is presumably
destined for the forthcoming DVD (see
last week's News page).
Finally, thanks to Jerome Wybon for pointing out that
several retailers are listing a UK DVD release of the recent Battlestar Galactica
mini-series, which seems to be due on the 1st of March.
Play.com even have a pack shot.
Previous News entries can
by following this link.