13th July 2005
Vista will release the second series of the hit medical sitcom Scrubs
on September the 12th.
The four-disc box set will feature
twenty-two episodes, and bonus features, including commentary tracks on
six episodes (My Overkill, by Bill Lawrence, someone apparently
called "Zach Bragg" and Donald Faison; My Case Study, by Bill and
Ken Jenkins; My First Step, by Bill and Donald; My Sex Buddy
by Bill and Sarah Chalke; His Story, by Bill and "John C. MnGinley";
and My T.C.W., by Bill and Judy Reyes.
Other bonus features include a featurette
called A Rare Condition (which is "on the entire production which
takes place in a 'real' abandoned hospital); Musical Stylings
(about the show's use of music; Johnny C. Keeps Talking (interview);
Secrets & Lies (about the on-set practical joking); J.D.'s Mojo
(about Zach's character's love life); Stunt Casting (about
the show's stunts); Imagination Gone Wild (about the show's dream
sequences); Scrubbed Out (deleted scenes) and Practice,
Practice, Malpractice (outtakes).
Just so you don't forget - it's out on the
12th of September. The 12th of September. This piece of information was
included in the press release five times, so it must be jolly important.
And yet the press release didn't mention the RRP (which is £34.99,
apparently), or any technical specs. September the 12th!
second series of Tim Allen's sitcom Home Improvement will be
released on DVD by Buena Vista on August the 1st.
The four-disc set will include twenty-five
episodes. As you can see from the sleeve, this season features Pamela
Anderson, as Lisa (make the most of it, she leaves at the end of the
season!) Apparently, there are no bonus features. The RRP is believed to
be £29.99. No technical spec's were announced.
Buena Vista will also release the second
series of The Golden Girls on August the 1st. The four-disc,
twenty-six episode set will feature a trivia game (that;s enough to
qualify it as a "Special Edition", apparently!) Guest stars in the second
season include Burt Reynolds (oh, how the mighty hath fallen) and a
"young" George Clooney, as a Miami cop. The set might have an RRP of
Tartan has announced their September
The final part of the Infernal Affairs
trilogy, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs 3, combines
cast members from both of the earlier films. Tartan's DVD, due on
September the 26th, will offer a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1
audio tracks, and an anamorphic transfer. The extras will include a
behind-the-scenes feature; a documentary; and a UK-exclusive mini
documentary. The RRP is £19.99.
Pablo Berger's saucy comedy Torremolinos
73, also due on September the 26th, features two of Spain's most
popular character actors, Almodóvar
regulars Javier Cámara and Candela Peňa. The Region 0 disc will
offer a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS
5.1 audio tracks, and an anamorphic transfer. The disc will feature a
Making of... documentary, deleted scenes, a music video and TV spots.
The RRP of £19.99.
Chi-Leung Law's ghost story Inner Senses
was the last film to star Farewell My Concubine's Leslie
Cheung. Tartan's disc, due on September the 26th,
will offer a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or
DTS 5.1 audio tracks, and an anamorphic transfer. The disc will also
feature a Making of... documentary, and interviews with cast and
crew members. The RRP is £19.99.
Solondz's controversial Palindromes, about a young girl who runs
away from home so she can become pregnant, will be released on September
the 26th. The film features Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ellen Barkin.
Solondz doesn't like DVD bonus features, so
there aren't any on the disc, although it will offer Tartan's customary
Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio tracks.
The RRP is £19.99.
Finally, for September the 26th, Tartan has
three films to celebrate contemporary French cinema: Jean-Pierre Limosin's
sex comedy Novo (18), Laurent Baffie's comedy of
misadventure Les Clef de Bagnoles (Car Keys), and
Jean-Claude Brissau's cruel office drama Les Choses Secretes (Secret
Things). Each film will have an anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1
and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, trailers, and a four page booklet. (Booklet?
More like a pamphlet!) RRP is £19.99 each.
Some Tartan date changes:
Ozu Box Set 3 - postponed from August to December
Lars Von Triers' E-Trilogy box set - now due 22nd August
Mysterious Skin - now released 24 Oct (not Sept as previously
Aragami and 2LDK - now to be released as separate Asia
Extreme titles on the 26th of September
Battle Royale 2 (two-disc tin) - postponed from August release. New
date to be decided.
Contender Home Entertainment will release a
"fully restored and re-mastered" version of George Romero's seminal 1968
zombie flick Night of the Living Dead on September the 5th (four days
before the theatrical release of Romero's new movie, Land of the Dead.
The disc will feature a 5.1 Dolby Digital
audio track. The disc will come in limited edition packaging, with some
apparently previously unavailable extras, including two commentary tracks
(one by Romero, the other by cast members); star Duane Jones' last
interview; an interview with co-star Judith Ridley; trailers and TV spots;
photo galleries; selected scenes from Romero's "lost" film There's
Always Vanilla "and much more". How much more? We demand to know! The
RRP is £19.99.
Vista will release a two-disc Special Edition box set of Chicago on
September the 12th. The new set will feature a "never-before-seen"
director's commentary track (not the one on the existing disc, then?) and
"a whole host of extended musical performances from the stars of the
show". Buena Vista press releases demoralise me.
The bonus features are: Chita Rivera's
encore; From Stage to Screen: The History of Chicago; the
following extended performances - All That Jazz, Good To Mama,
Cell Block Tango, Reach For The Gun, Mr Cellphone;
rehearsal footage for Reach For The Gun, I Can't Do It Alone
and Hot Honey Rag; something called Catherine Zeta Jones & All
That Jazz; something called Renee Zellweger & Now a Days; and
something called Richard Gere & All I Care About Is Love.
The RRP might be £19.99. It's a secret.
DVD has been around long enough that Buena
Vista will release a fifteenth-anniversary edition of Pretty Woman
on September the 12th, to will replace the tenth-anniversary edition. (In
the US, the fifteenth- anniversary edition is the third time the film's
been released on DVD!)
This Director's Cut version apparently has
"even more magic than the original". Bonus features will include unseen
footage from the original wrap party; "original" bloopers; Wild Women
Do, performed by Natalie Cole; LA: The Pretty Woman Tour;
all-new commentary by snooze-fest king Garry Marshall; and the 1990
arts smash Ong-Bak will be released as a two-disc Platinum Edition
DVD by Premier Asia on September the 19th (a month after a single disc
version is released on rental).
The disc will feature a "re-mastered and
restored" anamorphic presentation of the film, with an orchestral
soundtrack that was especially composed for the film's UK theatrical
release (in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 variants, with a choice of
English dubbed and Thai language versions). The disc will have a
UK-exclusive commentary track by Asia cinema expert Bey Logan. The second
disc will feature The Road To Glory, an eight-part Making of...
documentary; The Art of Muay Thai, an exclusive documentary
of the art of Thai boxing; From Dust to Glory, an interview with
star Tony Jaa; Ong-Bak on Tour", promo tour highlights including
live martial arts demonstrations by Tony Jaa; deleted scenes and alternate
ending; Visible Secret, a rare and exclusive rehearsal
montage featuring Tony Jaa and action consultant Don Ferguson; The
Bodyguard, an exclusive interview with Don Ferguson; Mad Dog,
an exclusive interview with co-star David Ismalone; Pearl Harbour,
an exclusive interview with co-star Erik Markus Sheutz; UK promotional
trailer. The disc will feature SDH subtitles. The RRP is £19.99.
11th July 2005
There's a new review for you today. It's of
Revelation's first Goodnight Sweetheart DVD, which features the
first six episodes of the Marks and Gran time-travel sitcom. I've fielded
loads of emails about this series, since Zeta Minor broke the news
of its release, and I know it has a loyal following. Click on the sleeve
image, right, or here
to go to the review page. The disc is in the shops now!
Film Score Monthly has released another
pair of soundtrack CDs in their Silver Age and Golden Age Classics ranges.
Golden Age Classics release is a slightly odd match of George Dunning's
score for Mervyn LeRoy's 1961 pot-boiler about a band of misfits fleeing
an erupting volcano, The Devil at 4 O'Clock, and Sol Kaplan's score
for Carl Foreman's 1963 controversial WWII movie The Victors.
Neither of these composers is
well-represented on CD, and, indeed, they may only be familiar to
soundtrack collectors for their work on the original Star Trek
series. Indeed, in
as savvy a bit of cross-marketing as you're
likely to see, that's the reason for
their pairing here!
Dunning's score for The Devil at 4
O'Clock has echoes of his Oscar-nominated music for Picnic
(1955), and a hint of some of his Star Trek cues (principally
mournful cues from Metamorphosis and The Empath, according
to Jeff Bond's typically excellent sleeve notes). The composer's jazzy
compositions and frantic action cues are complemented by an aching love
theme, for the blossoming romance between the convict Harry (played by
Frank Sinatra), and the innocent blind girl, Camille (BarBara Luna).
is a film that's virtually vanished from circulation. The
film was cut by twenty-or-so minutes shortly after it premiered, and this
abbreviated version is the only one that's been seen in public in decades.
Kaplan, like Foreman a victim of the
McCarthy / HUAAC blacklist, wrote an idiosyncratic score for The
Victors, (a splash of stabbing brass aside, it's quite unlike his
Star Trek work). It eschews traditional dramatic underscoring, instead
creating thematic counterpoint for the segments showcasing the film's
female cast (which included cameo appearances by Jeanne Moreau, Elke
Sommer and Romy Schneider).
Both scores are in stereo, re-mastered from
the quarter-inch tapes used for the original Colpix Records albums. The
original Coplix album for The Victors featured a song by Frank
Sinatra (Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas) which,
understandably, is not included on the Film Score Monthly version, because
of licensing issues. Both albums make their CD debut here. The disc is
available at a special price (because they're straightforward, unexpanded,
re-issues of the original albums).
Silver Age Classics release is another sign that the label is reaching out
beyond it's traditional licensees. The disc features Stu Phillips' music
for the first season of Knight Rider, Glen Larson's popular series
about a crime-fighting car.
The disc features the famous synth-based
theme music (co-written with Phillips' long-term collaborator, producer
Glen A. Larson), and cues from six of the dozen episodes that Phillips
scored (counting the pilot show, Knight of the Phoenix, as two
episodes). The music has been re-mastered and re-mixed from the original
half-track three-track masters. The theme music has been sourced from the
original two-inch, twenty-four track master tapes, and sounds terrific!
The programme itself was mixed down to mono, but this disc offers the
music in stereo, for the first time. The disc features a very nicely
illustrated booklet, with track-by-track sleeve notes by Lukas Kendall. It
Both discs are available from the usual
specialist retailers, or directly from the label's trading partner,
Entertainment. More details, track listings and downloadable
samples, are available from the FSM website:
here for The Devil at 4 O'Clock / The Victors, and
here for Knight Rider.
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