ARCHIVED NEWS - 3rd - 9th MAY 2004
7th May 2004
There are two new reviews today! Ceri has
taken a look at two classic British films being released by Carlton, both
of which feature Hayley Mills: Tiger Bay and Whistle Down The
Wind. Click on either of the sleeve images, right, or
here to read the review. The discs are released on May the
to information that's being passed on by various retailers, Carlton's
forthcoming DVD of North West Frontier, due on May 17th, is
presented in its original Cinemascope format. Unfortunately it's not
anamorphic. The film has Eastmancolour cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth.
The DVD transfer looks very nice, so it's a real shame that Carlton fell at the
Carlton's disc of the 1971 Alistair MacLean spy
thriller adaptation When Eight Bells Toll is also presented in
2.35:1 format, but this disc is also anamorphic.
The BFI have two unusual releases scheduled
for May the 24th: a supernatural drama, To Sleep With Anger, and an
award-winning film about Autism.
Charles Burnett's film To Sleep With Anger,
which stars Danny Glover and Paul Butler, will feature a full-frame 1.33:1
transfer. The disc will come with a Director's biography. RRP is £19.99.
A is For Autism is an animated
eleven-minute film by Tim Webb, offering insight into the world of the
autistic. The disc will feature biographies of the producer and director,
a picture gallery and optional subtitles. RRP is £5.99.
Here are the sleeve images:
Columbia has added a few titles to their
schedule, including the Halle Berry horror flick Gothika, which
should be released on August the 9th. Due the same day is the second
season of The Shield.
Roman Polanski's Tess, the Burt
Lancaster World War II thriller Castle Keep, the third season of
Dawson's Creek and Errol Morris' Oscar-winning documentary The Fog
of War are due on August the 23rd.
Here's Tartan's DVD schedule for the next
26th April - Party
Monster; Visitor Q; Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary;
Lucas Belvaux' Trilogy
24 May - Agitator;
Visitor Q; Wisconsin Death Trip; Tattoo; Hoover
Street Revival; Maniacts
28th June -
Infernal Affairs: The Hired Hand; Audition - Collectors
Edition; Black and White.
26th July - Capturing The Friedmans -
Special Edition (two-discs); Bad Guy; The Cockettes;
Argentinian comedy-drama Suddenly; Bergman's All These Women
and Three Strange Loves
23rd August - John Holmes biopic
Wonderland; Heimat - Series 1 (five-disc box set); Twilight
Samurai; The Eye - Special Edition (with new
Dolby Digital 5.1and DTS tracks);
Carnages; Truffaut's Tirez Sur Le Pianiste; Baisers Voles
27th September - Battle Royale II:
Requiem; Hard Boiled - Collector's Edition (with new Dolby Digital 5.1
and DTS audio mixes, and both dubbed and Cantonese subtitled versions);
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring (released theatrically on
May 14th); Ozu box set (Tokyo Story, Late Spring and A
Taste of Green Tea); Basque Ball; Irreversible Special
Edition (two discs).
Clearvision will release the eighth season
of Minder on DVD on July the 4th. The four-disc set will contain
twelve episodes from the 1991 season, which introduced a new minder for
Arthur Daley, his nephew Ray (Gary Webster). Special features include an
exclusive interview with George Cole, covering the early years of
Minder, a guide to season eight extracted from The Phenomenon That
Was Minder book, and trailers for season nine. Guest stars in the
eighth season include Michael Gambon, George Costagin, Kenneth Colley, Lee
Montague and Trevor Peacock. RRP for the set is £39.99.
Reader Richard Gregory has kindly supplied
some information about Revelation's plans for the rest of the Thames
science-fiction series The Tomorrow People. Apparently the plan is
to initially release series six, seven and eight as one MVC-exclusive box
set on the 23rd of August.
Here's a look at the sleeves for three of
the Entertainment in Video releases that were mentioned in the News update
for 5th of May, below.
5th May 2004
Entertainment will release the second series of The Saint on July
21st. The six-disc set will feature twenty-four black and white episodes
(episodes 25 to 48), complete, uncut and digitally-re-mastered.
The set will feature two
exclusive commentary tracks: one by star
Roger Moore, and Producers Robert S. Baker and Johnny Goodman (on The
Saint Plays With Fire), and another by Director Roy Ward Baker and
guest star Sue Lloyd (on Luella). Other bonus materials include an
interview with Roger Moore, text from the original ITC press-book,
isolated music and sound effects tracks on some episodes, production
notes, memorabilia, cast and crew profiles, image and galleries. RRP for
the set is AU$119.95 (approximately £48, but that includes their local
equivalent of VAT, which gets knocked off when you order).
for a larger sleeve image, which will appear as if
by magic in a pop-up window (assuming I can get it to work!)
My thanks to John Baker for pointing out that Amazon.com
are listing two box sets of Mike Leigh TV plays, including some that
aren't available on disc in the UK. The Mike Leigh Collection Volume
One will feature Abigail's Party, Grown Ups and Hard
Labour. A second volume will be released on June the 29th, featuring
Nuts in May, Who's Who and Bleak Moments.
latest press releases arrived here late, and some of the information has
already been dutifully reported over at The Mausoleum Club, so I
don' propose re-hashing the information here. Check
here for information about Granada's
excellent period detective series Cribb, and
here for information about To The
Manor Born - Series 3.
The seventh, final series of Rumpole of the Bailey
will be released by Acorn on June the 14th. The two-disc set will feature
all six episodes of the 1992 run, along with the usual filmographies, and
"exclusive" interview with series creator Sir John Mortimer. The disc has
an RRP of £24.99.
Entertainment in Video has announced
another shovel-load of back catalogue titles, for release on June 28th. No
technical specifications were announced. The titles involved are the Ice
Cube thriller Dangerous Ground; the rather charming chick flick
Now and Then, which features Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell and Melanie
Griffith; the Hughes Brothers' inner city drama Menace II Society
(being released uncut in the UK for the first time, with 11" of cuts
reinstated); Keith Gordon's World War II spy thriller Mother Night;
Ernest Dickerson's 1994 adaptation of The Most Dangerous Game,
Surviving the Game; the quirky health farm comedy The Road To
Wellville; the undercover narcotics cop thriller Deep Cover;
and John Avildsen's 1994 rodeo drama 8 Seconds. Apart from a
trailer on The Road To Wellville, there was no information about
bonus materials listed on the press releases. These are probably
bare-bones releases that will soon be cannon fodder for various "Buy X for
Three new titles will be
released by EiV to rent on 14th June, and
to buy two weeks later, each with an RRP of £19.99. They are The
Anniversary Party, Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and the
critically-mauled British comedy Sex Lives of The Potato Men. No
bonus materials were mentioned. The
US version of the Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cummings-directed
Hollywood schmoozing comedy The Anniversary Party
has a commentary track by Leigh and Cummings and an Anatomy of a
Scene featurette). The Region 1 DVD of Jodie Foster's acclaimed
Catholic boys school coming of age story Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
has extensive extras, including deleted scenes and a commentary
Nouvelle Pictures release of
The Story of Sin
has been delayed to June the 7th.
4th May 2004
to John Pettigrew for pointing out that the BBC's forthcoming House of
Cards Trilogy box set, (which will contain the three Francis Urquart
drama serials House of Cards, To Play The King and The
Final Cut), is being offered as a pre-order by
DVDPlus for a bargain £17.87, about half
the £34.99 RRP being listed by some retailers (the disc hasn't officially
been announced yet!)
John McElroy has been in touch to let us
know that the first season of the Elaine Stritch / Donald Sinden sitcom
Two's Company will be released soon by Acorn's US division very soon.
Amazon.com has it listed as being released on May the 11th, other sources
say June. He also points out, for the benefit of anyone who's interested,
that the Gwen Taylor sitcom Barbara has also been released in the
3rd May 2004
As you can see, there have been a few
changes around here this week. Most importantly, Zeta Minor and
Roobarb's DVD Forum
have moved to a new server!
In the last couple of months the site has
grown in popularity at an exponential rate, requiring several upgrades to
the site's hosting package in order to keep pace with the increased
bandwidth demands. For what is still essentially a personal website, it
was starting to become very expensive!
Well, to the rescue comes Karl Von Randow,
who made me a hosting offer that I couldn't refuse.
As a result of the change you might find
things a bit flaky for the next few days, as the updated information
permeates through whatever systems this sort of stuff permeates through.
(Stop me if I'm getting too technical!)
Naturally, I've taken the opportunity to
complicate things even more than strictly necessary by doing a bit of
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apologise if you come across any broken links, missing images,
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The move to a new server will allow Zeta
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My thanks to Adam, for brokering the new
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as painless as possible.
And now, I return you to the programme
already in progress...
In amongst the turmoil of all this activity
I've managed to put together a review of Universal's Region 2 release of
the hit comedy School of Rock, which stars Jack Black as a loser
who gets fired from his band, but falls into a job teaching school kids.
It's a really good family film, as long as you can stomach Black's shtick!
Click on the sleeve image, right, or
to read the review. The disc is due on July the 12th.
Video is releasing a collection of 50s and 60s public service warnings,
civil defence training films and other American government films designed
to advise its citizens about how to survive an H-bomb attack. The disc,
Nuclear Scare Stories of the Cold War, will include the famous "Duck
and cover" Bert the Turtle training film, the Glenn Ford-narrated CBS
television film The Day Called X, which showed how civil defence
operations would minimise casualties in a typical city (in this case
Portland, Oregon, which must have freaked its inhabitants somewhat!) The
disc is being released on June the 14th, with an RRP of £12.99. An
equivalent title featuring similar British films, Protect and Survive,
is already available.
And now over to Ceri, for his roundup of all the News that
didn't reach us through official channels, and details of new bargains
being listed by the online retailers...
Hi everyone, itís been a few weeks since
the TV releases headed this column, but this week some really cool new TV
titles have been added to
Incoming, as well as news of a very good
sale from Virgin on the
Right, letís get cracking with those juicy
The BBC Shop has listed more of BBC
Worldwideís forthcoming releases. Two greatly-anticipated comedy titles,
Little Britain Ė Series 1 and The Office Specials, have
listed dates of October the 11th and 25th respectively, both have an RRP
A second four-disc Jonathan Creek
box set, featuring Series 3 and 4, has an RRP of £39.99 and
is listed for August the 2nd.
Thereís a little clarity on what extras
will be included on Sellers On Sellers which is also listed for
August the 2nd. The press release states it will include: a unseen and
uncut interview with Peter Sellers; I Say, I Say, I Say Ė a home
movie film made by Peter Sellers in which he appears together with
Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon and Britt Ekland; a picture gallery taken
from Peter Sellers' family collection and themed menus - The Pink
Panther and The Look of Love (which presumably means the two
music tracks will be used to back the menus). This release is the 2002
special entitled The Peter Sellers Story: As He Filmed It,
re-edited from the original 1995 three part documentary series, Sellers
on Sellers. It has an RRP of £15.99.
Another press release, this time for the
1974 version of The Secret Garden, says the DVD version will
include extra footage (whatever that may be), a special reunion interview
with the original cast, and a biography of author Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Acorn have quite a few new titles showing.
The third series of To The Manor Born and The Good Life have
respective dates of June the 14th and July the 12th. Both have RRPís of
The first series of Sam, Granadaís
drama set in the 1930s and 40s, is also showing for July the 12th.
Originally spanning three series between 1973 and 1975, the series starred
Kevin Moreton and Mark McManus. All thirteen episodes of the first series
are to be released in Acornís standard format: over three parts - Part
1 - A Way Of Life, Part 2 - The Cost Of Living and Part 3 Ė
Where The Heart Is Ė with five episodes in Part 1 and four each
in Part 2 and 3. All three parts are listed for July the
Thanks to Analogueman for letting me
know that Acornís Tenko Ė Series 3 box set had slipped again, and
is now being listed for July the 12th. The first individual volume -
Tenko - Series 3 Part 1 Ė is now also
listed for the same date. Joining them is Tenko - Series 3 Part
2 on August the 9th. Only Choices Direct is listing all three releases
at the moment, and they have the Tenko Ė Series 3 complete box set
with an RRP of £49.99, Part 2 at £24.99 and Part 1 at
£19.99. This is almost certainly a mis-price for Part 1 as all
Tenkoís previous individual parts have had an RRP of £24.99 Ė Choices
Direct are offering it at
The 9th of August sees
Rumpole Of The Bailey - The
Specials, featuring the BBC Play for Today episode which marked
the character's first TV appearnace, and the later special, Rumpoleís
Return. It has an RRP of £24.99.
release of Love For Lydia Ė Part 2, which was due today, has been
put back a week until the 10th of May.
sees a flurry of activity by Network, with bare-bones releases of
Soldier Soldier - Series 2
on June 14th and Dick Turpin - Complete Series 2 on June the 21st
(both with RRPs of £19.99).
series of Third Rock From The Sun will
dawn on June the 21st. The set will feature season 2 promos, behind the
scenes of Nightmare on Dick Street, bloopers, an unaired season
ending and the special Nightmare on
Dick Street 3D episode (the set
comes packaged with two sets of free 3D glasses), all for an RRP of
Next up are
Press Gang -
Series 2 and
Strange Report Ė The Complete Series
both showing for June the 28th. Press Gang with feature
behind-the-scenes footage, and other material still to be cleared, for an
RRP of £19.99. The box set of Strange Report will feature digitally-restored
episodes, generic and episodic trailers; an on-location interview with
co-star Anneke Wills and Roger Lloyd Pack; stills and promotional gallery
with Roger Webb's original music soundtrack; an interview with co-star Kaz
Garas; Kaz Garas's On-Location photo gallery; original script PDFs;
restoration featurette; and a Robert Hardy introduction, for an RRP of
£49.99. It looks like being a busy month for Network! Letís hope the dates
donít slip too much!
Talking of Billy Pilgrim-style
release dates, the complete series box set of Ever Decreasing Circles
has been put back again, to May the 24th, but Virginís sale (more of which
later!) includes the four series releases at £6.99 and £7.99. As the box
set has an RRP of £49.99, itís far better to buy the discs separately in
Virginís sale if you can find them.
Rising Damp Ė The Complete Works, which was
previously exclusive to WH Smith, is now being listed by other retailers.
Whether or not - as is being claimed - it will offer the ďentireĒ series,
remains to be seen. When it was released to WH Smith it was missing one
episode, the 1975 Christmas special, For The Man Who Has Everything.
Chances are the new set will be the same. It has a date of June the 14th
and an RRP of £29.99.
VCI are preparing a release of the second
series of BBC sitcom My Family for June the 7th with an RRP of
Last week we said that Playback would be
releasing Three Up, Two Down today. Thatís what the press release
said, but it appears to be wrong. All the retailers have a date of May the
17th. It will probably follow the format of Playbackís other sitcom
releases and be Series 1 and 2, with the remaining Series
3 and 4 appearing at a later date. Playbackís release of
Sorry! and Just Good Friends, both of which were at one time
due out today, have been put back to May the 17th and 24th respectively.
Twentieth Century Fox are lining-up more
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Collection titles for August the 16th.
The four titles will focus on Cordelia,
Dawn, Giles and Xander, and have an RRP of
New bonus material
for The Simpsons has been cleared by the BBFC. This is for
presumably destined for the Season Four box set which, so far, has
not been listed anywhere. There are multi-angle sequences for three
episodes: A Streetcar Named Marge
(9m36s); Homerís Triple
Bypass (8m19s) and
Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie (7m51s). There
appears to be four different angles cleared, although
Homerís Triple Bypass
only has three cleared against it (so far), with the angles being Animatic,
Main Color, Storyboard and untitled (which probably is the completed
sequence from the episode). There are also deleted scenes: four for
Homerís Triple Bypass (untitled
(6s); Homer in the ambulance (9s); Krusty Cannon (7s) and
Homer eating pizza (14s)). The Front has six deleted sceness:
untitled (17s); I will learn to ski (20s); Richy and
Kathy (8s); Dynamite in the cat (16); Sit and play with my
teeth (12s) and Nickel for the trolley (15s). In addition there
are three featurettes: A Word From Matt
Groening (1m53s); Promotional Stuff (13m53s) and The Cajun
Controversy (2m7s), together with a thirty-second piece entitled
Unforgettable Classics, which is listed as a promo. Finally, a
bonus commentary has been cleared for the episode
Marge Vs The Monorail.
track listing for Warner Music Videoís new
Later With Jools Holland
release, Cool Britannia, is now showing on some of the retailers.
It will feature 34 performances, from between 1993 to 2003, which are:
Ash - Shining Light, Blur - Tender,
British Sea Power - Remember Me, Catatonia - Bleed,
Coldplay - In My Place, Cornershop - Brimful of Asha, Doves
- The Cedar Room, Echo And The Bunnymen - Nothing Lasts Forever,
Elastica - Connection, Elbow - Fugitive Motel, Embrace -
All You Good Good People, Feeder - Just The Way Iím Feeling,
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out, Keane - This Is The Last Time,
Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life, Morrissey - Boy
Racer, Oasis - I Am The Walrus, Paul Weller - Sunflower,
Primal Scream - Moviní On Up, Pulp - Disco 2000, Radiohead -
The Bends, Spiritualized - Come Together, Starsailor -
Good Souls, Stereophonics - More Life In A Tramps Vest, Suede -
So Young, Super Furry Animals - Something For The Weekend,
Supergrass - Caught By The Fuzz, 22-20s - Devil In Me, The
Beta Band - Human Being, The Charlatans - Just When Youíre
Thinkiní Things Over, The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called
Love, The Libertines - Up The Bracket, The Verve - The Drugs
Donít Work, Travis - All I Wanna Do Is Rock. The release will
also include an interview with Doves (which is listed as being exclusive
to DVD), an interview with Travis and a feature to programme your 6
favourites tracks. It has a date of June the 7th with an RRP of £14.99.
Volume 2 of the 1980s cartoon series Ulysees
31 is showing for the 5th of July from Contender. It has a £12.99 RRP.
have Series 4 of Henry's Cat
listed for June the 21st with an RRP of £5.99.
for the TV releases, is Space Rangers for July the 26th. This US
science-fiction series from 1993 only lasted 6 episodes and was created by
the same people behind the new version of The Outer Limits. Thereís
no information yet on which label is releasing it, but it has an RRP of
Now the film
listing November the 1st as the release date for the delirious Jim Carrey
fantasy film Eternal Sunshine of
the Spotless Mind, currently on release at a cinema near you. There
are no clues about what special features the DVD release from Momentum
will contain, but it has an RRP of £19.99. The Region 1 version is due on
June the 1st. Knowing Momentum the UK disc will have some unique bonus
Anchor Bay are releasing the 1979 version
of The Cat and the Canary, which starred Honor Blackman and Edward
Fox. Itís listed as having 5.1 and DTS sound options, with an audio
commentary and biographies. The release has a date of June the 28th and an
RRP of £14.99.
If you thought November seemed a long way
away, how about Disneyís Alice In Wonderland, which is being listed
for release on January the 31st? Itís being listed by Play, who are also
showing it to contain the same special features as the recently-deleted
version. Itís likely that Play have just lifted the information from the
old release, and that this new version will contain brand new features,
inherited from the recent Region 1 version. It has an RRP of £19.99.
Finally for the film releases is Ken
Russellís adaptation of The Whoís Tommy from Odyssey Video. We
would have featured this in the News last week, but requests for a sleeve
image, which is available elsewhere online, went unanswered. It will
feature a specially-restored widescreen print, an audio commentary from
director Ken Russell hosted by film critic Mark Kermode, exclusive
interviews with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret and Ken
Russell, a Sound Restoration featurette and a Recollections
featurette, where original technical personnel, including music editor
Terry Rawlings, reflect on their experiences with the movie. It has an RRP
of £15.99 and a date of June the 14th.
have a look at the changes to
unfortunately cottoned onto their mis-price of the Battle Of The
Planets box set, and itís now been corrected to the right RRP with the
pre-order price of £67.49. Iíve added Lovejoy Ė Series 1, The
Norman Conquests and Third Rock From The Sun Ė Series 1 all at
£22.49 (£7.50 off); Without A Clue at £4.97 (£5.02 off) and The
Saint Ė The Complete Series 1 at the pre-order price of £44.99.
dvd.co.uk have stopped their Buffy box set promotion. They had the
slightly better price on the Season 1 set, so Iíve added Amazonís
listing of it, which is now the best deal. Amazon also has a new DVD sale
with titles at either £6.97 or £7.97. Have a look at the
Amazon section on the
page for the full list of highlights from
Iíve added the
Tenko - Series 3 Part 1
mis-price at £16.99 from Choices Direct.
As already mentioned, dvd.co.uk have
stopped their Buffy promotion, but they have the Fox Animated TV
Box Sets promotion with some of the best prices around Ė The Simpsons
and Futurama sets at £14.99 and the Family Guy sets at £9.99
Ė shaving a further £1.00 off the prices offered at most other retailers.
Loaded247.co.uk has Vincent Priceís
Theatre of Blood at £5.99 (£7.00 off).
Play have converted their buy one get one
free offer for the Alien special editions to now include all the
recently reissued Fox two-disc special editions. So, you can pick up two
And finally thereís Virginís
sale, which, as ever - because they have a terrible on-line shop - is
in store only, so itís on a basis of whatever the store has in stock,
and first come first served. There are lots of Network titles included in
the sale as well as the six-film Hammer Resurrected box set at
£39.99 (£20.00 off). Iíve provided a full list of what Iíve seen and what
has been reported on the
Virgin thread of
Roobarb's DVD Forum
Ė thanks to Richard Spurr and MikeW for
posting! Have a look at the
Virgin section on the
for the full list.
And thatís it from me.
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