11th August 2005
Granada Ventures will release the
well-received $30m CGI animated version of Captain Scarlet (or, to
give it its official title, Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet),
on October the 17th.
The series will be available as a four-disc
box set, including all thirteen episodes. There will also be four
individual-disc releases, with the first four episodes making up Volume
One released on the same day.
Extras for the series will include "audio
commentary by creator Gerry Anderson, additional episode commentary by
David Lane and Wayne Forester, a behind-the-scenes documentary narrated by
Captain Scarlet, Motion capture featurette, CITV idents, series 1 trailer
and character and craft stills gallery".
The discs will be presented with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio.
RRP for the box set will be £29.99. RRP for
Volume 1 is £7.99. Here are the sleeve images - scanned from a colour
photocopy, so apologies for the duff quality...
The psychological thriller Class of '76,
which stars Robert Carlyle as a detective investigating an apparent
suicide. The film, which co-stars Daniel Mays and Claire Skinner, was
directed by Ashley Pearce. (Oddly enough, I can't find this film listed
under any of these participants at the IMDb). No technical details or
details of any bonus features (if there are any) were released. The RRP is
Class of '76 joins the following
Class of... films, according to the IMDb
Class of '06
Class of '61
Class of '63
Class of '74 (a.k.a. Gabriella)
Class of '74 (known as Class of
'75 in tardy territories!)
Class of 83
Class of 1984
Class of '86
Class of '91
Class of '92
Class of '96 (1993)
Class of '96 (1995)
Class of 1999
and, of course, Class of 1999 II
odd new Peter Kay DVD, Driven To Distraction, will be released by
Granada Ventures on October the 3rd.
The disc will include the "comic strip
drama" Two Minutes, one of Kay's earliest roles, in which he plays
a getaway driver (hence the title of the disc). Two Minutes also
stars Matthew Dunster and Pearce Quiggley.
The disc will also include footage of Kay
in his recent role in Coronation Street. The RRP is £5.99.
10th August 2005
Revelation Films will release the 1990s
version of The Tomorrow People on DVD on September the 12th.
The five-disc set will feature the entire
series (five complete stories, spread over twenty-five episodes), plus the
series' unaired pilot episode. Other bonus features include
previously-unseen behind-the-scenes footage; cast biographies; character
analysis; A Geek's Guide; Episode Guide and Trivia;
Photo' Gallery; Homo Novus - A New Beginning (Background Series
Analysis); New Series Locations; and Hidden Footage.
The series, which starred Kristian Schmid,
Christian Tessier and 28
Days Later's Naomie Harris, also featured a wealth of notable
guest stars, including Jean Marsh, Roger Sloman, Christopher Benjamin,
Christopher Lee, Elizabeth Spriggs, Robert Lang, Danny John-Jules, Sharon
Duce, Clive Merrison and Patricia Hayes.
The set will be exclusively available from
Virgin Mega Stores, with an RRP of £34.99. A Roobarb's DVD Forum
thread about this release can be found
Here's a look at the sleeve artwork...
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
will release the quirky political drama The Edukators on September
the 26th. I wish I could tell you more about the disc, and its contents,
but Fox's press release was designed to look like a ransom demand, and it
didn't contain any substantial info.
will release a three-disc version of Sir Ridley Scott's box office smash
hit Gladiator on September the 12th, featuring a version of the
film that's seventeen minutes longer than the original theatrical cut.
The set will feature a new commentary
track, by Scott and, making his commentary track debut, Russell Crowe. The
set will also feature a feature-length documentary, Strength and Honor:
Creating The World of Gladiator (sic). The set will come with an
especially-created illustrated booklet, featuring excerpts and images from
Scott's Gladiator companion book How It All Started.
The main disc will feature the extended
version of the film, with an introduction by Scott; the new commentary
track; and Are You Not Entertained? trivia subtitles.
The second disc will feature the
Strength and Honor documentary, which is broken down into seven
sections: Tales of the Scribes: Story Development ("Exploring the
story’s origins in ancient history and its challenging journey from script
to screen"); The Tools of War: Weapons ("An informative featurette
on the design and construction of the battle-hardened vehicles and weapons
seen in Gladiator"); Attire of the Realm: Costume Design ("A
fascinating look at how the film’s Oscar-winning costumes were designed
and created"); The Heat of Battle: Production Journals ("A series
of three immersive featurettes taking the viewer on-set and deeper into
the world of Gladiator than ever before, including detailed
segments on Germania, Zucchabar and Rome"); The Glory of Rome: Visual
Effects ("A detailed overview of Gladiator’s Oscar-winning
visual effects and how the filmmakers recreated ancient Rome"); Shadows
and Dust: Resurrecting Proximo ("With the untimely passing of actor
Oliver Reed, the filmmakers had to scramble to digitally salvage his
unforgettable (yet incomplete) final performance. Here’s how.") and
Echoes in Eternity: Release and Impact ("A look back at the film’s
phenomenal release and reaction, including its resurrection of the
historical epic and a hint of things to come").
The third disc will focus on Image and
Design ("This section details the preparatory elements needed to bring
the story to life including storyboard segments that show the entire
layout for the action–filled sequences, plus an impressive selection of
original illustrations and production stills, costume designs and more"),
and is broken down into twelve sections:
Production Design Primer: Arthur Max
Production Designer Arthur Max gives viewers an overview of the challenges
and responsibilities in creating the look for a massive, realistic epic
such as Gladiator.
Production Design Gallery
Conceptual art, set designs, location photos and other support material.
Storyboard Demonstration: Sylvain
Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz discusses the importance of
storyboarding and demonstrates his craft by drawing and inking two all-new
Gladiator boards on-camera exclusively for this DVD release.
A comprehensive collection of the film’s beautifully rendered storyboard
Multi-angle comparisons with optional audio commentary will give viewers
insight into how the shot design for the following sequences were
The Battle of Carthage
A sampling of Sir Ridley Scott’s own storyboards from the film.
Costume Design Gallery
An in-depth section dedicated to Oscar winner Janty Yates’ celebrated
Behind The Scenes
Special Shoot: Promotional Portraits
A collection of rare footage and abandoned sequences.
Abandoned Sequences and Deleted Scenes
Alternate Title Design (Featurette & Final Sequence)
Blood Vision (Storyboards & Outtakes, with Optional Commentary)
Rhino Fight (Storyboards & CG Test, with Optional Commentary)
Choose Your Weapon (Newly-Discovered Deleted Scene)
VFX Expolations: Germania and Rome
A “nuts & bolts” breakdown of the computer generated work that went into
creating the world of Gladiator.
Trailers and TV Spots
Trailers and other creative materials developed for the film’s original
The film will be presented in 2.35:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Note that this
version will not feature a DTS track. Fans of the format will want to hang
on to their existing copies.
The set has an RRP of £19.99, which seems
quite reasonable, considering that the old two-disc edition can be picked
up for peanuts.
Here's the very impressive box art...
Several forthcoming 2 Entertain / Cinema
Club dates have changed:
Drop The Dead Donkey - Season 2 -
was 24/10, now 10/10/05
Lost Highway - was 7/11, now 2006
Ruth Rendell Box Set - was 7/11, now
Ballykissangel - Season 2 - was
7/11, now 10/10/05
Hamish McBeth - Season 2 - was 5/12,
Are You Being Served - Season 3 -
was 5/12, now 2006
Chef - Season 3 - was 5/12, now 2006
On The Up - Season 3 - was 5/12, now
The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - was
26/12, now 12/12/05
fourth season of Smallville will be released on DVD on October the
The six-disc set will include twenty-two
episodes, including those that introduce Lois Lane to the series, and
those that feature guest stars V's Michael Ironside and
Superman: The Movie's Margot Kidder.
As usual, the episodes will be presented in
anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
Special features include featurettes
Inside The Writer's Room and Being Lois Lane; a selection of
commentary tracks; and "a host" of additional scenes. The set has an RRP
8th August 2005
Let's start the week with a new CD review.
It's of BBC Audio's release of The Further Adventures of Sherlock
Holmes, which features four episodes from the series of pastiche radio
plays, starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes. The second volume in
the series has been available on CD for over a year, and now it's finally
been joined by the first. Click
here, or on the
sleeve image, left, to go to the review page.
page has been updated by Ceri, who has added lots of new titles, and other
bits and pieces of information scavenged from various unofficial and
semi-official sources. New listings include Gerry Anderson's Lavender
Castle, the latest Network announcements and information (including
Bless This House and the superb children's series The Feathered
Serpent), a string of new Ronnie Barker BBC titles, more Seinfeld,
and a limited edition Blackadder - Complete Collection box set.
There are no new competitions today, mainly
because there's hardly anything interesting coming out this week (and the
few interesting titles that are being released today, including the new
Public Eye DVD set, and a new batch of BBC comedy titles, including
more Dad's Army, are being released by companies who don't actively
support the site). The current competitions will run for another week.
have some bad news for UK Twilight Zone fans who were expecting
that Cinema Club's forthcoming DVD box set would be a facsimile of the US
I've been sent a set of the discs, and
several of the bonus features that were listed in the accompanying press
release are missing: none of the episodes have isolated music tracks (a
blow for film music fans, who could have listened to scores by Jerry
Goldsmith and Bernard Herrmann, amongst others); the "Original Unaired
Pilot Version of Where Is Everybody with Rod Serling's Network
Pitch" is missing, and there are no "Rod Serling Promo's for Next Week's
Show". This is in addition to the bonus features that are on the Region 1
version, but were never announced as being on the R2 version (the radio
adaptations that recently aired on BBC7, for example).
Cinema Club have confirmed that these
features won't be on the UK discs, apologising for sending "the old press
release" (not to mention an email confirming that the discs would have
of disappointing DVD releases,
the Hancock's Half Hour disc
that's being released today has been
blighted by the inclusion of a heavily-edited version of one of the
episodes, The New Nose.
The version on the disc is one that was
apparently originally prepared for a repeat broadcast in the mid-80s.
Nowadays the consumer base for archive
television material is more discriminating, and generally prefers things
left in their original format (this includes things like retaining advert
bumpers, on ITV shows). Sadly, the re-appearance of the edited version of
The New Nose is somewhat indicative of the lack of care that the
BBC puts into some of their classic comedy releases (which any other
company might regard as their crown jewels). The Hancock discs are
especially disappointing in this regard. They could be immeasurably
improved by the addition of VidFire
processing (as some of the early
Dad's Army episodes
were), and they certainly deserve to be prepared by someone who knows
enough about the series to spot an episode that's missing a
minute-and-a-half of footage.
A Roobarb's DVD Forum
thread containing details of the cuts can
The Conviction DVD announced on
Friday is being released by a company called inD DVD (their
marketing department is apparently run by someone called SanDeE*).
The same company
(which, in order to annoy them, I will henceforth refer to as inD DVD) is releasing the acclaimed
Danish marionette movie Strings, on September the 5th.
This Dark Crystal-style
epic fantasy film features the voices of James McAvoy, Derek Jacobi,
Samantha Bond and Julian Glover.
The disc will feature an exclusive
never-before-seen documentary, The World of Strings; a statement from
director Anders Ronnow-Klarlund; a stills gallery; a trailer; and cast
biographies. The film will have an English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.
There's no indication that the disc will feature the original Danish audio
track (or English subtitles). No other technical details were announced.
There's a good website for the film
here. The RRP is £15.99.
Blue Dolphin will release the two
compendium films Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet and Ten Minutes
Older: The Cello on September the 12th. The two films feature fifteen
ten-minute films about the nature of time, directed by luminaries like
Mike Figgis, Michael Radford, Claire Dennis, Jim Jarmusch, Aki Kaurismäki,
Spike Jones, Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog.
No technical details were announced. Ten
Minutes Older: The Trumpet and The Cello has an RRP of £17.99.
"official bootleg" DVD of the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit gig A Night
of Legendary Comedy, titled Alan Partridge Presents The Cream of
British Comedy, will be released by Sanctuary Visual Entertainment on
September the 26th.
The event was held at the Royal Albert Hall
in March 2004, and helped to raise £750,000 for the charity, which has
Roger Daltrey CBE as its patron.
Hosted by Steve Coogan in his Alan
Partridge guise, the event also featured Ricky Gervais, Simon Pegg, Rob
Brydon, Rich Hall, Noel Fielding and "guest stars".
The disc will feature an exclusive fifteen
minute Alan Partridge Radio Norwich interview with Roger Daltrey; a
twelve-minute Teenage Cancer Trust promotional video; and five two-minute
Alan's Top Teen Toons VH1 interstitials. The RRP is £19.99.
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