Matrix Revolutions - new special
Audio commentaries by Keanu Reeves,
Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne, Special Effects Supervisor, John
Gaeta; editor, Zach Staenberg and other cast and crew
Matrix Revolutions Revisited -
Special Features (180 Minutes)
Includes all new footage, including dozens
of never-before-seen cast and crew interviews, scene dissections,
explorations of the production design and special effects, and more
Same Special Features As Previous Release
THE ROOTS OF THE MATRIX
The Roots Of The Matrix – 3 Hours Of
Roots of the Matrix - Special Features (180 Minutes)
The Matrix and the History of the Action
Genre - Examines The Many Influences Of Action Cinema That Make Up The
Brainiacs’ Revenge -
Scholars, Philosophers, Theorists, And Charlatans Deconstruct The
Intellectual Underpinnings Of The Trilogy
The Science Behind The Fiction – Is
The Notion Of A Real Matrix Plausible? An Investigation Of The
Technologies That Inspire The Metaphor Of The Matrix
THE BURLEY MAN CHRONICLES
The Burley Man Chronicles – The
People Behind The Matrix Discuss Their Work:
The Burley Man Chronicles - Special
Features (75 Minutes)
The Burley Man Chronicles - The
“Human” Story Of The Making Of The Matrix, As Well As The Game Enter the
Rave Reel - A Club-Oriented Montage
Of Unused And Newly Edited Footage From Reloaded
Spoofs of The Matrix -The “Best-of”
these various clips
THE ZION ARCHIVE
The Zion Archive – A Tour Of Matrix
Design Concepts, Storyboards & Drawings
The Zion Archive - Special Features
Zion Archive - Production Assets Developed
For The Matrix Universe, Including Concept Artwork, Storyboards, Drawings,
Basic ROM Features
Matrix-related submissions to the
BBFC this year are as follows (these items appeared on the Matrix
Revolutions 2-disc set):
The Matrix Revolutions - Future
Gamer: The Matrix Online (10'58")
The Matrix Recalibrated (27'02")
The Matrix Revolutions - Neo Realism
the Evolution of Bullet Time (12'22")
The Matrix Revolutions - Mind Over
The Matrix Revolutions - Double
Agent Part 1 (7'09")
The Matrix Revolutions - Super Big
Mini Models (8'45")
The Matrix Revolutions - Super Burly
Brawl Storyboard (6'16")
The Matrix Revolutions - CG Revolution (15'30")
1st July 2004
taken a quick look at Optimum's Region 2 disc of David Cronenberg's
mind-bending 1991 film Naked Lunch. The film was loosely adapted
from a novel by William Burroughs.
The disc, due on July the 26th, features
Chris Rodley's fifty-minute documentary, Naked Making Lunch and an
excellent original theatrical trailer (ostensibly narrated by Burroughs).
If, as claimed by the press release, the disc contains an "Interview with
Producer Jeremy Thomas", I wasn't able to find it. Curiously, a
twenty-minute interview with Thomas about the film was certificated by the
BBFC at the end of May, so it certainly looks like Optimum meant to
The commentary on Optimum's disc is by
Cronenberg alone, so is probably different from the one on the two-disc
Criterion edition released recently, which is a composite of contributions
by Cronenberg and star Peter Weller. The disc also features a pretty
decent photo' gallery, and trailers for
Elephant and Roger Dodger.
The film is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic
widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (at 224kbps). There are no
subtitles available. RRP is £19.99. Some menu screens from the disc are
some additional information about Universal's Special Edition
re-release of Pitch Black. We covered most of the bases in the
News entry for
June the 18th,
but here are some durations, and some technical information:
The Game Is On
(1'46"); The Johns Chase Log (14'10"); The Chronicles of Riddick visual encyclopaedia
Dark Fury: Advancing The Arc featurette (1'28"); and A View Into The Dark
(4'04"). The disc also features the first nine minutes of the film's
sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, in non-anamorphic widescreen
format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
The Special Edition
version of Pitch Black is presented in anamorphic widescreen
format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 384kbps). The original Region 1
release of the film had the option of DTS 6.1 audio, but neither of the UK
Region 2 versions, nor the new Region 1 Special Edition release,
have a DTS track. The new Special Edition has English subtitles on
the film and on the supplements (including the two commentary tracks). The
disc, and the animated spin-off story The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark
Fury, are due on August 16th. Menu screens from the new DVD are
The forthcoming DVD collection of
miscellaneous 60s episodes of Doctor Who apparently has an official
title, according to information provided by BBC America. The set, which
has not formerly been announced in the UK, was informally known as the
Orphan Episodes Collection, but is now apparently titled The
Lost In Time Collection. The set will include about sixteen William
Hartnell and Patrick Troughton episodes, from stories where the majority
of the episodes no longer exist. The set should include all the surviving
'orphan' episodes, except those where more than half of the story still
survives (so, nothing from The Tenth Planet, The Reign of Terror
or The Ice Warriors). The set will include the recently
re-discovered episode of The Daleks' Master Plan, Day of
Armageddon. The set is expected later this year.
Choices Direct have the first two seasons
of Lost in Space on offer at £29.99 each. Here's
Season One and here's
Home Video will release the Babylon 5 Movie Collection on August
the 16th. The three-disc set will include three of the four post-series TV
movies: Thirdspace, River of Souls and A Call To Arms.
(The fourth, In The Beginning, is already available on DVD). Each
film will be accompanied by an introduction by series creator J. Michael
Straczynski, and a commentary track (by director Jesus
stars Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Conway, Steven Furst and Patricia Tallman on
Thirdspace; by J. Michael Straczynski, director Janet Greek and
star Tracy Scoggins on River of Souls; and by Straczynski and
director Mike Vejar on A Call To Arms). The movies will be
presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio. The set will have English and English HoH subtitles, and an RRP of
And now, here's a special mid-week news
update from Ceri. Oh, you lucky people!
Hi everyone! There’s been a lot going on in
the past week or so whilst I’ve been off, so we’re playing catch-up….
Let’s kick off with some cracking
information on DD Video’s forthcoming release of Survivors – Series 2,
collated from Andy Priestner’s excellent
The box set has a provisional release date of October the 4th, and, as
with the Series 1 release, also has some nice special features.
This time around this is only one episode commentary, on fan favourite
Lights of London - Part 2, featuring actor Denis Lill (who joined as
regular character Charles Vaughan in Series 2 after an appearance
in Series 1) and director Pennant Roberts. Interviews have also
been recently recorded with Lill and Roberts along with Heather Wright
(who played Melanie) and Lorna Lewis (who played Pet Simpson). An
accompanying booklet will also be included, which, if it’s anything like
the one included with the Series 1 box set, will be very detailed.
The episodes have been digitally re-mastered and have just appeared at the
BBFC as cleared. Future updates on the release can be found on the site’s
Series 2 DVD Release
page, which also has some photographs from the recording session for the
interviews and commentary. The Series 1 box set had an RRP of
£49.99, so expect this new box set to be the same. If you’ve not seen the
series, and are interested in picking up the Series 1 box set
(which is heartily recommended), the cheapest offer at the moment is from
Benson’s World at £34.99 –
here. It’s also appeared in at least
one in-store sale recently, for an even-more reasonable £19.99.
DD Video has also had some other
clearances as the BBFC recently - all nine episodes from the first series
of the BBC comedy Oh Doctor Beeching! (The series’ pilot, which was
broadcast a year before the first series, isn’t included in the material
cleared). They have also submitted
the 1976 three-part BBC 2 serial about a World War II soldier, produced by
Innes Lloyd and starring Barry Foster, Denholm Elliott and Nigel Stock. DD
Video have also had cleared the two horror films which are known to be
lined up for release - The Blood Beast Terror (as The
Vampire-Beast Craves Blood) and Island of Terror.
is some new information about forthcoming Network titles. Their releases
of Star Cops – The Complete Series, The Life and Loves of a She
Devil and Till Death Us Do Part – The Complete 1974 Series are
now being listed by Play. Till Death Us Do Part has a date of
August the 23rd and an RRP of £15.99. The other two are for a week later
on the 30th. The Life and Loves of a She Devil has an RRP of £19.99
and Star Cops hasn’t got an RRP listed, but Play are offering it
for £31.99, which probably means the set will have an RRP of £39.99. No
word on any special features for any of them (it is known that at least
some are being prepared for Star Cops) and of course, being Network
releases, these dates are liable to slip.
Acorn is preparing a release of the BBC’s
1960s adaptation of Vanity Fair. Originally aired in December 1967
on BBC 2, this five-part serial starred Susan Hampshire and Roy Marsden.
Unfortunately, only part three exists in it’s original 625 PAL VT format,
the other parts are held as conversions of 525 NTSC VT format material
(the other original PAL tapes were lost in the great purge during the
70s). A six and half minute segment of part one does exist in 625 PAL
format. Hopefully this will be edited back into the 525 material. The
release has a date of September the 13th and an RRP of £24.99.
Acorn has also recently had two more
Midsomer Murders stories – The Straw Woman and The Maid in
Splendour - cleared at the BBFC. So, far these are not being listed by
There is some very interesting news
regarding BBC Worldwide’s Hancock’s Half Hour – Volume 1. Some
retailers are now listing that the set will contain the existing episodes
from Series 2 and 3. These are The Alpine Holiday, (the only
remaining episode from Series 2) and Air Steward Hancock: The Last of
the Many, The Lawyer: The Crown Vs Sidney Jamse,
Competitions: How To Win Money And Influence People, There's An
Airfield At The Bottom Of My Garden and Hancock's Forty-Three
Minutes: The East Cheam Repertory Company, which was an extended
variety format Christmas special (all from Series 3). If correct, this
indicates that BBC Worldwide are going for a complete chronological
release of all the episodes, as these are the earliest surviving episodes.
In addition to that, There's An Airfield At The Bottom Of My Garden
and Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes are two episodes which have
previously been restricted from broadcast and release, due to perceived
quality issues (with the shows themselves and not the recordings). So,
this is fantastic news if it's true, and will make lots of Hancock fans
very happy! In addition to that the RRP for this release, and that of
Steptoe and Son - Series 1, has been revised to £12.99. Amazon has
them both at £9.74, if you’re interested -
Hancock's Half Hour - Volume 1 at £9.74
Steptoe and Son - Series 1 at £9.74.
Both have a release date of
September the 13th.
Other new titles listed for BBC Worldwide
The fantastic fantasy drama series The
Box of Delights (part of their Children’s Classics range), for
November the 1st, with an RRP of £14.99.
Michael Palin’s next travelogue,
Himalaya, to coincide with its broadcast, on October the 1st, with an
RRP of £24.99.
Fools and Horses Christmas special from last year - Sleepless in
Peckham – on October the
4th at £17.99.
There are three other new titles where the
label isn’t known…
Play is showing a release just entitled
Kenny Everett, with a listed run time of approximately two hours. I’m
guessing this is a compilation from some of his BBC shows. It has a date
of September the 13th and an RRP of £15.99.
A box set of the drama series created by
Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins for the BBC in the early 90s – The
House of Eliott - also for the September the 13th with an RRP of
October the 17th sees a release (presumably
the first series) of Clocking Off, which has an RRP of £19.99.
These could be from BBC Worldwide.
September the 13th is their big release date for the final quarter.
However, Acorn is also releasing a lot of titles on the 13th, and £59.99
is more of an Acorn-style box set RRP, so The House of Eliott could
also be from them. Equally, Clocking Off, could be from an
independent like Contender. When we know more we’ll let you know.
BBC Worldwide are also going
in for some collected box sets…
There’s a Play.com exclusive
of The Stephen
Poliakoff Collection featuring the already released
Caught On A Train,
Shooting The Past
Strangers packaged together in a box set. It has a date of July the
12th with a price of £39.99. It is, however, cheaper to buy all three
individually from Play!
Jonathan Creek box set,
featuring both Series 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 boxes, for September
the 27th at an RRP £74.99. It’s interesting to note that when the series
was first listed last year as complete box set (albeit with only one
episode of the recently aired second half of Series 4, as the last
two episodes hadn’t been filmed yet) it had an RRP of £49.99! So, that’s
worked out at £25 for two extra episodes! The box set was pulled last year
because of the incomplete nature of Series 4. The
newly-listed Series 3 & 4 box set will also contain all of the
Series 4 episodes and the two Christmas specials – Black Canary
and Satan’s Chimney. Because of this it will probably be a five
disc set, and this has necessitated an RRP revision to £44.99. Ironically
it seems the only retailer to who hasn’t changed the RRP yet is the BBC
Shop. They still have it at the old RRP of £39.99 and are offering at
£29.99. Even with the BBC Shop’s shipping costs it still works out cheaper
than the other retailers. If you want to get an order in
click here! The set is due on the 2nd of August.
There’s a box set if both Series 1 &
The Borrowers for the 4th of
October. It has an RRP of £24.99.
The two series and Christmas specials of
The Office are collected together for a complete box set on November
the 22nd. It has an RRP of £39.99.
for BBC Worldwide; there’s a complete box of Michael Palin’s
travelogue programmes, with an RRP of £69.99 and a date of 1st of
There are two new titles up from VCI –
Series 3 of Black Books for the 14th of October and another
recent Channel Four’s comedy, Peep Show, for November the 8th. No
word on any special features yet. Their RRP’s are £19.99.
The Adam and Joe Show release has had 37m 28s
worth of extras cleared at the BBFC. These include:
(6m41s); Baaad Dad Revisited (8m31s); Ken Korda: Making it in
Hollywood (8m33s); Ken Korda: Making the Band (6m19s) and
Toytanic: The Movie (7m21s). The release has a date of September the
6th and an RRP of £16.99.
box set has slipped a little on some retailers to August the 16th.
Now onto some American titles….
Anchor Bay is preparing a release of the
season one of Michael Mann’s Crime Story, which ran for two seasons
(42 episodes) between 1986 and 1988, and a total of 42 episodes. The
series was commissioned on the back of the success of Miami Vice,
but unfortunately was not as successful, and it was cancelled at the end
of season two. The first season has 21 episodes, which Anchor Bay has
spread over five discs for an RRP £29.99.
Five volumes of The Lucy Show have
appeared on Play.com for October the 25th from an unknown label at an RRP
of £9.99. The only clearances of I Love Lucy at the BBFC in recent
times are six volumes from company named Direct Entertainment UK Ltd, who
may linked with Direct Video Distribution, who released the Sam Arkoff
library titles here. The six BBFC clearances contain four episodes apiece
which would suggest an RRP like £9.99. The six volumes cleared for Direct
Entertainment UK Ltd comprise of the first 24 episodes of Season
Warner Home Video has a box set of
Season 1 of The Waltons for November the 8th with an RRP of
for the Season 1 release of Star Trek - The Original Series
are being listed by some of the retailers, with some of them also cleared
at the BBFC. All the discs feature a preview trailers to each episode
(possibly the cast member introductions that were recorded for the
re-mastered VHS tapes). There are also text commentaries by Michael and
Denise Okuda on Where No Man Has Gone Before, The Menagerie,
Part 1 & 2 and The Conscience of the King. Disc 8 of the set
contains all the main extras: The
Birth of a Timeless Legacy
(24m13s); Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner (10m26s); To Boldly
Go…Season One (18m58s); Reflections of Spock (12m11s);
Sci-Fi Visionaries - A look at Star
Trek's famous writers (16m38s); Four
Red Shirt Logs: (4m15s), (1m53s), (1m34s), (4m19s); Envisioning
the Future; Kirk, Spock and Bones:
Trek's Great Trio; a Photo Log; a Trek Connections Game
and trailers for TNG, DSN and Voyager. The 8 disc box set has a date of
August the 30th and an RRP of £84.99. Choices Direct has mis-priced the
box set and have it at £52.49 –
click here if you wish to order it.
Thanks to Analogueman for spotting this! Amazon is also listing that Disc
7 of the Season 3 box set will feature both the colorised and
hybrid colour / b&w versions of The Cage.
A shed load of new animation titles have
been added, let’s have a look at those next...
First up is The Pink Panther Cartoon
Collection, from an as yet unknown label –probably MGM. No word on the
content yet, but it has an RRP of £29.99, so it looks like it’ll be quite
extensive. This set coincides with a reissue of The Pink Panther
Collection movie set (this was deleted at the beginning of May). This
reissue appears to be identical to the previous release, and has an RRP of
£59.99. Both have a date of the 29th of November.
Universal’s release of the original
series of The Wombles has now been subtitled
Orinoco And The Big Black Umbrella
and had a episode listing put up (ten episodes in total) -
Orinoco And The Big Black Umbrella;
The Rocking Chair;. A Sticky Ending; Great Uncle
Bulgaria's Keep-Fit Lessons; A Safe Place; Peep Peep Peep;
The Purple Paw Mystery; Bungo's Birthday Party; The
Invisible Womble and Orinoco Sees The Light. The release has a
date of July the 12th and an RRP of £5.99.
There are six volumes of classic cartoons
coming from Delta on the 16th of August, all with an RRP of £5.99 each.
These are the usual Public Domain titles, so expect the quality to match
A ten episode release of Felix the
Cat - Felix in Hollywood, featuring the episodes:
Felix In Hollywood,
Felix Doubles For Darwin, Felix Goes West, Felix Finds
Out, Felix All Puzzled, Felix Monkeys With Magic,
Felix Gets The Can, A Felix Comic, Felix The Cat & The Goose
That Laid The Golden Egg and Felix The Cat In
There are two volumes of
Fleischer Superman Cartoons
from the 1940s. Volume 1 has nine episodes:
Superman, The Mechanical Monsters, The Billion Dollar
Limited, The Arctic Giant, The Bulleteers, The
Magnetic Telescope, The Electric Earthquake, Volcano and
Terror On The Midway. Volume 2 has eight episodes:
Japoteurs, Showdown, Eleventh Hour, Destruction Inc.,
The Mummy Strikes, Jungle Drums, The Underground World
and Secret Agent.
And three volumes of
classic Popeye cartoons. Volume 1 has nine episodes: With
Little Swee' Pea, Popeye Meets Sinbad The Sailor, I'm In The
Army Now, The Paneless Window Washer, I Never Changes My
Altitude, Popeye Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves, A Date To
Skate, Customers Wanted and Aladdin And His Wonderful Lamp.
Volume 2 has eleven episodes: Me Musical Nephews, Shuteye
Popeye, Big Bad Sinbad, Ancient Fistory, Floor
Flusher, Popeye's 20th Anniversary, Taxi-Turvey,
Bride And Groom, Greek Mirthology, Fright To The Finish
and Private Eye Popeye. Volume 3 has twelve episodes:
Gopher Spinach, Cooking With Gags, Ot To Punch,
Assault And Flattery, Insect To Injury, Parlez Vous Woo,
I Don't Scare, A Haul In One, Nearlyweds, Patriotic
Popeye, Spress Lunch and Spooky Swabs.
Mickey, Donald and Goofy in
The Three Musketeers
has it it’s
special features put up. It will include a cast audio commentary, in which
Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pete comment on a scene from the movie and
explain how they approached their performances, and what really went on
behind the scenes; deleted scenes: Disney Toon Studios executive Brian
Snedeker lets us in on the reason why four scenes were cut from the movie
[because they weren’t up to the high standards set by the rest of the
film? – JK]: Original Storybook Opening, Troubadour Intros Pete,
Pete On Bridge, and Another Rescue; Operatoonity:
produce your own opera with this humorous activity set in the film's
classic opera house; The Many Hats Of Mickey: discover Mickey's
different movie roles through his long and illustrious film career; Get
The Scoop: an intrepid Disney reporter is on a mission to find out why
this is Mickey's first full-length animated movie; and a Sing-along to the
songs from the movie with on-screen lyrics turned on or off. The release
has a date of September the 20th and an RRP of £19.99.
Right, catch yer breath for a moment, and
onto the film releases proper. This is mainly information about extras,
but there are a few new titles thrown in for good measure…
Kill Bill - Volume 2
has a date of August the 16th and it’s special features have been cleared
at the BBFC. There’s a deleted scene (running to 3m 44s);
The Making of Kill Bill - Volume 2
featurette (at 26m02s) and the Chingon performance from the Volume 2
premiere (11m38s). It has an RRP of £19.99.
Play is also listing a special edition of
Killing Zoe for July the 26th with an RRP of £15.99. The other
retailers aren’t listing it, so as we’re into July now, I wouldn’t be
surprised if the listing it s a little erroneous.
A special edition of Memento has
appeared for the 27th of September. No word on content yet, but it has an
RRP of £24.99. It might bring the UK disc – from Pathé – into line with
the Region 1 Special Edition, from Columbia Tristar.
Extras for three of MGM’s forthcoming
special editions are now being listed…
The 13th of September sees the release of
the Species – Special Edition. Its special features are listed as:
audio commentaries; HR Giger At Work - Designing Species; The
Origin of Species; The Concept of Species; The Discovery of
Species; Designing a Hybrid; an Alternate Ending and
Species 3 - Set Invasion Special behind-the-scenes featurette.
The Ronin – Special Edition has a
date of October the 11th. Its listed extras are a combination
of those that appeared on the first Region 2 release and some new ones.
The full list is: audio commentary with Director John Frankenheimer; an
alternate ending; an interview with the Stunt Coordinator*; In the
Cutting room with Tony Gibbs*; Filming in the Fast Lane;
Cinematography of Ronin*; Natascha McElhone - An Actor's Process*;
Composing the Ronin Score* and animated Photo Gallery*. The new
features are the ones with a * next to them.
The features for the
Weddings And A Funeral - Special Edition are listed as:
commentary; Four Weddings
and a Funeral In the Making featurette; The Wedding Planners (a
look back from cast and crew); Actors and Director featurette; deleted
scenes, with an introduction; promotional spots with Hugh Grant and Andie
Macdowell; and an original theatrical trailer. It has a date of the 29th
All three MGM special editions have an RRP
Both HMV and Choices Direct are
Charlie Chan - Chanthology box set, which
is a collection of some of the Sidney Toler films (Orbit are just about to
begin a series of releases of the films with Warner Oland in the title
role). The set is listed as containing three discs, with two films per
disc. The films are: The Chinese
Cat (1944); Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944); The
Jade Mask (1945); Meeting at Midnight (1944); The Scarlet
Clue (1945); and The Shanghai Cobra (1945). There is a
discrepancy in the prices the two retailers are listing – Choices Direct
has an RRP of £49.99 and HMV has a Chart Price Crash of
£22.99 (which usually means the RRP is £29.99). So, one of ‘em is wrong!
If you want to, try you luck with HMV, though there is no guarantee they
will honour the price if it does turn out be wrong –
The set has a date of November the
Also listed for the 1st of November (again
by Choices Direct) is two volumes of
The Woody Allen Collection.
Allen Collection - Volume 1 contains
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex,
But Were Afraid To Ask, Love And Death,
Hannah And Her Sisters, Zelig and Broadway Danny Rose.
Allen Collection - Volume 2 contains
Manhattan, Sleeper, Bananas, Crimes And
Misdemeanours, The Purple Rose Of Cairo and Radio Days.
Presumably these are just box set
collections of the existing releases from MGM. Woody Allen is notoriously
reticent to include bonus features on his DVDs. Choices Direct are
quoting an RRP of £49.99 for each of the sets. The films can usually be
picked up in five-for-£30 deals, so it’s not a particularly attractive
A special edition release of Matt Damon’s
spy thriller The Bourne Identity is being prepared by Universal for
release on August the 9th. Extras cleared at the BBFC include: The
Speed of Sound Pt. 1 (12m23s); The Bourne Mastermind – Robert
Ludlum (5m42s); The Bourne Diagnosis (3m22s); The Bookend
Series: Intro (3m29s), Opening (2m13s), Ending (4m53s);
From Identity to Supremacy – Jason and Marie (3m34s) and Access
Granted – An Interview with Screenwriter Tony Gilroy (4m0s). It has an
RRP of £15.99.
Universal also have Shopping, Paul
Anderson’s 1994 film starring Sadie Frost, Jude Law and Jonathan Pryce,
scheduled for the 26th of July. Special features cleared at the BBFC
include interviews (running to 7m3s) and B Roll footage (at 6m7s).
Retailers are also indicating that the release will include a mini
featurette and trailer. Its RRP is £15.99.
Now some Warner Home Video titles…
Butterfly Effect is being prepared for the 13th
of September for an RRP of £15.99. Extras cleared at the BBFC totalling
sixty four and a half minutes include: The Creative Process
(17m46s); Behind the Visual Effects (16m03s); Chaos Theory
(8m56s); Time Travel (13m22s); Deleted Scenes: Scene 11 –
Where’s My Puffer? (1m02s), Scene 32- Kids Discuss Art (29s);
Scene 48 – The Mute in the Yellow Hat (23s); Scene 55 – Once
Bitten, Twice Catatonic (23s); Scene 71 – Get My Memories Back
(17s); Scene 112 – Original “You’ve Been Acting Weird Evan”
(1m17s); Scene 41 – Noon Day Stalker (22s), Alternate Ending:
Stalker Ending (54s), Alternate Ending: Happy Sappy Ending
(50s); Trailer (2m22s). Warner will have a tough job matching the
feature-packed Region 1 Infinifilm release from New Line, which is due out
I’ve previously reported that a special
edition release of Prince’s Purple Rain is being prepared by Warner
Home Video for the 18th of October. Now being listed for the same date are
his two other Prince films: Graffiti Bridge and Under The Cherry
Moon. Both have had music videos cleared at the BBFC. Graffiti
Bridge has Thieves at the Temple (running to 4m5s) and Under
The Cherry Moon has Another Lover (at 3m17s). Both releases
have an RRP of £12.99. The Purple Rain SE is at £19.99.
Warner Home Video also has a new release of
The Goonies listed for October the 4th. Whether or it will be a
straight reissue of the previous release or a new version like the Region
1 Special Edition (which has a commentary, and other supplements)
remains to be seen. Its RRP remains the same - £12.99.
The collector’s edition of Philadelphia
from Columbia Tri-Star now has its special features being
listed by the retailers. It will include an audio commentary; deleted
scenes; documentary; Making of… featurette; Bruce Springsteen’s
award-winning Streets of Philadelphia music video; filmographies;
an interview; a TV spot; and trailer. It has a date of the 19th of July
and an RRP of £12.99.
Paramount is releasing the Richard Pryor
film Critical Condition on August the 16th. It has an RRP of
There’s a double bill of two early 70s
horrors being listed for September the 27th from an as yet unknown label.
The Bloodsuckers (also known as Incense for the Damned,
amongst other titles) is a dire UK film from 1972 which stars a
plethora of British genre talent, including Patrick Macnee, Peter Cushing,
Edward Woodward, Patrick Mower, Imogen Hassall, William Mervyn, David
Lodge and John (I didn’t get where I am today without knowing I’m one of
the best in British genre talent) Baron. Blood Thirst is a US film
from 1971 and doesn’t really star anyone of note. The release has an RRP
a follow-up of sorts to Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, has a
straight-to-DVD appointment with 25th of October, and an RRP of £12.99.
Its label is as yet unknown.
And that’s yer lot from me.
Thanks, Ceri! There'll be another update
from Ceri on Monday.
28th June 2004
Cinema Club label has signed a deal with French archive Canal Plus which
includes the rights to re-release The Avengers TV series on DVD.
In some ways this is a disappointment,
because it probably means that the series will follow the Sherlock
Holmes pattern of two episodes on each disc, with few, if any new
bonus features. In an ideal world the series would have lain dormant for a
couple of years while it gathered potential sales value. Then someone like
Network could have re-released it in digitally re-mastered form, with the
early Honor Blackman episodes VidFIRED, and with all sorts of commentary
tracks and bonus supplements to tempt fans who already own the Contender
or A&E versions to upgrade.
Unless Cinema Club is going to re-master
the episodes (and correct the odd errors in Canal Plus' masters), there'll
be precious little incentive for fans to pick up the new versions. The
Cinema Club versions will probably be on sale for at least a couple of
years, further eroding what potential value they still have for another
label to acquire. Cinema Club's plans mean that there probably won't be a
suitable opportunity to properly re-launch and re-market the series until
the next format comes along.
On the positive side, the deal will also
mean UK DVD releases for some classic (and not so classic) films from the
same package. Titles mentioned on the
Cinema Club website
are Britannia Hospital, Santa Claus The Movie,
Entertaining Mr Sloane and the Alistair Sim version of An Inspector
Calls (which was scheduled for release in May, but postponed). The
Frankie Howerd film Up The Front (due on August the 9th) is also
likely to have been part of this deal. The Canal Plus package might also
include other AWOL titles from the old EMI catalogue, like At The
Earth's Core (already available as a R1 release from MGM), The Land
That Time Forgot (available in Spain) and Warlords of Atlantis
(not available anywhere, as far as I know).
The fourth season of The West Wing
will be released in the UK on September the 13th. The set will feature the
episodes in 1.78:1 format, with English and English HoH subtitles. There
will be no bonus features on the set, so potential customers who aren't in
a hurry are advised to wait and see what might turn up on the Region 1
is another series under the spotlight at the moment, thanks to the
impending release of the Thunderbirds movie (which Lee reviewed
Silva Screen will follow up last year's
Thunderbirds CD (more details
with a second volume, which is due for release on July the 17th.
The disc features just under an hour of
music, meticulously re-mastered from Barry Gray's own archive. The disc
includes tracks composed for many episodes, including Danger at Ocean
Deep, Thirty Minutes After Noon, End of the Road, The
Duchess Assignment, Terror in New York City, Give or Take a
Million and Security Hazard, as well as pieces recycled from
earlier shows, like Supercar and Stingray.
Tracks on the new disc include a clean
version of the Main Title theme (stripped of Peter Dyneley's
voice-over and the sound effects); an extended version of the Spoke
City Jazz theme heard in Thirty Minutes After Noon; a suite of
French-themed music titled Penelope in France; a vocal version of
Dangerous Game, which many fans will know as the opening theme from
the Mime Theatre Show's Thunderbirds FAB show; the Century 21
mini-album track Century 21 March; a piano version of the oft-used
and oft-recorded cue Dangerous Game; Sleepy Time, the music
box version of the Thunderbirds theme from Security Hazard;
and the abandoned end titles theme with vocals by Stingray's Gary
Miller, Flying High (which eventually turned up as a source cue in
The disc features the second part of a
detailed overview of the music for Gerry Anderson's series, which will be
concluded with Silva Screen's forthcoming Space:1999 Year One CD.
Silva Screen's website
features a complete track listing, and an offer to buy both volumes for
Hammer DVD Guide has been updated. New discs include Warner Home
Video's Love Thy Neighbour DVD, and a Japanese box set which
includes Scream of Fear (aka Taste of Fear).
Two Warner Home Video releases that were
due today, Gods and Generals and Gettysburg, have been
re-scheduled for release on July the 5th.
to those of you waiting for the Millennium Season One review
I promised last week. It's mutated into a review and an episode guide, and
so it's going to take another couple of days. Hopefully this selection of
Millennium - Season One
will tide you over...
Ceri's back from his holiday, but there'll
be no big update this week, because he's been wasting time relaxing and
the like. I have added a few bits and pieces to the
page, and checked with one of
the online retailers that the titles that we have listed are still
expected today (those that aren't have been moved to their new release
dates, with a "NEW DATE" button next to them). I haven't done anything to
the Offers page. There are a few updates in the
Street section of
Roobarb's DVD Forum, so have a poke around there for the latest
offers. The biggie this week is the arrival of HMV's latest sale. (Has it
really been a whole week since the last one?) There are usually a few real
bargains to be had there.
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