The first Cybill DVD box set is
released today, and Anchor Bay has
kindly supplied an interview with Ms Shepherd, in which she discusses her
Moonlighting days, the chances of a Moonlighting reunion,
and the story behind the series. You can find the interview
recent release of the long-overdue
The Fly Special Edition DVD in
the US was one of the highlights of 2005.
Now Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment's UK division will top it with a seven-disc, limited
edition, individually-numbered DVD box set titled
The Fly - Ultimate Collector's Edition,
which will include two-disc editions of The Fly (1986) and The
Fly II, the original 1958 film, and its sequels, The Return of the
Fly (1959) and, making its DVD debut, The Curse of the Fly
(1965). Plans for a separate release of The Curse of the Fly seem
to have been abandoned.
The set is housed in a box shaped like the
teleport pods seen in the 1986 movie (which, in turn, were modelled after
the cooling fins on a Ducati motorcycle). Assuming all the contents from
the R1 discs make the transition across the Atlantic, and that the special
packaging doesn't scratch the discs like a tomcat on bath night, this
should be a terrific - if pricey - set (the RRP is a whopping £69.99 - the
same RRP, incidentally as Fox's Alien Quadrilogy set, which is now
available for less than eighteen quid).
Confirmed bonus features on The Fly
include the 135m Fear of the Flesh documentary; an audio commentary
by director David Cronenberg; featurettes; deleted scenes; branching
clips; stills gallery "and much more". The Fly II will have a commentary
by director Chris Walas and film historian Bob Burns; a documentary,
Transformations: Looking Back at The Fly II; an alternate ending;
video production journal; featurette; storyboards; stills gallery
"and much more".
The recent flaccid version of
starring Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller will be released by Buena Vista
Home Entertainment on June the 19th.
Bonus features on the disc will include
featurettes Creating An Adventure (set visit, cast and crew
interviews); Dressing In Style (costumes); Hidden in Plain Sight
extended scene; Visions of Venice (a look at the city); and an
audio commentary by director Lasse Hallstrom. No technical details were
announced. The RRP is believed to be £17.99. I've seen four versions of
Casanova in the last year, and this was by far the least engaging.
Brosnan gives a wonderfully self-deprecating performance as a
Tequila-sodden hit-man who outlives his usefulness when he loses his nerve
The Matador, which will apparently be released by Buena Vista on
July the 10th (Buena Vista has issued a press release, but most of the
etailers have it as "unavailable" or "not scheduled").
The film also features Oscar nominee Greg
Kinnear, as a regular Joe who befriends Brosnan's character. Hope Davis,
Philip Baker Hall and Dylan Baker all have worthwhile cameos. The film is
set - and was shot - in Mexico City, which gives it an added kick.
The disc will feature a Making of...
featurette; deleted scenes; a commentary by director Richard Shepard; and
an alternate opening. No technical spec's were announced (it should be
2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio), and neither was the RRP.
Both sides of the sleeve for Nucleus Films'
Gwendoline DVD have been revealed...
AUDIO BOOK NEWS
BBC Audiobooks has finalised their releases
for May the 1st. In addition to Superman - Doomsday & Beyond
here a couple of weeks ago) and Doctor Who - The Dalek Chronicles
they have seven more releases.
The first is a set featuring "New Zealand's
fourth best folk guitar-based jazz, techno, hip-hop duo" The Conchords'.
Their Radio 2 series, Flight of the Conchords, was written by
Perrier award-nominated dup Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, and
features Rob Brydon, Rhys Darby and Jimmy Carr. RRP for the three-disc,
three-hour set is £15.99.
Three stories featuring Enid Blyton's
intrepid kid's club The Secret Seven feature on three two-disc sets being
released on May the 1st. The three stories are Go Ahead, Secret Seven,
Good Work, Secret Seven and Secret Seven Win Through. Each
story runs for about an hour and fifty minutes, and is read by Sarah
Greene. The RRP for each title is £9.99.
A digitally-re-mastered recording of the
1967 Patrick Troughton Doctor Who story The Tomb of the Cybermen
marks a new phase of Doctor Who releases from BBC Audiobooks.
Previous releases in the series have all featured stories where one or
more of the episodes no longer exists on film or video. All stories that
have missing episodes have now been released as audio books. The range has
been so successful that BBC Audiobooks is continuing the series by
releasing titles which do exist on video in the BBC's Film and Television
archives. The new CD will be narrated by Frazer Hines (who played the
Doctor's assistant, Jamie, in the series), who also contributes a bonus
interview about the story. The RRP for this title is £13.99.
A Radio 4 dramatisation of Tolstoy's War
and Peace makes its CD debut as an epic ten-disc box set on May the
1st. The series features a thirty-five strong cast, including Leo McKern
as Kutuzov, Simon Russell Beale as Pierre Bezuhov, Emily Mortimer as
Natasha Rostov and Gerard Murphy as Andrei Bolkonsky. The set runs for
nine-and-a-half hours, and has an RRP of £40.
A two-disc set celebrating the life and
career of popular musician / raconteur Gerald Hoffnung, Hoffnung at
Large, will be released on May the 1st. The set will include
previously-unreleased archive material, linked with tributes and
recollections from friends, admirers and his widow, Annetta. Programmes
excerpted include Desert Island Discs, One Minute Please and
Saturday Night on the Light. The disc will include Hoffnung's
famous Bricklayer story. RRP for the CD is £12.99.
Michael Horden and Richard Briers star in
two Radio 4 full-cast adaptations of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster
stories, The Code of the Woosters and Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves,
which are being released as two three-disc sets. Each has an RRP of
BBC Audiobooks continue to squeeze every
drop of goodness out of Little Britain with the release of Best
of TV Series 3, a two-disc set with an RRP of £12.99.
Here is some sleeve art....
There are two new Film Score Monthly
CD releases to report on this month: Marvin Hamlisch's The Swimmer
and an elaborate three-disc set featuring songs and score from the Peter
O'Toole version of Goodbye Mr Chips.
Swimmer is a film that's maintained a loyal cult following since 1968.
Certainly, once seen, it's not easily forgotten.
The film, an allegorical Twilight Zone-style
story ostensibly about a man (Burt Lancaster) who makes his way home from
a dinner party by working his way from backyard to backyard, swimming in
the pools of his affluent Connecticut neighbours, was based on a story by
renowned author John Cheever.
Of course, very little in the film is quite
what it seems, and this is reflected in its ethereal, heart-breaking
score. The Swimmer marked the first film score composed by the
then-twenty-four-year-old Hamlisch, and it demonstrates remarkable
maturity. Hamlisch takes a thematic approach to the score, headlined by
the sombre harp and piano Theme From The Swimmer, which is explored
and developed over the course of the movie.
The score is presented on the FSM disc in
its entirety, and in chronological order, remixed and re-mastered from
half-inch three-track tapes. This expands on the original album release,
restoring six complete cues, and lengthening others.
A remake of The Swimmer, starring
Alec Baldwin, is apparently in production.
probably fair to say that Film Score Monthly's three-disc release
of Goodbye Mr Chips isn't primarily aimed at film music
enthusiasts, despite featuring some lush underscoring by John Williams.
The set is instead targeted squarely at the musicals market, which
probably doesn't have as much crossover appeal as fans of neither type of
music will imagine. The release will also make a lot of Petula Clark's
fans ecstatically happy!
The three-disc set, showcasing the music
and lyrics of composer Leslie Bricusse, breaks down into three sections:
the first disc features a lengthy presentation of the music and songs
heard in the film (and a few Williams cues that weren't); the second is a
"narrative sequence of alternates and source music with [contemporaneous
promotional] interviews"; and the third contains the original 1969
soundtrack album, with additional interviews, alternate cues and unused
songs, including Tomorrow With Me, sung by Petula Clark, and
orchestrated by Williams.
It takes the lavish forty-eight page
booklet that's included with the set to explain the background to the
film, and explore its music in track-by-track detail, so I'm not going to
go into any detail here. Suffice to say that if you like the film, anyone
involved in it, or musicals in general, you'll certainly get a real thrill
from the set. Rarely has any record label - let alone one that's
effectively run by one man and his dog - attempted anything quite so
ambitious with a film music release. Most of the material is in stereo,
with only the interviews and some of the source and demo' cues in mono.
Potential customers should be aware,
though, that some of the discs in circulation are exhibiting problems
playing in some players. A thread discussing this issue can be found
here. You may wish to delay your purchase while the glitches are
Both discs are available from specialist
retailers, or from FSM's trading partner Screen Archives Entertainment.
The Swimmer is
here, and Goodbye Mr Chips is
The site also offers sample clips.
Last week's Zeta Minor News
can be viewed here.
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