3rd December 2004
Pictures will release Steven Spielberg's The Terminal as a
Two-Disc Special Edition DVD on January 31st.
The Tom Hanks film, about a man who finds
himself stranded in a New York airport when a civil war in his home
country prevents his return, will be presented with a choice of DTS or
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extra features include Booking The Flight -
The Script and the Story (introduction, 8m); Waiting For The Flight
(Building The Set (12m) / The Costumes); Boarding -
The People of The Terminal (interviews with Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta
Jones, Stanley Tucci and other leading cast members); The Take Off -
Making The Terminal (cast and crew interviews, 17m); In Flight
Service (two featurettes including Kumar Pallana "performing his
famous plate number", and one about John Williams' score, 5m); Landing
- Airport Stories (cast and crew's airport nightmare stories, 6m);
Making of... (HBO behind-the-scenes); Trailers; Cast and
Crew Biogs and Photo' Gallery. (Durations from the BBFC). The
BBFC has also cleared a featurette titled Tom Hanks is Viktor
(32m), which may be the Boarding featurette listed above. RRP will
1st December 2004
Granada Ventures have confirmed that
they'll be using re-mastered prints for their forthcoming Sherlock Holmes
DVDs (see yesterday's news). I'm also told that two episodes will be in
16:9 format. I have asked for more information, but suspect that this is
all we're likely to get for the time being.
George Takei will be promoting the release
of the third season of Star Trek - The Original Series by appearing
on the LK Today segment of TV AM on Thursday morning (from
8.35am). Afterwards, at 9.30am, he'll be participating in an on-line video
chat. There's more information and a chance to pre-register any question
you might have
(if you can get the link to work - I couldn't!)
29th November 2004
Ventures is re-issuing the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes series on February
the 21st. This is potentially a very interesting development, but one that
might have fans of the series tearing out their hair, as they face the
prospect of double-dipping...
Granada Ventures is releasing the series on three digistack packs:
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures and The Return (nine discs),
Sherlock Holmes: The Casebook and The Memoirs (seven discs) and
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection (sixteen discs). The two
season sets have an RRP of £49.99. The Complete Collection is
Now, it won't have escaped your attention
that the entire series was released not too long ago (in the middle of
last year), by VCI's Cinema Club. The transfer on those discs wasn't
terribly good (see the
Zeta Minor review). Since then many - if not all - of the episodes
have been re-mastered (for the the series of BBC2 repeats, and for the
recent Region 1 DVD releases), so it's to be hoped that the new discs will
use the new transfers, and will be a substantial improvement.
Unfortunately, there's no mention of any
re-mastering on the press release. Worryingly the press release says that
they will be in 16:9 anamorphic format, but I expect that's another PR
company cock-up. If Granada Ventures continues the generally-excellent
standards set by Carlton (with series like UFO), then the new
sets could be very nice indeed (especially if they're able to include the
commentary tracks that are on the recent Region 1 releases!) The discs will apparently have English HoH
subtitles (if Granada Ventures continues to follow Carlton's template,
all their releases will have HoH subtitles).
The sets will break down thus:
The Adventures and The Return
A Scandal in Bohemia, The Dancing
Men, The Naval Treaty, The Solitary Cyclist, The
Crooked Man, The Speckled Band, The Blue Carbuncle,
The Copper Beeches, The Greek Interpreter, The Norwood
Builder, The Resident Patient, The Red-Headed League,
The Final Problem, The Empty House, The Priory School,
The Second Stain, The Musgrave Ritual, The Abby Grange,
The Man With The Twisted Lip, The Six Napoleons, The Sign
of Four, The Devil's Foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria
Lodge, The Bruce Partington Plans and The Hound of the
The Casebook and The Memoirs
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax,
The Problem of Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, The
Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Illustrious Client, The
Creeping Man, The Master Blackmailer, The Last Vampyre,
The Eligible Bachelor, The Three Gables, The Dying
Detective, The Golden Pince Nez, The Red Circle, The
Mazarin Stone and The Cardboard Box.
More news on the new Sherlock Holmes discs
as I get it...
There are three new competitions today,
where you could win a copy of Twentieth Century Fox's I, Robot DVD
(a two-disc edition that knocks the Region 1 release into a cocked hat -
whatever that is); Warner Home Video's Ultimate Oliver Stone Collection
box set (which features ten movies from one of my favourite
filmmakers, as well as a bunch of rare bonus material), or a copy of the
third Star Trek - The Original Series box set (which makes good
Paramount's promise to release the series before the end of the year -
next up: Enterprise!) Please click on the banners, above, or
here for the I,
here for the Oliver Stone Collection competition, or
for the Star Trek competition.
If you've registered more than ten posts at
Roobarb's DVD Forum,
you're entitled to vote in the 2004 Roobarb Awards, for your
favourite DVDs of the year. There's only a couple of weeks left before
submissions close, so
Here's the sleeve artwork for Studio
Canal's The Devil-Ship Pirates DVD (apparently the film's now called
Devilship Pirates). The PR company has updated the details for the
release, but are still saying that it's a 4:3 release, which is alarming.
Special thanks to Ceri, who, with Sean's
help, has contributed updates to the
Incoming and Offers pages,
even though he's moved house this week! Adding to the workload this week
have been lots of behind-the-scenes changes, so Ceri's been especially
busy. So, here's....
CERI’S GUIDE TO THE
Hello everyone! I’m back this week after Sean’s
first update last week (welcome to the team, mate!). As ever there’s the
usual sort of gubbins taking place in the update to
Incoming, but there are some
interesting changes to the Offers
page. More on that later!
with the films this week…
release of the surprisingly good sequel to The Bourne Identity,
The Bourne Supremacy will have the following special features: On
the Move with Jason Bourne; Bourne to be Wild: Fight Training;
Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow; deleted scenes;
Matching Identities: Casting; Keeping It Real; Blowing
Things Up; The Go-Mobile Revs Up the Action; Scoring with John
Powell and Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene.
There’ll also be a commentary track by director Paul Greengrass. The
release has an RRP of £19.99. Universal will also be releasing a
double-pack of this film with it’s predecessor, The Bourne Identity
(the Matt Damon version, of course!), for an RRP of £27.99. Both are due
on January the 24th.
James Wan’s acclaimed horror film Saw has appeared for the 21st of
February from Entertainment in Video. There aren’t any special features
listed as yet, but it has an RRP of £19.99.
Mamet’s thriller from earlier in the year, is also being listed for the
21st of February. Again, there are no special features listed (the US disc
has a commentary by star Val Kilmer and a trailer), but Warner Home
Video’s release has an RRP of £15.99.
Dreamworks are prepping a Special Edition reissue of Meet the Parents
for January the 17th, no doubt hoping to piggy-back sales from
the sequel, Meet the Fockers, which is due in cinemas at the around
the same time. Listed extras include:
deleted scenes; Silly Cat Tricks and The Truth About Lying.
Hmm, doesn’t sound very special! As yet it hasn’t got an RRP attached to
weak Cole Porter biopic, De-Lovely, has appeared for March the 7th
from MGM. Its RRP is £15.99. Did you know that it was going to be called
Just One of Those Things at one point during production?
Pathé have the Bollywood-style crossover,
lined up for the 7th of February at £15.99.
continue my trend of name-checking a title in a review and then it
suddenly appears on the retailers a week or so later! This time is the
Nicole Kidman Australian kid’s classic
from 1983. Contender are preparing a release for February the 7th with an
RRP of £9.99.
Jim Jarmusch’s collection of vignettes revolving around
Coffee and Cigarettes
due on the 21st of February: a work he originally began in 1986, with
different vignettes filmed between then and the final release last year.
Guest cameos include Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Cate Blanchett,
Jack and Meg White (The White Stripes), Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan, GZA
(Wu-Tang-Clan) and Bill Murray. The release has an RRP of £19.99.
Abbott and Mark Achbar’s documentary, The Corporation, is being
turned into a two-disc DVD edition by Metrodome for March the 7th. The
documentary looks in detail at the detremental effect corporate greed has
on modern life, taking in third world sweat-shops to the patenting of new
life-forms. No word on the special features yet, but it has an RRP of
move onto the TV releases…
Thanks to Jason B for posting on
Forum that the BBC Shop have put up details of the special
features for Doctor Who story The Mind Robber, which is due
on March the 7th. These include: a
commentary with regular actors Wendy Padbury and Frazer Hines, guest cast
member Hamish Wilson (who stood in for Hines when he was taken ill, thanks
to some clever re-writing) and director David Maloney; a documentary,
The Fact of Fiction (34’55”), in which actors and production team
recall working on the story; a look at the career of Frazer Hines,
Highlander (22’28”), who reminisces on his career in Doctor Who
and beyond; an Easter Egg; a photo gallery and production notes.
BBC Worldwide’s release has an RRP of £19.99.
ten-minute Basil Brush clip that was part of the package of extras
destined for the Doctor Who – Horror of Fang Rock DVD has been
dropped, for space reasons. The clip, a sketch set in the Himalayas, which features two
Yeti costumes, will probably be included on another disc before too long.
The sleeve art for the Horror of Fang Rock disc is shown here.
There are a couple of new titles from Acorn being listed…
Series one of Pie in the Sky, Richard Griffiths’ BBC quirky 1994
series, has appeared for the 7th of February. The
set will be released in two parts, and probably as a complete box set,
too, though it’s not appeared as yet!
Joining Pie in the Sky on this date is the BBC’s 1971 adaptation of
Tom Brown’s Schooldays.
This starred the superb Iain Cuthbertson along with Gerald Flood (a
formidable combination!) Acorn’s release has an RRP of £24.99.
and Dudley Moore – The Best of Goodbye Again
listed for the 7th of February as well. Presumably a compilation of the
duo’s 1968 series of specials for ATV. So, far an RRP isn’t showing.
Special features have appeared for
2 Point 4 Children – The Complete Series 1 on Choices Direct. These
include A Tribute to Gary Olsen and Photo Gallery. The release is
due on January the 24th and an RRP of £16.99.
out today are three releases from Universal of cartoon series featuring
characters from Viz:
It's The The Fat Slags
(featuring the voice of Kathy Burke), Roger Mellie The Man On The Telly
/ Billy The Fish (featuring Peter Cook and Harry Enfield respectively)
and Sid The Sexist (featuring Bob Mortimer). The three have RRPs of
Universal has an box set of Alfred Hitchcock Presents – Season 1
listed for February the 21st. This is very good news for the director’s UK
fans, who lost out when the handful of episodes released as bonus features
on the US DVD movie box sets were dropped from the
versions. So far there’s no RRP listed for it.
Finally, for the changes to
is news that the two individual volumes of Astro Boy have been
withdrawn and replaced with Volumes 1 & 2 collection. The
collection has the same price as the individual volumes - £12.99 – and the
same date – 31st of January. [For what it's worth, Columbia Tristar's
trade website still has it listed as two separate releases: the first will
have fifty twenty-two minute cartoons on it. JK]
on to the interesting changes to the Offers
We’ve set-up new affiliations with some of the retailers. The retailers in
question are: 101cd, Benson’s World,
Choices Direct, HMV, Play, Sendit and WH Smith. As you can see Benson’s
World has made a return – after the migration to their new website their
pricing has begun to settle down a bit, hence their return to the
page. Buying from these retailers will help support Zeta Minor, and
it won’t cost you a penny extra! We’ve dropped the affiliation with Rowdys
– it wasn’t working out for either party (let’s just say that we’ll keep
saving for that Mars Bar!)
So, what has been added to the page this week then?
Amazon have the Sliders – Season 1 & 2 box set available on
pre-order for £26.24, with the RRP listed at the lower price of £34.99 and
not £39.99 as before. We’ll see if this is an error on Amazon’s part or a
revision of the RRP. The Day of the Triffids is now up on £9.74;
Hell Drivers is being offered at £7.25; the Amazon exclusive limited
edition I, Robot Collectors Tin is at £17.99; the Live Aid
box set is at £27.99
What has the return of Benson’s World brought us? Well, the limited
collector’s edition of
Blake's Seven - Series 2
£35.95 (this is available cheaper some of the other retailers, as I’ll
highlight in a minute, but I list it here for those of you like taking
advantage of the speedier delivery times offered by Benson’s World).
Thanks to Sean for posting that the eighteen-disc
box set is
at £79.99. Benson’s World’s unbeatable pricing for certain DD Video titles
has returned: Oh Brother! is at £12.99 and Fall of Eagles,
Secret Army – Series 3 and Survivors – Series 2 are all
Direct has their exclusive release of Network’s
George and the Dragon - The Complete Series
at £42.29 – thanks to Sean for letting us know that Choices are now
shipping this! Thanks also go to Sean for informing us that the
Airplane / Airplane 2: Collector's Edition
available for £7.49;
The Chronicles of Riddick
is at £12.99 (£7.00 off!); the
Gone With The
Wind - Special Edition is at £17.99;
Harry Potter and
the Prisoner of Azkaban is at £13.99 (£11.00 off!); the
Special Edition is at £15.99; the
I, Robot -
Special Edition at £13.99 (£11.00 off!); the
Special Edition at £17.99;
Monk - Season 1
Quantum Leap - Season 1 at £17.99; the complete
Rosemary & Thyme
- Series 2 at £29.99;
at £12.99 (£10.00 off!);
The Thorn Birds
at £12.99 (£7.00 off!);
at £13.99 (£9.00 off!);
at £13.99 and the new
box sets at £23.99 each. Lots of good stuff there!
Play has Star
Trek - Generations - Special Edition at £15.99;
Special Edition at £17.99;
Special Edition at £15.99;
The 4400 -
Season 1 at £17.99;
Doctor Who and the Daleks / Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD
at £10.99 (£14.00 off) and
The Right Spectacle - The Very Best of Elvis Costello
at £13.99 (£4.00 off). Thanks to Sean for the latter two!
fans of BBC comedy, SelectDvds has Porridge – Series 1, 2
and 3 at £8.56 each.
Finally, HMV has various DVD promotions on at the moment, as they gear up
that’s it from me, more of the same next week!
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