will release The Chronicles of Riddick on DVD on December the 27th.
The disc will feature a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio (at 384kbps) and optional English HoH subtitles.
The extras will include the Virtual
Guide To The Chronicles of Riddick (10m, short profiles of various
characters and places); Toombs' Chase Log (a video diary by the
Merc, Toombs, 10m); Riddick Insider: Facts on Demand (pop-up
information captions); Visual Effects Revealed (6m); Riddick's
Worlds (a 3m tour of the sets, hosted by Vin Diesel, and ten
interactive panoramic set browsers); the first level of the X-Box game
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (available if you
play the disc in an X-box); and DVD-Rom gubbins. If you're thinking that
that all sounds a bit skimpy, you'd be right.
The Visual Effects Revealed
featurette isn't mentioned in the press release, by the way, which is why
you won't find it mentioned by news sites that merely regurgitate what's
spoon-fed to them. Rest assured, though, that it is on the disc (and so
the bonus features match those announced for the Region 1 disc, which is
due on November the 16th).
RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Cult TV website has added weight to the rumour
that BBC Worldwide (or 2 Entertain, or whatever they're going to call the
new partnership), will be releasing the excellent 1981 TV adaptation of
The Day of The Triffids next year. There are more gossip about what
other neglected BBC gems might be turning up in
this thread at Roobarb's DVD
On the other hand, DD Video's release of
the 1954 version of Nineteen Eighty-Four has vanished from the
lists of some of the online retailers, suggesting a delay. I've asked DD
Video to comment on this, and will pass on their response if there is one.
27th October 2004
Network has made an announcement about
The Complete Ripping Yarns audio problem, which you can read below.
There's been no statement about the similar
problems that affect The Adventures of Robin Hood - The Complete Season
Three and The Life and Loves of a She Devil discs.
A small number of
discs from the initial pressing of The Complete Ripping Yarns was
affected by a fault which on some TVs or surround sound systems manifests
as absent / weak sound coming from the rear speakers. Anyone who has
purchased The Complete Ripping Yarns and has been affected by this
problem can obtain replacement discs with refund of postage by sending
both discs only (as proof of purchase) but with no original packaging to:
Ripping Yarns DVD Exchange
Unit 7.1.1 The Leathermarket
Please allow 7-10 days for your replacement
to arrive. Network apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused.
26th October 2004
There's a new competition starting today,
offering you the chance to win a copy of the 3rd Rock From The Sun -
The Complete Fourth Season box set, courtesy of Network. Click on the
banner, above, or
to go to the competition page.
25th October 2004
A very modest update today... there'll be
more reviews in the next couple of days.
Ceri's taking a break this week, so the
Incoming page has been given no more
than a cursory once-over. I've checked all the titles listed as coming out
today against Play.com, and moved those that probably won't be appearing.
Titles that were listed for today, but
appear to have been postponed are The Marlon Brando Collection Box Set
(now due 22/11/04); Kim Possible - A Stitch In Time (now TBA);
Jupiter Moon - Season 3 (29/12/04) and The Rita Hayworth
Collection Box Set (8/11/04). Copies of The Sweeney - The Complete
Fourth Series have been leaking out to retailers for the last week or
so, because of the various schedule changes, but the official release date
is today, so it should be widely available.
Recent clearances at the BBFC include the
feature-length version of the 1968 Danger Man story Korashi
(interesting...); fifteen minutes of unspecified bonus material for The
Box of Delights; a director's commentary for The English Patient;
an uncut version of Abel Ferrara's Cat Chaser (reinstating 17" of
material cut for the theatrical and subsequent home video versions);
Godfrey Reggio's Naqoyqatsi; ninety-minutes of bonus material for
Star Trek - Voyager - Season 5; lots of bits and pieces for the
Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King four-disc set and Fox's
I, Robot; and half an hour of bonus material for the original version
of The Parent Trap.
There are two new competitions starting
today, and there'll be a third starting as soon as I've sorted out a few
details with the PR company. In the meantime I'll keep the Warner Home
Video Cult Horror competition open. This week's competitions offer the
chance to win a copy of the fourth and final The Sweeney box set,
from Network; and the third and final series of Millennium,
from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Click on the banners,
above, or here
for the Sweeney - The Complete Fourth Series competition, or
here for the
Millennium - The Complete Third Season competition.
I'm very happy
that Fox has honoured their promise to release all three seasons of
Millennium (and in such quick order, too!) If you haven't heard, the second
(and, apparently, the third) seasons of the series are presented in
anamorphic widescreen format for the first time, and they look terrific.
Check out a few screen shots from the season two set
(warning - slight spoilers!) Hopefully it won't be long before Fox release
Chris Carter's spin-off from The X-Files, The Lone Gunmen.
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