19th December 2005
It's unlikely that there will be any more
Incoming or Offers updates this year.
Bay will release the campy horror romp Elvira - Mistress of the Dark
on DVD on February the 6th.
The film is presented in anamorphic 1.78:1
format, with optional English HoH subtitles. The disc has a choice of
three sound options: Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 tracks (at 192kbps and
448kbps, respectively), and a full-bitrate DTS track (at 1536kbps).
Bonus features include cursory Film
Notes and Biographies (or, rather, a biography, of the
film's star, Cassandra Peterson). RRP for the disc is a modest £12.99.
of odd bit-rates, Anchor Bay will also release producer Taka Ichise's
Dark Tales of Japan on February the 6th. The disc is an anthology of
horror stories (drawn, I think, from a TV series catchily-titled Suiyō
puremia: sekai saikyō J horā SP Nihon no kowai yoru, and known in the
US as Tales of Terror), directed by five directors, including
The Grudge's Takashi Shimizu and Infection's Masayuki Ochiai.
The six stories are: Would You Like To Hear A Scary Tale?, The
Spiderwoman, Crevices, The Sacrifice, Blonde Kwaidan
The disc offers an anamorphic widescreen
1.78:1 transfer, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 (at 192kbps), Dolby
Digital 5.1 (at - err - 320kbps), or DTS (at 768kbps) tracks. The disc
will include a Making of... featurette (26m). The RRP is £16.99.
A new press release from Acorn Video was a
pleasant surprise, since I've apparently been persona non grata
with them for some time!
Sadly, I can't get to worked up about
Pam Ayres - In Her Own Words, which is being released by the company
on March the 6th. The seventy-seven minute programme is drawn from Pam's
one-woman show, and celebrates her thirty years in this business we call
show. It was recorded at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham in September.
The DVD has an RRP of £16.99. Fans of Pam might like to know that she's
beginning a thirty-plus date tour in February (starting in Birmingham, on
will release the pitch-black Danish comedy The Green Butchers on
February the 6th.
The film, which was directed by Academy
Award-winner Anders Thomas Jensen, is about the rivalry between small-town
butchers, in the tradition of Delicatessen and Eating Raoul.
The disc will feature a Making of...
featurette; a featurette about the prosthetic make-up effects, titled
Meat is Murder; and two theatrical trailers. No technical details were
announced. RRP for the disc is £15.99.
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