26th May 2006
will release the second season of Steven Bochco's groundbreaking cop show
Hill Street Blues on June the 12th.
The five-disc box set will feature eighteen
episodes from the 1981-82 season, which included guest appearances by
Danny Glover, CCH Pounder, The Simpsons' Pamela Hayden, Star
Trek - The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes, Meg Tilly, Millennium's
Robin Gemmell, Edward James Olmos, Morgan Woodward, and Cheers'
The set will include four DVD-9 discs, and
a DVD-5. Sadly it seems it will not include the two commentary tracks and
four featurettes that are on the (much cheaper) US edition. The RRP is
a psychological thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling and Naomi
Watts will make it's UK DVD debut on July the 3rd, courtesy of Twentieth
Century Fox Home Entertainment.
The film was directed by Marc Forster (Monster's
Ball and Finding Neverland).
The disc offers an "uncut" version of the
film, apparently longer than the version released to theatres. The film
will be presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby
Digital 5.1 audio and English HoH subtitles.
Bonus features include two commentaries,
one by Forster and Gosling, and another by "director and crew". The disc
will also include a featurette, Departing Visions. The RRP is
Aja's recent remake of Wes Craven's hillbilly shocker The Hills Have
Eyes will be released on DVD by Twentieth Century Fox Home
Entertainment on June the 26th.
The film, about a family whose camper van
is attacked by a family of inbred mutants, stars The Silence of the
Lambs' Ted Levine, Lost's Emile de Ravin and X-Men 2's
The disc will include a version of the film
with "brand-new and previously unseen footage".
The disc includes two commentary tracks
(one by Aja, writer Gregory Levasseur and Wes Craven's long-time producer
Marianne Maddalena, and another by Craven and producer Peter Locke);
Surviving the Hills: Making of The Hills Have Eyes; Casting Session;
a music video, Leave the Broken Hearts by The Finalist; Thank
You for Smoking trailer, and a preview for The Omen 666. The
RRP is £19.99.
All the details in our Incoming
guide to HBO Video's release of Rome (here)
have been confirmed by the press release.
attended a press screening of Wolfgang Petersen's Poseidon on
Wednesday, at the IMAX theatre at London's South Bank.
The film, a remake of the Ronald Neame's
1972 adaptation of Paul Gallico's potboiler novel, stars Josh Lucas, Kurt
Russell, Richard Dreyfuss and Phantom of the Opera ingénue Emmy
Petersen's film is a much leaner version of
the story, paring twenty minutes off the old version's running time. There
are fewer featured characters, and one or two fewer set pieces, but
essentially it's the same.
Seen on the giant IMAX screen - the only
way I'd recommend seeing it - the film's set piece (the giant wave) is
awesome indeed. The theatre's 12,000 watt sound system offers deafening -
but carefully nuanced - sound. Thankfully, the film's model work (CGI?)
stand up pretty well to the IMAX screen's close scrutiny (there's nothing
as jaw-droppingly bad as the effects in Petersen's Air Force One
Poseidon often demands atmospheric
and claustrophobic settings, and these work surprising well on the huge
screen. The intimate moments contrast nicely with the cavernous ballroom
sequences, which, it probably goes without saying, are quite spectacular
on the twenty-metre high screen..
Exterior shots of the ship are most
impressive, although the sweeping opening shot (which swoops in to follow
Lucas' character as he jogs around the deck), suffers from stuttery
movement, a side-effect of the translation to IMAX DMR format, I'd wager.
The film's a by-the-numbers remake, with
few surprises, and a cast of characters even more cardboard and disposable
than the ones in the original film. If you're going to see it, see it at
the IMAX - I imagine it will at least double your enjoyment!
The film opens at the IMAX on June the 1st.
Booking details can be obtained from the
bfi London IMAX
I've avoided mention of UMD discs here so
far, and I don't intend making a habit of it now, but I thought it was
worth mentioning that Red Dwarf - Smeg Ups will be released on the
format by 2 Entertain on July the 10th. The disc has an RRP of £12.99.
22nd May 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
Well, well, well, we have been busy!
In addition to today's bumper edition of
News, below, the
list has been updated, and is well worth a visit if you haven't taken a
look at it for a few days.
Ceri has updated the
Offers page, with a whole slew of new
bargains, including Spooks sets for less than £9, and sets of
The Outer Limits for less than a tenner. There's loads of new stuff,
so check it out!
Home Video has announced the 31st of July as the release date for V For
Vendetta, the controversial film about a masked anarchist's attempts
to bring down a oppressive totalitarian British government. The film stars
Natalie Portman (as a young woman who gets caught up in V's plans, and
The Matrix's Hugo Weaving, as V). The film was based on a classic
comic strip, and was directed by James McTeigue, under the watchful gaze
of producers The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver.
The film will available in two versions: a
single-disc version that will contain a featurette (Freedom Forever!:
Making V For Vendetta, which has cast and crew recounting "the intense
filmmaking process"), and a
two-disc version which will be exclusive to
HMV (with, no doubt, a bloated RRP - gee, thanks, WHV!)
The two disc set will apparently have
identical features to the US edition: three additional featurettes (Designing
The Near Future, Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder
Plot and England Prevails: V For Vendetta and the New Wave in
Comics), a theatrical trailer and a Cat Power montage music video.
RRP for the single-disc edition is believed
to be £19.99. HMV aren't listing either edition yet. Equivalents of both
versions (and a single-disc full-frame edition) will be released in the US
on August the 1st - all three versions will be widely available.
Home Video will release the classic 1979 Stephen King mini-series
Salem's Lot on July the 10th.
The series, about a novelist (David Soul)
who returns to his home town, and finds it under the thrall of a vampire.
It also featured James Mason as a mysterious antique shop owner.
Few details are available. There's
no confirmation as to whether this will be
the original three-hour miniseries, or the 105-minute theatrical version -
unofficial sleeve art (at
Sendit.com, for example) suggests it will be the miniseries.
We do know that it will have optional English subtitles! The RRP is
believed to be £17.99.
Warner Home Video will also be releasing
the Stephen King miniseries
It, which stars Tim Curry as a malevolent
clown, on July the 26th.
Incidentally, while we're on the subject of
Stephen King, it appears that the UK DVD of The Stand miniseries is
Clips from Nucleus Films' 12th June
Gwendoline (a.k.a. The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the
Yik Yak) are available here...
Clip one (Kung Fu Action!) -
Clip three (Mutiny!) -
Clip four ("Take your clothes
Clip five (Bondage!) -
NB: These clips feature mild nudity, mild
violence, and are not safe for work environments!
The award-winning South African adaptation
of Bizet's opera Carmen, U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha, will be released
on DVD by Tartan on July the 21st.
The disc will feature Tartan-exclusive
interviews with director Mark Dornford-May and lead actress Pauline
Malefane; an interview with assistant director / translator Andiswa Kedama;
Making of... featurette; and a trailer. The disc will have an anamorphic
transfer, and a choice of three sound tracks, offering Dolby Digtal 2.0,
5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio. The RRP is £19.99
The forthcoming BBC4 documentary Silent
Britain, which tells the story of the first three decades of British
cinema, will be released on DVD by bfi Video on June the 1st. (It will be
transmitted on BBC Four on May the 31st, as part of the channel's Silent
Only a fifth of the British films made
before the 1929 advent of sound have survived, and the documentary,
presented by Matthew Sweet, visits the sites of former studios in Hove,
Muswell Hill and Walton-on-Thames, and looks at some of the films of the
The disc features a bonus interview with
silent film music composer Neil Brand; a short film spoof of 1920s
censorship, Cut It Out; and a stills gallery. Something of a missed
opportunity there, I think - wouldn't it have been possible to showcase a
few of the films excerpted in the documentary? The disc has an RRP of
Sweetheart - The Complete Series Five will be released on DVD by
Revelation Films on July the 24th.
The two-disc set will feature commentary
tracks (by Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran, Gary Lawson, John Phelps and John
Bartlett) and an exclusive interview with David Benson (who plays Noel
The sixth and final series will be released
in September. The first series is currently being promoted with a reduced
RRP of £9.99 (prices at the etailers vary wildly, so it's not clear how
this offer is being implemented!)
Hooligan, the landmark Thames
Television documentary that influenced Alan Clarke's drama The Firm,
has been re-released on DVD by Revelation Films at the promotional RRP of
£5.99. It's a while-stocks-last kind of deal, which will run while the
World Cup is on.
A fourth David Carradine fitness DVD, An
Introduction For Beginners to AM & PM Tai Chi, will be released by
Revelation Films on July the 24th. The disc features original music by
Carradine, and includes a bonus interview with the star. The RRP is
£12.99. Previous An Introduction For Beginners To... releases (Kung
Fu & Tai Chi, Chi Energy Work Out and Shaolin Cardio Kick
Box) are being promoted at a reduced RRP of £6.99.
Pictures and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have teamed up to offer a
collection of seven new Screen Legends DVD box sets, each focussing
on the work of a particular actor. Each of the sets, which are due on June
the 5th, contains four films.
The sets are:
Fred Astaire - You'll Never Get
Rich, You Were Never Lovlier, Top Hat and Swing Time
Bing Crosby - Pennies From Heaven,
Road To Zanzibar, Holiday Inn and Going My Way
Cary Grant - The Awful Truth,
Holiday, Bringing Up Baby and Father Goose
Robert Redford - The Way We Were, The
Sting, The Natural and Out of Africa
James Stewart - Mr Smith Goes To
Washington, It's A Wonderful Life, Rear Window and
James Stewart Westerns - Destry
Rides Again, The Man From Laramie, Two Rode Together and
Orson Welles - Citizen Kane,
The Lady From Shanghai, A Man For All Seasons and
Each set has an RRP of £24.99.
A new version of the classic story The
Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby will be released by Universal on June
The film, directed by John Henderson (Loch
Ness, The Borrowers), stars a host of British talent, including
James Cosmo, Gina McKee, Ardal O'Hanlon, Sean Pertwee, Greg Wise and
Christopher Lee. The press release didn't say what format the film would
be presented in, and there don't appear to be any bonus features. The RRP
Leonard's darkly comic serial killer thriller Feed, about an
internet sub-culture of men who seek out obese women, will be released by
Showbox Home Entertainment on May the 29th.
Clips from the film - which are definitely
not safe for work - are available here...
Clip 1 -
Clip 2 -
Clip 3 -
The disc will feature a commentary track
(by director Brett Leonard); an original theatrical trailer; alternative
ending with optional audio commentary; ten deleted scenes with optional
audio commentary; behind-the-scenes (including the fitting of the Fat
Suit); an interview with star Jack Thompson; Final Day interview
with Brett Leonard; a photo gallery; Easter Eggs; and previews for other
Showbox releases. The RRP is £15.99.
Hopkins stars in
The World's Fastest Indian, Roger Donaldson's film
about a 68 year-old man who sets out to set a new world speed record with
his 1920s Indian Scout motorcycle - a film based on a remarkable true
story. The film will be released on DVD by Icon Home Entertainment on July
The film will be presented in 2.4:1
anamorphic widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. The disc will
include a Making of... documentary and a trailer. The RRP is
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