13th March 2004
been a Planet of the Apes fan for about as long as I can remember,
and already have several Apes DVDs in my collection, including
Image's terrific Behind the Planet of the Apes DVD, which offers a
wealth of bonus material that fans could only have dreamed of seeing a
decade ago. Even so, there's always room for one more disc, and on April
the 26th UK fans will be able to add Fox's own Special Edition of
Planet of the Apes to their collections.
The two disc set will feature the film in
2.35:1 anamorphic format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at
448kbps) or DTS audio tracks. The film is accompanied by two new
commentary tracks: one by stars Roddy McDowall, Natalie Trundy, Kim
Hunter, and make-up artist John Chambers (which totals about half an
hour), and another by composer Jerry Goldsmith, interspersed with passages
of his Oscar-winning score, in Dolby Digital 2.0 format (at 192kbps). Eric
Greene, author of Planet of the Apes As American Myth, provides a
text commentary for the film.
The second disc contains more than three
hours of bonus material (much of which was on the Behind The Planet of
the Apes disc), including a feature-length documentary, Behind The
Planet of the Apes (127m), the famous make-up test footage, which
feature Charlton Heston alongside his Soylent Green co-star Edward
G. Robinson in orang-utan guise (9m); Roddy McDowall's on-set home movies
(20m); dailies and outtakes (20m); a 1967 presentation for the National
Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) (11m); a Planet of the Apes
featurette; A Look Behind Planet of the Apes featurette (13m);
Don Taylor Directs Escape From The Planet of the Apes featurette (8m);
J. Lee Thompson Directs Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1m);
six theatrical trailers; film reviews; costume, merchandise, stills and
poster galleries and an Easter Egg [click and drag here to discover what
it is: a toy commercial].
RRP for the new set is £19.99.
You can see a selection of menu screens
from the new DVD by clicking
11th March 2004
BBC have an extraordinarily lean selection of titles for April, and
there's only one that is likely to spark the interest of visitors to this
site: at last, the mighty The Day Today comes to DVD!
The Day Today will be a two-disc set released on
April the 26th, in celebration of the series' tenth anniversary. (Why do I
suddenly feel very old?)
Bonus features include six mini-news segments, an
un-transmitted pilot episode, extended scenes and "an astonishingly
po-faced Open University 'behind the scenes' programme". According to the
press release the RRP is £15.99, but at least one retailer is listing it
with an RRP of £19.99. Some retailers are listing an audio commentary, and
an interview with Mark Radcliffe and Steve Coogan, but there's nothing
about these features in the press release. The sleeve image shown here is
being used by Amazon and the BBC Shop, amongst others. It looks like this
release might be two discs in a slipcase. Some retailers are showing a
less oblique sleeve featuring Alan Partridge. The VHS version (on two
tapes) sold more than 160,000 copies, incidentally. That probably doesn't
bode well for that long-overdue and eagerly-awaited Glam Metal
Detectives DVD, because the VHS version sold about three copies.
The Legend of the Tamworth Two
is being released on April the 13th, with an RRP of £15.99.
The $2m comedy drama, about the two pigs that
escaped from a Wiltshire slaughterhouse in 1998,
features Kevin Whatley. The
sixty-minute programme uses Babe-style effects to make the
snoutlaws talk. The voices of the porky escapees are provided by Brian
Blessed and Frances Barber. Bonus features include "commentaries" by
director Metin Hüseyin and producers Sally Woodward and Lynn Horsfeld.
Finally, the BBC will release a "special" box set of The
Office on March the 22nd, containing the first two series, with an RRP
of £29.99. It's very likely that the set will have identical content to
the two series that are currently available separately. The BBC has sold
2.4 million copies of The Office on DVD and video, and will
release the two 2003 Christmas episodes later this year.
now received disc three of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Seven
set. This one has some bona fide Special Features on it (the
others 'only' had commentary tracks on them). Disc three contains an
extensive collection of trailers (adverts): DVD trailers for Buffy
seasons two to six, DVD trailers for Angel series one to three, an
advert for the Chaos Bleeds video game (rated "T" for Teen!), an
advert for the Slayer Collection DVDs, the retro-style animated
Great DVDs ad', and the theatrical trailer for the 1992 movie.
Also on this disc is a four-minute
featurette called It's All About The Fans, which is about the
show's loyal online fan community. It includes comments from a couple of
the cast and crew members, and footage from their 2003 Posting Board
party. Now, I hope I can make the day of those fans whose interviews were
used in the finished featurette: Abbie Bernstein, Lia Boyd, Colin D'Cruz,
Alex Jurkat, Ethan Hackett and Janice Pope (of The Succubus Club
internet radio show). Further Buffy - Season Seven news as I
get it - assuming that any more turns up before the release date (the 5th
Here's the sleeve art for the Big Fish
DVD, due from Columbia Tristar on June the 7th.
10th March 2004
Spielberg's masterful Schindler's List is being released in the UK
on April the 12th, as a two-disc set that includes a length bonus
documentary, Voices From The List. Long films present some unusual
problems for DVD authors, and Schindler's List is no exception.
Read how Universal has tackled the problem in the Zeta Minor
review, which can be found by clicking on the sleeve image, left, or
The set has an RRP of £24.99. The Limited Edition Collector's Gift Set
(details at the end of the review) has an RRP of £49.99.
By now many of you will know that
disreputable DVD retailer SplashDVD has ceased trading. The company has
generated numerous complaints from its customers (not least of which those
this thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum). And the moral of the
story: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
A couple of updates about some of the information
that was given in Monday's News entry (below).
Firstly, we're delighted to report that Network's
Special Branch set was indeed released this week, contrary to the
information that Network's PR company was able to provide. It looks like
being a very nice package.
The sleeve image on Columbia Tristar's trade website
contradicts the information about Jim Henson's The Storyteller
being an NTSC disc. The sleeve says it's a PAL disc. I've tried to get
official confirmation about this, but there's been no
8th March 2004
Ceri's back - yay! - and he's obviously been busy, rooting out all sorts
of news from various unofficial sources, and finding some tempting special
offers from the online retailers. So, without further ado, it's over to
Hi everyone, after a few
weeks off I’ve recharged and I’m raring to go, and it’s a good thing too
as it’s a mammoth update this week.
Incoming has some excellent additions
and even though the
Offers page was completely overhauled
mid-week there’s still some juicy bargains knocking around!
To begin with we have
some cracking information on some of BBC Worldwide’s new TV titles, and
they are really going for the archive releases.
six surviving episodes of the 1968 Sherlock Holmes series, starring
Peter Cushing as Holmes and Nigel Stock as Watson, are being listed for
the 24th of May. Only the two-episode adaptation of The Hound of the
Baskervilles has previously been available, in a limited edition
release by BBC Learning. The release of the other episodes is welcome
news. Only a couple of the retailers are showing these at the moment and
there is already some confusion! The BBC Shop is listing three releases:
Sherlock Holmes: A Study In Scarlet and The
Boscombe Valley Mystery; Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the
Baskervilles and Sherlock
Holmes: The Sign of the Four and The Blue Carbuncle all for an RRP of
£9.99. Blackstar is showing The Hound of the Baskervilles, but all
the other episodes as single releases, also with £9.99 as their RRP. As
these are fifty-minute episodes I’m inclined to believe that Blackstar’s
listing is a mistake. Hopefully there’ll be further clarification soon.
The BBC’s 1975 version of The Secret Garden is listed
for the 7th of June with an RRP of £14.99. This seven part serial starred
Hollis Andrews, John Woodnutt and David Patterson and was directed by
For the 21st of June
there are four classic stagings of Shakespeare plays: Hamlet (from
1980 starring Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom and
Patrick Stewart and directed by Rodney Bennett), A Midsummer’s Night
Dream (from 1981 starring Helen Mirren, Robert Lindsey, Geoffrey
Palmer and Brian Glover), King Lear (from 1982 directed by Jonathan
Miller and starring Brenda Blethyn and Michael Hordern), and 1983’s
Macbeth (starring Nicol Williamson, Jane
Lapotaire, Ian Hogg, and James Bolam). All of them have a £12.99 RRP.
Alec Guinness returns as George Smiley in
Smiley's People, listed for June the 28th with £15.99 as its RRP.
Following last weeks listing of behind the scenes footage for
the second series of
by the BBFC, it is now being listed by several retailers. It is scheduled
for July the 5th and has an RRP of £14.99. Listed special features include
the aforementioned behind the scenes footage, an
interview with the cast,
a photo gallery, cast biographies and an author profile.
That’s it for BBC Worldwide’s new titles, but there is also
new information on releases that are already listed.
The release of The Day Today was put back to April the
26th to allow for further work on the special features. One of the
retailers is now listing some more of those features and the BBFC has
cleared a couple as well. Choices Direct is saying it will include the
episode, six mini news features, a Behind the Scenes feature from
an Open University programme, extra contributions from Collaterlie
Sisters, Brian O'Hanraha'hanrahan, Christopher Morris, Valerie Sinatra and
Alan Partridge (whatever they might be) and two extended scenes. These two
scenes could be what the BBFC have cleared. One entitled “The Day Today
DVD Extra” (possibly the previously rumoured extended scene, The Pool),
which runs to 13m 54s and The Office Journey Through Hell (also
previously rumoured) which runs to 13m 39s. The release has an RRP of
£15.99. With that lot on board that makes it a very good price, and even
better if pre-order ones can be found.
The BBC Shop is saying the Sellers on Sellers release
for the 26th of April is actually going to be the one-off special,
Peter Sellers: As He
which was re-cut from the original 1995 three part series and shown in
August 2002. Choices Direct is listing extras for the release. These are a
never seen before TV interview, footage of a Sellers interview
with Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon and a PG Tips TV Ad.
Finally for BBC Worldwide, Blackstar is now listing Dennis
Potter’s Pennies From Heaven and it’s at the £29.99 RRP as Choice
Direct. The BBC Shop is still listing it at £15.99 with a pre-order price
£12.78 (plus P&P). So, it might be advisable to get your orders in
there, although as ever there is no guarantee they will honour this price.
Pennies From Heaven is listed with Potter’s other works,
Casanova and Brimstone and Treacle for May the 31st.
More of Carlton’s TV
titles are now showing on some of the retailers. Cadfael - The Complete
Series 2, Kavanagh Q.C. - The Complete Series 2, and The
Saint - The Complete Series 1 are all listed for 17th of May, with the
Series 3 releases of Cadfael and Kavanagh Q.C. These
are all revised dates from
original plans for the Cadfael and Kavanagh Q.C releases.
The Cadfael have an RRP of £14.99, the Kavanagh Q.C. discs
are at £19.99 and The Saint box set is at £49.99. Carlton also has
some film releases listed for these dates which I’ve covered below.
Acorn are lining up more
Written In Blood is listed for April the 19th, with a £16.99 RRP, and
The Fisher King has been cleared by the BBFC, though it isn’t listed by the
Boat Comes In - Series 2:
Part 3, which is the final part of the second series, is also
listed for April the 19th, along with the complete Series 2
Box Set. The first part
When The Boat Comes In - Series 3
is showing for May the 10th, and is joined by the final
To Serve Them All My Days release,
Part 3. All the individual part releases have an £19.99 RRP and the
When The Boat Comes In Series 2 Box Set is at £59.99. Finally for
Tenko - Series 3 Box
slipped and is now also listed for May the 10th, with an RRP of £49.99.
clarification has been posted over at
The Mausoleum Club Forum about Network’s
Public Eye release. It will be a three disc set, with the seven
episodes of Series 4 (the first Thames series) spread over two discs and
an additional disc of extras. There are still a lot of clearances to be
sought for these extras (which may include the only surviving material
from the first three series, which were made by ABC). A Network-produced
interview with series co-creator Roger Marshall will be included. This
release is being listed by the retailers with a new date of March the
22nd, but because of the further work still involved it is likely to slip
into April. Network’s Hazell – The Complete Series 1 is also
drifting in the schedules, with some sources now quoting the release date
as March the 22nd. Don’t forget
Choices Direct are listing Hazell
at the pre-order mis-price of £21.24 (£18.74 off). Though, as ever, there
is no guarantee that this price will be honoured. Hazell – the Complete
Series 1 and the Public Eye set both have a £39.99 RRP.
The only releases
Network’s PR company has officially confirmed for this month are Ever
Decreasing Circles – The Complete Series 4 (on the 15th)
and The Sweeney – The Complete Series Two (on the 22nd).
Dates listed by retailers for other titles that are supposedly coming out
during March (Special Branch and Hazell, for example), are
probably erroneous. We have decided to move Network titles that don’t have
an officially-announced release date to the
In the Pipeline section of the
Network have added one
rather unexpected title to their slate, one that’s due to appear sooner
rather than later: the first season of American sitcom 3rd
Rock from The Sun. (Network released the final series on DVD almost
two years ago!)
The first season of the
BBC mountain rescue series Rockface is due from Columbia Tristar on
June the 14th. Their Sea of Souls DVD, due on April the 19th, has
been upgraded to a two-disc set..
listing some special features for Fabulous Films’ forthcoming Monkey!
box sets. These are are a
documentary (running to 45 minutes), episode synopses, a random Monkey!
quote generator, cast biographies and character biographies. These same
features are listed on box sets 2 – 5. It is not known yet
if the features are identical and just duplicated across the boxes or if
any of them are unique, or if only the first set will contain them. Box
Set 1 contains the first 13 episodes and is listed for later in this
month on the 29th. Box Set 2 has the next 13 episodes and is
listed for May the 24th. Box Set 3 is listed for July the 26th, and
the final two box sets (Box Set 5 containing the newly-dubbed
Missing Episodes) are both listed for September the 27th. They all
retail for £39.99.
volume of Jim Henson's The Storyteller is now listed as containing
the episodes Hans My Hedgehog, Fearnot, A Story Short, The Luck Child,
and The Soldier & Death. Which means Volume 2 should contain
The Three Ravens, Sapsorrow, The Heartless Giant and
The True Bride. The other thing is that both these releases are
listed as being in NTSC format, which allows Columbia Tri-Star to release
the series cheaply using the masters from their previous US version. This
is a big shame, as this is a UK-produced programme and, although it was
shot on film, it was assembled on PAL video. Volume 1 is listed for
March the 22nd and Volume 2 for May the 17th. Both have an RRP of
£12.99, which will make it about twice the price of the US version.
Last week there were two
volumes of Tales of the Unexpected added for March the 22nd. It is
now known these are from Firefly Entertainment for the 22nd of March. Both
originate from Telstar’s previous four-disc box set, so presumably the
other two discs will be released at some point as well. The discs contain
4four episodes each: The Vorpal Blade, The Tribute, The
Best Chess Player In The World, and Down Among The Sheltering Palms
on Volume 1 and The Wrong 'Un, Hit And Run, Have A
Nice Death, and The Reconciliation on Volume 2. Both
retail for £7.99, however, Play.com has the
box set on sale for £17.99 at the moment.
And a final round-up of
the TV releases:
Osbournes - The Second Series
is due on May the 17th from Buena Vista, no word on RRP yet; and HMV are
box set with exclusive packaging on the same day as the standard version,
April the 5th, their price is £28.99.
Now onto some animation
releases: fans of Tom and Jerry are being treated by Warner Home
Video this year. The already-listed Classic Collection – Volume 1,
due on the 5th of April, will be joined by a Volume 2 on the 3rd of
May, both retail for £12.99. In addition to that HMV has 3 exclusive box
sets: Collectors Edition: Volume 1 & 2
for the 5th of April; Collectors Edition: Volumes 3 & 4 for the
28th of June; and Collectors Edition: Volumes 5 & 6 for the 23rd
of July. All three are listed by HMV at £19.99.
And now the film
First up, as reported
here last week, some of the retailers are now listing the much-anticipated
Star Wars – Original Trilogy Box Set. It has a date of the 20th of
September and an RRP of £44.99.
Choices Direct is listing
Monty Python - The
Meaning of Life - Series 1
[sic] with an £19.99 RRP for the 17th of May. There is no other
information on the release or its label, but it’s presumably a UK version
of the two-disc Meaning of Life Special Edition that was released
in the US recently.
The BBFC has cleared some
extras for the release of Tim Burton’s Big Fish, from Columbia
Tristar. There are seven featurettes and an Easter egg:
The Character’s Journey #1 – Edward Bloom at Large
The Character’s Journey #2 – Amos at the Circus
The Character’s Journey #3 – Father and Sons
The Filmmakers’ Path #1 – Tim Burton: Storyteller
The Filmmakers’ Path #2 – A Fairytale World
The Filmmakers’ Path #3 – Creature Features
The Filmmakers’ Path #4 – The Author’s Journey
Easter egg (1m9s)
The release has a revised
date of June the 7th and an RRP of £19.99
Ron Howard's acclaimed
Western The Missing, which stars Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee
Jones, has been added to Columbia’s schedule for the 28th of June.
Scarface - Special Edition now has its
special features listed by the retailers. These are The Rebirth
Of Scarface, Acting Scarface, Creating Scarface,
Scarface: The TV Version featurette, Def Jam Presents: Origin Of A
Hip Hop Classics, Outtakes, and 2 Trailers. It has an RRP of £19.99,
and is due on March the 29th.
School of Rock
is currently doing rather well at multiplexes up and down the country, and
a DVD release from Paramount is now being listed for the 5th of July.
Special features include two
commentaries, one from
star Jack Black and director Richard Linklater and the other from the kids
of the School Of Rock; a Lessons Learned In The School of Rock
featurette; Jack Black's pitch to Led Zeppelin; School of Rock
music video; a video diary from the kids; Jack Black's MTV diary; Dewey
Finn's History of Rock interactive feature; web site archive; and the
original theatrical trailer. Its RRP is £19.99.
Blackstar now has the sleeve art up for the two forthcoming
DD Video British horror titles Night of the Big Heat and The
Creeping Flesh, which are due on March the 22nd. Click on the images
to go to Blackstar's website.
above Carlton have some more film releases listed. For May the 17th there
are special edition versions of Tiger Bay and Whistle Down The
Wind, both of which have an £12.99 RRP, and these are joined by a
standard version of
When Eight Bells Toll
for £9.99. The two special editions both contain an audio commentary from
Hayley Mills, a location report and trailer. June the 21st has special
editions of The Eagle has Landed and Escape to Athena. The
listed content of The Eagle Has Landed is looking pretty
impressive. Disc One has an extended cut of the film running to 145
minutes and 17 minutes of deleted scenes, together with interviews with
director John Sturges and actors Michael Caine and Donald Sutherland. Disc
Two has the Theatrical version, running to 131 minutes with 5.1
surround sound, archive location reports from programmes ATV Today
and Film Night, biographies, a stills gallery and theatrical
trailer. Play.com is listing the RRP as being £12.99, which is amazing
considering the content, even more so with their knock down price of
£9.99. If you intend to buy this, now might be a good time to place an
order! The Escape To Athena release has a location report, cast
and crew interviews and also has an RRP of £12.99.
Twentieth Century Fox are preparing a Special Edition of
There’s Something About
Mary for May
the 3rd. It will contain an extended version of the film with an
additional 20 minutes of footage; a
Getting Behind Mary Documentary; four featurettes; Best Fights:
Ben Stiller and Puffy The Dog; an Outtakes Reel; Build Me Up
Buttercup Karaoke; Music Videos; Trailers; Interviews; and an Easter
The BBFC is showing another item for Tom Cruise’s
The Last Samurai,
which is listed as
Additional Scene /
Beheading Easter Egg,
running to just over 2 minutes. This release from Warner Home Video
is listed for May the 17th with a £22.99 RRP.
for the films, MGM’s release of 1984, starring John Hurt, has had
it’s date revised to May the 3rd. It’s RRP is £15.99.
the additions to the
Offers page! Firstly, two new
retailers have been added – 101cd.com and Blockbuster, the rental chain.
For those of you unfamiliar with 101cd.com, as it’s name suggests it
primarily deals with cds, and is particularly good for imports and rare or
out of print items. It also sells DVDs, and is offering some good bargains
at the moment – 24 – Season 1 at £17.99 (£27.00 off),
The Nightmare on Elm
Street Film Collection
at £16.99 (£37.00 off)
and the Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers Extended (4 Disc Set) at
£15.99. (£19.00 off). Blockbuster has been added because MikeW and JohnR
posted that it has some of Second Sight’s titles at £4.99, which include
Children of the Stones and Chocky (both £15.00 off),
Chocky’s Challenge and Chocky’s Children (both £11.00 off), and
Moonbase 3 (£20.00 off). Many thanks to both Mike and John.
New items from Amazon
this week are Network’s The Adventures of Robin Hood – The Complete
Series Two on pre-order at £29.99 (£10.00 off), the Family
Guy Compendium for £40.99 (£19.00 off) and Secret Army – Series 2
on pre-order at £37.49 (£12.50 off). Blackstar have the Tenko –
Complete Series 1 set on sale at £34.99 (£15.00 off). Choices Direct
are running a Special Editions sale and the same The Simpsons /
Futurama / Family Guy promotional offer as Play.com. Thanks to
Ed Parsons and Anlogueman respectively for posting about these. The
Series 1 box set of Secret Army is offered by DVDSource at
£34.99 (£15.00 off).
HMV have some good
Babylon 5 – Season 4
at £37.99 (£17.00 off), Curb Your Enthusiasm – Season 1 at £25.99
(£9.00 off, but still much more expensive than the Region 1 version),
MASH – Season 4 at £21.99 (£8.00 off) and The X-Files – Season 9
at £54.99 (£25.00 off). They also have the Family Guy Compendium at
the same price as Amazon, £40.99.
some amazing bargains: Adam Adamant Lives - A Vintage Year For
Scoundrels and Death Has A Thousand Faces at £3.99 (£16.00 off),
Doomwatch – The Plastic Eaters and Tomorrow the Rat at £2.99!! (£17.00
off), The Green Hornet (TV movie) at £3.99 (£11.00 off), The
Green Hornet / Fury of the Dragon Box Set (both TV movies) for £7.99
and Lynda La Plante’s ITV drama Widows 3 - She’s Out at £3.99
And finally, Play.com
has a buy one get one free promotion for the Special Edition re-issues of
the Alien films, so if you haven’t got the Quadrilogy – and
don’t need the bonus disc that’s exclusive to the box set - you can pick
up any two of the double disc sets for £16.99. More titles have been added
to BBC Sale and these include Abigail's Party, Boys From The
Blackstuff, Edge of Darkness, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
and Look Around You all for £10.99. Thanks to emmbrook for posting
that all four series of Red Dwarf are now at £11.99 each. Network’s
The Adventures of Robin Hood – The Complete Second Series is also
available for pre-order at £29.99.
Phew! I told you it
was a big update!
Thanks, Ceri. Now, where's my credit card...
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