3rd February 2005
Home Video will release Exorcist: The Beginning on April the 18th.
The film, which was re-shot by
director Renny Harlin after poor test screenings of a version filmed by
Cat People's Paul Schrader, is a prequel to the first movie in the
Warner Bros. series, and is set in 1949.
The disc will be presented in 2.35:1
ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and optional English SDH and ECM
subtitles. It's possible that the disc will not be presented in its
intended aspect ratio: cinematographer Vittorio Storaro shot the film in
his irksome Unvision format, which has an aspect ratio of 2:1. The
theatrical presentation was cropped to 2.35:1, as, it seems, will be the
The disc will include a commentary by the
director and a behind-the-scenes featurette. Interestingly, and unusually
for Warner Home Video, the UK release has a different cover image to the
one used in the US. The US disc was due at the beginning of January, but
has since been pushed back to March the 1st. RRP for the UK disc is
The Chairman of producers Morgan Creek,
James C. Robinson, has said that there will eventually be a release of
Schrader's version of the film, rumoured to be more cerebral, and
described by The Exorcist's writer William Peter Blatty as a
Hopefully a release of Schrader's version
of the fourth film would prompt Warner Home Video to look at doing a
definitive box set of the four films, which would include the existing DVD
releases, the original theatrical version of John Boorman's Exorcist II
- The Heretic, the original version of The Exorcist III (or, at
the very least, deleted and alternate scenes). More information about the
films can be found here and
Home Video is unleashing Tod Browning's Freaks on April the 25th,
as an HMV exclusive.
will feature the re-mastered version of the
film. Bonus materials are the same as the US disc, which is about half the
price of the UK edition: three alternate endings; the excellent
documentary Freaks: Sideshow Cinema; commentary by David J. Skal,
author of Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's
Master of the Macabre; and the prologue that was added to the
theatrical release of the film. The
US version of Freaks was recently the runner-up in the 2004 Roobarb
Best DVD Restoration - Film. The disc has an RRP of £15.99.
Universal Pictures is releasing Bridget
Jones - The Edge of Reason on DVD on February the 25th. Details are
sketchy (the press release mentions a box set with an RRP of £29.99, but
offers no more information, for example). The disc will offer bonus
material grouped into three sections: Bridget's Area (four deleted scenes
with director's introduction; The Mini-Break to Austria - Renée
does her own stunts; audio commentary by director Beeban Kidron), Daniel's
Area (The Big Fight; The Smooth Guide to Exotic Thailand and
Who's Your Ideal Man? quiz); and Mark's Area (Bridgit Interviews
Colin Firth, with director's introduction, Mark and Bridget Forever;
Lonely London). RRP for the DVD is £24.99.
Clouzot's controversial 1942 whodunnit Le Corbeau (The Raven)
will be released by Optimum on March the 14th. The film, about a French
town plagued by a spate of poison-pen letters, has apparently been
"digitally re-mastered", and the disc will feature an introduction by film
critic Ginette Vincendeadn. RRP for the disc is believed to be £19.99 (it
wasn't mentioned in the press release).
The Alec Guinness Oscar-nominated film
about a bigamist sailor, The Captain's Paradise, which co-stars
The Munsters' Yvonne De Carlo, is also being prepared for DVD release
by Optimum, and is due on March the 28th. The disc has a
suspiciously-cheap RRP of £9.99.
31st January 2005
It's all systems go here today! We have
three new reviews for you, two new competitions, a proper update to the
Incoming page, and a few bits and
pieces of news!
Firstly the reviews, starting with Ceri's
review of the second Journey Into Space CD box set, The Red
Planet, which was released recently by BBC Audiobooks. Tim Symonds has
kindly contributed a review of the Dutch DVD of the 1997 BBC adaptation of
Ivanhoe (there isn't a UK version). Finally there's a review of
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's two-disc DVD of Tony Scott's
searing thriller Man on Fire, which offers considerably more than
the Region 1 version, released in September last year. Sometimes it pays
to wait! Man on Fire is released here on Valentine's Day.
here or on the pack
image, left, for the Journey Into Space - The Red Planet review;
here or on the sleeve image,
right, for the Ivanhoe
review; here or on the
sleeve image, right, for the
Man on Fire review.
Ceri has very kindly given the
Incoming page an overhaul, adding
numerous titles and generally keeping it up to date.
Here's the sleeve art for Stargate SG-1
- Volume 38, which is due out February 28th. Note, particularly, the
addition of the "Season 8" text at the top of the spine.
I know that many of you are waiting for an update on Nicholas Lyndhurst's
time-travelling sit-com Goodnight Sweetheart, which Revelation
originally had pencilled in for release in March. Unfortunately, the series might not now
be released until much later this year (possibly as late as November).
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