20th October 2005
prequel to Brian DePalma's gangster epic Carlito's Way,
Carlito's Way: Rise To Power, will be released on DVD on November the
14th. The film, which is premiering on DVD, was produced by Martin Bregman,
producer of the original film (and Scarface, and Sea of Love,
and - er - Pluto Nash). It was adapted from autobiographical novels
by Edwin Torres, and stars Jay Hernandez, Luis Guzmán, Sean 'Puff' Combs
and Mario Van Peebles.
The disc will apparently feature a choice
of 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame versions, with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio, and optional English subtitles.
The disc will feature a look at the bond
between the key characters (in this and Carlito's Way), titled
Got Your Back: Carlito's Brothers in Time; Bringin' The 'Hood' To
Life (a look at how the producers re-created the period look of the
film); a Making of... featurette; a Set Tour With "Earl"
(Mario Van Peebles' character); deleted scenes; and a gag reel.
RRP for the disc is £15.99.
Universal have announced the Bridget's
Diaries + The Missing Bits box set, which was included in the
News entry for the
10th of October. All that needs to be added is the release date,
November the 14th, and the RRP, which is £19.99.
More details on Optimum Home
Entertainment's release of the high-camp Joan Collins skin-flicks The
Stud and The Bitch are now available. The films are presented
in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. They're a bit grainy, but I dare
say they've never looked better (after all, they've been pulled from the
ashes of the Brent Walker empire). The discs feature trailers for the two
films, and another Brent Walker romp, Fanny Hill. The set has an
RRP of £15.99. Menu screens for the discs can be seen
I've now received the discs for the second
season of The Hunger, and can confirm that The Hunger Inside
behind-the-scenes documentary is on both sets (although it's almost
exclusively about the second season, which was hosted by David Bowie). For
more information, go to the
News entry for
October the 10th.
The RRP for Unleashed has been
reduced from £17.99 to £15.99.
Pegg and Edgar Wright will be signing copies of the Shaun of the Dead
graphic novel at the Shaftesbury Avenue, London branch of Forbidden
Planet on Saturday November the 5th, between 1 and 2pm.
Neil Gaiman is touring branches of
Forbidden Planet, signing copies of his new novel, Anansi Boys.
He'll be at the Shaftesbury Avenue, London megastore on the 12th of
November, between 10 and 12pm.
He'll be at Forbidden Planet Newcastle (59
Grainger Street) on November 10th (1-2pm) and Forbidden Planet Birmingham
(38 Priory Queensway) on November the 11th (1-2pm).
If you can't make it to any of the
Forbidden Planet signings, you can order signed copies from their mail
order department, on 020 7803 3666.
Neil is also appearing at the Logan Hall,
Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL on November the
8th, at 7pm. This even is being hosted by Blackwell's bookshop. Tickets
for this are £7 (£5 concessions), from 0845 456 9876 (lines are open
17th October 2005
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Ceri has updated the
Incoming page to add loads of new
information about forthcoming titles. There are so many new titles
flooding into the shops in the next few weeks that it's becoming very
difficult to keep up with them. If you're making a special journey to pick
something up, it's probably worth checking with a few online retailers, to
see if a title has actually been released.
some bad news for Jet Li fans: the UK DVD edition of his latest film,
Unleashed (a.k.a. Danny The Dog, announced
September the 21st) will not have a DTS option (I have a copy of the disc,
and it isn't there). The audio has a Dolby Digital 5.1 track (at 448kbps),
and English SDH subtitles.
However, other than that, the disc is
unlikely to disappoint. The bonus features break down as follows:
Making of FX (2m, multiple layered passes of the effects shot at the
end of the movie); Gag Reel (3m); Complete Scenes (10m,
unfinished versions of three fight scenes, before sound effects, wire
removal, and other enhancements); an RZA music video; Deleted Scenes
(3m); and a Making of... documentary (36m). This set of bonus
material is almost completely different from the equally-generous extras
on the US disc, so fans of the film will probably want to buy both.
I don't know enough about the film to say
whether the UK disc features the US theatrical edit, or the extended
version on the Unrated US DVD. It ends with a David Fincher-esque shot
where the camera flies into the guts of a piano (the shot featured in the
Making of FX featurette), which apparently isn't included in any of
the US versions, so perhaps this is a third variant? The UK DVD runs
The fight scenes are outstanding,
Menu screens from the UK DVD can be seen
details about the Director's Cut of Stephen King's The Night
Flier (announced here on August the 24th) are now available.
The film will be presented in full-frame
format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps).
This may be the Director's Cut, but
it's surely not how the director wanted you to see it: the US DVD (of the
theatrical version) is in widescreen (1.78:1) format, and that's surely
how it should be presented. The transfer on the new disc has a lot of
head-room, and it's less than ten minutes before a boom mic makes an
unwelcome appearance. Shoddy.
The Director's Cut of the film runs
for 97'06" (about four and a half minutes longer than the old version).
The extras are, as predicted, from the EPK, and are virtually worthless.
The SoundBites total about four minutes.
Menus from the new disc can be seen
Last week's Zeta Minor News
can be viewed here.
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