13th January 2005
Ventura International is releasing three
Japanese horror movies under the title Asian Horror Collection.
They've been licensed from Adness / Kadokawa, the production company
behind the original Ringu.
The first, due on January the 24th, is
Shikoku, the story of three childhood friends with a hidden secret.
The disc will feature interviews with director Nagasaki Shunichi and the
two main female cast members, Kuriyama Chiaki and Natsukawa Yui, a
Making of... featurette, trailers and TV spots. The film will be
presented in 1.85:1 widescreen format.
Masato Harada's Inugami is Ventura
International's next release, due on February the 14th. The film, based on
a popular novel, is about a young schoolteacher who falls in love with a
woman who's family are guardians to evil spirits. The film will be
presented in 1.85:1 ratio.
The third release, due on March the 7th, is
Isola, about a psychic girl with telepathic powers. The disc will
feature trailers, cast interviews and a Making of... featurette.
The aspect ratio for Isola is 1.78:1.
discs are in Japanese, with English
subtitles, with a choice of DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mixes, and an
RRP of £15.99. Here are the sleeve images...
More details about Twentieth Century Fox
Home Entertainment's UK Man on Fire DVD are now available. You may
recall, from the
News page entry for the 20th of December, that some of the information
on the press release was somewhat dubious. Well, the good news is that the
UK Region 2 disc does have the option of a DTS audio track (at 754kbps),
and it is presented in the correct 2.35:1 ratio (the press release said it
was 1.85:1). The bad news is that it definitely only has one audio
commentary: the one by by producer Lucas Forster, screenwriter Brian
Helgeland and co-star Dakota Fanning is missing from the UK disc, (but is
included on the single-disc US edition). Still, in all other respects the
UK version is certainly superior. Check here for a full review in a week
Sleeve images for the James Cagney
Signature Collection, which will be exclusively available from
HMV, and associated titles The Petrified Forest and Little
Caeser, are now available (below). See the
News page entry for
the 8th of December for more
information. Oddly none of the new titles is listed on HMV's website
The titles that Tartan were due to release
on February the 21st have all been delayed a week. These are:
Sympathy For Mr Vengeance Collectors
Edition, Coffee and
Cigarettes, Angel on The
Right, Ozu Boxset 2
(Record of a Tenement Gentleman
and Flavour of Green Tea
Over Rice). I've amended the listing I added on Monday, below,
with the new information.
In other Tartan news, the Bava box set due
on March the 28th will contain Black Sunday, The Girl Who Knew
Too Much and Black Sabbath. More details when we get them...
Optimum have released details of a
four-disc, digitally-re-mastered box set of Jay Ward's wacky cartoon
series The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends,
featuring all twenty-six episodes from the first series. The set will also
feature more than thirty minutes of bonus material: Bullwinkle puppet
segments; TV promotional spots; rarely-seen US Savings Stamp Club
special episode; specially-created Many Faces of Boris Badenov
short; sneak preview at The Complete Season 2. The set is due on
February the 14th.
RRP for the set is £24.99.
Score Monthly has released another two limited edition soundtrack CD
collections, thanks to their ongoing agreement with Turner Classic Movies
The new Silver Age Classics disc combines
two jaunty scores from the 60s: Penelope, by Johnny Williams, and
Bachelor in Paradise, by Henry Mancini. Baby boomers might not
realise that Williams and Mancini were working side by side on projects
throughout the sixties (Williams performed on the incredibly popular LP
version of Peter Gunn, for example). It's just that Mancini found
fame first, with scores like Hatari!, Charade, and
Experiment in Terror. Williams rose to prominence later, with his
string of breathtaking late 70s scores, including Star Wars,
Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws.
Penelope was a lightweight,
sparkling comedy caper movie, made as a vehicle for the luminous Natalie
Wood. The film was directed by Arthur Hiller, who went on to direct a
couple of films scripted by playwright Neil Simon, and who hit the jackpot
with Love Story in 1970.
The music for Penelope was composed
by John ("Johnny") Williams, in the middle of his period scorring fantasy
TV shows for Irwin Allen (Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel,
The new FSM Penelope CD knocks spots
off the previous CD editions, from Chapter III (where it was paired with
Vic Mizzy's Don't Make Waves), and a bootleg (paired with Williams'
Not With My Wife, You Don't). The original LP featured re-recorded
source cues and variations of the jazzy main theme. The FSM offers much
more than that: it includes Williams' original score recordings,
remixed and re-mastered from the original
three-track film session recordings,
the complete album recording, and alternate
and source cues. Many of the cues are extended versions of the music heard
in the film itself. The new disc includes the film's title song, which had
lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, sung by The Pennypipers. All in all there's
almost ninety minutes of music from the film on the new disc.
Bachelor In Paradise is FSM's first
Mancini release, and it's a good partner to the Williams score. The film
was a Cinemascope vehicle for the wise-cracking Bob Hope, playing an
author of books about relationship rituals in various cultures. The score
was recorded a few weeks before Mancini had the hit of his career, with
Breakfast at Tiffany's Moon River. The new CD features the
complete original score (a rare event in itself: almost all Mancini LP
releases were re-recordings), amounting to almost an hour of music,
including about twenty minutes of source cues, alternate and demo tracks.
The disc comes with a twenty-four page, lavishly-illustrated booklet, with
liner notes and track breakdown by Lukas Kendall.
Golden Age Classics release pairs two fine 1954 score by Miklós Rózsa:
Valley of the Kings, for a hoary Indiana Jones-style Egypt-based
adventure movie starring Ivanhoe's Robert Taylor, and Men of the
Fighting Lady, a Korean war movie set on board a US Navy carrier.
Valley of the Kings was previously
available as a CD from Tickertape, a label with somewhat dubious claim to
the rights to many of their albums. FSM's authorised version is,
naturally, in a different league, not only offering much-improved audio
quality, but also more material.
Rózsa composed an extraordinary
twenty-minute "tone poem" suite for Men of the Fighting Lady,
titled Blind Flight, and this, together with the Main Title
and End Title tracks (which weren't written by Rózsa), are featured
on the new CD. The new disc also
includes music composed by Rózsa for the trailer for the 1950 version of
King Solomon's Mines. (This is in mono - the rest of the album is
in stereo, remixed and re-mastered from the original three-track film
recordings). The disc comes with a twenty-page booklet with notes and cue
breakdowns by Lukas Kendall and Jeff Bond.
The next batch of releases from the label
haven't been announced, but we know they will be by Andre Previn (the
Golden Age Classics release) and Lalo Schifrin (the Silver Age Classics
release). Label boss Lukas Kendall has also revealed that there'll be at
least one vintage Maurice Jarre score released by FSM in 2005.
FSM discs are available from specialist
retailers. The label has now farmed out its distribution to Virginia-based
Archives Entertainment, a company I've used many times, and can
11th January 2005
Bay (UK) have released more details of the forthcoming release of cult hit
Bubba Ho-Tep. As expected, the UK release will feature some
exclusive content, specifically aimed at tempting people who imported
the US version, which was
released back in May 2004, to upgrade to their Region 2 edition.
The two-disc UK version will include all
the bonus features from US disc, as well as "a host of amazing and totally
exclusive additional extras, many of which were produced especially for
this release with the co-operation of Don Coscarelli and star Bruce
Campbell. The two discs also feature specially created 3-D animated menus,
again exclusive to the UK release.":
The full line-up:
Feature presentation (widescreen); exclusive introduction by Bruce
Campbell (Easter egg); audio commentary by director Don Coscarelli and
Bruce Campbell; audio commentary by "The King" (Easter egg); optional 5.1
and DTS audio; SDH subtitles.
Joe R. Lansdale reads from his original short story "Bubba Ho-Tep";
deleted scenes with optional audio commentary (as Easter egg) by Don
Coscarelli and Bruce Campbell; "The Making of Bubba Ho-Tep" featurette;
"To Make a Mummy" make-up and effects featurette; "Fit for a King"
Elvis costume featurette; "Rock Like an Egyptian" featurette on the
music of "Bubba Ho-Tep"; music video; "The King and I" an in-depth
excavation with Don Coscarelli; UK Premiere Q&A with Don Coscarelli;
"Bruce Talks Bubba" an interview with Bruce Campbell; theatrical
trailer; photo gallery; TV spot; cast and crew biographies; character
The disc will be released on March the
21st, with a RRP of £19.99.
Optimum Releasing will release the 1998
Jude Law comedy Music From Another Room on DVD on February the 7th.
The RRP is £12.99.
Optimum will also be releasing a collection
of vintage Westerns on February the 21st: James Stewart's Broken Arrow,
John Ford's Young Mr Lincoln, Fritz Lang's Western Union,
Garden of Evil, and two films from Edward Dmytryk: Broken Lance
and Warlock. The discs have an RRP of £9.99 each.
Ask and you shall receive...sometimes!
Thanks to Cinema Club for sending over this collection of sleeve art for
their forthcoming releases. Even better is the news that the Cypher
disc will retain its Making of... featurette, the deleted scenes,
behind-the-scenes material, commentary track and cast and crew interviews.
(See yesterday's News update, below, for more information).
10th January 2005
There's a new - if slightly belated -
review for you today: Mike Hadfield has taken a look at DD Video's release
of the second season of Terry Nation's 1970s TV series Survivors.
You can read the review by clicking on the sleeve image, right, or
Sadly there's not been enough time to do
anything more than a cursory update to the
Incoming pages today. Hopefully we can rustle up something
mid-week. I've verified that the titles listed as coming out today are
still due today (at least they are as far as Play.com are concerned).
Titles that were due today that seem to have been postponed are: Hex -
Season 1 (moved to 3/10/05); and the Peanuts box set (now
24/1/05). Acorn's complete Tenko - Series 1-3 box set, also due
today, seems to have been removed from retailers' listings. There are a
few formatting glitches on the pages, which I apologise for. I'll have a
bash at tidying them up soon!
page hasn't been updated today.
As always, you can check the very latest
bargains in Roobarb's DVD Forum's
The High Street forum.
celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year, will release Delphine
Gleize's award-winning Carnages
on DVD on March the 28th. The film will be offered with a choice of Dolby
Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, with a collection of the director's
short films as a bonus. The disc will also contain a trailer, and will
have notes by Demetrious Matheou. RRP is £19.99.
seem keep to corner the market in films about real-life serial killers,
and on March the 28th they will add Chuck Parello's
The Hillside Strangler to their
film, about a pair of killers who terrorised Southern California for two
years, stars The Hitcher's
C. Thomas Howell and NYPD Blue's
will offer a choice of DTS 5.1 or Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks, and will
feature a director's commentary track, cast interviews and deleted scenes.
Notes for the release have been written by Jason Arnopp. The RRP is
Hideo Nakata's labyrinthine horror film
Chaos will be released on DVD
as part of Tartan's Asia Extreme collection, as a two-disc set with the
director's TV series Curse Death and
Spirit. The set, also due on March the 28th, will include a
Making of... documentary, and
notes by Firecracker Festival's Erika Franklin.
Chaos will be in anamorphic
widescreen format. The
RRP is £19.99.
Korean science-fiction comedy Save The
Green Planet, about a fiendish alien plot to invade the Earth,
will be released on the Asia Extreme imprint on March the 28th. The disc
will feature a choice of Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, and an
anamorphic widescreen transfer. The disc will feature an audio commentary,
cast and crew interviews, a behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted scenes,
and notes by SFX's Jayne
Dearsley. The RRP is £19.99.
March 28th releases from Tartan include
My Architect, Catherine
Breillat's Anatomy of Hell,
and a Mario Bava box set. (It actually says Maria Bava on the press
release, but I'm assuming that's a mistake!) More details on these as I
titles coming from Tartan:
16 Years of Alcohol,
Dans Ma Peau,
Days of Being Wild,
As Tears Go By,
Chinese Odyssey 2002
- Old Boy,
Sympathy For Mr Vengeance Collectors
Edition, Coffee and
Cigarettes, Angel on The
Right, Ozu Boxset 2
(Record of a Tenement Gentleman
and Flavour of Green Tea
Fox Home Entertainment is re-promoting its
collection of Rodgers and Hammerstein DVDs for Mother's Day. For a limited
time they'll be offering Carousel, State Fair, Oklahoma!,
South Pacific, The King & I and The Sound of Music
(single disc edition) at an RRP of £7.99 each. Since some of these already
sell for £7.99 at retailers like Play.com, it's likely that you'll be able
to pick up some of them for as little as £5.99!
Wienerworld will release The Very Best
of Sweet on January the 17th. The disc will feature previously-unseen
behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews with Producer / Manager
Phil Wainman and Writer / Manager Nicky Chinn, as well as material from
the original 16mm films Sweet shot to promote their singles. The
production of the disc has been overseen by original band member Andy
Scott. The disc has an RRP of £17.99 (it's available for £7.99
here at Play.com, if you're interested!)
Here's a schedule for forthcoming Cinema
Club titles (including several that haven't formerly been listed here
yet). RRP is £9.99 unless noted.
7th February - Cypher, Buffalo
Soldiers, The Soldier (1998), Red Sun, Honky Tonk
21st February - Henry VIII and His Six
Wives, Dentist on the Job, Percy
7th March - Homer and Eddie,
Can't Stop The Music
Resting Place, Ricochet, License To Kill (Denzel
Washington), Winter Kills
21st March - Warlords of Atlantis
(RRP £12.99), At The Earth's Core
The Land That Time Forgot
Doug McClure Triple (3-disc, Amaray cases, RRP £29.99)
28th March - The Lone Ranger - Colour
Episodes (5-disc Digipack, RRP TBC), The Lone Ranger - Feature Film,
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
Here are some sleeve images - sorry about
the size and quality - they're all that's available at the moment...
The following titles have been deleted by
US label VCI Entertainment: Adventures of Frank Merriwell,
Adventures of Rex and Rinty, Great Alaskan Mystery, Queen of
the Jungle, Radio Patrol, Red Berry and Scarlet
The release of controversial Channel 4
hospital drama series No Angels has been postponed by VCI. The
disc, which will feature commentary and other bonus material, will now be
released on March the 21st.
Headpress books are having a New Year
sale, which ends on January the 21st. All their Headpress, Diagonal and
Critical Vision titles are 50% off. Click
Home Entertainment will release Stargate SG-1 Volume 38 on February
the 28th. The season 8 discs will feature the usual combination of
commentary tracks on all episodes, cast profiles and behind-the-scenes
Volume 38 features the episodes
New Order (Parts I and II), Lockdown and Zero Hour.
Extras on the disc include part one of The Lowdown, "a featurette
detailing the journey from Stargate to Atlantis", The Director's Series
featurette, and photo and production galleries. RRP is £19.99.
The six-disc Stargate SG-1 Season 7
DVD box set is also released on February 28th, with an RRP of £59.99. The
set will include the feature length episode The Lost City, which
sets up the Stargate Atlantis spin-off series.
Other forthcoming MGM releases:
February 7th - Moonlight and Valentino
(£12.99), Time For The Seesaw (£12.99), Wuthering Heights
(Timothy Dalton / Anna Calder-Marshall, £12.99), Peter Bogdanovich's
Texasville (£12.99), Echo Park (£12.99), The Object of
Beauty (£12.99), Not Without My Daughter (£12.99)
February 14th - Woody Allen's Anything
February 21st - Saved! (£15.99),
Chains of Gold (£12.99), Across 110th Street (£12.99), Dog
Soldiers (Nick Nolte, £12.99)
All the MGM sleeves I was sent are already
available on Play.com, so there's no point in adding them here, and since nothing printed on them can be taken as
gospel, anyway, there's not much more I can tell you about them. MGM
generally do a pretty decent job, with no bells and whistles. Speaking of
sleeve art, does that sleeve for Chains of Gold remind you of
anything....cough - rip-off - cough! If you don't know what I'm
talking about, try rolling your mouse over the image...
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