Ceri's been delving into the nooks
and crannies of the UK DVD
industry, and has unearthed all sorts of interesting
information (and dirt!) Here's his guide to the news gathered from
unofficial and semi-official sources, and some tips about where you'll
find the latest DVD bargains...
Not many bargains have appeared this week, so there hasn’t
been much of an update to the Offers
page. However, there has been particularly good information on some juicy
titles in both Film and TV added to Incoming
which I hope will more than make up for it…
is the news that
is now being listed for November the 26th. No word on the special features
yet, but Columbia Tri-Star’s release has an RRP of £24.99.
Universal’s release of Shrek 2 (as a special edition) is also now
up for a few weeks earlier – November the 2nd. Again there is no
information on the special features yet, but it has an astonishing RRP of
now has a date – the 11th of October. This is no great surprise: it’s the
same date as the Universal Monster Legacy Collection, which I
reported last week. Universal are to release single disc (RRP £19.99) and
two disc (RRP £24.99) versions. Some of the special features have already
been cleared through the BBFC, but nothing has been officially confirmed
(those with timings are BBFC cleared):
commentaries: one with Stephen Sommers and editor / producer Bob Duscay
and one with Richard Roxburgh, Will Kemp, Shuler Hensley
Explore Dracula’s Castle
Explore Frankenstein’s Lab
featurette (11m28s) and Lab Detail Reel (2m29s)
Legend of Van Helsing
Bringing the Monsters to Life
are in the Movie!
Music of Van Helsing
Darkness Falls – Dracula’s lab is transformed
Interactive Map: Building Dracula’s Castle (7m47s),
Frankenstein’s Lab (6m29s), The Burning Windmill (6m34s),
The Village (8m6s), The Vatican Armoury (5m25s)
Story, The Life, The Legend: Dracula
(11m35s), Frankenstein’s Monster (9m22s), The Werewolves
(12m26s), The Women of Van Helsing (14m26s).
Choices Direct is listing an
Alfred Hitchcock box set, entitled Hitchcock - The Master of Suspense,
for release on November the 1st. There's no word on the content, or confirmation of
However, the cast list they've listed indicates that the set will include
Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train and The Wrong Man
(all of which fall within the listed dates 1950-1956). The site also says
that the RRP is £29.99, and that the
running time is 310 minutes (which is more or less right for these three
films). This is odd, because it was expected that those three titles would
be included in the UK
version of Warner Home Video’s eagerly-awaited nine-disc Hitchcock –
Signature Collection set (which will virtually complete the Hitchcock
canon on DVD). Perhaps Warner Home Video (who has released those films on
VHS in the past, and apparently still owns rights to them, at least in the
US), are splitting the US set into three chunks for the UK market? Since
the nine-disc US set is going to be available (on September the 7th) for
about £35, it looks like UK consumers are going to be exploited yet again!
special edition release of Total Recall has now been confirmed as
being from Momentum. Special features include an audio commentary with
Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Paul Verhoeven; Imagining Total
Recall documentary; Rekall's Virtual Vacations; Visions Of
Mars Featurette; Visual Storyboard Comparisons; Conceptual Art; Photo
Gallery; Production Notes; Theatrical Trailers & TV Spots; and Cast and
Crew Information. It has an RRP of £19.99 and a date of the 25th of
Momentum’s release of Wondrous Oblivion is now up for September the
27th, with an RRP of £17.99. Special features include a director’s
commentary; a Cast and Crew featurette (9m49s – already cleared at
the BBFC) and a trailer.
Paramount has collector’s editions of The Godfather - Part 2 and
Part 3 showing for the 4th of October. No word on the special features
yet, but expect them to be similar to the Collectors Edition of Part 1
- director's commentary; period-inspired packaging;
four collector's postcards with vintage photographic effect; and Family
Tree poster - which is due on the 13th of September. All three have an RRP
A so far unknown label is to release Eric Sykes’ 1967 film, The Plank,
and the 1971 fill spin-off version of the ITV sitcom Please Sir! on
the 18th of October. They both have RRPs of £12.99.
release entitled Méliès The Magician has appeared on the schedules
for October the 25th. It’s yet to be confirmed, but this could a Region 2
release looking at the work of pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès,
which is already available in the US. That release features fifteen
restored Méliès short films (which includes his famous A Trip to the
Moon) coupled with a 130m French TV documentary - The Magic of
Méliès. We’ll confirm once we known more. It has an RRP of £19.99.
Now onto the TV releases…
Columbia Tri-Star has submitted some special features to the BBFC for
their as yet unlisted Seinfeld – Season 1 box set. These include
three The Tonight Show appearances: Jerry Seinfeld 5/6/81 (6m30s),
Michael Richards 3/2/89 (5m19s) and Jerry Seinfeld 5/30/90 (7m5s); a
Blooper Reel: Not that There’s Anything Wrong With That (13m55s);
and an Easter Egg (2m) comprising of two sections: split screen re-master
comparison (56s) and untitled (1m3s).
a few of Universal’s box sets just released or just about to be released
in the US are now being listed here (though there’s no listing of
Quantum Leap – Season 1 yet! Grrr!). These include The A – Team –
Complete Series 1 (fourteen episodes, which includes the two-part
version of the pilot), Columbo - Complete Season 1 (the Pilot, the
first TV movie and seven episodes) and Magnum P.I. - Complete Season 1
(eighteen episodes). All three sets have RRPs of £34.99. There is also a
Knight Rider - Complete Season 1 (twenty-two episodes) at £49.99,
which has had a couple of items previously cleared at the BBFC. The full
content of the Region 1 set (which is yet to be confirmed for the R2
version) is: Knight of the Phoenix commentary with David Hasselhoff
and writer / creator Glen Larson; Knight Moves – stunts featurette
(6m6s – cleared at the BBFC); Knight Sounds; Knight Rider 2000
(TV Movie); Knight Rider: Under the Hood; Photo Gallery (2m48s –
cleared at the BBFC); Blueprints Gallery (3m4s – cleared at the BBFC); and
a K.I.T.T. Owner's Manual. Play are listing all four box sets for
the 13th of September, whereas Choices Direct has a date of the 25th of
October for all bar The A-Team set (which it isn’t listing
yet). Once things have shaken down we’ll let you know.
are some new titles as well as some special features now known for some of
Twentieth Century Fox’s forthcoming releases.
features for the Millennium - Season 3 box set will include two
audio commentaries: one on The Innocents episode, from Lance
Henriksen and third season co-star Klea Scott and one on Collateral
Damage episode from director Tom Wright; together with an Inside
Look: Season 3 featurette. The X-Files crossover episode
Millennium, which tied up some of the loose ends of the series, will
also be included. The set has an RRP of £39.99 and a date of October the
Roswell - Season 3
box set will have
executive producer / director Jonathan Frakes provides commentaries on two
episodes, executive producer / writer Ronald D. Moore contributes another,
as does executive producer / writer Jason Katims. The set also has a
Class of 2002 featurette. It will retail at £39.99, and has a date of
the 11th of October.
of MASH is now up for November the 1st with the usual RRP of
Futurama – Complete Seasons 1 - 4 Collection
being listed for October the 25th. It has an RRP of £89.99.
month later, on November the 22nd, Fox have scheduled a Buffy The
Vampire Slayer - Complete Seasons 1 - 7 box set with an RRP of
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Collection
titles – Cordelia,
Giles and Xander – which were due on August the 16th, have
been put back to November the 1st on some retailers. They all have RRP’s
are two new titles from Network being listed for September the 20th -
The Adventures of Robin Hood – The Complete Series 3 and Dick
Turpin – The Complete Series 3. Both are showing with RRPs of £39.99,
with Play stating that Dick Turpin – The Complete Series 3 has five
discs. This is very odd (and possibly a mistake) as all that forms
Series 3 is the five-episode story Dick Turpin’s Greatest Adventure,
which has the standard run-time of approximately 25m per episodes, so
could easily fit on a single disc. More news when we get it.
Worldwide have submitted more extras for some of their forthcoming
behind the scenes documentary previous listed by some of the retailers on
Little Britain – Series 1
is entitled How
to Make a Little Britain
and runs to 36m16s. Albert Hall sketches running to 15m47s have also been
cleared. The two-disc set has a date of October the 11th and an RRP of
£19.99. Amazon is currently listed it for £11.99 – click
Office - The Christmas Specials
will also include a documentary, called
and running to 22m35s. It’s due on October the 25th with an RRP of £19.99.
Again Amazon is offering it at £11.99 – click
Absolutely Fabulous - Series 5
feature out-takes at a runtime of 20m57s. It is being prepared for
September the 27th with an RRP of £19.99.
featurettes have been cleared for Series 6 of Red Dwarf, as
yet unlisted, but expected next February. These are a Behind the Scenes
(6m59s) and Making the Visual Effects (6m25s).
Possibly from BBC Worldwide, but as yet unconfirmed, is a box set of BBC
2’s docu-drama series Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World for the
27th of December. It has an RRP of £39.99.
unconfirmed as from BBC Worldwide (but they did release the previous VHS
version), is the 1996 adaptation of Iain Bank’s novel The Crow Road
for October the 25th. It will include a commentary from producer, director
and screenwriter; together with an interview with Iain Banks. It has an
RRP of £19.99.
Best of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
(featuring five episodes) has appeared for October the 25th. Presumably,
Sight Second still has the rights (the cover sleeve certainly matches the
style of there previous series releases), so it should be from them. It
has an RRP of £15.99.
Choices Direct have now put up DD Video’s Secret Army - Series 3
for the 4th of October with an RRP of £49.99.
Fabulous Films are to release two volumes of the Australian children’s TV
series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, which ran from 1966 and 1968, and
featured a young Liza Goddard amongst the cast. The two volumes between
them will include fifteen episodes from the thirty-nine episode run of the
first series. Play is listing both for the 18th of October at £14.99 each.
Fabulous Films has also submitted the content of both releases to the
BBFC: Volume 1 includes seven episodes: Skippy, No Time
for Clancy (the first episode with Liza Goddard), The Honeymooners,
Double Trouble, The Last Chance, No Trespassers and
The Bush Rangers. Together with the following extras: Which way
did they go Skip? Mark Hammond reveals all (9m52s); Skippy Club
TV Commercial (29s); and Skippy’s Playground TV Special (24m16s).
Volume 2 includes eight episodes: The Marine Biologist,
The Swagman, Summer Storm, Surf King, Mayday Part 1,
Mayday Part 2, The Empty Chair and The Long Night.
The extras are: Gentler Times – an interview with actor Tony Bonner
(12m32s); Tony Bonner sings the Skippy the Bush Kangaroo theme
(13s); and Skippy Comic Book (3m17s).
unknown company is to release Series 1 and 2 of Caroline
Quentin’s recent ITV drama Blue Murder – Series 1 & 2 on October
the 25th with £19.99 as its RRP.
Momentum is to re-issue both volumes of its Creature Comforts - Series
1 releases as a complete set. Special features include Creating
Creature Comforts featurette; Bringing Creature Comforts to Life
featurette: follow characters from storyboard, character stills, LAV tests
to finished footage; Who's Missing?; Wallace and Gromit in
Project Zoo; DVD-ROM section including posters, soundbites, wallpapers
and much more; Favourite Bits - the director's choice of best clips; TV
Extras - ITV1 channel idents and National TV Awards clip; Who Said
That? - a game; Downloadable Wallpapers - for your desktop; and Say
That Again - downloadable phrases from favourite characters plus
Weblinks. It has a date of November the 1st, with £19.99 as its RRP.
There’s more A Touch of Frost from Carlton (who seem to have
reclaimed the series from Universal Playback). Box sets of Series
7, 8 and 9 (these are Specials rather than full series) is showing for
the 27th of September and Series 10 for the 18th of October. Both
have RRPs of £24.99.
BBC’s 1998 play A Rather English Marriage, which starred Albert
Finney, Tom Courtney and Joanna Lumley, was previously released by
Carlton, but as yet it isn’t confirmed if they are behind a DVD release
that’s appeared for the 27th of September, with an RRP of
had word that the Definitive Collector’s Edition of Spaced
from VCI will feature a brand new eighty-minute documentary titled Skip To
The End, among other new bonus features, which include a music video and
raw footage. The set has a date of September the 27th and an RRP of
listed for earlier in the year by some of the retailers before
disappearing, but Poirot – The Hollow has now re-appear for
September the 13th. VCI has given it an RRP of £12.99.
finally, for Incoming
we’re also had word that VCI are preparing a new collection of Elvis
Costello promo videos, which will include twenty-two tracks from
Costello's Demon Records-era material. The track listing is Only Flame
in Town, I Wanna Be Loved, New Lace Sleeves,
Misunderstood, Only Flame in Town – 2, Everyday I Write The
Book, Let Them All Talk, Peace Love and Understanding,
Oliver’s Army, Radio Radio, Pump It Up, (I Don’t
Want to Go to) Chelsea, Sweet Dreams, Accidents Will Happen,
Love For Tender, High Fidelity, I Can’t Stand Up (For
Falling Down), Possession, Clubland, New Amsterdam,
You Little Fool, and Good Year For The Roses.
There was a previous compilation released by Palace, entitled Elvis
Costello – The Man, which also featured 22 tracks. Missing from the
new version are Green Shirt and Watching the Detectives,
with the two new tracks being Misunderstood and Only
Flame in Town – 2 (perhaps an alternate version?) Watching the
Detectives was released by Stiff Records, so might be owned by someone
else, which may explain its omission. It’s possible that the track listing
will change. We’ll let you know!
Now the additions to Offers...
to Chris K for letting me know that Amazon has the Robin of Sherwood –
Season 2 box set at £11.97.
has Open All Hours – Series 3, Porridge – The Christmas Specials
and Yes, Prime Minister – Series 1 at £8.99. Sendit are also
offering these as double discount bundles where you can order two titles
at the same time for a further 50p off. Look out for this option on each
of Sendit’s entries for these releases.
to Mike W for posting that MVC has put up their exclusive
Tomorrow People - Series 6, 7 & 8
set for at £35.99. Their sister site Streets Online are also listing it
and they offer free P&P above £19, whereas MVC don’t.
That’s it from me this week – I’m off next week, so the next update will
be in two weeks time. But as ever keep an eye on
The High Street forum for postings of news about bargains from
myself and the other members of
Roobarb’s DVD Forum.
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