ARCHIVED NEWS - 26th - 31st JULY 2004
We have another new review for you today.
Lee has been to a screening of Guillermo del Toro's comic strip adaptation
Hellboy, which is released here on September 2nd.
The film wasn't as successful as its makers
were hoping it would be, although it seems to be gathering a modest cult
Hellboy is the biggest film in some
time to be available on DVD in the US before it opens here theatrically,
and, subsequently, is one of the hottest DVD imports at the moment, which
is sure to have a detrimental impact on the box-office takings here (let
alone the DVD sales). The US disc, from New Line, is quite spectacular.
The two-disc set has a very healthy array of bonus materials, but that's
not going to stop self-confessed DVD nut del Toro from releasing an even
more extensive set later this year (presumably that disc will be out
before the regular edition is released on DVD here).
Click on the poster image, left, or
here to read Lee's review.
The West Wing - Season 4, originally
due on September the 13th, will now be released on September the 27th.
Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the details of their six-disc
Murder One - Case One DVD box set, which will be released on
September the 6th. RRP is £39.99.
The set will contain all twenty-three
episodes of the gripping 1996 courtroom drama, together with a twenty-five
minute documentary, Making The Case: Season One. Actor Jason
Gedrick (who played the accused, actor Neil Avedon) and director Randy
Zisk have provided audio commentary tracks for episodes eight and fifteen,
The episodes will be presented in their
original 4:3 format, with 2.0 Dolby Digital surround audio.
Incidentally, series creator Steven
Bochco's first novel, Death By Hollywood, is being published by
Bloomsbury Publishing on September the 6th.
Pictures is releasing two classic horror movies on October the 18th: John
Carpenter's The Fog and Joe Dante's The Howling.
Momentum's The Fog Special Edition
appears to mimic MGM's Region 1 release. It will feature a commentary by
Carpenter and producer Debra Hill; a 2002 documentary, Tales from the
Mist: Inside The Fog; a 1980 featurette, Fear on Film: Inside The
Fog; storyboard to film comparison; outtakes; photo gallery, and
trailer. RRP is £19.99.
Momentum's The Howling Special Edition
DVD is missing many of the features of the MGM Region 1 disc (most
notably a commentary track), but does appear to include a documentary
that's different from the ones on the Region 1 disc (titled Making a
Monster Movie: Inside The Howling and Unleashing the Beast: Making
The Howling). The Momentum documentary runs for fifty minutes, and is
titled Welcome to Werewolfland. The UK disc will also feature
outtakes (12m), trailers, deleted scenes (10m) and a photo gallery. These
seem to tally with the other features on the US disc, although they may,
of course, be substantially different.
Oddly, more than three hours of bonus
material was submitted to the BBFC in October last year, including the
Fake Porn Movie clips used in the film, which the BBFC refused to
certificate because they breached the Board's rules about material which
"eroticizes sexual assault". The BBFC doesn't provide a breakdown for the
rest of the material, other than to break it into chunks ranging in size
from seventeen to forty minutes, but it seems clear that the Momentum
aren't using everything they had access to.
As usual, MGM has a flood of titles for
September, most of which will receive their customary lack of care and
Leading the pack is their recent theatrical
release 21 Grams, which we featured in the
News for July the
12th. They also have Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London,
which will be released on September the 6th, with an RRP of £19.99. The
disc will have a number of bonus features, including a video commentary, a
featurette, deleted scenes, an interactive quiz, photo gallery and
more interesting is a Special Edition version of Species,
which will be released on September the 13th, with an RRP of £19.99. The
disc will feature a Making of... featurette (divided into three
sections: The Origin, The Concept and The Discovery);
Species Design interview with H.R.Giger; a Designing a Hybrid
featurette; Species 3 Set Invasion teaser for Species 3; and an
Alternative Ending ("set to score from the film", which suggests a
storyboard-type presentation). The disc will feature two commentary
tracks: one with
director Roger Donaldson and
stars Natasha Henstridge and Michael
Madsen; and a second with Donaldson, producer Frank Mancuso, Jr, special
effects executive producer Richard Edlund and Sil creature creator Steve
Johnson. The disc will have a choice of DTS or Dolby Digital audio tracks.
MGM's collection of Peter Sellers films is
led by a Special Edition version of The Party, which will
feature a documentary that includes interviews with the producer and crew
members, Inside The Party; a featurette on the video-assist utility
titled The Party Revolution: A New Technology; vintage interviews
with Sellers; Barclays Bank commercials, photo' gallery and theatrical
trailer. The Region 1 version only has a trailer, and the bonus features
are being touted as a Region 2 Exclusive. The sleeve art the PR company
sent me (below) is different from the US one being used by some of the
retailers, including Play.com. RRP is £19.99.
Other Peter Sellers titles due on September
the 27th are After The Fox, The World of Henry Orient and
What's New, Pussycat? These bare-bones titles will be £15.99 each.
Will Michael Radford's adaptation of
1984 be released on September the 20th? It's been announced before,
but didn't appear, so who knows. The disc might be released on September
the 20th, with an RRP of £15.99. There's no mention on the press release
about whether the version we'll be getting is the original theatrical
release (which had music by the Eurythmics imposed upon it, against the
director's wishes), or if will revert to its earlier state, where it was
scored entirely by composer Dominic Muldowney (this was the version that
was released on DVD in the US, to everyone's surprise). Again, the
sleeve image I was sent is different from the one the retailers have been
using, so I'm including it here.
Other releases include the Bob Hope comedy
The Road To Hong Kong; the quirky John Malkovich science fiction
comedy Making Mr Right; Tune In Tomorrow, which features
Keanu Reeves; the hugely-successful Gene Wilder comedy The Woman in Red;
the oddball Nicolas Cage horror spoof Vampire's Kiss; family drama
Memories of Me; the 1985 Kurt Russell thriller The Mean Season;
and the rather smart Fred Ward / Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alec Baldwin
thriller Miami Blues. These titles are due on September the 6th,
and each has an RRP of £12.99.
MGM has three Michael Caine films on
September the 6th, including the dreary 1986 cover-up thriller The
Whistle Blower and Ken Russell's
Harry Palmer spy thriller Billion Dollar Brain. MGM are throwing
one curveball this month: the 1972 black comedy Pulp, which
reunited Caine with Get Carter director Mike Hodges. This film is
not yet available in the US.
You might be willing to pay £12.99 for a
decent copy of the Michael J. Fox werewolf comedy Teen Wolf, but
would you be happy to pay £19.99 for a double-bill of Teen Wolf and
its decidedly inferior 1987 sequel Teen Wolf 2? MGM seem to think
so, since they're releasing the two films as a double-bill on September
the 6th. The identical Region 1 version is a more attractive proposal: it
sells for about a third of the price.
Apart from the sleeves below, all the other
images I've had are either already available at some of the retailers (and
hence don't qualify for inclusion here), or are practically identical to
the already-released US version. Note the difference between the US and UK
versions of the Woman in Red sleeve!
27th July 2004
Australian label Umbrella will celebrate
the 25th anniversary of popular ITC series The Return of the Saint
by releasing a six-disc box set featuring all twenty-four episodes, uncut
and re-mastered, together with a bonus disc containing the
theatrically-released feature-length compilation The Saint and the
The set will also feature several bonus
features: exclusive commentary tracks with Ian Ogilvy and Executive
Producer Robert S. Baker; an exclusive audio commentary with Production
Supervisor Malcolm Christopher and Assistant Director Ken Baker; a new
interview with Ian Ogilvy; cast profiles; "extensive" image galleries;
commercial bumper; theatrical trailer for The Saint and the Brave Goose;
a reprint of the original ITC publicity brochure; a text reproduction of
the original ITC Pressbook; production notes and production paperwork; an
storyboard sequence; textless credits; isolated music and effects tracks
on selected episodes and an alternate version of the theme music.
The set is released on September the 22nd.
The SRP is A$119.95 (inc GST) - about £42. Here's the
work-in-progress sleeve artwork...
Video will be releasing Roger Avery's 1994 crime thriller Killing Zoe
on August the 16th.
The disc will also feature cast and crew
interviews and a theatrical trailer. No technical spec's were released,
other than to say that the screen ratio will be "16:9", and the sound will
be "Dolby". RRP is £15.99.
This sleeve image, provided by the PR
company, is different from the one that some of the retailers (Play, for
example) have been using. I've no idea which is the more up-to-date
version, but I suspect it's this one, which has been tweaked to more
closely resemble the Kill Bill 2 sleeve.
Speaking of sleeve images, we've already
discussed Network's August releases at some length, but I don't think the
sleeve art for Cloppa Castle has been seen anywhere, yet.
Here it is, along with a couple of their other August titles.
Finally, here's a rather sneaky preview of the pack
artwork for Granada Ventures' forthcoming Thriller DVD set. It looks
like the series will be packaged in two Amray-type cases in a slipcase,
like Carlton's Hammer House of
Horror DVD set.
26th July 2004
We kick off this week by welcoming a new
reviewer to Zeta Minor, Mark Frost.
Mark has reviewed Universal's new
Special Edition DVD version of Pitch Black, now re-titled The
Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black. The new disc has some interesting
new bonus materials, most of them promoting the film's sequel, The
Chronicles of Riddick.
You can read Mark's review by clicking on the sleeve
image, right, or here. The disc is released on the 16th of
August. The US version, which features a DTS track that's not on the UK
version, is available now.
We also have another new review today! Ceri
has taken a look at the Strange Report DVD box set, which was released by Network last
week. The 1969 ITC series stars Anthony Quayle as Adam Strange, a former
police chief who is consulted by Scotland Yard in especially puzzling
cases. Strange Report is a relatively obscure series. Only five
episodes were ever released on VHS, and it has only been repeated once
in recent memory, and even then three of the remaining episodes weren't
screened. Network's box set finally gives the series' fans a chance to see
the whole series, in a comprehensive, fully re-mastered set that
does the series proud. Click on the sleeve image, left, or
here to read Ceri's review.
Icon Home Entertainment will release the
intriguing supernatural thriller The Butterfly Effect on September
the 13th. The film, about a man who discovers that he can alter events in
the past, but with disastrous consequences, stars Ashton Kutcher and Amy
The DVD special features are broken down
into three categories:
Beyond the Movie - The
Science and Psychology of the Chaos Theory (sic) (9m); The History
and Allure of Time Travel (13m); and Fast Track - Trivia subtitle
All Access Pass - Filmmaker
commentary - Directors and screenwriters Eric Brerss and J. Mackye Gruber;
deleted and alternate scenes (
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)); The Creative Process (18m);
Behind The Visual Effects (16m); Storyboard gallery; theatrical trailer
DVD Rom - Play movie; Script
to Screen (director's cut); commentary digest; gallery; scene medleys.
As is all too-often the case with a press
release, it doesn't explain what any of these bonus features actually are.
Times in brackets are taken from the material listed as cleared by the
BBFC, matched to the press release's list of features as closely as
possible. The press release doesn't mention the technical spec's, either,
other than to say it's "16 x 9 widescreen", so it's possible that the
Region 2 version might lack the DTS track that's on the US disc (otherwise
they seem pretty similar). The disc will have English and English HOH
subtitles. RRP for the disc is £15.99.
The first season of the Golden
Globe-nominated series, about the Beautiful People, and the ugly things
they do to themselves to achieve perfection, Nip / Tuck, will be
released on DVD on September the 20th. The controversial series, which
begins airing on Channel 4 soon, will arrive on disc supported by almost
an hour and a half of bonus materials, including thirty-five minutes of
deleted scenes, and a five-minute gag reel,
a twenty-five minute featurette, Giving
Drama a Facelift, and two short documentaries, Realistic
Expectations - The Practice of Surgery (8m) and Are They Real or
Fake? (9m) The set, from Warner Home Video, has an RRP of £49.99.
large amount of special features have been cleared at the BBFC for a DVD
release of Van Helsing, The Mummy director Stephen Sommers’
take on the classic Universal’s horror movies of the 1930s and 40s.
These are primarily grouped into sections:
The Story, The Life, The Legend,
which (so far) has three featurettes: Van Helsing (10m6s),
Frankenstein’s Monster (9m22s), Dracula (11m35s).
Creating the Character
has two featurettes listed: The Werewolves (12m26s), The Women
of Van Helsing (14m26s);
Van Helsing’s Map
again has two featurettes: Frankenstein’s Lab (6m29s), The
Vatican Armoury (5m25s).
Monster Map Revealed
has three: Building Dracula’s Castle (7m47s), Burning Windmill
(6m34s), The Village (8m6s).
Along with three IPIX Tours: Lab
Detail Reel (2m29s), Dracula’s Castle (3m36s),
Frankenstein’s Lab (11m28s).
In addition to those there is a 9m39s
featurette on The Music of Van Helsing, a Darkness Falls –
Dracula’s lab is transformed (which runs to 2m38s), and a bloopers
reel with a runtime of 5m36s.
No date for the UK release of Van
Helsing has been announced.
Universal has also had cleared an
introduction to the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula from star
Lupita Trovar, which appeared on the recently released Dracula - The
Legacy Collection in the US. So, it looks like the Spanish version may
be getting a UK release soon.
Now over to Ceri for his weekly update of
all the latest news and substantiated rumours from the retailers and other
semi-official sources, and his weekly guide to the most interesting
retailer bargains. Take it away, Maestro....
Hello folks! Lots of special
features added to
Incoming this week, though
there are several new titles peppered about, as well as all the usual
sorts of gubbins added to the Offers
Let’s start with the film
Michael Moore’s searing
anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has appeared for October the
25th, from (Miramax distributor) Buena Vista. No word on any special
features as yet, but its RRP is £19.99.
Getting a BBFC clearance in
early, Twentieth Century Fox has submitted a The Making of Alien vs
Predator documentary, which lasts for a little over 23 minutes. This
may, however, be destined for a magazine cover disc, or newspaper tie-in
Special features for Star
Trek: Generations – Special Edition are now up on some of the
retailers. It will feature an
audio commentary by Brannon Braga and Ron
Moore; the usual text commentary by Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda; Four
deleted scenes - Orbital Skydiving / Walking The Plank /
Christmas With The Picards / Alternative Ending; A Tribute
To Matt Jefferies - The Art Director who Designed the Original U.S.S.
Enterprise NCC-1701; The Enterprise Lineage; Captain
Picard's Family Album; Creating 24th Century Weapons;
Uniting Two Legends; Stellar Cartography: Creating The Illusion;
ST Range New Worlds: The Valley Of Fire; Inside ILM: Models and
Miniatures; Crashing The Enterprise; Scene Deconstruction -
Main Title Sequence / The Nexus Ribbon / Saucer Crash
Sequence; Storyboards; and a Production Gallery. Paramount’s release
is listed for September the 20th, with an RRP of £24.99.
A special edition version of
Total Recall is now being listed, possibly from Momentum, for the
25th of October. There’s no information on the special features yet, but
its RRP is £19.99.
Paul Morrision’s British film
about race and cricket, Wonderous Oblivion, which stars Emily Woof,
has had a featurette cleared at the BBFC running to just under ten
minutes. Momentum’s release so far hasn’t appeared on any of the
Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat Kill…Kill
is showing for October the 18th from an as yet unknown label. It will
retail at £15.99.
Finally, for the films, Optimum’s release
of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, which was due today, has
unfortunately been pulled with no new date being listed. Hopefully, the
problems with the release can be resolved for it to appear at a later
Now onto the TV releases…
BBFC clearances for Universal
include special features for a new release of Knight Rider. These
are a stills gallery (2m48s); blueprint gallery (3m4s) and Knight
Movies, which looks at the stunts on the show (6m5s). Also these are
listed as special features on the imminent Knight Rider – Season 1
Region 1 box set, which is due on the 3rd of August. So, it looks like
Region Two will be getting the box set fairly soon as well.
The special features for the
Babylon 5 -
Thirdspace / River Of Souls / A Call To Arms movies box set has now
appeared on some of the retailers. Thirdspace is listed as
featuring an audio commentary by Jesus Trevino, Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff
Conway, Steven Furst and Patricia Tallman; along with an Introduction to
Thirdspace (4m2s). River Of Souls includes an audio
commentary by J Michael Straczynski, Janet Greek and Tracy Scoggins; and
an Introduction to River Of Souls (4m11s).
A Call To Arms
has an audio commentary by J Michael Straczynski and Mike Vejar; and an
Introduction to A Call To Arms (3m38s). Previously cleared at the
BBFC for the box set, but missing for the retailers list is Creating
the Feature, which runs to 8m36s. The box set has date of the 27th of
September and an RRP of £34.99. Amazon is currently listing it at the
bargain pre-order price of £22.99 – click
here if you wish to order it!
BBC Worldwide are releasing
thirteen-part 1972 documentary series on the history of America, cunningly
titled Alistair Cooke’s America, on the 18th of October. It has an
RRP of £39.99.
Originally listed for earlier
in the year and then pulled the
Top of the Pops – 40th Anniversary
release has reappeared for November the 8th. Special features showing
include presenter links; photo gallery; presenter gallery; a Dance
Troupe Montage (presumably Pan’s People/Legs and Co footage which runs
to 6mins); a TOTP behind the scenes documentary - The True Story;
something entitled TOTP tour; and TOTP2 trivia track
information. It has an RRP of £19.99.
Lot’s of special features for forthcoming
BBC Worldwide titles have been confirmed …
The recently-cleared item at
the BBFC for BBC Worldwide’s One Foot in the Grave – Series 1 has
been revealed by HMV as being it’s featurette from Britain’s Best
Sitcom. The release is due in a couple of weeks on August the 2nd for
an RRP of £15.99. If you are interested Sendit are listing it with a
pre-order price of £10.99 – click
Choices Direct is listing that
The Box of Delights
DVD, which is due on November the 1st, will include cast and director
interviews; a photo gallery; Behind the Scenes archive clips; a
quiz; and a profile of author John Masefield. It has an RRP of £14.99.
Thanks to Ian Woodhouse for posting about these!
The Office - The Christmas
showing as featuring a documentary and a full
length pop promo of If You Don't Love Me By Now by David Brent. The
release has an RRP of £19.99 and is
due on the 25th of October.
Some of the
Little Britain – Series 1
special features which I reported last week
have now been cleared by the BBFC -
(17m42s); Deleted Scenes (27m6s); The Best of Rock Profiles
(28m27s); Vicki Pollard (42s). The release is due on the 11th of
October and has an RRP of £19.99.
One final thing for BBC
Worldwide, a couple of the retailers are showing that the Best of Alas
Smith and Jones
now has a date of August the 8th 2005, meaning it’s been bumped to next
year’s Alternative Comedy range slot. I’ve not moved it on
yet, we’ll see if more retailers
change the date. It was originally listed for the end of next month, on
A release of the BBC 1978 serial J.M.
Barrie’s The Lost Boys, which starred Ian Holm and Maureen O’Brien, is
now up for the 27th of September. It will be from DD Video and has an RRP
BBC2’s award-winning series of plays from last year that were modern
interpretations of Chaucer’s tales, is now showing for the 25th of
October. Its label is as yet unknown, but it has an RRP of £29.99.
Contender’s release of
Spooks - Series 3
has appeared on the retailers for November the 8th with an RRP of £39.99.
There’s no word on the special features yet, but expect similar content to
the first two series box sets. A week later, on the 15th of November, sees
a Spooks - Series 1 & 2 box set from Contender, which has an RRP of
£59.99. This will be just a straight re-issue of the (by then) existing
releases –Spooks – Series 2 has been put back a month to September
the 20th. If you are interested Amazon are listing Series 2 box set
at £29.99 (its RRP is £39.99) – click
The Coupling - Series 4
release from VCI has had some BBFC clearances – outtakes running to 10m13s
and a From Script to Screen
featurette lasting 43m9s. The release is due on the 16th of August for an
RRP of £19.99. Amazon currently has the first three series at £6.97 each
if you are interested – click
to emmbrook for posting about these in
The High Street section of Roobarb's DVD Forum.
Unfortunately, the dates for
Acorn’s releases of Tenko – Series 3 have slipped yet again, as
they doggedly work on clearances. The Complete Box Set and Part
1 are now listed for September the 13th, with Part 2 following
a month later on October the 11th. The box set has an RRP of £49.99 and
the two parts are at £24.99 each. Benson’s World have offer Part 1
at a pre-order price of £16.99 – click
here if you are interested! ()
Similarly, Network’s release
of Hazel – The Complete Second Series, which was due last Monday,
has been pulled with no new date showing. Hopefully, the problems can be
sorted for a re-appearance at a later date.
Right, now onto the additions
to the Offers page….
Amazon has the
Blake's 7 - Series 2 box set
at £35.99 (£15.00 off), but you may wish to see how the release shakes
down first, after the problems with the Series 1 box set. The
complete By The Sword Divided box set is at £37.49. Anchor Bay’s 8
disc Halloween Box Set is at £44.24 and the 4 disc Hellraiser
Box Set (with the standard packaging) is at £22.49.Little Britain -
Series 1 and The Office - Christmas Specials are both at £11.99
(£8.00 off). Poliakoff’s Caught On A Train and Shooting The Past
are at £9.97 each, with his Perfect Strangers at £11.97.
Millennium - Season 2 is available at the pre-order price of £27.99
(£12.00 off), with the Season 1 box set now at the same price.
Roswell - Season 2 has the pre-order price of £28.99 (£11.00 off) and
the The Simpsons - Season 4 pre-order price is now £27.99 (£12.00
off). Finally, for Amazon,
Smallville - Season 2 is now
at £34.99 (£20.00 off).
Benson’s World has DD Video’s forthcoming
The Creeping Flesh and Night of the Big Heat at £10.99 each
(£10.00 off). Doctor Who - Ghost Light is at £13.99. More pre-order
prices on Acorn’s titles - Cribb - Part 3 - The Hand That Rocks The
Cradle, The House Of Eliott - Part 1, Sam - Series 2 - Part
1 and When The Boat Comes In - Series 4 – Parts 1 & 2
are all at £12.99 each; with By The Sword Divided - Part 1,
Rumpole Of The Bailey - The Specials and the 1967 version of Vanity
Fair starring Susan Hampshire and Roy Marsden all at £16.99. Volume
2 of Jupiter Moon is at £12.99 (£7.00 off) and special editions
of The Name Of The Rose and The Lost Boys are both at £13.99
Thanks to Ian K. McLachlan for letting me know that Amazon have the
Star Trek - Deep Space 9 season box sets at £44.97 (that's £40.02
off). If you are interested in ordering any of them - click
dvd.co.uk has the recently released
A Nightmare On Elm Street 1-6 Collection
Thanks to Chris for posting
that Carlton’s recent box set of Timeslip is available at DVD
Popcorn for £20.25.
And finally, HMV is offering
the Harsh Realm box set at £22.99, which is £12.00 off.
That’s it from me until next
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