31st December 2005
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details pertaining to the Spike Milligan documentary,
The Life & Legacy of Spike Milligan,
(which was originally announced in the
News entry for the
9th of December) are now available.
The disc features an extended
(eighty-seven-minute) version of the documentary that was shown on BBC2
The full title of the documentary is I Told You I Was Ill: The Life and Legacy of Spike
Milligan. The Australian production is a treasure trove of
Milligan-related material, including clips from his home movies, and
interviews with family members, friends and collaborators.
The documentary is presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with 2.0 audio (at 192kbps).
The disc features two commentary tracks:
one by the director (accompanied by interjections by an actor playing
"Spike"), and another by Milligan's daughters Jane and Sile. There are six
"mini-docs", which can be played from the menu, or inter-cut into the main
documentary Follow The White Rabbit-style. These are: Spike The
Godfather of Alternative Comedy (4m); Spike and Monty Python
(4m); Spike The Soldier (7m); Spike The Activist (4m);
The Milligans of Sligo (4m) and The Daffodil Story (3m). The
disc also contains a collection of Milligan's home movies (10m); a
featurette about the creation of the documentary, and the company that
produced it (The Spike Team: Our Part in his Uprising, 15m); and a
game, The Spoon Show Game, which can be played on a computer.
The disc, from Ventura International, is
due on February the 6th, with an RRP of £15.99.
third series of Scrubs will be released by Buena Vista Home
Entertainment on February the 13th, three months before it's released in
the US. (Funny how press releases only mention that when the UK edition is
released first, isn't it!)
The set features twenty-two episodes,
including experimental episode My Butterfly (which shows how a tiny
event can have far-reaching consequences), and "supersized" longer
episodes. Guest stars in these episodes include Michael J. Fox, Tara Reid,
and, in the Emmy Award-winning episode My Screw Up, George of
the Jungle's Brendan Fraser.
Bonus features include a look at the
series' stunts, titled Don't Try This At Home; Twist & Shoot
(interviews with three directors); a featurette on the guest stars,
Long Term Residents; What's Up Dawg?, which looks at the dogs
that the cast and crew keep around the set; Scrubs Factor, a look
at the games of dare between cast and crew members; and Robert Keeps
Talking, the third of the series of extended cast interviews.
No technical spec's were announced.
RRP is believed to be £34.99.
well-liked superheroes-in-training movie Sky High will make its UK
DVD debut on the 6th of February.
The film, which stars Kurt Russell and
Kelly Preston, will be supplemented by bloopers; deleted scenes; an
alternate opening; a music video; Welcome To Sky High; storyboards;
Breaking Down The Walls: The Stunts of Sky High; and Filming the
No technical spec's were announced (the
American disc is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with
5.1 audio). RRP is believed to be £19.99. Sleeve image courtesy of
Some more details about Optimum's Wolf
Creek disc are available (it was originally announced
on the 2nd of November).
The second disc in the set contains a
fifty-minute Making of... documentary; three deleted scenes (Nathan
at Store - "G'Day", Kestie in Bed With Nathan, and Cass Down
The Well, totalling 6m); a teaser trailer; Meet Mick Taylor - An
Interview With John Jarratt (21m); an Exclusive Clip from
Wolf Creek (this seems to be an especially-shot teaser trailer,
featuring school children creating an archetypal serial killer urban
legend); and trailers for Dead Man's Shoes and Switchblade
details about Optimum Asia's Porco Rosso and Pom Poko discs
(originally announced in the
for December the 9th) are now available.
Porco Rosso is offered in anamorphic
1.76:1 ratio, with a choice of English 2.0 (224kbps) and Japanese 2.0
(224kbps) soundtracks (with optional English subtitles). English HoH
subtitles are also offered.
The disc features an option to view the
film's storyboards (you can toggle between the storyboards and the
finished animation using your remote's Angle button; a short interview
with Producer Toshio Suzuki (3m) and trailers for the film (8m), and other
Studio Ghibli movies (10m).
Pom Poko is presented in anamorphic
with a choice of English 2.0 (224kbps) and
Japanese 2.0 (224kbps) soundtracks (with optional English subtitles).
English HoH subtitles are also offered.
Pom Poko also has an alternate-angle
presentation of the film's storyboards; Pom Poko trailers (8m); and
the same Studio Ghibli trailer reel that's on Porco Rosso.
Menu screens for the new Porco Rosso
and Pom Poko discs can be seen
Last week's Zeta Minor News
can be viewed here.
Previous Zeta Minor News entries can viewed