17th July 2004

Ceri has spotted that some of the retailers have now put up the special features for three of Network’s August titles.

Star Cops – The Complete Series boasts a fantastic set of extras. The list includes three commentaries by writers Chris Boucher and Philip Martin. Series creator Chris Boucher contributes commentary to An Instinct for Murder and Little Green Men and Other Martians (the first and last episodes of the series) and Philip Martin supplies one for his episode This Case to be Opened in a Million Years. Also included are a Making of… featurette; The Career of Chris Boucher featurette; Designing The Future featurette, about the models and effects; a P.M.'s Question Time; over thirty minutes of discontinuous studio recordings; unused takes and behind the scenes footage; original intro's and outro's; a trailer; something listed as Miscellaneous Information; and an extensive photo gallery. The disc will also contain print-based material presented in PDF format, only accessible via a DVD-Rom drive. These are the Radio Times front cover and the accompanying feature; Radio Times listings of the series; and a feature from Starburst magazine on the show’s costumes. The set retails for £39.99. Amazon have it  it at £29.99. Click here if you wish to order it.

The Complete 1974 Series of Till Death Us Do Part will feature the The Royal Wedding episode, which has not seen since its original broadcast, as it only exists on VHS. The disc will also include the surviving footage from the Comedy Playhouse pilot of 1965; Arguments Arguments the very first episode, from 1966; a clip from the Royal Variety Performance of 1972; a Late Night Line Up profile of Johnny Speight from 1972; and a Script in PDF format. The double-disc set has an RRP of £14.99. Amazon have a pre-order price of £11.24 – click here to order it.

Finally, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil – The Complete Series is listed as featuring an 1986 episode of the BBC 2 programme Bookmark, on author Fay Weldon, entitled Dilemma of a She Novelist; two Breakfast Time interviews (one with Dennis Waterman and the other with Juliet T Wallace); and finally a London Plus clip of Fay Weldon reading extracts from her book. The release has an RRP of £19.99. Amazon have it at £14.99 – click here to order it.

Star Cops – The Complete Series and The Life and Loves of a She Devil – The Complete Series are both currently listed for August the 30th, with Till Death Us Do Part – The Complete 1974 Series listed for a week earlier on August the 23rd. Network’s PR company was unable to confirm any of these dates yesterday, so take them with a pinch of salt. Alternatively you could blindfold yourself, and throw a dart at a calendar: that would probably be just as accurate!

Tartan Video has revealed its full Autumn lineup, starting with their titles for September the 26th: the John Holmes biopic Wonderland (which will feature a commentary track by director James Cox, deleted scenes and production photo's); the Australian romance Japanese Story; Kim Ki-duk's lyrical Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter...and Spring; a three-disc Yasujiro Ozu Collection (containing Tokyo Story, Late Spring and Taste of Green Tea Over Rice); a Hard Boiled Collector's Edition (digitally-re-mastered with DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, with both dubbed and subtitled versions offered); the six-disc Heimat box set; and Delphine Greuze’s Carnages.

Tartan's October 25th schedule is headlined by the acclaimed comedy The Cooler, which stars William H Macy, who is employed by casinos to spread back luck among the punters. Also due on October the 25th are Takashi Miike's dark yakuza comedy Gozu; a four-disc The Ring Trilogy box set, which will contain the original three Ring movies, and a fourth disc of Hideo Nakata's early TV work; a new British comedy featuring Hywel Bennett, One For The Road, on a disc that will also contain director Chris Cooke's short film Shifting Units; and Joy of Madness, a documentary from the world's youngest filmmaker, fifteen-year old Afghan Hana Makhmalbaf. October also sees the release of some early titles by Wong Kar-War, to coincide with the release of his new film, 2046. Tartan will be releasing As Tears Go By and Days of Being Wild. They've also pencilled in a Truffaut box set, which will include Domicile Conjugal.

Tartan's 15th of November titles are the Asia Extreme release A Tale of Two Sisters and Richard Jobson's gritty Edinburgh-based drama 16 Years of Alcohol (which stars Trainspotting's Kevin McKidd, the divine Laura Fraser and Susan Lynch) - now you know "whatever happened to Richard Jobson"! Other November the 15th titles include War (aka Vojna), Aleksei Balabanov's film about two Brits kidnapped and ransomed by Chechens; and Julian Richards' festival-worn British horror film The Last Horror Movie.

The sixth of December will see Tartan releasing more titles in The Truffaut Collection (Tirez Sur le Pianiste) and The Bergman Collection (The Rite and Torment). On December the 27th Tartan will unleash the smash-hit Hong Kong action thriller Internal Affairs 2.

Can you believe we're already talking about titles due in 2005? Tartan will release the Korean Asia Extreme ghost story Phone, the Oscar-nominated documentary My Architect, the Icelandic Keith Carradine film Falcons, and a two-disc Special Edition version of Gaspar Noé's shocking rape drama Irreversible.

Warner Home Video has put back the release date of the Babylon 5 movies box set to September the 27th. They've also moved the first season box set of Without A Trace from August the 30th to an unspecified date in late September or early October.

Warner Home Video has announced the UK release of The Lost Boys, Tarzan The Ape Man and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes.

The two-disc Special Edition version of cult favourite The Lost Boys on September the 13th. The disc will feature a re-mastered version of the 1987 film, which stars 24 star Kiefer Sutherland as the head of vampire motorcycle gang. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format (it should be about 2.35:1), with 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.

The disc will feature a commentary track by director Joel Schumacher; deleted scenes, a new documentary titled The Lost Boys: A Retrospective (which features contributions from Schumacher, executive producer Richard Donner, actors Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, Edward Herrmann and Jamison Newlander, cinematographer Michael Chapman, and make-up effects designer Greg Cannom).

Inside The Vampire's Cave seems to be a featurette broken down into four segments (A Director's Vision, Comedy v. Horror, Fresh Blood: A New Look at Vampires and The Lost Boys Sequel?) There's a featurette about the make-up effects (Vamping Out: The Undead Creations of Greg Cannom); The Vampire's Photo Gallery (sub-section: The Return of Sam and the Frog Brothers); Haimster and Feldog: The Story of the 2 Coreys; Multi-Angle video commentary with Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander; the Lost in the Shadow music video by Lou Gramm, and the theatrical trailer. The RRP is £19.99.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes will be presented in 2.40:1 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will feature a commentary track by director Hugh Hudson, and associate producer Garth Thomas. The press release says it's an "extended version" but doesn't elaborate on that. A bit of digging reveals that a version of the film that was six minutes longer than the theatrical version was released on video in the US in 1992, so that's presumably what this refers to. The IMDb has details of the differences. The press release says "131m", which is the running time of the old version. The new version hasn't passed through the BBFC yet, so there's a bit of confusion! The disc's RRP is £12.99.

John Derek's saucy adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's timeless classic, Tarzan the Ape Man, gets precious little respect from Warner Home Video, with only a theatrical trailer as bonus.

The film, which showcases Bo Derek as Jane, and features Miles O;Keeffe as Tarzan and the late, great Richard Harris as Jane's father, will be presented in 1.85:1 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.

The sleeve image supplied by Warner Home Video and the press release both quote a U certificate, but that probably isn't right! The film had an AA certificate when it was released theatrically, and was certificated as a 15 by MGM for video in 1987. RRP is £12.99.

16th July 2004

Brian Clemens' 1970s horror anthology series Thriller comes to DVD on September the 20th, from Granada Ventures (formerly Carlton).

Thriller Series 1 will feature ten feature-length episodes: Lady Killer, Possession, Someone At The Top of the Stairs, An Echo of Theresa, The Colour of Blood, Murder in Mind, A Place To Die, File It Under Fear, The Eyes Have It and Spell of Evil. Guest stars for these episodes include Robert Powell, Donna Mills, Judy Carne, Maureen Lipman, John Le Mesurier, Sinead Cusack and Diane Cilento.

The three-disc set contains just under a quarter of the forty-three episodes, and will also include "the original credit sequence cut for the TV broadcast". The press release didn't include the RRP. You can discuss this release in this thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.

Granada Ventures is re-releasing Patrick McGoohan's classic ITC series The Prisoner on September the 20th, as a five-disc digipack. The set will include the existing standalone The Prisoner 35th Anniversary Companion DVD, so it it looks like the existing five-disc set will be re-jigged in some way - the existing five-disc set features four discs containing four fifty-minute episodes each, and a final disc with the final episode, the alternate version of The Chimes of Big Ben and The Prisoner Companion documentary.

Unless The 35th Anniversary Companion can be squeezed onto this final disc (perhaps dropping the old Companion documentary?), it's hard to see how Granada Ventures is going to cram everything onto five discs.

 It's also not clear whether or not the series will finally receive the re-mastering it so desperately needs. The current discs are plagued by compression artefacts, and generally look lacklustre. (There seems to be no reason why The Prisoner couldn't look as good as some of Carlton's later releases, like UFO, which set the quality benchmark for filmed TV series, if it was given a long-overdue new telecine transfer).

The press release speciously claims that The Prisoner 35th Anniversary Companion "contains a wealth of information previously unavailable". That may indeed have been the case when the 35th Anniversary Companion disc was originally released, in 2002, but there seems to be nothing on the new set that adds to it, (despite more material subsequently appearing on the Australian DVD set, from Umbrella).

RRP for the new set is £59.99. You can discuss this release in this thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.

Warner Home Video will release 1985 children's favourite The Goonies on DVD on October the 4th. The disc will feature The Making of the Goonies (7m); The Goonies 'r' Good Enough music video by Cyndi Lauper; deleted scenes (7m) and a trailer. It seems that the UK disc is missing the commentary  track, which reunited director Richard Donner with some of the original cast members. The film will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Surround audio (the Region 1 disc has a 5.1 mix). RRP for the UK disc is £12.99.

I've made a couple of minor corrections to yesterday's list of bonus features for the Doctor Who - Lost in Time Collection DVD set, clarifying who's doing the commentaries for which episodes, and being less specific about the duration of the revised Missing Years documentary.

Metrodome is releasing the latest slice of Michael and Mark Polish small-town weirdness, Northfork, on September the 6th.

The film, about a Montana community being relocated to make way for a new dam, stars James Woods, Nick Nolte, Daryl Hannah and Claire Forlani. The disc will feature a commentary track by Michael and Mark Polish, Bare Knuckle Filmmaking - The Construction of Northfork featurette (40m), a 24 Frame News segment about the film (5m), interviews with the brothers, a theatrical trailer and photo' gallery. There's no word about the disc's aspect ratio (the retailers are suggesting a 2.35:1 transfer), but the disc will have 5.1 and 2.0 audio tracks, and SDH subtitles. RRP will be £19.99.

A new version of George Lucas' 1971 feature debut THX 1138 is being released by Warner Home Video on September the 13th.

The film is being re-presented as a digitally-enhanced and restored George Lucas Director's Cut, in 2.4:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with a new 5.1 audio mix. The film will appear on a two-disc set, which will feature two new documentaries: the hour-long A Legacy of Filmmkers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope (about the pioneering independent studio founded by Francis Ford Coppola, featuring interviews with luminaries Martin Scorsese, John Milius, Matthew Robbins, Walter Murch, Caleb Deschanel and others), and a half-hour documentary about the making of the film, Artifact From The Future.

The disc will also feature a commentary track by Lucas and co-writer and sound designer Walter Murch; Electronic Labyrinth THX 1138 4EB, the award-winning short Lucas made as a student at the University of Southern California; an isolated sound-effects track (Theatre of Noise); a production featurette titled Bald, and branching video that showcases the film's pioneering sound design. The set will also feature Master Sessions with Walter Murch, and a trailer. Sadly the original theatrical version of the the film, the version that fans have admired for the last thirty-odd years, will not be included on the new DVD. Lucas' revisionism strikes again!

There's going to be a single-disc edition available in the US, but it looks like the UK will only get the two-disc version. RRP for the set is £19.99.

15th July 2004

BBC Worldwide America has announced full details of the Doctor Who: Lost in Time Collection, the three-disc set containing many of the so-called 'orphan' episodes of Doctor Who, which are from stories that are incomplete in the BBC archives.

The set will contain eighteen episodes from the William Hartnell (1965) and Patrick Troughton (1967-1969) eras of the programme:

William Hartnell episodes -

1. The Crusade - The Lion (Episode 1)

2. The Crusade - The Wheel of Fortune (Episode 3)
3. The Daleks' Master Plan - Day of Armageddon  (Ep.2)
4. The Daleks' Master Plan - Counter Plot  (Episode 5)
5. The Daleks' Master Plan - Escape Switch  (Episode 10)
6. The Celestial Toymaker - The Final Test  (Episode 4)

Patrick Troughton Episodes -

7. The Underwater Menace - Episode 3
8. The Moonbase  - Episode 2
9. The Moonbase  - Episode 4
10. The Faceless Ones  - Episode 1
11. The Faceless Ones  - Episode 3
12. The Evil of the Daleks  - Episode 2
13. The Abominable Snowmen  - Episode 2
14. The Enemy of the World  - Episode 3
15. The Web of Fear  - Episode 1
16. The Wheel in Space  - Episode 3
17. The Wheel in Space  - Episode 6
18. The Space Pirates  - Episode 2

The set is divided into one Hartnell disc, and a pair of Troughton discs.

The Hartnell disc will include two episodes with commentary tracks: on The Crusade episode three (by guest star Julian Glover), and on The Daleks' Master Plan episode two (by guest star Kevin Stoney, actor Peter Purves and designer Raymond P. Cusick). The commentaries are moderated by Big Finish head honcho Gary Russell).

Other bonus features include surviving clips from episodes 1, 3 and 4 of The Daleks' Master Plan; Hartnell clips from a reel of 8mm off-screen cine film, matched up with the appropriate audio; surviving clips from The Tenth Planet; surviving clips and behind the scenes material from The Smugglers; introductions to the two episodes of The Crusade (and afterword); and audio versions of the two lost episodes of The Crusade (episodes 2 and four).

The Troughton discs will include four episodes with commentary tracks. Star Deborah Watling will provide commentary for Evil of the Daleks episode 2 and The Abominable Snowmen episode 2. Ms. Watling is joined by script editor Derrick Sherwin for a commentary on The Web of Fear episode one. Sherwin and director Tristan de Vere Cole provide commentary for The Wheel in Space episode six.

Other bonus materials include a trailer and surviving clips for the first Troughton story, The Power of the Daleks; Troughton clips from the reel of 8mm off-screen cine film, matched up with the appropriate audio; existing scenes from The Wheel in Space, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Web of Fear, The Macra Terror and The Abominable Snowmen; location footage from The Abominable Snowmen; colour 8mm footage shot in the studio during Fury From The Deep, and raw film trims from the climactic battle in episode six; film inserts from The Space Pirates; a behind-the-scenes featurette on the filming of the last episode of Evil of the Daleks, titled The Last Dalek? (with commentary); film inserts from The Space Pirates; and two audio episodes (the other episodes of The Moonbase).

The third disc will also feature a revised version of the 1998 The Missing Years documentary, explaining why episodes of the series are missing, and exploring the story behind the recovery of some of the episodes in the set. 

The set will also feature a couple of surprise Easter Eggs!! 

The set, which is released in the US on November the 2nd, will be available for around $50, and each individual Doctor has his own separate release, for about $25.

The UK version is expected on November the 22nd, to coincide with the show's 41st anniversary. are currently taking orders for a release on November 1st, for £23.99 (RRP £29.99). Our advice is wait and see what the other retailers will offer it for. aren't always the cheapest for box sets like this!

You can discuss this release in this thread over at Roobarb's DVD Forum.


14th July 2004

Min Byeong-cheon's epic Korean science-fiction drama Natural City is being released on DVD by Optimum Releasing on August the 23rd. The disc will feature a Making of... featurette, deleted scenes, a location tour with Min Byeong-cheon, a trailer and TV spots. RRP is £19.99.

Optimum are also releasing two classic John Ford titles on August the 23rd: 1939's Drums Along The Mohawk, which stars Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert, and 1935's Steamboat Around The Bend, which features Will Rogers. RRP is £9.99 each.

Optimum Releasing is releasing Blind Flight, a film based on the abduction and imprisonment of Brian Keenan and John McCarthy, on August the 23rd. The film stars Backbeat's Ian Hart as Keenan, and The Wings of the Dove's Linus Roache as McCarthy, and marks the directorial debut of Johnny Furse. The disc will feature interviews with Hart and Roache and Keenan and McCarthy (TBC), as well as a trailer. RRP for the disc is £19.99.

Tartan Video has updated their release schedule, and has made some changes to the specifications of some of their forthcoming releases: Heimat Series One has been rescheduled for release on 27 September. Delphine Greuze’s Carnages is now due on 27 September. The Eye Collector's Edition is now going to be a single-disc, re-mastered with DTS-ES 6.1 Discreet Surround and Dolby Digital soundtracks; and will be encoded at optimum bitrate for the highest quality playback.  The disc will also include a trailer for The Eye 2. Three, which was due to be part of a two-disc box-set with The Eye, will now be released separately at some point in the future. Julio Medem's documentary The Basque Ball will now include a commentary by Spanish cinema expert Robert Stone (who has just completed a book on Julio Medem) and journalist Paddy Woodworth (author of Dirty War, Clean Hands, which offers an overview of the Basque conflict).

Tartan's August 23rd line-up will now be: Battle Royale 2, Twilight Samurai, The Eye - Collector's Edition and The Basque Ball.

Warner Home Video has been digging through it's extensive back catalogue for European arthouse movies.

They've already released Visconti's Death In Venice and The Damned, and Antonioni's Blowup, and now they're Fellini's Amarcord on September the 27th. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 ratio, and has an RRP of £12.99.

In related news, Warner Home Video has delayed the release of John Schlesinger's adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd. The disc, previously due on August the 2nd, will now be released on September the 13th. Here's the sleeve art, along with the covers of the three Director Triple Feature sets we featured in the News entry for the 17th of June.

Anchor Bay have announced that Don Coscarelli's cult favourite Bubba Ho-Tep will receive a UK theatrical release on October the 8th. Our review of the Region 1 DVD can be found here.

UGC Films are releasing the supernatural-tinged cowboy movie Blueberry on July the 23rd.

The film is a loose adaptation of the long-running comic book series by influential artist Jean "Möbius" Giraud, and stars Brotherhood of the Wolf's Vincent Cassel, Juliette Lewis and Michael Madsen. Click on these links to view a Quicktime trailer in large, medium and small versions.

Varèse Sarabande's UK distributor has announced the release dates for a batch of forthcoming soundtrack CDs:

The Chronicles of Riddick (Graeme Revell) - 2nd August

The Clearing (Craig Armstrong) - 23rd August

Godsend (Bryan Tyler)  - 5th July

The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein - re-mastered) - 12th July

I, Robot (Marco Beltrami) - 9th August

The Lion in Winter (2003 TV movie, Richard Hartley) - 12th July

Salem's Lot (2004 TV mini-series, Christopher Gordon) - 16th August

The third season of ER will be released by Warner Home Video on October the 11th. The set will feature more than an hour of bonus materials, including ER Specialists: 'Fear of Flying', a featurette, The Nurse's Station, Outpatient outtakes (deleted scenes) and a Cuttups gag reel. There'll also be an Esater Egg, titled Blood Work. Two episodes will feature commentary tracks: Union Station and Whose Appy Now? (participants unknown). As usual, the episodes will be presented in 16:9 anamorphic format, with Dolby 2.0 audio and English subtitles. RRP for the set will be £44.99.

HBO Video will release Iron Jawed Angels, a TV movie about the American suffragette movement in first quarter of the twentieth century, on September the 2nd. The film, which stars Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond and Anjelica Huston, will be supported by a commentary track by director Katja von Garnier and writer Sally Robinson. A featurette that's listed as being on the US version, due on September the 7th, wasn't mentioned in the press release for the UK version. No technical details were released (the US version is in anamorphic widescreen format, with 5.1 audio). RRP is £15.99.

Twentieth Century Fox's UK division has revamped their website, which now offers film news, trailers and competitions. You can find it here. Fox have been very supportive of this site, so please check it out!

A Limited Edition box set of cyberpunk OAV anime series Bubble Gum Crisis will be released by MVM on August the 2nd.

The set will contain all eight episodes, along with a bonus fourth disc which contains thirteen pop videos, including three live track by Hurricane, who provided the songs for the series.

The set is limited to 1000 copies. RRP is £39.99

12th July 2004

UK customers who haven't yet picked up a copy of Alejandro González Iñárritu's excellent thriller 21 Grams may be rewarded for their patience when MGM release their Region 2 disc on September the 13th. The UK disc will feature a making of... featurette, 21 Grams in Fragments, which isn't on the widely-imported US or Hong Kong R3 versions. However, this may come at the expense of the DTS audio track that's on those versions: the UK press release - typically for MGM - does not contain any details about the disc's technical spec's. The disc will also feature a theatrical trailer. RRP is £19.99.

Ceri has been extra busy this week, but has still managed to wheedle out some very interesting news snippets from his trawl of the retailers, and various other semi-official sources. There are a few new bargains, too!  So, without further ado, I hand you over to Mr Laing...

Hi everyone, there's a bit of a box set frenzy in both the Film and TV additions to Incoming this week, as well as the usual bits and bobs which have been added to the Offers page.

I think we’ll start with film releases this week…

Let’s kick off with a special edition box set from Anchor Bay of Clive Barker’s first three Hellraiser films – (Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II and the poorer, more Americanised, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, which starred a pre-Deep Space 9 Terry Farrell). The box set comes in a standard version (at an RRP of £29.99) and a limited edition Lament Configuration special packaging version (at £34.99). As well as the three films the box set also includes an exclusive bonus disc featuring two early Clive Barker short films -Salome (1973, 18mins) and The Forbidden (1978, 36 mins) - in addition to interviews with Clive Barker, Pete Atkins and Doug Bradley, discussing the early short films.

Here’s the breakdown of the three special editions of the films:

Hellraiser will feature two audio commentaries: one from Clive Barker on his own and one with him and star Ashley Laurence; an Under The Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser featurette; Resurrection featurette; an on set interview with Barker; storyboards; TV spots; poster and stills gallery; theatrical trailers; a Hellraiser merchandising promo; and scripts (in PDF format) accessible via DVD-ROM.

Following a similar format Hellbound: Hellraiser II will feature two audio commentaries: one from director Tony Randel and writer Pete Atkins and the other from Randel and Ashley Laurence; another Under The Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 featurette; a Lost In The Labyrinth featurette, produced by Clive Barker; another on-set interview Barker; more on-set interviews with Barker, Tony Randel, Claire Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Imogen Boorman and Kenneth Cranham; a Behind the scenes montage; poster and stills gallery; script (in PDF format) accessible via DVD-ROM; TV spots; and theatrical trailers.

Finally Hellraiser 3 - Hell on Earth will feature an audio commentary from director Anthony Hickox and star Doug Bradley; Doug Bradley on Hellraiser 3 - Hell On Earth featurette; Raising Hell On Earth: an interview with director Anthony Hickox; poster and stills gallery; and the theatrical trailer

These three special edition versions will also be available individually at an RRP of £14.99 each. The two box sets and the individual releases have at date of September the 13th. Joining them on this date (but not included in the box set), Anchor Bay is also releasing Hellraiser 4 – Bloodline, which has the potential to be the most interesting disc of the Anchor Bay series. It again has an RRP of £14.99, but there is now information on any special features yet.

Paramount are releasing a collector’s edition of The Godfather, with it’s special features listed as a director's commentary; period inspired packaging; four collector's postcards with vintage photographic effect; and family tree poster. It has an RRP of £17.99 and is also showing for September the 13th.

Special features for Paramount’s special edition of The Untouchables have been put up on some of the retailers. These include: The Script, The Cast; production stories; Reinventing the Genre; The Classic; The Men; and the theatrical trailer. It has a date of September the 6th and an RRP of £19.99.

Metrodome’s director’s cut release of Donnie Darko on October the 4th will be a two-disc set. Disc two just replicates the original DVD release, with disc one featuring the new cut (running to 133 minutes); an all-new commentary specific to the new cut; the Sundance Channel documentary: Anatomy of A Scene; a Donnie Darko Production Diary documentary; The Cultural Impact of Donnie Darko in the UK featurette; the Mad World music video; and Director's Cut trailer. One of the most significant changes to the film is that it now features the music tracks that Richard Kelly wanted to use for the film, but originally couldn’t afford to license. The new disc will have an RRP of £19.99.

Francis Ford Coppola‘s 1982 film, One from the Heart, will be released by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on the 6th of September for an RRP of £15.99. It seems unlikely that the disc will feature the extensive bonus materials as Fantoma’s two-disc Region 1 edition, which was obviously a labour of love.

Welcome to Mooseport will be released by Twentieth Century Fox on the 6th of September for an RRP of £15.99. Special features already cleared by the BBFC include deleted / extended / alternate scenes with optional commentary (totalling 7m26s); an outtakes reel (2m27s); and two easter eggs (totalling 47s).

Another extra has been cleared at the BBFC for the The Lost Boys - Special Edition: Vamping Out: The Undead Creations of Greg Cannom (running to 14m0s). Warner Home Video is planning to release the film on the 6th September, with an RRP of £19.99.

ILC Prime are re-issuing their full-screen, commentary-free release of Hammer’s The Vampire Lovers on the 16th of August. It’s RRP remains the same, £4.99. Joining it on the 16th of August is the Spanish 1973 film The Vampires' Night Orgy (aka La Orgía Nocturna de Los Vampiros) from label Hanzibar Films. The release will also include a stills gallery and cast & crew biographies, for an RRP of £12.99.

Odeon are lining up two of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1960s horror movies for the 27th of September: Blood Feast (from 1963) and The Gruesome Twosome (1967). No extras are listed and they both have RRPs of £9.99.

Finally for the films, Universal’s Backbeat – Special Edition has been taken off the schedule in the US and here in the UK a couple of the retailers are now listing it for the 3rd of January 2005. Hopefully the problems (at a guess, getting clearances from The Beatles’ rights owner’s Apple) will be eventually resolved so this great film will see a release on DVD.

Now the TV releases…

Umbrella continue their fantastic releases of archive British TV with the second The Saint box set on July the 21st, featuring the next twenty-four black and white episodes, uncut and digitally re-masterd. The six disc set, as ever, will include some juicy special features: exclusive audio commentaries with Sir Roger Moore, Robert S. Baker and Johnny Goodman on The Saint Plays With Fire and director Roy Ward Baker and guest star Sue Lloyd feature on Luella; there’s an interview with Sir Roger Moore; an original ITC pressbook (text feature); isolated music and effects tracks on selected episodes; memorabilia; original ITC story information; production notes; cast and crew profiles; extensive image galleries. The RRP of the box set is AU$119.95 with the cheapest import price being offer by Family Box Office. They currently have it at £39.66, but this will go up as it gets closer to the release date. If you are interested (you have to log in to see the full discounted overseas price – unless you’re from Austrailia, of course, as you don’t get this discount) - click here!

Now onto some more box set releases for Twentieth Century Fox…

Originally listed on some of the retailers last year, before disappearing The X-Files – Season box set re-issues have reappeared for the 4th of October. These include all 9 seasons and have a much more palatable RRP of £39.99 each.

October is going to be a busy month for Fox as a week later on October the 11th sees Season 3 of Roswell. Joining it on that date is a complete box set of all three seasons of the series.

A week after that, on the 18th of October is Season 2 of Murder One with a complete Seasons 1 & 2 box set.

And for the final Monday in October, the 25th, is Season 3 of Millennium, again joined by a complete Seasons 1-3 box set.

The three individual season box sets for Roswell, Murder One and Millennium have RRPs of £39.99 each. The two 3 season complete box sets are at £89.99 each. Murder One’s two season complete box set is at £69.99.

There is more franchise flogging from Fox with a box set collecting together three of their Buffy The Vampire Slayer Collection releases – Willow / Spike / Angel. It has an RRP of £19.99 and a date of the 6th of September

BBC Worldwide have had a clearance at the BBFC for their One Foot in the Grave – Series 1 release. The untitled newly-produced item(s) features Richard Wilson and Annette Crosbie and runs to 13m 28s. The release has a date of August the 2nd and an RRP of £15.99. is currently offering it on pre-order for £10.99. If you are interested – click here!

A re-release of David Attenborough’s The Trials of Life has appeared for September the 27th from BBC Worldwide. Listed as a Full Version, presumably the original release was edited in some way, it has an RRP of £29.99.

The House of Eliott box set has been confirmed as being from Acorn, with a Part One joining it on the same day of release – the 13th of September. The box set has an RRP of £59.99, with the Part One at £19.99.

The first series of the recent ITV drama M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team is being listed for November the 1st, possibly tying up with the broadcast of Series 2. It is unknown who will be releasing the 3 disc box set (possibly VCI), but it has an RRP of £24.99.

Definitely from VCI is That Peter Kay Thing – his original series of pilots for Channel 4 which spawned Phoenix Nights. This was originally listed for late last year, it was initially put back to February of this year, after which it disappeared from the retailers (apart from Play who listed it for October the 25th 2004). It suddenly has now reappeared on some of the other retailers for October the 4th (with Play also moving it to this date as well). So, it may be back on, possibly to coincide with the broadcast of the much vaunted spin-off from Phoenix Nights, based around Paddy and Max. We shall see…

VCI are also planning a complete box set of all three series of Channel 4’s comedy drama, Teachers. The box set has an RRP of £59.99 and a date of November the 1st. The same date as the individual Series 3 release, which has an RRP of £29.99.

DD Video has had the BBC 1 costume drama serial Fall of Eagles cleared at the BBFC. This epic thirteen-part serial was originally broadcast in 1974 and detailed the collapse of three of the grand European dynasties - the Romanovs, the Habsburgs and the Hohenzollerns – up until the end of the first World War. It features a fantastic cast and amongst the directors is legendary Rudolph Cartier. So far, this release isn’t being listed by the retailers.

A couple of date changes for Network titles…

Cloppa Castle – Series 1 is now listed for the 26th of July; Dick Turpin - Complete Series 2 is now the 19th of July; Special Branch – Series 4 is the 2nd of August; with The Sweeney – Series 3 a week later on the 9th of August; and Season 3 of Third Rock From The Sun now has a date of the 23rd of August. Perhaps we should start holding a sweepstakes each week?

Now onto the highlights of the additions to the Offers page…

Amazon are now listing Network’s Star Cops – The Complete Series at £29.99 (£10.00 off). They have an exclusive Thunderbirds Complete Series Digipack 9-Disc Box Set at £48.97 (£76.02 off!) This set also includes the bonus DVD featuring The Thunderbirds Companion documentary, which is missing from the re-issue box set at the other retailers. They also have the two mini collection box sets (containing four volumes each) at £22.97 each (£41.02 off!).

Thanks to Roobarb’s DVD Forum member Aleebee for posting that Play have Rob Brydon’s Director’s Commentary at £7.99 and Analogueman for posting that Play have started a Star Trek: Deep Space 9 promotion with all the season box sets at £44.99 each. (Some of the Deep Space 9 sets are available from HMV – only a couple of them currently appear online, but there seems to be a full selection in their stores).

Benson’s World have mis-priced the recently released Elvis Presley - `68 Comeback Special at £19.99 (£10.00 off).

[Note: Choices Direct were offering Lovejoy - Series 1 for £20.99 until this morning, but the price seems to have gone back up. Might be worth keeping an eye on, though, if you're interested.  JK]

I’ve not had time to go through all the additions to the Offers page this week, so take at look at the Offers page itself to see the rest.

That’s it from me – more next week as usual.

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Released 12th July 2004.




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