Tartan has a couple of "European
Adventures" lined up for DVD release on December the 5th.
The first is Claire Denis's well-received
2004 ethereal drama The Intruder (L'Intrus), which is about
a man suffering from a heart condition who is searching for a son he
abandoned years before.
The film, which reunited her with stars
Beatrice Dalle and Michel Subor, will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with Tartan's customary choice of Dolby Digital or DTS
5.1 tracks. The disc will also include an exclusive interview with Denis.
Spain is represented by Bigas Luna's
amusing 1994 tale of jealousy The Tit and The Moon (La Teta y La
Luna), which stars the delightful Mathilda May.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen, with a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 tracks. The disc
will also feature a commentary track by Lunas.
Tartan's DVD line-up for November is:
Dig! (single disc) - RRP £15.99
Silver City - RRP £19.99
Sky Blue (two-disc set) - RRP £22.99
Andrew and Jeremy Get Married - RRP
Whispering Corridors (Asia Extreme)
- RRP £19.99
4's DVD label 4DVD will be releasing a two-part, two-hour Channel 4
documentary titled Alien Worlds on October the 3rd (the series will
air on the 1st and 8th of October). The series uses CGI animation to
speculate what sort of alien life might exist on other planets, based on
the latest scientific research.
The series begins by collating data about
two theoretical planets, using supercomputers to model their climates,
seasons and geological histories.
Special features on the DVD include an
"in-depth and insightful" documentary, The Making of Alien Worlds;
a trailer; and DVD-ROM content. RRP for the disc is £19.99.
The series is being supported by an
exhibition at the Science Museum, in South Kensington, London, from
October the 14th. Click
for more information.
Here's a closer look at the critters seen
on the DVD sleeve...
Some news about The League of
Gentlemen's Apocalypse disc, which is due on October the 3rd.
The cast of the film will be signing DVDs
in the Oxford Street branch of HMV on the 3rd of October, from 5.30
The disc features two Easter Eggs - skip
this if you want to find them yourself, or don't want to know what they
The first is on the main menu, where, if
you wait long enough, a homonculous appears, explodes, leaving behind a
sphere. If you select it, it takes you to a two-minute deleted scene
featuring the Royston Vasey characters (which contains a nice reference to
Tod Browning's Freaks).
The second is on the Precious Things
menu. If you wait a while A rotating sphere appears, with a cow and pig in
it. Clicking that leads to five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage of
the scene featuring cameos by Peter Kaye and Simon Pegg (their character
names are Simon Pigg and Peter Cow).
fine stop motion animation in The League of Gentleman's Apocalypse
pays affectionate tribute to the master of the art, Ray Harryhausen, whose
final film, 1981's Clash of the Titans, is being released by Warner
Home Video on November the 21st.
The film will be presented in 1.85:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio.
Bonus features on the disc are a short
interview titled A Conversation With Ray Harryhausen (12m), and an
interactive Map of Myths and Monsters feature (which includes
interview snippets about some of the mythical creatures and characters in
the film). Basically the UK disc looks like it will replicate the one
released in the US three years ago, except that the American version also
has a theatrical trailer. It's a crying shame that WHV hasn't included a
Harryhausen commentary on the disc. RRP for the disc is £15.99.
Incidentally, there are some very
nice-looking Clash of the Titans models being released soon, by a
company called Gentle Giant. You can see pictures of them
There's also a new Harryhausen book due in
November, from Aurum Press. It's called The Art of Ray Harryhausen,
and it looks like it will be a fine companion-piece to An Animated Life.
You can see the sleeve at
will re-launch their unrivalled collection of sixteen Alfred Hitchcock
movies on October the 17th.
The set will be spearheaded by a new
edition of his 1960 masterpiece, Psycho, as a two-disc Special
Edition, which will be packaged in "fabulous" red mirri board.
Sadly, it doesn't look like this new set
will feature a new transfer, (the existing disc is a rather botched
anamorphic conversion from a letterboxed NTSC master).
The bonus disc on the new set, The
Hitchcock Legacy, incorporates two programmes: Masters of Cinema:
Alfred Hitchcock and American Film Institute Salute to Alfred
The other Hitchcock titles will be priced
at £9.99, which surely indicates that Universal haven't taken this
opportunity to correct the well-documented framing problems (and other
issues) with the existing transfers. The other titles are: The Birds,
Vertigo, Rear Window, Family Plot, Saboteur,
Shadow of a Doubt, The Man Who Knew Too Much (the 1956
version), Frenzy, Marnie, The Trouble With Harry,
Rope, Torn Curtain, Mr and Mrs Smith and Foreign
A "very special" box set containing
fourteen discs, plus a bonus disc, will also be released, in November.
second series of the BAFTA-nominated sitcom Peep Show will be
released on DVD on November the 14th.
The series, about the lives of two
mismatched flatmates, features The Smoking Room's Robert Webb, and
Faq U host David Mitchell. It also features Olivia Colman (as the
object of Mark's lust), and introduces the star of the Clueless TV
series, Rachel Blanchard, as a taboo-busting love interest for Jeremy.
The disc will feature all six episodes,
with commentary tracks on three of them (by Webb, Mitchell, writers Jesse
Armstrong and Sam Bain, director Tristram Shapeero and producer Phil
Clarke). Other bonus features will include deleted scenes, a
behind-the-scenes feature and something called Gog's Film.
Sorry for the fuzzy sleeve image!
The RRP is £19.99.
Finally, I've made some amendments to the
Phantasm box set information (below), now that I've had more of a
chance to look at the discs.
19th September 2005
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Ceri has added some new bargains to the
Offers page. New goodies at reduced
prices include the Battlestar Galactica (new series) box set; good
deals on some new Network titles at Benson's World; and a staggering
half-price offer for the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - The
Complete Radio Series box set.
Sleeve images for the two sets of The
Hunger TV series (which were announced
last week) are
Each set will feature twenty-two "half
hour" episodes. The first series was hosted by Terence Stamp; the second
by David Bowie (who, of course, starred in the movie that inspired the
series, Tony Scott's erotic vampire film The Hunger). Series two
will feature some "exclusive" interviews with Ridley and Tony Scott.
October 31st, £29.99 each.
I've added a couple of pages of menu screen
for some of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's October releases, and can
clarify some information about them...
leading title for next month is October the 24th's The Amityville
Horror, the recent remake of the 1979 film.
It's presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic
widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps), and optional
The film has extensive bonus materials: a
commentary track (with star Ryan Reynolds, and producers Andrew Form and
Brad Fuller); deleted scenes (7m, with optional commentary, and Play
All facility); two featurettes (Supernatural Homicide, 18m, and
The Source of Evil, 26m); a photo gallery; and an Easter Egg (click
and drag to reveal: Home Movies, 4m).
There's also a Follow-The-White-Rabbit-style feature titled On
Set Peeks, which gives access to behind the scenes snippets. A trailer
for Deuce Bigalow - European Gigolo completes the offering. Menu
screen grabs for the disc are available
Some of Sony's releases will, it seems,
still be branded with the MGM logo's (perhaps theses were authored before
Fans of producer Roger Corman might be
delighted to discover that Sony's October release of The Masque of the
Red Death is presented on DVD in its correct 2.35:1 format for the
first time in the UK. The currently-available disc from Warner Home Video
is a pan-and-scan abomination - they probably grabbed the nearest master,
knowing that their license would be expiring, and that it wasn't worth
spending money on a new transfer. The other Poe adaptation, The Tomb of
Ligeia, is new to DVD here, and is also presented in 2.35 (and both
have anamorphic enhancement). There are no extras; the discs are
single-layer; and the films have optional English subtitles. Menus
for these - and an almost-random sample frame grab - are available
Menu screens for the Amicus film Torture
Garden and Poltergeist III are available
Neither of these discs has no extras. Both are presented in anamorphic
1.85:1 format, with mono audio (at 192kbps).
The release date for the Poe titles is
October the 17th, the same day are Torture Garden, Frogs,
Haunted Honeymoon, and Poltergeist III.
details about the bonus disc in Anchor Bay's forthcoming Phantasm
There are two sets: a premium-priced,
limited edition Phantasm Sphere set (the discs are housed in a
facsimile of the spheres in the film, housed in an Easter Egg-type box -
see left, £34.99); and a standard Digipack edition (RRP £29.99). Each of
these sets will contain five DVD-9 discs: one disc for each of the four
films, and an exclusive bonus disc.
The films will also be available
separately (with all their attendant bonus materials): Phantasm has an RRP of £16.99; the sequels are £14.99
each. The release date is October the 31st.
The set will also feature commentaries on
each of the four films (by stars Angus Scrimm,
A. Michael Baldwin,
and Reggie Bannister and
director Don Coscarelli); Phantasm deleted scenes; an Introduction by The Tall
Man on Phantasm; behind-the-scenes footage; trailers and photo galleries.
Note that information from the press release (which is also being used by
the etailers), states that the Phantasm III disc will have deleted
scenes, and that Phantasm II also has an introduction by Scrimm. I
could find neither of these on the check discs.
The bonus disc includes: Phantasmagoria (a feature-length
documentary about the series, produced by Nucleus Films, 98m); Reggie's
Fantastic Tour (16m); Phantasm Genesis (20m); Greg Nicotero
- The Gory Days (21m); Phandom (1979 interviews, 13m) and an
Easter Egg (Angus Scrimm being
inducted into the Fangoria Hall of Fame in 1993,
It's also worth noting, perhaps that the
four film discs are coded for all regions, but the bonus disc is Region 2
only. All five discs are DVD-9s.
Each film is offered with a choice of Dolby
Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio tracks. The films are
presented in more-or less their original theatrical ratios (1.78:1 or
Single-disc, film-only editions of the
first three Harry Potter movies - (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - where have you been!?) - will be
released by Warner Home Video on October the 24th. The RRP for each disc
will be £9.99.
Three monster box sets containing complete
collections of three popular TV series will be released by Warner Home
Video during October and November.
These are the Friends - The One With All
Ten Seasons set, on October the 31st; the Babylon 5 - The Complete
Universe set, on October the 24th; and The West Wing - The Bartlet
Years - Seasons 1-6, on November the 7th. RRP for each set will be
It looks like the new boxes will 'simply'
gather together the existing DVD sets - there are no new bonus features.
Here are some box pictures...
Full details of Warner Home Video's release
of the CGI family movie The Polar Express have been announced.
The two-disc set will feature the film and
a theatrical trailer on the first disc, and bonus material on the second.
This includes: You Look Familiar (Tom Hanks comments on his five
unique roles); A Genuine Ticket To Ride (about performance capture,
music and the film's creation); True Aspirations: An Author's Adventure
(about book author Chris Van Allsburg); Josh Groban at the Greek
(video of Josh performing Believe); Behind the Scenes of
Believe; Meet The Snow Angels (cast and crew members share
their "holiday" memories); an Easter Egg (Flurry
of Effects); Polar Express
Challenge ("kid friendly" game, can be played with your remote
control; and a DVD-ROM level of the Polar Express PC game.
The film will be presented in 2.4:1 ratio.
RRP is believed to be £17.99. For sleeve art, see the
News entry for the
6th of September.
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