Home Video will release a four-disc That's Entertainment! - The
Complete Collection box set on October the 17th.
The set will include the three films in the
series (That's Entertainment!, That's Entertainment! Part 2
and That's Entertainment! III), and a bonus disc, titled That's
Entertainment!: Treasures From The Vault. The Vault disc will
feature more than five hours of extra content, including That's
Entertainment: 50 Years of MGM, That's Entertainment! III Behind
the Screen (a 1994 documentary); The Lion Roars Again (footage
from the That's Entertainment! premiere); excerpts from The Mike
Douglas Show; and a Outtake Jukebox, which features sixteen
rarely-seen deleted musical numbers. The set is presented in 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio details were not available. The RRP is £29.99.
Warner Home Video will release the first
season of the American version of drama series Queer As Folk on
October the 17th.
The six-disc set will feature all
twenty-two forty-five minute episodes, in 1.85:1 ratio, with stereo audio.
Queer as Folk - The Complete First Season will be exclusively
available from HMV. The RRP is £49.99.
The 17th of October also sees Warner Home
Video releasing four DVD box sets, gathering together films from five of
their most successful franchises: the Lethal Weapon films, The
Exorcist series, the National Lampoon's Vacation comedies, the
Batman series and the Superman films.
Details - especially technical details - of
all four sets are thin on the ground. There are currently no details of
the Batman set. Other territories have already announced a new
Batman set, featuring new two-disc editions of the first four films in the
It's very likely that these sets will,
where applicable, contain copies of the existing individual discs, with
whatever bonus features they already contain.
Perhaps the most interesting of these is
The Complete DVD Resurrection - The
Exorcist DVD Collection, because
it will contain both versions of the most recent film in the series,
Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist
/ Exorcist: The Beginning
(i.e.: both Paul Schrader's original
version, and Renny Harlin's remix). The Schrader version isn't currently
available separately. Some retailers are listing this as a four disc set.
Unless they're doubling-up with two films on one disc somewhere, this is
It looks like the set will feature the
regular version of The Exorcist (i.e.: the one that was originally
released as The 25th Anniversary
Edition, not the Version
You've Never Seen).
The Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist
disc us apparently bonus free, which is a great shame.
The RRP for The Complete DVD
Resurrection - The Exorcist collection is £32.99.
The four-disc The Complete Lethal Weapon
Collection will contain all four films in the series, and has an RRP
Two of the National Lampoon's Vacation
films make their UK DVD debut in the National Lampoon's Vacations
set, which will contain National Lampoon's Vacation (1983),
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985), National Lampoon's
Christmas Vacation (1989) and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation
(1997). The RRP is £29.99.
Superman III and the dire
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace make their UK DVD debut in the
Complete Superman Collection set, which will, as the title suggests, also
include the first two films in the series. Superman has extensive bonus
features (as does the existing disc), while the other three films are
relatively impoverished, with only a theatrical trailer apiece to perk
them up. The RRP is £29.99.
Here are pack shots for four of the five
2nd August 2005
for a few words about Lost, the new series from J.J.Abrams, the
creator of Alias. The show is about the survivors of a plane that
crashes on a tropical island. It begins airing here on Channel 4 on August
the 10th. As many of you will be aware, the show is being heavily
promoted, with billboard posters and a terrific especially-shot teaser
trailer (set to a track from the first Portishead album).
Ain't It Cool News
has just posted full details of the
seven-disc Region 1 Lost DVD box set.
My guess is that this set is going to be
very heavily imported, because the series is very addictive. Once people
become hooked, they won't want to wait for the next episode to be
The Region 1 DVD set will feature
commentary tracks on four episodes, including an augmented commentary on
the first episode, which uses branching to interpolate behind-the-scenes
footage as the episode unspools.
The seventh disc will feature extensive
bonus materials: The Genesis of Lost (9m); Designing a Disaster
(8m); Before They Were Lost (23m); Audition Tapes (28m);
Welcome To Oahu: The Making of the Pilot (33m); The Art of
Matthew Fox (6m); Lost@Comicon (2m); Lost on Location
(behind-the-scenes featurettes on seven episodes, totalling about
forty-five minutes); On Set With Jimmy Kimmel (7m); Backstage
with Drive Shaft (7m); Lost Flashbacks (deleted scenes, 4m);
Deleted Scenes (5m); Bloopers From The Set (4m); and Live
From The Museum of Television and Radio (Q&A session with cast and
crew members, 11m). The RRP for the set is $60. It's released on September
Wienerworld is launching a mid-price music
DVD label on September the 26th, with sixteen titles with an RRP of £5.99.
The titles included in the first batch are: Lulu - Live; Glen
Campbell - Live; Nirvana - Teen Spirit; Roy Orbison - The
Anthology; Marilyn Manson - Demystifying The Devil; Roy
Orbison - In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story; 10CC Alive; Kiss
- Live in Las Vegas; Suede - Introducing The Band; Luther
Vandross - Journeys in Black; The Very Best of Sweet; Ray
Charles - Celebrates a Gospel Christmas; Bob Dylan - 1966 World
Tour - The Home Movies; Tom Jones - 40 Smash Hits; Kenny
Rogers - Going Home; and The Best of Rod Stewart and the Faces.
basic Sin City DVD will be released in the UK on September the
26th. The film, which was directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller,
is a brilliant, ultra-violent, heavily-stylised film noir, based very
closely on the Sin City comic books. It stars Bruce Willis, Mickey
Rourke, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen and Brittney Murphy. The US release will
apparently be available with a variety of slip-case sleeves, but it looks
like we're lumbered with this Photoshop-for-Beginners version. Hopefully
some of the more savvy retailers will be offering their own exclusive
The disc will include an eight-minute
behind-the-scenes featurette, and will have English closed captions. No
other technical details were released.
Robert Rodriguez has already promised that
a more comprehensive DVD edition will be released at some point, which
will include extended versions of the various plot strands in the film,
and extensive bonus material. Unfortunately, like his buddy Quentin
Tarantino (who guest-directed a few scenes of Sin City), Rodriguez
is fond of making these pronouncements, but not so good at following them
through (hands up who's still waiting for the promised feature-packed
editions of Rodriguez's Spy Kids films, or the Kill Bill Special
Ventures are releasing yet another new Thunderbirds box set on
September the 19th.
The eight-disc 40th Anniversary DVD
Collector's Box Set is limited to five thousand individually-numbered
copies. It will include all thirty-two fifty-odd minute episodes, an
exclusive set of postcards and an especially-compiled twenty-track CD,
featuring Barry Gray's music from the series.
The RRP is £99.99.
The CD will apparently feature tracks drawn
from the existing two Silva Screen CDs.
Granada Ventures is re-releasing Sean
Bean's adventure series Sharpe on DVD on September the 15th. The
fifteen-disc Collector's Edition set will feature all fourteen
feature-length episodes of the series, and a disc featuring two
featurettes, Sharpe The Legend (about Sharpe's career) and Sharpe's
Shooting (a look behind the scenes). The set will also include a companion
booklet, featuring cast profiles and a fold-out, historically-accurate map
showing the location of Sharpe's battles. RRP for the new set is £99.99.
Apologies for the poor quality of this image - it was scanned from a
The second series of That '70s Show
will be released by Twentieth Century Fox on September the 19th. This
season saw the introduction of a popular new character, Leo, played by
Tommy Chong. Guest stars include Wonder Woman's Lyle Waggoner and
Happy Days' Marion Ross.
The four-disc set will include six
behind-the-scenes featurettes, an interview with director David Trainer,
and three episodes with commentary track (Halloween, Hunting
and Cat Fight, all with David Trainer). The episodes will be
presented in 4:3 ratio, with 2.0 Dolby Digital audio.
Ventures will release a Special Edition version of the film version
of David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross on September the 13th.
The two-disc set will feature a commentary
track by James Foley; a documentary about real-life salesmen, ABC
(Always Be Closing) (30m); Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack
Lemmon (30m); a short black-and-white student film, J. Roy: New and
Used Furniture (10m); clips from The Charlie Rose Show (Jack
Lemmon interview, 10m) and Inside The Actor's Studio (clip
featuring Kevin Spacey, 2m); selected scenes with commentary by stars Alan
Arkin and Alec Baldwin, cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchia, and Production
Designer Jane Musky. Technical details were not announced.
Bonus feature durations are taken from the
US edition. The RRP is £15.99.
The way the press release is worded
suggests that the UK DVD might include the full-length James Foley
commentary that was on Pioneer's American laserdisc edition. The Region 1
DVD has a "selected scenes"- type commentary with Foley, which lasts for
about twenty-five minutes. Otherwise, it sounds like the UK disc will be
the same as the US disc, which has a stunning transfer, and is available
for about a fiver. Neither of these Special Edition versions
include the Jack Lemmon commentary track that was also on the laserdisc
(it was one of two commentary tracks Lemmon recorded before his death, in
Warner Home Video will release two classic
horror films on Halloween: Donald Cammell's Demon Seed and the
penultimate Hammer Dracula film, Dracula AD '72. Both discs will
feature a theatrical trailer, but no other bonus material. Demon Seed
will be presented in 2.35:1 ratio; Dracula AD '72 will be in
1.78:1 ratio. Both discs will have 1.0 Dolby Digital audio tracks. Sleeve
art will be the same as the US editions (below), only with the likely
addition of two ugly certification logo's. RRP will be £15.99 each.
Hammer DVD Guide has been updated accordingly.
Not much to report this morning.
Ceri has updated the
Offers page with a
bunch of new special offers and bargains. There are also pointers to the
best prices available, for titles likely to be of interest to Zeta
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