3rd November 2004
DD Video has formerly announced two
additions to it's ever-growing library of British horror movies: Tigon's
The Blood Beast Terror and Planet Films' Island of Terror
(both of which star Peter Cushing).
Both films have been "digitally-restored",
and will include twenty-four page booklets featuring rare stills and notes
by film historian Marcus Hearn.
The Blood Beast Terror (which has
been mastered from a print with its alternate title, The Vampire-Beast
Craves Blood), will feature an especially-filmed interview with
actress Wanda Ventham (covering her appearances in Doctor Who (Image
of the Fendahl) and UFO, as well as The Blood Beast
Island of Terror will feature an
interview with Christopher Lee, in which he pays tribute to the director,
Hammer veteran Terence Fisher.
Both films are due on January the 17th, and
have an RRP of £15.99. Here's the sleeve art...
Tartan has announced some details of their
January releases, which are spearheaded by their Wong Kar-Wai
Collection, which coincides with the theatrical release of
The Collection will comprise of three
discs: Kar-Wai's 1988 remake of Scorsese's Mean Streets, As
Tears Go By; the 60s drama Days of Being Wild; and Jeff Lau's
frantic 1990 martial arts comedy Chinese Odyssey, which was
produced by Kar-Wai.
Bonus features and technical specifications
are TBC. The release date is January 24th, the RRP for each disc is
£19.99. 2046 will be released on DVD in the Summer.
The Wong Kar-Wai-inspired 16 Years of
Alcohol, which marks the directorial debut of former The Skids
member-turned-TV presenter Richard Jobson, will also be released by Tartan
on January 24th. The disc will feature a commentary track by Jobson, and a
Making of... documentary. The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 tracks. The
RRP is £19.99.
Tartan have changed the release date of two
forthcoming titles: Super Size Me and Internal Affairs II
will now both be released on January the 10th.
details of Channel 4 Video's DVD release of the Golden Rose award-winning
and BAFTA-nominated camcorder point-of-view sitcom Peep Show are
The disc will feature all six episodes of
the first series, which is about two ill-matched flatmates, Jeremy and
Mark. Two of the episodes (episodes one and six) feature commentary tracks
by David Mitchell, Robert Webb and writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.
The disc also features six especially-shot
scenes, three featuring Jeremy (Jeremy's [Big Brother]
Audition Tape (3m); Jeremy's Last Will & Testament (3m);
Outrageous a.k.a. Celsius 488 1/3 (a 3m music video)), and three
featuring Mark (Mark's CV (3m); Scorpion Patrol: Real Life
Behind Enemy Lines - Part 1 and Part 2 (in which Mark persuades
Jeremy and the object of his affection, Sophie, to read extracts from his
novel, total 8m).
The disc will be released on November the
15th, with an RRP of £19.99. Menu screens from the disc are available
here. You can see a
trailer for the series
Vista will release M. Knight Shyamalan's ponderous thriller The Village
on DVD on January the 31st.
The film is about an small Amish-like
community, cut off from the rest of the world, who live in a valley
surrounded by woods inhabited by monsters.
The film features a very impressive debut
performance from Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of director Ron Howard), in
a role that looks likely to guarantee her an Oscar nomination. The film
also stars Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and Oscar winners Adrien Brody
and William Hurt. The film also features Sigourney Weaver and
28 Days Later's Brendan
Gleeson as village elders.
The disc will feature a series of
featurettes collectively known as Deconstructing The Village:
Real Estate: The Release of The Village
(3:30); Secret Passage: The Ending of The Village (5:30);
Landscaping: Mixing, Sound Design, Music and Editing for The Village
(11:00); Brick by Brick: The making of The Village (24:00);
Cornerstones: Writing The Village (6:30); Foundation: The Cast of
The Village (10:30). Other bonus features include deleted scenes
introduced by M. Night Shyamalan (Drill, August's Story,
Pre-Wedding, and Pipes, total: 11m); one of Night's home
movies, and a Production Photo Gallery.
The disc will have closed captions, but no
other technical details were released.
Vista Home Entertainment will release Garry Marshall's romantic
comedy Raising Helen on December the 27th.
The film stars Kate Hudson as Helen Hudson,
a high-flying model agent who is forced to adopt her sister's three
children after their parents are killed in a car accident.
Joan Cusack plays Helen's matronly sister,
and John Corbett supplies Kate Hudson's love interest, in the unlikely
form of a pastor.
The disc will feature one of Marshall's
notoriously dull commentary tracks, a blooper reel, deleted scenes and a
music video. The film has closed captions, but no other technical details
will release Frank Oz's recent remake of The Stepford Wives, which
stars Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler and Matthew Broderick, on November the
The disc will feature a commentary track by
director Frank Oz; A Perfect World - The Making of The Stepford Wives
featurette (20m); Stepford - A Definition (4m); Stepford -
The Architects (6m); The Stepford Wives (10m); The Stepford
Husbands (8m); Deleted and Extended Scenes (Square Dance,
Husbands on Driveway, Bobbie's Kitchen, Lab Sequence,
Herb on Pole, Claire's Electrocution - total 10m); a Gag
Reel (5m); and the Teaser and Theatrical trailers. The film,
the commentary and the bonus materials all have English subtitles.
The film is presented in 1.80:1 anamorphic
widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps). RRP for the
disc is £17.99. You can see some menu screens from the disc
soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande has been as industrious as ever. Their r
UK CD releases include Alien Vs Predator (Harald Kloser), The
Manchurian Candidate (Rachel Portman), Anacondas: The Hunt For The
Blood Orchid (Nerida Tyson-Chew) and Tom Sawyer (John
Their forthcoming CD releases include Jeff
Danna's Resident Evil: Apocalypse, on November the 1st; Christopher
Young's score for the US remake of The Grudge, on November the
15th; Brian Tyler's score for Robin Williams' Philip K. Dick-style
science-fiction drama The Final Cut on November the 29th; and
Evanthia Reboutsika's music for A Touch
of Spice, also on November the 29th.
2nd November 2004
A Hong Kong vampire movie starring the
equivalent of the Olsen Twins? Sound intriguing? You can read a review of
The Twins Effect by clicking the sleeve image, right, or
here. The disc was released
Update: You can see a trailer for the film
BBC is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the transmission of the first
episode of Hancock's Half Hour with a number of special programmes
The first is Hancock's Helpers, a
documentary about Hancock's various sidekicks, which will air at 11.30 on
BBC Radio 4. The programme will include interviews with several of the
surviving Hancock cast members, including Bill Kerr.
Radio 2's schedule tonight is dominated by
the Lad 'imself, with a string of classic episodes and documentary
features, beginning at 7pm.
The Times yesterday ran an extensive
article, and BBC's Breakfast programme ran a feature this morning,
so keep an eye out for other Hancock-related stuff!
1st November 2004
I was extremely busy last week, so there's
not been as much time as usual to work on this week's updates. This week
is a little less hectic, though, so I'll be adding bits and pieces to the
site all week.
Ceri's been equally busy, so the
Offers pages haven't been updated today.
We appreciate that this is not an ideal situation, and are looking at ways
to spread the workload, in order to offer a more consistent service. For
the latest DVD bargains keep an eye on the
High Street section of Roobarb's DVD Forum.
There's very little DVD news today, but I
do have three brand new reviews for you!
The first is for the Stargate SG-1 - The
Essential Scripts book, which came out a couple of weeks ago. Zeta
Minor contributor Mike Hadfield has written a review of the book,
which you can find by clicking on the cover image, left, or
Not to denigrate Mike's sterling efforts,
but the other two reviews are rather special. On offer are what I think
are the first Internet reviews of the DVD versions of two of the Summer's
highest-profile releases: Gerry Anderson fan Andrew Foxley has taken a
look at the Thunderbirds movie DVD and I've reviewed Universal's
The Chronicles of Riddick DVD. Click on the sleeve images, right, or
here for the
Thunderbirds review, or
here for the
Chronicles of Riddick review.
The Thunderbirds DVD is released on
November the 15th. As reported here
The Chronicles of Riddick is released here on December the 27th. The
US disc comes out in a couple of weeks' time, and there doesn't seem to be
any reason not to go for the Region 1 option, if you want to get your paws
on it as early as possible.
The most interesting snippet of news to
have appeared in the last few days is the partial list of bonus materials
destined for the Doctor Who - The Horror of Fang Rock DVD, which
has appeared at the BBFC.
This totals 54'39", and is made up from...
00:01:57:00 | HORROR OF FANG
00:01:28:01 | STORYBOARD
00:04:46:24 | THE ANTIQUE DOCTOR WHO SHOW
00:36:03:19 | TERRANCE DICKS FACT & FICTION
00:10:23:18 | (BASIL BRUSH) THE HIMALAYAS
The Basil Brush item apparently doesn't
have a direct connection to the story in question (it was probably
broadcast around the same time - September 1977).
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