Curse of the Crimson Altar:
Interview with Christopher Lee (by Marcus Hearn, about
Boris Karloff); theatrical trailer; photo' gallery.
The Devil's Men:
Interview with Christopher Lee (by Marcus Hearn, about
Peter Cushing); photo' gallery.
in Video are releasing a bunch of catalogue titles on May the 10th, which
will have an RRP of £14.99. These are Roland Joffé's 1995 adaptation of
The Scarlet Letter, which stars Demi Moore and Gary Oldman; the sixth
film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, Freddy's Dead: The Final
Nightmare; John Walters' cult classic Hairspray; Paul W.S.
Anderson's beat-'em-up video game adaptation Mortal Kombat;
Seinfeld star Michael Richards' 1997 comedy Trial and Error
(amusingly, Entertainment is pushing co-stars Jeff Daniels and Charlize
Theron); Tupac Shakur's basketball drama Above The Rim;
Kid'n'Play's House Party 2; and the Anais Nin novel adaptation
Delta of Venus (re-titled Delta Venus, if the press release is
to be believed!). No technical spec's were released, and, theatrical
trailers aside, there seems to be no sign of any bonus materials. Mark
these up as future cannon fodder for the three-for-£20-type offers.
A new Nightmare on Elm Street box
set, featuring the first six films in the series, will follow on June the
28th, with an RRP of £39.99. Entertainment in Video will also be releasing
a double-pack of Mortal Kombat and its 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat
II: Annihilation on May the 10th, with an RRP of £19.99.
Here are sleeve images for another three of
One spot of good news about these new
releases is that Mortal Kombat, which was cut by seven seconds for
its 1995 theatrical release, and also cut for its previous home video
incarnations (from First Independent and Columbia Tristar Home
Entertainment), has been resubmitted to the BBFC, and will be released
uncut for the first time.
1971 Peter Fonda, fuelled and financed by the runaway success of Easy
Rider, was in a position to make a film of his own. He picked an
allegorical Western, The Hired Hand, about a drifter who returns to
his home town, and the family and friends he left behind. The film was
written by Alan Sharp, who would go on to create Ulzana's Raid for
Robert Aldrich and star Burt Lancaster, and was shot by Cinematographer
Vilmos Zsigmond, who later won an Oscar for Spielberg's Close
Encounters of the Third Kind, and received nominations for The
River and The Deer Hunter.
Unfortunately for Fonda, distributors Universal disliked
the film, and gave it a half-hearted release, as the bottom half of an
undistinguished double-bill. After that, it played a few times on American
TV, in a version that reinstated a Sheriff played by Larry Hagman, and
then the film quietly vanished, virtually without trace.
Thirty years later, Fonda returned to the film, tightening
the narrative with the assistance of the original editor, Frank Mazzola.
The revised film received a modest theatrical release in 2001, and it will
soon be released by Tartan on DVD in the UK as a two-disc edition,
featuring a commentary track by Fonda; an introduction by Martin Scorsese;
a fifty-minute behind the scenes featurette,The Return of The Hired
Hand; deleted scenes; a trailer and TV Spots. The film will be
presented with a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio.
(The US versions are 2.0 only). The release date is June
the 28th, the RRP is £22.99.
will release a restored and digitally-re-mastered two-disc set featuring
Leni Riefenstahl's 1924 drama The Holy Mountain (Der Heilige
Berg) on June the 21st.
The film is about an exotic dancer (played
by Riefenstahl herself), who travels to a small mountain village, where
she meets two young men, a climber and a skier, who form a triangle
relationship that results in tragedy.
The set will also contain the acclaimed
three-hour documentary The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl,
which explores the director's controversial life, which was dogged by her
association with Hitler and the Nazi party. The set has an RRP of £22.95.
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Warner Home Video has formerly announced
the release of three more Hammer movies on DVD: Dracula Has Risen From
The Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and Taste The
Blood of Dracula. The three discs will be presented on June the
16th, in 1.85:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with mono audio. The only bonus feature will
be a theatrical trailer. RRP is £12.99 each. These films will be released
very soon in the US, and Hammer fans there are already reporting that
Taste The Blood of Dracula is the uncut version, with the scenes in
the bordello intact. For more details check out our
Hammer DVD Guide.
Woo's futuristic thriller Paycheck, which stars Ben Affleck and Uma
Thurman, will be released on DVD on May the 17th (a day before the US
version). The film, an adaptation of a short story by Philip K. Dick, is
about a man who works on top-secret hi-tech projects, on the condition
that when a particular project is finished, his memory of it will be
wiped. There's something unusual about his latest job, though: when he
comes to, he is told that he's waived his fee, and is handed an envelope
filled with apparently random objects. These offer a chance to piece his
memory back together, before his employers have him killed. The movie
stars Ben Affleck and the divine Uma Thurman.
Universal's DVD release will feature a two commentary
tracks: one with the director, and the other with screenwriter Dean
Georgaris. The disc will also contain two featurettes (Tempting Fate:
The Stunts of Paycheck (17m) and Paycheck: Designing The Future
(18m)), and deleted scenes, including an alternate ending (12m). No
technical details have been released. More information is expected in the
next couple of days.
Home Video is releasing Kung Fu - The Complete First Season on DVD
on July the 5th. Fans of the Emmy-nominated series who have been hoping
that the Region 2 version would present the series in its original 4:3
ratio might as well skip to the next item now, because the UK release will
also be in re-formatted anamorphic 1.78:1 format. Try to look on the
bright side: at least they haven't screwed around with the original mono
The set will contain fifteen episodes,
including the original feature-length pilot episode, Way of the Tiger,
Sign of the Dragon, spread across three discs. It will also feature
two new documentaries: From Grasshopper to Caine: Creating Kung Fu
(25m) and The Tao of Caine: Production and Beyond (20m), as well as
an original TV promo' spot. RRP for the set is £29.99.
Warner Home Video is also releasing a quartet of literary
adaptations on June the 28th. They are the 1948 version of Anna
Karenina (1948, starring Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson), the 1953
adaptation of The Beggar's Opera (directed by Peter Broooks, and
starring Laurence Olivier and Dorothy Tutin); J
Schlesinger's Oscar-nominated version of Hardy's
Far From The Madding Crowd (the 1967 version, with cinematography by
Nicolas Roeg, which stars Alan Bates, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Julie
Christie); and Laurence Olivier's acclaimed 1970 version of Chekov's
All the films will be presented in 4:3 format (with the
possible exception of Far From The Madding Crowd, which is "TBC"),
with mono audio.
21st April 2004
the sleeve image for Columbia Tristar's new Das Boot - The Original
Uncut Version DVD, which is due on May the 17th. No further details
have been released.
Columbia has also released sketchy details of the bonus
features we can expect to see on some of the Special Edition DVDs that are
being released on July the 19th (there's no word yet on their new
Philadelphia Special Edition).
The Panic Room Special Edition three-disc set will
include two commentary tracks (one by Director David Fincher, and another
by stars Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker and Dwight Yoakam); twenty visual
effects featurettes; the Shooting of Panic Room making of...
featurette; five multi-angle featurettes; a photo' gallery; four Scene
Deconstructions; a short film, Habitrail; the theatrical
trailer; Creating The Previz: Previz Sessions with David Fincher
featurette; On Sound Design featurette; Previsualization Demo
Reel (with optional visual effects commentary); Safe Cracking
School; Make Up Effects featurette; two branching featurettes and
three Easter Eggs. RRP will be £19.99.
The new Black Hawk Down Special Edition will be
spread across three discs. The first will feature three commentary tracks
(one by Director / Producer Ridley Scott and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer,
another by book author Mark Bowden and screenwriter Ken Nolan, and a third
by the real-life Task Force Ranger Veterans) and filmmakers and cast
biographies. The second disc will contain eight deleted or alternate
scenes; six Essence of Combat featurettes; seven Image and
Design featurettes, including Jerry Bruckheimer's on-set photography;
and a weblink. The third disc will have the PBS Frontline Ambush
in Mogadishu documentary; The True Story of Black Hawk Down
History Channel documentary; ten TV spots; Denez Prigent and Lisa
Gerrard's Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends music video; trailer; Target
Building Insertion multi-angle featurette; photo' gallery; and
interviews (including a Q&A session at BAFTA). RRP is £19.99.
The Easy Rider Special Edition set won't add any new
content to the film disc (it already comes with an hour-long documentary,
Shaking the Cage), but instead Columbia are packaging the film with
a copy of the Easy Riders, Raging Bulls DVD, a copy of the BFI
Modern Classics book about the film, and four postcards. RRP is £24.99.
20th April 2004
will release the Sid James and Victor Spinetti Thames Television comedy
series Two In Clover on May the 3rd. Their two-disc set will
contain the seven black and white episodes of the 1969 season, and the six
colour episodes of the 1970 series.
The series, written by Harry Driver and
Vince Powell, is about two City insurance clerks who give up the rat race
and buy a farm. It features guest appearances from ITC stalwart Charles
Lloyd Pack and Dad's Army cast members Bill Pertwee, John Le
Mesurier and James Beck. RRP for the set is £24.99.
is also returning to the hit US sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun. They
released the sixth season two years ago, but since then, zip. Now they're
going back to the beginning, to release the first season on May the 17th,
as a three-disc set that will contain all twenty episodes (Brains and
Eggs, Truth or Dick, Dick is from Mars, Sally is from Venus,
Angry Dick, Post-Nasal Dick, Dick’s First Birthday,
Dick, Smoker, The Dicks, They Are A Changin’, Green-Eyed
Dick, Lonely Dick, The Art of Dick, Ab-Dick-Ted,
Body and Soul and Dick, Assault with a Deadly Dick, Dick
Like Me, I Enjoy Being a Dick, Frozen Dick, See Dick
Run, Father Knows Dick, and Selfish Dick. RRP for the
set is £29.99. If that doesn't get this site blocked by every Net
Nanny-type filter out there, I don't know what will! For more 3rd
Rock news, read on...
Home Video will release Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film Mystic
River on June the 7th, but fans of the movie will be disappointed to
discover that the UK disc is a pale shadow of the version that will be
released in the US a day later.
The UK version will be presented in 2.40:1
ratio, with anamorphic enhancement, and with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
Bonus materials include the 2003 Bravo special Mystic River: From Page
to Screen (12m) and a theatrical trailer. Pretty shabby for such an
acclaimed film. RRP for the disc is a modest £15.99.
The additional bonus features on the
lavish three-disc US release, which includes the soundtrack CD, include a
commentary track by stars Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon, Charlie Rose
Show interviews with Robbins, Bacon and Eastwood, and a second
behind-the-scenes featurette, Beneath The Surface. The three-disc
set is available for about £13, including shipping, from e-tailers like
Following the very successful theatrical revival of
Jean-Pierre Melville's acclaimed 1970 heist thriller Le Cercle Rouge,
BFI Video is releasing three Melville films on April the 26th, each with
an RRP of £19.99.
Le Cercle Rouge will be presented in 1.85:1
anamorphic format, in French with English subtitles. Bonus features
include a commentary track and introduction by French cinema expert
Ginette Vincendeau, a video interview with assistant director Bernard
Stora, director's biography, and theatrical trailer.
Melville's 1963 gangster movie Le Doulos will be
presented in 1.66:1 format, with anamorphic enhancement. Bonus materials
include a commentary over selected scenes and filmed introduction by
Ginette Vincendeau, a video interview with assistant director Volker
Schlöndorff, the theatical trailer, and director's biography.
Léon Morin, prêtre,
Melville's delicate 1961 romantic drama, completes the BFI's offering. The
film will be presented in 1.66:1 anamorphic format, in French with English
Bonus materials include a commentary over selected scenes
and filmed introduction by Ginette Vincendeau, a video interview with
assistant director Volker Schlöndorff, the theatical trailer, and
The second series of Born and Bred
will be released by Acorn on May the 10th. There will be two two-disc sets
(RRP £19.99) and a box set containing both sets (RRP £39.99). The series,
which features James Bolam and Michael French as father and son doctors,
also features Maggie Steed, Clive Swift and David Troughton. The disc will
include filmographies, cast interviews and production notes. Series 2
Part 1 features the episodes Lost Souls, Home To Roost,
Blood Relations, Fertility Rites and His Brother's Keeper.
Series 2 Part 2 contains Old Flames. The Miracle of
Ormston, The Magnificent Colin and The Last Hurrah
(Parts 1 and 2). The episodes will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic
Here are the sleeves for the two new sets.
I've updated the
Hammer DVD Guide, adding a
couple of forthcoming UK titles (Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires
Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde), and information about several Australian
discs (which seem identical to the UK versions). Yesterday I received a
copy of DD Video's Nearest And Dearest DVD, which was originally supposed to ship at the
beginning of the year, but was postponed because of problems with the
source materials. It's being listed by some retailers as coming out on
June the 14th, but it seems likely that copies are available from DD Video's
website now. My thanks to Colin Cutler for providing the
And now (drum-roll.....) Mr Laing's weekly
news roundup, and his list of the latest bargains from the online
Hi everyone! Apologies for the slight delay to this week’s
update – but I hope the content will more than make up for it!
Let’s get cracking with the film changes and additions to
Play are listing the special features for Columbia
Tri-Star’s new 3 Disc version of Spider-Man. The first two discs
replicate those of the original release with all the new material on the
third. This is an exclusive sneak peek at Spider-Man 2 with special
cast appearances from the set; Designing The World of Spider-Man
featurette; Spider Wrangler featurette; Wrestling Match
featurette; World Unity Festival featurette; Oscorp Lab
featurette; Goblin's Arsenal featurette; Costume Design
featurette; Spider-Man 2 teaser trailer and a Activision
Spider-Man 2 game trailer. The release has a listed date of May the
17th and an RRP of £24.99. However, Play currently are offering it at
To coincide with Universal’s feature packed release of
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life Columbia Tri-Star are re-issuing
both Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life Of
Brian as box sets. Each set contains the previous DVD release along
with a copy of the movie's screenplay; a limited edition senitype and
limited art cards. Both have a date of June the 14th with RRPs
Buena Vista have both House of Sand And Fog,
starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly, and The Human Stain,
starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, showing for August the 23rd.
RRP’s are £15.99.
David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the William S. Burroughs
novel Naked Lunch
is being listed for June the 7th with a £19.99 RRP. It isn’t
known yet which label is releasing it.
The BBFC has certificated the
pilot episode of The Office, then titled The Boss (19m) so
it seems likely that it will be featured in its entirety on the DVD of the
two Christmas episodes, due later this year.
Right, let’s have our weekly
look at Warner Home’s Video’s ever burgeoning release schedule.
21 Grams, the Icon film
starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro is listed for the 8th
of August at £15.99. It’s not showing yet which label will be distributing
it, but we think it will be Warner Home Video.
Listed for August the 27th
is the current theatrical release Scooby
Doo 2 - Monsters Unleashed with an RRP of £15.99. No word on any
special features yet.
Four of Alec Guinness’s superb Ealing comedies are showing
for the 21st of June under the banner The Alec Guinness
Collection - Kind Hearts And Coronets, The Ladykillers,
The Lavender Hill Mob and The Man In The White Suit. All
four formed the content of Warner Home Video’s first Ealing Comedies
box set of a couple of years ago, but will now be available individually.
These releases seem to be straight re-issues, as they replicate the only
extra each film had – the theatrical trailer. The four discs have RRP’s of
Also newly-listed is John Schlesinger's 1967 adaptation of
Far From The Madding Crowd, starring Julie Christie, Terence Stamp,
Peter Finch and Alan Bates. It has a date of June the 28th and
an RRP of £12.99.
Now for information on the special features for four of
Warner Home Video’s special edition releases, which we'd already listed.
The two disc release of Around The World In 80 Days
will include an introduction, documentary, highlights from the film's
premiere and the Oscar ceremony, highlights from the 1957 Playhouse
broadcast, 1958 newsreel footage an the theatrical trailer. It’s listed
for the 5th of July and has £19.99 as it’s RRP.
Two weeks later on July the 19th see Blazing
Saddles and THX 1138 being listed. As well as the additional
scenes, Black Bart TV pilot and the Intimate Portrait: Madeline
Kahn cleared by the BBFC the other features now being listed for
Blazing Saddles include an audio commentary and a Back In The
Saddle documentary. For the THX 1138 disc there's an audio
commentary by George Lucas, a documentary entitled A Legacy of
Filmmakers - The Early Years Of Zoetrope, a featurette - The Making
of THX 1138 and a Lucas Short Film, which presumably is the
original film-school version of THX 1138. The Blazing Saddles –
Special Edition has an RRP of £15.99 and the THX 1138 - Special
Edition is at £19.99.
The two disc Enter The Dragon – Special Edition
has an audio commentary from producer Paul Heller and scriptwriter Michael Allin, Blood and
Steel: a Making of... documentary, Bruce Lee: In His Own Words
documentary, Curse Of The Dragon documentary, A Warrior's
Journey documentary, Backyard Workout With Bruce featurette,
Trailers, and TV spots. It’s RRP is £19.99, with a date of August the 2nd.
That’s it for Warner Home Video’s film releases, but they
have two more Looney Tunes DVDs on the way, both of which were
previously released as part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection
HMV exclusive box set back in February. Now getting a wider release are
The Best of Bugs Bunny and The Best of Daffy And Porky. Special
features listed for The Best of Bugs Bunny include: audio
commentaries for each episode; music programmes; Behind The Tunes
featurette; Bugs Bunny At The Movies; The Bugs Bunny Show;
Bloopers; and Stills Gallery and for The Best of Daffy And Porky:
there's an audio commentaries for each episode; music programmes; and a
Behind The Tunes featurette. Both are showing for the 5th
of July with £12.99 RRPs.
Now the TV releases.
Paramount’s three season box sets of Star Trek - The
Original Series are now listed by Play. Each set has an RRP of £84.99
and Season 1 has a date of August the 30th, Season 2
is due on November the 1st and Season 3 is expected on
December the 6th. Season 1 is listed as having eight
discs: Seasons 2 and 3 have seven apiece. Thanks to
Analogueman for contacting me about these!
LWT’s 13 part serial from 1982, We'll Meet Again is
showing from VCI for June the 7th. The serial is being released
to co-inside with the D-Day anniversary and follows of the events at a
quiet Suffolk village when a US Air Force Bomber Group arrive at a local
air base. The four disc box set has an RRP of £34.99
News about Network's forthcoming releases has been posted at
The Mausoleum Club's forum. As ever with
Network's releases, the dates are provisional, but here's what we can
The 1968 ITC series Strange Report, which will be
digitally restored, along with a shed-load of extras: generic and episodic
trailers; a new on-location interview with co-star Anneke Wills (known to
Doctor Who fans as companion Polly) and Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger from
Only Fools and Horses), whose father, Charles, also starred in the
series; stills and promotional gallery with Roger
Webb's original music soundtrack; Interview with co-star Kaz Garas; Kaz
Garas' on-location photo gallery; Original script PDFs; Restoration
featurette; and an introduction by Robert Hardy introduction. [Wow! Kind of
puts Carlton's ITC releases to shame, doesn't it! JK]
The respective Series Two’s of Dick Turpin
and Solider, Soldier are being lined up as vanilla releases.
Press Gang - Series 2 will include behind the scenes footage and other material that's still
being sorted out.
Rock from the Sun – Season 2 is also in preparation, along with some
extras: Nightmare on Dick Street special 3D episode (including 2
sets of free 3D glasses); Season 2 promos; behind the scenes of
Nightmare on Dick Street; bloopers and a previously-unaired season
Network are also working on a release of the 1968 ITC action
series about a freelance bounty hunter, Man In a Suitcase, currently being planned for some time
during the summer.
Following last weeks listing of BSB science-fiction series, Jupiter Moon,
it is now known that Oracle Home Entertainment is the label releasing it.
Also Play’s listed RRP of £14.99 for Volume 1 did turn out to be a
mis-price as it was changed mid-week to the same RRP of Volumes 2
and 3 - £24.99. Volume 1 is listed for June the 21st,
Volume 2 for August the 23rd and Volume 3 for
October the 25th.
And finally, for
Incoming, Delta’s release of
Lovejoy – Series 1 (which was due out yesterday) has been put back to
the 17th of May and Sanctuary Visual Entertainment’s release of
The Tribe – Season 2
is now back on the schedule for the 7th of June.
The BBC Shop have amended Dennis Potter's Pennies From
Heaven to it’s correct RRP, but still have Casanova mis-priced.
Benson’s World are now listing BBC Worldwide’s Doctor
Who – The Leisure Hive and BBC science-fiction series The Nightmare
Man at £13.99 and £9.99 respectively.
Choices Direct have the Alien two disc special
edition releases at £7.99 each, the Monkey! promotion with discs at
£5.99 each, and the Babylon 5 Season 1-3 box sets at £25.99 each –
thanks to Baz for posting about the original offer!
And finally, Loaded247.co.uk have ClearVision’s Callan
and Van der Valk box sets at £15.99. Be aware that the Callan
box does suffer from some presentation problems and that the
Australian label, Umbrella, are planning their own (so far un-confirmed)
release for later in the year.
19th April 2004
got two brand new reviews for you today. The first is for the BBC's next
Doctor Who DVD, which features the 1973 Jon Pertwee story The
Green Death (widely remembered as "the one with the giant maggots").
You can read the review by clicking on the sleeve image, left, or by
The second review is the first one on the
site that's not been written by me. Ceri has had a good look at three
representative discs from Universal's forthcoming twenty-one disc Laurel
and Hardy DVD box set.
You can read the review by clicking on the
sleeve image, left, or by clicking
here. Don't forget to
check out the best price for this monster set in our
...speaking of which, new
Offers and Incoming pages
are running behind schedule, so check back tomorrow for an update. To keep
things ticking along, last week's titles have been removed, and this
week's releases have been checked against one of the leading mail order
retailers, to see whether they're still expected today, so it should be
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