7th September 2005
Home Video will release a box set containing the fourth season of
Farscape on October the 10th.
The set will contain all twenty-two
episodes. Bonus features include commentary tracks (Gigi Edgley and Andrew
Prowse on Crichton Kicks; Tony Tiles and Sean Masterson on John
Quixote; Anthony Simcoe and Prowse on Unrealised Reality and
A Constellation of Doubt; and Prowse and Edgley on Bad Timing);
deleted scenes; outtakes, stills gallery; The Story of Farscape,
VFX Crew, Moya's Menu, and Farwell (sic) featurettes;
never-before-seen make-up testes; Terms of Farscape's uncharted territory
interviews; Farscape facts and Alien Slang. The RRP is £99.99.
Incidentally, Farscape fans of the
series might not realise that it is currently being re-released on DVD in
the US, as a series of two-disc sets, with lots of bonus features that
weren't on the initial US sets, or the UK box sets, including additional
commentary tracks. What's more, the price is very attractive. Each season
is made up of three of the new Starburst Edition two-disc sets,
which retail for about £8 each. The first season is already available, and
they're part-way through the second. Well worth considering if you've not
already bought the series, or fancy an upgrade.
Tartan Video will release Dig!, Ondi
Timoner's award-winning documentary about Courtney Taylor, lead singer of
The Dandy Warhols, and Anton Newcombe, who fronts The Brian Jonestown
Massacre, on November the 14th.
There will be single-disc and two-disc
editions (RRP £15.99 and £22.99 respectively). The two-disc set will
feature a Tartan exclusive interview with Timoner; Q&A with The Dandy
Warhols; Music Documentary panel discussion; commentary; trailer and
deleted scenes. The single-disc version has the trailer only.
The disc will offer a choice of Dolby
Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks.
will release John Sayle's acclaimed political conspiracy thriller
Silver City on November the 14th. The film, which stars Danny Huston,
Chris Carter, Daryl Hannah, Kris Kristofferson and Maria Bello, is about a
private eye who investigates a corpse found in a lake, leading to a
cover-up involving illegal migrant workers, disused mines and
The disc will be presented in its original
theatrical ratio, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
and DTS 5.1 audio tracks, with optional English HoH subtitles. Bonus
features include exclusive interviews with Sayles, producer Maggie Renzu
and Danny Huston; a Making of.. documentary, and a John Sayles
commentary track. The RRP is £19.99.
The Screen Goddesses box set
collection, which was announced on
August the 18th,
has changed release date again. The Doris Day, Katharine Hepburn, Mae West
and Rita Hayworth sets will be available on October the 3rd, and the
Barbara Stanwyck, Sophia Loren and Marilyn Monroe sets will be released on
October the 17th.
Optimum Releasing will issue a two-disc
Special Edition version of the Ealing classic Whisky Galore on
October the 10th. The film has been "digitally restored & re-mastered".
The disc will come with a sixty-four page
book featuring extracts from Faber's Alexander Mackendrick On
Film-making book. Other bonus features include an introduction by
George Perry (author of Forever Ealing); commentary by British
cinema expert John Ellis; trailers; a fifty-two-minute documentary,
Distilling Whisky Galore, which includes interviews with Mackendrick
and his crew; Whisky Galore: A Personal History recounting of the
actual events, from islander Angus Campbell (20m); and a recently-filmed
interview with Alexander Mackendrick's wife, Hilary.
Belated - but official - word on BBC
Audiobooks' September and October releases...
Adams fans will no doubt be studying their bank balances on October the
3rd, when BBC Audiobooks releases a box set that contains all five radio
series of The Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
The new set will be housed in a "delectable
box with magnetic lid". It will include the Primary, Secondary,
Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases, which
make up the entire full-cast BBC Radio 4 canon.
The fourteen-disc set will also include a
bonus disc, featuring two programmes from the BBC archives: a 1980 edition
of Kaleidoscope, which goes behind-the-scenes on the second series;
and an instalment of a 2002 series titled Six Characters In Search of
an Author: Arthur Dent.
RRP for the set is £80, but Play.com is
offering it for half that,
here, which makes it somewhat
Who fans should be thrilled by the Volume 3 of Doctor Who At
The BBC, which has apparently been released this week.
The two-disc set will feature rare material
from the BBC's archives, including a real scoop: a ten minute Doctor
Who mini-drama recorded in 1974 for Glorious Goodwood, featuring Jon
Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen (who also narrates the discs). Other items
include extracts from Wavelength, interviewing the cast and crew of
The Two Doctors; Nationwide on the Radiophonic Workshop, from
1983; a spoof from The Grumbleweeds titled Dr Nobbut-Just;
Jane Asher playing the Doctor's granddaughter in Whatever Happened
to... Susan Foreman?; Nationwide's 15th anniversary interviews;
Lalla Ward on Swap Shop; and a mid-eighties radio interview with
Sarah Sutton. RRP for the set is £13.99.
I must say it's a bit disappointing to see
so much TV material plundered for these discs. The Doctor Who At The
BBC discs should concentrate on radio or audio-only material, and
leave the video material to the DVDs.
Other September the 5th releases are:
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Nine -
With guest panellists Jack Dee, Tony Hawks, Jeremy Hardy - RRP £12.99
Only Fools and Horses 4 - Featuring
It's Only Rock and Roll, Sleeping Dogs Lie, Watching The
Girls Go By and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - RRP £12.99
Hancock's Half Hour - The Very Best
Episodes - Volume 1 - Featuring four episodes chosen by Galton and
Simpson: Sid's Mystery Tours, The Wild Man of the Woods,
23 Railway Cuttings (a.k.a. Sunday Afternoon at Home) and
The Poetry Society. The set will feature new sleeve notes written by
Galton and Simpson. RRP is £12.99.
Hancock: The Economy Drive, The Emigrant
and Two Other TV Episodes - the two others being The Cold and
The Baby Sitters. RRP is £12.99.
Eyewitness - The 1990s - the final
release of BBC Audiobook's history of the twentieth century, with
commentary by historian Joanna Bourke and presented by Tim Pigott-Smith.
6th September 2005
Home Video will release Robert Zemeckis' impressive CGI movie The Polar
Express on November the 14th. No other details were announced, but the
pack shot reveals that it will be a "Two Disc Edition".
The RRP is expected to be £17.99.
If you needed more proof that Christmas was
upon us, the DVD box sets are beginning to stack up like crates outside
Pete Doherty's dressing room.
Warner has been the box set champion since
the early nineties, when they released a range of themed VHS sets,
offering quality movies, attractively re-packaged. Other companies had
done box sets before, but no-one had done it with the calibre of films
that Warner owned, and no-one had done it with so much style.
Nowadays box sets are commonplace. Usually
they simply gather together product that's already available, offering
nothing more than a few quid off and a couple of square feet of cardboard
to tempt potential customers.
Warner Home Video are still the box
Over the decades they've built up an unrivalled library of
titles, meaning they're able to summon A-grade
movies on just about any theme imaginable. Unlike some other studios I
could mention, they've retained an enormous amount of peripheral archive
footage, meaning that deleted scenes for films like Casablanca are
still around. They also have an ongoing programme where they're conducting
archives with actors and crew members who have worked for the studio,
effectively creating a resource they'll be able to tap into for decades to
It's true that they've been lazy with some
of their box set releases (the Hammer Originals set springs to
mind, for example), but lately they've been releasing some great sets. And
now they have a couple more to announce...
Flynn - The Signature Collection will appear on October the 17th, and
it will be exclusively available via HMV.
It will feature five films making their UK
DVD debut, plus one that's already available, Dive Bomber. The new
titles are Captain Blood, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and
Essex, The Sea Hawk, They Died With Their Boots On and
Dodge City. It will also include a brand new, exclusive,
feature-length documentary, The Adventures of Errol Flynn,
put together by Emmy-Award winning
documentarians Joan Kramer and David Heeley. It's narrated by Ian Holm,
and traces Flynn's life from his childhood in Tasmania, to Hollywood
stardom. Olivia de Havilland, who co-starred with Flynn eight times, is
among the contributors..
Each disc will feature bonus material:
Captain Blood - Newsreel; comedy
short All-American Drawback; cartoon Billboard Frolics;
featurette Captain Blood: A Swashbuckler Is Born; theatrical
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
- Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1939 (which includes
Newsreel; musical short The Royal Rodeo; cartoon Old Glory;
1939 trailer gallery); and a new featurette: Elizabeth and Essex:
The Sea Hawk - Newsreel; short
Alice In Movieland; new featurette The Sea Hawk: Flynn in Action;
They Died With Their Boots On -
Newsreel; short A Tale of Two Kitties; featurette They Died With Their
Boots On: To Hell or Glory; theatrical trailer
Dodge City - Newsreel; Oscar-winning
short Sons of Liberty; cartoon Dan McFoo; featurette
Dodge City: Go West, Errol Flynn; theatrical trailer
Dive Bomber - documentary Dive
Bomber: Keep 'Em In The Air; theatrical trailer
Each film will be presented in its original
aspect ratio. RRP for Errol Flynn - The Signature Collection is
The Spencer Tracy Collection box set
is designed to complement the Tracy and Hepburn Signature Collection box,
which is due in HMV stores on September the 19th (see
News entry for July
the 25th). It features three Tracy classics: Boys Town (for
which he won his second consecutive Oscar), the perennial Father of the
Bride, and John Sturges's 1958 adaptation of Hemingway's The Old
Man and the Sea.
Each film will be presented in 4:3 format,
with mono audio. The RRP is £29.99.
Granada Ventures will be promoting and
re-promoting a number of box sets for Christmas. The new sets are:
The Jacqueline Wilson Collection:
Girls in Love Series I; Girls In Tears (Girls in Love - Series 2)
and Best Friends. October 17th - RRP £19.99
Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet
- details 11th
August - October 17th - RRP £29.99
ITV 50 - celebrating fifty years of
ITV drama with the "best" episodes of A Touch of Frost,
Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, Poirot, Cracker,
Sharpe, Sherlock Holmes and Kavanagh QC. That's a
span between 1984 and 1995, if anyone's wondering. It's completely
ridiculous that there's nothing from the 60s and 70s, but not so
surprising that there's nothing launched in the last decade. No Callan?
No The Sweeney? No Public Eye? Who put this set together, a
twelve-year-old? Due October 17th - £29.99.
Norman Wisdom - 17th October - RRP
£59.99. The press release didn't mention which titles would be included.
Could be a re-packaging of the existing Carlton box set (it has similar,
but not identical, packaging, judging by the crappy thumbnail-size colour
photocopy I was sent).
Will Hay - 17th October - RRP
£49.99. No titles for this in the press release, either. There's a picture
of a policeman on the box. You do the math. Probably a re-packaged version
of the existing set.
Terry-Thomas - 17th October - RRP
£29.99. No titles listed, again. The box set art doesn't even feature the
famous hyphen in Terry-Thomas's name, for Zarquon's sake. According to the
press release the set will include films featuring Kenneth Williams and
Peter Sellers "who make this the ultimate comedy box set to own".
Sometimes I think that press releases are generated by machines, who just
spit out random stock hyperbole phrases.
A Touch of Frost - Series 11 and 12
- 24th November - £24.99
Ray Winstone - 21st November -
£29.99. Includes Births, Deaths and Marriages, Henry VIII
and his imminent PI drama series Vincent (which has already been
commissioned for a second series).
Poirot - 21st November - £24.99.
Contains the latest four programmes in the series.
Rising Damp - 21st November -
£29.99. Bringing together the contents of the £14.99 series box set and
the £5.99 Rising Damp movie. "Fantastic value for money".
Re-promotions include Inspector Morse;
August the 2nd,
released 19th September);
Brideshead Revisited (announced on July 18th, due 19th September); and
August the 2nd,
released 19th September).
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Ceri has updated the
Incoming page today. In fact, it's been
completely overhauled, virtually from scratch, and all the information
should be up to date. Hopefully this will also have eliminated the
formatting errors that have accumulated over the last few months. I'm sure
Ceri would welcome any comments you have:
ZETA MINOR NEWS
It's going to be a threadbare update this
morning, as work commitments over the weekend have left me little time to
add to the site.
The weird CGI-animated comedy series
Father of the Pride will be released on DVD on September the 26th, by
Universal Pictures UK.
The innuendo-laden series, about Siegfried
and Roy's Las Vegas big cat show, is aimed at an adult audience. It
features the voices of John Goodman, Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl
Hines, and Orlando Jones.
The two-disc set will feature fourteen
episodes, including three that have never been seen (the Original Pilot,
The Siegfried and Roy Fantasy Movie Experience Movie and Stage
Fright. Bonus features include commentary (by writers Jonathan Groff,
Jo Pollack, Jon Ross, Cheryl Holliday and Rob Cohen, and a featurette
titled The Lost Tale, which features "storyboards,
partially-animated sequences and voice-overs for a new story line". The
RRP is £19.99.
Mosaic will release No Way Up, a
thriller about a man trapped in an underground car park being attacked by
a mysterious truck, with tinted windows, on DVD to rent on November the
14th, and on sell-through on February the 20th, 2006. The film stars
Grayson McCouch, Highlander's Adrian Paul, Amy Locane and Dun
Technical spec's and bonus features for the
retail version are TBC. The RRP will be £12.99.
A company called 4DVD will release a
documentary-drama titled Alien Worlds on October the 3rd, a few
days before a two-part version of it is due to be screened by Channel 4.
The documentary speculates as to what life
on other planets might be like, by profiling two theoretical worlds, and
deciding what sort of creatures might live there.
The disc will have an RRP of £19.99
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