The twenty-two episodes of the fifth season
of ER will be released by Warner Home Video on October the 17th.
Hankies at the ready, ladies, because this is where we say goodbye to Dr
Doug Ross (George Clooney).
The episodes will be presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. There don't
appear to be any bonus materials (this is probably because we're well
ahead of the American release schedule). RRP for the set is £44.99.
Releasing will issue the popular anime Appleseed on September the
19th, as a Limited Edition two-disc tin-cased DVD set.
film will be in anamorphic widescreen format, with
a choice of Japanese or English audio
tracks, in either DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1. English subtitles will
be available for the Japanese version.
The disc will have
a commentary track, by the director and
producer. Disc Two will have a
thirty-five minute featurette, titled The Birth of 3D Live Anime,
an image archive, staff profiles, and trailers. The RRP is £19.99.
A partnership between Universal Pictures
and Sony Pictures has resulted in a series of seven actress-themed
Screen Goddesses DVD box sets, which will be released on September the
The actresses and films in question are:
Marilyn Monroe - Some Like It Hot,
The Misfits, We Remember Marilyn, Ladies of the Chorus,
Hometown Girl, Marilyn Monroe at the Movies
Sophia Loren - El Cid, The
Pride and The Passion, The Fall of the Roman Empire, White
Sister, The Key, Countess From Hong Kong
Rita Hayworth - Gilda,
Salome, You'll Never Get Rich, Lady From Shanghai,
The Magnificent Showman, Miss Sadie Thompson
Doris Day - Pillow Talk,
Young at Heart, It Happened To Jane, Lover Come Back,
The Thrill of It All, Send Me No Flowers
Katharine Hepburn - Bringing Up
Baby, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Suddenly Last Summer,
Rooster Cogburn, State of the Union
Mae West - I'm No Angel,
Klondike Annie, She Done Him Wrong, The Heat's On, My
Little Chickadee, Belle of the Nineties
I don't have the details for the Barbara
Stanwyck set, sorry!
I expect that the discs in these sets are
the same as the currently-available individual discs, where applicable.
RRP for each set seems to be £49.99. Here's a look at the sleeve art / box
Roeg's film version of Roald Dahl's The Witches will make its DVD
debut on October the 17th. It doesn't look like there'll be any bonus
features, and no technical details were announced.
Previous home video versions of the film
have been cut by the BBFC. There is no indication in the press release
that this new version will be uncut. The image, left, is what the PR
company is using to promote the disc, but it's not the right shape for a
DVD sleeve, so it might not be the sleeve art. The RRP is £15.99.
A box set featuring Willy Wonka and the
Chocolate Factory (i.e.: the 1971 movie), The Witches and
Danny The Champion of the World is also due from Warner on the 17th,
with an RRP of £29.99. This raises an irksome question. The current UK DVD
version of Willy Wonka... doesn't have any bonus features, and yet
there's been a Special Edition version, with documentary and cast
commentary track, available in the US for nearly four years! Are
Warner UK ever going to replace the old version with the new one? They
recently re-released the old disc to coincide with the release of the Tim
Burton movie, so missed that golden ticket opportunity. Will the UK
division finally give the film the Special Edition treatment when the new
movie gets released on DVD?
On a similar subject, I've heard from
Warner Home Video that the version of Gremlins in the forthcoming
Gremlins / Gremlins 2 box set (see the News entry for the
15th of August, below) will be the existing bare-bones UK disc. This means
Warner Home Video is expecting UK fans to buy another copy of a disc they
probably already own, in order to get a copy of Gremlins 2, knowing
that there's a Special Edition version of Gremlins available
in the US, that Warner Home Video has chosen not to release here. Hmmm,
are we sure that Brain Gremlin isn't running the marketing department at
Warner Home Video...?
The third season of Star Trek:
Enterprise will be released by Paramount on the 5th of September. The
season was nominated for four Emmy awards.
As usual, the set contains bonus material
that's not available on the generally-available US edition: a featurette
called Behind The Camera, a behind-the-scenes peek with
Enterprise cinematographer Marvin Rush.
Other bonus features include: text
commentary on selected episodes by Michael and Denise Okuda; audio
commentary on North Star by Assistant Director Mike DeMerritt;
audio commentary on Similitude by writer / Executive Producer Manny
Coto; The Xindi Saga; Star Trek: Enterprise Moments - Season 3;
Profile: Conner Trinneer; A Day In The Life of a Director:
Roxann Dawson; outtakes; deleted scenes and a photo gallery.
The twenty-four episodes will be presented
in anamorphic 1.78:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. RRP for the set
Bay will release a collection of former video nasties on September the
19th, titled Box of the Banned.
The seven-disc set will contain six
notorious shockers, all using sleeve art that mimics the original mid-80s
VHS releases. The films included in the set are Driller Killer,
The Evil Dead, The Last House on the Left, I Spit On Your
Grave, Nightmares in a Damaged Brain and Zombie Flesh Eaters.
The set will also feature a collector's
booklet, and a seventh disc featuring a brand new forty-seven minute
documentary, Ban The Sadist Videos (which takes its title from a
Daily Mail headline of the era). The documentary, which was directed by
David Gregory, will feature interviews with distributors, retailers,
politicians, experts and moral guardians.
17th August 2005
Home Video has formerly announced the UK release of the two-disc
Special Edition versions of the first four Batman films.
All four films will sport new anamorphic
transfers, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 audio tracks,
with optional English subtitles. The discs will be released on October the
24th. The RRP for each disc is £19.99.
Bonus materials for the four films are:
Commentary by Director Tim Burton; On
the Set with Bob Kane; Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of
Batman (The Batman comic book saga as reinvented and reinterpreted
over nearly seven decades); Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of
the Dark Knight Parts 1-3 (The Road to Gotham City, The
Gathering Storm and The Legend Reborn); Beyond Batman
Documentary Gallery ( Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design of
Batman; Building the Batmobile; Those Wonderful Toys: The
Props and Gadgets of Batman; Designing the Batsuit; From
Jack to the Joker; Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman);
Music Videos by Prince (Batdance, Partyman and Scandalous);
The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries; Batman: The
Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence; and a theatrical trailer.
Commentary by Director Tim Burton; The
Bat, the Cat and the Penguin (Cast and crew members recall the making
of the sequel); Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark
Knight (Part 4: The Dark Side of the Knight); Beyond Batman
Documentary Gallery; Gotham City Revisited: The Production Design
of Batman Returns; Sleek, Sexy and Sinister: The Costumes of Batman
Returns; Making up the Penguin; Assembling the Arctic Army;
Bats, Mattes and Dark Nights: The Visual Effects of Batman; Face
to Face music video by Siouxsie and the Banshees; The Heroes and
The Villains Profile Galleries; and a theatrical trailer.
Commentary by Director Joel Schumacher;
Additional Scenes; Riddle Me This: Why is Batman Forever? (How a
new director and cast created a new version of Gotham's classic good and
bad guys); Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight
(Part 5: Reinventing a Hero);
Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery (Out of the Shadows: The
Production Design of Batman Forever; The Many Faces of Gotham City;
Knight Moves: The Stunts of Batman Forever; Imaging Forever: The
Visual Effects of Batman Forever; Scoring Forever: The Music of
Batman Forever); Kiss from a Rose music video by Seal; The
Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries; and a theatrical trailer.
Batman & Robin
Commentary by Director Joel Schumacher;
Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight (Part 6:
Batman Unbound); Additional scene (Alfred's Lost Love);
Beyond Batman documentary gallery
(Bigger, Bolder, Brighter: The Production Design of Batman & Robin;
Maximum Overdrive: The Vehicles of Batman & Robin; Dressed to
Thrill: The Costumes of Batman & Robin; Frozen Freaks and Femme
Fatales: The Makeup of Batman & Robin; Freeze Frame: The Visual
Effects of Batman & Robin); Four music videos (The End is the
Beginning is the End by the Smashing Pumpkins, Foolish Games by
Jewel, Gotham City by R. Kelly, Look into My Eyes by Bone
Thugs-N-Harmony); The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries;
and a theatrical trailer.
15th August 2005
Let's start with Ceri's update to the
Offers page, with lots of new bargains
that should be of interest, including the best prices on many Network
titles, a good deal on the re-mastered Optimum Sherlock Holmes movie set,
and a new book about Nigel Kneale.
For Rock and Roll, a film starring Gina Gershon, The Sopranos'
Drea de Matteo and Buffy The Vampire Slayer's Marc Blucas, is being
released by Blackhorse Entertainment on September the 26th.
The film, about an all-girl rock band
waiting for their big break after years of playing the LA club scene of
the late 80s, was based on a screenplay by Cheri Lovedog, the founder,
singer, guitarist and songwriter of girl-group Lovedog, who supported
bands like Janes Addiction, Guns 'n' Roses and L7. The RRP is £15.99.
Optimum Releasing is releasing a box set of
John Cassavetes titles on September the 12th. The John Cassavetes
Collection set will include five films: Shadows, Faces,
A Woman Under The Influence, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
and Opening Night.
The films will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, from new high definition digital transfers. The set
will come with a booklet containing interviews with Cassavetes and actress
Bonus features are:
Shadows: audio commentary by Seymour
Cassel and critic Tom Charity; silent rehearsal footage
alternate opening sequence, which features
seventeen minutes of footage not included in the final cut; commentary on
alternate opening sequence by Peter Bogdanovich and producer Al Ruban;
Interview with Seymour Cassel
A Woman Under The Influence:
interview with Elaine Kagan (Cassavetes' assistant; audio interview with
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
two versions of the film (Cassavetes' 1976 135m cut, and his
subsequent 108m 1978 re-edit); audio interview with Cassavetes; commentary
on selected scenes with Bogdanovich and Al Ruban
Opening Night: Audio interview with
Cassavetes; commentary by Tom Charity, cameraman Mike Ferris and sound
recordist Bo Harwood.
RRP for the set is £49.99
Asia will release the widely-acclaimed Korean war film Brotherhood:
Platinum Edition on September the 5th. (It's currently available as a
The film, described by The Independent
as "a Korean Saving Private Ryan", will be presented as a two-disc
set, featuring a full-length commentary track by Asian cinema experts Bey
Logan and Mike Leeder; Tears of Fire, a forty-five minute
behind-the-scenes documentary; History Through The Lens, an on-set
location featurette (19m); Captain's Orders, an exclusive interview
with action director Jung Doo-hung (20m); The Colours of War, an
"evocative" photo' gallery; Battle Plans, an animated look at the
storyboards (11m); Don't Look Back in Anger, a documentary about
the Korean War, featuring interviews with veterans and archive footage
(25m); Honoured Despatches (sic, 15m), interviews with cast
members; Brotherhood, a featurette about camaraderie in the face of
war (18m); Special Operations, a featurette about the logistical
challenges of Korea's biggest ever film production (12m); and two
theatrical trailers. The press release also listed
1950 Re-lived, a historical
featurette about the effects of the war, but I couldn't find it on the
Extras disc that accompanied it (it might be on the same disc as the
The film has been digitally re-mastered,
and is presented in 2.19:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with a choice of
language tracks (English dubbed, or Korean, with new English subtitles),
in Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1. The RRP is £19.99.
Home Video will release a double pack of both Gremlins films on
October the 3rd. This marks the first time that Gremlins 2 has been
available on DVD in the UK.
The press release notes that the
Gremlins 2 disc will feature a trailer, a gag reel, twenty minutes of
deleted scenes, a commentary track by director Joe Dante and producer Mike
Finnell, a Behind The Screams featurette and an Easter Egg
(which should be the alternate 'technical breakdown' scene, from the VHS
It does not, however, say anything about
Gremlins, which is currently available here only as a bare-bones disc.
In the US there's a Gremlins Special Edition, with lots of bonus
material, including two commentary tracks. It would be very unfortunate if
the new box set didn't include a new version of Gremlins with these
features, too, especially as the set has a whopping RRP of £24.99.
Home Video has also announced the release of Dominion: Prequel to The
Exorcist, Paul Schrader's version of the fourth film in the series.
Details are a little sketchy, but the disc
should feature deleted scenes and a stills gallery.
The film will also be available in a set
featuring the complete series (see the
News entry for the
5th of August for details). The RRP for the individual disc, which is
released on October the 17th, the same day as the box set, is £15.99.
has made a short trailer for The Interpreter DVD available online.
You can view it by
clicking here. (It should open in a new window). The disc is released
More details about the disc can be found in
News update for the 4th of July.
I've also added a page featuring three
interviews with the film's director, Sydney Pollack, and its star, Nicole
Kidman, which you can find
The first Pollack one, in particular, is
very interesting, and well worth reading if you're an admirer of his
films, (which include Out of Africa, Tootsie, Jermiah
Johnson and my own favourite, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?)
My thanks to Universal for allowing me to reproduce the interviews here.
week I attended the press screening of the latest Warner Brothers
blockbuster to make its way onto the huge IMAX screen at Waterloo: Tim
Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The film is a visual treat, with the
enormous colourful rooms inside the chocolate factory contrasting starkly
with the grim, cold East European-looking landscape outside. The scenes
inside the factory are hyper-coloured, with a soft luminance that's
slightly reminiscent of old Eastmancolour films. The film has been
re-mastered with the proprietary IMAX DMR technique, which results in a
print ten times larger than a conventional 35mm print (and three times as
large as 70mm film). The film positively bursts with colour!
Tim Burton's new version of Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory is, somewhat surprisingly, not terribly
different from Mel Stuart's beloved 1971 version. Anyone expecting a
radically-different interpretation, from a director who is, after all,
famous for his artistic vision, is going to be a little disappointed.
Burton has reinstated a lot of material that was in the book, that wasn't
in the 1971 version, giving much more screen time to Charlie's family, and
reinstating the story of how Wonka discovered the Oompa Loompas. (The new
Oompa Loompas, which are all played by one man, Deep Roy, quite steal the
show!) The new version is certainly more cruel, which I'm sure Roald Dahl
would have heartily approved of.
Johnny Depp's Wonka is suitably weird, but
rather more subdued than Gene Wilder was. This is only fitting, since
Wonka has been cut off from the outside world for years. Looking pale
(more post-filming tinkering, I suspect), Depp manages to stay just this
side of insane.
The film's music is provided - virtually
single-handedly, by the sound of it, by long-time Burton associate Danny
Elfman. Elfman not only composed most of the music for the film (including
the infuriatingly catchy Wonka's Welcome Song), he also provided
most of the vocals. Fans of Oingo Boingo will be especially thrilled!
Anyway, if you're planning on seeing
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you certainly won't see it at a
better venue than the IMAX cinema. Details are available at the
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