2nd March 2006
AUDIO BOOK NEWS
BBC Audiobooks will release a two-disc
history of the Daleks on May the 1st, titled The Dalek Conquests.
The set will feature clips from their various TV appearances, with linking
material by Nicholas Briggs, who provided the voices for the Daleks in the
recent TV series. RRP for the set is £13.99.
Here's the sleeve art:
Serenity fans might like to have a
bash at the promotional Serenity game online which can be found
If you haven't already done so, feel free
to check out our Serenity interviews
The Serenity DVD was released yesterday.
Tartan has issued a revised press release
for Lady Vengeance (see below for the original announcement). This
will now not be a two-disc set, and it will only include the exclusive
Park Chan-Wook interview. Technical spec's remain the same, as does the
RRP. It will, however, be released a week earlier, on May the 15th.
Presumably Tartan is working on a two-disc
edition with the bonus features announced yesterday: certainly it wouldn't
be the first time Tartan has done something like this (as collectors of
their various editions of Battle Royale will attest!) If you can't
wait for the inevitable double-dip, you might want to investigate other
options, including the Korean two-disc Special Edition available now from
28th February 2006
will release Park Chan-Wook's brutal revenge drama Lady Vengeance
as a two-disc Special Edition DVD on May the 22nd.
The film will be presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
and DTS 5.1 audio tracks.
Bonus features include a Tartan exclusive
interview with Park Chan-Wook; Making of... featurette; interviews
with cast and director; crew interviews on production design; costume and
make-up; commentaries by Park Chan-Wook and Lee Young-ae; Chung Jung-hoon
(director of photography) and Cho Hwa-sunf (art director); and film
journalist Kim Young-jin; alternate scenes; Venice Film Festival footage;
and trailers. The RRP will be £19.99.
[See update, above!]
Menu screens for Optimum Asia's forthcoming
releases of My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle are
available for your viewing pleasure
Here's a press release from the organisers
AN AFTERNOON WITH RUTH BOSWELL
To celebrate the launch of her new book Out of Time, Ruth Boswell
comes to the Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham) to talk about her career as
a successful television and film producer.
Ruth is most fondly known for creating
ITV’s first science fiction drama called Timeslip while working for
the ATV script department, followed by in 1972 moving to Thames and
producing the first four seasons of The Tomorrow People.
Moving to produce adult drama for the BBC
in the 1980s, Ruth took the helm of many successful television dramas
including Maybury starring Patrick Stewart. While in 1990s she was
best known for producing the television dramas The Chief starring
Tim Piggott-Smith and Martin Shaw and The Uninvited with Douglas
Hodge and Leslie Grantham.
Her films include Run for the Country
with Albert Finney, co-produced by Peter Yates and written by Shane
Connaughton (My Left Foot). She is currently developing a feature
films entitled Gricers.
Ruth has recently returned to writing with
her Novel Out of Time, published by The Muswell Press and Fantom
The event takes place at the Hexagon
Theatre at the Midlands Arts Centre (Canon Hill Park, Birmingham) on April
1st at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 with only 80 seats available. Ticket
hotline - 0121 440 3838. The audience will have an opportunity to ask
questions, and to meet Ruth personally and receive a signed copy of Out
More info here -
The venue -
Ruth on IMDb -
Ruth's Biography -
27th February 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Andy Davidson has reviewed the two new
Studio Ghibli releases from Optimum Asia, which are released today:
Kiki's Delivery Service and Laputa - Castle in the Sky. Click
on the sleeve images, right, or
here for Kiki's
Delivery Service, or here for
Laputa - Castle in the Sky. There's more news about Optimum Asia's
Ghibli collection below...
can see menu screens for Cinema Club's forthcoming release of the landmark
BBC drama series Elizabeth R
three disc set contains two feature-length episodes on each disc,
presented in their original 4:3 format, with mono audio (at 192kbps). The
episodes have optional English subtitles.
The set is a no-frills affair, with simple
'Play All' and 'Episodes' menus, but no way of accessing the individual
chapters (they're there, but there's no menu screen).
The episodes themselves are in pretty good
shape, mainly because the BBC kept the original recordings. The series was
almost exclusively studio-based, with very occasional film inserts. These
are generally in good condition, and it wouldn't surprise me if they've
been given some rudimentary clean-up at some point.
The audio is standard BBC quality, with the
odd off-mic line, and one or two tiny dropouts. There was a problem with
the audio at the end of the first episode on the review discs I was sent
(the audio cuts off thirty seconds before the end of the episode). This
has been reported to the label.
The lack of extras is disappointing, of
course, especially considering the series status, and the fact that many
of the contributors are still around, and active. Considering the
relatively high RRP, you'd be forgiven for expecting a couple of
commentary tracks, or a modest documentary.
The set is released on March the 20th, with
an RRP of £29.99. Best price at the moment seems to be
DVD Popcorn, at £20.35, including postage.
will release an extended version of the surprisingly well-received
computer game adaptation Doom on April the 3rd.
The film, which stars Dwayne "The Rock"
Johnson and The
Chronicles of Riddick's Karl Urban, will be supplemented on disc
with several bonus featurettes: Basic Training (11m); Rock
Formation (6m); Master Monster Makers (11m, the film's
creatures were created by Stan Winston Studios); First Person Shooter
Sequence (6m); Doom Nation (15m) and Game On (7m). No
technical details were announced. The RRP will be £19.99.
Play.com now has the cover of the fourth and final Blake's 7
DVD set. Thanks to Rick for pointing that out!
Features, via Universal, will release Oscar contender The Constant
Gardener on DVD on March the 13th.
The film, about the investigation into the
murder of an activist in Northern Kenya, is based on the best-selling John
le Carré novel, and stars Ralph ("it's pronounced Ralph") Fiennes, Rachel
Technical specifications weren't announced,
but we do know the disc will have English subtitles, and will contain some
bonus materials: Embracing Africa: Filming in Kenya (9m);
John le Carré: From Page To The Screen
(8m); Anatomy of a Global Thriller: Behind the Scenes of The
Constant Gardener (12m); Extended Scene: Haruma - Play in Kibera
(10m) and Deleted Scenes (11m).
RRP for the disc is £19.99.
will release the teen slasher cry_wolf (sic) on March the 27th.
The film is presented in 2.38:1 format,
with anamorphic enhancement. There's a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1
tracks (at 192kbps and 448kbps respectively).
Bonus features are extensive: a commentary
track (by director / co-writer Jeff Wadlow, producer / co-writer Beau
Bauman and editor / associate producer Seth Gordon); deleted, extended and
alternate scenes (19m, with optional commentary); Wolves, Sheep and
Shepherds: Casting the Roles (14m
with optional commentary); Behind The Scenes: Enter The Sinister Set
(12m); Before They Cried Wolf: The Filmmakers' Short Films (Tower
of Babble (22m) and Manual Labor (6m)); and a UK theatrical
The press release doesn't mention it, but
there's a disclaimer at the beginning of the film that says "This film has
been modified from its original version to include additional material not
in the original release". The running time of this extended version is
86'44". The sleeve and the claims it's "Uncut". RRP for the disc is
The PR company representing the release of
the Richard Pryor Box Set that's released today (the one containing
Car Wash, Stir Crazy, Brewster's Millions, and See
No Evil, Hear No Evil), have created a viral promotional website,
which is a good way of killing five minutes. You can find it
Warner Home Video will release the second
season of One Tree Hill on April the 10th.
The six-disc set features all twenty-two
episodes, together with an unspecified "array of insightful special
features". The set has an RRP of £59.99.
Bay Entertainment is releasing Bruce Robinson's How To Get Ahead in
Advertising on April the 10th. The film, which stars Richard E. Grant
as a young advertising executive, whose writer's block manifests itself in
a malevolent stress-related boil on his shoulder.
The film is presented in anamorphic 1.66:1
format, with a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1
audio tracks, and optional English subtitles. It's presented in anamorphic
widescreen format, with a ratio of 1.85:1 (the press release claims it's
The film is presented on a single-layer
disc, with an average bit-rate of 6.62Mb/s.
Bonus features are biographies, film notes
and a modest stills gallery. The RRP is £16.99.
Asia will release two further Hayao Miyazaki masterpieces, Howl's
Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, on March the 27th.
Howl's Moving Castle, fresh from its
recent theatrical presentation, will be presented in anamorphic 1.85
format, with a choice of Japanese and English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
tracks (at 448kbps). Voice talent on the English track includes Emily
Mortimer, Blythe Danner, Christian Bale, Jean Simmons and Billy Crystal.
Bonus material includes a presentation of
the film in storyboard format, as an alternate angle when the film plays;
an interview with British author Diana Wynne Jones (who wrote the book the
film is based on, 8m); Interview with Pixar's Pete Docter (who directed
the English audio track, 7m); Hello, Mr Lasseter (a featurette
documenting Miyazaki's visit to Pixar, 17m); Explanation of CG
featurette (20m); theatrical trailers and TV spots (14m); and the usual
Studio Ghibli trailer reel.
Miyazaki's charming My Neighbor Totoro
is presented in windowboxed format, with an aspect ratio of 1.84:1,
and anamorphic enhancement. There's a choice of two Dolby Digital 2.0
tracks: English and Japanese (both at 224kbps).
The disc's bonus material includes the
storyboards as an alternate angle; textless opening and closing animation;
Japanese trailer; and Studio Ghibli trailer reel. The press release
mentions a Birth of Studio Ghibli featurette, but it doesn't seem
to have made it to the finished disc.
Both films have an RRP of £19.99. Here's
the sleeve art...
David Lloyd and Jamie Delano will be
signing copies of the Territory and V For Vendetta graphic
novels at Forbidden Planet, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, on Saturday March
the 18th, between 3 and 4pm. To order signed copies, or for more
information, call 020 7803 1900.
James Cellan Jones is not able to attend
Kaleidoscope's gathering on March the 4th, so there have been some changes
to the lineup. Full details can be found
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