29th July 2005
Entertainment has formerly announced their Randall and Hopkirk
(Deceased) DVD box set, which is due later this year (probably in
September, or October).
The seven-disc set will include all
twenty-six episodes of the series, which is about a pair of private
detectives: the tough, principled Jeff Randall, and his recently-deceased
partner, Marty Hopkirk, in spirit form.
The series has been digitally re-mastered
for the new discs.
The set includes an impressive array of
bonus material, including four episodes with commentary tracks (co-star
Annette Andre on A Disturbing Case; Director Roy Ward Baker on
Who Killed Cock Robin?; Production Supervisor Malcolm Christopher and
Assistant Director Ken Baker on Could You Recognise The Man Again?;
and Director Cyril Frankel and guest star George Sewell on Vendetta For
A Dead Man).
There are also video introductions by star
Kenneth Cope on The Ghost Talks, and guest star Jane Merrow on
Who Killed Cock Robin? There will also be video interviews with
Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre; extensive image galleries; a reprint of
the original ITC Publicity Booklet; ITC Story Information and Press Book
(in PDF format - a DVD ROM feature); the original opening credit sequence;
the opening credit sequence for the American transmission of the series
(where it was re-titled My Partner The Ghost); previously-unseen
original behind-the-scenes production footage; textless opening and
closing sequences; cast and crew profiles; and production notes.
The set has an SRP of AU$124.95 (including
local taxes), which translates to about £49. A discussion thread about
this title has been started
here, at Roobarb's DVD Forum. Here's the almost-finished box
MGM has announced their September line-up.
Details are already listed at various retailers, including Play.com, so
they don't really qualify as newsworthy. Here's the bare-bones, though...
September 5th: Back To School
(£12.99); Fatal Beauty
(£12.99); Man of La Mancha
(£12.99); Mystery Date
(£12.99); Once Bitten
(£12.99); Two Much
September 12th: Be Cool (£19.99
RRP); Raging Bull - Ultimate Edition (£19.99); Cop (£12.99);
Eve of Destruction
(£12.99); The Manhattan Project
(£12.99); Patty Hearst
(£12.99); The Rosary Murders
(£12.99); The Wilby Conspiracy
September 19th: Beauty Shop (£19.99
September 26th: The Terminator -
Ultimate Edition (£19.99)
27th July 2005
Sleeves for the Momentum horror titles
announced yesterday (see below)...
26th July 2005
By now most of you will probably have heard
that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Star Wars -
Revenge of the Sith on DVD on October the 31st, the same day as
Lucasfilm Ltd release the Star Wars Battlefront II video game.
The two-disc DVD set will feature a new
feature-length documentary; two new featurettes (one about the prophecy of
Anakin Skywalker as the Chosen One; the other about the film's stunts);
and fifteen of the web documentaries. The disc will also feature a special
Xbox-playable demo of the Battlefront II game.
No technical details for the film were
announced, and neither was the RRP. Here's the sleeve image, in case
you've not seen it...
Momentum Pictures are releasing four horror
titles, each making their UK DVD debut, on October the 24th.
They are Dracula's Widow (1989),
The Manitou (1978), Superstition (1982, aka The Witch)
and Blood Moon. RRP is £12.99 each. No technical details were
announced, and there don't seem to be any bonus features.
new feature-length Thomas The Tank Engine special, titled Thomas and
Friends - Calling All Engines!, will be released by VCI on October the
The series remains very popular, selling
354,000 units last year, and 170,000 so far this year!
The disc marks the 60th anniversary of the
character, and the contents have not been seen on TV. The disc will
feature a new song, deleted scenes "and more!" No technical details were
announced, but it seems like the new disc will be in 16:9 format. RRP for
Calling All Engines! is £12.99.
BBC Audiobooks have four new releases for
The first is a four-CD, five-hour
adaptation of Audrey Niffeneger's international bestseller The Time
Traveler's Wife, read by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow. This is due
on August the 1st, with an RRP of £17.99.
The audiobook of Graham P Taylor's new
fantasy novel Tersias is released on August the 8th, and it's being
released simultaneously with the book. It's read by David Bradshawe. The
four-disc set runs for four and three-quarter hours, and has an RRP of
Four episodes of Dad's Army make up
Dad's Army Volume 16 - Keep Young and Beautiful, which is due on
August the 1st: Keep Young and Beautiful, The Captain's Car,
The Two and a Half Feathers and Turkey Dinner. The RRP is
£12.99. This title is also being released on cassette, with an RRP of
Finally, the six-part Patrick Troughton
Doctor Who story The Ice Warriors will be released on August
the 8th. The two-disc set will feature re-mastered versions of the
episodes, with new narration by actor Frazer Hines (who features in the
story as one of the Doctor's assistants, Jamie). The disc will feature a
bonus interview with Hines. The RRP is £13.99.
Here are the sleeve images:
25th July 2005
Let's start the week with Ceri's mammoth
update to the
page, which has information about dozens of newly-listed titles, many of
them not yet formerly announced. Highlights include news about September
and October's Network titles (including three LWT Dennis Potter plays),
details of the bonus goodies that will be on the Doctor Who DVD box
set, and a semi-official release date for the long overdue Special Edition
of Peter Jackson's The
Frighteners. There are dates for some of the fourth quarter
blockbusters, including War of the Worlds and the four-disc edition
of Titanic, and some new TV favourites, including The Munsters.
There's something there for everyone! Incidentally, corrections, additions
and comments about the Incoming page can now be made in
this thread over at Roobarb's DVD
Zeta Minor visitor John Carter has
contacted me to suggest that the "lost" Hammer film The Ugly Duckling
may not be entirely lost after all. He has discovered that a 16mm copy
was submitted to the Library of Congress when they renewed the copyright
to the film in the mid-80s. This is confirmed by the library's online
catalogue. The Hammer DVD Guide
has been updated.
Releasing will release Tae-kyeong Kim's psychological horror film The
Ghost on August the 29th.
Here's a synopsis from the press release:
The Ghost is a
psychological horror film about Ji-won (Ha-Neul Kim), a young student who
loses her memory after she and her friends mess around with a Ouija board.
Her past begins to catch up with her when she starts
suffering from sinister flashbacks and when three of her former friends
are found dead, all appearing as if they have drowned, Ji-won realises
that her past and the deaths are intricately connected. As she pieces
together the fragments of her former life she soon discovers that if she
wants to stay alive, she must try to forget her buried past.
The disc will feature Interviews; a
Making of... featurette; a music video; a theatrical trailer and TV
spots. The film will be presented in anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio. The RRP is £15.99.
will release Twin Sisters on August the 15th. The film, a tale
about two sisters whose relationship was torn apart by World War II, stars
2000 Silver Bear winner Nadja Uhl and Ellen Vogel.
The film, which was nominated for a Best
Foreign Language Film Academy Award last year, is based on De Tweeling,
a novel by Tessa de Loo that's sold more than three million copies in
Germany and the Netherlands.
The disc will feature an interview with
tessa de Loo. No technical specifications were announced. The RRP is
The release of Dallas - The Complete
Third Season has been postponed - it will now be released on October
Visual Entertainment will release The Doris Day Show - Season 1 on
September the 19th.
A six-disc set will feature all
twenty-eight episodes of the 1968 season of the CBS show. The individual
discs will also be available separately. Each disc will be "packed with a
wealth of rare and bonus features, including commercials and promos,
interviews with the cast and a Season 2 preview". Specifically these till
include Doris Day on What's My Line?; Doris Day movie trailer (sic)
and promotional spots; interviews with actors Philip Brown (who played son
Billy) and James Hampton (who played hired hand Leroy B. Simpson; "A
word from Doris Day"; and the Season 2 preview. RRP for the six-disc
set is £29.99. RRP for the individual discs is £9.99.
Home Video will release the first season of hit US sitcom Two and a
Half Men on September the 12th. The series, which stars Jon Cryer
(in a role that's deservedly brought the
Pretty In Pink star back into the spotlight)
and Charlie Sheen. In the series Sheen's bachelor lifestyle is shattered
when his brother, faced with divorce, arrives on his doorstep with his
ten-year-old son. The series features cameo appearances by Lucy Lawless,
Sean Penn, Heather Locklear and Teri Hatcher.
Bonus features on the disc include a
featurette titled Two and a Half Men: In The Beginning, and a
blooper reel titled Farting Around. The twenty-four episodes will
be in 4:3 format, with 2.0 Dolby Digital audio. RRP for the four-disc set
Tracy & Hepburn Signature Collection DVD box set will be released by
Warner Home Video on September the 19th. The set will (initially) be
exclusive to HMV.
The four-disc set will feature four films:
George Stevens' Woman of the Year (1942), and three films directed
by George Cukor - Keeper of the Flame (1942), Adam's Rib
(1949) and Pat and Mike (1952). It looks like the discs will be
bereft of bonus features.
The RRP is £34.99.
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