will release a best of... disc of episodes from their animated
series Family Guy on April the 18th. The disc, The
Freakin' Sweet Collection, features five episodes picked by series
creator Seth McFarlane. These are Road To Rhode Island (a spoof of
the Crosby / Hope Road To... movies), To Love and Die in Dixie
(which finds the Griffin family enrolled in the witness protection
programme), I Am Peter Hear Me Roar (Peter is given awareness
training after being accused of sexual harassment, and gets in touch with
his feminine side), Lethal Weapons, and the unaired episode When
You Wish Upon a Weinstein.
Bonus features on the set include
commentary tracks on four of the five episodes, a sneak preview of season
four (currently in production), and a look at MacFarlane's latest
endeavour, American Dad. Fans of the series will realise that the
commentary tracks for these episodes are new - they weren't included on
the previous releases, either here (on the Family Guy - Uncovered
box set bonus disc), or on the R1 version. Kudos to Fox for not taking the
easy option, which would have been to simply recycle material that had
already been released.
Commentary participants are: Road To
Rhode Island - Brian and Stewie; To Love and Die in Dixie - Seth
MacFarlane, Daniel Palladino, Steve Callaghan, Danny Smith and Mike Henry;
I Am Peter Hear Me Roar - Seth MacFarlane, Chris Sheridan, Alex
Borstein, Craigh Hoffman; Lethal Weapons - Seth MacFarlane, Chris
Sheridan, Garrett Donovan and Steve Callaghan.
RRP for the new disc is £12.99.
According to a message from the
Fan Club, the first season of the LWT series will be released on
May the 23rd, with unspecified bonus materials. This is presumably coming
from Network. Click here for
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Home Video will release the fourth season of ER on May the 16th.
The four-disc set will feature all twenty-two episodes (presumably, as
before, some discs will be DVD-18s). The season was the first to feature
Alex Kingston as Doctor Elizabeth Corday, and the only one to feature
Maria Bello as Doctor Anna Del Amico.
Bonus features on the disc will include
Outpatients Outtakes and an Easter Egg. As usual, the episodes
will be presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby
Digital 2.0 audio. The RRP is £44.99.
Warner Home Video will release two
Academy Award-nominated war movies on May
the 2nd: Michael Curtiz' 1941naval drama Dive Bomber, which stars
Errol Flynn and Ed MacMurray, and 1968's Ice Station Zebra, the
adaptation of the Alastair MacLean bestseller, starring Rock Hudson, Jim
Brown, Ernest Borgnine and Patrick McGoohan. Dive Bomber will be
presented in full-frame format, with mono audio. Ice Station Zebra
will be in 2.2:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The Ice Station
Zebra disc will feature a contemporaneous Making of... featurette,
The Man Who Makes A Difference (7m) and a theatrical trailer. RRP is
£15.99 each. Here's the US disc sleeve art, which will be used as the
basis for the UK discs...
Further the the information announced on
January the 17th,
about the Miss Congeniality Special Edition disc, Warner has also
announced Miss Congeniality - The Deluxe Edition Giftset, which
will include the CD soundtrack for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed &
Fabulous, which features tracks from artists including Pink, Natasha
Bedingfield, Thelma Houston, Paul Anka and Ike and Tina Turner.
Both discs are due on March the 21st, four
days before the sequel gets a theatrical release. RRP for the Giftset
Here's sleeve art for the two new Miss
Buena Vista will release Zach Braff's
excellent drama Garden State on May the 5th. The film, about a
young man who returns to his New Jersey home town to attend his mother's
funeral, and encounters a quirky soul mate, features Scrubs star
Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Ian Holm.
The disc will feature two commentary
tracks: one by writer / actor / director Braff and Portman, and a second
by Braff, director or photography Lawrence Sher, editor Myron Kerstein and
production designer Judy Becker; deleted scenes with optional commentary;
a Making of... featurette; outtakes and bloopers and a promo' spot
for the soundtrack. Aside from a note that the film will feature closed
captions, no technical details were announced. This seems to be identical
to the US disc, which has a 2.35:1anamorphic format, with 5.1 Dolby
Here's Buena Vista's schedule for the next
couple of months:
14th March - Finding Neverland,
One From The Heart, Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time, Chip 'N'
Dale - Volumes 1 & 2, Mickey's Laugh Factory,
Donald's Laugh Factory, Extreme Sports Fun, Jasmine's
Enchanted Tale - Journey of a Princess, Disney Princess Stories
Volume 1 - A Gift From The Heart, The Magical World of Pooh -
Volumes 7 & 8, Timon and Pumbaa: Dining Out With Timon and
Pumbaa - Volume 2, Timon and Pumbaa: On Holiday - Volume 3
18th March - The Incredibles
21st March - Power Rangers Ninja Storm:
4th April - Chronological Donald,
Mickey in Living Colour Volume 2
11th April - Alice In Wonderland,
18th April - Power Rangers: Day of the
Dino, Ella Enchanted
25th April - National Treasure
9th May - The Aviator
16th May - Garden State
6th June - Ladder 49
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
will finally release the Director's Cut of Daredevil on DVD
on May the 2nd, almost six months after the Region 1 version was released.
The disc features a new version of the film, with approximately thirty
minutes of additional footage, including the sub-plot featuring Coolio's
character, who was featured in the trailers for the theatrical edit. By
all accounts, the new version of the film is grittier, and more brutal,
with less emphasis on the relationship between Matt Murdock and Elektra.
Bonus features on the new disc include a
new commentary track, by director Mark Steven Johnson and producer Avi
Arad and a featurette comparing the two versions, Giving The Devil His
Due (US version: 15m).
The disc will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with DTS 5.1 audio. The RRP is £19.99.
Elektra will be released on May the 30th.
It looks like the
Lost in Space - Complete Third Season
artwork we featured on the
News page for the
10th of February is going to be the UK art, after all. Fox has
updated the artwork on their trade website, and it now carries BBFC
logo's. Note, too, that the spine logo has changed, the Fox logo' is
different, and the spine image of the robot has been dropped.
Universal will release the first season of
Michael Mann and Dick Wolf's slick 80s cop series Miami Vice on
April the 25th. The eight-disc set features all twenty-two episodes of the
1984-5 season, including the Pilot episode. The series has been
re-mastered, and features a remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack, featuring
performers like U2, Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.
The set features about half an hour of
bonus material, including The Vibe of Vice ("how Miami Vice changed
the face of television"), Building the Perfect Vice ("from
development to primetime"), The Style of Vice ("how Miami Vice's
trend-setting fashions gave the series its signature look and influence
pop culture), The Music of Vice ("how Miami vice transformed
television storytelling, attracting music's biggest stars to the series")
and Miami After Vice (how the city of Miami has evolved since the
The set has an RRP of £49.99.
will release the recent comedy Without A Paddle on April the 18th.
The film, about three friends who go on a disastrous Deliverance-style
Oregon camping trip, stars Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard.
The disc will feature a commentary by director Steven Brill, a video
commentary by the cast and director; MTV's Making The Movie: Without A
Paddle featurette; thirteen additional scenes with optional director
commentary; and a theatrical trailer. No technical specifications were
available. RRP for the disc is £17.99.
Following last week's announcement of a new
edition of Tinto Brass' Salon Kitty from US label Blue Underground
(News - 2nd March)
comes news of the UK release of a "fully restored Director's Cut" release
of the film, in its original widescreen format, featuring "21 minutes of
never-seen-before footage". (As with most UK press releases,
"never-seen-before" this probably discounts discs from other regions). The
UK version, from Argent Films, will be released on April the 25th. Bonus
features include an exclusive interview with Brass (in English, 24m), the
theatrical trailer, and trailers for Argent's Forbidden Fruits and
Westerns Trail releases. The Brass interview on the two-disc
limited edition Blue Underground Salon Kitty set ran for fifteen
minutes, so this should indeed be exclusive to this new UK edition. The
RRP is £19.99.
Finally, here, hot off whatever the
electronic equivalent of the presses is, is the sleeve art for Momentum's
forthcoming Total Recall disc... enjoy!
7th March 2005
Ceri has updated the
Incoming page with new information about
forthcoming titles, including details of all of Network's March and April
titles, and a provisional release date for Scorsese's terrific The
Pictures will release a two-disc Special Edition version of Ron Howard's
Apollo 13 on April the 11th, thirty-five years to the day after the
real Apollo 13 launched.
The set will feature a DTS 5.1 audio mix
(no other technical details were announced), and "cast and crew feature
commentaries" (probably the Ron Howard and Jim and Marilyn Lovell tracks
from the old version, as per the equivalent new R1 release). It will also
feature the Lost Moon - The Triumph of Apollo 13 documentary (from
the old disc), as well as a new documentary about man's achievements in
space over the last forty-five years, Conquering Space: The Moon and
Beyond (45m), and a featurette where members of Mission Control and
the space crew recount their own recollections of the Apollo 13 story,
Lucky 13: The Astronauts' Story (12m). The disc will also include an
original theatrical trailer (3m). Oddly, there's no mention on the press
release about the second disc featuring the IMAX version of the film - a
key selling point of the forthcoming R1 version, which is due on March the
29th. RRP for the new disc is £19.99.
2 Entertain will release the third season
of Footballers Wives as a nine-episode, three-disc box set on April
the 25th. The set, which has an RRP of £24.99, will feature exclusive
bonus materials: cast interviews, outtakes, plus "Hazel Baileys tour of
Earls Park" (sic).
The company will also issue the sixth
series of Bad Girls, on the 20th of June. The four-disc box set
will feature all twelve episodes, plus exclusive bonus cast interviews,
outtakes, and a feature on Bad Girls The Musical. RRP for the set
There seems to be nothing to be gained from
summarising this press release from Tartan about their forthcoming Paul
Morrissey box set, so here it is in its entirety...
Tartan Video’s Paul Morrissey boxset has been postponed
because the director himself has become personally involved in the
project. With all three films – Flesh, Trash, and Heat
– all being fully passed uncut for the first time in the UK, Tartan
plans on making its boxset the very best possible.
Newly mastered prints will ensure maximum picture quality
and sound, whilst Morrissey is making a whole series of extras available
to include in the package. These will include some short films, deleted
scenes, and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage of life in The
Factory. In addition, negotiations are underway to access commentaries and
While all the materials are being sourced and approved,
Tartan has postponed the release date. It is hoped that the boxset will be
re-scheduled for a July release. Full details will be announced nearer the
MGM Home Entertainment has announced its
April releases. As usual with MGM, there are scant technical details, and
information about bonus features - where there are any - are sketchy. Many
of these titles have been featured here and on the
Incoming page for some time, so this is a
their releases are two-disc Special Edition versions of three
Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns: A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few
Dollars More and A Fistful of Dynamite. All three films have
been digitally restored and re-mastered, with new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
mixes (there's no word if the original audio mixes will be available as an
All three discs will include a commentary
track by genre expert Sir Christopher Frayling; a restoration featurette,
Restoration, Italian Style, with John Kirk; Location Comparisons
(inter-cutting then-and-now shots, set to music); a Collectors Gallery,
radio spots and theatrical trailers.
A Fistful of Dollars' bonus
features include A New Kind of Hero; a Clint Eastwood featurette,
A Few Weeks in Spain; Monte Hellman's analysis of the prologue,
Not Ready For Primetime; three friends reminiscing about Leone in
Cinque Voci; The Lost Prologue, shot in the 70s, with Harry
Dean Stanton; radio spots; and a double bill trailer for A Fistful of
Dollars and For A Few Dollars More.
For A Few Dollars More will include
A New Standard, which features Frayling discussing Leone in a
featurette titled A New Standard; Back For More Eastwood
three friends reminiscing about Leone in
Cinque Voci; a featurette on alternate versions of the film, including
The Original American Release Version;
and a double bill trailer for A Fistful
of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More.
A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck
You Sucker!) will feature the missing ending; Sir Christopher
Frayling's The Myth of Revolution; co-writer Sergio Donati
Remembers Duck You Sucka!; a behind-the-scenes look at the Leone
exhibit at The Autry Exhibition, Once Upon A Time In Italy;
Sorting Out The Versions featurette on the various versions of the
The new Leone discs will be released on
April the 18th, and will have an RRP of £19.99.
Two collections of six episodes from the
1990s Outer Limits series are being released on April the 11th,
with £15.99 RRPs. These are Aliens Among Us and Sex and Science
Fiction collections. Episodes included are I Hear You Calling
and Second Soul on Aliens Among Us and Bits of Love
and Caught In The Act on Sex and Science Fiction. Oddly,
these don't match the two collections released in the US. They had the
Sex and Science Fiction collection (which also included Valerie 23,
The Human Operators, Skin Deep and Flower Child) and
a compilation called Time Travel and Infinity, (which featured A
Stitch in Time, Tribunal, Gettysburg. Time To Time,
and Patient Zero). The Time Travel and Infinity
collection was being listed by some retailers, along with the other
two R2 sets, but this seems to have been dropped.
More comprehensive collections of episodes
from the series (most of the first two seasons, and all of the third
season) have been released in Canada, but these are apparently the
censored (non-cable TV) versions.
Conspicuous by their absence from the press
release are the two season sets of the original 60s version of The
Outer Limits, which some retailers were listing for April - these have
now apparently now been re-scheduled to July.
company will also release a two-disc Special Edition of The
Amityville Horror, on April 11th.
The release ties in with the theatrical
release of a remake, starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. The film
opens on April the 15th, the same day it's released in the US. The new
film has a website
According to the press release, The Amityville
Horror took more at the box office in 1979 than Alien and Moonraker.
Hard to believe, isn't it? In fact only one 1979 film appears to have
grossed more than The Amityville Horror: [click and drag to reveal
what it is:
Kramer vs Kramer].
Anyway, the new set will feature more than four hours of bonus material,
including "audio commentaries, all-new documentaries and two History
Channel features about the real-life, horrific story of the house". The R1
equivalent only has one commentary, by parapsychologist Dr Hans Holzer,
and, according to the proof sleeve, the R2 version will have the same
commentary. MGM's proof sleeves are often inaccurate, though, so take it -
and the claims of their press release - with a pinch of salt. RRP is £15.99.
April releases include the recent Al Pacino version of The Merchant of
Venice (11th April, £15.99), Stargate SG-1 Volume 40 (25th
April, £19.99), Stargate Atlantis - Volume 2 (11th April, £19.99),
the Zeffirelli / Domingo adaptation of Otello (18th April, £15.99),
the post-apocalypse SF flick Cherry 2000 (11th April, £12.99),
b-movie thriller Retroactive; and the awful Michael Biehn / Patsy
Kensit identity-crisis flick Timebomb (11th April, £12.99);
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