8th December 2004
Home Video will be releasing a James Cagney DVD Collection box set
on February the 28th.
The set, which will be exclusive to HMV,
will feature four "fully restored and digitally re-mastered" films: The
Public Enemy, White Heat, Angels With Dirty Faces,
The Roaring Twenties.
Two other noir gangster films will also be
released: The Petrified Forest and Little Caesar.
The new discs will feature extensive bonus
material, although, as with some of their other recent classic archive
releases, it isn't necessarily directly related to the film.
Warner Night at the Movies 1931 - Hosted by
Leonard Maltin, with Newsreel, comedy short The Eyes Have It,
cartoon Smile, Darn Ya, Smile and 1931 trailer gallery; a new
featurette, Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public; commentary by
film historian Robert Sklar; and the 1954 re-release Foreword. The d
will also feature restored footage that hasn't been seen in seventy years
(material deleted from re-issued versions of the film to make it comply
with censorship regulations).
Warner Night at the Movies 1949 - Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with Newsreel,
comedy short So You Think You're Not Guilty, cartoon Homeless
Hare and 1949 trailer gallery; new featurette White Heat: Top of
the World; commentary by film historian Drew Casper.
Angels With Dirty Faces
Warner Night at the Movies 1938 - Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with Newsreel,
musical short Out Where The Stars Begin, cartoon Porky and Daffy
and 1938 trailer gallery; new featurette Angels With Dirty Faces:
Whaddya Hear? Whaddya Say?; commentary by film historian Dana Polan;
audio presentation of radio adaptation, featuring two of the film's stars.
The Roaring Twenties
Warner Night at the Movies 1939 - Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with Newsreel,
musical short All Girl Revue, comedy short The Great Library
Misery, cartoon Thugs With Dirty Mugs, 1939 trailer gallery;
new featurette The Roaring Twenties: The World Moves On; commentary
by film historian Lincoln Hurst.
Warner Night at the Movies 1930 - Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with Newsreel,
Spencer Tracy short The Hard Guy, cartoon Lady Play Your
Mandolin and 1930/31 trailer gallery; new featurette Little Caesar:
End of Rico, Beginning of the Antihero; commentary by film historian
Richard B. Jewell; 1954 re-release Foreword.
The Petrified Forest
Warner Night at the Movies 1936 - Hosted by Leonard Maltin, with Newsreel,
musical short Rhythmitis, cartoon The Coo Coo Nut Grove,
1936 trailer gallery; new featurette The Petrified Forest: Menace in
the Desert; commentary by Bogart biographer Eric Lax; audio
presentation of radio adaptation starring Bogart, Tyrone Power and Joan
The discs will all feature English
subtitles. RRP for the single-discs is £15.99 each, the box set will be
A box set featuring all six titles will be
released in the US on January the 25th, under the title Gangsters
HMV will also be exclusively releasing the
1963 Elvis Presley film It Happened At The World's Fair, on January
the 24th. The disc will be presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen
format, with mono audio. RRP is £15.99
6th December 2004
Let's start the week with a new review! It's for Acorn's By The Sword
Divided DVD box set, which contains ten episodes of the 1983 BBC
period drama series. Simon Dadd has watched the set, and wasn't very
impressed with what he saw. Click on the sleeve image, right, or
here to read the review.
Warner Home Video will release David
Mamet's political thriller Spartan on February the 21st. The film
will be presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen ratio, with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio, and will be accompanied by a commentary track by star
Val Kilmer. RRP is £15.99.
Marc Evans' psychological thriller
Trauma will be also released on DVD by Warner Home Video on February
the 21st. The film, which stars Colin Firth and Mena Suvari, will be
presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio. Bonus features are unconfirmed, but are currently listed as a
commentary by Evans (director of
My Little Eye) and
Firth, a Making of... featurette and a theatrical trailer.
Here's some sleeve art...
And now, for...
SEAN’S GUIDE TO THE
Hi everyone! Ceri’s away again this week, so here's my summary of the
latest updates to the
couple of retailers are now advertising Network’s Hazell: Series Two
set, which now seems to be scheduled for release on the 31st of January
seems the various rights issues that prevented the series' release earlier
this year have been resolved. The set will feature twelve fifty-minute
episodes, which were originally broadcast in 1979.
A few posts over at our friends at the Mausoleum Club have confirmed that
the second Network release of Public Eye, which will feature the
thirteen episodes of the 1971 series, should be out in time for Christmas,
but initially only at a premium price through Network’s revamped website
(not yet up and running). For fans of this excellent series, the Mausoleum
Club has a
picture of the cover slip for the four-disc box set.
The 28th of March next year sees the release of the third and final season
of the classic science-fiction TV series Lost in Space from Fox.
The release date of Fox’s poorly-received Alien Vs Predator has
been put back slightly to the 7th of March.
Fox’s next release of The Simpsons (Series 5) has also been put
back a couple of weeks, to the 14th of March 2005.
Also from Fox on the 14th of March is a new Special Edition
of Alan Parker’s very popular 1991 hit The Commitments. A number of
extras have been cleared by the BBFC.
The first BFI release (and hopefully not the last) of a collection of
British Transport Films (BTF) has also been delayed, this time
28th of February 2005.
HBO has shifted the release dates for two of their forthcoming titles:
Curb Your Enthusiasm - Series 3, due on January the 31st, will now be
released on February the 7th, and Carnivále - Series 1, due on
February the 21st, will now be released on March the 7th.
A new Special Edition of Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs is out from
MGM on 9th May, with a raft of interviews, documentaries and
other extras at £15.99.
Walt Disney’s Bambi is released by Buena Vista on a two disc set on
the 14th of February at £22.99 with a whole host of extras, including;
(Disc 1): Inside Walt's Story Meetings: watch the film alongside
script notes and meetings with Walt and the animation team as they plan
out the final picture; (Disc 2): Deleted scenes: Winter Grass and
Bambi's First Snow; DisneyPedia: Learn all about deer and
other woodland animals in this educational look at how the real life
animals compare to their animated friends; The Making of Bambi - A
Prince is Born: a featurette broken down into six different sections
all about the making of the film; The Legacy Continues: the legacy
of Bambi is continued in a brand new adventure - a sneak peek of Bambi
2: This Time It's Personal; Restoring Bambi - a behind the
scenes look at how the film was restored; Art Gallery: stills and images
from art to animation in this Disney classic; Tricks of the Trade
- a behind the scenes look at the animation tricks of the trade,
filmed in 1957 and hosted by Walt Disney; The Old Mill - an
animated short from 1937 that has been cited as one of the influences for
the Bambi artists; Disney Time Capsule - a journey back to 1942 to
see what the world and the Walt Disney Studio was like; Set Top
Extras now listed for the 24th January release of Merry
Christmas Mr Lawrence include An Interview
with Producer Jeremy Thomas;
a Making of... documentary, a text interview with Director
Nagisa Oshima, and a theatrical trailer.
Cinema Club is releasing the 1972 movie adaptation of the BBC classic
series Henry VIII and his Six Wives
on the 21st of February. The
film, which was directed by Waris Hussein, stars Keith Michell as
Henry VIII, Donald Pleasence, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Asher, Frances Cuka,
Lynne Frederick, Jenny Bos, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Michael Gough, Brian
Blessed, Michael Goodliffe, Bernard Hepton, Garfield Morgan, John Bryans
and John Bennett. The RRP is £9.99. Inexplicably, the original BBC series
remains unreleased in the UK, although it is available in the US.
Acorn’s Wartime Stories (£50.99) and Tom Brown’s Schooldays
(£16.99) are now both confirmed as being due on the 10th of January.
Next Monday sees Universal release an interesting £39.99 Coen Brothers
Collection, containing the films:
The Big Lebowski, The Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink,
and Blood Simple. Extras include an audio commentary by Jim
Piddock on Blood Simple (scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen), deleted
scenes from Barton Fink and a stills gallery.
The BBC are releasing Alas Smith and Jones next year. Alas,
it’s only The Best of… out on the 25th of April.
And now for a few new
bargains listed on the Offers page...
Amazon UK are currently offering some BIG discounts on their Gerry Anderson
box sets, including
Joe 90: The Complete Series at
£23.97 (£46.02 off!),
Stingray: Complete Series Boxset
at £21.97 (£38.02 off!) and
Thunderbirds: The Complete Series
£61.97 (£62.03 off!). Ideal for Christmas…
DVD Popcorn are offering pre-orders of Series 2 of Hazell at £30.99
(£9.00 off!), Bambi at £14.99 (£7.00 off!), The Fresh Prince of
Bel-Air at £19.99 (£10.00 off!) and Disney’s Alice in
Wonderland (Special Edition) at £13.75 (£6.24 off!).
Thanks to Borad for letting us know that the cheapest pre-order price for
next year's BBC release of the Quatermass box set is currently from
Sendit.com at only £17.99 (£12.00 off!) How low can it go…?
(Complete) Alan Bennett Talking Heads
box set is currently available for pre-order at Choices Direct at
£18.74 (£6.25 off!)
Thanks to Ceri for posting of two bargains over at Benson’s: Donnie
Darko (Director’s Cut) is up for £13.79 (£6.20 off!), and Space
Rangers (with a free copy of Dune) at only £9.99 (£13.99 off!)
are also knocking £12.79 off pre-orders of Acorn’s Wartime Stories,
at only £38.20.
That’s it for now!
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