4th May 2005
details of Channel 4 Video's Comic Strip Presents... DVD are now
The Comic Strip Presents - The Complete
Collection 1982-2000 will be released on July the 4th. It will be a
nine-disc set, collecting all thirty-nine episodes, including Five Go
Mad in Dorset, Strike!, Bad News Tour and the feature
film The Supergrass.
The ninth disc will feature more than two
hours of bonus material, including a new retrospective look at the series,
comprised of interviews with Dawn French, Adrian Edmondson, Peter
Richardson, Alexei Sayle, Nigel Planer, Pete Richens, Lenny Henry, Leslie
Philips, Julie T Wallace, Gary Beadle and Phil Cornwell. It will also
feature Julien Temple's 1981 look behind-the-scenes of the original stage
show, The Comic Strip, and cast interviews from two 1998 First
on Four documentaries.
Full episode breakdown:
Disc One - Episodes 1-6
(179m): Five Go Mad In Dorset, War, The Beat Generation,
Bad News Tour, Summer School, Five Go Mad On Mescalin
Disc Two - Episodes 7-11
(162m): Dirty Movie, Susie, A Fistful of Traveller's
Cheques, Gino - Full Story and Pics, Eddie Monsoon - A Life?
Disc Three - Episodes 12-15
(201m): Slags, The Bullshitters, The Supergrass,
Disc Four - Episodes 16-19 (193m):
Private Enterprise, The Strike, More Bad News, Mr
Jolly Lives Next Door
Disc Five - Episodes 20-22
(158m): The Yob, Didn't You Kill My Brother?, Funseekers
Disc Six - Episodes 23-27
(170m): South Atlantic Raiders, South Atlantic Raiders
Part II, GLC, Oxford, Spaghetti Hoops
Disc Seven - Episodes 28-33
(208m): Les Dogs, Red Nose of Courage, The Crying Game,
Wild Turkey, Detectives On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown,
Space Virgins From Planet Sex
Disc Eight - Episodes 34-39
(193m): Queen of the Wild Frontier, Gregory - Diary of a Nutcase,
Demonella, Jealousy, Four Men In A Car, Four Men In A
Disc Nine - Extras (120m+): Comic
Strip - A Retrospective (60m aprox), The Comic Strip - Live, First
On Four documentaries (x2)
A larger version of the sleeve can be seen
Pictures UK will release the critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning biopic of
Ray Charles, Ray, on June the 6th.
The film will be presented on two discs,
featuring the theatrical version, and an extended version featuring
twenty-five minutes of additional footage. There are also extended music
performances of two tracks (Hit The Road, Jack and What Kind of
Man Are You?); audio commentary by director Taylor Hackford; fourteen
deleted scenes; Stepping Into The Part (on-set interviews and
behind-the-scenes footage, with Charles and Foxx); Ray Remembered (friends
and fellow musicians reminisce); seven additional complete music
performances; Filmmaker's Journey ("in-depth" interview with Hackford and
producer Stuart Benjamin, about their fifteen-year journey to bring
Charles' story to the screen). The set will come with a twenty-eight page
bonus photo journal. No technical spec's were announced. RRP is £19.99.
the same day (a year after Charles died) Universal will also release the
Ray Charles tribute concert, Genius: A Night For Ray Charles.
The event was recorded in LA in October
2004, and was hosted by Jamie Foxx (the actor who played Charles in Ray).
Contributors include Elton John, Stevie Wonder. BB KIng, Mary J Blige, Al
Green and Norah Jones. Tributes and introductions come from Tom Cruise,
Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis and Jamie Cullum. The disc will feature two
bonus items: A Look Inside RayL The Theatrical Trailer (a
behind-the-scenes look at the film) and Genius Loves Company
(interviews with artists who duet with Charles on his last album). The RRP
A box set featuring both titles will be
available, with an RRP of £27.99. A DVD version of Ray with DVS
(Descriptive Video Service), intended for blind and low-vision audiences
will also be available.
Fox has released the final artwork for
their Elektra DVD (we featured the provisional art when we featured
the initial announcement on
March the 31st.
Updated spec's were listed on the
News page for the
13th of April. Here's the artwork...
2nd May 2005
begin the week with a new Zeta Minor review, written by your humble
It's of the highly acclaimed, Oscar-winning Fox comedy Sideways,
which is being released on disc on May the 16th of May. It's a terrific
film about friendship and mid-life angst, as two college buddies take a
tour of the California vineyards: one last trip together before one of
them ties the knot. The disc features a very appealing transfer, and a
good array of bonus goodies. Click on the sleeve image, right, or
here, to read the review.
You might like to know that there's a
good-value double bill set featuring the Daredevil Director's Cut
and spin-off Elektra due at the end of May (when Elektra is
released), so you might want to wait for that, because it'll be cheaper
than buying the two films separately. Play have it for a pretty decent
£17.99 for example (click
Miami Vice - Season 1 and the
Daredevil: Director's Cut are both available to buy now!
page has been given a quick overhaul. All titles that were due today have
been checked against a couple of online retailers, to see if they're still
expected today. Titles that were due today, but have been postponed are
Cutting It - Series 3 and New Tricks - Series 1 (both now
23/5/05); Only Fools and Horses: A Royal Flush is now due on May
the 9th; and Sideways is due on May the 16th.
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