29th May 2006
ZETA MINOR NEWS
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have some good news and some bad news for fans of the 1969 Ronnie Barker
Futtocks End (which is being released on DVD on June the 26th).
The good news is that the film is accompanied by a commentary track, which
wasn't mentioned on the original press release. The track, by producer /
director Bob Kellett, is a good one, offering plenty of useful
The bad news is that the transfer leaves a
bit to be desired, despite apparently having been "digitally restored".
It's probably from a 16mm source, and a rather dupey-looking one at that,
with soft image, inconsistent black levels, and blotchy colours. I dare
say it's looked far worse. It's still definitely worth a punt if you're a
Barker or Michael Horden fan (The Tomorrow People's Sammie Winmill
and Richard O'Sullivan also feature). Menu screens from the disc can be
Tartan Video will release Robert
Greenwald's documentary Wal-Mart - High Cost of Low Price on July
the 24th. The film is about the dubious policies of the world's largest
supermarket chain (which owns Asda in the UK) on July the 24th.
The disc will feature a Tartan-exclusive
interview with the director; additional interviews with staff; and extra
scenes. The film will be presented in anamorphic widescreen format, with
Dolby Digital 2.0 audio. The RRP is £19.99.
Pictures Home Entertainment will release the recent remake of John
Carpenter's ghost story
Fog on June the 26th.
The film, which stars Smallville's
Tom Welling, Hellboy's Selma Blair and Lost's Maggie Grace,
will be presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 format, with Dolby Digital 5.1
audio, and English HoH subtitles.
Bonus features include a director's
commentary track (by Rupert Wainwright); Whiteout Conditions - Remaking
a Horror Classic featurette; Seeing Through The Fog Making
of... documentary); Feeling The Effects of the Fog (special effects
featurette); deleted scenes with optional commentary. This list comes from
Sony's trade website, and is more detailed than those being used by most
etailers. The RRP is £19.99.
Pictures Home Entertainment will release the Oscar-winning biopic
Capote on July the 3rd.
The film, which stars Philip Seymour
Hoffman as writer Truman Capote, and Catherine Keener as his friend, Perry
Smith, will be presented in anamorphic 2.35:1 format, with Dolby Digital
5.1 audio, and English HoH subtitles. The film focuses on the period when
Capote was writing his masterpiece, In Cold Blood.
The disc features "commentaries" (with
Philip Seymour Hoffman, director Bennett Miller and cinematographer Adam
Kimmel); a documentary about Capote; and a two-part Making Capote
featurette. The RRP is £19.99. A
set, which pairs Capote with Richard Brooks' superb 1967 film
adaptation of In Cold Blood, will also be available, with an RRP of
Donner's popular 1992 film
Radio Flyer will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
on July the 10th.
The film, about brothers (The Lord of
the Rings' Elijah Wood and Jurassic Park's Joseph Mazzello who
attempt to escape their unhappy family life by constructing a working
airplane, also stars The Sopranos' Lorainne Braco, John Heard and
The disc is billed as featuring the
"Original Theatrical Version". The original 1993 home video version
was cut by the BBFC by two seconds, and got a PG certificate. There's no
record at the Board to indicate that an uncut version has been passed for
the DVD release, but the new sleeve art (shown here) sports a
12-certificate, so the disc might be the uncut version. (there's no record
of a UK theatrical certificate being issued - it doesn't look like it had
a theatrical release here).
The film will be presented in anamorphic
2.35:1 format, with Dolby Digital 3.0 audio (left, right and mono
surround) and English HoH subtitles. The RRP is £12.99.
Coen Brothers-produced screwball black comedy
Romance & Cigarettes, which was directed by Coens fave John
Turturro, will be released on DVD by Icon Home Entertainment on July the
The film stars The Sopranos' James
Gandolfini, Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon, and features Christopher
Walkern, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard and Mandy Moore in supporting roles.
The film will be presented in 2.4:1
widescreen format, with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. No RRP was announced, but
it's believed to be £16.99.
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