27th May 2005
Home Video will release separate Director's Cut and Theatrical
DVD versions of Oliver Stone's Alexander on August the 1st.
The Director's Cut disc will feature
new footage, and "dozens of dramatically reshaped" scenes, involving
hundreds of edits (no doubt one of the reasons that the theatrical version
of the film will be released separately: it would be too complex to do
Stone is quoted as saying: "We shot a
mountain of rich material on Alexander. The first cut was
accomplished in seven months, this second cut in ten months. Each
represents a different approach to a very tall mountain".
The single-disc Director's Cut
release will feature a commentary track by Oliver Stone. The Director's
Cut runs for 167m.
The two-disc Alexander - Original
Theatrical Version will feature a commentary by Stone and historian /
Alexander biographer Robin Lane Fox; three "penetrating profiles of an
epic screen event" (strewth!) - Resurrecting Alexander, Perfect
is the Enemy of God and The Death of Alexander; two trailers;
DVD-ROM PC web-link to an online Alexander the Great site. The
theatrical version runs for 175m.
Both versions of the film will be presented
in 2.35:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and English and English HoH
subtitles. RRP for the Director's Cut is £17.99; the Theatrical
Version is £22.99.
Sleeves for some of Network's July titles
have appeared on some e-tailer sites. Here are the best available pictures
for The Baron, the mammoth ten-disc Coronation Street - The
70s box set and Gideon's Way... Sorry about the cruddy quality
- Network refuse to send us any PR material.
The BBC website is listing the 8th of
August as the release date for the Steptoe and Son - Volume 2 and
Dad's Army Series 4 DVDs, Both discs will have an RRP of £10.99.
Thanks to Peter Denmark for spotting that.
Anchor Bay are releasing a couple of David
Cronenberg titles on July the 18th.
A two-disc edition of The Brood
offers a presentation that's "completely uncut and uncensored for the
first time in the UK". The set will also feature a documentary from the
American Film Institute, culled from their The Directors series;
film notes; biographies and trailers. The film will be offered with a
choice of stereo 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 mixes, with English HoH
subtitles. The RRP is £16.99.
They're also releasing a box set of
Scanners and its two relatively awful sequels (Scanners II: The New
Order and Scanners III: The Takeover).
All three films will be presented in 1.85:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with options for stereo 2.0, Dolby Digital
5.1 and DTS 5.1 mixes, with English HoH subtitles. Each disc will have an
Inside Scan feature "by genre critic Alan Jones" (I don't know if
this is video, or a text feature) biographies, film stills and trailers.
The Scanners disc will also feature the The Directors: The Films of
David Cronenberg documentary. The RRP is £24.99. The discs will also
be available separately.
The BFI has confirmed that the much-delayed
British Transport Films Collection two-disc DVD On And Off The Rails
will be released on June the 27th. The disc will be accompanied by a
booklet with an introduction and detailed notes by BTF historian Steven
The RRP is £19.99.
Breakdown for the discs is thus:
Disc One - On The Rails
Blue Pullman (1960/col/25mins)
Elizabethan Express (1954/b&w/20mins)
150 (1975/col/14 mins)
The Diesel Train Driver (1959/b&w/7
Track for the Eighties (1980/col/15mins)
Cybernetica (1972/col/20 mins)
Disc Two - Off The Rails
Under the River (1959/b&w/27mins)
Snowdrift at Bleath Gill (1955/b&w/10mins)
Year – London (1951/b&w/ 25 mins)
York (1953/b&w/20 mins)
The Great Highway (1966/col/20 mins)
of One’s Own (1956/b&w/20mins)
Betjeman goes by Train (1962/b&w/10mins)
Tartan will release Todd Solondz's quirky
Palindromes on DVD on August the 22nd. The film will be presented
with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 tracks, and will have an RRP
of £19.99. Extras are TBC.
There's more Jennifer Jason Leigh (and,
honestly, when isn't that a good thing?) in
Brad Anderson's abrasive thriller
The Machinist, which stars Christian Bale. The film will be released
on DVD by Tartan on August the 1st.
The disc will feature a commentary track by
the director, a Making of... featurette, eight deleted scenes and
an exclusive interview with Anderson, in which he discusses some of his
themes and influences.
The film will be presented with a choice of
Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 tracks, with English HoH subtitles. The RRP
Here are some Tartan date changes:
Sick - postponed from July 25th,
Arakimentari - now due on 22nd
Internal Affairs 3 -
postponed from July 25th, now due 26th
The Duel Project - originally due in
now due 26th September
The final disc of The Tomorrow People,
Series 8, which features the story War of the Empires, will
be released on July the 25th. Revelation's disc, which was previously
available as part of a MVC-exclusive box set, will feature a commentary
track by cast members Nicholas Young, Michael Holoway and Nigel Rhodes, as
well as text biographies, fact files and a picture gallery. The RRP is
The third season of the popular BBC
children's show Round the Twist will be released by Revelation on
July the 25th. The two-disc set will feature thirteen episodes; episode
synopses; Where Are They Now ("the cast from Series 2 meet the
cast" - eh?); Nostalgia page and Pete's Twists. I have no
idea what any of that means, but I know it's a series that many of you are
interested in. The disc has an RRP of £12.99
The BFI London IMAX cinema will be showing
a digitally re-mastered version of Batman Begins from June the
16th. The film has been processed with the proprietary IMAX DMR technique,
which optimises the film for presentation on a screen that's five storeys
tall. The film marks the fifth Warner Brothers film to be re-formatted for
IMAX presentation (previous releases have included the two Matrix
sequels (one of which is reviewed
here) and Robert Zemeckis's The Polar Express, (which I
reviewed on November
MGM's July titles have been formerly
announced. Most of the information has already been leaked by the e-tailers,
and MGM's PR notes don't have any uniquely useful information, so here's a
11th July - The Outer Limits - Series 1
(RRP £39.99); Dead End (Bogart, £12.99); Separate Tables
(David Niven, £15.99); Yentl (£15.99); Never On Sunday
(Melina Mercouri, £15.99);
25th July - The Aviator (Christopher
Reeve), Bob Rafelson's Stay Hungry (Jeff Bridges, although MGM are
pushing the "Introducing Arnold Schwarzenegger" angle)); and three minor
Robert De Niro titles: Born to Win (£12.99); Hi Mom!
(£12.99) and Stanley and Iris (
27th July - The Outer Limits Series 2 (RRP £24.99)
are details of July's two Stargate titles:
Stargate Atlantis - Volume 5 will be
released on July the 11th, with an RRP of £19.99.
It will feature the final four episodes of
the series' first season: Letter From Pegasus, The Gift, and
both parts of The Siege.
Bonus features include Atlantis Mission
Directive - The Gift; The Lowdown: Making of a Stargate Fan (Part
2); Behind The Scenes: Martin Gero; photo and production
SG-1 - Volume 43 will be released on July 25th, with an RRP of
It closes the eighth season with the final
three episodes: Citizen Joe and the two-part Moebius. Bonus
materials include a Director Series featurette on Moebius
Peter DeLuise); The Lowdown: Making of a Stargate Fan (Part 2)
(again?) and a production design / photo gallery.
Don't forget that there are signs that
commentaries may be added to some of these Stargate episodes when
they're re-released as season box sets (the BBFC has certificated a
commentary track for the SG-1 season opener New Order, which
wasn't on the commercially-released Volume 38).
The fuzzy images, above, are the best I
have for these titles, but I can offer a good look at Stargate SG-1 -
Volume 42 and Stargate Atlantis - Volume 4... No? Oh well,
23rd May 2005
Club has confirmed July the 25th as the release date for the Twilight
Zone - Season 1 - The Definitive Edition six-disc DVD box set.
The set will feature all thirty-six
half-hour episodes of the first season, re-mastered from the original
camera negatives and magnetic sound tracks.
Bonus features include episodes with
commentary tracks by Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Martin Milner, Kevin
McCarthy, and producer William Self. The set will also feature interviews
with Burgess Meredith, Douglas Heyes, Richard L. Bare, Buck Houghton, Anne
Francis, Douglas Heyes and Richard Matheson, conducted by Marc Scott
Zicree, author of
The Twilight Zone Companion.
Other extras include a recording of a lecture by series creator Rod
Serling; a Rod Serling-hosted game show, Liars Club; Emmy awards
presentation clips; and a 1963 Twilight Zone comic book. Selected
episodes will also feature isolated music tracks (the episodes were scored
by some of the best composers working at the time, including Bernard
Herrmann and Jerry Goldsmith). The RRP is £59.99.
BBC Audiobooks have formerly announced
their 6th June CD / cassette titles. These are:
The Navy Lark - Volume 17: Taking Some
Liberties (featuring four 1965-66 episodes with Ronnie Barker -
Taking Some Liberties, The PM Papa, Getting Rid of Pertwee
and Off To Sea At Last). RRP £10.99 (cassette), £12.99
Rescuing The Spectacled Bear (an
unabridged 3 CD set, read by author Stephen Fry). RRP £15.99
Just A Classic Minute - Volume 2
(featuring four archive episodes - 21/10/68, 3/11/76. 28/8/82 and 17/3/90
- panellists include
Kenneth Williams, Paul Merton, Derek Nimmo, Clement Freud, Peter Jones,
Maureen Lipman, Geraldine Jones, Sheila Hancock, Alfred Marks, John Junkin
and Tim Rice).
RRP £10.99 (cassette), £12.99 (CD)
Dalziel & Pascoe - For Love Nor Money
(an audio adaptation of an episode of the TV series starring Warren
Clarke and Colin Buchannan, with linking narration by John Telfer).
Doctor Who Reconstructed - The Power of
the Daleks (a special disc linking MP3 recordings of six
otherwise-lost Patrick Troughton episodes, synced-up to a slideshow of
off-screen telesnap photo's). CD only - RRP £19.99.
P.D. James - A Certain Justice -
Radio 4 adaptation of the murder mystery, starring Geraldine James,
Michael Maloney and Kenneth Cranham.
This release will also include a
thirty-minute Front Row Special interview with P.D. James, who
talks to Mark Lawson about her writing career and the inspiration for her
RRP £10.99 (cassette), £12.99 (CD)
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy -
The Quintessential Phase - Dirk Maggs' Radio 4 dramatised adaptation
of the final instalment of the Hitchhiker's saga, Douglas Adams's
Mostly Harmless. The CD version will feature extended versions of the
episodes, adding about half an hour of new material.
RRP £10.99 (cassette), £12.99 (CD)
18th May 2005
A few sections of Zeta Minor have
been tweaked and updated today.
Firstly, to mark today's long-awaited DVD
release of the first season of Catweazle, I've tidied up the
Zeta Minor guide to the series: adding a few screenshots, bringing the
up to date, and upgrading the banner. Check out the Catweazle guide
index page here.
The best price for Network's Catweazle - The Complete First Season
DVD seems to be £16.19
page has been updated. All the titles that were listed as due out
today have been checked against online retailers, to see if they're still
expected today. Those that seem to have changed are the Confessions of
a... box set (moved to 6th June); Doctor Snuggles - The Complete
Collection (30/5/05); Forbidden Planet (off the schedule);
Heimat 2 (30/5/05); Jupiter Moon - Volume 5 (20/6/05 - Volume 4
is still expected today); Million Dollar Baby (13/6/05); and
Stanley Baxter - The Specials (30/5/05).
I've also updated the
Hammer DVD Guide, with some
information about recent French DVDs and more details of the US laserdisc
releases, courtesy of René Vincent.
DD Home Entertainment plan to release
Secret Army sequel Kessler on September the 19th. The set will
feature a thirty-two page booklet written by Andy Priestner; interviews
with star Clifford Rose and director Michael E. Briant; audio commentary
by Rose and Briant on episode six; and two photo' galleries.
Andrew Smith has spotted that the French division of Fox Home Video have
scheduled three Laurel and Hardy films for release: Great Guns (Quel
Petard!) is due on June 1st; Bullfighters and The Big Noise
are due for release later in the year. No extra's are listed for any
of the disks.
Amazon France have Great Guns
listed for €12,99.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release
the haunted house thriller Darkness on July the 18th. The film,
about an American family who move into a remote Spanish town, and uncover
a grim secret, stars Anna Paquin, Lena Olin and Iain Glen. Technical
details and the RRP weren't announced, and the press release lists the
extras as "TBC". The US disc has a 2.4:1 anamorphic transfer, Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio, and a basic four-minute featurette, Darkness
Illuminated: Behind the Scenes of Darkness. It's likely that the UK
version will be identical.
a new edition of Inside Updown, Richard Marson's outstanding book
about the popular LWT series Upstairs Downstairs, is now available
to pre-order from Kaleidoscope Publishing.
You'll find more information about the
book, a definitive history of the series based on years of research and
numerous interviews conducted by the author,
There's a £4 discount on the price if you
order by the end of May!
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