8th July 2005
Home Video will celebrate what would have been Greta Garbo's 100th
birthday (on September the 18th), with a box set containing six classic
Garbo films, all new to DVD. The set will be released on September the
The Greta Garbo Signature
Collection box set will include Anna Christie (1930, in both
its English and German versions - they were filmed simultaneously),
Mata Hari (1931), Queen Christina (1933), Anna Karenina
(1935), George Cukor's Camille (1936), and Ninotchka (1939).
Bonus features include trailers for most of the films; the 1921 silent
version of Camille (featuring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino);
and a trailer for the remake of Ninotchka, Silk Stockings.
RRP for the set is £49.99.
Warner Home Video will also release two
films from the TCM Archives, under the title Garbo Silents:
Flesh and the Devil (1927) and The Mysterious Lady (1928).
The Flesh and the Devil disc will
feature Settling The Score, a featurette about the TCM Young Film
Composers competition (they score for silent movies, including the two TCM
Garbo films); commentary by Garbo author Barry Paris; and an
alternate ending. The Mysterious Lady will feature a commentary
track by film historians Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance; the surviving
nine-minute extract from The Divine Woman; and photo montages from
Garbo's silent years at MGM. The Garbo Silents discs have an RRP of
Warner Home Video has formerly announced
the release of Wonder Woman - The Complete Second Season and The
Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Second Season for September the 26th,
a week later than some sources have been reporting.
The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete
Second Season will be a four-disc set featuring twenty-three episodes.
The set will also feature some bonus material: screen tests; Welcome to
Dukefest and Dukefest: The Event; The Charge of the General
Lees, The Show Down, The Stunt Show, and Music and
Memories featurettes; and an Easter Egg (Where's Daisy?)
The RRP is £39.99
The Wonder Woman - The Complete Second
Season set will also be a four-disc set. In addition to the season two
episodes, the disc will also feature a documentary. Revolutionizing a
Classic: From Comic Book to Television, featuring contributions from Lynda
Carter, producer Douglas S. Cramer, and legendary artist Alex Ross. The
RRP is £39.99.
The twenty-five episodes that make up the
third series of Dallas will be featured in the Dallas - The
Complete Third Season, including the famous season finale, which
raised the question "Who shot JR?" The five-disc set will also include a
featurette, Who Shot JR?, which explores the series' use of the
cliff-hanger ending, and details the lengths the producers went to to keep
the ending a secret. The set also features commentary on two episodes,
A House Divided and Sue Ellen's Choice, by cast members Linda
Gray and Patrick Duffy. The RRP is £39.99.
The first twenty-two episodes of WB drama
series One Tree Hill will be featured in the One Tree Hill - The
Complete First Season box set, which will be released on September the
5th, just after the second series makes its debut on T4.
The set features the pilot episode, and
bonus materials that include forty-eight minutes of unaired scenes; an
unaired Gavin DeGraw music performance with an introduction by the show's
creators; One Tree Hill Diaries (a home movie look at location
shooting in Wilmington); Creating One Tree Hill - A Winning Team (a
behind-the-scenes look, with cast and crew members); four audio
commentaries on three episodes. The RRP is £59.99.
Finally, in what's suddenly become a very
busy month for Warner Home Video, September the 19th will see the release
of Hustle - Complete Season Two. The two-disc set will feature six
fifty-minute episodes, and a thirty minute featurette, The Big Finish -
The Making of Episode Six. The RRP is £29.99. Hopefully someone will
remember to include the recent Dead Ringers Hustle sketch on
the third season set.
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4th July 2005
Happy Independence Day!
will release Sidney Pollack's fine thriller The Interpreter on
August the 15th. The film, which stars Nicole Kidman as a United Nations
interpreter who inadvertently overhears a death threat against the head of
an African state, and Sean Penn, as the government agent assigned to
investigate, will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen ratio, with
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.
The film is supplemented by extensive bonus
materials, including deleted scenes (2m); an alternate ending (3m); audio
commentary by Sydney Pollack; A Day In The Life of Real Interpreters
featurette (8m); Sydney Pollack at Work: From Concept to Cutting
Room (10m); Pan and Scan vs Widescreen comparison (5m - this is
Pollack's first Panavision film since he switched to 1.85:1 for Out of
Africa); The Ultimate Movie Set: The United Nations featurette
(8m). It also contains trailers for Pride and Prejudice and The
Bourne Identity Special Edition. The RRP is £19.99.
Warner Home Video is releasing a box set
featuring three films from This Is Spinal Tap satirist Christopher
Guest on September the 19th. The aptly-named Christopher Guest Box Set
will include three great comedies: Waiting For Guffman (making
its long-overdue UK DVD debut). Best in Show and A Mighty Wind
(currently an HMV exclusive). Presumably the Best in Show and
A Mighty Wind discs will match the existing DVDs (with their
extensive extras), but the press release doesn't mention anything about
these, or the extras that are on the US Waiting For Guffman disc.
The set will have an RRP of £29.99.
Home Video will release a seven-disc box set titled The Complete Thin
Man Collection on September the 19th, featuring all six films in the
classic series, about two debonair detectives, Nick and Nora Charles
(played by William Powell and Myrna Loy).
Each disc in the set will feature bonus
The Thin Man (1934) - The Thin
Man Trailer Gallery
After The Thin Man (1936) - Robert
Benchley comedy short, How To Be A Detective; The Early Bird and
The Worm featurette; trailer
Another Thin Man (1939) - Musical
short Love on Tap; The Bookworm MGM cartoon; trailer
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) -
vintage shorts: The Tell-Tale Heart and The Goose Goes South;
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) -
Robert Benchley shorts Why Daddy? and Screwball Squirrel;
The Song of the Thin Man (1947) -
Passing Parade short A Really Important Person; Slap Happy
The set will contain a seventh disc,
Alias Nick and Nora: The Thin Man Collection Bonus Disc, featuring two
documentaries, William Powell: A True Gentleman and Myrna Loy:
So Nice To Come Home To, and The Thin Man TV episode, I
Loathe You, Darling (featuring Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk). The
RRP is £44.99.
have more details for you on Momentum's The Seed of Chucky DVD (see
last week's News
page if you missed our initial report). In fact I have a copy of the
disc here, so it seems that the spec's, like Jimmy Hoffa, are now set in
concrete. The disc is presented in anamorphic 1.85:1 ratio, with a
choice of DTS (at 768kbps) or Dolby Digital 5.1 (at 448kbps) audio tracks.
Jennifer Tilly's Diary feature is a
text-only piece (it's very funny, and a reminder of what a bright and
articulate actress she is). The
Family Hell-iday Slideshow runs for
three minutes, and, contrary to what you might guess, is not a photo'
gallery: it's actually a short showing Chucky and his family enjoying
their holiday snaps.
Conceiving The Seed of Chucky is an excellent eighteen-minute
featurette, which gives a potted history of the film series, and includes
a good look at how the doll animatronics are achieved. FuZion Up Close
wasn't mentioned in the press
release. It's a four-minute Entertainment Tonight-style package
featuring brief interviews with Tilly and her plastic co-stars (it looks
like the bits featuring Chucky and Tiffany were pre-filmed, so that they
could be slotted in between questions from interviewers from a variety of
different shows). There's a commentary track, with Tilly and producer /
director Don Mancini, which is terrific. Tilly, who plays an exaggerated
version of herself in the film, is a great sport, and well aware of the
public's perception of her as a ditz. Finally there's the usual text
Unfortunately everything else that's on the
US disc (which includes a deleted scene - which is even referred to as
being "on the DVD" during the commentary - a second commentary track with
Mancini and puppet guru Tony Marsters, storyboard comparisons, pop-up
trivia and a couple of of other short featurettes) is missing from the UK
version. That's a shame, coming, as it does, from Momentum, a company that
often goes the extra mile to make their R2 discs more appealing than their
DVD will release the first season of Julie Burchill's recent teen lesbian
comedy drama series Sugar Rush on August the 15th. The two-disc set
will include all ten half-hour episodes. The RRP is £19.99. The series is
currently airing on Channel 4 and E4.
Warner Home Video will release Joshua
Martson's Maria Full of Grace on August the 22nd. The disc will
feature a director's commentary, and an interview with the director, and
star Catalina Sandino Moreno. The film will be presented in 1.85:1 ratio,
with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (in Spanish, with English subtitles). The RRP
Finally, thanks to Julian Smith for letting
me know that the BBFC has just cleared a bunch of new bonus material for a
forthcoming edition of The Terminator. Here's the breakdown,
according to the Board (the numbers refer to hours:minutes:seconds:frames):
00:09:12:19 Unstoppable Force: The Legacy of the Terminator
00:11:25:12 The Terminator - Closer to the Real Thing
00:00:14:22 Deleted Scene 1
00:00:50:03 Deleted Scene 11
1 - With commentary
3 - 7 -
00:00:50:04 Deleted Scene 11 -
00:18:29:05 Other Voices - Back Through Time
00:21:18:07 The Terminator - A Pause in the Action
00:12:24:04 Creating The Terminator: Visual Effects and Music
00:08:52:21 The Terminator: The Release
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