19th January 2006
Vista Home Entertainment will release the psychological thriller
Flightplan on March the 20th. The film, about a mother whose child
disappears on a plane flying from Berlin to the US, stars Jodie Foster
(returning to movies after a three year hiatus), Sean Bean and Peter
The disc has a number of bonus features:
In Flight Movie: The Making of Flightplan; Security Checkpoint:
Story of a Thriller; Captain's Greeting: Meeting the Director -
Robert Schwentke; Passenger Manifest: Casting The Film;
Connecting Flights: Post Production; Emergency Landing: Visual
Effects; Cabin Pressure: Designing the Aalto E-474; and
No technical details were announced. The
RRP is apparently £19.99.
Entertainment will release Robocop - The Series on March the 20th.
The six-disc set will contain all twenty-two episodes of the 1994 series,
including the 'two-hour' pilot, The Future of Law Enforcement.
The series starred Richard Eden. Guest
stars include Jon Cypher, Forever Knight's Geraint Wyn Davies,
Earth: Final Conflict's Lisa Howard and They Live's 'Rowdy'
Roddy Piper. It also features someone amusingly named Dan Duran.
The silver-foil embossed set will feature
cast profiles, "fun facts and info", "details of Robocop's gun, car and
suit plus text features From The Cinema To Small Screen and The
Future of Law Enforcement - The History of Robocop". In other words,
nothing of any real substance. No technical details were announced. RRP
for the set is £39.99.
Two acclaimed bio-pics will be released by
Warner Home Video during March: Vincente Minnelli's Lust For Life
on the 20th, and Clint Eastwood's Bird on the 6th.
Lust For Life, the life story of Van
Gogh, stars Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn (who won an Oscar for his
portrayal of Van Gogh's friend, Gaugin).
The 1988 movie Bird stars Forest
Whitaker as jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker.
There was no indication that either disc
would feature bonus material. The US edition of Bird features an
isolated music track and a theatrical trailer. The R1 version of Lust
For Life features a trailer and a commentary track (by Dr Drew
No technical details were announced. RRP
for both films is £15.99. Bird will be exclusive to HMV. Both discs will
apparently be using sleeve art identical to the US editions.
films will release the Mel Gibson movie Attack Force Z on March the
20th. The film, about a squad of Australian commandos in action against
the Japanese, in South East Asia, at the tail end of World War II. The
film also features Sam Neill and John Philip Law.
The disc, which seems similar to one
released in Australia by Umbrella Entertainment, will feature a digitally
re-mastered widescreen transfer. Bonus features are twenty-five minutes of
interviews with the cast and producer, in a featurette titled Attack
Force Z: The Z Men Debriefed, a picture gallery, and a theatrical
Here's an interesting fact about the film,
courtesy of the press release: "Attack Force Z achieved the highest
ratings of any film shown on Sky Cinema in 2002". Make of that what you
RRP for the disc is £12.99.
Century Fox Home Entertainment will release American Dad - Season 1
on DVD on April the 24th.
The three-disc set will include thirteen
episodes of Seth MacFarlane's imaginative animated comedy, which is about
a deeply-suspicious and conservative CIA agent, his party-loving wife,
their daughter, the alien they rescued from Area 51, and their talking
The series stars creator Seth MacFarlane,
and features cameo appearances by Patrick Stewart, Ron Livingston, Tori
Spelling and Carmen Electra.
The disc will feature audio commentaries on
all the episodes; a behind-the-scenes featurette (15m); deleted scene
animatics (15m) and TV spots (8m). The episodes will be presented in Dolby
Digital 2.0 audio, with English HoH subtitles. The RRP is £24.99. Sleeve
image courtesy of Amazon.co.uk.
The fourth season of MacFarlane's
Family Guy will
also be released on April 24th - more details as they're released.
AUDIO BOOK NEWS
new Doctor Who audio CD will be released on February the 6th. It's
a narrated version of the six-part 1964 story The Reign of Terror,
which finds The Doctor (William Hartnell) and his companions in Paris in
1794, during the French Revolution.
Only four episodes of the story exist as
telerecordings. The other two exist only as audio recordings, made by fans
of the programme at the time of the original broadcast. Because of this
it's not an obvious candidate for DVD release.
The two CD set features all six episodes,
with new linking narration by Carole Ann Ford (who played the Doctor's
Granddaughter, Susan, in the story). A short bonus interview with Ford is
RRP for the disc is £13.99
16th January 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
There are three - count 'em - new DVD
reviews today! Anime enthusiast Andy Davidson has taken a look at
Optimum's new Studio Ghibli releases: Miyazaki's charming Porco Rosso
Pom Poko (which are due to be
released on January the 30th); and Matt West has devoured the latest film
in George A. Romero's zombie saga, Universal's Land of the Dead
(which is available now). Click on the sleeve images, right, or browse the
New DVD Reviews page.
We have plenty of goodies for you
Firefly fans today! Universal has kindly provided a couple of lengthy
interviews with members of the Serenity cast, which you can find
Universal's Serenity review discs
have burnt-in spoiler captions, so they're not an accurate representation
of the disc that will be sold in stores. This is why you won't see a
Serenity review on this site.
You can see menu screens for the UK DVD
Serenity DVD is released on February the 27th.
Pictures Home Entertainment will release the American box office hit
The Exorcism of Emily Rose on March the 27th. The film, which stars
Laura Linney, Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Tom Wilkinson and Jennifer
Carpenter, is about a young woman possessed by demons.
The disc will feature a director's
commentary track; deleted scenes; and three featurettes (Genesis of the
Story (20m), Casting The Movie (12m) and Virtual Design
(20m)). No technical details were announced. RRP for the disc is £19.99.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release
the no-cliché-unturned football drama Goal! on March the 6th.
The film, which integrates real superstar
footballers like David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane amongst the actors, was
largely filmed at Newcastle United's ground, St James Park. It's about a
gifted young Mexican lad who's talent-spotted, and brought to play first
division soccer in the UK.
Bonus features on the disc include
Behind the Pitch (a Making of... featurette); The Beautiful Game;
a commentary track; the Happy Mondays video for Playground Superstar,
Munez +10; Golden Moments of the FIFA World Cup; a
sneak-preview of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany; and a trailer for the
next film in the series, Goal II.
CULT TV NEWS
Oliver Wake has written a terrific article
about the lost 1957 Nigel Kneale TV play Mrs Wickens In The Fall,
which you can find
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