17th March 2005
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release an eight-disc box set
featuring twenty-six episodes of Tru Calling on May the 9th. The
series is about a young college graduate (Buffy The Vampire Slayer's
Eliza Dushku) who discovers that she has the ability to re-live a pivotal
day in someone's life, and alter their destiny.
The set features all twenty episodes of the
first season, plus six unaired episodes that were made for the second
season, before the series was cancelled.
The episodes are presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio (not the "5.1" listed by
the press release), and optional English HoH subtitles.
Bonus features include: commentary tracks
(by creator / Executive Producer Jon Harmon Feldman, Executive Producer
Dawn Parouse, actors Eliza Dushku, Jason Priestley, Zach Galifianakis and
Shawn Reaves); twenty-three deleted scenes (with optional commentary);
four featurettes (including Finding The Calling - The Pilot (11m),
The Tru Path - Season One (8m) and Evil Comes Calling - A Late
Season Twist (7m)); and the Somebody Help Me music video by
Full Blown Rose. The set will also feature at least one Easter Egg (click
and drag to reveal): Zach
Galifianakis audition footage, on Disc Six
(3m). The RRP is £39.99. A selection of menu screens from the first six
discs in the set can be found
Home Video will release Jean-Pierre Jeunet's wonderful A Very Long
Engagement as a two-disc DVD set on May the 23rd.
The Oscar-nominated, Cesar-winning movie,
about a young woman (Amelie's Audrey Tautou) who embarks on a
journey into no man's land during the Great War, to discover the fate of
her fiancé, will be presented in 2.4:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Details of the bonus features are sketchy, simply
"commentary, four documentaries, trailers". (Play.com is more specific, if
slightly contradictory: a commentary by Jeunet in French with English
subtitles; deleted scenes with optional commentary; The Making of...
documentary (75m); Paris in the 1920s featurette (14m);
Before The Explosion featurette, about the Zeppelin explosion (14m)).
RRP is £19.99.
16th March 2005
Home Video will release The Complete James Dean Collection on June
the 6th. It will feature two-disc editions of the three films he made for
the studio, before his untimely death in 1955: Giant, Rebel
Without a Cause and East of Eden.
East of Eden been
digitally-transferred from restored picture and audio elements, and will
have a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix. Bonus features include a commentary
track (by Richard Schickel); a theatrical trailer; an all-new documentary,
East of Eden: Art In Search of Life; the 1988 documentary
Forever James Dean; footage from the 1955 New York premiere; screen
test footage; wardrobe tests gallery; deleted scenes and set design test
Rebel Without A Cause will feature a
commentary track by Douglas L. Rathgeb (author of The Making of Rebel
Without a Cause); a theatrical trailer; two documentaries: the all-new
Rebel Without a Cause: Defiant Innocents, and James Dean
Remembered; three Behind The Cameras segments from the
Warner Brother Presents... TV series, featuring Dean, Jim Backus and
Natalie Wood, including the infamous Drive Safely public service
announcement; screen test footage; wardrobe test footage and deleted
scenes (sadly, without sound).
The two-disc edition of Giant was
released last year. Bonus features on the disc include a commentary by
filmmaker / Stevens family archivist George Stevens Jr., screenwriter Ivan
Moffat and critic Stephen Farber; nearly three hours of new and vintage
documentaries, including George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him,
Memories of Giant and Return To Giant; New York premiere TV
special; Hollywood premiere and project kick-off featurettes; all-new
digital transfer from revitalized picture and audio elements; photo and
document galleries; extensive production notes, director filmography and
introduction by George Stevens Jr.
Each film will be available separately,
with an RRP of £19.99, or in the box set, which has an RRP of £39.99.
2005 marks the 50th anniversary of Dean's
death. Amongst other events, the release will coincide with the release of
James Dean, an in-depth photographic biography of the star written
by George Parry, and published by Dorling Kindersley; the first biography
to be authorised by the Dean estate.
The second season of the popular US drama
series nip / tuck will be released by Warner Home Video on May the
30th. The five-disc set will feature all sixteen episodes of the show's
2004 season (which will air on Channel 4 during the summer). The episodes
will be presented in 16:9 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
RRP for the set is £49.99.
Finally, Warner has released the sleeve art
for The West Wing - The Complete Fifth Season DVD set, which is due
on April the 25th.
15th March 2005
I've added a new review to the site today!
Contributor Mike Hadfield has reviewed the Sliders - Dual Dimension
Edition - The First and Second Series DVD set, which was released here
earlier this year (which is when Mike wrote the review - sorry, Mike -
like a couple of other reviews I'll be adding this week, it got bumped!)
Click here, or on the sleeve,
image, right, to read his review.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release four Star Wars spin-off
DVDs on May the 9th.
This collection is led by Genndy
Tartakovsky's Emmy award-winning Cartoon Network series The Clone Wars,
which takes place between
Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith (due in cinemas on
May the 19th). (It does not, as the press release suggests, bridge the gap
between the two: there is a second batch of Clone Wars cartoons
that aren't on this DVD). The disc will feature all twenty instalments of
the first series: nineteen three-minute episodes and one five-minute
The series will be presented in anamorphic
1.78:1 widescreen format, with 2.0 Dolby Digital surround audio and
English SDH subtitles. Bonus features include a director's commentary; a
second director's commentary, called the "hyperspace commentary",
Bridging The Saga - Episode III / Clone Wars connections
(8m); an EPK (4m); Republic Commando game advert; Revenge of the Sith
game advert and teaser trailer (2m); and sketches, storyboards,
posters and artwork galleries. Sadly the recent Revenge of the Sith
trailer is not included. The RRP is £10.99.
There are three other double-feature discs
in the collection: Star Wars Animated Adventures: Ewoks, Star
Wars Animated Adventures: Droids and Star Wars Ewok Adventures.
(Still can't bring yourself to release the
Wars Holiday Special, eh, George?)
Each disc will feature two feature-length
titles: Ewok Adventures features the
Caravan of Courage and The Battle
For Endor movies; Animated... Ewoks pairs The Haunted
Village and Tales From The Endor Woods; and Animated...
Droids has The Pirates and the Prince and Treasures of the
Hidden Planet. All three titles will be in 4:3 format, with Dolby
Digital 2.0 surround sound and English SDH subtitles. RRP for these three
discs is £10.89 each (which I'd assumed to be an typo on the press
release, but it's repeated several times, so...)
14th March 2005
No time for anything more than a bare-bones
update this morning, I'm afraid. There'll be another update tomorrow.
Ceri has added some new titles to the
Incoming page, so you might like to
digest that along with your cornflakes!
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