Hammer DVD Guide has been
updated, with details of Universal's terrific Region 1 The Hammer
Horror Series set, which features eight Hammer films: Brides of
Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, Phantom of the Opera,
Paranoiac, The Kiss of the Vampire, Nightmare,
Night Creatures (a.k.a. Captain Clegg) and The Evil of
Frankenstein. The set is released this week, and it appears that
Universal have done a sterling job. A fine, authoritative review of the
set can be found
Note that there have been concerns raised
about the quality and durability of Universal's double-sided dual-layer
discs (which they've also used for the Bela Lugosi Collection,
which is also out this week), so if you're buying this set, it will be
worth checking that all the films play properly, and that the retailer you
buy it from has a good returns procedure! A Roobarb's DVD Forum
thread about the set can be found
Ceri has updated the
Incoming page, with some great new
information. There are new dates for a lot of BBC titles, including the
Dennis Potter collection titles; details of DD Video's Kessler box
set, and the release of the recent BBC version of The Quatermass
I've added a new DVD review to the site.
It's for Revelation Pictures' second Goodnight Sweetheart DVD set,
which is due on September the 26th. There are no great surprises, but it's
a solid release, with a decent array of bonus material. Click on the
sleeve image, above right, or
here to go to the
Revelation would doubtless also like me to
point out that their five-disc box set release of the 1990s version of
The Tomorrow People comes out today. The set contains all five
stories, spread over twenty-five episodes, together with bonus material (
unseen behind-the-scenes footage;
biographies; character analysis; A Geek's Guide; Episode
Guide and Trivia; Photo' Gallery; Series Background Analysis;
Locations guide; and hidden footage). The RRP is £34.99.
of DD Video, we have news of the third and final Survivors DVD box
set, courtesy of Andy Priestner, who runs what might as well be the
official Survivors website, which can be found
The four-disc set will feature the
following bonus features: a forty-four page behind-the-scenes booklet
(written by Andy);
New World Rising: The Making of
Survivors Series 3, a new
sixty-five minute documentary, which will feature contributions from Lucy
Fleming, Peter Jefferies, Tristan de Vere Cole, Stephen Dudley and Rich
Cross; audio commentaries on Law of the Jungle and Mad Dog;
and photo' galleries (comprised of BBC stills and the Denis Lill
collection). The set is due on November the 14th.
A couple of date changes:
Anchor Bay's The Box of the Banned
will now be released on September the 26th.
MIA's Pauly Shore is Dead and I
Bought a Vampire Motorcycle will both now be released on October the
A DVD of five's new sketch show Swinging,
the first ever commissioned and broadcast by the channel) will be released
by Warner Home Video on October the 31st.
The set will feature all six episodes,
presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format, supplemented by exclusive
unseen sketches and bonus material. There will also be English subtitles.
The show is currently being shown by five
on Friday nights. The series features Jo Joyner, who has recently been
seen in No Angels and Doctor Who, Ella Kenion, from
Hardware and The Catherine Tate Show, and stand-up comedian Tom
have some more details of Optimum Releasing's two-disc Whisky Galore
set, which was announced here on
September the 7th.
The first thing to note is that the both
the discs are single-layer discs, so there was probably nothing to be
gained by putting it on two discs. It appears to be a deliberate attempt
to mislead customers into thinking that they're getting more for their
money than they actually are.
Durations of the bonus materials are: I
to Whisky Galore! by George Perry (5m); the 1990 Channel 4 documentary
Distilling Whisky Galore (52m); The Real Whisky Galore! With Angus
(19m - this
is probably the featurette billed in the press release as A Personal
History); and Hillary Mackendrick In Conversation With Anthony
Other bonus features include an Ealing
Comedy Poster Gallery, which features one poster apiece from the four
Ealing films that Optimum have released on DVD; and trailers for Moby
Dick, Breathless, and another Ealing title, It Always Rains
Menu screens from the set can be found
are some details of the League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse DVD, which
is due on October the 3rd.
The bonus materials are: a commentary track
by the team (including the real Jeremy Dyson); a Making of...
featurette (12m); The Real Royston Vasey featurette (6m); A Cast
of Thousands featurette (4m); A Gentleman's Diary (13m);
deleted scenes (17m); outtakes (10m); photo' gallery; and teaser and
The disc features SDH subtitles, a Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio track (at 448kbps), and an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer.
Menu screens from the disc can be found
Home Video will release a Deluxe Edition of the John Lennon film
Imagine on November the 14th, a couple of weeks before the twenty-fifth
anniversary of his death (on December the 8th, 1980).
The film, which was partly drawn from the
musician's own archive of more than two hundred hours of film and
videotape, including forty-five minutes of new bonus material, including a
new never-before-seen acoustic performance of Imagine, recorded at
the Apollo Theatre, New York City, on December the 17th, 1971.
The bonus material includes a Tribute to John Lennon: The Man, The
Music, The Memories (with filmmakers David L. Wolper, Andrew Solt, Sam
Egan and editors Bert Lovitt and Bud Friedgen); John Lennon: Truth Be
Told (BBC Radio interview); Island House (footage shot at the
Lake House home of John and Yoko, in Ascot); William Ernest Pobjoy
Interview (an interview with the head master of Quarry Bank High
School, John's grammar school); John Lennon Music Guide (DVD-ROM
feature). The RRP is £19.99.
Below is the official photo from last
week's Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy DVD launch event, which was
held at the Oxford Street branch of the Virgin Megastore. Pictured are -
presumably - the first 42 lucky fans who got a goodie bag and special
edition copies of the DVD signed by star Martin Freeman (in the
Finally, a wee bit of Hammer news: Naxos
re-recorded Benjamin Frankel's complete score for Curse of the Werewolf
in July, for a CD release next year, along with another complete
Frankel score, The Prisoner. The performance was by Carl Davis,
conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra.
Last week's Zeta Minor News
can be viewed here.
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