20th February 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Ceri has updated the
Incoming page, which lists hundreds of
forthcoming titles that we feel will be of interest to the people that
visit this site. It's not meant to be definitive - it's deliberately
skewed to cult film and TV releases, and peppered with the odd
blockbuster, to help you plan your DVD purchases. There are dozens of new
titles listed in today's update, including sitcoms old and new, some BBC
drama series, and a handful of US TV classics.
fifth season of Charmed will be released on DVD by Paramount Home
Entertainment on March the 6th.
The fifth season saw a number of changes to
the show, including several changes to the show's regular cast line-up,
and an increased emphasis on fantasy elements. Guests included Jaime
Pressley, currently featuring in the funny Channel 4 sitcom My Name Is
Earl, as a distressed mermaid, in the two-part season opener, A
Witch's Tale, and Young Indiana Jones' Sean Patrick Flanery.
The twenty-three episodes will be presented
on six discs, in 4:3 format, with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. The RRP is
Sanctuary Visual Entertainment will release
The Man In Black: A Documentary on May the 1st: a profile of
country music legend Johnny Cash. The documentary, which coincides with
the theatrical release of acclaimed Cash biopic Walk The Line,
covers John's entire life, from his formative years growing up in
Arkansas, through the ups and downs of his extraordinary career, to his
death, in 2003.
The seventy-five minute documentary will be
offered in 16:9 format, as a Region 0 release, on a DVD-5. Bonus features
include featurettes Origins of Country (8m) and The Fifties
(16m). The RRP is £15.99.
Serenity fans may like to know that
a free six-minute video podcast of an exclusive Joss Whedon interview will
be available from the iTunes Music Store from today - try
this link. Serenity is released on DVD here next week.
HAMMER DVD NEWS
A number of 50s Hammer thrillers will be
released soon, by American label VCI Entertainment (purveyor of a number
of surprisingly well-presented cult titles, including Gorgo,
Blood and Black Lace and The Whip and the Body). These include
a number of films directed by Hammer's most celebrated director, Terence
Anchor Bay's US division has announced a
release date and specifications for its DVD of The Anniversary.
Full details are available on the index
page of the
Hammer DVD Guide.
AUDIO BOOK NEWS
BBC Audiobooks has formerly announced their
March 6th releases, which include three titles being featured in Richard
and Judy's Book Club.
Geraldine Brooks' March will be
offered as an abridged reading spread across four discs, with an RRP of
£17.99. The book, a spin-off from Little Women, about the girls'
absentee father, John March, takes some of its inspiration from Louisa May
Alcott's real-life father, an animal rights and anti-slavery advocate. The
book will be read by Peter Marinker.
Empress Orchid: Anchee Min's story
about a lowly concubine with aspirations to climb the social ladder, will
be presented on four CDs, with an RRP of £17.99. This book, from the
author of Wild Swans and Memoirs of a Geisha, is read by
Pik-Sen Lim, who some of you might remember from the Jon Pertwee Doctor
Who story The Mind of Evil.
Andrew Smith's Moondust profiles the
handful of men that have set foot on the Moon's surface (only nine of them
are still alive). The abridged audiobook will be read by the author, and
presented on five discs, with an RRP of £17.99.
These three Richard and Judy's Book Club
titles will be released on March the 6th.
The second volume of the latest This
Sceptered Isle series, Empire, will be released on March the
13th. The six-disc set covers the years 1783-1876, when Britain boasted
the biggest empire the world has ever known, spanning a quarter of the
globe's land mass. The set, which is narrated by Juliet Stevenson, with
additional contributions from Denis Lawson, Christopher Eccleston, Hugo
Speer, Jemma Redgrave, Vincent Ebrahim, David Yip and Ben Onwukee, will
have an RRP of £25.
Series producer and stand-up comic Judith
Holder has written the official handbook for Grumpy Old Women,
which arrives in audiobook form on March the 6th. The two-disc set is read
by Alison Steadman, and incorporates material from the latest series of
Grumpy Old Women, which features celebrities like Janet Street Porter,
Jilly Cooper and Jenny Eclair. The RRP is £12.99.
Vintage comedy fans have not been
forgotten: four more episodes chosen by writers Ray Galton and Alan
Simpson will be included on Hancock's Half Hour - The Very Best
Episodes: Volume 2, which is released on March the 6th, with an RRP of
£12.99. The two-disc set features new sleeve notes by 'the Boys', and the
episodes The Conjurer, Cyrano de Hancock, The Diary
and The Impersonator.
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