12th January 2006
Pictures will release Joss Whedon's science fiction action movie
Serenity on February the 27th. The film, a spin-off from the terrific
short-lived TV series Firefly, stars Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin
and Alan Tudyk.
The disc will have extensive bonus content,
including a script-to-screen featurette, A Filmmaker's Journey
(20m), which wasn't included on the Region 1 edition.
Other bonus material includes Joss Whedon
Introduction (recorded for the initial screenings, 4m); a commentary track
(by Whedon); nine extended or deleted scenes (extended Lilac entrance,
extended Kaylee and Jayne, Inara and Sheydra, Operative
Tracks Mal, extended River and Simon / Haven opening, Escape
from companion training house, Mal and Inara shuttle chase,
Mal and Inara quiet moment, and extended Mal operative coda -
total 13m); outtakes (6m); Future History - The Story of Earth That Was
(4m); What's In A Firefly (special effects featurette, 6m); and
Re-Lighting The Firefly (featurette following the film from its TV
series origins, 10m). Durations are taken from the BBFC. The BBFC has also
certificated something called We'll Have A Fruity Oaty Good Time
(1'35"), which might be included as an Easter Egg (as it is on other
versions of the disc).
No technical specifications were announced.
Note that several bonus features on the
Australian Serenity DVD are missing from the UK edition, so that
seems to be the best version in terms of extras. Australian mail-order
company EzyDVD are offering an exclusive
edition embossed tin version, for about £13 plus postage. The
Australian version is released on February the 8th.
of the BFI's long-awaited DVD release of Ishiro Honda's seminal 1954
Japanese monster movie Godzilla are now available.
The disc will feature the original uncut
Japanese version of the film (the American version was edited, and
featured new footage starring Ironside's Raymond Burr).
The disc will feature a commentary track by
three Godzilla experts; a short documentary on the incident that inspired
the film, The Japanese Fishermen (1954); Designing Godzilla
featurette; Story Evolution featurette; the original Japanese
trailer; a trailer for the US version (which was re-titled Godzilla -
King of the Monsters!); a gallery of posters, storyboards and original
artwork; and a fully-illustrated booklet.
Godzilla will be presented in 1.33:1
format, in Japanese with English subtitles. The disc is currently
pencilled in for release on February the 6th, but it's possible that it
may be delayed a week or two. Honda's 1957 film The Mysterians is
also being released by the BFI, but further details aren't currently
Pictures will release Bernard Rose's atmospheric 1992 horror movie
Candyman on February the 6th, as a Special Edition DVD which
seems to mimic Columbia's Region 1 edition, (which was released more than
a year ago).
The disc comes with a solid array of bonus
material: a commentary track (by Rose, Clive Barker, Tony Todd, Virginia
Madsen and other contributors); two worthwhile featurettes (Sweets To
The Sweet - The Candyman Mythos (24m) and Clive Barker - Raising
Hell (11m)); and a selection of Bernard Rose's storyboards (5m).
The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic
widescreen format. As with the Region 1 disc, the English audio track is
in Dolby Digital 2.0 format (at 192kbps). RRP for the disc is £15.99.
Releasing will issue the screwball comedy Eating Out on DVD on
February the 20th.
The film, which made its UK debut at the
London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, is about a straight guy who has to
pretend otherwise to win the girl of his dreams. It stars Scott Lundsford,
Emily Stiles and Desperate Housewives' Ryan Carnes.
The film will be presented in 1.78:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Bonus features
include a photo gallery and original trailer.
Here's some good news about Pathé's DVD
release of The Aristocrats (announced in Tuesday's News
update, below). The disc does have some bonus features! (Hint to PR
company: it's probably worth mentioning this on the press release!) These
are: a commentary track; Behind the Greenroom Door (comedians tell
their favourite jokes); Be an Aristocrats (sic, competition
winners); For Johnny Carson; and a theatrical trailer.
If you're not easily offended, there's a
clip from the film, featuring an unusual version of the famous joke,
10th January 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Hey, things are getting back to normal!
we have a new DVD review for you! It's of the forthcoming Doctor Who
DVD set The Beginning, which features the first three Doctor
Who stories, which were originally transmitted at the end of 1963, and
at the beginning of 1964: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks and
The Edge of Destruction.
It's a cracking set, and it's taken the
best part of two days to write the review, so I hope you enjoy reading it!
Click on the sleeve image, right, or
here, to go to the review. A
Roobarb's DVD Forum thread about this title can be found
Home Entertainment (via Warner Home Video) will release Guy Ritchie's
critically-mauled gangster thriller Revolver as a Special
Edition DVD on March the 6th.
The film stars Transporter's Jason
Statham, Ray Liotta, The Sopranos' Vincent Pastore, and Andre
The film will be presented in "16:9
widescreen" format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or 5.1 audio
tracks. There are English and English HoH subtitles.
Bonus features include a commentary by Guy
Ritchie; interviews with the cast and crew; and a Making of..
featurette. The RRP is £17.99.
The Eyes That Stare!
Warner Home Video will release a
double-bill of Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned
on DVD on March the 20th. The set will be exclusive to HMV.
The films, based on John Wyndham's novel
about a small village that wakes up to find all its women pregnant with
what turn out to be super-intelligent alien children, are terrific, and
deserve a place in every science fiction fan's collection.
So far, so good.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the set
will feature the trailers or the commentary tracks that are on the Region
1 disc. But wait - Warner Home Video isn't done with screwing over the
Region 2 buyer yet! The RRP for this pair of movies is a whopping £24.99.
That's five times the cost of buying a copy from the US... I have a
feeling that when the Department of Trade and Industry next have a nose
into "rip-off" DVD prices, this title will be at the top of their list!
Home Video will release a two-disc Special Edition version of Spielberg's
1987 war movie Empire of the Sun on March the 6th.
The film, which stars Christian Bale and
John Malkovich, is based on J.G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel
about a young boy's experiences in a WWII Japanese civilian detention
The set will feature Les Mayfield's
fifty-minute documentary, The China Odyssey, which was made in 1987
to promote the film.
The film will be presented with a choice of
Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 audio tracks, with optional English and English
HoH subtitles. The aspect ratio is TBA. The RRP is £19.99.
Five catalogue titles will be released by
Warner Home Video on March the 13th: Wait Until Dark, Who's That
Girl, Conduct Unbecoming, Doc Hollywood and The
Wait Until Dark, the Academy Award
nominated thriller about a blind woman (Audrey Hepburn), will be presented
in "16 x 9 widescreen" format, with English subtitles. The disc will
feature two theatrical trailers, and a featurette titles A Look In The
Dark. The RRP is £15.99.
The kooky 1987 Madonna film Who's That
Girl has an RRP of £15.99 (three times the price of the American
disc). No technical details were released.
Michael Anderson's 1975 drama about a
colonial British soldier who is accused of attacking a widow of a war hero
(Susannah York), Conduct Unbecoming, also stars Michael York,
Riuchard Attenborough and Trevor Howard.
No technical details were released. The disc has an RRP of
The lightweight Michael J. Fox comedy
Doc Hollywood, about an ambitious plastic surgeon who is sentenced to
community service after a minor traffic accident, and who finds his plans
on hold when the small town takes a shine to him, is also due on March the
13th. It will have English subtitles. After that it's anyone's
guess. The RRP is £15.99 (five times the price of the Region 1 disc).
Lawrence Kasdan's Academy Award Best
Picture-nominated romance The Accidental Tourist, which stars
William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Geena Davis, will be released in
widescreen format, with optional English subtitles. The disc will have an
introduction by Kasdan, about forty minutes of audio commentary by Geena
Davis (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role), a featurette
titled It's Like Life; deleted scenes and trailers. The RRP is £15.99
(three times the price of the US edition).
Two further Warner Home Video catalogue
titles are due on March the 27th: 42nd Street and The Unbearable
Lightness of Being.
42nd Street, the 1933 musical about
the creation of a Broadway show, will arrive on disc with a trailer and
three featurettes, titled Henry Warren: America's Foremost Composer,
Trip Through a Hollywood Studio and Hollywood Newsreel. The
disc will have English subtitles. No other technical details were
announced. The RRP is £15.99.
Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable
Lightness of Being is given the Special Edition treatment. The
bonus on the two-disc set are a commentary track (by Kaufman, co-writer
Jean-Claude Carriere, co-star Lena Olin, and editor Walter Murch: the one
recorded for the now-deleted Criterion DVD) a trailer, and a featurette,
Emotional History: The Making of The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
This is a title that Warner Home Video has inherited from MGM: a new
Region 1 version is due on the 7th of February. The RRP is £19.99. This
title will be exclusive to HMV.
The sleeve art for all these March 13th /
March 27th discs is identical to the Region 1 editions.
Complete Second Season of Gilmore Girls will be released by
Warmer Home Video on March the 13th.
The six-disc set will include all
twenty-one episodes of the 2001-2002 series, which is about the
relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter (Sin City's
The set will feature "loads of special
features including additional scenes and a featurette International
Techincal details are all TBC. The RRP is
Distribution will release the comedy hit The Aristocrats on DVD on
January the 30th.
The film features a hundred of the world's
top comedians, telling filthy variations of a famous Vaudeville joke,
which begins with "A family walks into a talent agent’s office and says
I got an act for you...'”
The film was produced by Penn Jillette (of
Penn and Teller fame), and directed by Paul Provenza (who used to star in
Northern Exposure - hey, synergy!) It features contributions from
Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Robin Williams and George Carlin.
will release the third season of Magnum PI on January the 30th. The
set will feature all twenty-three episodes of the 1982-83 series, which
featured guest cameos from Morgan Fairchild, Ian McShane, Nicholas
Hammond, Ernest Borgnine, Keye Luke, Joseph Wiseman and James Doohan.
The set will have an RRP of £34.99.
The third season of Northern Exposure,
the 1990-1995 series about a newly-qualified Doctor (Rob Morrow) who
is assigned to a tiny Alaskan town populated by quirky inhabitants, will be released on DVD by Universal on January the 30th.
The set will include twenty-three episodes,
spread across six discs, in three cases. There will be "deleted or extended
Here are the sleeve images for the two
Details of the next Kaleidoscope event are
now available. Here's the press release....
Kaleidoscope Event - Saturday 4th March
2006, 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Stourbridge Town Hall, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK
The arrival of a New Year sees the return
of Kaleidoscope's eagerly-awaited events. 2005 was a bonanza year with
record sums raised for the Lifeboat Appeal. This year, our New Year's
Resolution is to raise even more money for them. We want to break the
£2000 barrier for the first time - a perfect way to celebrate sixteen
years of quirky, off-beat, fun events.
To do so, we have some brilliant guests
lined up. We start in March with Verity Lambert, Ted Childs and James
Cellan Jones. James will also be signing copies of his new book which is
published by Kaleidoscope Publishing on 24th January 2006. [See
last week's News
We have listened to our audiences and this
year we have added new features - an afternoon tea break, and extended
opening hours for the Bar, which will now offer tea, coffee and food to
save people popping out and missing a single second of the great shows.
Later in the year we have Barlow,
Manhunt, Second City Firsts, This Week, Pardon My
Genie, Wood and Walters, The Other Man and Moonstrike
to name but a few superb shows. We start in March though, with:
* 12:00 Detective - Albert Campion: The Case of The Late Pig
Brian Smith and George Sewell.
* 13:00 Frost On Sunday - a tribute to the late Ronnie Barker.
* 13:30 Aquarius - a fascinating behind the scenes look at
* 13:40 Break
* 14:00 Guest Panel - Verity Lambert on stage, in a very rare and
long-awaited event appearance.
* 15:30 Afternoon Tea / James Cellan Jones signing - James will be
signing copies of his newly published memoirs.
* 16:00 Guest Panel - Ted Childs - another much-celebrated television
figure takes to the stage.
* 17:30 Video Arts - Negotiating Profitable Sales - the only
of this funny John Cleese series directed by James Cellan Jones.
* 18:00 Adam Adamant Lives! - Sing a Song of Murder starring
Gerald Harper, Juliet Harmer and Jerome Willis.
* 19:00 Close
SECOND VIEWING AREA
Showcasing the work of our guests
* 12:00 Cadfael - A Morbid Taste for Bones
* 13:15 Noggin the Nog - Noggin and the Omruds episode
finishing our tale.
* 13:30 Shadow Squad - The Missing Cheese
* 14:00 The Professionals - A Hiding to Nothing, written by
* 15:00 Peak Practice - Hope to Die.
* 16:00 Making Waves - episode six, unseen on ITV1 so far.
* 17:00 Achilles Heel - a play by Alan Clarke, produced by Verity
* 19:00 Close
All material at Kaleidoscope events is
screened with the permission of the copyright holders. Programmes and
timings may be subject to change before the day. Guests appear subject to
professional and personal commitments.
In 2006, Kaleidoscope is supporting the
Royal National Lifeboat Institution once again.
Full details of this and other Kaleidoscope
events coming in 2006 can always be found at our web site:
Last week's Zeta Minor News
can be viewed here.
Previous Zeta Minor News entries can viewed