18th November 2005
a very quick update about Cinema Club's Lost Highway DVD, which was
one of the titles they announced yesterday (below).
The disc will feature "a 2005 interview
with David Lynch and multi angle navigation; 1996 interview with David
Lynch; interviews with Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Robert Loggia;
featurette; teaser; trailer; and The Making of..."
This seems to be a replica of the two-disc
edition being released in France on Wednesday, from Mk2.
17th November 2005
Home Video will release a four-disc edition of William Wyler's 1959
biblical epic Ben-Hur on February the 13th.
The film has been newly re-mastered from
the original 65mm film elements, and the set will feature more than ten
hours of bonus material.
The film will be split over two discs. It
will have Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, and a commentary by film historian T.
Gene Hatcher, with scene-specific comments by Charlton Heston. Another
audio track will carry Miklós Rózsa's superb score. Discs one and two will
also feature screen tests; a Vintage Newsreels Gallery; highlights from
the 1960 Academy Awards ceremony (where the film won eleven Oscars); and a
theatrical trailer gallery. The film will have optional English subtitles.
Disc three will feature the 1925 'silent'
version of the film, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, in the version
restored by Thames Television, which features a stereo score by composer
The fourth disc will feature a new
documentary, Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema (which features
luminaries like George Lucas and Ridley Scott); the 1994 documentary,
Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic, which was hosted by Christopher
Plummer; Directed by William Wyler, the 1986 Emmy Award-nominated
documentary, which features Wyler's last interview; and Ben-Hur: A
Journey Through Pictures, a new audio-visual recreation of the film
via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue.
The four DVD-9 set will have an RRP of
The new edition of Ben-Hur will be
released alongside Special Editions of six other Oscar-winning films:
Dog Day Afternoon, All The President's Men, Ryan's Daughter,
Mildred Pierce and Captain's Courageous (the latter two
making their UK DVD debut). More details will follow.
Cinema Club has announced their provisional
release schedule for the first two months of 2006:
23rd January: On The Up - Season 3
(£15.99); Chef - Season 3 (£15.99); Alexei Sayle's Stuff -
Season 2 (£15.99); Hamish McBeth - Season 2 (2-discs - £19.99)
30th January: Are You Being Served -
Season 3 (2-discs - £19.99); Terry and June - Season 2
(£15.99); As Time Goes By - Season 6
6th February: You Rang My Lord - Season
1 (2-discs - £19.99); Lost Highway (2-discs - £19.99)
13th February: Buster Keaton - College /
Steamboat Bill Jr / Three Ages (3-discs - £29.99); The Art of
Harold Lloyd (2-discs - £19.99); 3 of a Kind - Season 2
(£15.99); It Ain't Half Hot Mum - Season 3
20th February: Ballykissangel - Season 3
(3-discs - £24.99); Between The Lines - Season 2 (3-discs -
£24.99); Juliet Bravo - Season 3 (4-discs - £29.99)
27th February: Drop The Dead Donkey -
Season 4 (2-discs - £19.99); John & Yoko (£9.99); The Trial
(£12.99); Lulu on the Bridge
(£12.99); Private Lessons
(£12.99); Day of the Dolphin
(£12.99); Endless Nights
Here's the sleeve art for some of the new
Trap, the haunted house movie starring Billie Piper, Sam Troughton,
Luke Mably, Emma Catherwood, and Russian R&B singer Alsou, will be
released on DVD on Monday.
The film will be presented in 1.85:1
anamorphic format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 448kbps). The film is
supported by a documentary, The Ghost Story (22m), but this is
about psychic phenomena, and doesn't feature interviews with the
filmmakers, or any behind-the-scenes footage.
The disc also features a five-minute look
at the work of one of the world's best Steadi-Cam operators, in David
Smith - Steadi-Cam; ten minutes of cast interviews (including Ms.
Piper); and a theatrical trailer. You can read more about the film
Menu screens from the new disc can be found
More on The Frighteners: it looks
like the German edition might be a better bet than the UK version. They're
getting a four-disc edition, which seems to have the same bonus features
as the UK set, and identical spec' for the Director's Cut version of the
film, but but also contains the theatrical cut of the film (presumably
without the BBFC cut). You should confirm the spec's first, but if you're
interested, you can order the German version from CD-Wow for £13.99
here. Note, too, that I've added an updated
image of the UK edition's sleeve to the News report below.
Incidentally, CD-Wow are also a good
source for another hot import title at the moment - a German edition of
Scream which features the director's cut edition of the film, and with
an anamorphic transfer, too. You can order it for £10.99
here. You should be aware, though, that 2006 is
the film's tenth anniversary, so a new Ultra-Super Edition version
might be just around the corner!
A trailer for the Madagascar DVD can
16th November 2005
has kindly allowed me to use a syndicated interview with The Devil's
Rejects director Rob Zombie. Full details of the DVD, which is due on
sale on Boxing Day, can be found in our
News entry for the
7th of November. Click
go to the Rob Zombie interview.
some good news about Universal's forthcoming DVD of The Frighteners
Director's Cut: the disc has a DTS audio track!
I have copies of two of the three discs
now, and can confirm that the disc definitely features the Director's
Cut version of the film (which runs for 117'36" - the old UK DVD runs
for 105'16", after the BBFC cut).
The film is presented in anamorphic 2.35:1
ratio, with a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 (384kbps) or DTS 5.1 (768kbps)
audio tracks, and optional English subtitles. The average bit-rate is a
very healthy 7.92Mb/sec.
Apart from an introduction by Peter Jackson
(3m) and his commentary track, all the other bonus material is on the
second and third discs.
The third disc features: Dee Wallace
Stone & Jake Busey (7m); Trini's Bruises (2m); Slimeface &
Blobman (7m); Wallpaper & Portraitman (4m); Acceleration
(4m); The Worm (4m); The Gatekeeper, The Judge & Other Deleted
Scenes (17m); Music (24m); Bloopers (12m); Ratings &
Final Thoughts (9m); and the Theatrical Trailer (2m).
The three-disc set is due on December the
26th, with an RRP of £19.99. A Roobarb's DVD Forum thread
discussing the release can be found
here. Menu screens from the new set can be found
Shane Carruth's brain-bending time travel
movie Primer will be released on DVD by Tartan on February the
The acclaimed film, which won the Grand
Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, will be presented in
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, and English
HoH subtitles. The disc will also feature two commentary tracks (one by
the director, and one by the cast and crew) and a trailer.
Carlos Rygadas' controversial film about a
man whose life disintegrates after the death of a child he has kidnapped,
Battle In Heaven, will be released on disc by Tartan on February
The film will be released in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 audio tracks.
The disc will contain exclusive interviews with Carlos Reygadas and star
to the announcement on the 7th November about the DreamWorks animated film
Madagascar comes news of a two-disc edition of the film, which will
add the short film The Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper
(which has been accompanying the theatrical release of Wallace & Gromit:
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit).
The two-disc set will be available for a
limited time only, from the 28th of November, with an RRP of £24.99.
Jane Campion's The Piano will be
re-leased by Optimum as a two-disc Special Edition DVD on February
The film will be presented in "16:9
anamorphic" format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will include a
commentary track (by Campion and producer Jan Chapman); a UK-exclusive
interview with composer Michael Nyman; Jane Campion and Jan Chapman in
conversation; a Making of... documentary; and trailers. RRP for the
new set is £19.99.
Roland Joffé's Academy Award-nominated
war-zone drama The Killing Fields will be released by Optimum as a
two-disc Special Edition DVD set on February the 6th.
The set will feature a commentary track by
Joffé; an Omnibus programme, The Killing Fields; a
recently-filmed interview with Producer David Puttnam; and a trailer. No
technical details were announced. RRP for the set is £19.99.
HBO Video will release Everybody Loves
Raymond - The Complete Third Season on January the 16th. The five-disc
set will feature twenty-six episodes (two accompanied by commentary tracks
by star Ray Romana and series creator Phil Rosenthal); a Museum of TV
and Radio panel discussion with cast and crew members; bloopers and
deleted scenes. The RRP is £34.99.
Promotional microsites for two imminent Fox
DVD titles are now online:
Mr and Mrs Smith and
The Sound of Music.
Ray Harryhausen will be signing copies of
his new book,
The Art of Ray Harryhausen, at the Cinema Store, Unit 4b / 4c,
Upper Saint Martin's Lane, London, WC2, on the 10th of December, between
11am and 1pm.
This is in addition to the signing at
the Forbidden Planet Megastore,
Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Saturday.
14th November 2005
page has been updated today. All the titles due out today have been
checked against a couple of online retailers, to see if they're still
expected in stores today. A lot of titles due today and next week have
been postponed, often pushed well into next year.
Pictures will unleash the smash-hit comedy The 40 Year Old Virgin
on December the 5th (a week before the US edition).
The film, which stars Anchorman's
Steve Carrell and Being John Malkovich's Catherine Keener, will
arrive on disc in an "XXL" version, which features seventeen minutes of
footage not in the theatrical edition (the DVD version runs for 127m).
There's no option to play the theatrical version (available on a separate
disc in the US, but only in full-screen format).
There are bountiful bonus features: You
Know How I Know You're Gay? (5m); Andy's Fantasies (2m); Cal
and Paula (3m); Deleted Scenes (13m); Advice From Mooj
(1m); Waxing Doc (4m); Date-a-Palooza (deleted scenes from
speed dating scene, 9m); Line-O-Rama (alternate takes, 6m); My
Dinner With Stormy (Seth Rogan meets porn star Stormy Daniels, 2m);
Gag Reel (5m) and an Easter Egg, Whack It (3m). Many of these
features have optional commentary by director / co-writer Judd Apatow and
actor / co-producer Seth Rogen. The press release mentions a couple
of other things, including audition tapes, but these seem to be missing
from the disc (the press release is also in error about one of the other
bonus features, and seems to have been drafted before the disc contents
were finalised). The list above is from a review copy of the disc.
The film is presented in 1.85:1 ratio, with
anamorphic enhancement, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio (at 384kbps), and
English subtitles. The RRP is
£19.99. Menu screens from the disc can be seen
If there was a prize for the
Least-Anticipated Box Set Ever, there's a good chance that it might be
given to Anchor Bay, who are releasing the Creature Triple Feature
box set on January the 24th.
The set will include three movies:
Deadly Swarm (wasps, with Shane brolly and Kaarina Aufranc),
Gargoyles' Revenge (flesh-eating gargoyles, directed by Jim Wynorski,
using the pseudonym Jay Andrews, starring Michael Pare and Sandra Hess)
and Snakehead Terror (carnivorous fish, starring Bruce Boxleitner
and Carol Alt).
All three films are presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1
(448kbps) tracks, or a DTS 5.1 (768kbps) track. There are no bonus
features. The set will have an RRP of £19.99. Menu screens for the three
films can be seen
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