5th January 2005
Network titles due later this month have been officially announced.
The first is a general release for
the George and The Dragon box set, which is currently available
Choices Direct. The
four-disc set will have an RRP of £49.99. We reviewed the set when it was
originally released: click here
for the details.
The fourth and final season of The
Adventures of Robin Hood will be released on January the 24th. The
three-disc set features all twenty-six half-hour episodes, and has an RRP
of £24.99. (Previous seasons were £39.99, but they were substantially
longer, with thirty-nine episodes each). As before, there are no bonus
features. A review of the Season 3 set can be found
Also due on the 24th is Shillingbury
Tales, a two-disc set featuring ATV's charming 1981 series about life
in a small village. Details are a bit sketchy: the press release doesn't
specifically mention that the set features the pilot film, The
Shilllingbury Blowers, but it is one of the episodes recently
certified by the BBFC, and the press release's quoted running time (385m)
seems to confirm it will be. The series features Robin Nedwell and Diane
Keen. The set, which has an RRP of £19.99, will also feature a photo'
Other titles due from Network in January
include 3rd Rock From The Sun Season 5 and a re-issue of 3rd
Rock From The Sun Season 6,
Cloppa Castle Series 2, Charley Says 2, and the
Charley Says Limited Edition set (which bundles the new title with the
first volume), all due on the 24th. A week later there's Hazell Series
2, Press Gang Series 4 and Soldier Soldier Series 3.
There'll be no official press release for any of these titles, so you're
pretty much on your own, I'm afraid!
The BBC's Doctor Who website has
revealed the cover for the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which
is undergoing a design change in preparation for the new series. More
here. Trailers for the new series are now beginning to appear, so keep
Universal is lining up a number of classic
movies for release in March, including: Billy Wilder's definitive film
noir Double Indemnity, and Preston Sturges' great comedies
The Lady Eve and Sullivan's Travels.
Vista has a package of movies lined up for release in February, beginning
with Yimou Zhang's beautiful Hero, about warring factions in feudal
China. The disc will feature three bonus items, as per the R1 edition:
Inside The Action: A Conversation with Quentin Tarantino and Jet Li
(13m); a featurette, Hero Defined (25m) and storyboards for four
sequences: Golden Forest, Library, Ring of Iron and
Lake. (Timings for these are taken from the US version, which was
presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 format, with a choice of English Dolby
Digital 5.1 or Mandarin Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 tracks). The film's
been out in other regions for ages, including a pretty decent two-disc
edition with a second disc of bonus materials, from Edko Films, Hong Kong.
The following week, on the 28th, Buena
Vista will release Miracle, Gavin O'Connor's film about the Herb
Brooks, the coach of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team for their battle
against the seemingly-invincible Russians. The film stars Kurt Russell and
Patricia Clarkson. The disc will feature two bonus items: The Making of
Miracle (18m) and Outtakes (5m).
The British-made horror flick LD-50,
which features Mulholland Drive's Katherine Towne and former Spice
Girl Melanie Brown, is also due on February 28th, as is Marcus Adams'
stylish-but-odd thriller Octane, which stars Madeleine Stowe,
Mischa Barton and Bijou Phillips. Octane was released on DVD as
Pulse in the US, with an anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 transfer.
Buena Vista's press releases don't mention
the RRP or technical spec's.
Here are details about the next
Kaleidoscope archive television event:
Saturday 12th March
2005, 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Stourbridge Town Hall, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK
12:00 Enemy at the
Door - "By Order of the Fuhrer" – first episode of the celebrated
drama set in the Channel Islands under German occupation. Written by
Michael Chapman and starring Alfred Burke (in a favourite role), Simon
Cadell, Anthony Head and Bernard Horsfall.
Enemy At The Door episode
13:00 Pardon the
Expression - Sailor Home from the Sea - Arthur Lowe is Mr
Swindley in this sixties sitcom
13:30 Noggin the
Nog - Noggin and the Omruds, episode one
13:45 On The Beat
- The Careers of Michael Chapman and Peter Cregeen - special
presentation including footage from The Bill, The Sandbaggers,
Undermind, Out of the Unknown and The Protectors
14:00 Guest Panel -
Michael Chapman and Peter Cregeen discuss their long and illustrious
careers. The panel includes a showing of the only surviving footage from
Frontier, ABC's last drama series about life on the North Western
16:00 The Phantom
Raspberry Blower of Old London Town starring Ronnie Barker
16:30 Michael Chapman
introduces Mr Palfrey of Westminster -The Honeypot and the Bees.
Superb espionage series with a touch of class
17:30 Tex Tucker is
Sheriff of Four Feather Falls
17:45 The Richard
Down Archive - an extract from a missing edition of The Multi-Coloured
Swap Shop found in Richard's archive
Detectives - Sherlock Holmes investigates The Four Oaks Mystery,
18:05 Dennis Potter's
Shaggy Dog - a newly rediscovered work from the master playwright
12:00 Out In the
Open - Roy Marsden stars in this 1983 play
13:00 The Bill
- Free Wheel - an excellently scripted P. J. Hammond episode,
produced by Peter Cregeen and starring Lizzy McInnerny and Liz Gebhardt
Minute Theatre - Scarborough
14:00 Joe Orton's
play Funeral Games from 1968
15:00 Two Per Cent
- 1983 play by Alma Cullen
Houseman's Word - Glenn Chandler's first play, said to have inspired
16:30 A Touch of
the Casanovas - comic play starring Frankie Howerd, in the style of
17:30 The Bill
- The Short Straw. The highest rated episode of the series under
the helm of Michael Chapman
- Patrick Troughton is Jasper Shrig
All material at
Kaleidoscope events is screened with the permission of the copyright
Programmes and timings
may be subject to change before the day
Guests appear subject to
professional and personal commitments
In 2005, Kaleidoscope is
supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution once again
3rd January 2005
A very Happy New Year to you all!
Can you believe it's now ten years since Voyager was first
2005 is going to be a very interesting -
and expensive - year for loyal Star Trek fans. There are only a
couple more Voyager sets to release now (due in March and April).
By the end of the year Paramount will have released all four seasons of
Enterprise on DVD (including episodes that haven't even aired in the
US yet), which will bring them right up to date. There are
three more movie Special Editions to go (First
Contact is due in April, Insurrection in June and Nemesis
in November), which will only
leave the generally un-loved animated series unreleased. Paramount is
going to have to come up with something very special if it wants to keep
control of fans' wallets in 2006!
SEAN'S GUIDE TO THE
welcome to the first update of 2005.
this week is news of a complete series release of The Darling Buds of
May from Granada on the 7th of February. Priced at £39.99 RRP this is
being advertised as a Special Edition, though what extras it will feature
aren’t yet known.
The same week
sees the release of two more Midsomer Murders from Acorn (Ring
Out Your Dead and Worm in the Bud) at £16.99 RRP each.
Also that week we have the complete Water Margin box set out from
Fremantle at £99.99 RRP.
Power Game: Series 1 from Network seems to have slipped by a couple of
weeks to the 14th of February. However, that week does have Lynda Le
Plante’s The Commander box set from Contender, at £34.99 RRP. Also
on the 14th comes the two-disc set of Hammer House of
Mystery and Suspense - Volume 1 from DD Video at £24.99.
week has the fifth series of Lovejoy finally released as a box set
from Delta at £39.99 RRP. Whatever caused the delay in releasing this (and
the forthcoming sixth and final series) has seemingly been resolved.
There’s no word yet as to the complete six-series box set, which was
rapidly withdrawn from sale last year. Watch this space…
The 14th of
February also has an Amazon exclusive release of
Miami - Complete Season 1
from Momentum at £59.99 RRP, and the 5 disc
Wire in the Blood - The Complete 1st & 2nd Series
box set from Revelation at £29.99 RRP. If tales of rape and murder don’t
tickle your fancey on Valentine’s Day, Touchstone’s
The English Patient – Special Edition
should do the trick, even though it carries a surprisingly high RRP of
£22.99 (That’s only two pounds less than Warner Home Video’s four-disc,
completely-restored Gone With The Wind set, due on February the
On to the 7th
of March, and the third series of Butterflies is released by Acorn,
at £24.99 (the fourth series is due for release on the 11th of April).
That week also sees two more Acorn releases of Foyle's War (The
French Drop / Enemy Fire and They Fought in the Fields / War of
Nerves), both at £24.99 each. We also see a special edition release of
the animation Pocahontas from Disney at £21.99 RRP.
series Cheers will be released by Paramount on the 28th of March at
£34.99 RRP, alongside the BBC’s I Am Not an Animal at £15.99.
Extras on the set include Behind the
scenes; Improvisation footage; Early design of characters; Test animation
sequence and Rehearsal
The 4th of
April has Stargate Atlantis - Volume 2
out from MGM at £19.99 RRP.
A week later
the Special Edition two-disc release of
The Amityville Horror
comes out, with a raft of extras including
Dr Hans Holzer’s Introduction to
the Audio Commentary; For God’s Sake Get Out; History’s Mysteries –
Amityville: The Haunting; History’s Mysteries – Amityville: Horror or
Hoax; Theatrical Trailer; Radio Spot – The First Night; Radio Spot – The
Fifth Night; Radio Spot – The Tenth Night; Radio Spot – The Fifteenth
Night; Radio Spot – You’ll Never Forget; Radio Spot – The Last Night
and Radio Spot – Running for
The 11th of
April promises a complete series release of Paradise Postponed
(from Acorn?) at £59.99 RRP. There is also a Part One release on the same
day at £19.99 RRP. Two further Acorn releases of Midsomer Murders
are out that day, too: Murder on St Malley's Day and A Talent
for Life, at £16.99 RRP each.
later, on the 9th of May, Acorn will release a complete three-series box
set release of the 1970s BBC production Wodehouse Playhouse
(starring John Alderton and Pauline Collins ), with an RRP of £59.99. In
common with many of Acorn’s box set releases, each of the series will be
on sale separately on a monthly basis, with Series 1 available on
the same date, at £19.99 RRP.
Acorn (lots of news from them this week!) is word that the classic series
The Pallisers is due for release in a complete three-series box set
(provisionally set for the 7th of March – price TBA).
Now onto a
summary of the week’s new bargains, and they are numerous. All the major
online retailers have New Year sales taking place, with some of the more
obvious current price reductions flagged-up over on the
Here are a
few of the good ‘uns…
Amazon have all the Star Trek TNG and DS9 box sets on
offer at £32.97 each, The Complete Band of Brothers at £27.97
(£32.02 off), the Indiana Trilogy box set at £23.97 (thanks to
nebiroth for posting about that one), and the thirty-one-disc monster set
of Poirot for only £104.97 (£95.02 off!). Amazon also have The
Power Game Series 1 from Network up for pre-order at £29.99 (£10.00
off). Caution is advised when considering the Poirot box set, though:
Granada be lining up a re-mastered set, like they’re doing with the Jeremy
Brett Sherlock Holmes series?
Benson’s World has the complete Good Life box set from
Acorn up for pre-order for £59.95 (£20.04 off).
have a few good offers: Doctor Who - Ghost Light has been
reduced further, and is now only £6.00 (£13.99 off); Coupling Series 4
is £6.99 (£13.00 off); Night of the Big Heat is £4.99 (£11 off); the
Daredevil Special Edition is £4.99 (£18.00 off) and the feature-packed
Once Upon A Time In The West is £5.99 (£14.00 off).
are continuing with their ‘cheapest R2 Voyager offer’ with Star
Trek: Voyager – Season 5 now available for only £49.99 (£35.00 off).
Choices Direct is offering the complete Michael Palin
Collection at £59.99 (£20.00 off) and The Waltons: Season 1 at
£29.99 (£10.00 off).
Play are currently offering Bugs – The Complete Series box
set for only £29.99 (£10.00 off -thanks to
for letting us know about that); the Hellraiser: Lament Configuration
box set at £14.99 (£20.00 off) and The Parent Trap at £7.99 (£8.00
That’s it for
now, so a happy and prosperous 2005 to you all. Till next time, ciao.
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