15th December 2005
will release a Region 2 edition of the marvellous three-disc Hellboy -
Director's Cut set on January the 9th.
The set features an extended version of
Guillermo del Toro's film (which is about ten minutes longer than the
Bonus features are bountiful, spearheaded
documentary chronicling the making of the
movie, titled Hellboy: The Seeds
Other bonus material includes: video
introductions to each disc by del Toro and stars Ron Perlman and Selma
Blair; a new commentary track by del Toro; Marco Beltrami composer
commentary with isolated score; branching DVD comics drawn by Mike Mignola,
with all-new expanded text by del Toro; storyboard track with hundreds of
new images; printable version of the original screenplay, script
supervisor's book and director's notebook (DVD-Rom feature); maquette 3D
character sculptures gallery; three deleted scenes with optional
director's commentary; five Board-a-Matics (side-by-side comparisons of
scenes with the animated storyboards); four computer-generated animated
scene breakdowns; cast video commentary (with Perlman, Blair, Jeffrey
Tambor and Rupert Evans); production workshops and make-up and lighting
tests; Q&A archive: Comic-Con 2002, and A Quick Guide To Understanding
Comics, with Scott McCloud; Mike Mignola pre-production art;
conceptual art galleries and comic book artists pin-ups; trailers, TV
spots and Poster Explorations.
Anyone who's seen the Region 1 edition will
tell you that the set is one of the most comprehensive examinations of a
single film ever committed to disc. A website promoting the release can be
Tartan Video will release the satirical
black comedy Guy X on DVD on March the 27th.
The film, which stars American Pie's
Jason Biggs, is about a soldier posted by mistake to a covert military
base in Greenland. The film also features Jeremy Northam, Natascha
McElhone and cult icon Michael Ironside.
The movie will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks,
and English HoH subtitles. Bonus features include exclusive interviews
with Biggs and British director Saul Metzstein. The RRP is £19.99.
Other Tartan titles due in March are
Calvaire, Begman's Saraband and After The Rehearsal;
Ab-Normal Beauty; and the Battle Royale II: Revenge two-disc
tin box set.
little-seen 2000 British comedy titled The Jolly Boys Last Stand
(sic) will be released on DVD by a company called Spirit Level Film, on
February the 6th.
The film chronicles the drunken antics of a
group of lads, who are having one last hurrah before one of them gets
married. It stars King Kong's Andy Serkis, Ali G's Sacha
Baron Cohen, Band of Brothers' Milo Twomey and Casualty's
Rebecca Craig. The DVD will feature footage from the original casting
sessions, and an audio commentary by director Chris Payne, Serkis, Twomey
The film will be a Region 0 title, in
"16:9" ratio, with Dolby Digital audio. The RRP is £14.99.
13th December 2005
Home Video will release the first season of Lois & Clark - The New
Adventures of Superman on February the 6th.
The five-disc set will feature all
twenty-one episodes of the 1993/94 series, which starred Dean Cain, as the
Man of Steel, and Teri Hatcher, as Lois Lane. This includes the 'two-hour'
According to the press release the episodes
will be presented in 16:9 format. This seems unlikely, however: the Region
1 version is 4:3.
The set will feature an introduction to the
Pilot episode by series creator / Executive Producer Deborah Joy
Levin, and a commentary track on the Pilot by Levin, Dean Cain and
director Robert Butler.
Unfortunately, it seems that several
features that are on the Region 1 set will be missing from the UK release.
The US version has a retrospective documentary (From Rivals to Romance:
The Making of Lois & Clark), a behind-the-scenes featurette (Taking
Flight: The Visual Effects of Lois & Clark), and video interviews with
Cain and Hatcher. Some copies of the Region 1 set also featured a bonus
disc containing an episode of Smallville (the first episode of the
fourth season, Crusade), as part of a series commemorating Warner
Bros. Television's 50th anniversary.
RRP for the UK set is £39.99. The Region 1
set is available from Amazon for about £12 (click
Entertainment will unleash The Beast of Bray Road on DVD on May the
15th (it will be available to rent from the 6th of March).
The film, which is based on the real-life
stories of werewolf sightings in Walworth County, Wisconsin, stars Tom
Downey, Jeff Denton and Sarah Lieving.
Extras for the retail release, and
technical specifications are TBC.
RRP will be a suitably humble £9.99.
12th December 2005
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Ceri has been busy this week - he's updated
the Incoming list, with details of
lots of recently-announced and unannounced titles (including the first
hint that the American Gothic TV series and The Harry Hill Show
are getting a UK DVD release).
He's also updated the
Offers page with new bargains and special
offers from the online DVD retailers. There's loads of new offers listed,
including offers on the re-mastered Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes discs; a
half-price offer on the first two seasons of Heimat; and pre-order
deals on the Doctor Who - The Beginning box set.
If you missed the News update on Friday
(which included details of Dog Day Afternoon, All The
President's Men, Ryan's Daughter, Cronos, Mile High,
Sword of Xanten and The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan,
amongst others), click
details of Umbrella Entertainment's forthcoming Jason King DVD box
set are now available.
The seven-disc set will include all
twenty-six episodes of the 1971-1972 ITC series, which starred Peter
Wyngarde as best-selling novelist and crime-fighter extraordinaire, Jason
The set will feature a wealth of exclusive
bonus material, including commentary tracks on three episodes (by Peter
Wyngarde on Flamingos Only Fly On Tuesdays, by director Roy Ward
Baker on Wanna Buy A Television Series?, and by director Cyril
Frankel on An Author In Search of Two Characters).
The set also includes an audio introduction
by Peter Wyngarde to Variations on a Theme; an insert reprint of
the original ITC publicity brochure; extensive episode-by-episode image
galleries, from the ITC archives; production notes and talent profiles;
original memorabilia; the original ITC press-book, scripts and Scoton
production paperwork (as PDF files); a complete episode of The Baron
(The Legions of Ammak), starring Peter Wyngarde; and a complete
episode of Department S (The Man in the Elegant Room),
starring Peter Wyngarde.
Here's a look at the box art...
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