25th June 2004
Stop the press... here's the artwork for
Warner Home Video's R2 version of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires!
Click on the sleeve to go to the review.
A few new bits and pieces of artwork today.
Let's start with Tartan's Battle Royale
II: Requiem DVD (for details see yesterday's News entry).
Here's a look at the packaging for Columbia
Tristar's DVD release of the Stephen King mini-series Kingdom Hospital,
which is due on August 2nd...
And here's the art for The Shield - The
Complete Second Series, which is due on August the 9th. Way to
go with the ugly certification logo's, Columbia...
24th June 2004
Network has confirmed new release dates for
several of their upcoming titles:
Press Gang - Series Two is now due
on the 12th of July
Strange Report - The Complete Series
is also due on the 12th of July
Dick Turpin - Series Two is now due
on the 19th of July
Asia Extreme label is releasing a two-disc Special Edition version of the
Pang Brothers' creepy 2002 film The Eye, about a young woman who
starts to see ghosts after receiving a cornea transplant.
The second disc will feature the horror
anthology film Three, which was directed by The Eye's
producers. Both discs will have anamorphic transfers, with a choice of
Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 6.1 and DTS 6.1 audio options. The disc
will be released on August 23rd, with an RRP of £22.99.
Asia Extreme will also release Kinji and
Kenta Fukasaku's smash-hit sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem on
August the 23rd. The disc will include the trailer, and will have an
anamorphic transfer, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
and DTS 5.1 audio tracks. The RRP is £19.99.
have announced the full specs for their world-exclusive DVD-only release
of Edgar Reitz's epic 1984 German TV series Heimat. The
eleven-episode series, which chronicled village life from the tail end of
the first World War to the early 1980s. Running a whopping 924 minutes,
the series originally aired here on BBC2.
The series was shot over two years,
featured twenty-eight leading performers, a hundred and forty speaking
roles, and five thousand non-professional actors.
The series will be split across six discs.
The set will contain extensive background notes to the series, written by
film historian David Parkinson. The set will be released on August the
23rd, with an RRP of £99.99.
Bay are releasing two box sets that should be of interest to horror-philes.
The first, The Wes Craven Collection,
features the existing discs The Last House on the Left, The
Hills Have Eyes, Mind Ripper (which Craven produced) and
Scream. The set will feature a bonus disc featuring Adam Simon's
feature-length documentary The American Nightmare, and the AFI's
profile The Director's - Wes Craven. The set, which comes with a
twelve-page booklet, will be released on August the 30th, with an RRP of
The second is a box set of the four
House Films, titled The House Collection. Special features
include commentary on House, House II and House IV; a
Making of House featurette; trailers; photo's and stills galleries.
From the available information, it looks like only the first film will
have an anamorphic transfer, although all of the films have 5.1 mixes: all
four have Dolby Digital 5.1, but only III and IV offers a
DTS alternative, apparently. The third and fourth films will feature
English HoH subtitles. RRP is £29.99.
19th June 2004
It's been a busy
couple of days! All sorts of bits and pieces have turned up, including
Fox's Millennium discs, and a copy of Warner Home Video's new disc
of The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires.
You'll find a full
review of the Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires DVD
here, comparing it to the
existing R0, NTSC DVD from Anchor Bay. Menu screens from the new Warner
Home Video disc can be found
Hammer fans will
be very happy to hear that Richard Klemensen is about to release another
issue of the numero uno Hammer magazine, Little Shoppe of
Horrors. The issue will re-visit the company's Karnstein Trilogy of
films (The Vampire Lovers, Lust For A Vampire and Twins
of Evil). The magazine also now has
website, albeit in embryonic
A new edition of
Alan Barnes' comprehensive overview of Sherlock Holmes' appearances in
feature films and on TV, the Reynolds & Hearn book Sherlock Holmes on
Screen, is due imminently. You can read a review of the book by
clicking on the sleeve image, left, or
Amazon are currently offering the book for £13.99, which is a saving of £6
on it's list price. There's a link at the bottom of the review, if you
want to order it, and it'll help support Zeta Minor if you do! Consider it
your civic duty!
On a related note,
Amazon are offering the complete twenty-three-disc box set of the Jeremy
Brett Granada Sherlock Holmes TV Series for the bargain sum of
£76.97 (the RRP is £159.99). Click
here to check it out!
There are two new
competitions for you this week, where you could win a copies of the first
three seasons of the hi-tech BBC action series Bugs, courtesy of
Revelation, or a copy of The Third Rock From The Sun - The Complete
Season Two, courtesy of Network. Click on the banners above, or
here for the
Bugs competition, and here
for the 3rd Rock From The Sun competition.
There's no update
from Ceri this week - he's having a well-earned holiday - but he did leave
a few scraps to pass on to you...
presumably destined for the Millennium - Season Two box set has
been certificated by the BBFC. It's titled The Turn of the Tide: Making
of Season 2, and runs for 32'11".
Extras for the
BBC's forthcoming DVD of The Forsyte Saga have also passed through
From the Rehearsal Room
(from Late Night Line Up of
7/1/67) (8m 45s) and The Forsyte Phenomenon (Talkback of
18/2/69) (21m49s). So, that means the Late Night Line Up material
running to 29m25s cleared a while ago is
Soames vs Irene (from Late Night Line Up of 10/2/69).
Other stuff that's been
examined by the BBFC include a four-minute Backstage featurette for
Five Children and It; a twenty-five minute Making The Case
featurette for Fox's Murder One box set; extras for the Doctor
Who - Ghost Light DVD;
One of the retailers is
Missing Believed Wiped featurette for the Dad's Army - Series 1 & 2
DVD set, due on September the 13th. Also, Warner Home Video have
apparently scheduled Wolfgang Petersen's Troy for release on
November the 5th, with an RRP of £22.99.
For the latest bargains, have a look at the
High Street forum over at
Roobarb's DVD Forum.
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