13th May 2005
Bay UK will release Larry Cohen's terrific 1982 cult monster movie Q
The Winged Serpent on June the 20th.
The disc will feature a re-mastered version
of the film, with a commentary by Cohen; film notes; a posters and stills
gallery; Q memorabilia; DVD-ROM content; teaser trailer; and a revised
teaser trailer. The disc will offer a choice of 2.0, or 5.1 Dolby Digital
or DTS sound tracks.
From the spec's it looks to be very closely
modelled on the US version, from Blue Underground. The RRP is £16.99.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
will be offering £7.50 off the Star Wars Trilogy four-DVD box set
to moviegoers seeing Revenge of the Sith. The voucher offer will be
publicised at cinemas, in-store and in the press. The voucher can be
redeemed at participating retailers.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release
the first season of the Tim Allen sitcom Home Improvement on June
The four-disc set will feature all
twenty-four episodes of the first season, including the Pilot
episode. Bonus features on the set will include audio commentary on
selected episodes by executive producers Carmen Finestra and David
McFadzean and a Loose Screws gag reel. As usual with BVHE, no
technical spec's were released, and neither was the RRP (which is thought
to be £29.99).
Universal has released a trailer for the
Ray DVD, which you can download
here. The disc is released on June the 6th.
Entertainment will release cult favourite Class of 1984 on July the
The 1982 film, which features Michael J.
Fox in an early role, will be accompanied by a director's commentary (by
Mark L. Lester), a trailer and a TV spot. No technical spec's were
announced. Last time the film was submitted to the BBFC (by Weintraub
Entertainment, in 1987) it was refused a certificate. Prior to that the
film itself was cut by more than four minutes, so fingers crossed that
this new version is uncut. (The film is also being released in the US,
later this month). The RRP is £15.99.
What seems to be a bare-bones release of
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous will hit shelves on July the
11th, from Warner Home Video.
The film will be presented in 2.4:1 ratio,
with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. A theatrical trailer is the only bonus
feature mentioned by the press release. RRP for the disc will be £16.99.
Warner Home Video has confirmed that their
disc of the Vincent Price horror classic House of Wax will indeed
also feature the 1933 Lionel Atwill film version of the story. They've
also released the UK sleeve artwork, which you can see here.
Here is the sleeve art for those titles...
Universal Pictures will release a
Collector's Edition of Oliver Stone's Vietnam 1989 movie Born on the
Fourth of July on - er - July the 4th. The disc will feature a
commentary track by Stone; NBC News Archives footage, and a Backstage
featurette. The film will be presented in "235" ratio, but there's no
indication as to whether the disc will be anamorphic, or if it will have
the DTS track on the most recent US version. The RRP is £15.99.
Finally, here's a good look at the Drop
The Dead Donkey - The Complete 1st Series DVD sleeve, courtesy of
11th May 2005
I've added a review of Metrodome's disc of
Adam Elliot's Oscar-winning short film Harvie Krumpet to the site
today. It's a disc that should interest all animation fans, especially
those with a particular penchant for stop-motion animation.
Vista Home Entertainment will release Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic
with Steve Zissou on July the 4th.
The two-disc set will feature a boatload of
bonus features, including "commentaries" with Wes Anderson; Seu Jorge
performing Portuguese versions of ten David Bowie songs; cast and crew
interviews (including one with the film's composer, Devo's Mark
Mothersbaugh); nine deleted scenes (presumably including the one in the
trailer, where Zissou and Jeff Goldblum's character examine a tank
containing a fish that turns itself inside out); Easter Eggs; Intern
Video Journal; and galleries.
Apart from the fact that the film will have
Closed Captions, there were no other technical details announced. Neither
was the RRP, which is believed to be £22.99.
Of course, this matters not one jot to
Anderson fans, who wouldn't dream of buying the UK version, preferring
instead to import the Criterion disc from the US, which was released
earlier this week.
Eagle-eyed visitors might have noticed that
the UK DVD sleeve art has been modified slightly: the pike-like fish
that's emerging from the port at the bottom of the craft has been moved
from its original position, in the top left hand corner of the poster.
The recent BBC series Casanova is a
belated announcement. It will be released on May the 23rd by Warner
Vision. The disc looks like it will be quite a disappointment, with a
photo gallery the only bonus feature. No technical spec's were announced.
is releasing the controversial Kevin Bacon film The Woodsman on
July the 4th. The film, about a convicted sex offender trying to make a
new life for himself, also features Kyra Sedgwick, Benjamin Bratt and
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Mos Def.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
1.78:1 format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio tracks.
Bonus features include UK-exclusive interviews with Bacon, Sedgwick,
director Nicole Kassell and executive producer Damon Dash (yes, the
hip-hop artiste). The disc will also have deleted and extended scenes; a
documentary titled Getting It Made; and a commentary track by
Kassell. The RRP is £15.99.
Warner Home Video will release the 1953
Vincent Price version of The House of Wax on May the 23rd.
According to the press release the disc will include "the featurette "1933:
Mystery of the Wax Museum", which I take to mean that it - like the
Region 1 version - will also include Michael Curtiz's 1933 film version,
which stars Lionel Atwill. The disc will also feature footage from the
1953's film's premiere, and an original trailer. The disc is being
released to coincide with the theatrical release of the latest remake,
which opens on May the 27th.
Dolphin is releasing a three-disc box set containing all twelve episodes
of the Channel Five series Dark Knight on June the 6th.
The series, which places the Ivanhoe
character in a sword-and-sorcery setting, was shot in New Zealand,
(following the model established by Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
and Xena: Warrior Princess, which utilised many of the same
No technical details were announced, and
the set seems to be free of bonus materials. The RRP is £29.99. Apologies
for the crappy sleeve image, which was blown up from a thumbnail picture
embedded in the press release.
Optimum Asia are releasing the martial arts
comedy Arahan on July the 18th. The film will be presented in
"1.185:1" ratio, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will feature
deleted scenes (Unleashing the Secrets); something called Mind
Master: Association of Taek-kyun; something described as Beginning:
The changes to Martial Arts films from 60s to 80s; a Making of...
featurette (Looking For Arahan); and cast interviews. RRP for the
disc is £19.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Robert De Niro thriller
Hide and Seek on July the 11th.
The film, which also stars
X-Men's Famke Janssen,
Leaving Las Vegas's Elisabeth Shue and
Man on Fire's Dakota
Fanning, will be presented in anamorphic 2.40:1 format, with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio. There will be optional English HoH subtitles.
The disc will feature four alternate
endings; an audio commentary by director John Polson, screenwriter Ari
Schlossberg and editor Jeffrey Ford; a Making of... featurette;
fourteen deleted scenes, with optional commentary; and three pre-vis
sequences. RRP for the disc is £15.99. Apologies for the crappy sleeve
image, which was nicked from
Play.com! It may not be the finished image.
9th May 2005
Ceri has updated the
Incoming page, which features dozens of new
listings, including several BBC series. Ceri has also integrated some of
the imminent Network releases into the regular listings.
Tristar will release Bewitched - Season One on August the 1st.
Details on Tristar's trade website are
Play.com have a sleeve image, and are listing it with an RRP of
£34.99. Unfortunately, purists will be disappointed to hear that the UK
release will apparently feature colorized versions of the episodes. In the
US there's a choice of two sets: one colorized, and one in the original
black and white. The colorization work, as seen in the recent repeats on
Channel 4, is of a very high standard, but it's disappointing that UK fans
won't be able to buy the unmolested versions.
Other Columbia Tristar releases for August
1st August - Places in the Heart,
John Cassavetes' Gloria, Bonjour Tritesse
8th August - Bob Rafelson's The King of
Marvin Gardens, Man of the House (aka Cheer Up), Art
Heist and Jean-Claude Van Damme's Wake of Death
15th August - Stripes, Tears of
the Sun - Collector's Edition
22nd August - surf documentary Riding
Giants, The Shackles , Crusader (Michael York, Andrew
29th August - XXX 2: The Next Level
Nouveaux Pictures will release Nagisa
Oshima's companion piece to Ai no corrida (In The Realm of the
Senses), Au no borei (Empire of Passion) on June the
27th. RRP is £19.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the recent remake of Flight
of the Phoenix on June the 27th.
The disc will include a version of the film
that includes footage that wasn't seen in the theatrical release (the DVD
version runs for 108'16"). Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, the
spec's of the UK disc are very similar, and it does feature a DTS track
The film is presented in 2.35:1 ratio, with
anamorphic enhancement. The film also has a Dolby Digital 5.1 track (at
448kbps), and English HoH subtitles (for the film, the commentary and the
The bonus features are a commentary track
(with director John Moore, producers John Davis and Wyck Godfrey, and
production designer Patrick Lumb), a Making of... documentary, The
Phoenix Diaries (42m); Extended Scenes (10m); and Deleted
Scenes (with optional commentary, 5m). The disc also features trailers
and adverts for 24 season four, Elektra, House of the
Flying Daggers, Mr and Mrs Smith, and The Kingdom of Heaven.
RRP for the disc is £12.99
Optimum Releasing will release Fellini's
La Strada, the first Best Foreign Film Oscar winner, on July the 4th.
The disc will feature a re-mastered print;
Giulietta Masina: La Forza di un Sorrison (The Power of a Smile)
documentary about Fellini's wife (52m); audio commentary on selected
scenes by Christopher Wiegand (author of the Taschen book Federico
Fellini); booklet with Fellini interview (TBC); and an art card. The
film will be presented in Italian mono, with English subtitles, in 4:3
format. RRP is £19.99
BBC America will release the Lenny Henry
sitcom Chef on August the 30th. The Region 1 Chef - The Complete
Collection will be available as a $53 box set, or as three $20 season
discs. The set will feature interviews with stars Lenny Henry and Caroline
Lee Johnson; Lenny Henry on The Good Food Show; and text-based cast
biographies. The first season will be released in the UK by 2 Entertain in
company called Fantom Films has announced the DVD release of a documentary
about the popular Thames TV science-fiction series The Tomorrow People.
The documentary was made in 1997, but has
remained unseen until now. The disc will feature interviews with cast
members Nicholas Young, Sammie Winmill, Peter Vaughan-Clarke, Elizabeth
Adare, Dean Lawrence, Mike Holoway and the late Philip Gilbert. The DVD
will include a number of bonus items, including uncut interview footage,
and an especially-recorded interview with Nigel Rhodes, who joined the
cast in 1978. The company has a website, which you can find
Warner Home Video has announced a new
release date for their Dukes of Hazzard and Wonder Woman
first season box sets (which were originally scheduled for release in
March, then rescheduled for June). The Dukes of Hazzard - Complete
First Season and Wonder Woman - Complete First Season sets will
now be released on August the 15th.
It looks like the Wonder Woman -
Complete Second Season set, which was announced back on
April the 13th, will be released at a later date.
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