30th June 2005
will release the well-received Child's Play sequel Seed of
Chucky on September the 26th, following a two week rental window.
The disc will have what looks like a good
array of bonus materials: a commentary track (with writer / director Don
Mancini and star Jennifer Tilly); Family Hell-iday Slideshow;
Conceiving The Seed of Chucky; Jennifer Tilly's Diary; and cast
and crew biographies. These don't seem to tally with the US edition, which
was released earlier this month. It appears to have substantially more
bonus material, but I'd advise waiting to see what the final spec' of the
Momentum disc is before making a purchasing decision. The press release
didn't mention any technical specifications, and it didn't mention if the
15-certificate UK disc would feature the unrated version of the film. The
RRP is £15.99
Here's a roundup of MGM's releases for
The sword-and-sandal spoof Gladiatress,
which features the Smack The Pony team, premieres on DVD on August
the 8th. It looks like the disc will be bereft of extras. The RRP is
A whole bunch of Westerns are being
released on August the 15th, all with an RRP of £12.99 each. These are:
Sabata, Return of Sabata, Death Rides A Horse (all
Lee Van Cleef), Roger Corman's Five Guns
West, Along Came Jones (Gary Cooper) and Rancho Deluxe
(Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston).
28th June 2005
Time to play catch-up with some news from
the last couple of days...
recent film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will
make it's DVD debut here in the UK, with a two-disc set due on September
the 5th (eight days before the US edition).
In another move to woo people who might
ordinarily have imported a new title like this, the UK disc will also
feature an exclusive featurette titled Don't Crash: The Making of the
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
Other extras will include "audio
commentaries"; a second Making of... documentary; deleted scenes;
"really deleted scenes" (!); an "Additional Guide Entry - Babelfish";
a sing-along for the dolphin song So Long & Thanks For All The Fish;
and a set-top game, Marvin's Hangman. Sounds groovy! The RRP is
believed to be a not-so-groovy £22.99.
Buena Vista will release Wes Craven's limp
werewolf flick Cursed on August the 22nd. According to the press
release it's "a white-knuckle ride" and "a snappy, stylish and sexy
teenage horror" that "will have you running scared from start to finish".
Lies, damn lies!
The film had an extraordinarily rocky
production, from Scream scribe Kevin Williamson's script, to
screen. It would have made for a fascinating behind-the-scenes
documentary, if they had had the courage to reveal it. As it is Craven is
notably absent from the bonus features, for reasons that are easy to
guess. The film stars Christina Ricci and Shannon Elizabeth (in what's not
much more than an extended cameo).
The disc will feature a behind-the-scenes
documentary, Behind The Fangs: The Making of Cursed (8m); a
creature creation feature, Becoming a Werewolf (8m); a featurette
on the editing, Creature Editing 101 (6m); and The Cursed
Effects (7m), which reveals the secrets of the "spectacular" CGI used
in the transformation scenes. (Bonus feature running times are taken from
the US edition). It seems that the "selected scenes" commentary on the US
disc, by special effects maestro Greg Nicotero and actor Derek Mears,
won't be included on the UK edition. Neither is there a mention of whether
the film is the PG-13 version or the R-rated version (both are available
on disc in the US). The press release merely mentions that it's
certificate 15, and runs for 84 minutes, which doesn't really help.
Vista is releasing two Special Edition versions of spoof films on
September the 19th.
The first is a "bigger, better, ruder, and
cruder" Special Edition version of Scary Movie 3, titled Scary
Movie 3.5, which will contain new features (deleted scenes?) titled
Baby oil spill, Office chase and Twin's dream. Other new
items include things called Cindy meets Orpheus, Ferry and
Boarding up the house. Material held over from the original release
includes: Annie in the kitchen; Call from Orpheus;
Tractor fix; Rap club extended; Weather forecast;
George Burns stuff; George & Cindy date; Cindy gets fired;
Alternate ending; MJ hits Cody; Making Scary Movie 3;
Making Scary Movie 3...FOR REAL; outtakes and bloopers; and Hulk
vs. Aliens - Behind the scenes of the alternate ending.
Buena Vista are also releasing a Special
Edition version of Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking
Your Juice in the Hood (or, as the press release calls it, Donít Be
A Menace To South Central While Youíre Drinking Your Juice in the Hood).
This time the film is "bigger, blacker and badder than ever before". The
Special Edition will feature a commentary track, "two behind the scenes"
(behind the scenes what?); and deleted scenes.
As usual with Buena Vista's press releases,
the subject of filthy lucre was not brought up, and neither were any
technical spec's revealed (let's face it, if you can't even get the name
of the movie right, what chance do you have with complicated stuff like
will release the three films that make up Lars Von Trier's E-Trilogy
(Element of Crime, Epidemic and Europa (aka
Zentropa)) as a four-disc collector's box set on August the 22nd.
Each film will be presented in a new,
anamorphic transfer, with newly-created subtitles. A sixteen-page booklet
by film historian Peter Schepelern will be included.
Bonus features for the three films are as
Element of Crime -
Original documentary on Von Trier;
newly-created documentary of cast anecdotes; exclusive Easter egg: Von
Trierís short film, Nocturne (1980); commentary with Von Trier,
director of photography Tom Elling and editor Tomas Gislason; Commentary
with expert Peter Schepelern and author Stig BjÝrkman
Newly-created Making of...
documentary; exclusive Easter egg: short film, Befrielsesbilleder
(1982); commentary with Von Trier and Niels VÝrsel
Newly created Making of...
documentary; documentary of anecdotes from cast and crew; commentary by
Von Trier and cast members Jean Marc-Barr and Udo Kier; commentary by Von
Trier and producer Peter Aalsbaek
The fourth disc will feature: Von Trier in
conversation with journalist Bo Green Jensen; Europa featurettes; original
TV documentaries from Denmark, France, and Germany; trailers;
documentaries on Tom Elling (storyboarding Element of Crime) and
Joachin Holbek (Europa composer).
Here's an update to the rest of Tartan's DVD schedule:
24th June - Torremolinos
1st July - Dig, Who Killed Bambi?
8th July - Sky Blue, The Car Keys,
15th July - The Heart is Deceitful...
Above All Things, Process, Tiresia
22nd July - Silver City, Pleasant
Days, Secret Things, Errance
29th July - Twenty-Nine Palms
5th Aug - Arakimentari
12th Aug - The Secret Lives of Dentists
19th Aug - Primer
26th Aug - No Rest For The Brave,
2nd Sept - Beautiful Boxer
16th Sept - R-Point, Tell Me
23rd Sept -
Abnormal Beauty, One Nite in Mongkok
30th Sept - Public Enemy, Vital
Unscheduled Tartan titles -
36, A Letter
to True, Battle in Heaven, Bittersweet Life, Blood &
Bones, The Bow, Calvaire, CSA: Confederate States of
America, The Devil and Daniel Johnson, Edmond, Hidden
Blade, Guy X, The King, Marebito, PS,
The Proposition, Saraband, The Tulse Luper Suitcases
Animated classic Watership Down will
be released on DVD on August the 29th (by Warner Home Video, according to
the BBFC). The two-disc set will feature the following, according to the
press release: A Conversation with the Film Makers; The Voices
of Watership Down; Hazel and Fiver Sneak Into Nuthanger Farm;
Bigwig Leads Ecape From Efrafa; Hazel is Injured & Storyboard
Comparisons: Opening Sequences x 3. RRP for the set will be £15.99.
Warner Home Video will release the
genre-bending thriller The Jacket on September the 12th. The film,
which stars Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley and Daniel Craig, will be
presented in 2.4:1 widescreen format, with 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. The
movie will be supplemented by additional scenes and alternate endings;
The Jacket: Project History and The Look of The Jacket
The RRP is £17.99.
Fantom Films will soon release a CD
containing an hour-long interview with Catweazle star Geoffrey
Bayldon. The regular CD will have an RRP of £7.99, or there'll be a
Limited Edition autographed version with an extended version of the
interview in MP3 format and some PDF information. The Limited Edition
version will cost £10.99, and will be limited to a hundred copies. Details
27th June 2005
nice to be able to announce the addition of something substantial to the
site on a Monday morning, so I'm delighted to say that today I've added an
article about the surviving clips from otherwise-missing episodes of the
BBC's groundbreaking science-fiction anthology series Out of the
Unknown. The article was written and kindly contributed by Lee Rose,
who used to host something similar on his own website. Thanks, Lee! Click
on the Cult Television button, left, or
here to go to the Cult Television index. If anyone has any
information to add to the guide, or any corrections, please
But wait, it doesn't end there! Ceri has
updated the Offers page, clearing out
all the cobwebs and clutter, and adding a whole bunch of new bargains,
especially tailored for Zeta Minor's DVD connoisseurs! Click
here to go there!
My own humble contribution this morning is
a modest update to the Incoming
page. I've checked all the titles that were due out today against the
online retailers, to make sure that they're still expected to make it to
the shops today. Any title that was due today, but which has been delayed,
has a "New Date" marker next to it. This includes Network's
much-anticipated Coronation Street box set, and 2 Entertain Video's
Speaking of Network, their
even-more-anticipated Thriller box set started filtering through to
customers last week. Unfortunately, there have been several reports that
some of the sets have two copies of disc thirteen in them, and no copy of
disc fourteen. There are also reports that there may be a problem with the
layer change on disc ten.
The title seems to have been
semi-officially withdrawn, but there may still be rogue copies out there!
If you were considering buying a
copy, it's probably best to wait a month or two.
Play.com are listing a revised release date of July the 18th. (Note
that Play.com aren't the cheapest - according to Ceri that honour is
currently held by
Benson's World, who have it for £66.60).
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