ARCHIVED NEWS - 17th TO 23rd MAY 2004
21st May 2004
Films will release John Leguizamo's boxing film Undefeated on July
the 5th. The disc will be available exclusively through HMV. Leguizamo
wrote, directed and stars in the film, which is about a Latino
welterweight boxing prodigy.
The disc will feature an interview with
John, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a commentary track. The RRP is
HBO Films will be releasing Antonio
Banderas' biopic And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself in August,
and the star-studded AIDS-themed mini-series Angels in America in
Menu screens for Fox's Lost in Space -
The Complete Second Series DVDs are now available. Click
to see 'em.
accidentally sent us the wrong version of the Dick Turpin press
release on Monday. The two-disc set will not include the feature film
version of Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure.
Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure was
made as a co-production with RKO. It was released theatrically in the US,
and shown here broken down into episodes and screened on TV. Network are
hoping to release Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure at some point.
The second series of Dick Turpin
comprised of thirteen episodes. The first seven episodes were shown in
1980. The remaining six were shown in 1982, after the five parts of
Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure, so these six are often referred to
as a fourth series. The DVD will contain all of the episodes made in the
second recording block, leaving only the five Dick Turpin's Greatest
Adventure episodes unreleased. Clear? Good!
In other Network news, expect the second
series of Press Gang to be delayed: the company is adding bonus
material to the disc, and it's now unlikely to meet its June 28th release
19th May 2004
are releasing twelve back catalogue titles on June the 21st, at the budget
price of £9.99. They include two titles new to DVD: Bernardo Bertolucci's
Stealing Beauty, which features Liv Tyler and Jeremy Irons,
and heist movie Best Laid Plans, which stars Nightbreed's
Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon.
The other titles are Shallow Hal,
The Transporter, Resident Evil, Dunston Checks In,
Casper: A Spirited
, High Crimes, X-Men,
Predator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze
and Joe Somebody.
Lee Medcalf has reviewed Wolfgang
Petersen's epic action film Troy. Was he impressed by the
spectacular battle scenes? Did he feel empathy with the beautiful people?
Check out his review to find out! Click
or on the Troy image in the left-hand column to go to the review.
18th May 2004
are selling a number of older Doctor Who discs for £9.97, including
The Aztecs, The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Tomb of the
Cybermen. You can find them
here. Thanks to Analogueman, who posted this in
The High Street section of the forum.
Speaking of Doctor Who, yesterday's
BBC3 episode of Coupling, written, of course, by long-time fan
Steven Moffatt, featured several scenes set in a SF shop which contained a
Dalek. The episode will be shown again on Sunday. Also, this week's
Dead Ringers featured a small role for Big Finish star India Fisher,
as a burglar. It also closed with a speech reminiscent of the final Dalek
rant in Genesis of the Daleks. The show is repeated on Saturday at
11.15pm, on BBC2.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the second series of the
kitsch SF TV series Lost
in Space on DVD on July the 5th.
The eight-disc set features all thirty
colour episodes from the 1966-7 season, including fan favourite The
Golden Man, which provided the series with one of its most enduring
images, and the "Crush! Kill! Destroy!" episode, Revolt of the Androids.
It also includes the doppelganger episode West of Mars, which features an
evil Doctor Smith look-alike. (Predictably, this was one of Jonathan
Harris' favourite episodes).
The set will contain a twenty-minute stills
montage, accompanied by audio interviews. The set will also feature
English subtitles. RRP for the set is £49.99. Click
for a larger image.
Network has confirmed their June line-up,
which includes the 1968-9 ITC series Strange Report on June the
Report was a series starring Anthony Quayle as a retired Home Office
criminologist, who, along with assistant Hamlyn (Kaz Garas) and next-door
neighbour (former Doctor Who assistant Anneke Wills), solved crimes
that had Scotland Yard baffled. The series featured a host of familiar
faces, including Bernard Lee, Sylvia Sims, John Thaw, Martin Shaw, Ian
Ogilvy, Robert Hardy, Anton Diffring and Ray McAnally. The series also
features dozens of character actors who will be familiar to fans of other
ITC shows, Hammer films and contemporary series like Doctor Who.
Only five episodes of the series were
released on VHS, in the early 90s, and the most recent repeat run, on
Bravo, skipped three of the unreleased episodes, so the new set will be a
real treat for fans of the show.
The five-disc set will feature sixteen
digitally-re-mastered episodes. Bonus features include generic and
episodic trailers; on-location interviews with Anneke Wills and Kaz Garas;
Garas' photo gallery; stills and promotional gallery featuring Roger
Webb's original music; script PDFs; a restoration featurette and episode
introductions by guest stars including Robert Hardy, Martin Shaw and
Xienia Merton. RRP for the set is £49.99.
No sooner is the first series of 3rd
Rock From The Sun released on DVD than the second season is announced.
3rd Rock From The Sun - The Complete Season Two will be released on
June the 21st as a three-disc set that will contain twenty-six episodes,
including the two-part 3D season finale, A Nightmare on Dick Street.
The set will also contain a
behind-the-scenes featurette, a blooper reel, an unaired alternate season
ending and two pairs of 3D glasses! Guest stars who appeared in the second
season, which won eight Emmy awards, include Mark Hamill, Dennis Rodman,
Jay Leno and Cybill's Christine Baranaski. RRP is £29.99.
The second series of Richard Carpenter's
1979 LWT action series Dick Turpin will be released on June the
21st. The series starred Richard O'Sullivan as the infamous highwayman,
and featured Michael Deeks as his sidekick, Nick "Swiftnick" Smith, and
David Daker and Christopher Benjamin as Turpin's enemies, Sir John Glutton
and Captain Nathan Spiker.
The two-disc set will contain the seven
episodes of the second season, as well as the feature film Dick
Turpin's Greatest Adventure (which would seem to be a compiled version
of the five-episode third series, from 1981). RRP for the set is £19.99.
The second series of the BAFTA-winning
children's series Press Gang will be released on June the 28th. The
two-disc set will feature thirteen episodes, which were originally
broadcast in 1989. RRP is £19.99.
Network are also releasing the second
series of Soldier Soldier on June the 14th. The two-disc set will
include seven fifty-minute episodes. RRP is £19.99.
Here be the sleeve images...
17th May 2004
it's because it's
been a while since it had any real exposure, but people seem to have
forgotten just how popular Rab C. Nesbitt was.
When it was originally released on VHS in
the early 90s it was a big hit, easily
out-selling well-established classics like Dad's Army and
Steptoe and Son. So, it's been a bit of a puzzle why the series hasn't
been released on DVD before now. Fans of the incorrigible Rab won't have
to wait much longer, however, since the first series will be released on
July the 5th. It appears that the DVD is being released by a company
called John Williams Productions.
Ceri's had some computer problems this week, and has had to abandon this
week's updates before they were completed. The information he collated has,
however, been absorbed into the relevant pages, so check out the updates
to the Incoming and
New additions to the schedule include the
1939 adaptation of Wuthering Heights, Fritz Lang's You Only Live
Once, the second season of Starsky & Hutch, a Special Edition
of Rain Man, and the fourth season of The Simpsons. DD
Video's Night of the Big Heat appears to be back on the cards, for
release on August the 16th.
The 1971 live-action big-screen adaptation
of The Tales of Beatrix Potter is being released by Warner Home
Video on July the 12th. The disc will have an RRP of £12.99. No technical
details were released.
Warner Home Video will be releasing seven
of the Ealing films individually on June the 21st, to coincide with the
theatrical release of the Coen Brothers version of The Ladykillers.
They are: The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The
Man in the White Suit, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Titfield
Thunderbolt, Hue & Cry and Passport to Pimlico. Each
film will have an RRP of £9.99. Evidently Warner has decided to ditch
plans for the Alec Guinness Collection by adding three additional
titles. Here are the new sleeve images!
Warner Home Video is also releasing another
Ealing comedy classic, The Magnet, on July the 12th. This marks the
film's first DVD release, since it wasn't included in any of the three
Ealing Classics DVD box sets. It will be presented in full-frame
format, with mono audio.
The DVD of the second series of Marion
and Geoff will include an extended Director's Cut version of the
stand-alone episode which features the fateful barbecue where Keith
discovers that his wife is having an affair, A Small Summer Party.
The episode co-starred Steve Coogan.
The BBC's Full Circle DVD,
chronicling the further travels of Michael Palin, will feature exclusive
interview footage, and more than an hour of deleted scenes.
The Smiley's People DVD, due in
June, will include an interview with author John Le Carre and series
producer John Irvin (extracted from an Arena special on Sir Alec
Guinness) and a photo' gallery.
Tartan Video is preparing a four-disc
The Ring Trilogy box set.
A few bargains have
been added to the
Offers page, including a couple of new
bargains reported in the High Street section of
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
After some considerable research Ceri has
also added some titles to the Australian Retailers section of the
Offers page. It looks like Family Box
Office consistently offers the best prices for the growing number of
interesting UK TV DVD titles that are being released down under, from
companies like Umbrella. Links to a currency conversion page have been
provided for ease of use. If you have any suggestions about this section
of the list, please contact Ceri (at
We've added another retailer to the
page, a company that's recently re-launched itself,
They'll be liaising with Ceri to offer bargains that they feel are
especially well-suited to our visitors. Sales through the links they
provide (including the generic banner link) will generate revenue that
will support Zeta Minor. They'll be offering a range of Region 1 titles,
which are often much cheaper than their UK equivalents.
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