ARCHIVED NEWS - 2nd to 8th AUGUST 2004
5th August 2004
The new issue of DVD Monthly
magazine carries an advert for several forthcoming Network titles, and
reveals more information about their forthcoming Star Cops DVD set.
The set will have commentary tracks by
Chris Boucher and Philip Martin, an introduction by co-star Trevor Cooper;
a Making of... documentary titled It Won't Be Easy; a look behind
the scenes in Lights, Camera, Inaction; a featurette on the show's
design called FX, Lies and Videotapes - Designing The Future; a
profile of series creator Chris Boucher called I Had To Kill Blake
(Boucher wrote the final episode of Blake's 7); a section on
Continuity and Miscellanea; a photo gallery; a PDF section; and a career
interview with writer Philip Martin, titled P.M's Question Time.
Here's a much better look at Fox's
forthcoming Murder One box set, which is due on the 6th of
September. For more details, see the
News entry for July
4th August 2004
Oh boy! All sorts of goodies for you today!
Pull up a chair, grab what David Letterman calls "the tasty beverage of
your choice", and settle down to read the latest DVD news!
to the News report
on July 20th, I can clarify durations of some of the bonus features on
Universal's forthcoming Shaun of the Dead DVD:
The Man Who Would Be Shaun (1m);
Funky Pete (2m); Plotholes (4m); TV Bits (11m);
outtakes (11m); extended and deleted scenes (13m);
(7m); Lucy's Cam (5m); Joe's
Diary is a video diary by zombie extra Joe Cornish (10m);
Edgar and Simon's Flip Chart (13m);
SFX Comparison (2m);
Make-Up Tests (2m); EPK (7m).
The zombies commentary is a proper
commentary, by some of the actors who played characters who turned into
zombies: Paul Putner, Timothy Mark Chipping, Steve Emerson and Patricia
The disc has a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
track, at 448kbps.
Wanna see some grabs from the disc's
terrific animated menu screens? Hmmm, thought so! Click
You can discuss this release in
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
Home Video is releasing a dozen horror movies on October the 18th, just in
time for Halloween. These are Tony Scott's chic 1983 vampire film The
Hunger (2.40:1, mono, with commentary by Scott and star Susan
Sarandon, stills gallery and trailer); Polanski's quirky The Fearless
Vampire Killers (aka Dance of the Vampires, 2.40:1, mono, with
The Fearless Vampire Killer: Vampires 101 featurette and trailer);
Larry Cohen's It's Alive! trilogy (It's Alive!, It Lives
Again and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive) (mono,
commentary by Cohen on each film); Abel Ferrara's inspired 1993 Body
Snatchers remake; the creaky 1974 werewolf movie The Beast Must Die;
Return of the Living Dead - Part II (stereo audio, commentary by director
Ken Wiederhorn and star Thor Van Lingen, trailer); the Christopher Lee /
Peter Cushing Jekyll and Hyde-inspired 1971 film I Monster; Michael
Wadleigh's cerebral Wolfen; a double-bill of Jess Franco's Blood
of Fu Manchu and Castle of Fu Manchu. RRP for the single discs
is £12.99. RRP for the It's Alive Trilogy is £24.99; the Fu-Manchu "double
pack" is £15.99.
Warner Home Video has announced that their
forthcoming DVD release of The Goonies will, after all, feature the
reunion commentary track that's on the US disc. The DVD will also feature
the full-length theatrical cut for the first time in the UK (previous
versions were slightly cut by the BBFC). See the
News entry for the
16th of July for more information.
purple people! Warner Home Video will release three Prince movies on
October the 18th: a two-disc Purple Rain 20th Anniversary Special
Edition, Graffiti Bridge and Under the Cherry Moon.
The Purple Rain disc will feature an
all-new digital widescreen transfer, with re-mastered Dolby Digital 5.1
audio. Bonus features include a commentary track by director Albert
Magnoli, producer Robert Cavallo and cinematographer Donald E. Thorn;
three new featurettes (one on the making of the movie and the Academy
Award-winning music; a second on the Minneapolis music scene and Prince's
career prior to Purple Rain; and a third on the impact of the movie and
music on pop culture and the legacy of the film); eight music videos by
Prince, The Time and Apollonia 6, including Let's Go Crazy, When
Doves Cry, Purple Rain and Jungle Love); footage from
the MTV Premiere party and a Prince movie trailer gallery.
The Under The Cherry Moon disc will
feature music videos for Boys and Girls, Mountains and
Anotherloverholenyohead. Graffiti Bridge has no special
features. Both will have widescreen presentations, with Dolby Digital 5.1
A box set containing all three titles will
also be released, with an RRP of £29.99.
Century Fox will release Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers on
October the 11th. The disc will feature commentary by Bertolucci, writer
Gilbert Adair and producer Jeremy Thomas; The Making of The Dreamers
documentary; Outside the Window: Events in France, May 1968
featurettes, and the Hey Joe music, by Michael Pitt and his band
The Twins of Evil.
The film will be presented in 1.85:1 aspect
ratio, enhanced for 16:9 playback, and with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and
English HoH subtitles.
The second season of Larry David's post-Seinfeld
sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm will be released by HBO Video on
October the 18th. The two-disc set will feature ten "thirty-minute"
episodes, and has a whopping RRP of £29.99.
OK! Time for the half time
entertainment. Paramount has made a great trailer for the forthcoming
Star Trek - The Original Series DVDs, which you can find by clicking
Tartan Video is releasing the award-winning
fish-out-of-water comedy Japanese Story on September the 27th. The
disc will include a commentary track with director Sue Brooks, writer
Alison Tilson and producer Sue Maslin; a deleted scene with optional
commentary; a Making of... featurette; and an original theatrical
The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
and DTS audio tracks. RRP is £15.99.
Tartan has announced a unspecified delay in
the release of Twilight Samurai, because of inadequate source
materials. In a related note, they've announced that their forthcoming
release of John Woo's Hard Boiled has received a new anamorphic
transfer from a low-contrast 35mm print, and will have a choice of
newly-mastered Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio mixes (both the English
and Cantonese versions will be available).
Releasing will release a two-disc DVD of the spectacular natural history
film Deep Blue on October the 25th. The film, which has a score by
George Fenton performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and
narration by Michael Gambon, was condensed from more than seven thousand
hours of footage, shot in more than two hundred locations, over five
years. The film uses selected highlights from the BBC series The Blue
Planet, together with new and unseen footage.
Special features on the disc include a
fifty-minute Making of... documentary; audio commentary by
directors Alastair Fothergill and Andy Byatt; an interview with George
Fenton; educational, interactive DVD-Rom content; an isolated music and
effects score; stills gallery and trailers. RRP is £19.99.
City of Men (Cidade
dos Homens), a TV series
spun-off from Fernando Mereillas' stunning Oscar-winning film City of
God, will be released on DVD by Optimum Home Entertainment on
September the 27th. The first nine episodes, which form the first and
second series, were originally broadcast in Brazil in 2002, to an audience
of thirty-five million viewers. RRP for the two-disc set will be £19.99.
specifications for the eagerly-awaited two-disc Special Edition release of
Disney's Aladdin have been revealed. The film has been re-mastered
and extensively restored by the original creative team ("the most
extensively restored Disney DVD to date", according to the blurb).
Disc one will feature deleted songs (Proud
of Your Boy, performed by Alan Menken, Humiliate The Boy,
Why Me and You Can Count On Me), deleted scenes (Aladdin and
Jasmine's First Meeting and Aladdin in the Lap of Luxury), and
"commentaries from supervising animators, producers and directors".
There's also a brand new music video, original storyreel and a
behind-the-scenes look at the song Proud of Your Boy, performed by
American Idol marionette Clay Aiken. There's also a music video and
behind-the-scenes footage for a new cover version of A Whole New World
by Newlyweds stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. If that
doesn't make you puke, I don't know what will. Thankfully, the original
1992 video for A Whole New World, by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson,
is also included.
The film will also be supported by a
special "trivia mode" with the Fun Fact Trivia Pack (can this be as
hideous as it sounds?)
The film's songs can be selected
individually, or played back-to-back, and can be played in true singalong
fashion, with the words on screen.
Disc two will feature interactive games and
activities (including a Virtual DVD Magic Carpet ride, featuring all-new
animation), interviews, behind-the-scenes featurettes, art galleries and
An Inside The Genie's Lamp Guided Tour
will take you inside the lamp; The Genie World Tour is an
"action-packed trip around the world" to find out what the Genie got up to
after he was freed at the end of the film (oops, did I just give away the
ending?); 3 Wishes Game; a featurette about composer Alan Menken
titled Musical Renaissance Man;
The core of the bonus features for
animation fans is A Diamond in the Rough, which takes
the viewer backstage to a reunion of the producers, supervising animators
and voice talent, with grinning host Leonard Maltin. This can be viewed
three ways: Your Wish Is Our Command (with your choice of
additional bonus segments), Play All, and via a Making of Index.
Art Review interviews some of the
key artists who worked on the film.
There are also art and publicity galleries,
which includes the film's trailer, poster and unused concept art, along
with trailers for sequels The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and
the Forty Thieves. (There'll be a Trilogy box set which will contain
all three movies).
The film will be presented in 1.66:1 ratio
(no word of whether this will have anamorphic enhancement), and a choice
of Dolby Digital or Disney Enhance Home Theatre mixes.
Visual Entertainment are releasing two Amityville Horror sequels on
September the 27th.
Amityville II: The Possession will
come with a commentary track by film historians Kim Newman and Stephen
Jones, an extended Lost Souls sequence, an image gallery, trivia
and a collectable booklet (does anyone collect booklets?) The press
release also mentions five unique lobby cards, but it's not clear if these
are on the disc, in the booklet, or replicated in miniature form as
something resembling postcards. The film will have a choice of Dolby
Digital 2.0 or 5.1 audio tracks.
Amityville III: The Demon will be
presented as a two-disc Special Edition, with the regular version of the
film on one disc, and a 3D version of the film on the other (two pairs of
3D glasses will be included in the pack). The film will be presented in
anamorphic 2.35:1 ratio, with re-mastered 2.0 or 5.1 audio. RRP is £15.99.
details of Momentum's first CSI: Miami - Series 1 Episodes 1-12 box
set are now available. The three-disc set features the first twelve
episodes from the first season.
The episodes are presented in 1,78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps).
The episodes have English subtitles, but the bonus features do not.
Bonus features are a commentary track, by
director Joe Chappelle and writer Steven Maeda, for the first episode,
Golden Parachute (about a jet plane that crashes in the Everglades); a
twelve-minute Creating CSI: Miami featurette, which contains interviews
with key crew members, discussing the fundamental differences between
CSI: Miami and its parent show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(now sometimes referred to as CSI: Vegas to avoid confusion); and
CSI Miami: Uncovered, which focuses on the actors and their
characters. The set also includes a short generic CSI: Miami
The set is due on sale on September the
6th. The seven-disc US set contains the complete first season, and also
includes the episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that
introduced the Miami characters, Cross Jurisdictions.
Momentum has confirmed that this episode will
not be included on the Series 1 - Episodes
13-24 half of the season in the UK. The episode is, of course, available as
part of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Series 2 - Episodes
You can see menu screens from the set
2nd August 2004
two-disc, re-mastered edition of Goodfellas is the star attraction
of The Scorsese Collection DVD box set, which is being released by
Warner Home Video on October the 25th.
The set will also include three other
Scorsese features currently unavailable on DVD: After Hours,
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and his 1967 feature debut, Who's
That Knocking at My Door.
The long-overdue re-mastered
version of Goodfellas - which will also be available separately,
with an RRP of £19.99 - will feature a new anamorphic transfer with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio. The film will be accompanied by a commentary by
Scorsese, plus cast members Ray Liotta, Lorraine Braco, Paul Sorvino,
Frank Vincent, co-screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, producers Irwin Winkler
and Barbara De Fina, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma
Schoonmaker. The first disc will also feature a Cop and Crook
Commentary by ex-gangster Henry Hill and Ex-FBI agent Edward McDonald.
The second disc will contain four new
featurettes: Getting Made ("a penetrating look at the making of
this modern classic"); Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy (about the
film's influence on other filmmakers, including contributions from John
Turturro, Jon Favreau, Jim Carnahan, Antoine Fuqua and... er... McG);
The Workaday Gangster (writer Nick Pileggi, actors Frank Vincent, Paul
Sorvino and others on growing up in neighbourhoods where small-time hoods
were commonplace); Paper is Cheaper Than Film (a glimpse into
Scorsese's creative process, including rarely-seen sketches). The disc
will also contain a theatrical trailer.
The After Hours disc will feature a
commentary by Martin Scorsese, star Griffin Dunne, editor Thelma
Schoonmaker and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. There's also a
retrospective making of... documentary, titled Filming For Your Life;
deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer.
The Academy Award-winning Alice Doesn't
Live Here Anymore will be accompanied by a commentary track, by
Scorsese, and lead actors Ellen Burstyn and Kris Kristofferson, a
documentary, Second Chances, and the theatrical trailer.
Scorsese's dark romance Who's That
Knocking at My Door, will feature a commentary by Scorsese and
director's assistant Mardik Martin, and a making of... featurette, From
The Classroom to the Streets.
RRP for the set is £44.99. A similar set is
being released in the US in a couple of weeks' time. It's roughly
two-thirds the price, and will feature an additional film, a Special
Edition version of his early masterpiece Mean Streets.
Tristar has announced the first of their November releases: Dan Ireland's
romantic comedy Passionada.
The disc will feature a commentary track
(by the director, cast, the writer and executive producer, an alternate
ending (with optional commentary), deleted scenes
(with optional commentary) and a theatrical
trailer. The film will be in 2.35:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
The disc will have English and English HoH subtitles.
The film will be released on November 28th,
with an RRP of £19.99.
We have a new DVD review for you today, of
the BFI's release of the 1935 film La Kermesse
Héroïque. Considering that the film is almost seventy years
old, the BFI have done a remarkable job in transferring it to disc. Mark
Frost has reviewed the disc, and you can find his review by clicking on
the sleeve image (right) or here.
And now, here's Ceri with his weekly
roundup of all the news that's been gleaned from his cadre of undercover
spies, who sneak around the marketing departments of the DVD companies
while the staff are having meetings about how they can continue to
frustrate and annoy their customers. At least, that's what Ceri tells me,
anyway. Personally I suspect he just spends every waking hour surfing the
net trying to find news snippets and bargains for your edification and
Hey everyone, I’m back again
with more of the usual stuff going on at the retailers and the BBFC in
this week’s additions to Incoming as
well as the Offers page having a much needed
We’ll start with the films
I have a bee in my bonnet…
Following the news
last week, that supplementary material for the Spanish version of
Dracula was cleared at the BBFC for Universal, Play are listing a
Universal Monsters Legacy Collection
box set for October the 11th, featuring
The Dracula Legacy, The
Frankenstein Legacy, The Wolf Man Legacy and The Monster
Legacy collections. The full break down of these collections is:
The Dracula Legacy:
2. Son of Dracula and House of
3. Dracula (Spanish language
version) and Dracula's Daughter, plus bonus footage
The Frankenstein Legacy:
2. The Bride Of Frankenstein
3. Son Of Frankenstein and Ghost
4. House Of Frankenstein, plus bonus
The Wolf Man Legacy:
1. The Wolf Man
2. Werewolf of London and She
Wolf of London
3. Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,
plus bonus footage
4. A documentary of horror from the
Universal studio, narrated by Kenneth Branagh
The Monster Legacy:
1. The Mummy
2. The Invisible Man
3. Phantom Of The Opera
4. Creature From The Black Lagoon.
highlights further the general disregard to the Region 2 market by
Universal UK, when it comes to these films. In terms of the films
contained within the
Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man Legacy sets
these new R2 releases replicate the Region 1 releases that appeared
earlier in the year – when at the same time Universal UK put out double
bill releases of Dracula/House of
Dracula, Frankenstein / The Bride of Frankenstein and The
Wolf Man / Werewolf of London. The bonus features that appeared on the
Region 1 sets relating to each of the two films were ported onto these
double bill releases. Whether or not they will feature again along with
the features associated with the other films that appeared on the Region 1
sets is yet to be seen, but the Kenneth Branagh narrated documentary was
not included in the US box sets. Neither was there a release of a
The Monster Legacy collection
featuring The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Phantom of the
Opera and Creature From The Black Lagoon, which is a further
insult to the UK market as around the time this 15 disc set is scheduled
to be released here there with be The Mummy, The Invisible Man,
and Creature From The Black Lagoon Legacy Collections
(featuring all the films in these series and no doubt some juicy special
features similar to the ones that were included in the first batch of
Legacy Collections) released in the US.
The RRP of the UK box set is extortionate
as well – £129.99! You can import the collection of all three Dracula,
Frankenstein and The Wolf Man Legacy sets for under
£50 (although, this is assisted by the favourable exchange rate, but only
slightly so). It’s an RRP which isn’t justifiable at all because of this,
but also as The Monster Legacy set contained with in it is
completely redundant. The forthcoming Region 1 releases will far outstrip
the set and on the strength of this 15 disc release don’t be surprised if
Universal UK to put out the three new collections at some point next year
as well. The outstanding film in The Monster Legacy - the 1943
version of The Phantom of the Opera - was previously released, but
has since been deleted. However, Amazon still has copies (here)
as do dvd.co.uk (here).
The four Legacy sets that make up these 15 disc set will also
probably be available individually although there is not confirmation of
this yet, but it’ll be interesting to see what RRP they are set at to
compared against the US pricing.
Play’s entry is also showing the Region 1
packaging for the Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man
Legacy Collection which features the three busts included in that set.
Whether or not this is what the Region 2 package will be like also remains
to be seen, as Play may have just lifted an image of the US set.
Now on Twentieth
Star Wars Trilogy
box set which has had some clearances at the BBFC. As compared to the
three previous submissions for the Special Edition versions of the
films (for the VHS releases) - A New Hope has the same runtime,
The Empire Strikes Back is 22s longer and Return of the Jedi is
6s longer – which gives credence to the rumour that Lucas has further
messed about with the films to provide better connection to his three
prequels. It’s thought that The Empire Strikes back has a new or extended
scene featuring the Emperor, and that Return of the Jedi includes a new
shot of the denizens of Naboo celebrating in the final montage. Material
for the Bonus Disc has
also been cleared –
Empire of Dreams
– The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (150m40s)
The Characters of Star Wars
The Birth of the Lightsaber
The Force is with Them –
The Legacy of Star Wars
Star Wars III – Behind the
Scenes Preview – The Return of Darth Vader
Star Wars III - Making the
Easter Egg: Gag Reel / Disc
Amazon are also listing that
the set will feature the following commentaries - A New Hope:
with George Lucas, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie Fisher;
The Empire Strikes Back:
with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis
Muren and Carrie Fisher; Return of
with George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren and Carrie
The set has a date of the 20th
of September and an RRP of £44.99. Amazon is offering the set on pre-order
at £26.99, with the option of free first class P&P – click
here if you wish to order.
An as-yet unknown label is to release a
wealth of Merchant Ivory titles on the 6th of September, as one complete
box set and three smaller sub box sets - The Merchant Ivory Connoisseur
Merchant Ivory In America and
Merchant Ivory In India.
The films contain within these three sub box sets are…
The Merchant Ivory Connoisseur
Autobiography of a
Princess, Howard’s End,
Hullabaloo Over George and Bonnie’s Pictures, Maurice,
Quartet and Savages.
Merchant Ivory In America:
The Ballad of The Sad Cafe,
Roseland, The Proprietor, Jane Austin in Manhattan,
The Bostonians and The Europeans.
Merchant Ivory In India:
Contains: Bombay Talkie, The
Courtesans of Bombay, The Deceivers, Heat And Dust,
In Custody and Shakespeare Wallah.
The complete box set has an RRP of £169.99,
with the three sub sets at £49.99. All the films will also be available
individually at £12.99 each.
A new special edition version of Kevin
Costner’s tale of self discovery set in the heart of the Black Country -
Dances With Wolves – has appeared for the 11th of October, with an
RRP of £24.99. So far, it’s label and the content isn’t confirmed, but
Pathe submitted 48m57s worth of material to the BBFC in May of 2003. This
was a The Making of Dances with Wolves (20m56s); Photo Montage
(9m19s); Music Video (3m51s); and 5 Easter Eggs: #1 Second Wind
(5m16s), #2 Confederate March and Music (2m10s), #3 Getting the
Point (3m55s), #4 Burying the Hatchet (1m10s), #5
Animatronic Buffalo (2m16s). So it may be Pathe’s release making an
appearance. More news when we get it.
Extras for Momentum’s special edition
release of The
Producers are being listed as
The Making of The
Producers featurette; Playhouse outtake; Peter Sellers'
statement, read by Paul Mazursky; Sketch gallery; and Trailer. It has a
date of October the 25th and RRP of £19.99.
Warner Home Video’s release of
the The Goonies for the 4th of October is listed as containing
The Making Of
(6 Minutes); Deleted Scenes (6 Minutes); and The Goonies 'r' Good
Enough Music Video By Cyndi Lauper (12 Minutes). It has an RRP of
Also from Warner Home Video is
an Ealing Comedy -
Complete Box Set (presumably a repackaging of the films contained
within their previous two Ealing Comedy box sets, which have just
be re-issued as individual volumes) for a date of November the 1st. It has
an RRP of £69.99.
Jackie Chan and
Around the World in 80 Days
has appeared for November the 22nd from Entertainment in Video. No word on
any special features yet but it has an RRP of £19.99.
Now the TV releases….
The Mausoleum Club Forum
full details of of Network’s The
Sweeney – The Complete Series Three
have been posted. The set, which is released on August the 9th, will
feature all 13 episodes of the 1976 third series digitally- restored, with
two episodes - Visiting
Firemen and Taste of Fear – also including reinstated footage.
Special features for the set will be episode introductions by guest stars
George Sweeney, Geraldine James, Steven Pacey, Tina Heath, John Lyons and
Nadim Sawalha; an extract from a 1976 programme ITV This is Your Life;
an Evening News Awards clip from 1977; The Sweeney Annual 1977 PDF;
the very first episode of John Thaw’s series Redcap, from 1964,
entitled It's What Comes After; The Morecambe and Wise Christmas
Show 1976 20 minute sketch featuring Kate O'Mara, John Thaw and Dennis
Waterman; an early 1980's Thames Trailer; and the episode of Strange
Report from 1968 – Revenge, which features John Thaw in a guest
role. (This was recently released in the
Strange Report – The Complete
Series box set).
Highlights of the extras have to be the
Morecambe and Wise sketch (which led to the comedy duo making an
appearance in a fourth series episode of The Sweeney) and the first
episode of the John Thaw starring Redcap (made by ITV region ABC).
Both particularly welcome, but the latter especially so. Its inclusion
here is hopefully an indication Network might consider a full release of
the series. Only one episode is known to be missing out of the 26 that
form the two series that were made, so a full release at some point would
be possible, and very welcome.
The Sweeney – The Complete Series
Three has an RRP of £39.99. If you are
interested in the box set, Amazon are offering it are £29.99 – click
Details on DD Video’s Secret Army –
Series 3 and
Fall of Eagles box set releases
(both of which are due in October) have been put up on the superb
Secret Army – Series 3 will include
a Remembering Secret Army featurette – a fifteen-minute
retrospective with Viktors Ritelis (who directed more episodes of
Secret Army than anyone else), and about an hour's worth of
interviews with actors Clifford Rose,
Terrence Hardman, Angela Richards, Hazel McBride and Juliette Hammond.
For the Fall of Eagles
box set some interviews having been recorded with stars
Gayle Hunnicutt, Charles Kay and director
David Cunliffe. A 40-page full-colour historical companion booklet is also
in preparation to be included in the set.
For further information and future updates
have a look at the individual pages on the website -
Secret Army – Series 3
(which also features photos from the recording
session for the interviews) and
Fall of Eagles (which
features photo portraits of the characters from the serial).
Fall of Eagles
box set is also listed as having an RRP of £39.99. The previous two
Secret Army box sets were set at £49.99, so
expect the Series 3 box set to follow suit. Choices Direct have
just listed Survivors – Series 2 confirming the date of October the
4th and RRP of £49.99. Secret Army - Series 3 and
Fall of Eagles
should appear shortly
afterwards. We will, of course, let you know.
Special features for
Red Dwarf – Series 5
from BBC Worldwide are now showing on some of the retailers. We knew about
one of the featurettes, through it’s clearance at the BBFC, but the full
list is: the obligatory cast commentary; the also known-about and
scary-sounding fan commentary on episode Back To Reality; together
with fan profiles; Heavy Science – the main Series 5
documentary; Weblink, Dwarfing USA featurette (possibly covering
the aborted US version of the series); The SFX of Red Dwarf;
Deleted Scenes; Smeg Ups; Trailers, BBC2 / Skutter Channel idents; Lister
introduction to "Best Episode Ever"; Bad Guys music featurette;
Photo Gallery; Raw Effects Footage; Isolated Music Cues; Dave Hollins
Radio Sketch; 3 Easter Eggs including an animated sequence that was cut
from Back To Reality. Also now appeared is a Limited Edition
Gift Set (featuring a Corgi model of Starbug) of Series 5. This
replicates the standard version, but with special packaging which includes
the Corgi model. The standard version retails at £19.99, with the
Limited Edition at £24.99. Both are due on the same day – November the
More extras now being listed on some of BBC
Worldwide’s releases include a Pebble Mill at One clip on
Alistair Cooke's America
box set (due October the 18th at £39.99) and the Pilot Episode on
Big Train - Series 1 & 2 (due October 25th for £24.99).
There are four new titles showing from
Acorn all for December the 27th. These are two more Midsomer Murders
– Market For Murder and Tainted Fruit and Parts 1 and
2 of Monarch Of The Glen - Series 5. All four have an RRP of
Following on from the previous report of
A Touch Of Frost – Series 6 being listed from Carlton, a complete
Series 6-10 box set is now also showing for October the 18th. It is
also from Carlton and has an RRP of £69.99.
Sex and the City - The
Complete Series 6,
the final series, has appeared from Paramount for October the 25th, with
£39.99 as its RRP.
And finally for
Paramount is to release a
complete box set, as they did with The Next Generation in the
Borg Cube, of all seven seasons of Star Trek - Deep Space Nine.
It has an RRP of £449.99 and is expected on the 27th of September. Don’t
forget that Amazon is currently offering the individual Deep Space Nine
season box sets at £44.97 each –
click here if you are interested!
Now onto the
Offers page, which as I say has had a bit of
Amazon is offering Bad Girls - Season 5
at £36.99, Heimat at £74.99, Jonathan Creek - The Complete
Series at £56.24 (£18.75 off),
Star Trek: The Original Series - Series 1
at £51.99 and The Worzel Gummidge Collection - Volume 1 at £22.49
all on pre-order. They also have Anchor Bay’s Trilogy Of The Dead
box set at £13.97 and the two Cinema Club titles, Lillie - The Complete
Collection at £15.97 and
Duty Free - The Complete Collection at £13.97.
They also have two books at
good pre-order prices - BBC Books’ reprint of The Authorised Biography
of Ronnie Barker at £13.29 and Richard Webber’s Fifty Years of
Hancock's Half Hour at £12.59. A few week’s ago I listed some
out-of-print books from author Roger Wilmut (who’s mainly known for
definitive works on British Comedy from the 1950s trough the 1980s),
available courtesy of Amazon’s Marketplace. This week I’ve added some
more. This time I’ve listed some paperbacks which were adaptations of TV
series, or were adapted into TV series. These include the Public Eye
adaptation (for any of you who have got Network’s wonderful recent DVD box
set of The 1969 Series) entitled Cross That Palm When I Come To
It; Richard Carpenter's two Dick Turpin paperbacks: Dick
Turpin and Turpin and Swiftnick; the two Shoestring
books: Shoestring and Shoestring's Finest Hour; and Peter
Lovesay's Sergeant Cribb series which were adapted for the
excellent Alan Dobie starring series recently released on DVD by Acorn:
Wobble to Death, The Detective Wore Silk Drawers,
Abracadaver, Mad Hatter's Holiday, Invitation to a Dynamite
Party, A Case of Spirits, Swing, Swing Together and
Benson’s World has Network’s
forthcoming The Life And Loves of a She-Devil - The Complete Series
at £12.99 and Till Death Do Us Part - The Complete 1974 Series at
Choices Direct have mis-priced
the Red Dwarf – Series 1-4 box set at £24.17 (it’s RRP is £54.99!)
Both Sendit and Play have
The Best of Not the
Nine O’Clock News – Volume 2
and Bottom – Series 2 at £10.99 each (£5.00 off). Play are also
offering some of Second Sight’s telefantasy titles at bargain prices –
The Tripods – Series 1 at £8.99, the three Chocky serials at
£5.99 each and the Children of the Stones at £6.99.
One last point before I go.
Rowdys has decided to go back to offering free P&P on their orders, so
they have new pricing to reflect this.
Phew! That’s it from me - see
you next time!
Previous Zeta Minor News entries can viewed