Home Entertainment will be releasing Michael Winterbottom's controversial
bonk-fest 9 Songs on June the 27th.
Specifications are in flux, but it is
expected that the disc will feature an interview with actress Margo
Stilley; deleted scenes; commentary on selected scenes by Winterbottom and
actor Kieran O'Brien; and an introduction by Tom Dewe Matthews (author of
1994's Censored: What They Didn't Allow You to See, and Why - Story of
Film Censorship in Britain). There'll also be an option to play
Just The Songs, to watch the concert footage separately (although,
oddly, no option for Just The Shagging). The film will be presented
in 1.85:1 ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The RRP is £19.99.
Sleeves for three of Optimum's forthcoming
World cinema releases are now available (see below for more details about
the discs)... Does that Detective sleeve remind you of anything..?
Details of Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment's Elektra DVD can now be confirmed. (There was some
confusion about the content when the initial announcement was made - see
News entry for March the 31st).
The film will be offered with a choice of
Dolby Digital 5.1 (at 448kbps) or DTS 5.1 (at 768kbps). (The DTS track
wasn't mentioned in the original press release).
The disc will indeed be quite different to
the US edition.
The UK version features three deleted
scenes: two with optional commentary by director Rob Bowman (Sai
Approach and Rounding Up The Troops), and a third (Come Back
To Me) without. Come Back To Me is the one that features a
cameo appearance by Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, Daredevil's alter ego.
total duration of the deleted scenes is about four minutes.
The other extras are The Making of
Elektra (13m); an extensive look at the various adaptations of
Elektra, titled Elektra Incarnations (53m); a Sneak Peak for
the Daredevil Director's Cut (2m) and an Inside Look at (the
trailers for) Fantastic Four (due on July the 4th) and Ice Age 2
The US disc has a very brief (2m) clip of
Jennifer Garner at the Comic Con, and a short featurette about the editing
of the film, but it's missing Elektra Incarnations.
The disc will also contain adverts and
trailers for The House of Flying Daggers and The Simpsons
will release a two-disc Special Edition version of Billy Elliot on
May the 9th. The set is being released to coincide with the launch of
Billy Elliot The Musical, and some of the two hours of new material on
the disc will focus on that, rather than the film.
The new DVD will apparently feature an
extended version of the film, with additional footage in three scenes (the
boxing scene, the supermarket scene with Dad and Billy's brother, and the
arrival at the Royal Ballet School).
The disc will also feature deleted scenes (Billy's
Story, Tony's Story and Dad's Story); The Making of the
Movie (with interviews with Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, director Stephen
Daldry, writer Lee Hall, and the film's producers, Jon Finn and Greg
Brenman); Music (Daldry discusses each piece of music in the film); and
Billy Elliot The Musical auditions.
RRP for the new disc is £19.99.
Billy Elliot The Musical began
previewing on March the 31st, and will have its premiere on May 12th, at
London's Victoria Palace theatre.
After a couple of false starts, it looks
like the first two seasons of Wonder Woman will be released -
appropriately enough - on July the 4th.
Wonder Woman: The Complete First Season
will feature the pilot movie, and subsequent thirteen episodes. The set
will include a commentary track by star Lynda Carter and Executive
Producer on the pilot; and a new documentary, Beauty, Brawn and
Bulletproof Bracelets: A Wonder Woman Retrospective.
The second season of Wonder Woman
shifted the series from a World War II-era setting to the then-present
day. The Wonder Woman - The Complete Second Season set features
twenty-two episodes, including a feature-length season premiere. The set
will include Revolutionizing a Classic: From Comic Book To Television,
a documentary showing how the comic strip was adapted from the page to the
screen. It will include interviews with Lynda Carter, Douglas S. Cramer,
Phil Jiminez, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes and Andy Mangels.
Both sets will feature the episodes in 4:3
format, with mono audio, as originally broadcast. According to the PR
company, the RRP for each set is £29.99. According to Play.com, the
Second Season set (which has almost twice as many episodes) has an RRP
Here's a look at the sleeve art, which,
without BBFC adornment, is identical to the US disc sets.
Film Score Monthly has announced its next
pair of soundtrack releases. They are from the 1959 film Green Mansions
(a score composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Branislau Kaper), and a
two-disc set featuring Ron Goodwin's music for 633 Squadron (1964)
and Submarine X-1 (1969). More details are available at
Score Monthly's website.
There'll be more about each release when I receive them - stay tuned!
Paramount has created a very nice web page
to promote the release of the first season of Star Trek Enterprise,
which features a trailer for the DVD. You can view the page and the
here. The first season is due for release on May the 2nd, with an RRP
Optimum Asia is releasing the Martial Arts
biopic Fighter In The Wind on May the 30th, the story of Korean
karate legend Choi Baedal (Yang Dong-geun).
Special features on the disc will include
Action Diary of a Fencing Master, Yang Gil-Young; How to Learn:
Fencing Technique, Karate, etc; Interviews with director Yang Yun-Ho
and actors Yang Dong-geun, Aya Hirayama and Kato Masaya; The True Story of
Fighter in the Wind (TBC); a music video and trailer. The film will be
presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The
RRP is £19.99.
Optimum Releasing will issue Glengarry
Glen Ross director James Foley's neglected depression-era
coming-of-age drama about a boy and his Grandfather, Two Bits,
on May the 9th. The film, which features Al Pacino in a cameo role,
was written by Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano. It will have an
RRP of £9.99. No technical details were announced, and it doesn't look
like there'll be any bonus features.
Columbia Tristar has announced a R2 release
date for the Will Smith romantic comedy Hitch and the Charlize
Theron wartime drama Head In The Clouds: July the 4th.
details of Pathé's House of Flying Daggers DVD are now available.
The film will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Chinese 5.1 audio in Dolby Digital
(448kb/s) and full bitrate (1536kb/s) DTS formats. (The DTS track
wasn't mentioned on the initial press release). Average bit-rate for the
film is a very high 8.51Mb/s.
Apart from a
commentary track, by Zhang Yimou and Ziyi
Zhang, all the bonus material is on the second disc in the set. This
comprises a forty-five minute
Making of... featurette; a special effects featurette, Behind The
Visual Effects (4m); Shigeru Umeayashi and Kathleen Battle's Lovers
music video (with or without subtitled lyrics); five thirty-second
clips identifying the film's Filming Locations; text Cast and
Crew Biographies; animated photo', costume, props, settings and
behind-the-scenes Galleries (10m); Storyboard to Film
Comparisons for five scenes (14m); the UK theatrical trailer (2m); and
TV spots (2m).
The fifteen minute Look Inside
featurette mentioned in the press release seems to be AWOL (perhaps it
referred to the Visual Effects documentary, which wasn't mentioned
in the initial press release).
The release date is May the 2nd, the
RRP is £19.99.
Today's update is a bit of a hodgepodge.
Some of it should have appeared at the tail end of last week, so might be
old news for some of you, sorry.
Vista Home Entertainment is releasing a special three-disc edition of
Pirates of the Caribbean on April the 25th.
The set, which will be available for "a
limited time only" adds a second disc of bonus material about the
Disneyland ride that inspired the film, including interviews with Uncle
Walt himself, and about the movie. New featurettes include Becoming
Captain Jack (Johnny Depp reveals how he created Captain Jack
Sparrow); Becoming Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush on his character);
Thar She Blows (building the models of the British Navy Ship The
Interceptor); Sneak Attack Animatic (animatic of the pirates
walking along the sea bed); More Fly On The Set (more
behind-the-scenes material); The Monkey's Name Is Jack (training
the film's two monkeys, Levi and Tara); Pirates Around The World
(dubbed clips from the film - the press release says "is this right I
haven't really seen this bit"!); Spirit of the Ride (the story of
the Disneyland California theme park ride); Dead Men Tell No Tales
(PC file about the creation of the Disneyland ride). The running time of
the third disc is just over an hour.
The two-disc edition of Pirates of the
Caribbean can usually be found for less than ten pounds. The RRP for
the new version is a whopping £22.99 (the same initial RRP as the two-disc
version). Presumably anyone who was interested enough in the film to buy a
three-disc version would have bought the two-disc edition, so, even taking
the usual discounts into account, it means that the extra disc is going to
cost an additional £6 or £7. Ouch!
Optimum will release a remastered version
of Alain Resnais's flighty Last Year In Marienbad (L'Année
Dernière à Marienbad) on May the 23rd. The Cinemascope film has been
digitally re-mastered, and will be presented in 2.35:1 ratio, with mono
audio. The disc will also feature a documentary, In The Labyrinth of
Marienbad, an introduction by film critic Ginette Vincendead, a
trailer, and a short film by Resnais, 1956's Toute la mémoire du monde.
RRP is £19.99.
Optimum is also releasing two acclaimed
Jean-Luc Godard films,
La Chinoise and Detective,
on May the 16th, to coincide with
the theatrical release of his latest film, Notre Musique.
Both discs will feature introductions by
Colin McCabe, author of Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy.
Both films will be presented in 4:3 format, with stereo audio. RRP
for both discs is £19.99.
2 Entertain Limited (the company set up to
handle the merger between Video Collection International (VCI) and BBC
Video) seems to have finally absorbed responsibility for marketing the BBC
titles, so information about forthcoming releases should be more
Here are the highlights of their schedule
for the next couple of months:
North and South
The recent BBC Elizabeth Gaskell serial -
4-disc set of Sir Kenneth Clark's landmark
documentary series - £49.99
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
Re-issue to coincide with the release of
the film version - £19.99
In Search of Myths and Heroes
Four-part Martin Wood series on Shangri-La,
Holy Grail, etc - £19.99
The Ascent of Man
Groundbreaking Jacob Bronowski documentary
series - £49.99
Thomas - Classic Collection Series 2
More adventures of the Rev. W. Awdry's Tank
Engine - £12.99
Doctor Who - The Claws of Axos
Jon Pertwee tackles the Axons... and The
Master - £19.99
Footballer's Wives - Series 3
More sudsy nonsense! - £24.99
Journey of Life
BBC natural history series, charting
evolutionary development - £19.99
State of Play - Series 1
Acclaimed political drama series starring
John Simm - £19.99
World War II Collection
Twelve-disc box set featuring various BBC
war documentaries - £149.99
Dad's Army - Complete Series 3
Fourteen classic episodes from 1969 -
Dom Joly - World Shut Your Mouth
More Trigger Happy TV-style japes -
Only Fools and Horse - Royal Flush
The 1986 Christmas special - Rodney dates a
Duke's daughter - £15.99
One Foot In The Grave - Series 2
Six 1990 episodes, and the 1990 Christmas
special - £15.99
Yes Prime Minister - Series 2
Eight episodes, completing the
Yes..Minister collection - £12.99
Doctor Who - The New Series - Volume 1
The first three episodes of the Christopher
Eccleston series - £15.99
The recent BBC adaptation of the classic
tale - £14.99
New Tricks - Series 1
BBC series about three detectives brought
back from retirement - £19.99
Thomas - Bumper Party Collection
More escapades for the little train that
could - £12.99
How Art Made The World
BBC documentary series - £19.99
The League of Gentlemen - Box Set
Dark comedy: all three series and the
Christmas special - £39.99
A Perfect Spy
1987 BBC mini-series based on the John Le
Carré book - £15.99
Blott on the Landscape
1985 comedy series based on Tom Sharpe
novel - £19.99
The Complete Comic Strip - Box Set
Collection of episodes of the landmark
Channel 4 series - £49.99
French and Sanders at the Movies
Compilation of film spoofs from Jennifer
and Dawn - £15.99
Operation Good Guys - The Complete
Spoof fly-on-the-wall series about a police
squad - £29.99
Doctor Who - The New Series - Volume
Three more episodes of the Christopher
Eccleston series - £15.99
Patrick Moore Biography
A profile of one of the BBC's enduring
stars - £15.99
Bad Girls - Series 6
More improbable tales from the inmates of
HMP Larkhall - £34.99
Blake's 7 - Series 3
Science fiction adventures for Blake's crew
of rebels - £49.99
(Also due: a Limited Collector's Edition,
The Complete Miss Marple
The BBC series starring Joan Hickson as
Christie's sleuth - £99.99
Minette Walters Box Set
Five-disc set featuring grim crime drama
(The Ice House, etc) - £44.99
Murder In Mind
Twelve-discs featuring star-studded BBC
anthology crime series - £74.99
Waking The Dead - Series 1
Series about a team that revives "cold"
crime cases. 3-disc set - £24.99
News about the next batch of Network
releases has dribbled out. They'll be releasing the following during June:
The Army Game - Volume 1
(26 surviving episodes)
The Baron (RRP £59.99)
The Benny Hill Annual 1970
The Benny Hill Annual 1971
The Bill - Series 1
The Power Game Series 2
Press Gang - Series 4
Second Thoughts - Series 1
Gerry Anderson's The Secret Service
Soldier, Soldier - Series 4
Thriller - Complete Series (15 discs
- 43 ep's - £99.99 RRP)
You can read reaction to Network's exciting
Interesting to see The Baron in that line-up, since Network has
decided to go head-to-head with Umbrella's Australian version, which was
announced a couple of weeks ago (on
March the 29th).
The company claims that the clash of release dates is a coincidence, but
it wouldn't surprise me if Network has rush-released this to grab as many
domestic sales as they can, before too many people import copies. News
about the rest of Thriller coming out will thrill many, especially
as Network has priced it very reasonably. There's so much good stuff
coming out now that it's amazing that people have the time to watch it
all, let alone afford it!
Publishing has announced the release of two books that might tempt fans of
fantasy TV series.
The first is The End of the World? The
Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Survivors, which is written by
Rich Cross and Andy Priestner. It will have to be very good indeed if it's
to better Kevin Marshall's self-published 1995 book The Making of Terry
The second is another book about the
popular WB series Charmed: Triquetra - The Unofficial and
Unauthorised Guide To Charmed, by Keith Topping.
You'll have to wait for these, though: the
Survivors book is due in September, and the Charmed book is
due in December. More details at the
UKTV channel G2 is having a League of
Gentlemen weekend on May the 21st and 22nd, to coincide with the
release of the The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse feature film.
They publish a magazine promoting their programmes to TV listings editors.
This month the magazine features a list of League member Jeremy Dyson's
favourite horror films, which can be seen
My thanks to UKTV G2 for allowing me to
reproduce it. You can discuss your five favourite horror movies in
thread at Roobarb's DVD Forum.
Here's some good news for Family Guy
fans. I can confirm that the forthcoming Family Guy Freakin'
Sweet Collection features the uncut version of Road to Rhode Island,
which was previously cut in the UK (it was missing a scene featuring Osama
Bin Laden and an airport metal detector).
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