21st January 2005
Momentum Pictures is adding four new titles
to their Take One collection on March the 21st. They are Ralph Nelson's
controversial Western Soldier Blue, John Sturges' soppy Western
Valdez Horses, the Chuck Norris revenge flick An Eye For An Eye
and John Boorman's Emerald Forest. No technical specifications were
released, but previous discs have generally been in their original
theatrical format. RRP for each disc is £12.99. Incidentally, there's
nothing on the BBFC's website to say whether or not Soldier Blue
has been resubmitted recently (the last time it was looked at was when
Universal released it on VHS in 2000). Thanks to Sally for the sleeve
The tenth series of Minder will be
released by Clear Vision on March the 7th. The three disc set will contain
the last ten episodes of the series, which were originally transmitted in
1994. Bonus materials include an exclusive interview with star George
Cole, a Series 10 Guide, extracted from the book
The Phenomenon That Was Minder, and a Where Are They Now?
HBO Video is releasing the first season of
David Simon's latest series, the gritty police drama The Wire, on
April the 11th. The set will feature twelve one-hour episodes. Bonus
features will include audio commentaries with David Simon and crew. RRP is
Freemantle Home Entertainment is
rush-releasing a DVD version of Channel 4's recent drama Jasmin. The play,
written by The Full Monty's Simon Beaufoy, is about the effect that
the events of the September the 11th attacks have on a Muslim
community in the north of England. The disc will be released on February the 7th, with an RRP
Mosaic Entertainment is releasing a box set
containing the three movies in the Ginger Snaps Trilogy (Ginger
Snaps, Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning and Ginger Snaps
Unleashed) on March the 14th.
It's likely that the three discs will be
the same as the individual versions released by the company.
Potential customers are advised to
carefully check the set's specifications against versions from other
regions (specifically the Canadian and American discs), which offer better
bonus features (but not necessarily better transfers - some of them are
non-anamorphic, for example). Details of the individual UK version of
Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning can be found in the
News entry for
October the 21st, for example.
It's going to be hard to beat the price of
the UK set, though: the RRP is £24.99, and
Play.com have it for £17.99 (better deals might be out there!)
Mosaic's press release specifies the
following bonus materials for the set:
Screen tests, featurettes, production and
Ginger Snaps Back - The Beginning
Deleted scenes, director's video diary,
Ginger Snaps Unleashed
Deleted scenes, auditions, storyboards,
Mosaic are also releasing a box set titled
Martial Arts Masters, which will feature three "ass kicking
fighting films": The King Boxer, Chinese Heroes (Chinese
Heros, according to the pack shot!) and Undiscovered Tomb.No
technical spec's were released. The set, also due on March the 14th, has
an RRP of £19.99.
20th January 2005
Here's the sleeve art for the first volume
of Stargate Atlantis. It features the first four episodes of the
season: Rising (Parts 1 and 2), Hide and Seek and
Thirty-Eight Minutes. Bonus materials include commentary tracks on all
four episodes, a VIP Set and Studio tour with director Peter Deluise, a
"Preview to Atlantis", and photo and production galleries. The sleeve
didn't scan particularly well - it's much darker than it looks here, and a
bit less purple in the flesh, so to speak.
The disc is due on March the 14th, with an
RRP of £19.99
19th January 2005
Let's get things started with a new review.
This time it's of the UK DVD of The Grudge, Takashi Shumizu's
Hollywood-funded, Tokyo-shot remake of his 2002 horror movie Ju-On. The
disc, from Universal, is due on the 14th of February (more details are at
the bottom of this column, in Monday's News update). Click on the sleeve
image, right, or here to go
to the review.
have listed a box set of The
Comic Strip Presents... series, which it says is due on the 9th of
May, with an RRP of £49.99. This may seem quite high, but unofficial
sources have suggested that the set will include all the Channel 4
episodes (twenty-two of them, I believe) and all the BBC episodes (another
sixteen episodes). It may also include at least one of the Comic
Strip-produced feature films. Sadly, it seems unlikely that new transfers
will be made for the series, which means that the company involved
(believed to be VCI) will be using analogue video source materials. Thanks
to Peter Heamon for pointing out that Play had the set listed.
More details on the Umbrella Danger Man
set (see below): the commentary tracks will be on the following
episodes: View From The Villa (Brian Clemens and
Peter Graham Scott),
An Affair of State (Peter Graham Scott) and The Nurse
(Brian Clemens and
Peter Graham Scott).
I've had a chance to take a look at two of
the films due soon from Ventura International: Shikoku and
Inugami. (For more information, see the
News entry for the
13th of January). Contrary to
the press release, both films have a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 (at
192kbps) or DTS 5.1 (at 768kbps) tracks - there's no Dolby Digital 5.1
option on either disc. There are no TV spots on the Shikoku disc,
but it does have three minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and nine
minutes of interview material. Both discs feature the same four short
trailers, for Shikoku, Inugami, Isola and the
as-yet-unannounced Shadow of the Wraith.
Shikoku is presented in 1.77:1
ratio; Inugami is in slightly window-boxed 1.8:1 ratio. Both have
anamorphic enhancement. Both discs
have nice animated menus. A very quick sampling of the two discs
reveals that both transfers have been sourced from NTSC masters.
Inugami looks fine, but Shikoku will probably be less
satisfying, with some black crushing, and a lack of fine detail.
Warner Home Video is promoting fifty-eight
"blockbusters and critically acclaimed" DVD titles between December the
26th 2004 and February the 27th 2005, at prices of £5.99, £7.99 and £9.99.
This is to tie in with the awards season: titles in the promotion have won
Golden Globes, BAFTA awards or Oscars (or any combination of these).
The £5.99 titles are: Training Day,
The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Mission (1 disc
edition), An American in Paris, Arthur, Barry Lyndon,
Bonnie and Clyde, Camelot, Gaslight (1944),
Gorillas in the Mist, Grand Hotel, The Great Ziegfeld,
Into The Arms of Strangers, Key Largo, Mutiny on the
Bounty (1935), Gigi, The Time Machine (1960), Victor
/ Victoria, Beetlejuice and Dangerous Liaisons
The £7.99 titles are: 2001: A Space
Odyssey, Batman (1989), Being There, Ben-Hur
(1959), A Clockwork Orange, The Dambusters, Days of Wine
and Roses, Deliverance, The Dirty Dozen, Dog Day
Afternoon, The Exorcist, Fame, Ice Cold in Alex,
The Fugitive - Special Edition, Under Suspicion and
The £9.99 titles are: Amadeus - Special
Edition, Around The World In 80 Days
- Special Edition, Casablanca
Special Edition, The Deer Hunter
Special Edition, Doctor Zhivago
- Special Edition, Full Metal
- Special Edition, JFK,
- Special Edition, The Matrix,
My Fair Lady
- Special Edition, Once Upon A
Time In America, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
- Special Edition, Purple Rain
- Special Edition, Ran
- Special Edition, Robin Hood:
Prince of Thieves
- Special Edition, Singin' In The
- Special Edition, A Star Is Born,
The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Circus, Unforgiven,
The Right Stuff
- Special Edition
It looks like many of the online retailers
are further discounting the £7.99 and £9.99 titles, but not the £5.99
Home Video will release the Complete First Season of Wonder
Woman on March the 28th.
The five-disc set will feature the Pilot
movie and thirteen subsequent episodes. Bonus features on the set
include an audio commentary by star Lynda Carter and executive producer
Douglas S. Cramer on the Pilot episode, and a documentary,
Beauty, Brawn and Bulletproof Bracelets: A Wonder Woman Retrospective.
(Assuming this is the same cut as the one on the US set, this is about
twenty minutes long). Technical specifications weren't mentioned in the
press release, but it's very likely that the series will be presented in
its original 4:3 aspect ratio. (It's not to be taken for granted, though -
this is, after all, the same studio that cropped Kung Fu). RRP for
the set is £29.99.
Warner Home Video will also unleash the
Duke family with The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete First Season
on March the 28th. The five-disc set will feature the first thirteen
episodes. Bonus features include a 20th Anniversary Hazzard County
Barbeque reunion documentary, with attendees Catherine Bach, John
Schneider, James Best, Sonny Shroyer, Ben Jones, Peggy Rea, Rick Hurst and
director Paul Baxley; a featurette titled Dukes Driving 101: A High Octane
Salute, which features interviews with professional race-car drivers Matt
Kenseth, Rusty Wallace, Larry Foyt, Robby Gordon, Jason Leffler and Greg
Biffle; and a commentary track by John Schneider and Catherine Back on the
first episode. The RRP is £29.99
Sleeve images for these titles:
Warner is adding another three titles to
its collection of director-themed World Cinema box sets on April the 4th.
The new sets will feature the films of Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Goddard and
Jean-Pierre Melville, sourced from the Studio Canal library (uh-oh!)
The company's second
Buñuel set will feature That Obscure
Object of Desire, Phantom of Liberty and The Discreet Charm
of The Bourgeoisie (all in 1.66:1 format).
Their second Jean-Luc Goddard set will
contain Pierrot Le Fou, Made In USA (both in 2.35:1 format)
and Prenom Carmen (1.33:1).
The Jean-Pierre Melville double feature set
will feature Bob Le Flambeur and Un Flic. Bob Le Flambeur
is in 1.33:1 format, Un Flic is in 1.77:1 format.
All the films are mono. The
Buñuel and Goddard sets have an RRP of
£29.99, the Melville double feature is £15.99.
18th January 2005
Umbrella has confirmed the final
specifications for their Danger Man - Set 1 - 45th Anniversary Special
Edition DVD box set, which is due on February the 23rd. They have also
released the final artwork, which you can see below.
The full list of bonus features is: three
episodes with exclusive audio commentaries (by writer Brian Clemens and
director Peter Graham Scott); production notes; insert booklet featuring
original ITC pressbook; original script for The Journey Ends Half Way
(in PDF / DVD-ROM format); original ITC story information (in PDF /
DVD-ROM format); cast and crew profiles; rare episode trailers; extensive
image galleries and memorabilia. As usual for Umbrella's titles, the discs
will be coded for all regions (in PAL format). You can find the
provisional artwork in the News archive,
The second series of Law and Order,
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 1 and Law & Order:
Criminal Intent - Season 1 will be released by Universal on
February the 28th.
Law & Order - Series 2
will include a bonus feature titled Law
& Order: The First Three Years. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -
Season 1 comes with two bonus items: Special Victims Unit: The
Beginning and Dann Florek Walk Through. Law & Order:
Criminal Intent - Season 1 will have a bonus titled Criminal
Intent: The Beginning.
All three titles will be six disc box set
featuring twenty-two episodes, with an RRP of £44.99.
Courtesy of Google, I've added a search
page to the site, which should particularly help visitors looking for
buttons, left. If you can't see the buttons ("Home", "Zeta Minor
Search", "DVD", "Roobarb's DVD Forum", etc), it's
possible that your anti-virus software is filtering active content on the
17th January 2005
Yikes! There's a lot of stuff to get
through today, and not nearly enough time to do it in!
Firstly, there's a new review for you
today! As far as I can tell, it's the first online review of the UK DVD of
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's hit comedy Dodgeball.
The UK disc is quite different from the US version, although the content
is fundamentally the same. Click on the sleeve image, left, or
here to go to the review. The
disc is released in two weeks' time, on January the 31st.
I've updated the
Incoming page today, checking that all
the titles listed as coming out today will actually be released today.
Titles that have slipped include the 21 Jump Street box set, from
Anchor Bay (now due 31/1/05); Demon's Elvis Costello compilation, The
Right Spectacle - The Very Best of Elvis Costello - The Videos (new
date TBC); Fat Friends - Series 1 and the Fat Friends - Series
1-3 box set (postponed to 18/4/05); the Top Gun Special Edition
(pushed back to April the 4th); and the Urban Gothic - The Complete
Series 1 & 2 set (now due 28/2/05).
Miraculously, it seems that the Blake's
7 - Season 2 box set has made it to retailer's shelves, defying those
who were expecting similar protracted delays to the ones that affected the
first season set.
My thanks to Vic Davis, for
confirming that Warner Home Video's release of the Hammer movie Devil
Ship Pirates - which is released today - is indeed in widescreen
format, contrary to what the press release said.
Video will release Six Feet Under - The Complete Third Series on
April the 4th. Oddly, there seems to be no sign of it being released in
the US. The series will feature thirteen hour-long episodes, spread across
five discs. The episodes are: Perfect Circles, You Never Know,
The Eye Inside, Nobody Sleeps, The Trap, Making
Love Work, Timing & Space, Tears, Bones and Desire,
The Opening, Everyone Leaves, Death Works Overtime,
Twilight, and I'm Sorry, I'm Lost.
The set will also include a featurette,
Living on the Ledge, and deleted scenes. RRP for the set is £49.99,
the same as the previous two sets.
Warner Home Video is releasing the
long-overdue The Iron Giant Special Edition DVD in the UK on March the 14th.
The set will include a commentary track (by director Brad Bird and
"various crew"), eight additional scenes with introductions by Bird,
including an alternate opening sequence (hopefully one that's called
The Iron Man, grumble, grumble!); thirteen branching featurettes; an
interview with creative consultant Teddy Newton on storyboarding the film;
and Brad Bird and Vin Diesel on The Voice of the Giant.
The Iron Giant will be presented in
its original 2.35:1 widescreen format, with anamorphic enhancement, and
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. RRP for the disc is £15.99. The film is a
masterpiece, and comes highly recommended to kids of all ages!
Am I the only person who's slightly creeped-out
that companies continue to exploit Michael Jackson products? HMV obviously
don't agree, as they'll be exclusively releasing Jackson's 1988 fantasy
Moonwalker to cash in on the publicity generated by the performer's
child abuse court case. Nice. The film is presented in 1.37:1 ratio, with
Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, so it seems like Warner has spared every expense
in re-mastering the film. The disc will retail for £15.99.
To tie in with the theatrical release of
the film's sequel, Warner Home Video is re-releasing Miss Congeniality
on March the 28th, as a Special Edition disc. The disc will feature
the bonus features from the existing disc - which wasn't too shabby: two
commentary tracks (including one featuring star Sandra Bullock), two
featurettes (Preparing for the Pageant and The Pageant), and
a theatrical trailer. Added this time around are a sneak preview of
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous; a Do You Have What It Takes
To Be A Beauty Queen? quiz, hosted by William Shatner, and three
deleted scenes. RRP for the new edition is £15.99.
Warner Home Video will complete their
collection of Babylon 5-related DVD releases when they issue
Crusade - The Complete Series box set on March the 28th. The five-disc
set will feature all thirteen episodes, two of them with commentary tracks
by creator Michael J. Straczynski (The Well of Forever and
Racing The Night). The set will also feature a Making of...
documentary, and a look at the creation of the series' starship, titled
Forging Excalibur. The US set is shoehorned onto four discs,
incidentally, so the UK version might have the edge in terms of bit-rate.
The series will be presented in 4:3 ratio,
with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (the same as the R1 version). RRP the set is
Finally, from Warner Home Video, is another
Stephen King-related TV movie, The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, (a
prequel to the Emmy award-winning Rose Red, which is already
available on DVD). The film, which stars Brit Steven Brand and Kate
Burton, is a period thriller based on the New York Times best-seller by
Ridley Pearson. It was directed by Rose Red and Kingdom Hospital's
Craig Baxley, who contributed a commentary track to the Region 1 disc,
which isn't mentioned in the press release for the UK disc. UK Rose
Red fans got screwed out of the commentary track for the mini-series, and
it looks like they'll be short-changing the Brits again this time around
(let me guess, it was dropped to accommodate the zillion and one subtitle
tracks?) The film will be presented in 4:3 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio. The RRP is £15.99.
Sleeve art for the Warner Home Video releases,
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
will release the third and final season of Lost In Space on March
the 28th. The seven-disc set will feature all twenty-four episodes,
including the notorious Great Vegetable Revolution. The set will
feature six 1995 interview clips (with Bill Mumy and Jonathan Harris -
three each); two dozen "Next on Lost in Space" teasers (1m each);
twenty programme interstitials (30" each) and four network bumpers and
tags (10" each). The seventh disc will also include a 40" "act break" for
Target: Earth, and an interstitial blooper. As usual, the episodes
are presented in their original 4:3 format, with mono Dolby Digital 2.0
audio, and optional English HoH subtitles. The RRP is £49.99.
have a look at Universal Pictures' forthcoming DVD release of The
Grudge remake, which is due on February the 14th. How romantic! The
disc features an anamorphic widescreen transfer, in 1.85:1 ratio and a
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track (at 448kbps). Initially it seemed that the
UK version might be different from the US disc, because it looked like the
US version featured an extra titled Behind The Grudge, and the UK
version contained something called The Birth of the Grudge. In
fact, they're the same thing: the forty-eight minute documentary A
Powerful Rage: Behind The Grudge is broken down into chapters, and
The Birth of the Grudge is the first. The disc also features a twelve
minute featurette, Under The Skin, looking for a medical
explanation of the fear response, and a commentary track, featuring stars
Sarah Michelle-Gellar, Clea DuVall, Jason Behr, KaDee Strickland,
producers Robert Tapert, Ted Raimi and Sam Raimi, and screenwriter Stephen
Susco. Hey, Universal, when are you going to release Robert Tapert and Sam
Raimi's American Gothic???
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