NEWS ARCHIVE - 19th - 25th JULY 2004
More sad news today, with news that film
music composer Jerry Goldsmith has died, aged 75, following a period of
Goldsmith was the guv'nor. John Williams
earned his reputation through his fortuitous and fruitful relationship
with Spielberg and Lucas, but never demonstrated the versatility of
Goldsmith, who composed material as diverse as Alien and
His scores quite simply elevated every film
he worked on (and, boy, did some of them need elevating!)
I was lucky enough to attend an interview
with Goldsmith at the National Film Theatre, where he discussed his work
in general, and on The Edge in particular. He held court
magnificently, and spoke passionately and candidly about his work.
Afterwards he courteously chatted with his
acolytes. One nerd had a printout of his IMDb credits, which he asked
Goldsmith to sign as if it was an affidavit, but Goldsmith took it all in
his stride. He kindly signed my Varèse Sarabande Planet of the Apes
CD, although he did grumble something about not giving his permission for
it to be released!
Earlier this year Varèse paid fine tribute
to Goldsmith with a beautiful CD box set showcasing a sample of his work
for Twentieth Century Fox, a fraction of his output, but full of magic:
The Omen, Alien, Patton, The Sand Pebbles, and on
and on. Goldsmith’s music will live forever.
20th July 2004
will release Edgar Wright and SImon Pegg's zombie comedy Shaun of the
Dead on September the 6th.
The disc will feature four commentary
tracks: one by Pegg and Wright, a second by Pegg and co-stars Nick Frost,
Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield and Lucy Davis, a third by stars Bill Nighy and
Penelope Wilton, and a fourth by the zombies!
The disc will also feature extended bits
"including commentary", outtakes, The Man Who Would Be Shaun (Simon
Pegg and Nick Frost impersonate Sean Connery and Michael Caine) and
Funky Pete (Pete's swearing sequence re-dubbed). Three comic strip
sequences will fill the Plotholes (What happened to Shaun when
he ran off? What happened to Diane when she left the Winchester? and
How did Ed get from the cellar to the shed?) TV Bits shows extended
versions of the TV shows within the movie (Coldplay on T4, Fun
Dead - full version of It's a Knockout Zombies, Trisha - Your nine
lives are up, Trisha - I married a monster and Remembering
Z-Day - Interview with Jeremy Thompson).
There are five trailers and TV spots:
Fright Fest Exclusive trailer, Official Teaser, Official
Trailer, and TV spots 1 and 2.
A Raw Meat - The Making of...
section includes an EPK featurette, Simon's Cam - Vignettes,
Lucy's Cam - Vignettes, Joe's Diary - Vignettes, Edgar and
Simon's Flip Chart (presentation of the first draft), an SFX
Comparison from Double Negative and Make-Up Tests.
Three Zombie Galleries are devoted
to Photo's (by Simon, Lucy and Charlotte), the 2000AD comic
strip There's Something About Mary and Poster Designs.
There will be two features using the
subtitle option: a storyboard comparison and a Zomb-O-Meter trivia
Is that all? RRP is £19.99. You can discuss
this release in
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
added menu screens and a comparison between the old 1998 Anchor Bay
release of Zombie and the new Blue Underground version, which you
As you may know, there are two competing
versions of Zombie being released soon (the other is from Shriek
Show). The Blue Underground version may lack the bonus features of the
Shriek Show disc, but their version will have to be pretty smart if the
transfer is an improvement on the Blue Underground version.
Comparisons between the new Blue
Underground version and the old Anchor Bay version are a bit unfair.
No-one would claim that the Anchor Bay version was a good transfer. It was
a very early release, using a recycled non-anamorphic laserdisc transfer.
Comparing the two discs is like night and day, though. Check out the
Doctor Who fans might want to know
that the British boxing movie The Calcium Kid, which features
Billie Piper as Orlando Bloom's girlfriend, will be released on DVD by
Universal on August 30th. I imagine Orlando Bloom's fans might be
interested, too! The disc will feature deleted scenes and outtakes
featuring Frank Bruno and Chris Eubank. RRP is £15.99.
Warner Home Video is re-promoting a range
of Superhero titles during July and August. The following will be
available at the promotional price of £5.99: Batman (1989),
Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin,
Superman II, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Justice
League: Secret Origins, Justice League: Justice on Trial,
Justice League: Paradise Lost, and three X-Men: Evolution
titles (Unexpected Changes, X Marks The Spot and Xposing
Warner Home Video have provided a summary
of their recent release date changes:
Their collection of Elvis Presley movies (Jailhouse
Rock, Viva Las Vegas, and the two Elvis DVD box sets) will be
released on August the 30th.
The European Director Triple DVD box sets
Jean Luc Godard,
Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel titles announced on
June the 17th),
will now be released on September the 6th.
Far From The Madding Crowd is now
due on September the 13th.
The Babylon 5 Movie Collection box
set is now expected on September the 27th.
HBO will release the Chris Rock - Bigger
& Blacker stand-up concert on October the 4th. The disc, which runs
for a meagre 65 minutes (although some would argue that's about 65 minutes
too much Rock), has an RRP of £15.99.
19th July 2004
Blue Underground has announced the full
specifications of the eagerly-awaited Alan Clarke Collection. The
five-disc set will contain the BBC and theatrical versions of Scum,
Made in Britain, The Firm, Elephant and documentary
Director: Alan Clarke.
Specifications are as follows (all
4:3, mono, unless noted):
Scum - BBC version - audio
commentary with stars Phil Daniels and David Threlfall, and producer
Margaret Matheson; selected scenes with commentary by Ray Winstone.
Scum - Theatrical version - audio
commentary by Ray Winstone; interviews with producer Clive Parsons and
writer Roy Minton; poster and stills galleries; theatrical trailer; 1.66:1
anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio.
Made in Britain - Audio commentary
by star Tim Roth; second audio commentary by writer David Leland and
producer Margaret Matheson; archive interview with Tim Roth; poster and
The Firm - still galleries
Elephant - Audio commentary with
producer Danny Boyle; Memories of Elephant (interviews with Gary Oldman,
David Hare and Molly Clarke).
Director: Alan Clarke - Clarke bio.
The release date is 31st August, the "List
Price" is $99.95.
Future Blue Underground releases include:
Cannonball and Circle of Iron in September, Fire & Ice
in October and The Loveless and Smithereens in November.
Tomorrow I'll post menu screen images for
two of Blue Underground's July 27th releases: Zombie and
Conquest. In the meantime, here's a look at the Alan Clarke
If you haven't visited since Friday, you
missed a lot of good stuff that I added at the weekend: stuff about
Star Cops, Till Death Us Do Part, Tartan's forthcoming titles,
The Lost Boys Special Edition and other goodies. Click
here to see last
Ceri has been very busy this week. Not only
has he brought you updates to the Incoming
and Offers pages, but he's also written a
terrific review of BBC Audiobooks' box set of the classic science-fiction
radio series Journey Into Space. The series still has fans from its
original transmission in the 1950s, has earned new admirers from it's
re-appearance in the late 80s, and continues to impress today. Click on
the image, left, or
to read Ceri's review. You can discuss this release in
this thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
I've been too busy with this week's updates
to contribute any news today, but that matters little when the industrious
Mr Laing has also contributed the following guide to the titles revealed
in the last week, and to the latest retailer bargains. On your marks. Get
Hello folks! Here’s this
week’s highlights in the changes to the
Incoming and Offers pages…
Let’s get cracking with the
Paramount are preparing a
Commemorative D-Day 60th Anniversary Edition
two-disc set of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. It will
introduction from Spielberg; Looking Into The Past: in which
Spielberg explains the research, the screenplay and his intentions;
Miller and His Platoon: Spielberg, Tom Hanks and the cast introduce
the characters they played; Boot Camp: memories from the
participants about the intense boot camp under the supervision of military
advisor Dale Dye; Making Saving Private Ryan: a look at the
production, costumes and photography; Recreating Omaha Beach: how
the famous opening battle was constructed. Music and Sound:
information from the Oscar-winning team who scored the film; and
Parting Words: Spielberg and Hanks conclude on their respective
experiences. It has a date of November the 1st and an RRP of £19.99.
Following on from last
week’s report of Anchor Bay’s collection of the Hellraiser films, a
complete eight-disc collection from them of the
films is now being listed for September the 20th. There’s no word on the
full content yet, but it has an RRP of £54.99.
Hellraiser V – Inferno
has appeared from Buena Vista for the 11th October with an RRP of £15.99.
And finally for the films,
the Spaced team’s spoof Shaun of the Dead is listed for
September the 6th (coinciding with the release of the new version of the
Dawn of the Dead and Arrow’s new releases of the original Dawn
of the Dead and Day of the Dead). Shaun of the Dead will
be released by Universal, with an RRP of £19.99. No word on any special
features as yet.
Now on to the TV releases…
I’m pleased to say BBC Worldwide are
ramping up number of DVDs they release. Now listed for October the 4th are
Going Straight (the follow up series to Porridge and never
before released on any home video format), Open All Hours - Series 3,
Porridge – The Christmas Specials (bit of a fest there Ronnie
Barker fans!) and Yes, Prime Minister - Series 1. Following on from
releases of earlier series of these programmes it was expected they would
be scheduled for September, but when Hancock’s Half Hour – Volume 1,
Steptoe and Son – Series 1 and Dad’s Army – Series 1 & 2
appeared in their place it was feared that BBC Worldwide where not
continuing with them. So, it is extremely gratifying that BBC Worldwide
have decided to increase their commitment to the DVD format and won’t
disappoint fans of Ronnie Barker or Yes, Prime Minister. The four
titles have an RRP of £12.99 each.
It addition to that (and with the
Christmas market in mind), also being listed are three new box sets
collecting together previous individual releases on November the 15th:
Yes Minister - Complete Series 1 -3,
Only Fools and Horses – The Final Trilogy
and Only Fools and Horses -
Complete Series 1 – 7.
The latter has an RRP of £89.99 and the other two are £29.99.
Special features are now
showing for BBC Worldwide’s release of
Little Britain - Series 1. These
include deleted scenes; the Pilot episode; outtakes; the best of
Rock Profiles (the mockumentary interview series Lucas and Walliams
did for now defunct cable channel UKPlay); a behind-the-scenes
documentary; and a video recording of the Radio 4 series. Little
Britain - Series 1 is listed for October the 11th and has an RRP of
Two titles which DD Video recently
had cleared at the BBFC – Hawking
(the BBC 2 drama about the life of Stephen Hawking) and the first series
of sitcom Oh Doctor Beeching! – are both now being listed for
release on September the 13th, with Hawking at £14.99 and Oh
Doctor Beeching! - Complete Series 1 at £16.99.
and 3 of the first series of
The House of
Eliott from Acorn have dates of the 11th
of October and 8th of November, respectively. Both retail at £19.99. The
complete box set of the series and Part 1 are listed for the 13th
Delta is preparing Series 3 of
Lovejoy, together with a Lovejoy - Complete Series 1 – 6 box
set for September the 20th. The Series 3 release has an RRP of
£29.99 and the complete box set is at £129.99. Joining them on the 20th
September are The Henry’s Cat Collection (a five-disc set of all
episodes of the 1980’s animation from Roobarb creator Bob Godfrey)
at £24.99; over fifty adventures of The Mr Men and Little Miss in a
four-disc Volume 1 collection at £19.99; and The Worzel Gummidge
Collection – Volume 1, which includes the first four series at £29.99.
of A Touch of Frost is being shown by Sendit for September the 6th.
Strangely it’s listed as from Carlton and not Universal Playback, who have
released the first five series. It may be a mistake on Sendit’s part. The
release has an RRP of £24.99.
What is from Universal Playback is
the first series of Victoria Wood’s sitcom
It has an RRP of £19.99 and a date of the 15th of November.
The previously reported Kenny Everett
release for September the 13th has had some additional information put up.
It’s now listed as Kenny Everett - The Complete Naughty Bits, which
is the same title as the Region 4 compilation of his ITV series, so it’s
possibly a UK version of that release. It has an RRP of £15.99.
Extras for the two-disc release of
Clocking Off - Series 1
are listed as being interviews with
script-writer Paul Abbott and director Nichola Schindler; cast
biographies; and production notes. It’s still not known which label is
releasing this. It has a date of October the 18th and an RRP of £19.99.
Revelation is to release a four-disc
Dogtanian – The Complete Series
box set on September the 20th at £19.99.
Also on the 20th September, Fabulous Films
have listed a Monkey - The Complete Box Set, with an RRP of £99.99.
There’s news of some extras for the
Black Books – Series Three DVD: trailers (2m), outtakes (13m) and
deleted scenes (22m).
And finally, for
is a listing of a Heidi - Series 1
Box Set for
September the 13th at £19.99. No other information is known about it yet –
so it could be anything. It’s worth reporting as it may be release of the
European 1970s version, which the BBC bought and showed in an endless
cycle of repeats throughout the 70s and 80s (usually as a summer filler).
Now on to the
Amazon has the Beverly
Hills Cop Collection at £9.97 (£20.02 off) and
Twin Peaks - Season 1
at £20.97 (£29.02 off). Together with two good pre-order prices -
Cadfael - The Complete Collection at £41.24 and Jonathan Creek -
Series 3 And 4 Box Set at £29.99. They’ve also shaved two pounds off
their Buffy – Season 1 box set, so it’s now at £14.97.
Thanks to Stuart Flanagan for
spotting that CD-Wow have two of the Dennis Potter Collection titles –
Brimstone and Treacle and Casanova at £7.49 each.
dvd.co.uk has Elvis Presley
- Aloha From
Hawaii (Deluxe Edition)
at £9.99 and A Nightmare On
Elm Street 1-6 Collection
That’s yer lot from me this
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